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February 26, 2013
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Green The Wonderful World of Oz
100th Day of School
5th Grade Presidents
Pi Day, 2013
Schoolyard Habitat Guide
China Partnership
Re-enrollment for 2013-14
Kiwanis Student of the Month

Upper School Musical 2013

pic1 The cast and crew of the 2013 Upper School Musical took their audience from Kansas to Oz and back during two evening performances of “The Wonderful World of Oz” on Friday and Saturday, February 22 & 23. Director, Jan-Marie Coniglio Cook; Musical Director, Annette Johnson; and Technical Director, Les Heilakka & assistant Hunter Morgan ‘05 guided the cast and backstage crew through weeks of rehearsal that allowed the students to handle nearly every aspect of the production once showtime arrived. The 7th – 9th Graders who performed included Kalysa R. as Dorothy, Jack S. as The Scarecrow, Jack M. as The Tinman, Jamie V. as The Cowardly Lion, Zara B. as The Wicked Witch, Oceanna S. as Glinda, Atticus S. as the Wizard of Oz, Stewart J. as Professor Marvel, Kole R., as Uncle Henry & The Yellow Brick Road, Madeline E. as Aunt Em, Braden A. as Miss Gultch, Matthew R. as Zeke, Nick S. as Hunk, Jack P. as Hickory & Munchkin Barrister, Sam G. as Munchkin Mayor & Winkie General, and Nicky L. as Coroner. In various roles were Claire B., Lulu F., Alexis G., Robbie L., Noah W., Julia N., Anderson B., Madison M., Katie M., Kay B., Claire D., Talia C., Jaclyn S., Lindsay T., Seaton J., Chiara M., and Olivia S. The Crew included Billy D., Brad D., Harrison R., Sedley B., Lilly C., and Blair L. Toto was played by Bean Pitt. Musicians included Peilin Ko, Piano; Mark Johnson, Guitar & Ukulele; Sy Prywiller, Percussion; Albert Perera, Trumpet; and Renata Guitart, Violin. Faculty members Elizabeth Sheehan and Jim Gramentine made cameo appearances as the Rainbow.
 
100th Day
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pic1 February 14th was a very special day for all Lower School students. Not only was it Valentine’s Day, but it also was the 100th Day of School. In traditional fashion, students shared heart-felt messages with one another as they passed out their valentines and enjoyed a special treat provided by the school. Additionally, students celebrated the 100th Day of School with a variety of math and reading activities centering on the number 100. Collections of 100 objects were brought in from home, and students enjoyed counting to 100 and comparing the different types of collections with one another throughout the day.
 

 
5th Grade Presidents' Assembly
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5th Graders marked Presidents' Day with their annual Presidents' Assembly on February 15. In January, the students selected their Presidents and began preparing for their performances. The goal was for each student to prepare a 30 second speech about the historical life of his or her President and then make an effort to mimic the actual appearance of that President. The students and their creative parents did not disappoint the enthusiastic crowd that gathered to hear all 43 presidents and two additional historic characters, Ben Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.
 
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Each year, the Presidents' Assembly is the first of three major 5th Grade public speaking appearances. Their Banquet of the Gods in early March and their Poetry Contest recitals in April add to their preparation for the many performance opportunities that await them in the years to come.
 
Pi Day 2013
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Pi Day was celebrated at PBDA on Friday, February 22. The day is organized to generate student interest in pi and other mathematical concepts. Each year, students are challenged to memorize as many digits of pi as possible to earn the opportunity to pie a willing teacher. This year's contestants performed as follows:
 
3rd & 4th Division - Avery E. 101 digits, Drake R. 107 digits, Caroline M. 101 digits; 5th & 6th Division - Logan E. 297 digits, Abigail W. 409 digits; and 7th - 9th Division, Blair L. 1001 digits and Atticus S. 211 digits.
 
Blair remains the reigning champ. The winner from each division chose a willing adult who submitted to a public pieing - Ms. Martin, Mrs. Cook and Ms. Sheehan.
 

 
pic1 Dr. Tinker's Grant Proposal Accepted
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Dr. Jennifer Tinker was recently awarded a grant by the Florida Kindergarten Council to support a proposal to create a Schoolyard Habitat Guide on the Lower Campus. The guide will include research and work done by Lower School students as well as submissions by the Lower Campus Garden Club that Dr. Tinker sponsors. Dr. Tinker was also a presenter at the 3rd Annual Green Schools National Conference that took place last week-end in West Palm Beach. Her presentation was entitled “ Visible Thinking Through Nature Based Study” and featured work being done in our Primary classrooms.
 

 
China Partnership Continues
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PBDA's China Partnership will continue this year as thirteen students and seven teachers board a plane for Hong Kong on Friday, March 8. They will spend four days in Hong Kong where they will visit our sister school, Alliance Primary School, and tour the city. Our friendship with the faculty and children at Alliance Primary School is now four years old and was deepened last spring when their orchestra members stayed with our school families here in Florida.
 
From Hong Kong, the group of twenty travelers will fly north to Beijing where they will visit our friends at the Living Hope Orphanage and experience Tiananmen Square and The Great Wall. You can follow their adventures on our website by visiting their blog which can be found in the Programs menu / China Partnership or by clicking here. The username is "bulldog" and the password is "pbda."
 
Re-enrollment Time is Here
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Re-enrollment packets for the 2013-2014 school year were mailed to families on Monday, February 11. Please note that the deadline for returning contracts is Monday, March 4. For more information, please call Meghan Albanese or Dorothea Cvelbar in the Admission Office at 561-832-8815.
 

 
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Atticus S. is the March recipient of the Kiwanis Student of the Month award. Zara B. was the recipient for January, and Madeline E. was honored in February.
 
Congratulations, Atticus, Zara & Madeline.
 

 

 
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