Quarter Notes - May 2020 - Quarantine Edition
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 Quarter Notes
Quarantine Edition
What I Am Certain of During These “Uncertain Times”
  A message from Executive Director, Summer Dittmer
Summer Dittmer with Head Boy, Cadence Strange, honored by the City of Pittsburg.
During these trying times, these unprecedented times, these uncertain times
- all phrases that have become commonplace in the last 45 days. Nearly
every email or letter I open, and yes, even ones that I have written, begin
with one of those phrases. What I have come to realize is that these times
have made our school, our programs and our community even stronger;
while many educators have expressed levels of anxiety and uncertainty, at
PBA, we are more certain than ever; our history of flexibility and resilience
has provided a solid foundation throughout this unforeseen crisis. We have
hit our fundraising goals three months in a row, classes are taught daily,
instruction remains meaningful, music rehearsals are held each school day,
and students are still participating in school clubs and community meetings;
we have transformed in the face of adversity. I attribute part of this to our
community’s prior focus on growth mindset, just over a year ago. During
challenging times, a growth mindset unlocks our ability to learn and to
grow, and allows us to thrive. In this newsletter, you will find many examples
of how we are thriving, keeping our heads up, and pushing forward. As we
celebrate teacher appreciation week, I want to recognize the incredible
teachers we have at PBA who are working day and night to serve our
students, and creatively as ever. I meet with them throughout the week, and one thing is for sure, we are
all missing our students dearly and long to see them, sans Zoom, once again. We are beyond appreciative of our parents and staff for their positivity and support since the minute our campus closed. In the words of the legendary football coach, Lou Holtz, “How one responds in the second half, will determine what they become after the game.” With a month left of school, as we cross the finish line, we will all be stronger, smarter, and more resilient because of this journey. Our past experiences at PBA will undoubtedly make us stronger when we come out on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. While this seems overwhelming and extremely unfamiliar to all of us, history is being written, and we hold the pen. Together, with your continued support, the Pacific Boychoir Academy will continue to write the most magnificent story for our students and choristers, one they will remember for the rest of their lives.
  The Show Must Go On!
Zachary Salsburg-Frank makes ideas a reality.
In July 2019, Salsburg-Frank worked at Festival
Napa Valley as an intern, an amazing opportunity to say the least. This past March, when the pandemic began to shut the world down, he approached his colleague about starting a virtual ensemble. He received 126 videos from musicians from around the world, and within weeks, combined them into one
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