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China Partnership 2014
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Palm Beach Day Academy's China Partnership continued over Spring Break as seventeen students and teachers traveled to Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing and spent time with children from the Yu Ying School and the Living Hope Orphanage in Beijing. In its 5th year, the partnership has allowed over 50 PBDA students to directly experience friends from the other side of the world, and many more PBDA students have met those same children during their visits to our school. The China Partnership has allowed for real, mutually beneficial relationships to grow and be maintained between our students and distant friends – a genuine partnership, indeed.

secondary schools Secondary School Acceptances
March is an exciting time of year for our 8th and 9th Graders because that is the month that most of the secondary school acceptances letters arrive in their mailboxes. Those letters represent the end point of a long application process that started months ago with school visits, interviews, essays, and recommendations as our student hopefuls competed for limited space in top secondary schools. More often than not, those letters also represent the starting point of a second decision process in which our students are deciding which acceptance to choose. Ninety-eight percent of our students are accepted to their first or second choice schools annually, and this year's results were equally impressive.
This year, the schools that accepted PBDA's students include Oxbridge Academy (21) • The Benjamin School (9) • Saint Andrew's School (7) • Deerfield Academy (5) • Phillip Exeter Academy (3) • Cardinal Newman High School (3) • The Hotchkiss School (2) • The Pine School (2) • Suffield Academy (2) • Tabor Academy (2) • Groton Academy (1) • Choate Rosemary Hall (1) • Andover (1) • The Taft School (1) • St. George's School (1) • The Lawrenceville School (1) • Miss Porter's School (1) • Pomfret School (1) • Mercerburg Academy (1) • Kent School (1) • The Hill School (1) • The Peddie School (1) • and The Hun School (1).

PBDA Certified as Nature Explore Classroom
pic1 Palm Beach Day Academy has earned national certification as a Nature Explore Classroom from Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation. During the 2011-2012 school year, work began with the Bay Tree Design firm from Berkley, CA on a plan for more effectively using their outdoor spaces. Sharon Danks, author of From Asphalt to Ecosystems, and Lisa Howard, landscape architect, came for several days in November during which time meetings were held with students, faculty, and parents to explain the value of using the outdoors for learning and play. A Design Charette was held on a Saturday morning to gather ideas from all of the stakeholders. As a result, a concept plan was created that included current spaces as well as spaces from near-future new construction. The decision was made to go ahead with creating an outdoor classroom in an area that would not be affected by new construction. During the summer of 2012, the "Natural Exploration Zone" was created using the northwest section of campus and its outdoor areas. In addition, a committee was formed to continue to explore ways to implement plans for outdoor learning. This committee, comprised of four faculty members, two administrators, a parent and a board member from the school, created the mission and timeline for work being done and named the project the "Educational Playscapes Project".

Pre-Primary & Primary Field Day
pic1 Our Pre-Primary and Primary Students got their first taste of the 83 year old Pelican & Flamingo rivalry at their very own Field Day on March 7. They wore their colors proudly, yellow for Flamingos and blue for Pelicans. All PBDA students are assigned to one team or the other and retain that team affiliation for life.
The March 7 Field Day included a series of physical challenges that introduced the idea of friendly competition that emphasized participation and enthusiasm over score-keeping. The children hopped, crawled, ran, and peddled their way over, under, around and through obstacles and courses that they had practiced with their coaches during PE classes. Parents were on hand to cheer them on. Final results – victory all around!

Book Signing Tradition & Change in Paradise - The Story of Palm Beach Day Academy
Paul and Joanie Van der Grift hosted an enchanted evening in their home on Tuesday, March 25 for the introduction of Tradition and Change in Paradise: The Story of Palm Beach Day Academy. After hours of research, fascinating interviews, and an incredible time commitment, Barbara Bayless Close ’67 and Hilary Beesch Mendoza ’71 presented the book, a true labor of love, to approximately 200 parents, friends, and alumni.
During the evening Barbara and Hilary were given the opportunity to publically thank all those who helped make the book a reality, especially John ‘66 and Susie ‘67 Wean who graciously financed the book. Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert honored Barbara and Hilary for giving such wonderful recognition to Palm Beach Day Academy.
During the rest of the evening, as Barbara and Hilary autographed books, alumni, parents, students and other guests shared memories, and enjoyed the wonderful music, refreshments and hospitality provided by the entire Van der Grift family.
Another book signing will be hosted on May 14 in New York City. If you are interested in attending the New York event or in purchasing a book, please contact Cindy DeSilva (561) 655-1188 ext. 129 or .

pic1 Feather Ball
Palm Beach Day Academy's signature fundraising event, The Feather Ball, is fast approaching and limited seating is still available. Chairs Christine Beall, Franchesca McGann, Michelle Miller, and Austin Smith invite you to Get Your Feathers Wet as we take this year's dinner & auction Under the Sea to raise money for PBDA. Reserve your seats today by contacting Paula Martin at 561-655-1188 extension 125.
When: Friday, April 11, 2014
Where: The Breakers Palm Beach
Time: 6:30 PM
$200 per person
RSVP Required
Online bidding is currently available.

2014 Arizona Trip
secondary schools Eight students accompanied Mrs. Dyal and Mr. Thom Frederick on the thirteenth spring break trip to Arizona, March 16th through 23rd. This learning experience emphasizes the unique astronomy, geology and natural history of the state. The trip’s itinerary included the Pima Air and Space Museum, Kartchner Caverns State Park, the Titan Missile Museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Saguaro National Park, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, travels within the Tohono O’odham and Navajo Nations, Kitt Peak National Observatory, the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, Lowell Observatory, Meteor Crater, Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments, Grand Canyon National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, and the “red rocks” of Sedona. Each year, this adventure is offered to a maximum of eight students in grades 7 through 9.

pic1 2014 — 2nd 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 overall 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

Kiwanis Student of the Month - March pic1
Alexis Gorfine has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for March. 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, Alexis.

pic1 PBDA Summer Program Begins this June. Registration is in progress.
Palm Beach Day Academy invites students in Primary through 9th Grade to participate in SummerQuest 2014, a summer-long program open to both children from PBDA and other area schools.
Lower Campus:

     Weekly from June 16 through July 3 - 9:00am to 3:00pm daily
Upper Campus:
     Weekly from June 9 through August 22 - 9:00am to 3:00pm daily with half day options available
Visit the SummerQuest Web Site or contact Linda Merman on the Lower Campus or Beth Okun on the Upper Campus for more information.

ByeByeBirdie Spring Musical
PBDA's Spring Musical will be "Bye, Bye, Birdie." There will be three performances in the Smith Family Theater - Friday, May 16, 7:00 pm; Saturday, May 17, 7:00 pm; and Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm.

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