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Congratulations to the First Grade for winning this year's Parent Participation Challenge with 70%. Senior Kindergarten came in second place with 67%. Third place went to Second Grade with 66% Parent Participation. Overall the Parent Participation was 57%. What a terrific start!  Please know that the you have until July of 2016 to make your gift or pledge to the 2015-16 Annual Fund with all pledges needing to be fulfilled by July 31, 2016. 
Grateful for your support,
Lee Rantzow
Director of Annual Giving and Public Relations

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Dear Friends,

The 2014–15 PDS Annual Fund wraps up soon. We are preparing the Annual Giving Report’s listing of donors that will be released at the end of our fiscal year, and we want to make sure that your name is on the list and listed correctly. This list reflects donors who pledged or contributed between August 1, 2014 and April 27, 2015.

Please fulfill your pledges in full by July 31, 2015 to be included in the final Giving Report.

Memphis, TN — January 22, 2015 — Presbyterian Day School (PDS) is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014–2016. PDS was selected because of its approach to teaching and assessing for deep understanding and its commitment to integrating educational technology using Apple hardware, apps, and content-creation apps — all of which began in 2001 with the inception of a one-to-one laptop program.

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

The selection of PDS as an Apple Distinguished School highlights the school’s success as an innovative and compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

“PDS has used technology in innovative and creative ways for over a decade. We put a strong emphasis on creating classrooms where our teachers and students can seamlessly integrate computers, iPads, and applications into the daily lessons. Student engagement and academic achievement have increased as a result of this technology integration,” said Headmaster Steve Hancock

Students choose from a variety of Mac OS X and iOS applications on laptops and iPads — including Keynote, iMovie, Comic Life, and GarageBand — to express and demonstrate an understanding of lessons and concepts in the classroom. The school’s technology program also includes one-to-one professional development for teachers using in-classroom technology coaches.

“PDS began its one-to-one Apple laptop program in 2001 and has continued to use technology to teach and assess in ways that would be impossible without it,” said Cathy Kyle, the school’s Chief Information Officer. “Our teachers’ willingness to continue to learn and our internal technical support staff allows us to implement technology in such a way that it enhances the curriculum. Because of this, our classrooms are models of excellence.”

Founded in 1949, Presbyterian Day School is an independent school serving approximately 600 boys from 3-years-old through 6th grade. The school’s academic program centers on the development of critical and creative thinking skills as it trains boys to research, analyze, synthesize, and connect ideas and subjects, as well as to develop the important skills of collaboration and teaming. With a mission of striving to glorify God by developing boys in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man, the school takes a holistic approach to education, nurturing the heart, soul, mind and body of each boy.


Press contact: Lee Rantzow
Title: Director of Annual Giving and Public Relations
Phone: 901–842–4613
Email: lrantzow@pdsmemphis.org

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Report of Annual Giving, 2013-2014

Thank you for your support of PDS. The 2013-14 school year was filled with generosity, commitment and dedication.

Headmaster Hancock is excited about the Annual Fund progress, but now he wants to up the ante.

Follow the Read more for a video announcing the Headmaster's Challenge!

It's a tight race so far, every gift counts!

The Headmaster's Challenge ends on Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Our goal for 2014-2015 is to increase parent participation in the Annual Fund.

Last year, parent participation was 66%. Let's go for 100% this year!

Gifts of all sizes are appreciated. Pledge now and pay later as payment is not due until July 31, 2015.

Can the boys of PDS COUNT ON YOU?

After participating in a rigorous selection process, PDS second grade teacher Stephanie Taylor has been selected from a pool of highly talented applicants to attend the 2014 Klingenstein Summer Institute for early career teachers.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rhodes Heard is Headmaster Today

PDS 5th Grader, Rhodes Heard is serving as PDS' Headmaster today.

Headmaster for the Day is an auction item each year in the March Mania Auction.

Rhodes greeted students in carpool, shaking hands just like Mr. Burns. He also has had a busy morning conducting a fire drill and reading to a first grade class.

He declared a "dress down day" for tomorrow and has many more tasks and opportunities after a lunch meeting in his office.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Annual Giving Fund

Annual Giving Fund: Making a DifferenceThe sparkle in a boy’s eye when inspriation strikes. The guidance of a gifted teacher. Holding doors open for others. Saying “yes ma’am” and “yes sir.” Integrity. Character. These things matter.

At PDS, and all independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the entire cost of a boy’s education. Your gift helps bridge the gap between tuition and the true cost of educating a PDS boy.

Tuition dollars cover just under 90% of the true cost of educating a PDS boy. The Annual Giving Fund is the only source of immediately available and flexible funds that ensures that we meet this commitment to excellence each year.


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On mission.

Our mission is simple: we strive to glorify God as we develop boys in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. When you walk on campus, you will see our mission lived out as our teachers and boys work together to become stronger in both character and knowledge. You will see first-hand the difference that a PDS education makes in the life of a boy.

Every donation, large or small, makes a difference in helping us educate and prepare young boys for success and a lifetime love of learning. If we want the best learning, we need the best teachers and resources — that’s costly — and not possible based solely on tuition. And that’s one place where the Annual Giving Fund makes a difference.

As we consider professional development requests for this year, requests for curricular resources, requests for music equipment, requests for athletic equipment, and the like, it is the Annual Giving Fund that makes the difference between yes and no.

You could say the Annual Giving Fund is the difference between good and better. It makes a huge difference to the boys of PDS. It makes them better.

Tuition dollars cover just under 90% of the true cost of educating a PDS boy.

Join Us: Make a Difference.

Today’s boys are tomorrow’s ground-breakers. One day, it will be up to them to make the world better. We’ll do our best to help them be prepared. That’s why it’s critical to build a foundation of problem-finding, mind-changing, idea-making, and good-doing that they can carry for their entire lives.


PDS is a special and unique school, and a PDS boy is far from ordinary. Your investment in the PDS Annual Giving Fund helps the school remain at the forefront of education.

Questions? Call Lee Rantzow at 901-842-4613 or Kim Bridgforth 901-842-4606.


Questions about the Annual Giving Fund:

Why does PDS need support beyond tuition?

At PDS, as at all independent schools, tuition alone does not cover the entire cost of a PDS boy's education.

Your gift helps bridge the gap between tuition and the cost to educate a PDS boy.

Tuition dollars cover just under 90% of the actual cost to educate a PDS boy.

The Annual Giving Fund is the only source of immediately available and flexible funds that ensures a commitment to excellence each year.

I can’t make a large gift – why should I bother?

Each gift impacts the lives of our students and faculty.

High levels of participation from parents, alumni, faculty and staff are a signal of strength and send an important message that together we are invested in preserving the extraordinary opportunities that matter most at PDS.

Your participation matters.


The Red and Blue Club
For Gifts of $1 to $499

The Ross Lynn Club
For Gifts of $500 to $999

All Gifts over $1000 

The Frank Norfleet Society
For Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499

The Lee Burns Society
For Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

The Len Sumner Society
For Gifts of $5,000 to $7,499

The Anthony W. Dick Society
For Gifts of $7,500 to $9,999

The Robert J. Hussey Society
For Gifts of $10,000 to $19,999

The Headmaster’s Society
For Gifts of $20,000 and Above


Pledge Give Online


GIVE ONLINE: Use our online form to setup a one-time gift or schedule gifts throughout the rest of the school's fiscal year.

Make a Pledge Give Online

BASIC PLEDGE OR GIFT: You are welcome to pledge now and pay later. Donors are welcome to make pledge payments in any number of installments. If you are interested in setting up an installment plan with the Advancement Office, please contact Kim Bridgforth at 901-842-4606.

PHONE: Please call your grade or class captain or the Advancement Office with your information. You may reach Lee Rantzow at 901-842-4613 or Kim Bridgforth 901-842-4606.

STOCK: If you would like to make a gift with stock, please call Kim Bridgforth at 901-842-4606.

MATCHING GIFTS: If you are interested in securing a matching gift from your employer, please contact the appropriate personnel in your company’s Human Resources Department to determine procedure. Once your gift is made to PDS and you have submitted the appropriate paperwork, we will be happy to confirm the contribution with your employer.

Approximately 400 alumni and school friends gathered for the annual alumni luncheon on Wednesday to reconnect with classmates and former teachers, recall their days as boys at PDS, and celebrate Fred Smith ‘56, Founder, Chairman and CEO of FedEx, as he was presented the school’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

“What a happy and exciting day in the life of PDS,” says Headmaster Lee Burns. “To see so many alumni back on campus thrilled us, and we were so delighted in particular to honor Mr. Smith for his remarkable accomplishments and inspirational man he is.”

Mr. Smith spent part of the morning meeting boys and teachers as he visited classrooms and toured the school. “Our boys were so excited to see and meet him, and our 6th graders in the luncheon had the opportunity to hear him talk about challenges and opportunities facing our country in today’s global community,” says Burns.