This year we want to give boys a chance to learn more about what it means to be a man while spending time with their dad or favorite guy. So, we are hosting a monthly breakfast focusing on the 7 Virtues of Manhood at school.
Our 7 Virtues of Manhood Breakfasts are for elementary grade boys (1–6) and their dad or favorite guy.
The format will be as follows:
- Start at 7:15 in the fellowship hall and enjoy Chick-Fil-A breakfast around the tables, sitting with boys and men from your son’s grade as much as possible.
- Hear what the virtue means from a 6th grade boy
- Learn the virtue in more detail through a 7 minute lesson from one of our leaders
- Spend the majority of the time working around the table with your boys with age appropriate questions and activities.
- End by 7:55
The boys will be dismissed to chapel from the breakfast. Dads and favorite guys are welcome to join us for chapel from 8:00–8:30 in the sanctuary or depart after breakfast.
Dates for the year:
- Sept 6 - True Friend
- Oct 18 - Humble Hero
- Nov 1 - Servant Leader
- Jan 10 - Pacesetter
- February 7 - Bold Adventurer
- March 20 - Noble Knight
- April 3 - Faithful Follower
Because of the nature of this breakfast, each boy must have a male adult host in order to attend. It is okay for one dad to bring more than just his son(s). A dad, grandad, or family friend can host multiple boys including friends. For families with special circumstances, please reach out to me and one of the school based mentors will host your son or we can discuss another option.
We look forward to seeing you September 6th.
Attached is the 5th and 6th Grade Intramural Football schedule.
It is an exciting time for the boys as they contemplate the new opportunities available to them this year. One of these exciting offerings is the chance to be a part of the Band here at PDS!
The program is designed to give our boys the opportunity to experience making music and to begin a lifelong love of instrumental music. Much has been written about the connection between music and brain development, success in school, and success in life. Learning to play an instrument will be a wonderful extension of what they have already learned in their music classes here at school.
Students in the Band program meet two times each week in the following settings:
*Small Group Lesson: Students are placed in a small group with no more than four students. Students will learn basic techniques of the instrument, how to read music, and how to create a beautiful sound. These lessons take place during the school day on a rotating basis.
*Large Group/Full Band Rehearsal: Beginning Band meets from 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays. There will be no conflicts for any boys who participate in PDS athletics - including our Crusader teams. The large group meeting is designed to help the boys learn to follow a conductor, play in a large group, and to learn some exciting music.
Last week, all 5th graders attended a presentation to introduce them to the various woodwind, brass and percussion instruments that will be offered in Beginning Band, and about how the program will be structured.
As a follow-up to the introductory presentation, all boys are being given the opportunity to try several instruments with Mrs. Hancock. This process is taking place August 16-23. At the conclusion of the Instrument Discovery process, additional information will be sent home that will aid you in your decision as to whether your son will join the band at PDS, and also about which instrument(s) seem to be the best fit for him.
Registration for band will take place ONLINE August 27-September 3.
Plan to attend the Band Parent Information Meeting on Parent Night, August 29. (right after the grade level meeting) While this meeting is not mandatory, it will help us to start the band year smoothly and address any questions that you may have. It will last about 20 minutes—I encourage you to attend.
Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information or clarification. I am already looking forward to the wonderful music that we will make together this year!
Dear 5th and 6th Grade Parents –
In an effort to build greater teamwork, camaraderie and service among our fifth and sixth grade boys, we will again be taking them off campus to Victory Ranch for what promises to be fun-filled and spirit-filled days of challenge and adventure.
- 6th Grade Breakaway – Thursday/Friday, August 22–23
- 5th Grade Breakaway – Thursday/Friday, August 29–30
Bring your boys to school at the regular time and drop them at the gym entrance. We will leave at 8:15am on Thursday and return by 3pm on Friday.
$150.00 (We will bill your PDS account.)
Since this is an overnight trip, boys will need to bring the following items:
* Pillow, sleeping bag or twin sheets * Change of clothes (underwear, socks, shorts, t-shirts) * Tennis shoes * Toiletries and towel * Swimming suit * Long pants (if your son wants to play paintball) * Sunscreen and bug repellant
PACK FOR COMFORT; PACK TO BE COOL!
Victory Ranch offers a variety of diverse and exciting activities that will enable us to explore the topics of teamwork (5th) and leadership (6th) in fun and unexpected ways. Your boys should look forward to mastering a variety of challenging elements. They will get to know themselves and each other in team building activities, games, and competitions, and will explore the Scriptures through talks, skits, and quiet time.
In addition to the full-time staff at Victory Ranch, Athletic Director Dennis Smith, Coaches-Spencer McLean, Palmer Albertine, Garret Harrison, Headmaster Steve Hancock, Chaplain Howard Graham, Dean of Students Ross Spain, Bible teacher Tony Rudenza, History teacher Jason Hewer, Science teacher Jackson Boyd, and I will take part in the breakaways.
Should an emergency arise, all Ranch and PDS employees are certified in CPR and other life-saving skills. In addition, PDS administrators on the trip will drive their own cars in order to provide additional transportation, should the need arise. The EMERGENCY phone number at the Ranch is 731–659–2880. My cell is 901–734–9907.
Please sign the release form as a means of granting your son permission to take part in this fun-filled adventure. Permission slips/release forms should be returned to your son’s homeroom teacher by Monday, August 19th in order for us to plan accordingly.
The camp store will be open if your son would like to purchase any souvenirs.
Please call with any questions or concerns.
Principal, Elementary Division