Archive for September, 2013

The Inside Scoop

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

On Tuesday of this week, the PHS parents whose children have joined us this September were treated to an informal information program, “The Inside Scoop,” in our School Library.

Meeting and seeing our parents at this very well-accepted event proved to be much like a lovely, small breakfast party! It was wonderful to see so many of our new parents give up an hour from their busy morning schedules to join us. This is a an event that we will keep in our schedule in the coming years, as it only enhances and reinforces our New Parent Orientation on Back-to-School Night.
We are grateful to our two Board Members Emeritus who gave us a synopsis of the school’s history and purpose, to our administrators who spoke about their roles here at school, and to our parent volunteers who gave heartfelt remarks about their children’s wonderful experiences at PHS as well as about the various ways that they are involved in the school.
The meeting was topped off with a scoop (or scoops!) of creamy Handel’s ice cream that everyone enjoyed, regardless of what they had for breakfast. We all left the meeting feeling that we have welcomed even more lovely parents into our PHS family.

Sleep Well, Live Well

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

With all the exciting activities and programs our children are

now experiencing at Peninsula Heritage School, this is also a good time to review some of the recent research regarding the importance of adequate sleep. The following information comes from: the National Institutes of Health, the Wall St. Journal, and other medical resources.
We all know that sleep plays a vital role in physical health, in a sense of well-being, and in daytime performance.
While we’re sleeping our brains are preparing for the next day, forming new pathways to help learning and remembering. Sleep helps children be creative, pay attention, and improve problem-solving skills.
On the other hand, sleep deficiency alters activity in some parts of the brain. Lack of proper sleep may cause challenges in controlling emotions and impulsivity and in coping with change.

How much sleep is best? Experts give the following guidelines: three to five-year old, 11-13 hours of sleep, five to twelve-year olds, 10-11 hours of sleep; twelve to eighteen-year olds, 8.5-10 hours of sleep; and adult (18+), 7.5-9 hours of sleep.
A recent study stressed the importance of a regular bed time for children. Researchers suggest that inconsistent bedtimes hurt a child’s cognitive development at critical stages of brain growth.
Sleep also affects one’s physical health. Sleep is involved in healing and repairing heart and blood vessels. Studies show that children and teens with adequate sleep have a lower risk of obesity. Good sleeping habits also contribute to healthy physical growth and to a strong immune system.
Experts suggest making sleep a top priority. Just as we schedule work and play times, we should schedule sleep. Instead of cutting back on sleep in order to finish our other tasks, it is suggested that we place sleep at the top of our list!

Our PHS Educator of the Year

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Kim Nygaard, our PHS physical education instructor extraordinaire, has been selected by her colleagues as our Educator of the Year for 2013. She will be honored, along with other outstanding educators from around the Peninsula, at the annual Educator of the Year event on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Palos Verdes Golf Club.
Peninsula Heritage School parents are well aware of the unique physical education program designed and presented by Mrs. Nygaard to all of our students, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. From mini-Olympics to Iditarod to Survivor, Kim brings creativity and enormous enthusiasm to her program. We are indeed fortunate to have her as a long-time member of our PHS faculty.
Look for the announcement and list of all the local Educators of the Year in the upcoming September 28th issue of Peninsula People magazine!

It’s….. Coming!

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Our PHS Director of Advancement, Mrs. Joan E. Behrens, has been working with PHS parent and graphic designer Bridget Vetterlein on this year’s Annual Report:
“Parents, grandparents, trustees, alumni, and friends of the school will soon be receiving our Annual Report for Peninsula Heritage School.”
“Hot off the press, this publication has several purposes. It focuses on this past fiscal year, which for the school, concluded on June 30, 2013. In addition to a message of sincere gratitude from our Head of School, Patricia Cailler, the report recognizes all those who have so kindly contributed to our Annual Giving Fund during this last year.”
“As this Annual Report is also the kick-off for this year’s Annual Giving Fund solicitations, the report includes a Giving Fund envelope for your donations. Please consider helping to launch this year’s campaign with intensity, sending in your donation at your earliest convenience. Our goal is to have 100% parent participation in the Giving Fund, so your donation is crucial in reaching our goal.”
“Thank you in advance for your continued strong support of our lovely school.”

PHS Alum Captures Title !

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Congratulations to our PHS alum, Brendon Cohen, who captured first place in the half-marathon (13.1 miles) at Monday’s Conquer the Bridge Labor Day Race in San Pedro!
“I ran the course last year in the 5.3 mile run and loved it, so I decided to enter the half marathon this year. This was the second race I’ve run at this distance.”
“Last year, I held back, but this year I decided to bring intensity to the start of the race, so I took the lead after the first mile. I learned from a loudspeaker that one of the leaders in the race was a “bandit” (someone who is not registered in the race and jumps in to compete in a portion of the course). The police pulled him out of the race before the finish line, but I had stayed with him for a good portion of the course.”
For Brendon, running is a serious avocation. He runs every day and designs his own workouts, depending on the amount of time he has available between his classes and studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene where he is majoring in biology.
“If I have more time, I run distance. If I have less time, I do speed work.”
“I really enjoy the University of Oregon and the town of Eugene – the people are great and very environmentally conscious. I like the whole philosophy. I entered several of the All-Comers meets at Hayward Field this summer, as I was there for the summer quarter of classes.”
Eugene is known as Track Town, USA. Legendary University of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman (also co-founder of Nike, Inc.) started these all-comers meets at Hayward in the 1940’s.
All the best to Brendon as he returns to classes at the University of Oregon later this month!

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