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April 19, 2016 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal
Great Expectations

Tradition & Change, An Evening in Paradise
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On Friday evening, many school families, educators, and Trustees gathered in the Smith Family Theater in the Matthews Center for Performing Arts to celebrate the past, the present and the future of Palm Beach Day Academy. The Middle School Chorus, conducted by students Maya Patel and Martina Gil, began the program. The chorus sang three inspiring songs including a beautiful solo performed by fourth grader, Reilly Hollern. Matt Lorentzen, Co-Chair of the Capital Campaign, welcomed the audience. Dr. van der Bogert spoke about the present and the past, reminding everyone that we had achieved much together including the renovation of the Smith Family Theater that we were enjoying at that very moment. Dr. Edwin Gordon, incoming Head of School, spoke about the excitement he feels as he looks forward to leading Palm Beach Day Academy, as well as his commitment to the construction of the new lower campus that will enhance the education of our students for generations to come. Lyanne Azqueta and Christina Macfarland, Co-Chairs of the Advisory Committee for the Together For Our Children Campaign, thanked all the donors who contributed to the Education Center and highlighted some of the families that had given leadership gifts.
Cynthia Kanai, Director of Development, ended the evening with a special announcement. “We have had an opportunity to prioritize some things for the Lower Campus based on funds raised to date, and thanks to some pencil sharpening, hard work, and value engineering, we WILL break ground this summer. We will start with the infrastructure and many elements that need to be completed while the children are away. We will have a ceremonial ground breaking event on May 10th. We look forward to announcing this exciting milestone to the greater West Palm Beach/Palm Beach community at that time.”
Following Cynthia's announcement, the celebration of PBDA's future continued in the Vicki and Peter Halmos Activities Center at a lovely reception that was underwritten by the Great Expectations Co-Chair Frances Fisher and her husband Jeffrey Fisher.

2016 Alumni Pet Show

Pet Show The Palm Beach Day Academy Pet Show began in 1970 and was a popular annual event until 1997. It was originally run by the Student Council along with help from parents. In 2014, the Alumni Committee decided to bring it back. Pet owners and their four legged friends gathered on the East Field on Saturday, April 2 to compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in eleven categories. Alumni judges reviewed the pets as they paraded with their owners before making their final decisions which included awarding the Best in Show Cup to Rusty whose family will enjoy the cup for a year, before presenting it to the 2017 Pet Show Best in Show Winner, next year. A plaque engraved with the winners' names is on display in PBDA’s trophy case.
Barbara Close ’67, Missy Savage ’83, Millie Dayton ’87, Alexandra Cook ’89, Tad Ferguson ’91, Carrie Pateman ’92, & Jordann Weingartener ’95
Best In Show – Rusty Bell

Cutest — 1st – Rusty Bell, 2nd – Douglas Christu, 3rd – Lulu Kipikasha
Best Trick — 1st – Osito Steffe, 2nd – Phineas Torres, 3rd – Chilli Pepper Conde
Best Costume — 1st – Whistle Boyd, 2nd – Jimmy & Kate Schram, 3rd – Buttons Brown
Most Exotic — 1st – Hershey Kipikasha, 2nd – Sunny D Kipikasha
Most Beautiful Long Hair Dog — 1st – Jasper Pompeo, 2nd – Lucky Gannon, 3rd – Molly Savage
Most Beautiful Short Hair Dog — 1st – Jagger Singer, 2nd – Monster Vila, 3rd – Sasha Wille
Most Beautiful Long Hair Cat — 1st – Serefina Lloyd George, 2nd – Nala Pompeo
Most Beautiful Short Hair Pet — 1st – Furry Steffe, 2nd – Flopsy Quinty, 3rd – Aubbie Ferguson

Week of the Young Child
Courtney Ellender

Primary Last week, April 11-15, Pre-Primary and Primary students took part in the Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Each day was dedicated to early learning and the power of play. The week kicked off with Music Monday. In Pre-Primary the children made musical instruments and played them along with their favorite music. In Primary the children explored ways to make music with water, played instruments and sang songs, and practiced “One Love” for their Flag performance. They also made a special craft.
Next came Taco Tuesday, focusing on healthy eating habits. Pre-Primary focused on the food groups. They also created a healthy pizza using arts and crafts. In Primary the children made a healthy fruit taco, created a Brace Map of the parts of a taco, and made a Tree Map to classify food by color, then we ate the rainbow! The children also enjoyed singing and dancing to the song, “It’s Raining Tacos.”
On Work Together Wednesday, Pre-Primary worked together and became engineers! Along with their guest visitor, Mr. Jim Danni, they constructed a race car using recyclable materials. Using the children’s ideas, a beautiful race car was created. In Primary, they played cooperative games using the parachute, built a building together and wrote a story about it, and worked in small groups to build structures outside using large blocks and pipe builders.
Thursday was Artsy Thursday. Pre-Primary children created rainbows using finger paints in the beauty of the outdoors. Everyone had a turn to move from one color to another and experienced the concept of color mixing. The result was a beautiful array of color explorations and experimentations. Primary visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and enjoyed hearing about Ann Norton from Ms. Nancy, the education director. They also got to see art exhibits by two PBDA families, Diana Guest, great grandmother to Christian G., and Susie Phipps Cochran, grandmother to 5th grader Rafe C. In the afternoon, all of the Primary classes got together on the playground to make two colorful murals using paint.
Primary The week ended with Family Friday. Pre-Primary enjoyed a visit from Dr. Manuel (Paloma’s dad) to speak to the children about what it is like to be a doctor. Primary led Flag Assembly and performed the official Week of the Young Child theme song, “One Love,” an arrangement by Aaron Nigel Smith. We loved seeing all of the families at Flag Assembly! It was a wonderful week and a great way to showcase the important early learning activities that happen daily in Pre-Primary and Primary.

7th Graders Qualify for TIP Summer Studies
pic1 Seven Palm Beach Day Academy Seventh Graders have qualified for special summer programs through the Duke University Talent Identification Program. To qualify, students must first earn scores on their school’s standardized tests that place them in the 95th percentile nationally. Twenty-six Seventh Graders achieved that level or higher. Students with such scores then have the option of taking the SAT or ACT in grades 7 - 9.
Of the twenty-six 7th Graders who qualified, twelve chose to take the SAT or ACT. One student has achieved the Grand Recognition Level. Six have achieved the State Recognition Level. Four have qualified to attend the Center for Summer Studies. Three have qualified to participate in the Academy of Summer Studies.
Grand Recognition - Caroline McCann
State Recognition – Ariana Biondi-Copeland, Isabell Carden, Caroline McCann, Isabella Pargiolas, Drake Rydberg, and Lilly Wytrzes
Center for Summer Studies - Ariana Biondi-Copeland, Isabel Carden, Caroline McCann, and Drake Rydberg
Academy for Summer Studies - Molly Eversmann, Isabella Pargiolas, and Lilly Wytrzes

Dr. Tony Nader Speaker Series - Dr. Tony Nader

Author, school parent, and leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement, Professor Tony Nader spoke to parents in the Smith Family Theater on April 5. He explained the science behind the physiological effects that meditation has on people who practice it. He made the case that those effects are beneficial, and can be had by anyone willing to spend fifteen minutes twice a day quietly calming his or her mind. Additionally, Dr. Nader showed examples of schools that have experienced significant positive changes by dedicating time to school-wide meditation periods.
Professor Nader's presentation was the second of three scheduled for this school year. The next presentation will be May 3rd at the home of Margaret and John Thornton. Look for your invitation.

Third Grade Students Take Action in Haiti
Sarah Evans

Garden The third grade students are working together to positively impact the lives of some of the poorest children in the Western Hemisphere. After learning about the soil conditions and the need for horticultural education in Haiti, the students were inspired to take action, one of four global competencies at the cornerstone of the third grade Museum Partnership with Food for the Poor. With a goal of addressing the food shortage problem at the Center for Action and Development Orphanage in Haiti, the third grade students engaged in the Design-Thinking process to engineer raised garden bed prototypes, which would then be built at and used by the orphanage. The children’s dedication and passion was such an inspiration to Food for the Poor’s agronomist in Haiti that he decided to use all four of the designs created by our students rather than just choosing one.
In addition to the new garden beds that were built using our students’ designs, the children at the orphanage will participate in educational sessions through which they will learn about the nutritional impact of fruits and vegetables, how to prepare soil, plant seeds and seedlings, weed, water, harvest, and collect and replant seeds. The third grade students will be tracking the progress of the gardens in Haiti through written and photographic reports presented by the agronomist from Food for the Poor. To engage the third grade students in taking the perspective of the children at the CAD orphanage, the third graders also planted and are caring for the same seeds and seedlings in their school garden beds that are being planted in the orphanage garden beds in Haiti.
As a result of this project, these garden beds will not only provide the children at the orphanage nutritious fruits and vegetables, but will also empower those children to learn how to maintain sustainable garden beds that can continue to provide for years to come. Our third grade students experienced how empowering acts can impact others. It is our hope that this project, both here at PBDA and in Haiti, will inspire others to make a difference.

pic1 Hilary Mendoza - Dwyer Award Finalist
PBDA Upper Campus history teacher, Hilary Mendoza, will be at the Dwyer Award Ceremony at the Kravis Center on Thursday, April 21, along with her many supporters. The William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education will be given to one recipient in each of five categories: elementary, middle, & high school, and special programs & career education. Each winner will receive $3,000 and a personalized plaque; each of the others will receive $500 and a certificate. The finalists include many teachers from public schools, plus Hilary. The awards are named for the late William T. Dwyer, founding president of the Education Foundation.
The PBDA family wishes Hilary the very best and hopes that she will join Cynthia Kanai and Barbara Close, PBDA's two recent Dwyer Award recipients.

pic1 2016 — 2nd Trimester Honors
PBDA's Honor Roll lists the Upper Campus Students who have achieved High Honors, Honors, and Effort Club. To earn High Honors, a student in 6th through 9th Grade must have an overall average of 90 or better, with no grade below 80. To earn Honors, a student in 6th through 9th Grade must have an average of 85 to 89.99, with no grade below 75. Fifth Graders earn 5th Grade Honors by achieving an average of 85 or better, with no grade below 75. Effort Club is awarded to students in grades 4 - 9 who have received the highest ratings of "1" or "2" with no more than one "3" in effort from their teachers.
Click to view the honors list

pic1 Green School of Excellence Since 2009
Palm Beach Day Academy is proud to be recognized as a Palm Beach County Green School of Excellence and to have earned the higher distinction of Program of Excellence. To earn the Program of Excellence ranking, a school must score between 80-100 points and shows the highest level of commitment to sustainability.
The Green Schools Recognition Program recognizes public and private schools that encourage cultures of sustainability within their school environments. This program recognizes K-12 schools that have made strides in:
•  Making school ground enhancements that encourage the use of the grounds as a learning environment and enhance the areas ecological integrity.
•  Enhancing school sustainability through the conservation of energy, water, solid waste, green fundraisers, health and wellness, and transportation.
•  Integrating curriculum that will prepare students to understand and act on current and future environmental challenges facing South Florida.
•  Involvement with the community that fosters partnerships within the school building and local organizations in an effort to create an awareness of environmental issues between the school and the community.
•  Administrative support through active professional development and the creation of a school philosophy and culture that embraces sustainability.

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PBDA's Spring Musical, Young Frankenstein will be performed Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 pm in the Smith Family Theater in The Matthews Center for Performing Arts. There is a matinee performance on Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on sale for $12/Adult and $6/Student. They are going fast. Everyone must have a ticket to enter and ALL tickets are sold on-line at

Gardening Committee

Garden The PSC Gardening Committee has been hard at work this year enhancing two specific areas of the Lower Campus outdoor spaces. Parents have been instrumental in maintaining and adding to the Butterfly Garden located near the Pre-Primary classrooms and playground.
Another project this year has been the enhancement of the Reading Garden in the Natural Exploration Zone near the elementary building. In the fall, parents cleared out areas of the Reading Garden to make way for beautiful new benches, generously donated by the Sosin family. Then, a privacy fence was erected by Chris Evans and painted by members of the committee. Orchids have been added in the trees and more aromatic vines and plants will be planted on the fence this week.
The enhancements to the Reading Garden are being done in honor of the third grade musical, The Secret Garden, which will be performed on May 26th for the school community. We invite everyone to drop by and take a peek at this special, tranquil spot on the Lower Campus.

Kiwanis Kiwanis Student of the Month - April

Eighth Grader, Katherine Justice has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award for April. 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, Katherine.


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