Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


Ukulele Extravaganza!

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Peninsula Heritage School students welcomed two professional ukulele artists today, Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Ward. Through song, folk tunes, humor, and amazing musical talent, the two held the student audience captive during an electrifying all-school assembly.
Heidi Swedberg is a musician and actor from a ukulele-playing family in Hawaii. Daniel Ward studied jazz and flamenco guitar at the University of New Mexico and brilliantly transfers these skills to a high level of ukulele performance.
Following this morning’s assembly, Daniel provided an advanced level ukulele workshop for our Sixth Graders, who are currently studying ukulele here at PHS with our Music Teacher, Mr. Charley Miller. Heidi led our Fourth and Fifth Graders in an introductory ukulele workshop, using the new ukuleles purchased for our students here at PHS. She began by teaching them specific chords, and at the conclusion of the hour the students were amazed that they were able to bring the chords together to sing and strum in unison, “Singing in the Rain”!
Today’s musical events were designed by Mr. Miller, who will be expanding PHS’s program to include specific ukulele units in our Fourth and Fifth Graders’ music curriculum this year!

Fourth Grade Astrocamp

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Our Fourth Graders recently enjoyed a beautiful experience at Idyllwild’s Astrocamp. Here’s Fourth Grade teacher Cathy Gilbert sharing some of the highlights of this Outdoor Education trip:
One of the very interesting activities for the students helped them to simulate the feeling of weightlessness that our astronauts encounter in outer space. After donning wet suits, our PHS-ers used astronaut-like training in the pool where they were challenged to build a mock satellite underwater. Their joy was evident at the successful completion of the project.
A highlight of the three-day trip was Thursday evening’s night hike and telescope viewing. Groups of students and their leaders departed from camp for a short walk as darkness arrived. Group activities included sensory awareness games, stories, and demonstrations of our ability to adjust to darkness. Our groups then hiked to a specific telescope viewing area, far from the ever-present urban glow of Los Angeles. We examined the beautiful night sky with its stars, planets, and amazing constellations using binoculars, digital cameras, manual telescopes, and a 12” Meade computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. What a memorable experience!
On Friday, we all learned about force and the laws of motion as we designed and built our rockets. Then we had our launch, watching our water or pressurized air rockets sail into the morning sky.
From an appreciation of the ageless universe to science’s most recent inventions, we returned home brimming with newly acquired knowledge.

Fifth Graders’ US States

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Congratulations to the Fifth Grade for one of the finest assemblies in PHS history! The enthusiasm shown was contagious, and the state floats left us breathless! The little-known interesting facts about each state were items that you could find in a trivia notebook.
The weather was cool, the crowd was appreciative, and the school year has started with a bang! Bravo to the Theater Arts Department and to the Fifth Grade teachers!

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.