Fri, Aug 18, 2017

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:5

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.

Thu, Aug 17, 2017

PDS' off-campus filter was upgraded over the summer. This upgrade has students signing in through their PDS Google account once every five days.  While we will show your son how to do this, we wanted you to know the process too.  When your son launches his Internet (Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) a blue screen will come up.  You should see "Captive Portal" on the screen.  Toward the bottom there are two boxes for username and password.  Ignore those!  At the bottom of the screen, you will see a link titled, "Google Auth."  He needs to click on the link and then will be prompted to enter his PDS Gmail.  (Your son should have a sticker in his AB with this information.  Most accounts follow the scheme:  first name + first letter of last name + 3 numbers @pdsmemphis.org.  Ex:  charlest465@pdsmemphis.org) The next screen will have him enter his email password.  (This is his email, plus his PDS graduation year.  4th graders use 20.  Ex: hatsky20. This password is also located on his sticker.) He will have to click "Next" two times to finish the authentication process.  Once he is done, his Internet will work normally.  This process will be repeated every 5 days but should only take a minute to complete. 

4th Graders will learn about this on Monday when they receive their computers. I will also introduce them to their PDS Google for Education accounts.

Thank you for your help and support.  If you have any question, do not hesitate to email me at msmith@pdsmemphis.org.

Sincerely,

Melissa Smith

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

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 Form

Download 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.

Permission Form

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!

Sincerely,
Laura Glenn

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Last Chance for Intramural Football

Friday, August 16 is the last day to sign-up for our Intramural Football program for 4th-, 5th-, and 6th-grade boys.

We are pleased to offer an athletic program that builds throughout your son’s upper school career at PDS. Our program emphasizes safety, sportsmanship, instruction in the fundamentals, teamwork, and participation for all players.

It’s time to sign-up for fall athletics:

  • 4th Grade
    • Intramural football
  • 5th Grade
    • Intramural football
    • Crusader football (Deadline passed)
  • 6th Grade
    • Intramural football
    • Crusader football (Deadline passed)
    • Crusader cross country (Deadline passed)
    • Crusader golf (Deadline passed)

The deadline to register for all fall sports is June 2nd.

Sign-Up for Athletics

All boys participating in the PDS Athletic Program need to submit a physical and the necessary concussion and cardiac arrest forms to the school (Att. Athletic Dept.) by August 1st.

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