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September 8, 2015 - First Day of School! With Labor Day as late in the month as it will ever be, the first day of school seemed to take forever to arrive. But, once it did, it was worth the wait. Perhaps more than on nearly any other day of the year, the first day of school begins with one set of emotions and ends with an entirely different set for all involved. Whether a student, parent or teacher arrived nervous or excited or some combination of both, he or she ended the first day relaxed and secure and ready for the remaining 169. Bring 'em on!


9th Grade Selfie Palm Beach Civic Association Chronicles PBDA's 95th Opening Day

Check Out The Palm Beach Civic Association's coverage of PBDA's 95th First Day. Thank you, Susan Keenan, past parent, past Board of Trustees member, and long-time supporter of PBDA. WATCH

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 62 new students – 36 Lower Campus, 26 Upper Campus. Several families have moved to the area and joined our school from areas outside of Florida including New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, as well as China, Poland, and England. Seven students have returned to PBDA after attending school elsewhere and we welcome them back to our school family.
On September 10, nearly 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.

Welcome New Teachers
PBDA is proud to introduce five new members of the faculty and staff on the Upper Campus.
Emily Shaw will be our 4th & 5th Grade science teacher joining us from the Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda, MD. She has a Masters from Bank Street College of Education and brings with her 10 years of experience, the highest of recommendations, and a passion for science.
Olympia Shields will be teaching math on the Upper Campus and joins us from the Stephen Gaynor School where she served as Math Department Chair and taught grades K-8. She was also Lower School Math Coordinator at the Carroll School. Olympia has an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt, a Masters in Education from Boston University, and she graduated from Palm Beach Day School.
Adrienne Arp joins us as our new Alumni Relations Coordinator. Adrienne knows Palm Beach Day Academy and many of our alumni well because she and her six brothers and sisters attended the school. She is the mother of three students who currently attend PBDA, Lily in 6th, Mary in 3rd, and Griffin in 1st. She ia an active PBDA parent who serves as Vice President for the Lower Campus on the Parent School Council. Adrienne received her BA in Psychology from the University of Utah and is looking forward to organizing many events for our Alumni.
We are very fortunate that Christi Chane will be joining our faculty to teach math to our 4th and 5th Graders. Mrs. Chane is highly qualified with a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University, a Master of Education from DePaul University, and eight years of teaching experience. Christi began her career at The Francis W. Parker School in Chicago and joined us as a 2nd Grade teacher here at Palm Beach Day Academy. She was the recipient of the Merck Excellence in teaching Award and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Potentials Charter School of The Arc of Palm Beach County. Christi and her husband Jonathan and three children, Harper, Jack and Lila are in the process of building a new house, and supporting Jonathan's upcoming run for U.S. Congress.
Jose Ojeda will be teaching in our sixth grade Spanish program. We are fortunate to have a native speaker join us from Colombia where he was educated as an industrial designer and photographer. Jose has taught at the University level and at Palm Beach Day Academy in our After School Enrichment Program. He will be joining his wife Valentina Garbrielli as part of our Global Languages Department. Jose's interests include design, arts, Spanish, French, English, science, and mathematics. He has a special interest in sharing his curiosity about how things work.

4th Grade Play Latest Additions to the PBDA Fleet
PBDA begins the 2015-16 school year with two brand new Ford Transit vans, freshly wrapped with Bulldog pride and ready to go. One of the vans was made possible by gifts made at the 2015 Feather Ball "Call From the Heart." The other results from a donation from the Will Matthews Family. Thank you to all who contributed.

9th Graders Pass Test on Day One

PBDA's Ninth Graders spent their first day of school at Florida Atlantic University's Outdoor Ropes Course where they faced some challenges even more intimidating than Mr. Greco's English assignments. The group and their teachers had to step out of their comfort zones, both emotionally and physically, as they were expected to work together as a team to solve problems and overcome obstacles. They quickly gained comfort with each other and found each other's strengths as they attempted to navigate the heights of the course. They seemed to find things to respect and admire in each other, and, perhaps even more importantly, they all found something new to respect about themselves.

Family BBQ PBDA's Family Reunion BBQ - Saturday, September 26
Palm Beach Day Academy will have their first ever Family Reunion and Barbecue on Saturday, September 26th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Halmos Center on the Upper Campus. This Family Barbecue is for all current families at PBDA this year. We wanted to get everyone together for great food and conversation so that strong relationships are built from the first month of school. The food and light spirits will be provided by Aioli, with separate special attention to foods that appeal to our children, as well. After dinner, our children will be engaged in arts and crafts, as well as a movie in the Smith Family Theatre. At the end of the evening, our Lower Campus and Upper Campus Choirs will blend together for the first time…for a final song. You won’t want to miss this event.

Our goal is simply to bring our families together for an evening of family, food and fun. Please RSVP today.

Summer 2015 Brought New Technology to PBDA
tech For several years, PBDA has carefully considered the impact of additional technology in the classroom. By visiting schools locally and researching several countrywide, we watched and learned as other schools tried various types of technology to enhance their own curriculum. This past year, we formed a Tech Team research group consisting of a cross section of teachers from both campuses and covering all grades and subjects. The result is a series of carefully planned pilot programs throughout the school.
In the lower grades, six iPads were placed in each classroom from grades K through 4. Teachers participated in a training workshop before school began and will implement educational apps that enhance current curriculum. The 9th Grade, one-to-one iPad program continues to be successful and iBooks are being used in several subjects.
In grades 5 through 9, a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is being piloted. In simple terms, this means we are allowing students to bring electronic devices to classes where teachers feel they would benefit the curriculum. This is not a mandatory policy, and it is stressed that no one needs to go out and buy a new device at this time; students are encouraged to share devices in classes if needed.
tech As our existing interactive SMARTBoards are aging and parts are becoming unavailable, PBDA was required to find alternatives. Extensive research shows that while the lower grades continue to require SMARTBoard interactivity features, this function is becoming less important in the upper grades. Large, flat screen TVs were installed in many of the classrooms on the upper campus resulting in spare SMARTBoards to replace those that are beginning to fail. Upper campus teachers are finding that the use of the the cost-friendly flat screen TV, along with an iPad, provides much of the flexibility and tools that a SMARTBoard provides, but with better resolution. Two classrooms in the lower campus are also using a flat screen TV, one in grade 3 and one in the art classroom.
Lastly, the technology curriculum was reviewed and revised to ensure that every student graduates with the technological skills needed to succeed in every secondary school and beyond. Because Google Docs for Education is now used extensively by many schools, it will be introduced at PBDA throughout the school year. With Google Docs, both students and teachers can expect to experience increased capability in the creation, sharing, and grading of assignments.
PBDA is taking steps to ensure that its strong, successful vision is not only supported, but that technology is used in a carefully thought-out manner to embrace and enhance that vision.

pic1 A Welcome from Parent/School Council President, Amy Middleton
On behalf of the Parent School Council (PSC), welcome back to Palm Beach Day Academy! Both campuses are buzzing with excited students and enthusiastic teachers as we shake off the summer and begin a new academic season. Along with the rest of the PSC Officers, I encourage all parents to be active in making 2015-2016 another great year for our children. You are essential to making our school a vibrant community and an effective learning environment. We have a great year ahead!
Coming up, on September 22 at 8:15 in the Wean Library on the upper campus, the PSC will be hosting a Parent Coffee for parents of students in grades 4 – 9. Then, on September 24 at 8:15 in the lower school cafeteria, parents of students in Pre-Primary through Grade 3 will be welcomed to their Parent Coffee.
At these gatherings, you will meet your new room parents and learn about specific classroom projects and events and how you can help. The various committee heads will also be on hand to share information about other fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities.
Then, on September 26, we will gather for our First Annual Family Reunion. This is sure to be a fun and relaxing evening for all PBDA families and students. What a wonderful opportunity to introduce our 34 new families to the PBDA family.
I encourage you to subscribe to the PBDA online calendar to keep apprised of events our school community has to offer. Get Connected!
Please feel free to contact me, or any member of the PSC, if you have any questions or concerns of a non-academic nature. I look forward to seeing you all soon!
Amy Middleton
Parent School Council President
(561) 601-6699

PSC Officers


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