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Club 26944

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Yesterday, PHS was flashed back to 1975!
“Welcome to Club 26944,” began one of our Fourth Graders at yesterday’s Mothers’ Day assembly. “This is a place of respect, where we seize every opportunity to let all of our members shine!”
And shine they did as our Fourth Graders shared stories of learning life lessons from their moms.
“All the moms at Club 26944 became members,” explained Catherine, “because they are forward thinking and want us to belong to a school community that respects individual gifts.”
“And,” continued Marcus, “we want all you moms to know how grateful we are for joining this exclusive club and for all the wonderful things you do for us!”
These students went on to celebrate the Disco Era with music and dance under the direction of our fabulous Ms. Deb Wilcox, which was further enlivened by two surprise faculty guests at the Club – Mr. Ahn and Mr. Zack!
What a delight to conclude the program with all our moms joining their children and sharing disco dance moves with each other!

PHS Educator of the Year: Mrs. Gilbert

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Last evening at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, Peninsula Heritage School’s own Cathy Gilbert was honored as an Educator of the Year, along with nine other teachers from public and private schools in Palos Verdes. At this annual event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Mrs. Cailler expressed the following about Mrs. Gilbert:Receiving Book
“This lovely lady is adored by her students and their parents. Mrs. Gilbert’s loving classroom environment, her use of multiple instructional strategies, and enthusiasm for her craft are always evident in her classroom, and are examples to all professionals. She continuously monitors student progress and seeks the resources needed to address their varying needs, enabling her to succeed in reaching all students.”
Mrs. Cailler continued, “Tonight’s award may be somewhat of an embarrassment for Cathy, since she never showcases any of her prodigious work and strives only to do the best for her students.”
Mrs. Gilbert referenced a Dr. Seuss book in her acceptance remarks, and at the conclusion of the evening presented Mrs. Cailler with a copy of this book.
Celebrating this event with Mrs. Gilbert were her husband Lloyd, Mrs. Cailler, and the following PHS Trustess: Peggy Bartlett, Jacqui Thomas, and Dr. Ron and Mrs Bianca Rosso. Also joining Mrs. Gilbert were Mrs. Demis, Mrs. Schwartz, Mrs. Dimarti, and Mrs. Banales, along with event Co-Chair Mrs. Behrens.

A Short “Walk Through California”

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Our Fourth Graders arrived at school today dressed as Californians from throughout history in preparation for “Walk Through California.” This two-and-a-half-hour interactive presentation engaged our young gold miners, farmers, native Americans, cowboys, soldiers, and pioneer women with the dynamic presenter for this unique educational event.Assembling Giant Puzzle Students sat in the Expert’s Chair and shared important historical and geographic facts about California that they had prepared.
“This event is referred to throughout our year of study,” comments Fourth Grade Teacher Cathy Gilbert. “It creates memory markers for the children as we, for instance, later study the California tribes of Native Americans.”
Highlighting the giant relief map that students constructed, Mrs. Gilbert observed that this image will be fresh in the minds of the students as they create and complete their individual salt dough maps of this state.
The American flag culminated the presentation of the various flags of early California. To commemorate California’s joining the Union on September 9, 1850, the Fourth Graders stood and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Hooray” for our Fourth Graders and their teachers for beautifully linking the past with the present!

Cool Jazz from the American Songbook

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

“At last week’s Mothers’ Day Assembly, The Fourth Graders personified the cool jazz of ‘Bye, Bye, Blackbird,’” relates Ms. Deb Wilcox, PHS Theater Arts Teacher. “With their black bowler hats, black shirts, and black pants, they easily embodied the different rhythm and tempo changes of the piece, utilizing their acting, singing, and dancing skills. In addition, their ‘Mom-a-Logs’ were so truthful and were spoken right from their hearts.”
“Four members of our Sixth Grade Audio/Tech Elective were at the soundboard for this assembly,” adds Mr. Charley Miller, PHS Music Teacher. “These students are learning the basics of operating the speakers and microphones in our sound system during our weekly class, and when they function as a technical crew during our assemblies, their learning is greatly enhanced.”
Another unique feature of last week’s assembly was a sneak peek at the Second Graders’ upcoming Shakespeare comedy, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,”! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 26th at 1:30 pm for what is sure to be an impressive performance in our Amphitheater by these young thespians.

Awesome AstroCamp!

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

“This trip topped out at the highest level of awesomeness!” reports Fourth Grade teacher, Mrs. Kathy Gilbert, reflecting on the class’s recent three-day Outdoor Education trip to AstroCamp in the mountain town of Idyllwild, California.
From learning in the labs with AstroCamp’s outstanding instructors to hiking in the San Jacinto Mountains, each day was packed with adventure! The students viewed the planet Saturn through AstroCamp’s state-of-the-art telescopes and experienced the amazing zip line, not once, but twice!
Donning goggles, snorkels, and wet suits, the Fourth Graders created a structure under water, just as our U.S. astronauts simulate the zero-G environment of outer space in Houston’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab.
Strengthening class cohesion, building friendships, and creating lasting memories were additional bonuses of this great Peninsula Heritage student experience.

Heritage Celebration – 4th Grade

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

The Fourth Graders’ Heritage Celebration culminated their social studies and language arts exploration of immigrants and diversity in California. Under Mrs. Gilbert’s excellent direction, the students created collages including specific items from the country they chose to share. They also brought food from that ethnicity to share, and parents were invited to the class to enjoy this celebration.
One aspect of the event centered on three paper loops on which each student wrote. The first loop included a student’s similarities with other children; the second loop stated the differences that make them unique, and on the third loop the students wrote about understanding and affirming each and every individual. These loops were connected with all the others in the class, giving a visual image to the children of how they can recognize differences while working together harmoniously.
Another element of the project focused on proverbs that we use in the US and their counterparts in other countries. For instance, we are all familiar with “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” The Danish version is, “You can force a man to shut his eyes, but you can’t make him sleep.” The American proverb, “Every cloud has a silver lining,” has its Korean equivalent in, “My house burned down, but it was a relief – the bedbugs died”!
One Fourth Grader shared his talented mother who added the holiday spirit to the Heritage Celebration in the accompanying video! Click HERE: Heritage Celebration

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