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September 24, 2013 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

Matthews Invitation Matthews Center for Performing Arts

Mark your calendar and join us on Tuesday, October 29 as we reveal the newly renovated Matthews Center for Performing Arts! We are planning a program one won’t soon forget to commemorate this milestone in our school’s rich history.
After months of construction, the Matthews Center for Performing Arts will once again serve as a central gathering space symbolizing community, celebration and commitment to Palm Beach Day’s public speaking program and the arts. Look for your invitation in the mail!

International Day of Peace
pic1 Last Friday’s Flag Assembly honored the International Day of Peace which is celebrated each year worldwide on September 21.
During the Flag Assembly, the countries being studied for this year’s International Day Celebration were announced by “ambassadors” from each grade level or class. This year’s countries are the United States (Pre-Primary), Canada (Primary), The Bahamas and Nicaragua (Kindergarten), Ireland and Iceland (Grade 1), Armenia and Thailand (Grade 2), and Morocco and Zambia (Grade 3).
pic1 This multi-disciplinary curricular study begins in September and continues throughout the year. As they research and learn about the respective countries, students have opportunities to demonstrate and share what they are learning through projects, performances, and exhibits. These include the creation of Classroom Villages and International Day performances in February, publication of books about each country in January through March, and the Lower Campus Wee Deliver Post Office in April and May where students practice friendly letter writing skills and correspond with one another using commemorative stamps representing all of the countries being studied.

PBDA Students Honored for Their Service
pic1 Quantum House supporters of all ages gathered together on Saturday to celebrate the last official day of summer. Guests enjoyed barbeque and outdoor games complete with a pie-eating contest. During this annual event, a group of Palm Beach Day Academy students was honored for their commitment to community service. The students accepted one of four outstanding volunteer awards on behalf of PBDA.
Located on St. Mary’s campus, Quantum House is a caring and supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for serious medical conditions. Like most non-profit organizations, Quantum House relies heavily on community volunteers. PBDA students take routine trips to Quantum House throughout the school year to help in a variety of capacities.
“The students from Palm Beach Day Academy really ‘get it’ when it comes to volunteerism,” says Robi Jurney, Executive Director. “They come on a regular basis to help us with the families and they are busy the minute they get in the door with meal preparation, chores and activities with the Quantum House children. These students are truly changing lives and we love having them as part of our family!”

Primary Classes Begin Museum Partnership
pic1 In early September, the Primary classes visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. This marks the second year of the partnership between the Primary classes and the Gardens. During the initial visit, the classes walked through the grounds and looked at many of the sculptures on display. The students were able to touch and explore the huge brick and stone sculptures on the grounds. They also visited Ann Norton’s workshop where many of her tools and construction materials are on display. Primary will return to the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens several times throughout the year as part of their Museum Partnership.

7th Graders Qualify to Apply to Duke TIP
pic1 On the basis of their 5th or 6th Grade standardized test scores, twenty-four 7th Graders qualified to take the next step toward acceptance to the Duke University summer program, Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) Eligibility is earned by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on age/grade appropriate achievement or aptitude tests within the past two years. Palm Beach Day Academy uses the CTP scores to determine Seventh Grade eligibility. Achieving a qualifying score on the CTP is the first step for students who would like to participate in the TIP offerings on the Duke campus next summer. To apply, qualifiers must take either the ACT or the SAT in the 7th Grade.
7th Grade Qualifiers
Mia Butterworth
William de Melo
Annabel Dewing
Jeffery Ehrlich
Ryan Ehrlich
Emily Elhilow
Kristen Frederick
Taylor Frederick
Daniela Garcia
Nathanial Gramentine
Landyn Hutto
Kasen Jones
Johan Kramm
Camilla McCranels
Perry Middleton
Abby Moss
Hailey Pflaumer
Lance Prosser
Sarah Shapiro
Hailey Smallwood
Erin Tague
Sydney Torres
Abigail Wandoff
Elizabeth Williams

Student Leadership Council
The Upper Campus Students voted for representatives to the Student Leadership Council on Wednesday, September 18. The 2013-14 Student Leadership Council members are

President: Atticus Stonestrom
Vice President: Quinn Reid

8th Grade Representatives:
Lulu Fanjul, Alexis Gorfine, Harrison Koeppel, Noah Whall

7th Grade Representatives:
Daniela Garcia, River Schnirman, Chris Williams

6th Grade Representatives:
Logan Emmer, Lily Kino, Adelaide Riedesel

5th Grade Representatives:
Isabel Carden, Martina Gil, Carson Reid

4th Grade Representatives:
Avery Emmer, Chase Koeppel, Seray Ozgenc


pic1 2012–13 — 3rd Trimester and Year-End Honors
PBDA's Honor Roll lists the Upper Campus Students who have achieved High Honors, Honors, Effort Club and Ones in Consideration. To earn High Honors, a student in 6th through 9th Grade must have an over-all average of 90 or better, with no grade below 80. To earn Honors, a student in 6th through 9th Grade must have an average of 85 to 89.99, with no grade below 75. Fifth Graders earn 5th Grade Honors by achieving an average of 85 or better, with no grade below 75. Effort Club is awarded to students in grades 4 - 9 who have received the highest ratings of "1" or "2" with no more than one "3" in effort from their teachers. To earn a "one" in consideration, 4th through 9th Graders must be nominated by a faculty member and then approved by all other faculty members.
Click to view the honors list

Visiting Educators Tour PBDA
pic1 On Friday, September 20th, Ana Maria Fernandez and Gilberto Pinzon, owners of the Education First Schools, along with five educators from Argentina visited the Lower Campus. They were on a quest to discover how we, at PBDA, have cultivated a culture of thinking from our youngest students to our oldest. After engaging in a conversation about what we did, they toured classrooms. No matter what classroom our guests entered, they were greeted by teachers and students who enthusiastically shared accounts of the various ways that they, in just the first few weeks of school, have nurtured a culture of thinking. The use of the painted reflection journal which follows students from Kindergarten, our implemetation of Thinking Maps to increase depth of understanding and rigor, and an Object Based Learning presentation by a first grade student were just a few of the highlights for our guests.

pic1 Parent Volunteers
PBDA Parents have always been extraordinarily generous with their time and talents. Our children benefit from all that parents do as volunteers throughout the school year. The volunteer opportunities are numerous and varied. Many of those opportunities are explained at the parent coffees each fall, but parents who cannot attend the coffees are still needed. The links below lead to information about the PBDA programs and events that rely on parent volunteers. The bottom link will open an on-line volunteer form.
Click for Lower Campus Committee Volunteer Opportunities
Click for Upper Campus Committee Volunteer Opportunities
Click Here to become a volunteer.


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