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Mandel – Palagye Education Center Dedication – Billy Peebles

Posted September 21, 2018 in Heads' Blog

Welcome friends to this wonderful occasion and celebration! I have been at Palm Beach Day Academy barely a month and have already been won over by this school’s mission and very special and warm sense of community. This is a place that strives literally every day to live into its noble and timeless mission of ...

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Coach Gunkel on Coming Home!

Posted in Bulldog Blog

By Grace Gunkel ’05   In life, kids have dreams about what they want to be when they grow up. I can remember being in kindergarten and having a career parade. We had to dress up as what we wanted to be when we grew up. I showed up dressed like my teacher. I didn’t ...

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks the Official Opening of the Mandel-Palagye Education Center

Posted September 14, 2018 in News

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Mandel-Palagye Education Center’s Grand Opening ceremony, was held on Friday, September 14th at 9:00 a.m., to honor donors, families, and the community members who have supported this incredible facility for the school’s Lower Campus, at 1901 South Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach. Lead donors Morton and Barbara Mandel, and their ...

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PBDA’s “Feel” Returns with the Start of a New Year

Posted September 13, 2018 in Bulldog Blog

By Dorothea Cvelbar, Associate Director of Admission Don’t get me wrong, I love summer. I love the warm weather. I love the fact that I can drive around with little traffic and rarely a bridge delay. I love the idea that children have time to relax, enjoy some down time and do things they might ...

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Palm Beach Day Academy Kicks Off its 98th School Year

Posted September 4, 2018 in News

Two independent school administrators with over 70 years of combined experience join Florida’s oldest independent school, with a new building on their Flagler Drive Lower Campus. Families arrived on Palm Beach Day Academy’s two campuses for the school’s 98th first day on September 4. For students and parents on the Lower Campus in West Palm ...

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9th Grade Freshmen Scale New Heights

Posted September 3, 2018 in Bulldog Blog

By Bryce Stewart As we were pulling out of the Florida Turnpike rest stop Tuesday morning, Dhru began serenading the boys’ van with Willie Nelson’s classic hit, “On the Road Again.” I thought to myself, “How prophetic! This class is going to be all over the globe this year.” Our first ninth grade trip was ...

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Welcome New Faculty – 2018-19

Posted September 2, 2018 in News

PBDA welcomes new educators to the Lower Campus – seven teachers and Lower School Head, Martha Bjorklund. These professionals bring experience, enthusiasm and energy to PBDA’s vibrant community of teachers. Kara Taylor will teach Pre-Primary as she did last year after joining the team in February.  Kara has a B.A. in  History from Grand Valley ...

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“Sunset Madness” – PBDA Welcomes 8th & 9th Graders with a Splash

Posted in News

PBDA’s Upper Campus faculty and the 8th and 9th Graders gathered for a final summer romp before getting down to the business of school.  On Thursday, August 30, the teachers hosted the upper classmates for dinner and an introduction of Interim Head of School, Mr. Billy Peebles, who spoke to them about the qualities of ...

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Sarah Kemeness Grades Her First Days of School

Posted August 24, 2018 in Heads' Blog

I’ve had first days of school for over forty years, both as a student and teacher. As we get closer to opening day, I wanted to share a few memorable first days. Kindergarten – I’m in the jumper my grandmother brought back from Scotland, Buster Brown shoes, and a perfectly symmetrical Dorothy Hamill haircut. I’m ...

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Mandel-Palagye Ed. Center

Late Summer Count Down

Posted August 8, 2018 in Bulldog Blog

As each day of PBDA’s 97th summer vacation ticks down to the start of the 98th school year, activity on both campuses ticks up. That is true every August, when the quiet days of summer gradually give way to an increasing tempo that leads to the highest energy day of the year – Opening Day. ...

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