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April 25, 2017 Facebook Twitter Instagram School Seal

Grandparents & Special Friends Day
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G randparents and special friends of Palm Beach Day Academy’s two-year-old through third grade students were honored on Tuesday, April 18 with a day dedicated especially to them themed “Let Love Grow.” The annual event, chaired by Juliana Gendleman and Holly Wamser, welcomed more than 300 visitors to the school for many exciting activities throughout the day, including a special morning at Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.
“We are honored to host our students’ grandparents and friends for this very special day,” said Dr. Edwin Gordon. “These individuals play a vital role in our students lives and today is just one way they can thank and honor them. We are grateful to our neighbor and partner, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, for opening its gates for today’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day.”

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Saving the Apple Snail

Apple Snail  

On April 20, filmmakers from Schoolyard Films came to the Upper Campus to film the Second and Fourth Grade students as they worked on a project designed to increase the population of Florida’s rare apple snails, whose numbers are decreasing due to habitat destruction and the presence of invasive snail species. Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center (FAU Pine Jog) in West Palm Beach, Florida has partnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, and Grassy Waters Preserve to create the Apple Snails Adoption Program (ASAP). The goal of the project is to raise native Florida apple snails (Pomacea paludosa) in elementary school classrooms, and release them to natural wetland areas where they will rejoin the food web that supports native birds. The native snails that the students are encouraging are an important source of food for many species and are vital to the survival of a number of native birds. PBDA’s students will also be planting over 100 bald cypress trees to help improve the snail’s habitat.

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Education Center Construction Resumes Poetry 375px x 225px
Construction has resumed on our Lower Campus! In final preparations, crews removed trees from the site and replanted them elsewhere on Monday, April 24. The stone columns for the foundation of The Education Center will be placed in the ground beginning next Monday. Although the foundation project is expected to take a few weeks to complete, substantial progress is in our near future. We will continually keep you up-to-date on construction news. We are excited about the future of Palm Beach Day Academy!

5th Grade Poetry Contest Poetry
The Fifth Grade Poetry Contest ended with Chloe Levine winning 1st Place with "Abigail;" Bertie Azqueta winning 2nd Place with "Charge of the Light Brigade;" and Alexis Koch winning 3rd Place with "Ants at the Olympics." The contest involves three rounds - the Classroom Round, the Semi-Final Round, and the Final Round in the Smith Family Theater.
Fifth Graders each began the contest by choosing a poem of sixteen lines or more. In the Classroom Round, judges chose roughly one half of each reading class. Those selected students went on to the Semi-Finals where three judges chose the ten finalists. The finalists recited their poems before the Upper Campus and their parents in the Smith Family Theater, on Monday, April 24. The judges for the Final Round were, Director of Development, Cynthia Kanai; former PBDA Headmaster, Jack Thompson; and long-time friend of PBDA, Lee Gordon. In addition to the three top winners, the finalists included James Caprio, Scout Balda, Caroline Johnson, Jos Darwin-Vogel, Ashton Ellender, Samantha Baur, and Cameron Emmer.


SummerQuest 2017 - Registration is in progress. Special Pricing ends this Friday!

Palm Beach Day Academy invites students in Primary through 6th Grade to participate in SummerQuest 2017.
    Primary Program:
  3 & 4 Year Olds
    Elementary Program:  Entering K - Entering 6th Grade
        Musical Theater "Aladdin"

    June 19 - 23
    June 26 - June 30

Visit the SummerQuest Web Site or contact Linda Merman.

Upper School Musical Matilda
The Upper School Musical, Roald Dahl's Matilda, will be performed in the Smith Family Theater on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 12, 13, & 14. Curtain time on Friday and Saturday is 7:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, May 1 - Adults $15 and Students $8. Everyone must have a ticket.

State of the School Presentation      Let's Celebrate the Year and Look to the Future! The final 2016-17 Parent School Council meeting is Tuesday, May 2. Dr. Gordon will give a State of the School presentation that will include plans for the future. Mr. Coyle will offer an update on the school's finances. The meeting will take place in the Smith Family Theater on the Upper Campus beginning at 6:30 p.m. All parents are encouraged to join us for wine and cheese in the atrium and to attend the meeting. Homework assistance and child care will be provided by the Student Leadership Council.

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