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Under the Tuscan Sun!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

“When our school seems to shine, With our teachers divine, That’s Amore!” sang our beautiful students to our teachers on Tuesday, as our faculty enjoyed the very “Under the Tuscan Sun” Teacher Appreciation Luncheon.
Amid lemon-and-sunflower-decorated tables, our parents feted each member of our staff with an amazing luncheon, complete with gifts and favors! The setting was relaxing and truly “Vita Bella”!
Bouquets of thanks to each and every parent, including those supervising the playground, as they recognized our amazing staff and made this fantastic event possible!

Second Graders Present “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Our Second Graders wowed their audience yesterday afternoon in the Amphitheater with their presentation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. With an abbreviated scrip interspersed with current observations, the action was fast-paced. Confidence and individual personalities were obvious as these young thespians demanded, swooned, rebuffed, slept, and even (very briefly) left mortality in this delightful presentation! One child’s head even temporarily morphed into a donkey’s! But after all, it was just a dream.
“It’s amazing,” remarked one of the Second Grader’s grandmothers, “that these young children can learn all these lines so well. They were obviously enjoying themselves. And with this experience, they should have no trouble speaking in front of large groups in the future.”
Having mastered the characters of Hermia, Lysander, Puck, Titania, Bottom, and many more, these Second Graders are well prepared for future roles in Peninsula Heritage productions and beyond.
Thanks go to Mrs. Esturain for her love of Shakespeare in inaugurating this wonderful event, and to Miss Mervette and Miss Carolina for their assistance in working with the Second Graders. Gratitude is also extended to Mr. Charley Miller for the perfectly timed lullaby music in the sleep scenes, for the background music, and for the sound system!
Kudos to all for an event charmingly presented!

STEM + Entrepreneurship

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

STEM studies and entrepreneurship are blooming in Mrs. DeMarti’s Third Grade class this month! The children watched the “Cain’s Arcade” viral video and decided they wanted to build their own arcade games. Tie Dying ShirtsWith one cardboard box per student, they each designed and built a game, which they will debut for parents and visitors on Thursday, March 23, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Seeing themselves as socially conscious entrepreneurs, these students decided that all fees collected at the Third Grade Arcade will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Since one of the Third Graders already has his own business, http://rainbowsandfaeries.com/#, Drying the Tie Dyed ShirtsMrs. DeMarti asked Nikolas if he would tie dye a shirt for each class member. The answer was yes and the results are beautiful! The Third Graders will be wearing their new shirts when you come to visit on March 23rd. See you then!

June Graduate’s Family Writes

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

We would like to share the following note from the family of one of our 8th Grade graduates addressed to “Everyone at PHS”:
“Once in a lifetime, you may be lucky enough to be in a place Middle School Sign w Ribbon Cutting Bannerwhere you feel pure contentment, where you are surrounded by loving, supporting friends, and where you know you will fit in and be cared for every day.
How fortunate were we to find that place in Peninsula Heritage School! Even more fortunate for us was to have the privilege of being here for 8 years! We cannot begin to express our gratitude for all you have given us.
PHS will be a part of us forever. We love you!”

Back-to-School Night

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Thank you for such a wonderful evening! Last night’s weather was beautiful, and you, our invited guests, K Door Resizedwere cheerful and ever so gracious! Thanks to Mrs. Joye once again for providing so many delectable treats! I have a feeling that we could have been here at school until midnight because we provide so many educational tools to reach and teach your children.
Gratitude goes to our staff for their hard work and diligence in providing this wonderful evening for our PHS community. We are off with a grand start to a stellar year!

Second Grade’s Shakespeare Production

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Shakespeare in Second Grade? Yes, at Peninsula Heritage School! Our Second Graders were recently immersed in studying the Bard, his time period, and his works. Directed by their teacher, Mrs. Esturain, the children created timelines with illustrations and built a personal model of the Globe Theater. Each student also read one of Shakespeare’s plays in story form. On “Shakespeare Craft Day” the Second Graders made masks, created flower crowns, and painted family coats of arms.
Using a children’s script of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the students took ownership of their parts while rehearsing and memorizing their lines. With musical assistance from Mr. Charley
Miller, and backstage costume changes with Miss Mervette and Miss Carolina, this magical production in our Amphitheater was enthusiastically received by parents and PHS students.
“This experience helped to increase the children’s confidence,” relates Mrs. Esturain, “and also formed a foundation for understanding Shakespeare’s works.”
Successful productions are followed by great after-parties, and this was no exception. Volunteer parents Mrs. Merilee Brooks and Mrs. Latifa Willoughby helped prepare the red carpet sprinkled with stars leading into the classroom where a tasty selection of cupcakes with butterflies and flowers, Pinkberry frozen yogurt, and delicious fresh fruit awaited these young thespians and Shapespeare scholars.

Happy Whale Day!

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Our Kindergartners enjoyed a wonderful field trip this week right here in Palos Verdes! Tim and Cathilee Sharretts, grandparents of Kindergartener Hudson Power, helped plan this outing along with Kindergarten Teacher Christy Burden. Parent volunteers and Associate Teacher Carol Woo also accompanied the children to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Miss Natalie, a Docent at the Center, explained the different types of whales and their four stomachs, and the Kindergarteners gazed at the skeleton of one of these massive marine mammals. Outside, the children joined the volunteer adult whale counters at their posts and viewed the ocean’s waves through stationary binoculars. Dolphins – and perhaps a whale! – were located by our keen-eyed students. A delicious al fresco lunch was enjoyed by all, compliments of the Sharretts, and complete with a decorated cake exclaiming, “Happy Whale Day!” This outdoor experience was augmented by the hardworking goats from Fire Grazers, Inc. munching the nearby grasses and brush as they helped the City of Rancho Palos Verdes clear and reduce fire hazards!

Galapagos Diving

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Ms. Kathy Mallon, PHS Science Coordinator and Teacher, recently traveled to the Galapagos Islands as part of a scientific research group. Living aboard the marine research vessel Galapagos Sky, Ms. Mallon unfurled a PHS banner during one of her dives at Darwin Arch. This arch and Darwin Island bear the name of Charles Darwin who made observations about evolution during his 1835 visit to this archipelago. Ms. Mallon is a highly experienced deep sea diver, a Technical Divemaster, and a Full Cave diver. She returned from this trip with amazing photos and videos for an informative PowerPoint presentation she is creating for our PHS students.

Zia Fitness

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

“During my experience at Zia Fitness,” writes one of our Sixth Grade girls, “I learned a lot of things that I never would have even thought about. I really enjoyed learning about self-defense, testing my reactions on the vision board, and using the TRX bands!”
A recent addition to our Middle School physical education program includes monthly visits to Zia Fitness Studio in south Torrance (www.zia-fitness.com). PHS parent and Zia proprietor George Toney, worked with our PE teacher, Mrs. Kim Nygaard, in designing programs to teach self-defense and physical fitness to our Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grade students. Through the generosity of Mr. Toney and using the incredible resources of Zia Fitness and its certified trainers, our students build self-confidence and real-world awareness, improve their self-discipline, and have fun through games and adventures at Zia.
In addition, Mr. Toney is offering fitness classes, gratis, for PHS faculty and staff, and Mrs. Nygaard has classes for PHS students on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. Sign-up information for Kindergarten through Third Graders is available in the School Office. PHS parents are cordially invited to visit this new facility (The Pyramid Building, 22939 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance) and learn all that it has to offer!

Pali Institute

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

During the week prior to Thanksgiving Break, our Middle Schoolers experienced a new kind of classroom – the San Bernardino Mountains at Pali Institute! This customized outdoor education program included a range of activities and learning experiences from science and leadership to art in nature. Fueled by the Institute’s good food, our students learned specific science skills in connection with their science curriculum here at PHS. For instance, the Seventh Graders study Life Science, and in their Forest Ecology Class they learned to identify a range of tree species, bacteria, and fungi. Similarly, the Eighth Graders, who study Physical Science, constructed a shelter for themselves using materials available at the site.
The demanding ropes course was enhanced for the Seventh Graders with a zip line that all students did at least once. Even PHS teachers Ms. Liz Lomelli and Mr. Jeff Ahn were spotted on the zip line!
For a concluding activity, the 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders received a large cut-out puzzle piece on which they wrote and illustrated their favorite experiences at Pali, creating a visual memory of their learning and growth in the mountain environment.

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