Mark Fruitt

Mark Fruitt

Principal of the
Elementary Division
After-School Adventures Coordinator

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!

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Crusader Cafe is Back!

Crusader Café is back for another year.  Crusader Café is held during lunchtime and is a time where a boy can showcase his musical talents to his peers and others. Once again this year, we will be dining and entertaining everyone in the Fellowship Hall.

Dates for the Café

Thursday, October 31

Thursday, January 30

Thursday, April 30

There are 2 requirements your son must meet in order to play at Crusader Café.

  1. He must be taking lessons (If he is not taking lessons, he must audition for Mrs. Southerland)
  2. He must be practicing regularly  “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” -Malcolm Gladwell   Outliers

Please use the linked documents below to view available time slots (each date can have 5 boys maximum signed up).  The link at the bottom will take you to the form for your son's grade level.  Please enter your child's name (last name, first and his homeroom) on the date you would like.  

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

 

We’re almost finished with PDS’ annual celebration of ThanksLiving — but hopefully we are just getting started living a life of thankfulness.

By this point in November, I hope you’ve had a chance to see the ThanksLiving wall at PDS. Over the past three weeks, our boys have been looking for ways to practice gratitude every day, writing down what they did on a stick note, and sticking that to a big wall at the school. Three weeks in, the notes have completely filled the first section of the wall and are starting to spill around the corner. We love seeing the wall at the school fill up with sticky notes of how boys have shown thankfulness on a daily basis — and not just to get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.

At PDS we believe that it is the responsibility of each boy to arrive at school prepared for the school day. Because we want our boys to learn how to be responsible, we ask that parents of boys in grades 1–6 not deliver forgotten items such as homework, signed papers, school supplies, library books, backpacks, etc. to school once the school day has started. Interrupting classroom instruction to deliver items during the school day is disruptive to the learning process of all boys.

We do, of course, know that boys might from time to time forget an item. Forgotten items will not stop a boy from learning and participating in class during the day. If it is absolutely necessary that a boy must have a forgotten item in order to participate in class, the teacher will allow the boy to call home. Boys may not call home to ask that an item be delivered to school without permission from the teacher.

Any student who forgets his lunch may purchase lunch in the cafeteria. If a parent wants to deliver a forgotten lunch to school, he/she may drop the lunch at the main desk. The boy will be allowed to pick up the forgotten lunch on his way to the cafeteria.

If a student forgets sports equipment for after school athletics or supplies for an after school music lesson or enrichment class, parents may also deliver those supplies to the main desk. Students will be allowed to pick up those items after dismissal.

Mark Fruitt

Dear Parents,

The holiday season is upon us. What a great time of year to be thankful for all that we have been given! As one holiday passes to the next, I imagine that our boys will begin to make Christmas lists filled with various items of interest. We live in a time of technological discovery. It seems that new gadgets are being released daily that can do things we once thought impossible.

It is always our intent at PDS to keep our boys focused on learning in the classroom. With this in mind, we have policies in place to protect our boys from outside distractions. Please note that PDS boys are not allowed to have cell phones at school. In addition, boys will not be allowed to wear technology at school that accesses the Internet, makes phone calls, sends texts, takes pictures, or interacts with apps. Knowing that some boys have or may receive these items, we wanted to remind you of this policy.

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season!

Mark Fruitt
Principal of Elementary Division

Presbyterian Day School
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