Heritage Happenings from the Head of School


Patricia Cailler

Head of School

pcailler@peninsulaheritage.org

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.

Music on Her Mind

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

One of our 5th Grader students recently received considerable recognition for her musical accomplishments. When she was only five years old, Jacqueline Chew launched her violin career. She also wanted to play the piano, so a year later she began piano studies. Her perseverance and hard work through the years enabled her to score the top mark in the United States on the 2015 violin examination of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. As a result of this honor, she was invited to perform both piano and violin at the Southern California Festival of Excellence held at the University of Southern California, Newman Recital Hall! Cheers and congratulations, Jacqueline!

Cool Jazz from the American Songbook

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

“At last week’s Mothers’ Day Assembly, The Fourth Graders personified the cool jazz of ‘Bye, Bye, Blackbird,’” relates Ms. Deb Wilcox, PHS Theater Arts Teacher. “With their black bowler hats, black shirts, and black pants, they easily embodied the different rhythm and tempo changes of the piece, utilizing their acting, singing, and dancing skills. In addition, their ‘Mom-a-Logs’ were so truthful and were spoken right from their hearts.”
“Four members of our Sixth Grade Audio/Tech Elective were at the soundboard for this assembly,” adds Mr. Charley Miller, PHS Music Teacher. “These students are learning the basics of operating the speakers and microphones in our sound system during our weekly class, and when they function as a technical crew during our assemblies, their learning is greatly enhanced.”
Another unique feature of last week’s assembly was a sneak peek at the Second Graders’ upcoming Shakespeare comedy, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,”! Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 26th at 1:30 pm for what is sure to be an impressive performance in our Amphitheater by these young thespians.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon!

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

“Picnic in Provence” was truly a picnic in Provence! As in France, the table was long and the white linens, crisp and clean, were adorned with lavender as well as wispy olive branches Antique bottles added a glimmer of home to our lovely, shaded setting.
Our communal table had the feel of a huge family reunion – and indeed we are – a union between our school and the parents. That is the beauty of PHS.
Regardless of one’s taste, there was something delightful for every palate, from barbequed shrimp to fresh, beautifully designed salads. Topping off this repast were lavender crème desserts.
Parents, please know how we appreciate you and what you do for our school!