After-School Adventures Coordinator
At PDS, we believe Thanksgiving should be more than just a holiday. The Bible instructs us in 1 Thessalonians to give thanks in all circumstances. We want our boys to demonstrate thankful living on a daily basis. Building habits take time, motivation, and accountability. This November we are incorporating all three elements into a 21-day ThanksLiving Challenge.
Beginning November 7th, we are asking first through sixth-grade boys to reflect and respond to the question, “How did you show thankfulness today?” We want our boys to understand that living a thankful life is much more than just a mindset…it’s also demonstrated through everyday actions.
Boys can demonstrate thankful living at home, at school, and in our community by saying thank you, writing thank you notes, praying for one another, and serving one another. Get creative! We can’t wait to see and hear about your acts of thankfulness.
21-Day ThanksLiving Challenge:
- Show thankfulness daily.
- Reflect and respond each day using the Be Thankful notepad.
- Bring your reflection note to school daily and post it in the main lobby.
- We encourage parents to share ways their son demonstrates thankfulness using #pdsThanksLiving on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Follow the hashtag on social media to see how our boys are living thankful lives! We will be posting as well.
- Enjoy a dress-down day on December 2nd to celebrate thankful hearts!
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.
- He must be taking lessons (If he is not taking lessons, he must audition for Mrs. Southerland)
- 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.
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.
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!
Principal of Elementary Division