Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


Back-to-School Night

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The evening was beautiful, the sunset was low, the hot day simmered to a cool breeze, and Back-to-School night began last Thursday at PHS. The New Family Orientation in our School Library was informative, with parents seemingly very pleased with our school. After these enlightening moments, we moved to our patio for coffee and dessert. We enjoyed chatting with PHS parents, catching up on summer and welcoming the new fall curriculum. Each classroom teacher explained the grade’s curriculum, the process, and all the interesting details of this school year.
It was a grand evening, and the first of many to come! Hope to see you at the Fifth Grade Assembly, beginning at 10:00 am Friday, September 19th.

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Greetings and Salutations! Welcome back to PHS. Our first week of school went very smoothly. The children warmed our hearts, and the numerous hugs made it even more special.
Congratulations to our staff for all of their hard work, and thanks to our maintenance crew for all of their efforts in making our classrooms and campus sparkle.
Thanks to each of you, parents, for making the drop-off and parking proceed so smoothly. We continue to ask for your assistance in this regard as we plan for our upcoming Back-to-School Night (Sept. 11) and first All-School Assembly (Sept. 19).
As you know, our New Family Orientation will be this coming Thursday, September 11, starting at 5:00 pm in the School Library. We look forward to personally meeting each of you on this evening, either at this Orientation or at the Back-to-School Night commencing at 6:00 pm.  Coffee and desserts will be waiting for you, and each of your children’s classroom teachers will share very pertinent information for that grade.
Have a lovely weekend!

All-School Musical

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Parents, grandparents, and friends of the school filled our Amphitheater last Friday evening to enjoy “Broadway’s Best.” Our own Miss Deb Wilcox shares her insights about the performing arts:
“As students enter Peninsula Heritage School, they are introduced to the performing arts. We teach the skills of musical theater, so they are competent in speaking with a microphone, using dialogue, singing, and dancing.”
“The arts are an integral part of the culture of our school. In the performing arts, the children gain amazing confidence as they practice and celebrate their own unique style of artistic expression.”
Music teacher Charles Miller adds, “Our students sing without any vocal track in the background. They are strong, heartfelt singers!”
Mr. Miller also directed the school choir at this event, and the sixth graders gathered to play their ukuleles taught this year by Mr. Miller. For the visual arts, under the direction of Danielle Standart, Peninsula Heritage School students created their own scrapbook collage that included theater posters, tickets, a “Playbill,” and iconic images of New York
“These experiences,” concludes Deb Wilcox, “have great carryover, as our students learn to connect and apply the skills they learn in the visual and performing arts to all areas of our academic curriculum.”

Vive la francaise!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Yesterday was a grand day for a French luncheon!Our Sixth Graders, along with their teachers and the Cailler family celebrated this year’s French I class with an exquisite luncheon at Dominique’s Kitchen in Redondo Beach. Our adventurous students tried escargot, various French cheeses, pâté, and for the most part ended with steak frites. The students were dressed in proper attire; the boys in suits (including one three-piece), and the girls in lovely dresses. Needless to say, I was very proud of their French as well as their lovely manners. The chef invited us back at any time. How we love the Sixth Grader class!