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December 10, 2013 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

Our Town 18th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Classic

Sunny skies and a gentle breeze set the stage for the 18th Annual Walter H. Butler Golf Classic presented by Palm Beach Day Academy, November 23, 2013, at The Breakers Ocean Course. The tournament, which was sold out in record time, was chaired by Matt Smith and Joel Kassewitz and raised more than $68,000 for Palm Beach Day Academy’s educational programs.
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Named in honor of Mr. Walter H. Butler, who was Headmaster of the school from 1965 to 1988, the golf classic annually helps to bring the school community together, while financially supporting the school. Saturday’s event was preceded Friday evening with the first ever Ocean-Side Bash, a cocktail party and silent auction at The Breaker’s Circle Ballroom, where golfers and non-golfers alike came together for an evening of fun prior to the big day.
Twenty-six foursomes arrived at The Breakers Ocean Course for a shamble start at 8:30 am Saturday morning to compete for the coveted Walter H. Butler Trophy and additional prizes including Mixed Flight Division, Men’s Flight Division, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive. Individual awards were given to student, women and men players. New to the event this year were hole-in-one opportunities to win one million dollars, ten thousand dollars, and an assortment of merchandise.
The overall grand tournament winner included the team of Rafe Cochran, Alex Heard, Boby Collins and Rick Heard. Men’s Flight Division winner included the team of Trey Sned, Ray Celedinas, Michael Katzenberg and Joe Carron with father - son teams Roger and Patton Janssen and Hunter and Leverett Hallowell winning the Mixed Flight Division. Second place recognition went to Mark Parthemer, Scott Sandstrom, David Lauver and Paul Pompeo in the Men’s Flight and Allan Kournikova, Lillian, Leslie and Wayne Wytrzes in the Mixed Flight. Closest to the Pin winners were Patton Janssen, Missy Savage and Bobby Collins. Longest Drive winners were Allan Kournikova, Maisie Grace and Trey Sned.
Major Sponsors of this year’s golf classic included Shoes For Crews, Sterling Organization, Darcie and Joel Kassewitz, The Breakers, Rochelle and Craig Menin, Austin and Steve Smith, Allison and Brooks Bishop, the Hallowell Family, First Republic Bank, SCS Financial, The Atwood Group – Merrill Lynch, and Strong Boalt.

Annual Fund Nears 100th Day
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Community Service - PBDA Style
By the time Palm Beach Day Academy students graduate, they have made a substantial contribution to their community through the PBDA Community Service Program. The Community Service effort, “Bulldog Outreach,” exists for three main reasons.
• It provides our students with an understanding that, as citizens of a community, they have a responsibility to make a positive contribution. The program also supports the school’s belief that the fortunate members of a community have a responsibility to lend a hand to those less fortunate. Wherever possible and appropriate, our students are brought into personal contact with the less fortunate that they assist so that they gain an understanding of life’s realities.
• The Community Service Program provides genuine assistance to real people in need.
• The Community Service Program provides a means for our students to acquire and verify the community service hours that are required for admission to many secondary schools. Community service efforts involve our students from the earliest appropriate ages. The core of the program’s philosophy emphasizes personal service over fund-raising or simple donations.
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The Lower Campus Thanksgiving Project benefits the families of the children at Glades Academy in Pahokee. Our students and families help to donate the pre-selected items needed for a complete Thanksgiving meal. The students then prepare Thanksgiving boxes in an assembly-line fashion and deliver the boxes to Glades Academy.
The fall Read-a-Thon raises money to buy sneakers for the children at Hope Rural School in Indiantown. The children in 2nd -4th Grade obtain sponsors willing to make a contribution based on the number of books read. Our students meet with the children from Hope Rural School and serve them breakfast at Bradley’s Restaurant where the sneakers are presented to the migrant children from Hope Rural. It is at those breakfasts where our students see, first hand, children for whom a new pair of sneakers is a treasure.
Additionally, the Fourth Grade makes four visits to the Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center to interact with the young children there by reading to them and having additional time with them on the playground. Also, the 4th and 7th Grades have teamed up to help provide holiday gifts for children with cancer.
The Fifth Graders make six visits to the residents at the Morse Life Retirement Facility in West Palm Beach where they become adopted grandchildren. During the visits the children play games, work on art projects and chat with the elderly. The Fifth Grade also adopts a family annually and, through a Walk-a-Thon, raises money to provide holiday meals and gifts.
Sixth graders create a special bond with the children at Hope Rural School in Indiantown. PBDA students begin the relationship with their friends, by writing pen pal letters and treat bags for Halloween. Sixth graders provide gifts and a holiday party in December, and in the spring, each student receives their very own book from PBDA buddies.
The 7th Grade has taken on the responsibility of managing recycling at the Seaview Campus. Students work at gathering paper from classrooms several times a week. Seventh Graders also raise money with Valentine sales to adopt an animal or to help protect the environment.
The 8th Grade was instrumental in our Thanksgiving Food Drive this year. They supported the End Hunger Walk in October, and in the new year, will participate in a 5K Run to support the Sari Center, a facility that supports cancer patients
Ninth graders support the homeless in Palm Beach County by providing sandwiches for the men and women at St. Ann’s Place. Currently, the Ninth Grade is conducting a candy cane drive, and all proceeds will go to help the homeless. They run the school dances and utilize the money raised to offer a class gift to the school at graduation.
Apart from the class projects, Upper Campus students volunteer in large numbers for service projects. Several times each year PBDA students travel to Quantum House for the Chef for a Day program. They provide and prepare a meal for families who have children involved in extensive surgeries at St. Mary's Hospital. Monthly, our students meet at 7:00 am to prepare snacks for children in need at the Howard Park aftercare program. Beginning in January, PBDA will be involved in a partnership with Palm Beach Public to prepare backpacks of healthy snacks for local Kindergarten and 1st Grade students from struggling families. This past Thanksgiving, the Upper Campus students in their advisee groups, donated the items for a Thanksgiving in a Box for over 50 grandparents raising grandchildren in Palm Beach County and last weekend a group of students spent Saturday morning harvesting vegetables for the Palm Beach Food Bank.
We believe our students benefit from their personal involvement. We also believe they benefit from their association with an institution that holds community service as one of its highest values. The school joins our students in thanking all of those who participate and help make the program possible and meaningful.

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pic1 PBDA Summer Program Begins June 16
Palm Beach Day Academy invites students in Kindergarten through 9th Grade to participate in SummerQuest 2014.
For the first time, Palm Beach Day Academy will be hosting a summer-long program open to both PBDA students and others. 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.
pic1 2013 — 1st Trimester 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.
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pic1 Kiwanis Student of the Month - December
Anderson Bishop has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for December. 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.
Congratulations, Anderson.


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