Fri, Jun 19, 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Parents and Students,

Finally! Here are the dates and information for our events.

 

Rehearsal and Rib Day at PDS Football Field

Friday, June 26, 10:00am

To gain entry to Commencement rehearsal, each student, faculty member, and staff member will have their temperature taken and be asked if they have:

  1. experienced an elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell;
  2. have been diagnosed with COVID-19; or (3) been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days. If they have, they will be denied admission unless they can provide proof that they recently tested negative for COVID-19 (via a test for active infection; we cannot accept antibody test results).
  3. If they have a fever or cough or if they feel sick, they should not come to rehearsal.

Email mfruitt@pdsmemphis.org if your son or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks, and/or if he will be absent for rehearsal.

Notes

  • Boys may dress down for rehearsal practice
  • Each person must wear a protective facemask.

After commencement rehearsal, we will have our “Rib Day” in the PDS gyms. We will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Boys can be picked up at 11:30 in front of the main PDS entrance. (Parents stay in car)

 

Commencement in Stokes Stadium (MUS)

Friday, June 26, 8:00pm

Please note the following key details:

Timing and Location Details

  • Boys will assemble on Blankenship Field at 7:30pm
  • The stadium opens at 7:00pm. Family seating will be marked with the appropriate graduate’s name. PDS staff will have copies of the seating plan with boys’ names included. PDS staff will assist you in finding your reserved seat.
  • Campus entry: Enter at the Ridgeway/Primacy Parkway gate (See Map).
  • Parents are encouraged to park in the stadium lot. Please follow the direction of security officers as you come onto campus.
  • Stadium entry: Depending upon seat locations, guests should enter the stadium by the North, Center, or South entrance (all three entrances are accessible from the stadium parking lot). You will receive an email early next week with the location of your seat.

Dress Code

  • A graduate’s attire for Commencement includes dress slacks, button-down dress shirt, dress shoes, and necktie or bowtie. No Blazers

COVID-19 Precautions

  • All attendees must wear protective facemasks.
  • To gain entry to Commencement, each guest, student, faculty member, and staff member will be asked if they have:
    1. experienced an elevated temperature, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste or smell;
    2. have been diagnosed with COVID-19; or (3) been in close contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days. If they have, they will be denied admission unless they can provide proof that they recently tested negative for COVID-19 (via a test for active infection; we cannot accept antibody test results).
    3. If they have a fever or cough or if they feel sick, they should not come to Commencement.
  • Email mfruitt@pdsmemphis.org if your son or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks, and/or if he will be absent for Commencement.

Ceremony Details

  • We will provide water for those in attendance.
  • There is no extra seating available.
  • The ceremony will be professionally streamed live so others can watch. Visit www.pdsmemphis.org/grad2020 to view the broadcast. Please remind friends and relatives who wish to watch remotely that Commencement begins at 8:00pm Central Daylight Time.
  • Before, during, and after the ceremony, students and visitors will be reminded to assure proper social distance at all times, per the Shelby County Health Department.
  • We expect Commencement to run 90 - 120 minutes.
  • We want to joyfully and lovingly celebrate our graduates while remaining respectful to everyone in attendance. Please DO NOT bring into the stadium items such as balloons; confetti cannons; noisemakers, including cowbells and horns; or banners and posters.
  • Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, we will conduct an orderly dismissal to allow for social distancing. Families will be dismissed by row, starting with families on the track and continuing with the stadium seats, from the bottom to the top. Family members leaving the stadium will be encouraged to maintain appropriate social distancing all the way to their vehicles.

 

NOTE: Please contact Mark Fruitt at mfruitt@pdsmemphis.org with any questions.

We’re looking forward to the graduation exercises and celebrating the GREAT Class of 2020!

Thu, Jun 18, 2020

PDS upgraded the Renaissance program the last week of May, and AR is now open for students to take tests from home.

The update has given us a new URL (web address) and looks a bit different. You may still use the link in your son's summer work folder to access AR, but it will redirect you to our new AR website.

All AR links found on the PDS website take you directly to the new Renaissance URL. The video below shows how to find the AR links on the PDS website, find the total points your son has earned this summer, and see results on individual tests.

Video

Fri, May 01, 2020

Start Field Day right by praising God for our physical gifts. We will sing and hear from our boys and God’s Word. Our key verse is 1 Timothy 4:8 and it tells us how God uses our physical gifts and training to point us to something even better.

Fri, Apr 24, 2020

What are boys learning about Truth during this time at home? Join us for Friday Chapel as we continue unpacking the seventh virtue of manhood, The Faithful Follower.

 

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