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On the Lower Campus, the best point person for each grade will be your child’s classroom teacher. From there, please don’t hesitate to contact your Grade Coordinator with any questions or concerns. The Lower Campus Head of School, Martha Bjorklund, is always available to speak with parents as well.
The following are the Lower Campus Grade Coordinators:
- Pre-Primary and Primary: Allison Charnick
- Kindergarten: Danielle Aronson
- First Grade: Lauren Rearic
- Second Grade: Karie Petrovics
- Third Grade: Stephanie Walker
The Third Grade “Pod”
Third Grade students begin to prepare for their transition to the Upper Campus by collaboratively working together on various projects within the Third Grade “pod”. The model, which is simulated after the Fourth Grade model, helps set up the students for success and a seamless transition to the Upper Campus.
Grade 4 Homeroom
Unique to Grade 4 is the PBDA Homeroom system. Students have their homeroom teacher during the first two periods of the day. The Homeroom teacher is a great resource for parents who have any questions or concerns.
Grades 5 – 9 Advisory System
Before the first day of school, all students – returning and new – will receive a phone call from their new advisor. New students will meet their advisor at New Student Orientation, held prior to the first day of school. In an effort for a majority of the advisors to teach the students in their advisory group, students will change advisors each year. Students will meet with their advisory group once per week.
Your PBDA advisor will advocate for, counsel, and mentor your child and act as a direct link between student, teachers and family. Throughout the school year, advisors assist the students and their parents in both academic and social concerns. Advisors conduct weekly meetings with their advisees on a regular basis, and are available for informal conferences with teachers or parents upon request.
The School Counselor
The School Counselor, Deena Sobel, is a member of the Student Success Team and is a resource for teachers, parents, and students on both campuses. Students are often referred to the counselor by teachers, but due to her open door policy, many Upper Campus students come on their own, as needed. Mrs. Sobel communicates with parents after individual meetings and acts as a liaison between home and school during times of transition and with outside professionals.
Typical topics center around a student’s emotional wellbeing at school such as managing stress, navigating friendships, and empowering students become better self-advocates. In addition to one-on-one conversation, Mrs. Sobel also meets with students in small groups, scheduled around academic classes or before school. Additionally, Sobel teaches weekly social-emotional classroom guidance lessons to Fourth Grade, and monthly lessons to Fifth Grade. Students in Grades 4-6 are also invited to join in casual lunch bunches throughout the year.
I can’t imagine a better, more caring school environment, not in Florida, not in New York City.James Patterson, "New York Times" Best Selling Author