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Great Expectations

2016 Feather Ball Featuring Rachel Platten, Presented by
First Republic Bank

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The Halmos Family Activity Center at Palm Beach Day Academy was transformed March 5th with giant butterflies and vibrant desert hues as the Feather Ball Goes to Coachella, Palm Beach style. More than 300 Palm Beach Day Academy trustees, parents, alumni, faculty, and special friends attended this year’s Feather Ball dinner and auction. PBDA parents Andrea Kosoy and Nicole Munder chaired the much anticipated signature fundraising event featuring a private performance by recording artist Rachel Platten. Presenting Sponsor of the Feather Ball was First Republic Bank. Grand Sponsors were Margaritaville and the Schumacher Automotive Group.
Guests began their evening in the Halmos auditorium with the silent auction and dinner portion of the evening. More than 250 silent auction items, donated by PBDA supporters, families, and faculty, kept guests busy. Bidding activity placed through personal smart phones 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.
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As the silent auction neared closing, guests proceeded to PBDA’s Smith Family Theatre in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts where Head of School Dr. Rebecca van der Bogert welcomed guests and thanked corporate sponsors, auction donors, and underwriters. 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, and once in a lifetime opportunities helped contribute to the overall netting of more than $400,000 for the school. Fundraising efforts concluded with a Call From the Heart appeal in support of PBDA Technology.
Exciting announcements during the program included the introduction of the school’s new Ambassadors Circle, chaired by grandparents Lori Gendelman and Julie Fisher Cummings. In addition, incoming board chair Lourdes Fanjul updated the crowd on the exciting momentum of the school’s building campaign for a Lower Campus Education Center – with 100 percent staff, board and incoming board member participation to date.
“In fact, incoming board members really rose to the challenge and combined with other donations we have added almost $1.5 million to the campaign goal in only the last week,” said Fanjul.
The finale of the evening was a 30-minute acoustical performance by Rachel Platten, of Fight Song and Stand by You fame.
Feather Ball 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, including PBDA Faculty, were on site throughout Saturday evening insuring guests were comfortable with everything from registration and learning the bidding process to the smooth “check-out” process and the final collection of 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 Cynthia Kanai, Paula Martin, Anita Nida, and Adrienne Arp in thanking everyone.


Science Night Science Night 2016

The second annual “Science Night” was hosted by the Upper Campus science, math and STEM teachers and students on Thursday, February 25th, in the Halmos Activities Center. The event featured thirty tables/stations of activities and demonstrations related, but not limited to, the Upper Campus science/math/STEM curriculum. New elements this year included the Science Olympiad team members with their projects, short presentations in PBDA’s portable “Starlab” planetarium, and participation by numerous students, parents and teachers from the Lower Campus. Thank you to everyone who attended, in spite of an exceptionally busy week of PBDA activities and events!

Grandparents and Special Friends Make a Difference

Grandparents' Day The Lower School celebrated Grandparents & Special Friends Day on February 29th and welcomed close to 200 visitors to campus that day. This year’s theme was “You Make My Heart LEAP!” and students shared their love and admiration for this special group of people.
This year’s event followed a different format from past years in order to give our visitors as much one on one time with the students as possible. Each grade level prepared a unique experience for the grandparents that included musical performances, games and learning activities in the classrooms, and the presentation of homemade gifts from the heart.
A Hospitality Suite in the cafeteria provided a place for grandparents to relax, enjoy refreshments, meet one another, and speak with school personnel and parents about PBDA and our plans for the future. Parent volunteers from the PSC were very helpful throughout the day and a grand time was had by all!

PBDA Hosts Speech and Debate Tournament

February Debate Although the Bulldog Speech and Debate Team is less than four months old, PBDA was the host school for the February Junior Forensic League Tournament on February 24. The effort to host relied on the enthusiastic participation of many PBDA Upper Campus faculty who showed up to do everything from judge events to handing out pizza. Parents were just as willing and found themselves quickly learning how to judge debate events, and then, two hours later, they were veterans. The PBDA family stepped up to the challenge, and despite our rank inexperience, managed an excellent tournament that earned the praise of even the most experienced attendees.
PBDA students had a good night. Public Forum debaters work in teams of two and enter the debate night with Pro and Con arguments for the month's resolution. For February, the resolution was " On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests." PBDA winners included Nicholas Lorentzen and Lucas Precoda -1st Place; Grayson Costa and Zane Ice - 4th Place; Adin MacAuliffe and Harrison Schram, and Arianna Biondi-Copeland and Isabella Pargiolas - 5th Place Tie; and Maya Patel and Sydney Kosoy - 6th Place. In the Dramatic Interpretation and Humorous Interpretation category, Lauren Susick won 3rd Place and in Improvisation, Diana Crompton won 3rd Place and Gray Foster won 6th Place.
Lead Coach and Debate Hostess, Jan Cook, wishes to thank the PBDA community for its support of the PBDA Debate Team.

First Graders Reach Reading Milestone

Accelerated Reader First graders recently reached an important milestone by collectively reading and testing on 2,000 books in the Accelerated Reader Program. Better known as the “AR Program”, students can log on and independently take a computerized test to demonstrate their understanding of the story.
This was quite an accomplishment for our young readers, and we can’t wait to see what the final total for the year will be!

Lower School Launches STEM Club

STEM The Lower School recently launched a new after school STEM Club for students in second and third grade under the leadership of third grade teacher, Vasantha Siva. Students will explore science concepts through hand-on exploration, research, and the use of the design thinking process. Students in the club will have the opportunity to participate in the Engineering Contest taking place on April 16th at the South Florida Science Museum. After the contest is over, students will continue to explore the world around them by creating objects using engineering principles. Through the creation of these objects, students will learn to think like a scientist and become better problem-solvers.

5th Grade Banquet of the Gods

Banquet of the Gods PBDA 5th Graders enjoyed the 27th Annual Greek Mythology Banquet of the Gods this afternoon. The Banquet is the culminating event for their trimester long study of Greek myths.
The students each portrayed a god, goddess, hero or heroine and performed for their parents and friends in the Smith Family Theater in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts on Thursday, March 11. The lively banquet included a few arguments between the characters as they attempted to settle scores that have been festering for centuries.
The Fifth Grade parents added their touch by decorating both the Smith Theater and the Halmos Center, and by providing Greek food for the Gods and their lowly subjects.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday

Dr. Seuss On Wednesday, March 2nd the Lower Campus celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Every year the NEA (National Education Association) hosts a reading motivation program called Read Across America. One Dr. Seuss book is chosen and schools and libraries across America enjoy hearing that story and completing fun projects and crafts. This year Lower Campus students enjoyed Dr. Seuss' posthumously published book, What Pet Should I Get?. Classes graphed One Fish, Two Fish, made their own Cat in the Hat hats, played Dr. Seuss Bingo and went on a Dr. Seuss Title Treasure Hunt. Our week capped off with a visit from our very own Cat in the Hat, (aka Coach Kelly), at our Friday Flag Assembly!

Kiwanis Kiwanis Student of the Month - March

Eighth Grader, Patton Janssen has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for March. 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.
Congratulations, Patton.


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