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The Power of Parent Word of Mouth at PBDA
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pic1 Did you know that 100% of our new students this year enrolled at Palm Beach Day Academy because of WORD OF MOUTH? Most often, current parents referred them. Word of mouth is our best recruitment tool and you are our best brand ambassadors. There are two admission events in November and our best bet in finding mission-appropriate families is from your referrals.
 
Student Visit Day November 11 - Upper Campus - Invite a Friend to Visit!
 
We have scheduled a new event this year – an Upper Campus Student Visit Day on Monday, November 11 at 7:45 a.m. We chose this day because while we are in session, Palm Beach District Schools are closed, as are many local schools. This gives us a natural opportunity to have these students visit and experience a day at PBDA. Does your child have a friend in grade 4-8 at another school that might be interested in PBDA and would like to shadow your child on November 11th? A coffee will be held for prospective parents in the library, with administration and current parents. Tours will be available.
 
Open House November 15 - Lower Campus - Bring a Friend to Flag!
 
The Annual Lower Campus Open House has moved to a Friday this year - November 15 at 8:30 a.m. What better way for a prospective parent to feel the heart of our school community than to attend Flag Assembly? The Open House is a time for us to open our doors and give firsthand insight into the PBDA advantage. Guests will have a unique opportunity to speak directly with our teachers, parents and administration and see the classrooms in action.
 
If you know of a family that you believe should receive information about PBDA, or should be invited to these events, email admission@pbday.org or call Meghan Albanese or Dorothea Cvelbar in the Admission office at 832-8815.
 

 
pic1 Matthews Center for Performing Arts –
Last chance to RSVP


Join us next Tuesday, October 29 as we unveil the much anticipated Matthews Center for Performing Arts. Parents and donors are invited to celebrate this milestone in our school's history beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be an evening you won't soon forget. RSVP to Cindy DeSilva at cdesilva@pbday.org.
 
Childcare will be provided for parents in need.
 

 
Island School 13 The Island School
By Carrie Pateman
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Bug Bites, Jelly Stings, Sun Burns, Oh My! You might think these things would stop anyone from having a good time, but not our gritty 9th Graders. Nothing stopped them from having an incredible week studying marine science and environmental sustainability. For a week, The Island School at the Cape Eleuthra Institute hosted our group of seven students, accompanied by Carrie Pateman and Bryce Stewart as chaperones. Each day was filled with unique biological studies and personal challenges for each participant. The students joined the scientists with the Conch Research Team to do field studies on conch populations. The results of this particular study will be taken to the governing bodies in the Bahamas to be used in the establishment of future policy on conch fishing. Currently, no policy exists, so our students realized that their contributions had the potential to affect not only the local economy, but also the health of the marine habitat. They also performed studies on schoolmaster snapper in hopes to determine if climate change will impact the local populations. The students learned how plastics are wreaking havoc on reef populations and how long these household plastics take to degrade.
 
The Island School and Cape Eleuthra Institute campuses are nearly 100% self-sustained; the campus grows most of its own food and produces most of its own energy. The only water used is the rainwater that can be collected in cisterns and if that supply runs low, everyone switches to ocean showers. Thankfully, during our stay, we had a bit of rain in the evenings! Our students gained invaluable experiences and knowledge during this fun, challenging week together.
 

 
pic1 Fall Sports
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The Boys’ Varsity Flag Football team ended their season as league champions – undefeated in their league. Thirteen different Bulldogs scored points. Kevin Justice threw twenty-seven touchdown passes and ran in seven touchdowns including an interception return. Braedon Rupp lead the team in scoring with 71 points, including 11 touchdown catches. Jackson Hanson was 2nd on the team in scoring with 50 total points. Garrett Barber, Stan Li, Alex George, Jonas Levine and Remington Howell all scored touchdowns, and Chris Ochstein, Valan Kaye and Jack Litten scored multiple touchdowns. Jackson Cohlan and Noah Whall added to the scores with extra points caught.
 
Josef Huainigg, Sean Swindel and Max Malasky all were strong with great flag pulling and great coverage on the kickoff team. Jack McCluskey had a great “highlight reel” interception vs Meyer to keep our undefeated season in tact. Kevin, Braedon, Valan, Remington, Garrett, Jackson Hanson and Jackson Cohlan, all had multiple interceptions during the season as well. Valan Kaye nearly single handedly won the semifinal game against St. Mark's. Not only did he have a 60–yard touchdown on a kickoff return, he followed it up just two minutes later with a great interception, and a 50–yard return for what should have been another touchdown, but was called back by the refs, for a moment of controversy. Braedon Rupp made an incredible touchdown catch early in the season against Unity where he stretched on his tip toes to stay in bounds for a touchdown. At the time, it seemed like the the catch of the year. But, Braedon went on to duplicate that same incredible catch on touchdowns and extra points multiple times throughout the season, including in the championship game to seal the victory.
 
The team owes a good portion of its success to its quarterback Kevin Justice. Kevin had the most productive offensive output the school has ever seen. He either threw or ran in thirty-four touchdowns this season. He also either threw or ran in all of the 19 extra points the team scored. He started the Playoffs with a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of the semifinal game, and finished in the championship game by completing two 4th down touchdown passes to Braedon, one for 39 yards and the final score from 17 yards out. Even though the team had these gifted athletes, this championship was a culmination of a total team effort throughout the season.
 
pic1 After struggling in the beginning of the season with some disappointing losses, the Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished the season strong by winning five of their last seven games. Going into the playoff tournament as the fifth seed, the lady Bulldogs had to first get past Rosarian. After losing to them twice in the regular season, we knew we had to play well. Beating Rosarian in two games, 25-6, 25-7, they did just that. On Tuesday, the girls played the undefeated St. Mark's, the 1st seed, in the semi-finals. We knew it would be difficult going into this game because St. Mark's was definitely a better-skilled team. We lost the match in two hard-fought games. After losing the first game, another group of girls might have given up, but our girls played with heart and soul. We lost the second game with a score 18-25.
 
Throughout the season, co-captain Kay Baker led the team in service points and hitting. Emily Elhilow was a strong contributor on defense and attack. Sam Webster, our setter, controlled many plays and the tempo of the game. Solid defense this year also came from our other co-captain Claire Dunkel.
 

 
pic1 Book Fair 2013
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PBDA's Book Fair will take place this year from Monday, November 4th through Thursday, November 7th each day from 8:00AM-4:00PM - on the Lower Campus. The theme for this year is "A Reading Oasis: A Cool Place for Hot Books!" and is being organized by Co-Chairs Shari Emmer, Jessica Koch, Carrie Murray, and Jennifer Wilson. Students in Pre-Primary through Grade 5 will visit the Book Fair during the week with their classes. Extended shopping hours on Thursday will be from 7:30AM-6:00PM. Two special events associated with this year's Book Fair will be a visit by author Lori Haskins Houran for students in Primary through Grade 1 on Tuesday, October 29th and Pajama Day for all Lower School students on Thursday, November 7th. A special Book Fair preview will take place this Friday at Flag Assembly.
 

 
pic1 Guest Reader from TD Bank – Mary Langer
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On October 17th, Mary Langer of TD Bank was a Guest Reader for students in Kindergarten through Grade 3. Throughout the day, Ms. Langer shared stories related to the importance of saving money. The books were then donated to PBDA. This opportunity came as a result of TD Bank's Employee Reading Program which is designed to encourage children to read.
 

 
pic1 End Hunger Walk
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Over 100 PBDA Upper Campus students, parents and faculty took the Walk to End Hunger on Sunday, October 13. The walk, which was sponsored by CROS Ministries, is an annual event that raises money and food donations to distribute to area families. Our students each contributed five cans of food to participate and stayed behind to help organize and pack the donated food.
 

 
pic1 PBDA's Weather Connection
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PBDA's science department has joined with thousands of other amateur meteorologists to contribute to the big weather forecasting picture. The weather data collecting devices that are located on the roof of the Upper Campus are now sending their findings to the Wunderground.com website. The site displays the conditions on Seaview Avenue 24 hours each day and also combines our information with that of all other stations to develop weather predictions.
 

 
pic1 Kiwanis Student of the Month - September
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Jack Farris has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for September. The Student of the Month is chosen by the faculty from the 8th & 9th Graders. The decision is based on the faculty's judgement of each student's contributions as a scholar and school citizen. Jack is shown here with Kiwanis Club member and Palm Beach Day alumnus, Ed Crawford.
 
Congratulations, Jack.
 

 


 
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