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Pre-Primary and Primary Field Day 2013

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Our Pre-Primary and Primary Students got their first taste of the 82 year old Pelican & Flamingo rivalry at their very own Field Day on March 8. They wore their colors proudly, yellow for Flamingos and blue for Pelicans. All PBDA students are assigned to one team or the other and retain that team affiliation for life. Each student who already has a family connection to one of the teams automatically joins his or her family's team. The rest are assigned randomly in a mysterious secret ceremony conducted by unnamed officials in an undisclosed location.
The March 8 Field Day included a series of physical challenges that introduced the idea of friendly competition that emphasized participation and enthusiasm over score-keeping. The children hopped, crawled, ran, and peddled their way over, under, around and through obstacles and courses that they had practiced with their coaches during PE classes. Parents were on hand to cheer them on. Final results – victory all around!
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PBDA's China Partnership continued this year with the fourth student trip to Hong Kong and Beijing, March 8 to 17. Twelve students and seven teachers braved the 16 hour flight from Newark to Hong Kong after a delayed flight to Newark that left the group with only 17 minutes to make their connection. Once in Hong Kong the group spent four days touring the city and surrounding area and visiting our partner school, Alliance Primary School, whose orchestra visited PBDA last spring. The group visited Beijing for an additional four days where they toured the city, climbed the Great Wall and visited our friends from the Living Hope Orphanage. Our relationship with the orphanage is now five years old and many of the children are well known to our school family.
Our travelers have returned and will share their adventure at a Friday, All-Campus Assembly on April 19.
National Junior Honor Society
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Twenty-seven 8th & 9th Graders were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society on March 1. To be eligible, students must have an 85 average, have earned Effort Club, have earned a “1” or “2” in Consideration, and have completed 10 hours of community service. Students honored were, (seated l-r): Julia Nye, Madison McAuliffe, Chiara Micchelli, Zara Barret, Jordan Schaefer, Alex Tummon, Lauren Pflaumer, Madeline Elhilow, Katie Morgan, Lexi Winchester, (standing l-r): Yu Hua Golnick, Matthew Reyes, George Moss, Robbie Williams, Dante Blanco, Atticus Stonestrom, Jack Farris, Kole Rosin, Jack McKenna, Andres Garcia, Briggs Lalor, Ben Kern, Rodrigo Haberfeld, Nick Leone, Teddy Kramer, and Oceanna Schnirman. Eloise Levenson is not pictured.
5th Grade Banquet of the Gods
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The Banquet of the Gods marked the conclusion of the 5th Grade's two month study of Greek mythology. This year's banquet was held on March 7 in the Halmos Activities Center. Each 5th Grader had been assigned a god, goddess, hero or heroine to portray at the banquet. Each student made a one-minute presentation about his or her extraordinary mythological life. The many dysfunctional aspects of the characters' lives were on display because the students had creatively scripted a few score-settling arguments that enlivened the banquet hall.
From the moment that the 5th Graders marched into the Halmos, they were in charge of the event. Zeus and Hera were masters of ceremony and had the responsibility of introducing their fellow gods and heroes, and controlling the "mere mortal" audience, which was mostly comprised of their real-life parents.
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Five 7th Grade students and Mrs. Mendoza accompanied Mr. Sarko on a spring break trip to Arizona, March 9th through 16th. Mr. Sarko has organized this astronomy themed trip for twelve years and has shared his enthusiasm for science with over 95 students and faculty chaperones. This learning experience emphasizes the unique astronomy, geology and natural history of Arizona. The trip’s itinerary included the Pima Air and Space Museum, Kartchner Caverns State Park, the Titan Missile Museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Saguaro National Park, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, travels within the Tohono O’odham and Navajo nations, Kitt Peak National Observatory, the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater, Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments, Grand Canyon National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, and the “red rocks” of Sedona. Each year, this adventure is offered to a maximum of eight students in grades 7 through 9.
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At the 68th annual ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Conference held in Chicago, March 16 -18, over 10,000 educators gathered from all corners of the world to engage in conversations and listen to presentations based on the theme of “Our Story, Our Time, Our Future.”
Palm Beach Day Academy was selected to present at the conference. Supported by the Newmyer Institute for Innovative Teaching at Palm Beach Day Academy, the presentation was entitled “Perspective-Taking: Educating for Global Competence” and was delivered by Dr. Becky van der Bogert, Rochelle Ibanez-Wolberg, Marisa Schnirman, and Donna Tobey. Using examples from our classrooms, the presentation highlighted the ways that PBDA is developing the critical thinking skill of perspective-taking with students from Primary through Ninth Grade, as well as how we are developing a collaborative school culture for this to take place.
A highlight of the conference was a keynote address by Dr. Maya Angelou. She passionately spoke about how each of us has the opportunity to be a “rainbow in the clouds” and impact others‘ lives in a positive way. Following her address, PBDA presented her with an original book created by our Second Grade students. The book contained watercolor paintings and written reflections from PBDA Second Graders based on Dr. Angelou’s poem, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
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The 82nd Walter H. Butler Field Day is Saturday, April 27. The Pelicans and Flamingos have chosen their captains, which are listed below. The captains will soon begin to strategically assign their team members to Field Day events.
The Field Day March begins at 9:00 a.m. on the Palm Beach Recreation Field. Everyone is invited.
Flamingo Captains
Annabel Dewing, Quinn Griffin & Abby Moss
Kalysa Remington & Skylar Saffer
Pelican Captains
Dylan Green & Kaitlyn Straub
Nick Leone & Oceanna Schnirman
PBDA's Video Brochure
If you've never seen PBDA's Promotional Video, here it is. It is narrated by our own Mr. Ralph Greco. This video and others are also posted on our website on the home page under "Our Advantage."

PBDA from Palm Beach Day Academy on Vimeo.

BTV (Bulldog T.V.) - Pi Day
Pi Day 2013. Enjoy this BTV student production.

Pi Day from Palm Beach Day Academy on Vimeo.


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