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Kids Rule The School

H eadmaster Edwin P. Gordon welcomed more than two hundred Palm Beach Day Academy Parents, Faculty and Trustees for an evening of food, friends, antique cars, and fundraising October 13 for this year’s Feather Ball Pre-Auction Party, “Academics & Automobiles.” Each year, PBDA parents and special guests help contribute to the success of the Feather Ball by participating in a pre-auction fundraising event. The event, held for the 2nd year at the Munder Antique Car Warehouse, was generously hosted by PBDA parents and past Feather Ball co-chairwomen Andrea Kosoy and Nicole Munder, and included the culmination of parents bidding for their children to participate in the school-wide “Kids Rule the School” event. This year, 91 PBDA faculty, staff and administrators will vacate their seats December 2, and PBDA students will “Rule the School.” Parent bidding for these seats generated more than $66,000 for PBDA. Special recognition was given to First Republic Bank as presenting sponsor of last year’s signature fundraising event, which included a private performance by Rachel Platten, world-renowned singer songwriter and supporter of numerous charitable organizations.
Led by 2017 Feather Ball chairwomen Mina Patel, Afsy Pottash, and Sandy Singer, Palm Beach Day Academy will celebrate its 95th anniversary in roaring 20’s style, with The Great Gatsby Feather Ball, March 4, 2017. Please contact Paula Martin at (561) 655-1188, extension 125 for sponsorship, underwriting, auction item donation and to buy your tickets today!

Varsity Sports - Fall 2016
Flag Football

The 2016 Boys Varsity Flag Football teams reached the championship games for the 6th season in a row!
However, this season will mostly be remembered for all the rainouts. More than 50% of our season was rained out, including half of our scheduled games, and more than half of our practices. Despite the rain-shortened season, the boy’s kept their spirits up and continued to improve all season long.
For the season, the team ended up going two and one in League play, beating Rosarian and Meyer and losing a two-point game to defending league champs St. Marks. They also had one non-league game against Gulfstream where they lost again by a two-point margin.
Heading into the playoffs, the Bulldogs had a rematch with Rosarian. In a very tight game, our boys won 14-7 – partly due to JR LaBow’s diving play on defense that stopped a fourth-down pass attempt and sent our team into the championship against St. Marks.
This marks the 6th season in a row that the boys played for the Championship in flag Football.
While they were down 13-0 early in the second quarter, our team did score on a last second fourth down play to cut the St. Marks lead 13-7 at half time. Despite several strong drives, our Bulldogs could not break through, and ended up losing a hard fought game 19-7, and taking the Runner-up Trophy.
For the season, the leading scorer was Tommy Burke with 26 points. Tommy also led the team on defense with 5 interceptions. Oscar Storkerson had 19 points and 1 interception on the season, Billy Reid, Teddy Tarone and JR LaBow all had double-digit scoring seasons. Also scoring for the team were Connor Hutto, Carter Levine, Harry Cramer and Ethan Qin.
Teddy led the team with seven touchdown passes thrown, and picked off one pass on defense - which he returned for a touchdown. Carter also had one interception on the season.
Julien Neville threw four touchdown passes, and Harrison Fisher threw for one extra point.
Also making great contributions were Borja Delclaux , Luis Delclaux, Drake Rydberg, Sam Bengisu, Alex Diament, Ricky Maduro-Vollmer and a special thank you to Jacob George for stepping in and helping the team early in the season.

The Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team was seeded fourth in the playoffs this year. We went into the semi-finals game playing undefeated first-seed St. Marks. We knew it would be a tough game for the bulldogs. The girls came out strong in the beginning, battling for each point. With a few missed opportunities on our part, St Marks took over and won the match. We lost both games 15-25.
Throughout the season, co-captains, outside hitter, Ariana Biondi-Copeland and our middle hitter, Molly Eversmann, showed much leadership on the court. Molly’s hits, occasional blocks, forceful serving, and positive energy always gave the team a boost. Ariana controlled much of the tempo of the game and led in kills for the bulldogs. The true playmaker this year was Grace Watts. She had great passing in the back row, strong hits in the front and added several service points as well. Our setters were Isabella Pargiolas and Martina Gil who kept the team focused. Strong defense came from Maya Patel, Jesse Litten, and Bridget Burt. Nina Horgan, one of our hitters also added service points with her powerful serving to help keep us on the attack. India Lalor, Majesty Wiggins, and Chloe Zenou also added kills as our middle and outside hitters. We would like to thank the parents and fans for all their support during our Volleyball season.

Michael Delman
Michael Delman

Many in the PBDA Community took the opportunity to learn about helping children to develop executive functioning skills from Michael Delman, CEO of Beyond Book Smart.
Mr. Delman, a professional Executive Function Coach, described executive function as the purposeful management of one's self. He broke the task into four distinct areas, Managing Emotions, Organizing & Planning, Getting Going & Staying Focused, and Time Allocation. He explained that the first task, Managing Emotions, is at the top of the list because the others rarely occur until stress and emotions are managed. Then, he explained, once the effects of emotions have been cleared enough to start in on the other tasks, a child begins to experience rewards that will help in future moments of frustration and begin to "hardwire" systems for success.
Advice for parents centered around strategies for reducing emotional obstacles. Mr. Delman has observed that the single most important change parents can make is to increase their "distress tolerance." His advice is to acknowledge stress and allow some frustrations to be expressed because a "naturally difficult task can become a source of confidence" when children achieve through their own efforts. "Schools and learning are messy," he says, and parents who understand that are often better able to be the support their child needs.
Michael Delman's appearance at PBDA was arranged by the Parent/School Council Program Chairs Sophia Maduro-Vollmer and Lyanne Azqueta.
Join us again on November 30 in the Smith Theater for a viewing of “Screenagers,” a documentary about the effects of “screen time” on adolescents. Watch the trailer.

7th Graders Qualify to Apply to Duke TIP

pic1 On the basis of their 5th or 6th Grade standardized test scores, thirty 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
Lily Arp • Ainsley Balda • Whitney Brown • Parker Costa • Avery Emmer • Thomas Ferro • Sofia Halpern • Taylor Handley • Caitlyn Gruber • Andre Karlson • Chase Koeppel • Elizabeth Lloyd George • Carter Levine • Charlie Lorentzen • Stephanie Lucchesi • Colin McGiveny • Luke Miller • Finley Murray • Madison Oatley • Seray Ozgenc • Regan Pompeo • Amelia Pottash • James Precoda • Mac Pulitzer • Max Sandstrom • Lauren Schram • Liana Stoll • John Tague • Teddy Tarone • Peyvie Wexler
Award Johns Hopkins
On the basis of their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade standardized test scores, sixty-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 tests 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.

Current Grade 2:
Jenna A. • Leah A. • Lian A. • Brooks B. • Nicholas B. • Victoria C. • Eva F. • Sienna G. • Stella H. • Flynn H. • Liora K. • Kenna M. • Sean P. • Kale R. • Alexandra S. • Darina S. • Mackenzie S. • Matthew S. • Nolan T. • Bella Z.
Current Grade 3:
Carlisle A. • Whitney A. • Evan L. • Gordon B. • Christopher E. • Kate F. • Joanna G. • Peyton H. • R.J. M. • Thomas M. • Emery O. • Berkay O. • Sammy P. • Chloe P. • Allison T.
Current Grade 4:
Mary A. • Brooks B. • Samantha C. • Dylan D. • Evan F. • Lindsay F. • Charles G. • Micah K. • Alexander K. • Harlow K. • Allie K. • Finn L. • Chloe M. • Griffin M. • Lauren M. • Nellie M. • Rangeley N. • Christopher O. • Lucy P. • Rachel P. • Angelique P. • Katherine P. • Jacob S. • Ava S. • Dawson S. • Enrique T. • Jacqueline T. • Maxine W. • Grace Z.

Halloween Happenings Halloween16
Halloween's popularity with school-age children is here to stay. The perfect combination of costumes, candy, and fall colors comes at just the right moment in the school year. Start-of-school worries are long gone and happy friends are everywhere. The Upper School Dance, the Harvest Fest, the Scarecrow Contest and the Pumpkin party are annual reminders of the warm family school that we all share.

Coffees and Conversations with Dr. Gordon

Since late September, Dr. Gordon has met with parents on every grade level. Those meetings happened through the generosity of PBDA families that hosted what was called Coffee and Conversation with Edwin. Dr. Gordon is very happy to have had the opportunity to get to know so many of our families in the first two months of school. The meetings, allowed Edwin to share his goals as the new Head of School and to explain our shared vision to move Palm Beach Day Academy to a higher level of excellence. A good portion of the time was spent on answering questions from parents about academic programs, STEAM objectives, the purpose of our Annual Fund, and many other questions particular to each grade level.
We would like to thank the following host families for their warm hospitality and tremendous school support: RJ Kirk & Alana Czypinski (1st Grade), Dr. Greg and Valerie Frost (2nd & 3rd Grades), Caroline and Nicholas Rafferty (Pre-Primary), Juliana Gendelman & Christopher Goldberg (Primary & Kindergarten), Enrique and Teresa Tomeu (4th, 5th, & 6th Grades), and Dr. Carter and Afsy Pottash (7th, 8th, & 9th Grades).
Dr. Gordon’s door is always open for your questions. You can e-mail him at

Kiwanis Kiwanis Student of the Month for October

Ninth Grader, Tommy Burke, has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of Month Award for October. 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, Tommy.

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