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February 21, 2017 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

Global Villages Day
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S tudents in the Lower School had the opportunity to showcase what they’ve been learning about during Global Villages Day that took place on February 9. Students in First, Second, and Third Grade opened their doors to parents and friends who had a chance to “visit” Germany, The Netherlands, Laos, The Philippines, Uganda, and the Congo.

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Winter II Varsity Sports
Girls Soccer

Going into the playoffs our motto was…”You’ve got to believe!” After struggling in the regular season we ended up fourth seed playing St. Marks. Our first time playing them was truly one of our best losses. Losing that game 2-1, I felt we had a very good chance of knocking off the number one seed. The girls needed to remember that hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. From the start of the game until the end, the girls worked harder than their opponents. Halfway through the first half, Grace Watts chipped in a goal from the top of the box, sailing right over the St. Marks goalie’s head. We maintained the lead with several chances to score, but were unable to find the back of the net a second time. But, that one goal proved to be enough to allow the win and set us up to face Rosarian Academy for the championship.

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Science Night
Science Night

PBDA's Third Annual Science Night filled the Halmos Activities Center with dozens of informative science demonstrations and displays. Each was manned by well-informed students eager to explain their findings and understanding of the science facts and phenomena that they have discovered in their science classes.

Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad

PBDA Science students traveled to FAU in Boca Raton on Saturday, February 18 for the Regional Science Olympiad competition. The team, organized in December, prepared for weeks by first learning the challenges and then finding solutions. PBDA proved that much was learned from last year's competition. Last year the team won three places. This year they came home with thirteen and Third Place overall.
1st place
Crime Busters - Lolagrace Torres, Lily Arp
Mission Possible - Grace Singer, Isabella Pargiolas
Math - Caroline McCann, Amelia Pottash
Experimental Design - Isabella Pargiolas, Grayson Costa
2nd place
Rocks and Minerals - Daniel Grant, Ainsley Balda
Ecology - Caroline McCann, Amelia Pottash
4th place
Food Science - Amelia Pottash, Lolagrace Torres
Scrambler - Ricardo Maduro-Vollmer, Carson Reid
Fast Facts - Isabella Pargiolas, Isabel Carden
5th place
Anatomy and Physiology - Isabella Pargiolas, Isabel Carden
6th place
Wind Power - Charlie Lorentzen, Ryan Burt
Optics - Caroline McCann, Grace Singer
Microbe Mission - Isabella Pargiolas, Isabel Carden


5th Grade Presidents' Assembly Presidents' Assembly

For the 27th time, PBDA 5th Graders portrayed the U.S. Presidents in the annual Presidents' Assembly on the Friday before Presidents' Day. As part of their U.S. history class, each 5th Grader selected a president and then went to work learning about his most interesting characteristics and historical accomplishments, failures, triumphs and tragedies. The Presidents' Assembly is a yearly moment of excitement for the 5th Graders and their audience which includes more than a hundred upper school classmates who fondly remember their own moment at the microphone in years past.
Congratulations to the 5th Grade and their history teacher, Mrs. Thompson, for a fun and informative morning. Now, on to the Banquet of the Gods!

9th Grader, Gray Foster, Takes Environmental Concern to Town Council 9th Grade

Last December, Ninth Grader Gray Foster spoke to the Palm Beach Town Council's Ordinance, Rules and Standards Committee, encouraging them to ban plastic balloons and bags. Gray researched the benefits of a plastic bag ban and presented his findings to the committee. Included in his report was the fact that there are 100 billion single-use plastic bags used annually in the United States. Only a tiny fraction of them are recycled and, consequently, many end up in the ocean where they are a danger to sea turtles and other wildlife. No one disagreed when Gray reminded the committee that, “The beach and the ocean are what make our life in Palm Beach so great. It is embarrassing to live in such an amazing place and then see plastic bags and trash on our island. Palm Beach should be leading the way for our economy, our tourism, and our families and their future.”
The Town of Palm Beach agrees and has joined other communities in an effort to get the State Legislature to change a law that forbids local municipalities from banning single-use plastic bags.

Israeli Cellist, Amit Peled, to Speak at PBDA Cellist

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.

Kiwanis Kiwanis Student of the Month for February

Eighth Grader, Isabella Pargiolas, has been selected by the faculty to receive the Kiwanis Student of Month Award for February. 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, Isabella.
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