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19th Walter H. Butler Golf Classic
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Twenty-five foursomes arrived at The Breakers Ocean Course for a shamble start at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22 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. The tournament, which each year is sold out in record time, was chaired by Matt Smith and Joel Kassewitz and raised more than $70,000 for Palm Beach Day Academy’s educational programs.
The overall grand tournament winner included the team of Todd Savage, J.B. Murray ‘81, John Pickett and Michael Melear. Men’s Flight Division winner included the team of Joe Carron, Trey Sned ‘99, Michael Katzenberg ’02 , and Luke Davis, with husband - wife teams Wayne and Leslie Wytrzes and Wilber and Janet James winning the Mixed Flight Division. Second place recognition went to Tom Forrest, Chris Cook, Bobby Leidy ’96 and Avery Klann in the Men’s Flight and Gerard George, Charlie Middleton, Anand Patel and Dhru Patel ’19 in the Mixed Flight Division. Closest to the Pin winners were Ben Smith ‘17, Jane Scarpa and J.B. Murray ‘81. Longest Drive winners were Ben Smith ‘17, Bridget Koch and Bobby Leidy ‘96.
Major Sponsors of this year’s Golf Classic included the Arna & Stanley Smith Foundation, Shoes For Crews, Darcie and Joel Kassewitz, Sterling Organization, The Breakers, the Hallowell Family, Austin and Steve Smith, and the Wytrzes Family, SCS Financial and The Atwood Group – Merrill Lynch.

Ninth Grade 14 9th Grade Play

PBDA's Ninth Grade was joined by a handful of willing teachers to perform The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet on November 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the Smith Family Theater. The audience enjoyed the quirky re-write of the classic love story. Shakespeare himself may not have approved, but the laughter from the audience proved that many more did.
Director Jan Cook closed the show with the traditional awarding of the White Jacket to Ryan Goldfarb for his over-all contributions to the Ninth Grade production.
The cast: Lyon Foster as Romeo, Talia Chachkes as Juliet, Mr. Mendoza as Lord Monotone, Mrs. Mendoza as Lady Monotone, Harrison Koeppel as Lord Capitulate, Addison Gruber as Lady Capitulate, Josef Huainigg as Sampson, Isaac Wiggins as Gregory, Alfi Auersperg as Abram, Jack Litten as Balthazar, Isaac Wiggins as The Prince, Jack Litten as Benvolio, Mr. Stewart as Paris, Isaac Wiggins as Servant of Capitulate, Ryan Godfarb as Nurse, Alfi Auersperg as Mercutio, Josef Huainigg as Tybalt, Ryan Godfarb as Monk Larry, Mme. Finney - Prologue, Mrs. Pateman as Dinky McDuff, Mrs. Close - Narrator #1, Mrs. Barbieri - Narrator #2, Mrs. Johnson - Narrator #3, and Mrs. DeSilva - Narrator #4.

Speaker Series Veteran's Day Speaker - Matt Eversmann
PBDA's Upper Campus students were excited to meet decorated Army Ranger, Matt Eversmann, on Veteran's Day, November 11. Mr. Eversmann was first introduced by his daughter, 6th Grader, Molly, who spoke of her father eloquently and proudly. Staff Sgt. Matthew Eversmann defined military heroism as more than valor in battle. He explained how men and women in the military are dedicated to selflessly serving people they are unlikely to ever meet. He credited the many thousands of military men and women, serving in over 100 countries right now, for their determination to do good. Mr. Eversmann's personal heroism as the commander of the Army Rangers whose 1993 mission in Mogadishu was immortalized in the 2007 movie, Black Hawk Down, was not his focus.
Veteran's day has always been an important event at PBDA. Each year, a special assembly is organized to honor America's Veterans. This year's assembly will surely be long remembered. Thank you Mr. Eversmann for your service to our country and to our school.

UCGardening Garden Happenings
PBDA's Upper Campus Garden is well tended and bearing fruit. Many enthusiastic Fourth Graders along with students from upper grades are enjoying getting their hands dirty under the guidance of the Fourth Grade Teachers.
In addition to performing the centuries-old labor of gardening, our students are chronicling their efforts and successes electronically on their very own website. Click the Garden Happenings logo on the right to take a look at what they've been up to.

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Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
December 10, 2014

PBDA's Speaker Series will feature Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair on December 10, at 6:30 pm in the Smith Family Theater, Matthews Center for Performing Arts. Dr. Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, will speak about the impact of technology on education, childhood and family life. Many of our families will be able to relate to her description of modern families where each member is interacting with an electronic device and not with other family members.
PBDA believes that technology's effect on children is a significant issue that deserves our community's attention. Parents are encouraged to come hear Dr. Steiner-Adair and consider reading her book, The Big Disconnect.


Collaborate South Florida, a consortium of four local schools working together to examine teaching practices and share innovative ideas, held the initial meeting of the 2014-2015 school year on Saturday, November 15th at the Mounts Botanical Garden. Over sixty teachers from Palm Beach Day Academy, Tree Top Academy, North Broward Prep, and Education First Schools participated. Led by personnel from Mounts and other local experts, the program focused on learning about Systems Thinking using artifacts from the various gardens at Mounts as well as learning more about aquaponics and butterfly gardening.

Thanks Giving Thanks Giving Project 2014
The Thanksgiving Project has been a tradition on the Lower Campus. The purpose of this project is to provide Thanksgiving dinners for the families at Glades Academy in Pahokee. In its earliest days, the program fed approximately 30 families. We are helping 126 families this holiday season.
The entire Lower School community is involved with this project – first, by bringing specific food items to help make a complete Thanksgiving dinner that includes rice and sugar donated by Florida Crystals. Donations, earned by students in Second, Third, and Fourth Grade through their participation in the Read-A-Thon, are used to supply Winn-Dixie gift cards for the purchase of a turkey or ham. The Third Grade students are the ambassadors for this program and they help sort, collect and deliver the boxes to the families.
This morning, when the boxes were delivered, every grade played a role in preparing and/or delivering the boxes of food. Students from every grade decorated cards and the students from Pre-Primary through Third Grade circled around the courtyard filling the boxes with the items while the second grade assisted with handing out the items to be placed in the boxes.
When the Third Graders arrived at Glades Academy they were met by very appreciative families. After delivering the boxes of food, our students joined the children from Glades Academy to share a meal. Each year, this event is a wonderful and moving experience for our students. Many leave with a greater appreciation of their own good fortune and an understanding of how that good fortune is also a responsibility.

Kiwanis Kiwanis Student of the Month - November
Lyon Foster has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for November. 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.
Lyon gave the following speech at the Kiwanis meeting in early November.
      I would first off like to thank the Kiwanis club for having me here today. I have had an exceptional time so far. We are here today because we have all proved to excel academically and show leadership potential during school and on our own. I have worked hard for good grades this year as well as the opportunity to play on all varsity sports, I was lucky enough to be the lead in our freshman play and to serve on our student council. I was pleased to play a part in multiple community service projects ranging from serving meals at a soup kitchen to helping maintain our countries beautiful national parks. I would like to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude towards the Palm Beach Day Academy for so warmly accepting me into their community. It is because of the teachers and students there that I will be receiving this honor, for behind every class I take there is a teacher who wants me to do well and an encouraging group of peers, who are not only preparing me for my future, but genuinely want me to succeed, just as I hope multiple successes for them. Thank you all!
Congratulations, Lyon.

Kiwanis Primary Artists Inspire Art Book
For the last three years, Courtney Ellender and Joy VanDyke have been teaching together in Primary and, during that time, they have taken great care to document the daily learning in the classroom. This includes math and language arts activities, as well as more broad studies through thematic units.
Integrating art activities into the thematic learning in the classroom has been a focus of the Primary program for the last several years. Teachers document the development of thinking through these integrated process-based art activities. At the end of last year, they decided to take many of their photos and documentation and put them together to create a book entitled, Inspired Art: 36 Inspired Artistic Ideas. At this time, the book is being published as a guide to arts integration and has been shared with visiting educators from other schools.

NWF National Wildlife Federation Certification
Palm Beach Day Academy Lower Campus has been awarded another wonderful certification! The National Wildlife Federation recognized PBDA as a certified schoolyard habitat. Among the criteria requirements to receive this award were providing places for animals to build habitats, providing a source of water, and planting vegetation that serves as food for animals. This recognition is a great complement to our Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom certification.


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