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.
It has come to my attention that there are few discrepancies between our first grade packet, PDS website, and other carpool information about dismissal times in the afternoon. First grade carpool begins at 2:45 everyday except Wednesday. On Wednesdays, we start carpool at 2:25 even though our designated time is officially 2:30. Starting a bit early helps with the back up of carpool lines. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.
We had a great first day in first grade! I'm looking forward to getting to know your son. Look for a first grade packet that came home today in your son's homework folder. Please return the forms, extra clothes, and money. I posted individual pictures on Seesaw today. If you are not connected to Seesaw, let me know and I can help. I will use Seesaw to share pictures of classroom activities and snapshots of student work. It's going to be a great year!
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!