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April 9, 2013 Facebook Twitter School Seal
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Construction Update: Great Progress in the Matthews Performing Arts Center

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In case you missed the sneak peek during PBDA’s student production of Oz, we are excited to share these images of the Matthews Performing Arts Center. Construction seemed to inch along during the demolition and intricate wiring of the new complex sound and lighting system. Now the long-awaited transformation is visible and notable progress is made each week as the space takes shape. Above backstage, the choral and practice room is nearly complete. This will be home to Mrs. Johnson’s students in the coming weeks. The renovation of the Matthews Performing Arts Center will conclude this summer. Many generous families who have supported the Great Expectations Campaign have made this project possible. We look forward to a grand celebration when students return next fall.
 
FieldDay13 Calling All Alumni Pelicans & Flamingos!
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Join us on Saturday, April 27, 8:30 a.m. as we kick-off the 82nd Annual Walter H. Butler Field Day. March with your team in Palm Beach Day Academy's longest standing tradition; then visit with your former classmates and teachers.   It's bound to be another exciting year as Pelicans and Flamingos battle over the coveted Field Day trophy.   Who will run the victory lap - yellow or blue?   Come see firsthand.
 
Contact Cindy DeSilva at cdesilva@pbday.org to reserve your team t-shirt today!
 
Incubation Project
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In the Lower Campus science classes, students are learning about the classification of living and non-living things, and they recently paused to take a close look at eggs, specifically chicken eggs. Eggs are the result of a remarkable evolutionary advance that allowed animals to adapt to life on dry land. Unlike fish and amphibians, birds and reptiles don’t need to lay their eggs in water because the eggs encase all the water and food the growing embryo will need. pic1
 
Mrs. Linck’s Incubation Project provides students on both campuses with the opportunity to re-think eggs. Mostly familiar with eggs as a breakfast food, the children were asked to observe 12 incubating eggs from a new perspective. They’ve watched the eggs for twenty-one days, wondering how objects so small could be feeding and holding baby chickens. Then, as our students looked on, the proof came this morning as the chicks broke free of the temporary homes they’d outgrown.
 
Another dozen eggs will provide the same demonstration on the Upper Campus.
 
pic1 2nd Grade "Flat Me" Project
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Our second grade students just read a funny book entitled Flat Stanley, by Jeff Brown. It’s about a little boy named Stanley Lambchop. One night, a bulletin board fell on Stanley and flattened him. He was only half an inch thick! Stanley discovered there were many advantages to being flat. One advantage was that he was able to visit his friend in California by being sent in an envelope through the mail.
 
In our project, students created flat versions of themselves and wrote narratives telling about how they became flat. Then, we sent each student’s “Flat Me” off to visit friends and family members in cities all over the world. Those special friends and family members responded in very creative ways. We’ve enjoyed receiving mail from places like Tallahassee and Ohio, to far away places like Switzerland and Brazil. Each student’s "Flat Me" traveled some amazing distances and had some fascinating stories to tell. What a great time we had reading the letters and learning about other places around the globe!
 
pic1 Barbara Close - Dwyer Award Finalist
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PBDA Upper Campus math teacher, Barbara Close, will be at the Dwyer Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 7, along with her many supporters. The William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education will be given to one recipient in each of five categories: elementary, middle, & high school, and special programs & career education. Each winner will receive $3,000 and a personalized plaque; each of the others will receive $500 and a certificate.
 
The finalists include many teachers from public schools, plus Barbara, and one other independent school teacher.
 
The awards are named for the late William T. Dwyer, founding president of the Education Foundation.
 
The PBDA family wishes Barbara the very best.
 
pic1 Shoes for Haiti
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Kindergarten Room 103 has been studying Haiti this year as part of our International Studies Program. Throughout this study, the students gained perspective by working together to build shelters and to organize a shoe drive for the people of Haiti. These experiences helped foster empathy in the students and encouraged them to take action. They enlisted help from the other Lower School classes and, together, the children collected 143 pairs of shoes and sent them to Haiti!
 
BTV (Bulldog T.V.) - South Florida Fair Performance
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South Florida Fair 2013. Enjoy this BTV student production.
 

sflfair2013a from Palm Beach Day Academy on Vimeo.
 

 
pic1 Kiwanis Student of the Month
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Jack Farris is April's recipient of the Kiwanis Student of the Month award.
 
Congratulations, Jack.
 

 


 
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