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November 19, 2013 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

Our Town Our Town

PBDA 9th graders, faculty, and staff came together on stage November 7th at 7:00 p.m. for the first official performance in the newly renovated Smith Family Theater in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts.
Aside from the fine performances of the 9th Graders, the presentation of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town had special significance for the Matthews Center. In 1994, a PBDA production of Our Town, directed by faculty member Bobby Bayless, was one of the last non-musicals performed in the Matthews before it was turned into temporary classrooms in 2000. The 2013 director, Jan Cook, was especially proud to have been part of bringing the theater back full circle and she dedicated the show to the memory of those we loved and lost within "our town" of PBDA... especially Kendall Carson '94 and Ryan Sang '95, who starred in the 1994 production.
Atticus Stonestrom, who played the Stage Manager, recieved the White Jacket Award for his outstanding performance. Sam Gordon ‘14, who received the jacket at the close of Oz last year, was on hand to make the presentation to Atticus.
Mrs. Cook wishes to thank the students and faculty who participated in this bit of PBDA history.
Cast & Crew
Director: Jan Cook, Musical Director: Annette Johnson, Technical Director: Les Heilakka, Assistant Technical Director: Hunter Morgan, Actors Stage Manager: Atticus Stonestrom, Emily Webb: Anderson Bishop, George Gibbs: Jack Farris, Doc Gibbs: Prescott Butler, Mrs. Gibbs: Quinn Reid, Rebecca Gibbs: Sally Huang, Mr. Webb: Mr. Mario Mendoza, Mrs. Webb: Mrs. Elizabeth Sellers, Wally Webb: Rongyang Li, Simon Stimson: Remington Howell, Professor Willard: Mr. Richard Tummon, Joe Crowell, Jr.: Mr. Bryce Stewart, Mrs. Soames: Mrs. Tina Barbieri, Mrs. Warren: Mrs. Cynthia Kanai, Joan Stoddard: Mrs. Hilary Mendoza, Samantha Craig: Mrs. Stephanie Adams, Woman in Box: Mrs. Barbara Close, Belligerent Woman: Mrs. Megan Quinty, Woman in Audience: Mrs. Patti Griffin, Graveyard Scene: Mrs. Cindy DeSilva, Mrs. Martha Dyal, Mrs. Lillian Novoa, Mrs. Annette Johnson and Mr. Jim Gramentine, Choir: Francesca Alfano, Claire Barber, Marissa Daly, Ryan Ehrlich, Lulu Fanjul, Josef Huainigg, Perry Middleton, India Patel, Stephanie Reyes, Bryanna Valle and Oliver Zenou.

PBDA Students Join a Virtual Florida Chorus
Notice2 In September, the Tampa Preparatory Music Department invited all advanced level choral and string students in Florida independent schools to collaborate with their peers around the state in the First Annual Florida Independent School Virtual Music Performance.
To participate, students in Annette Johnson’s choral group first learned Earth Song by Frank Ticheli by practicing it in class, and then watching Mr. Hoy, Choral Director at Tampa Prep, conducting on a pre-recorded video. Five PBDA students volunteered to practice the music at home and take a shot at being included in the final virtual chorus.
On October 10th, our five volunteers were videotapted while singing. They each wore headphones so they could hear the pre-recorded piano track as they watched Mr. Hoy conduct. Then the tapes were off to Jessica Calandra, the project manager, who selected the top vocal and string entries to create the master video of the virtual chorus.
All 5 of our PBDA performers were chosen and all five appear on the home screen of the video.
Tampa Prep presented the Florida Virtual Music Performance Video at the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) Conference in November, and hopes to represent Florida at the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) Conference in February.
Congratulations to Mrs. Johnson's PBDA Chorus.
Click on the image above to see and hear our Claire Barber, India Patel, Francesca Alfano, Lulu Fanjul, and Bryanna Valle in a virtual chorus with students from all over Florida.

pic1 Gardening
Dirt under the fingernails is more commonplace at PBDA than it used to be. Hands that are well adapted to modern electronics are being used for a more traditional pursuit — Gardening. On the Lower Campus, students in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade, in connection with their relationship with Mounts Botanical Garden’s University of Florida’s Extension Program, started their garden last week by planting everything from eggplant to strawberries. Most of those plants were generously provided by Mounts Botanical Gardens. The students took part in the planting process and learned many things about the growing of fruits and vegetables in South Florida. Meagan Mottinger, master gardener from Mounts, will return to teach the students about maintaining a garden and then harvesting the results. Primary students have their own garden and Pre-Primary students will be planting a butterfly garden in the next few weeks.
pic1 In the 4th grade on the Upper Campus, the parents and students kicked off their garden project with a garden party, provided by generous parents on October 8. In recent weeks, the 4th Graders, who have had an ongoing partnership with the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach’s master gardener Lynne Charter, began the process of planning and preparing their garden project. The students have had lessons and activities, both in and out of the classroom, and have sprouted seeds that will be transplanted into the 4 raised garden beds that the 4th Graders will build with their own hands as one of their projects. Fourth Grade teacher, Erin Diem, who initiated gardening in the 4th Grade and sponsors the Garden Club Activity, has designed the project to integrate all subjects including art into the process. Erin believes that children and gardening are a natural, if overlooked, match that will help children understand themselves and their relationship with the environment and the basic source of all nourishment. The hope is that their connection to gardening will allow the children to make better choices for themselves and for the earth that feeds us.

pic1 PBDA Summer Program Begins June 16
Palm Beach Day Academy invites students in Kindergarten through 9th Grade to participate in SummerQuest 2014.
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
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.

Golf Party Ocean-Side Bash - Friday, November 22
Join us this Friday, November 22, at The Breakers Ocean-Side Terrace as we kick-off the holiday season the PBDA way. Reconnect with current PBDA parents, past parents and alumni while enjoying the beautiful ocean view, caribbean music, and incredible hospitality of the world-renowned Breakers hotel. Peruse our "something for everyone" collection of silent auction items including surf lessons with professional surfer Peter Mendia, jewelry from Tiffany & Co., a golf foursome at Trump International, and PDQ Food Truck Catering for 100 guests! Take home one of 28 amazing items just in time for the holidays.
RSVP today! or (561) 655-1188, extension 125.


Campaigns Halfway to Annual Fund Deadline!
November 12 marked the 50th day of the Annual Fund challenge. Annual Fund Committee members and their children greeted everyone with fanfare during drop off on both campuses to commemorate the halfway point of PBDA’s Annual Fund. Parents received a baggie of 50 sweet treats as a reminder to make a gift. PBDA’s mascot, Spike, even made an appearance on Upper Campus.
Make your gift or pledge today to help us reach 100% participation and receive the $100,000 match from our Board of Trustees. Deadline is December 31! Thank you, in advance, for your support.


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