The spring 2018 issue of PDS Spirit will be arriving in mailboxes starting this week.
Much like the sound a light bulb makes as electricity runs through its wires, curiosity whizzes through the air toward second-grade teacher Stephanie Taylor.
In a city like Memphis, there is plenty of room for non-profits to make an impact. Like many American metro areas, Memphis has great needs in regards to public health, education, and employment. So as I drove on a Wednesday to meet Steve Nash, founder of Advance Memphis and father of Stephen Nash, for lunch, I felt I had at least a general idea of what his company might be about.
The single greatest asset of Presbyterian Day School is the dedicated and talented faculty. I find myself repeating this message nearly every day as I speak with prospective families, donors, alumni, and friends of PDS. It seems fitting that we would devote much of this issue of the Spirit Magazine to the life-changing work of our faculty.
When I interview potential teaching candidates, I am always listening for a few key items. First, I want to hear that the teacher senses a calling from God to do this important work. I want to know if he or she loves working with boys and how teaching boys can and should be different than teaching girls. Teachers need to have a passion for their subject area and know many ways to teach the same skills and concepts. The “bag of tricks” must be deep.
PDS is filled with faculty who inspire me every day. Collectively, they are constantly learning and trying to be better at the craft of teaching. I am in and out of classrooms every day. Within the walls of the classroom I see creativity, compassion, collaboration, and a love for the boys that is deep and wide and simply inspiring.
If you know a teacher who is inspiring, I encourage you to write a note of thanks. Teachers love knowing they have made a difference in the life of a child. Please enjoy these inspiring stories.
Dear PDS parents,
We are thrilled to once again sponsor Berclair, a public elementary school in the area. This unique partnership is an amazing opportunity for the PDS families to serve other families and to help showcase the achievements of the students at Berclair.
One way the PDS Parents Association helps to support Berclair is through our school supply drive. If you could PLEASE help with these needs, it would be greatly appreciated!
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR BERLAIR ELEMENTARY:
Please send items to PDS and drop off in designated boxes in the EC and Main Lobbies.
Thank you in advance for your support of this partnership!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Laura Stafford, firstname.lastname@example.org, 901–487–1841
Berclair Partnership Chair
Amanda Ray, email@example.com, 901–490–6832
Berclair Partnership Vice Chair
Share your talent with the school. We are looking for 8–10 acts that feature musicians, comedians, magicians, dancers, special unique talents, etc. Each participant will have a brief interview with Mr. Hancock on stage and then will have the opportunity to perform.
Open to any boy from PDS who would like to show off his talent. Students will need to audition for a spot in the show. Auditions will take place the week of April 16 in front of three judges. Boys must be prepared and have all material needed to audition. (accompanist, background tape, costume, etc)
There is no cost to participate or attend. We will be taking up donations to give a “love” offering to our custodial and maintenance staff who work tirelessly to make PDS great.
If you are interested in auditioning for the PDS Talent Show, please let your homeroom teacher know. Teachers will collect the student’s name and detailed description of the proposed act.