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Feather Ball Under the Sea
 
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The Venetian Ballroom at The Breakers Palm Beach was transformed into an underwater oasis on April 11th as more than 250 Palm Beach Day Academy trustees, parents, alumni, past parents, grandparents, and special friends attended the 2014 Feather Ball. PBDA parents Christine Beall, Franchesca McGann, Michelle Miller, and Austin Smith chaired the much anticipated signature fundraising event. Grand Sponsors of the Feather Ball were Margaritaville and the Schumacher Automotive Group.
 
Guests were first ushered into the Mediterranean Ballroom, where more than 300 silent auction items, donated by PBDA supporters, families, and faculty, kept guests busy. Bidding activity placed through a handheld bidding device or personal smart phone allowed guests to move freely throughout the room, engaging with old friends and making new friends while keeping close watch on their favorite auction items. Among the most sought after silent auction items each year are items generously donated by PBDA Faculty
 
Head of School Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert welcomed guests and introduced PBDA Student Council President Atticus Stonestrom, who served as Master of Ceremonies for the Lucky Feather portion of the program. The night continued with the highlight of the evening - the live auction - and included a spectacular dinner and an evening of dancing. Live Auction Master of ceremonies, faculty member, parent, and alumna Jan-Marie Cook was masterful as the event auctioneer. Her love for the school and community added a genuine charm to the live auction portion of the evening, where priceless items, exotic trips, sporting events, and once in a lifetime opportunities helped contribute to the overall netting of more than $350,000 for the school. The top selling item this year was a custom-built golf cart, which was sold twice to the tune of $30,000! Guests were treated to a PBDA video of students and faculty singing “The Wheels on the Bus,” followed by a Call From the Heart request in support of PBDA Transportation led by PBDA parent and coach Patti Griffin, which closed out the evening’s fundraising activities.
 
More than 60 Auction Committee members worked tirelessly in the months before the event planning all aspects of the evening, creating class projects, collecting auction items, helping with décor and invitations, setting up the event, and much more. Another 60 plus volunteers, PBDA Faculty, were on site throughout Friday evening insuring guests were comfortable with everything from the registration process and bidding devices to experiencing a smooth “check-out” process and collecting their valuable winnings.
 
Throughout the auction season, the extended family and faculty of PBDA have shown their generosity with their time and money. The Auction Co-Chairs join the school administration and the development team of Kathleen Emmett, Paula Martin, Cindy DeSilva, and Anita Nida in thanking everyone.
 

 
Eight 7th Graders Qualify for TIP Summer Studies
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pic1 Eight Palm Beach Day Academy Seventh Graders have qualified for special summer programs through the Duke University Talent Identification Program. To qualify, students must first earn scores on their school’s standardized tests that place them in the 95th percentile nationally. Twenty-four Seventh Graders achieved that level or higher. Students with such scores then have the option of taking the SAT or ACT in grades 7 - 9.
 
Of the fourteen 7th Graders who qualified and chose to take the SAT or ACT, eight have achieved the State Recognition Level. State Qualifiers must earn an SAT Math score of 520 or better, or an SAT Critical Reading score of 510 or better, or an SAT Writing score of 500 or better; or two of the three following scores: Math = 510, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490.
 
State Recognition – William De Melo, Kristen Frederick, Taylor Frederick, Daniela Garcia, Johan Kramm, Perry Middleton, and Abigail Wandoff.
 
Of that group of qualifiers, most have plans to attend the Duke TIP program either this summer or next. Several of last year's qualifiers will be attending for a second time this summer.
 

 
Children's Raffle Upper Campus Children's Raffle Monday, April 21 - Friday, April 25!
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Support PBDA and win fabulous prizes. Raffle tickets are $1 each and are on sale each morning at 7:30 am and at lunch. The Upper Campus Children's Raffle drawing will be held Friday, April 25, at assembly.
 

 
pic1 PBDA Summer Program Begins this June. Registration is in progress.
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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.
 
DATES AND TIMES
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
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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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