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On September 2nd, PBDA began its ninety-fourth school year.

All Aboard!

Students and parents alike were in for a big surprise exactly one week following the start of school. The arrival of our brand new 20-passenger activity van created jaw-dropping excitement as Mr. Cicio drove his usual early morning route.
“My mom screamed and ran onboard,” said fourth grade Student Leadership Council representative Caroline Ghirardini. “I love the design, especially the palm trees.”
Generous supporters of the Call From the Heart during last year’s Feather Ball made this new addition to PBDA’s fleet possible. The van will transport sports teams to various away games in addition to its popular morning route.
“The best part about riding the bus, though, is our driver, Mr. Cicio,” said Caroline. “He’s really, really fun.”

New Parent Party Welcome New Families
Palm Beach Day Academy extends a warm welcome to our new students and families. This year, Palm Beach Day Academy welcomes 79 new students – 58 Lower Campus, 21 Upper Campus. Several families have moved to the area and joined our school from areas outside of Florida including New York, Washington, D.C., California, Maryland, Virginia as well as Canada, England and Russia.
On September 10, over 100 attendees enjoyed the annual New Parent Party at the home of Sara and Jim McCann. Guests included new parents, administration, board of trustees and the PSC executive committee
PBDA prides itself on its reputation as a true family school. The close relationship that our faculty, parents and students share is the reason that PBDA is regarded as such. Each member of our school community is valued and needed. The faculty and parents share common goals and values as they work as partners in teaching and raising our students. As the new families join that partnership, they contribute to building and strengthening the family.
Welcome one and all. We are happy you are here.

PBDA Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members!
Bogel Brooke Bogle joins our Primary Team to work with our three and four year old students. She comes to us from St. Mark’s Episcopal School where she has served at various grade levels as a long-term substitute. With a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mississippi College, it was conveyed in Brooke’s references and confirmed in her demonstration teaching and interview that she has a love for younger children and has a natural talent for teaching them.
Cashette Kathleen (Katie) Cashette is our new Learning Specialist on the Lower Campus. She comes to us with a strong academic background and great experience. A graduate of Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, and Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Cognitive Science, Katie has worked at the Liberty School for Gifted and Dyslexic Students in Durango, CO as an Orton-Gillingham Program Coordinator, at the Raging Knowledge Educational Services in Westport, CT as a Learning and Cognition Specialist, and at The Kildonan School in Amenia, NY as a Language Skills Specialist. Her references are outstanding and speak to her ability to work with students as individuals, her commitment to community service, and her leadership ability among teachers.
Gabrielli Valentina Gabrielli is our Spanish teacher on the Upper Campus for students in Fourth through Eighth Grade. Valentina has two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Psychology and another in Art, and a Bachelor of Science degree in education She taught at the Morningside Elementary School in Warner Robins, Georgia, and most recently in New York City where she completed her Masters in Education at Columbia University. While pursuing her graduate degree, Valentina served as a teaching assistant at The Avenues in New York City. She is a native of Columbia and filled with enthusiasm for being at PBDA.
Hollern Ashley Hollern is our new Fifth and Sixth Grade science teacher on the Upper Campus. She comes to us with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and a Masters in Science of Instruction from Drexel University. Ashley has experience teaching at all levels from elementary through college having served at Bishop McCort High School and Pennsylvania Highland Community College in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, as well as all levels at the Sylvan Learning Center. She brings an in depth knowledge and excitement for all of the sciences, an un-bounding energy for the classroom, and a love of children.
Koserek Lindsay Kosarek will be teaching first grade and joins us from the University Park Elementary School in the Highland Park schools in Texas. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement, Lindsay has been a First Grade teacher for six years. It was clear in her interview that she is an exceptional communicator and passionate about teaching. She has served many leadership roles in her school in different areas of curriculum development and was referred to as an inspirational teacher in her references.
Mendoza Mario Mendoza, PBDS Class of 2004 and son of PBDS Alumnae and faculty member, Hilary Mendoza '71, now teaches science to Fourth and Fifth Graders in the very same classroom that first sparked his interest in science. Mario, a PBDS "Lifer," attended The Benjamin School and went on to the University of Florida where he earned a B.S. in Applied Science and Kinesiology in 2011. Mario has been a valuable assistant to PBDA's athletic department for the past 18 months. In addition to teaching 4th and 5th Grade science, Mario will continue to coach several seasons each year.
Perry Jordan Perry is joining us from the Riviera Day School in Coral Gables. She has her B.S. in Education with ESOL endorsement (K-6) from the University of Miami graduating Magna cum laude, and has taught in the Second Grade and Kindergarten at Riviera Day School. Jordan’s references and her demonstration teaching all showed us an incredible passion for children, an ability to meet individual children’s needs, and her own desire to be a life-long learner.

Student Leadership Council
The Upper Campus Students voted for representatives to the Student Leadership Council on Wednesday, September 17. The 2014-15 Student Leadership Council members are

President: Harrison Koeppel
Vice President: Ryan Goldfarb

8th Grade Representatives:
Daniela Garcia, River Schnirman, Chris Williams, Liz Williams

7th Grade Representatives:
Zane Ice, Patton Janssen, Adin McAuliffe

6th Grade Representatives:
Martina Gil, Harrison Stewart, Lilli Wytrzes

5th Grade Representatives:
Avery Emmer, Chase Koeppel, Liana Stoll

4th Grade Representatives:
Caroline Ghirardini, Lucy Newmyer, Lucas Selakovic

Faculty sponsors: Mr. Jim Gramentine and Mrs. Megan Quinty

Enrich Fall Enrichment 2014
Palm Beach Day Academy’s after school Enrichment program is in full swing this fall but spaces are still available. Our classes provide a safe and social environment that promotes healthy learning and development while building positive relationships. Each Enrichment class is offered one day a week on a trimester basis and reflect students’ interests in sports, recreation, gardening, art, music, drama, gardening, math, science and technology, foreign language, and other academic areas.
New programs are added every trimester. The second trimester of Enrichment will begin December 1st with registration beginning the week of November 17th. Enrollment is offered first-come, first-served, so register early to ensure your child’s spot. Visit for program descriptions or contact Linda Merman at for Lower Campus Enrichment or Beth Okun at for Upper Campus programs.

7th Graders Qualify to Apply to Duke TIP
pic1 On the basis of their 5th or 6th Grade standardized test scores, twenty-three 7th Graders qualified to take the next step toward acceptance to the Duke University summer program, Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program) Eligibility is earned by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on age/grade appropriate achievement or aptitude tests within the past two years. Palm Beach Day Academy uses the CTP scores to determine Seventh Grade eligibility. Achieving a qualifying score on the CTP is the first step for students who would like to participate in the TIP offerings on the Duke TIP campuses next summer. To apply, qualifiers must take either the ACT or the SAT in the 7th Grade.
7th Grade Qualifiers
Aidan Burt
Logan Emmer
Gray Foster
Zane Ice
Robbie Jackson
Patton Janssen
Lily Kino
Jonah Kotzen
Sophia Lloyd George
David Lloyd George
Nicholas Lorentzen
Erika Luter
Adin McAuliffe
Alexandra McGivney
James McKenna
Carter Nicoletti
Katherine Panagoulias
Beauregard Pearl
Lucas Precoda
Tyler Sandstrom
Harrison Schram
Ben Smith

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
On the basis of their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade standardized test scores, forty-four 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Graders qualified to take the next step toward acceptance to the Johns Hopkins CTY (Center for Talented Youth) Program. Eligibility is earned by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on achievement test that includes a sub-test of reasoning. Palm Beach Day Academy uses the Stanford-10 scores to determine eligibility. Achieving a qualifying score on the Stanford is the first step for students who would like to participate in the CTY offerings. To apply, qualifiers must take the SCAT (School & College Ability Test) at a local testing center.
2nd Graders (Based on 1st Grade Scores)
Mary A.
Brooks B.
Christopher C.
Evan F.
Charles G.
Harlow K.
Alexandra K.
Chloe M.
Griffin M.
Helen M.
Lauren M.
Rangeley N.
Christopher O.
Lucy P.
Rachel P.
Katherine P.
Savannah S.
Day S.
Jacqueline T.
Grace Z.

3rd Graders (Based on 2nd Grade Scores)
Tyler A.
Samantha B.
Garvey B.
Ashton E.
Emmanuel M.
Roger R.
Tate W.

4th Graders (Based on 3rd Grade Scores)
Robin B.
Rafe C.
Jack D.
Spencer F.
Tatiana G.
Carolina G.
Jameson H.
Lucy N.
Colin N.
Jonathan S.
Lucas S.
Christina T.
Ryan W.

pic1 A Welcome from Parent/School Council President, Sandy Singer
I would like to welcome all of our new and returning students and families, faculty and trustees back to Palm Beach Day Academy. I hope that you all had a fabulous summer filled with adventure and relaxation! It has been so great to see the smiling faces and hearing all the excitement the children bring to the hallways.
The purpose of this letter is to familiarize everyone with the Parent School Council (PSC). The PSC was created to offer parents an effective way to communicate their ideas, suggestions and concerns to the greater school community. The PSC Executive Committee consists of parents representing all grade levels, faculty liaisons, administration staff and Board of Trustee members. They meet monthly to discuss how our school is doing and where it is headed in the future.
Throughout the year, the Parent School Council also sponsors and assists students and faculty with many events. The Speakers Forum (drawing well-known speakers on topics relevant to parenting in today’s world), Book Fairs, Feather Ball Dinner and Auction, Thanksgiving Project, Teacher Appreciation Week, Family Picnic and BBQ, Pet Show and Bulldog Outreach are a just a few of events that offer opportunities for parents to get involved as much as they wish. The PSC also assists with welcoming and mentoring new families.
The PSC also provides many opportunities for parents to participate in the school activities and events as much as their schedule allows. Parent Coffees have been held for each of the grade levels to introduce families to their room/class parents and committee chairpersons. Parents who attended learned about where their time and talents could be best put to use. Becoming a Room Parent or volunteering on a project committee is an extremely rewarding part of our children’s school experience.
All members of the PSC welcome a phone call or email anytime you have concerns of a non-academic nature. Any issues having to do with teachers, curriculum, grades, homework, etc. should be brought to the teacher’s attention first. If still unresolved, contact your Campus Head and then the Head of School. Your ideas, suggestions and concerns are a vital part of maintaining the best school environment for our children.
Please feel free to contact me, or any member of the PSC, if you have any questions.
Sandy Singer
Parent School Council President
(561) 346-4935


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