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Mr. Tom Sarko PBDA science teacher

PBDA Celebrates Its Very Own Rocketman, Tom Sarko

Posted May 31, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

After 38 dedicated years with Palm Beach Day Academy, the school’s very own Rocketman – Tom Sarko – will be retiring at the end of this school year. On Friday, May 31, the school dedicated the ’18-’19 Paw Yearbook to Mr. Sarko followed by a moving tribute to a man that has changed the way over ...

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Palm Beach Day Academy Kindergarten teacher Courtney Ellender

Faculty Friday Spotlight: Courtney Ellender (Kindergarten)

Posted May 24, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

In this month’s “Faculty Friday” spotlight series, we’ve asked longtime PBDA teacher Courtney Ellender a few questions to help us get to know her better. From leading the school’s partnership with West Palm Beach’s Norton Museum of Art to publishing her first book featuring Primary art class projects, Courtney has created a contagious appreciation for the ...

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PBDA Faculty Friday Wendy Bieneman

Faculty Friday Spotlight: Wendy Bieneman (Grade 4)

Posted April 25, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

In this month’s “Faculty Friday” spotlight series, we’ve asked Wendy Bieneman, Fourth Grade teacher at Palm Beach Day Academy, a few questions to help us get to know her better. Check back in May for our next Faculty Friday Spotlight!   Wendy Bieneman, PBDA Grade 4 teacher Where are you from? I have lived in quite ...

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PBDA 9th Grade Marine Science Research Trip

9th Grade Embarks on ’19 Marine Science Research Trip

Posted April 7, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Ninth Graders left on Friday, April 5 for a five day Marine Science Research Trip at the Cape Eleuthera Institute Island School in the Bahamas. Hands-on learnings have ranged from a deep-dive into the variety of recycling programs used throughout the island, to a more in-depth understanding of coral reefs. Follow ...

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PBDA Apple Snail Adoption Program

PBDA featured in Schoolyard Films about Service Learning

Posted April 3, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

In Spring 2017, filmmakers from Schoolyard Films came to Palm Beach Day Academy’s Upper Campus to film 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. “Service Learning: ...

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Palm Beach Day Academy Mona Fakhoury

Faculty Friday Spotlight: Mona Fakhoury (Grade 3)

Posted March 22, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

The 2018-19 school year is Mona Fakhoury’s first at Palm Beach Day Academy, but for both Mona and the rest of the faculty, it’s hard to remember a time when she wasn’t a part of the school’s fabric. As Palm Beach Day’s first “Faculty Friday” spotlight series, we’ve asked Mona a few questions to help ...

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PBDA China Partnership 2019: A Day of Service

Posted March 18, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Sunday, March 17, Beijing Every activity prior to our last full day in China fell into at least one of three categories: education, entertainment, or good-will building. A few —shopping at the Pearl Market (which got a brief reprise today) or this evening’s acrobatics show at the Jin Sha Theatre —fell into clear categories, while others ...

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PBDA in Beijing Great Wall of China

PBDA China Partnership 2019: The Great Wall

Posted March 16, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Beijing, Saturday, March 16 Our morning was the Great Wall. There is no spin or angle to writing about such a site because its significance and value stand on their own. On hearing we were visiting today, not one student asked, “Wait, which wall?” The terrain under the precise portion we visited came into focus ...

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PBDA in Beijing

PBDA China Partnership 2019: An Education About Education

Posted March 15, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Friday, March 15, Beijing If the best way to understand a thing is to encounter it in as many forms as possible, then this trip has been an education about…um…education. Our students started with a narrow, if effective, sense of what education was, based on their own experiences at PBDA.   Beijing East District Qing ...

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PBDA China Partnership 2019: The Many Sides of Being a Tourist

Posted March 14, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Thursday, March 14, 7:40 p.m., Beijing Whether measuring length of day by the traditional standard of hours awake or the less conventional one of breadth of experiences, today was our group’s longest by some distance. Awake with a 4:15 alarm call and on the bus within the hour, we headed from Yangshuo to catch a ...

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PBDA in Yangshuo China

PBDA China Partnership 2019: Yangshuo Puts on a Show

Posted March 13, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

Wednesday, March 13, 2:25 p.m., Yangshuo Yesterday: Hong Kong to Guilin, 509 kilometers (about 316 miles). Total travel time: three hours, nineteen minutes Today: Guilin to Yangshuo 83 kilometers (or 51.5 miles). Total travel time: three hours, fifty-four minutes. We knew that today’s much shorter Li River journey wasn’t about efficiency, but about seeing some amazing ...

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PBDA in Guilin China 2019

PBDA China Partnership 2019: Why We Travel

Posted March 12, 2019 in Bulldog Blog

8:05 p.m. – Guilin, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, PRC Travel can be hard. Wait, scratch that. Travel must always be a cinch; otherwise, why would anyone keep doing it? Well, there are the people we meet—or get to see a new side of along the way. Today, we said a warm goodbye to our Hong ...

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