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November 5, 2013 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

SmithTheaterOpening The Return of Matthews

PBDA families and friends came together last Tuesday evening in a truly celebratory fashion for the unveiling of the Matthews Center for Performing Arts. The long-awaited reveal was kicked-off with a ribbon cutting by Will and Jean Matthews together with their children. More than 250 guests poured into the Smith Family Theater and were immediately energized with a lip dub video in which every Upper Campus student and faculty member were featured multiple times.
Mr. Greco stole the show with his introductory remarks and historical perspective commenting that “the crown jewel of Palm Beach Day Academy is back.” Students performed on the violin and piano followed by retrospective songs sung by our Bulldog Chorus. Dr. Van surprised Great Expectations Campaign Co-Chair Michael Ainslie with a plaque dedicating the Theater Entry Hall in his honor. “For the first time, I’ve rendered Michael speechless.” stated Dr. Van.
The program concluded with presenting the Matthews Family with a commemorative plaque outlining the history of the Matthews Center for Performing Arts. Will Matthews thanked the audience with his usual humility and expressed his family’s gratitude for everyone’s support of the project. Guests toured backstage following the program. It was truly an evening to remember.
Click to read the article that appeared in the PBDailyNews
Lip Dub

Two November Admission Events Give Prospective Families a Look at Our School
pic1 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.
Click for the Student Visit Day Registration Form
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.
Do you know of any families that might make a great match for Palm Beach Day Academy? Contact the Admission office at or call Meghan Albanese or Dorothea Cvelbar at 832-8815.

pic1 Summer Program Now Available at PBDA
Palm Beach Day Academy is proud to announce the inauguration of a full summer program on both campuses this summer – SummerQuest 2014.
The SummerQuest activities are all designed to provide age-appropriate opportunities to learn new skills and develop confidence and independence along the way – all in a safe, summer-fun environment.
Join us this summer for three weeks of exciting and fun learning experiences and activities. The Lower Campus SummerQuest will be offering a Primary program for 3 & 4-year-olds and an elementary program for entering Kindergarten through entering Second Grade.
Each week, children will explore a new theme that will keep them active and engaged all day. Activities will include Arts & Crafts, Sports, Computers, Science, Ceramics, Puppets, Music, Games, Stories, and much more! We have a great staff of teachers and helpers that many of you know already.
The Upper Campus SummerQuest will run all summer and children will have the flexibility to choose morning or afternoon sessions in either one or two week intervals. In June, we will welcome students entering 3rd through 9th Grade. Starting July 7th, all, from Kindergarten through 9th Grade, are welcome to join any age-appropriate Quest on the Upper Campus. Throughout the summer, Quests will be divided by age groups.
Some of the exciting Quests already planned are Music, Art, Musical Theater, Dance, Sports Camp, Film and TV, Computer Programming, Foreign Language Immersion, Science and Technology, Outdoor Adventures, Leadership and Academic Enrichment.
Lower Campus:

     Weekly from June 16 through July 3 - 9:00am to 3:00pm daily
Upper Campus:
     Weekly from June 16 through August 22 - 9:00am to 3:00pm daily
PBDA is fortunate to have a wonderful facility and more importantly, some of the best instructors in the area. Additionally, with the flexibility of choosing just one week or many, families are encouraged to join us for at least part of the summer. Full program information and registration for both campuses will be available in the near future. For more information, please contact Linda Merman on the Lower Campus or Beth Okun on the Upper Campus.

pic1 Halloween Happenings
It’s a great time of year for children and that was evident on the Lower Campus last week with a number of seasonal activities.
On Wednesday, the Pre-Primary and Primary children participated in the Harvest Fest, an event that has now become an annual tradition. Assisted by Ninth Graders and faculty, our youngest students enjoyed a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, science-related activities, stories, wagon rides, and special snacks. A Pumpkin Party for younger siblings, organized by the Admission Department, was held immediately following the Harvest Fest.
On Thursday, students participated in the traditional Halloween Parade in the morning and enjoyed a magic show in the afternoon.

Tapestry Cross Campus Tapestry Projects
The second year of our Cross Campus Tapestry Project is off to a great start! The goal of our project is to facilitate a deeper connection between the students on both of our campuses, creating another bridge for our school family. Grade levels are matched and each pairing works together to join on several projects. Projects may include, but are not limited to: pen pals, reading buddies, math activities, country studies, community projects, recycling and science activities, musicals, and museum studies.
Our students have enjoyed many wonderful educational experiences and community building projects with one another already this school year. Our Primary students met with the 9th Grade to create running dialogues through story writing and made lasting memories together during this year’s Harvest Fest. Kindergarten and 5th Grade students linked up to enjoy pumpkin math and science activities. Our students in 1st and 6th Grades wrote friendly letters to one another and look forward to an upcoming Veteran’s Day activity. Last week, students in 2nd Grade hosted our 7th Graders for pumpkin math explorations. The PBDA tapestry is enriched through these meaningful student connections.

Campaigns Third Grade Campaign Speeches
The third grade students created a community in their classrooms that replicates a real-world town. Their first task as a new community was to decide on the jobs that were needed to help their towns function peacefully and efficiently. Once the necessary jobs were established, the students decided they would have to be voted into their positions by the citizens of their town. This meant the students would each have to write a speech about why he or she would be the best person for a chosen job. After spending three to four weeks learning how to write, critique, revise, edit, and deliver a speech, the third grade students presented their campaign speeches on October 31st in front of the citizens of their town, as well as parents and family members. Once the speeches were given, the students entered a voting booth where they made their selections on voting ballots.

pic1 PBDA Hosts Thinking Maps® Conference
The 2013 Florida Thinking Maps® Conference was hosted last week-end by Palm Beach Day Academy. Close to 200 Educators and Administrators representing 16 different Florida Counties and 57 K-12 Public, Charter and Private schools gathered on the campus of Palm Beach Day Academy Friday, November 1st and Saturday, November 2nd to Connect, Collaborate, and Create. This unique gathering of schools and school districts highlighted the growing trend to foster students to be Critical, Creative Thinkers, Problem-Finders, and Problem-Solvers. National Consultants and local educators shared their work and best practices with Thinking Maps and how using a set of 8 cognitive tools is dramatically impacting how students learn efficiently and effectively the Common Core State Standards.

pic1 Kiwanis Student of the Month - October
Atticus Stonestrom has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for October. 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. Atticus is shown here with Kiwanis Club member and Palm Beach Day alumnus, Ed Crawford.
Congratulations, Atticus.


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