Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


VEX IQ Robotics

Friday, January 6th, 2017

A group of our PHS Eighth Graders have been selected to attend an advanced robotics course (VEX IQ & Robotics) at the PV Net, PV Net ReSizeda non-profit STEM/ technology education center located at the Promenade on the Peninsula mall, next to the Pottery Barn store. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn more about robotics and programming.
If you’re new to robotics, VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform STEM learning for young students. Our Eighth Graders can immediately become engaged in individual and group robotics projects and create robots with this intuitive, toolless system.
Our thanks go to PHS parent Mrs. Kate McKenna, who has graciously offered to drive these students to the PV Net for these classes, and to Sixth Grade teacher Eileen Mahoney for coordinating the details of this course.

Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

“Jingle Bells, jingle bells!” was heard earlier this morning, as our PHS Choir caroled from classroom to classroom, accompanied by our ukulele-playing Music Teacher, CarolingMr. Charley Miller. The children’s enthusiasm for the holiday season is matched by the special parties and activities that parents and teachers are presenting in each grade today.
Thank you to all our teachers, staff, and administrators who join with parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends to make this time of the year so very special for each child!
Have a wonderful Winter Break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

Choir Performs at Festival

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

Proudly wearing their blue choir robes, our PHS Student Choir enthusiastically started their performance at Torrance Memorial’s Holiday Festival with the Full Choirupbeat “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm!”
Participating in the Medical Center’s three-day long Festival was a first for our PHS Choir, with parents, friends, PHS faculty, staff, and Mrs. Cailler fully enjoying this holiday experience amid the Festival’s gorgeously decorated trees.
Previously, the choir has only sung at campus events. Knowing that this performance was upcoming, the Choir has been enthusiastically practicing and anticipating this event.
PHS Choir Director and Music Teacher Mr. Charley Miller shares the following beautiful experience that occurred at the Festival:Four Girls
“As we arrived at our location prior to performing, a musician was playing Christmas songs on the piano. Spontaneously, one by one, our Choir members gathered around her and began to sing. It was a wonderful and completely impromptu experience.”
Mr. Miller continues, “The parents of our Choir members were incredibly supportive and relished this experience.”
“We really liked singing Christmas songs for our parents and with our friends,” exclaimed a youthful choir member, following the choir’s closing number, “In the Spirit.”
The Festival’s beginning stretches back to 1984 when a group of Torrance Memorial volunteers launched this unique community festival to directly benefit the Medical Center and the care it provides to citizens of the South Bay.
What a wonderful way for our students to begin the holiday season!

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.