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83rd Annual Walter H. Butler Field Day
Flamingos - 263 / Pelicans - 261

 
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The 83rd Walter H. Butler Field Day ended in a narrow Flamingo victory last Saturday, April 26. Both teams, Pelicans and Flamingos, had spent the last few weeks planning their strategies and assigning athletes to their best events. As Saturday's competition began, the Flamingos got off to an early lead, but by the time the two teams entered the Distance and Relay Events the the lead had narrowed to only eight points. The Flamingos built on that small lead but the forty points that still were to be decided by the tugs-o-war were enough to make either team the winner. No one besides the scorekeepers knew that, however, but the fact was that, going into the tugs-o-war, the Pelicans were thirty-two points behind the Flamingos and needed to win all four tugs to win. And, that almost happened. Although the 5th & 6th Grade Pelicans girls managed to pull the Flamingo girls to within a few inches of the goal, the Flamingos found the strength and determination to recover lost ground and pull the flag over the Flamingo goal. That was the Flamingos only win in the tug events, but it was enough to leave them two points ahead and earn the 2014 Field Day Cup.
 
Field Day began with the traditional March led by Pelican Captains Remington Howell & Sally Huang, and Flamingo Captains Anderson Bishop & Jack Farris. The Middle School Captains for the Pelicans were Adelaide Riedesel & Liam Storkerson, and the Flamingo Middle School Captains were Katherine Justice & Carter Nicoletti. In keeping with a tradition that began on Field Day's 75th Anniversary, more than 100 Alumni donned their team colors and led the current students onto the field. Headmaster, Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert, welcomed the parents before faculty member Elizabeth Sheehan offered the invocation.
 
Former Headmaster, Jack Thompson, was on hand to fire the starting gun for the race for the flags to opened the competition as Flamingos Kevin Justice and Kaye Baker ran the length of the field ahead of Pelicans Jackson Hanson and Claire Barber. Beginning a new tradition this year, PBDA's Alumni Flamingo and Pelicans enthusiastically faced off in an Alumni Tug-O-War as the current students cheered on their teams. The Flamingos will be remembered in PBDA history as the winners of the inaugural Alumni Tug-O-War.
 
Each year, the Field Day competition results in a number of Maddock Award winners. This year eight student athletes earned Maddock Awards by placing first in two events, including team relay events.
Claire Barber (P) placed first in the 7-9th Grade Girls Running Broad Jump and in the 7-9th Grade Girls 300 yd Run.
Diana Crompton (P) placed first in 5-6th Grade Girls Running Broad Jump and was on the 5-6th Grade Boy/Girl 800yd Relay team.
Borja Delclaux (F) placed first in 5-6th Grade Boys Standing Broad Jump and was on the 5-6th Grade Boys 800yd Relay team.
Annabel Dewing (F) placed first in the 7-9th Grade Girls Standing Broad Jump and in the 7-9th Grade Girls 300yd Run.
Kevin Justice (F) placed first in the 7-9th Grade Boys Football Throw and was on the 7-9th Grade Boys 800yd Relay team.
James McKenna (F) placed first in 5-6th Grade Boys Football Throw and was on the 5-6th Grade Boys 800yd Relay team.
Braedon Rupp (F) placed first in 7-9th Grade Running Broad Jump and was on the 7-9th Grade Boy/Girl 800yd Relay team.
Quinn Steinbeck (F) placed first in 7-9th Grade Boys Standing Broad Jump and was on the 7-9th Grade Boys 300yd Relay team.
 
To see a complete listing of individual and relay event results, CLICK HERE.
 

 
25th Annual Pelican / Flamingo Knowledge Bowl
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pic1 The Pelicans outscored the Flamingos 960 - 920 on Friday, April 25 in the 25th Annual Knowledge Bowl. As Knowledge Bowl scores go, this was a close one and both teams had the potential to win right up to the last "Toss-up" question. This year's winning Pelicans included the Middle School team of Grayson Costa, Jonah Kotzen, Allison Sanchez and alternate Lily Kino; and the Upper School team of Jackson Cohlan, Alexis Gorfine, Atticus Stonestrom and alternate Prescott Butler. The Flamingos included the Middle School team of Patton Janssen, Carter Nicoletti, Beauregard Pearl and alternate Aidan Burt; and the Upper School team of Jack Farris, Harrison Koeppel, Blair Lalor, and alternate Lilly Carden.
 

 
The Lower Campus Celebrates “EARTH MONTH”
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Earth Month This year, the celebration of Earth Day was expanded to a month-long series of learning opportunities related to the study of life science, environmental issues, and what we can do to be the next generation of Earth Keepers.
 
All grade levels from Pre-Primary through Grade 3 chose appropriate topics to explore. Through hands-on experiences, field trips, and guest speakers, students had the chance to deepen their understanding in an age-appropriate way.
 
Some of the wonderful experiences included direct observation in and tending to the newly created butterfly gardens to learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, planting new vegetables and herbs in the garden beds, experimenting with plants in the classroom, and spending a day at the Archbold Biological Station in Pahokee and the Arthur Marshall Wildlife Refuge to gather data and information as part of a current third grade research project. Special area teachers also included lessons in their subject areas related to Mother Earth such as the creation of Earth Day posters during technology lessons.
 

 
boys Spring Sports Seasons End with League Trophies.
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The 2014 Boys Lacrosse team enjoyed one of it's finest seasons in recent memory. The team won 8 games and lost 2. The Bulldogs lost in the league final to Benjamin 11-10 in OT, and went home with the Second Place Trophy.
 
The team was led offensively by Kevin Justice with 61 points, Braedon Rupp 23 points, and Jonas Levine 17 points. Also contributing on offense were; Sebastian Rupp, Jackson Cohlan, Adin McAuliffe, Chris Ochstein, Patton Janssen, Chris Williams, Val Kaye, Nikki Huainigg, Stan Li, Josef Huainigg, and Alex Barr. The defense was anchored by Liam Storkerson who was absolutely the teams defensive MVP all season. The other palyer who palyed a huge part on defense were; Jackson Hanson, Jack McCluskey, Remington Howell, Henry Horgan, and Gustavo Maduro-Vollmer. Jack Litten and River Schnirman did a solid job in the goal for the team.
 
girls The girls Varsity Lacrosse made it to the finals by playing a game in rainy, windy, and hot conditions in the semi-finals against our rival, Benjamin, on their home field. PBDA has not beaten Benjamin in two years. But, in this game, the girls battled back from a 3-7 deficit at half time to a double overtime lead with a goal by Annabel Dewing. With 15 seconds remaining on the clock, Benjamin scored, but a crease penalty disallowed the goal leaving the score at 12-11, PBDA. Claire Barber was lead scorer 5 goals, Kaitlyn Straub, Abby Moss and Kay Baker each scored. Talia Chachkes had 8 saves in goal.
 
Two days later the girls played St. Marks in the finals at The Benjamin High School on their new artificial turf. St. Marks scored first then Abby Moss answered back by finding the net. It was 5-4 St. Marks going into the second half. PBDA had several scoring opportunities late in the game but ended with a loss 7-9. Kaitlyn Straub, Abby Moss, Annabel Dewing, and Claire Barber were our scorers. Solid defense came from Natalie Zoller, Hailey Pfluamer, and Quinn Reid. Talia Chachkes finished the game with 10 saves.
 
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Squad - Kay Baker • Claire Barber • Anderson Bishop • Talia Chachkes • Annabel Dewing • Emily Elhilow • Chloe Garton • Lucia Levine • Hannah Moross • Abby Moss • Hailey Pflaumer • Hailey Smallwood • Olivia Stewart • Katlyn Straub • Sophia Terry • Samantha Webster • Elizabeth Williams • Natalie Zoller
 

 
pic1 Barbara Close - Dwyer Award Winner
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PBDA Upper Campus math teacher, Barbara Close, was the recipient of a William T. Dwyer Excellence in Eduction Award for Middle School Teaching. She was one of five finalists in that category and one of five winners - one in each of the five categories - at the award ceremony on April 22nd at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The five categories include elementary, middle, & high school, and special programs & career education. The award includes prize money for each recipient and his or her school, and a personalized plaque.
 
Barbara now joins two other PBDA teachers, Kelly Sanchez and Cynthia Kanai, as fellow Dwyer Award recipients. The awards are named for the late William T. Dwyer, founding president of the Education Foundation.
 

 
PBDA Heads to the Big Apple!
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Join us in New York City on May 14 for an alumni gathering and book signing of Tradition and Change in Paradise: The Story of Palm Beach Day Academy. New York residents and Palm Beach Day alumnae Celerie Kemble ’88, Nicole Robinson Menges ’88, Emilia Fanjul Pfiefler ’90, Candice Koch Postel ’90 and Alexis Robinson Waller ’81 are co-hosting this swanky affair at the home of Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry.
 
If you would like to join us or know of alumni in the tri-state area, please contact Cindy DeSilva (561) 655-1188, ext. 129 or cdesilva@pbday.org .
 

 
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 Get Your Tickets for Bye, Bye, Birdie
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PBDA's Spring Musical, "Bye, Bye, Birdie." will be performed on three consecutive evenings in the Smith Family Theater - Friday, May 16, 7:00 pm; Saturday, May 17, 7:00 pm; and Sunday, May 18, 2:00 pm.
 
Seating will be limited and no one can be admitted without a ticket. Tickets must be purchased on-line, in advance at www.seatyourself.biz. Visit the website, choose your seat and print your ticket. Adults - $10, Students - $5.
 
Everyone - students, teachers, parents, friends - must have a ticket and arrive on time to be seated before the show begins.
 

 
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YEAR IN REVIEW      The end of the year - "Year in Review" - parent meeting is Monday, May 12. Dr. van der Bogert will present an overview of activities and accomplishments from this past school year, a financial report, and a preview of the vision for next school year. The meeting will take place in the Raymond J. Wean Library of the Upper Campus beginning at 7:00 P.M. All parents are encouraged to attend and homework assistance and child care will be provided
 
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