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January 31, 2017 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

Alumni Pet Show 2017
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T he 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, January 28 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 Mudpuddle & Snowflake whose family will enjoy the cup for a year, before presenting it to the 2018 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, Tad Ferguson ‘91, Carrie Pateman ‘92, John Christiansen ‘98, Elizabeth Carson ‘03, Kathleen Carson ‘00, Turner Benoit ‘97, Helin Siris ‘01, Tracy Kramm ‘80, Tammy Petrelli ‘92, Sofia Maduro ‘78, Joette Keen ‘81, Lyanne Azqueta ‘84, Alex Newel Taylor ‘98, & J. Wentley ‘08

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Check out the STEAM creation, Beachstrument!

STEAM - What's Happening at PBDA.

STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math – has emerged as a necessary educational approach in a world where individual personal success increasingly relies on the adaptive thinking that life requires. But, what exactly does it mean for elementary and middle school children? What makes STEAM different from simply teaching science, art and math? More specifically, what does it mean at Palm Beach Day Academy?
At PBDA, we believe it is helpful to think of STEAM as a different approach to teaching that requires students to think and solve problems as a team, whose ideas emulate those of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and artists. Upper Campus biology teacher, Ashley Hollern believes STEAM activities teach children to take an interdisciplinary view of their learning. “We want our children to be empowered,” Ashley says. “STEAM’s interdisciplinary foundation allows teachers to incorporate life’s every day obstacles, and impart problem solving skills; the students acquire both the confidence and the tools necessary for success outside the classroom. The STEAM experience requires children to interconnect all they’ve learned. In the end, they get to say, ‘I did it, and it wasn’t easy.’ That’s empowering.”

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National Junior Honor Society


PBDA's National Junior Honor Society Inductees - Front L to R. Isabel Carden, Martina Gil, Sydney Kosoy, Miranda Green, Nina Passler, Lilli Wytrzes, Middle L to R Mrs. Close, Caroline McCann, Nina Horgan, India Lalor, Ricardo Maduro-Vollmer, Back L to R Chloe Zenou, Grayson Costa, Ariana Biondi-Copeland, Molly Eversmann, and Alexander Bylin. Not pictured, Tommy Burke, Mercedes Delclaux, and Isabella Pargiolas
Eighth and Ninth graders may qualify for membership in the National Junior Honor Society. The NJHS is a service organization that recognizes outstanding middle school students who have demonstrated excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. To become a member and maintain their NJHS standing, students must earn and maintain: a 90 average, all ones and twos in Effort, and 10 hours of Community Service during each trimester. An induction ceremony was held on January 17 in the Smith Family Theater. Seventh Graders may also qualify for NJHS based on meeting the criteria during the third trimester.

Field Day Captains
Field Day
7-9 Flamingos:
  • Jesse Principe
  • Majesty Wiggins
7-9 Pelicans:
  • Chloe Colbert
  • Lev Hallowell
6th Flamingos:
  • Caroline Ghirardini
  • Colin Nicoletti
  • Tabitha Webster
6th Pelicans:
  • Tatiana Georgas
  • Jay Wexler
Congratulations and good luck to all captains and their team members.

Third Grade Students Take Action in Haiti Service Above Self
Sarah Evans

Through Third Grade’s museum partnership with Food for the Poor, the students have been inspired to take action to make a difference at an orphanage in Haiti again this year. Last year, with a goal of combatting 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. These prototypes were sent to Food for the Poor’s agronomist in Haiti. He built the beds for the children at the orphanage and began a garden education program to help the students to learn to live more sustainably. This Third Grade project also inspired an animal husbandry project at the orphanage. Because of the success of the initial beds, this year’s Third Grade class used the design thinking process to engineer additional prototypes. This year, the Third Grade teachers will visit the orphanage in Haiti during spring break. Using inspiration from our students’ prototypes, the teachers will build the garden beds alongside the orphaned children at CAD.

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PBDA Hosts Speech & Debate Tournament Debaters

Palm Beach Day Academy's hosted the regional Middle School Debate Tournament on Wednesday, January 25. PBDA Bulldogs participated in several of the multiple types of competition. Carter Levine and Alistair Precoda placed 6th in Public Forum; Isabella Pargiolas and Lilli Wytrzes placed 5th in Public Forum; Lucy Newmyer placed 4th in Oral Interpretation; and Isabel Carden placed 3rd in Impromptu. Coach Jan Cook is getting the group ready for the next tournament scheduled for this spring.

Israeli Cellist, Amit Peled, to Speak at PBDA Global Studies

On Friday, February 24, we will welcome speaker and internationally acclaimed Israeli cellist Amit Peled. Amit is Professor of Music at Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, and comes to us through our partnership with Palm Beach Symphony. He will share with the school and larger community his personal, musical, and spiritual journey as a young cellist in a powerful and compelling program, Journey With My Jewishness. Mr. Peled will speak to our students at 8:30am on the Lower Campus and then at 9:45am and 10:45am on the Upper Campus. Parents are invited and encouraged to join any or all of those sessions.
View the invitation and RSVP by clicking here.

Third Grade Kicked Off Global Studies Presentations last Friday Global Studies
Stephanie Walker

On January 27, the Third Grade students of Mrs. Siva and Ms. Walker kicked off the series of Global Studies presentations with their lively celebration of music, song, and art representing the Democratic Republic of Congo. Standing before their rainforest backdrop showcasing a variety of Congolese wildlife, the students wore vibrantly patterned clothing, headscarves, and beaded jewelry. After a short skit that highlighted interesting facts about the culture and attractions of Congo, the students performed Nzembo Na Mvula Zamba, “Song of the Rainforest.” The traditional chant praises “Mama-bele”, the beautiful mother rainforest. Student musicians used rain sticks, seed-pod shakers, and bongo drums to enhance the Bambuti song. The choral piece expresses love and respect for the rainforest, the home to an abundance of Congolese plants and animals. The Global Studies performances will continue at Flag ceremonies through March 3, with every classroom having the opportunity to share what they learn about their country. Pre-Primary and Primary will perform for their families on Tuesday, March 7th at 9:00AM.

Upper Campus Volunteer Students Advance to Philanthropy Tank Finals Tutors

Our students have been selected to present their service project at the finals of the Philanthropy Tank on Wednesday, March 8th at the Maltz Jupiter Theater. The presentations will begin at 6 p.m PBDA students will pitch their innovative and socially impactful solution to sustain their work as tutors at the YMCA of West Palm Beach to a panel of Philanthropic investors. Winners will receive funding up to $15,000 and expert mentorship for 12 months. This event is free and open to the public. Use this link to register to attend this free event and support our PBDA team!

Kiwanis Kiwanis Student of the Month for January

Ninth Grader, Majesty Wiggins, has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of Month Award for January. 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, Majesty.


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