Archive for September, 2011

Celebrating Our 50th

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Fifth Grade AssemblyLast Friday, Peninsula Heritage School kicked off the 50th Anniversary Year of our dear school with shouts of joy, music, and profound words of wisdom from the children.The morning began with a Board and Staff breakfast, followed by the individual Board members’ visitations to the classrooms.
The centerpiece of the day was presented at 10:00 am with the Fifth Grade recreating a classroom in the year of our school’s founding – 1961. A three-piece band accompanied the Fifth Graders’ song and dance presentation, and the Character Quality of Respect was showcased by all. The piece de resistance came when candles and a huge anniversary cake surprised the entire student body.
Next on the agenda, the Fifth Graders presented the individual floats of their respective US states they will be studying in this year’s social studies curriculum. Each child paraded their float along with announcing a famous state-related quote. This extravaganza was followed by a Fifth Grade barbeque lunch in our courtyard. To say the least, it was a grand, celebratory day at PHS!A special thanks goes to the Fifth Grade teacher who outdid herself with only two weeks preparation with the children. Also, thanks to our Dance and Drama teacher, Deb Wilcox, who worked throughout the summer in preparation for this day.

The First Day

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The first day of school at PHS saw very few tears and many, many smiles, which is a great way to start the year! In fact, some of the students declared that they wanted a much shorter summer vacation!                                                                                                                                     I hope that all of you have noticed our newly resurfaced parking area, our lovely gardens, our fresh paint and carpeting, and an overall lovely look. One would never guess that this year we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Last Thursday evening featured our New Family Orientation and our Back-to-School Night. Classroom and Specialty Teachers welcomed parents, and all were treated to a delicious Italian dinner thanks to parent volunteers Zita and Robin – who continue to outdo themselves on a yearly basis. The event began at 5:00 pm and we said goodbye to our last parents around 9:00 pm, therefore signaling a wonderful, informative evening! This Friday is our first school-wide Assembly in the Amphitheater, featuring our Fifth Graders and kicking off our school’s 50th Anniversary celebration. You won’t want to miss it!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PS – At this Friday’s Assembly, Spirit Wear may be purchased/ordered, as well as the lovely, leather-bound PHS journals and the cuddly, cashmere blankets/pillows. See you there

Preparing for the First Day

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

IMG_3257 for WebIn preparation for our first day of school on September 7th, our faculty and staff In-Service Week kicks off this Monday, August 29th with a presentation by a local child advocate professional, who is also an attending physician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. During this special time, our parent Mrs. Christine Pearson, will serve brunch to our entire staff. Merci, Mrs. Pearson, once again.                                                                                                                                                                                     On Thursday, one of our parents, Mr. Tomas Aguirre, who is on the brink of receiving his PhD, will share with us information regarding gamification – classroom strategies for using technology in a positive way. We will also be completing our CPR/First Aid training and reviewing our disaster preparedness plans this week.
For many of our faculty and staff, this In-Service Week does not begin their preparation – they have already been on campus throughout the summer, preparing classrooms and facilities so that they are spectacular for the start of school.Looking forward, more than you know, to seeing each of you!

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