The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Today’s Chapel speaker was PDS Chaplain Braxton Brady. Coach Brady used the occasion of Monday’s upcoming solar eclipse to teach a lesson about light and darkness.
Dear Elementary Parents,
This Monday, August 21, PDS Elementary boys will witness what might be a once in a lifetime experience— the Great American Eclipse! I can’t think of a better way to kickoff a new school year.
Permission FormDownload Eclipse Permission Form
A printed copy of this form will be sent home on Thursday
Our day will begin with an assembly aimed at not only teaching our boys the fascinating science behind this celestial event, but also instructing them on the important safety measures that will be in place during the viewing. While the partial eclipse will last nearly three hours, we will focus our viewing time around the maximum partial eclipse in Memphis. In order to be ready for 94% totality at 1:23pm, first through sixth graders will join together on the football field beginning at 1:00pm and plan to stay for half an hour. We know many of you would like to experience this phenomenon with your son. Please join us! We welcome this opportunity to build community together.
PDS boys will be given glasses made by one of NASA’s recommended manufacturers, American Paper Optics. The solar glasses are made with 2 mil scratch-resistant black polymer lenses that filter out 100% of harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays and 99.999% of intense visible light. The glasses are lab tested and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 12312–2 (Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun). We will have a limited supply of glasses available for parents. However, if you have already purchased eclipse glasses, please consider bringing your own.
To witness this event, safety is paramount. PDS Dad and Memphis ophthalmologist, Dr. Brian Fowler, will instruct the boys during our morning assembly on the importance of protecting their eyes while viewing the eclipse. Instruction for using the glasses will be provided to all students, along with in-class demonstrations and practice prior to the eclipse. Special attention will be given to ensure that the glasses properly fit our students and that all students witnessing the eclipse maintain correct positioning of the protective eyewear while viewing the eclipse.
While we are eager for our students to view the eclipse, we certainly understand if you do not wish for your son to participate in the viewing. Students whose parents do not permit them to view the eclipse will assemble inside the school building from 1:00–1:30 to view footage of the eclipse from across the United States. To inform us of your choice, please complete the Parent Permission Form and return it to your son’s teacher by Monday morning. Students without a completed permission slip will remain in the building during the eclipse.
We look forward to this amazing opportunity, and we hope you will consider joining us!
The summer is coming to an end and it is time to sign up for the Lunch Program at PDS! It is simple. Let us do the lunch planning and the work!
Our Food Service Manager, Rachel Berry plans a month of different hot meals in an effort to keep the menu fresh and exciting! Each lunch includes an entree paired with a fruit or vegetable. PDS cook, Chef Monta, makes many of our meals from scratch and knows how to make the food taste delicious!
Please note that your child (1st through 6th grades) will automatically be billed $505/$95 for the 1st semeter lunch plan unless you inform us otherwise by completing the opt-out form on the website.
Today, every boy in 1st – 5th grade received a red folder containing his required summer reading and math assignments.
The folders contain all the information your son will need in order to complete his required summer work. In contrast to previous years, all required math assignments are contained within the red folder. If you would like for your son to have additional math practice, he may login to Dreambox (rising 2nd–4th), IXL (rising 2nd–6th), or Mangahigh (rising 6th) using his username and password found on the front pocket of the folder. For your convenience, we have included links to each program via the Quicklinks menu at the top of the PDS website.