Heritage Happenings from the Head of School


Patricia Cailler

Head of School

pcailler@peninsulaheritage.org

Junior Ambassador

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Every year, the Pediatric Therapy Network (PTN), selects one of its clients as Junior Ambassador. This year’s selection is our own PHS Fifth Grader, Cameron Orr – also known as Paul Revere for his role in the Fifth Grade’s “History Comes Alive!” musical at the Norris Theatre in March.
Interviewed for the PTN “Milestones” newsletter, Cameron relates his feelings about his ambassadorial role, “I’m a boy who really loves to help people and kids… I am so glad to support [PTN] that helps kids. One day I plan on helping the world. PTN has inspired me to do that.”
Located in Torrance, PTN is a non-profit organization that offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children. PTN partners with USC and UCLA on research studies and offers informative education and training to the community.
Noting that Cameron has amazing poise, even in front of large audiences – as we saw in the Fifth Grade musical – Cameron shares his future plans. “I want to be a businessman and own a really good restaurant that has a lot of good types of food… I make pretty good desserts, and I like to create my own recipes.”
Congratulations, Cameron!

Rawhide Ranch

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Our Third Graders enjoyed a wonderful Outdoor Education experience at Rawhide Ranch in San Diego County last week. Science Teacher Kathy Mallon, along with Mrs. Debbie Schwartz, and several PHS parents, accompanied the students. Kathy shares the experience with us:
This year’s Third Grade class is truly unique, since so many of the children exhibited great courage as they challenged themselves in physical activities that they had never tried before.They climbed the rock wall, ate at the chuck wagon, and slept in the bunk house. During the excellent team-building events our children exhibited the PHS spirit in their trust and loyalty toward each other. We are so proud of these students, as Third Grade marks the first time that our children have a three-day outdoor adventure.
Rawhide is truly a ranch with its horses, cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, and even llamas! Our students become ranch hands as they were responsible for the cleaning, care, and feeding of these animals.
Of particular interestwere the many lessons about horsemanship directed by the Ranch’s excellent staff. Our Third Graders learned, step by step, the necessary skills that culminated in their great horseback riding experience! The many benefits of our stay at the Ranch are obvious and long-lasting!

At Our GALA!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Want to have a close-up experience with an internationally acclaimed artist? Want to witness a visual masterpiece created in just a few minutes? Want to see this artist perform with bare hands and brushes in a fast-paced, mesmerizing session? Want to bid on and win his just-completed piece of fine art?
Well, this is just one MORE fantastic reason to attend Peninsula Heritage School’s Spring GALA Fundraiser on Saturday, April 25th, starting at 6:00 pm.
Just send in or stop by the School Office with your RSVP for next Saturday’s GALA! We need your response, so we will have all the menu items for your delicious sit-down dinner at GALA that will be catered by the highly-regarded New York Food Company.
This performing artist at our event, Gregory Adamson, is a renowned Southern California illustrator who has gained domestic and international acclaim by entertaining political leaders, business groups, and fundraiser participants. His commissioned works are owned by celebrities, major corporations, and public institutions.
Be one of the lucky individuals who will have the chance to own one of Gregory Adamson’s fabulous pieces of art! See you at GALA next Saturday evening!

Sing in Chinese

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Lynn Tien, one of our PHS parents, recently created an amazing program that enables children to correctly learn Mandarin. Here are the details:
For the past few years, Lynn Tien, along with many other Chinese mothers, realized the difficulty of effectively teaching Mandarin to US-born children. While she and her husband speak to their children in Mandarin, and the children understand, the young ones usually respond in English. Thinking that music would be an ideal way to learn the language, Lynn was unsuccessful in her search for children’s music in Mandarin.
So Lynn began writing both words and music through which children can correctly learn the difficult Mandarin “tones.” (One word in Mandarin can have four different meanings, depending upon the “tone” that is used in pronunciation.) Lynn feels that if children learn the tones correctly when they are young, they will retain the proper pronunciation.
Lynn reached out to musicians, built a home recording studio, and at this point, has created ten colorful books with accompanying CD’s. She also launched the website “Sing in Chinese” http://www.singinchinese.com./ where free activity sheets and apps for phones or iPads are now available. Children can now learn Mandarin in the nurturing environment of their home or while listening to CD’s in the car with their parents.
Congratulations to Lynn for all that she has accomplished in this important field of foreign language acquisition!