Heritage Happenings from the Head of School

Patricia Cailler

Head of School


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.

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!

Ribbons, Ribbons

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Field Ribbon CuttingThis past week, we’ve had two wonderful Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies at PHS that mark the opening of new facilities for all of our students.
On Sunday, October 9th, we gathered with members of the PHS Board of Trustee; Rev. Sunny Kang of St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church; Eileen Hupp, CEO and President of the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce; and PHS parents, students, and faculty to cut the ribbon and formally open ourAll Invited Guests and PHS Board & Administrators beautiful new Middle School. We were delighted to be joined by Rolling Hills Estates Mayor Steve Zuckerman and California State Assemblyman, David Hadley. Guests toured the beautiful classrooms, science lab, and office while enjoying cookies and refreshingly cold waters.
The very next day, Monday, the entire student body eagerly assembled for the Ribbon Cutting at the grass area of our athletic field. (The new all-weather track had been completed in the prior month.) The novelty for the students of running, hopping, bouncing, and even rolling in the new grass continued all day!
Thank you all for your generous donations at last spring’s Gala as well as your gifts to our Annual Giving Fund that made these beautiful facilities possible for all PHS students! Merci!