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The new school year is upon us! Don’t miss these important dates and details that will help us start the school year smoothly.

 

First Day of School

 

Class Rosters

Class Rosters were emailed today. If you did not receive the rosters email, please use this form to report it.

 

Parent Meetings

  • Early Childhood: Tuesday, August 14 at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall

  • 1st Grade: Monday, August 13 at 8:00am in the Hussey Commons

  • Elementary Parent Night (1st–6th), Thursday, August 30 at 6:00pm in the Baber Gym

 

Lunch Program

PDS is launching a new partnership with Piccadilly Food Service. Parents can choose which days they wish to purchase lunch!

Read more: PDS Launches New Lunch Program for 2018–2019

 

Summer Reading and Math Assignments (1st–6th Grades)

Reminder: All summer reading and math assignments for 1st–6th are due on the first day of school.

 

AfterCare / Sibling Stay

New in 2018: Early Childhood Sibling Stay

PDS is offering a new Sibling Stay program for the 2018–2019 school year. Since class dismissal times are staggered, Early Childhood students (YK-SK) who have an older sibling at PDS will be able to enroll in the program and attend AfterCare until the older sibling is dismissed. The younger sibling will be picked up by an AfterCare assistant at his specific dismissal time and join AfterCare until his older sibling dismissal time. The parent is required to walk inside the main entrance and sign the younger sibling out of Sibling Stay BEFORE picking up the older sibling in carpool. The younger sibling will enjoy time on the playground or being inside with toys and activities during his time in Sibling Stay.

The cost for Early Childhood Sibling Stay is $400 per semester.

Sign-Up for AfterCare and/or Sibling Stay

Read the Student Handbook Entry for AfterCare

 

Student Handbook

Please review the PDS Student Handbook which can always be found via the Parent menu on the website.

You can find academic policies and procedures, carpool maps, lunch schedules and more in the handbook.

Early Childhood Handbooks

YK, PK, JK, and SK also have handbooks with additional information specific to each grade. You can always find these via the Student Handbook menu item under the Parents menu or on the menu on the right-side of the teacher’s classroom pages.

 

Carpool Maps

Consult the carpool entry in the Student Handbook for carpool rules and procedures.

 

Spirit Sale

Don’t miss the Parents’ Association’s annual Back-To-School Spirit Sale beginning Monday, August 13 at 8:00am in the PDS Lobby.

Spirit Sale Hours

Date Hours
Monday, Aug 13 8:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday, Aug 14 8:00am - 1:00pm
Wednesday, Aug 15 8:00am - 2:00pm

 

Subscribing to Class Calendars

You can add your son’s classroom calendar to your device. Learn More

 

Email Newsletters

All parents have been subscribed to the 2 main lists we use to communicate:

List Description
A grade-level "Emergencies and Updates" list Used sparingly for major news, weather-related information, etc.
A class-level “News” list Used for The weekly PDS Express newsletter, the weekly newsletter from your son’s teacher, and any important information from the classroom during the week

If you would like to opt-out of either of these lists, follow the Unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email you receive from the school.

Homework Emails

1st–6th grades also have an optional homework email. To sign-up for homework emails, visit the Communication Preferences page.

FEATURED NEWS

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PDS is excited to announce our new lunch partner, Piccadilly Food Service, beginning in August! You will be able to view the menu and preorder the meals for the days your son wants to eat!!!

Piccadilly Cafeteria has been in the Memphis area since 1964 and has been catering for more than ten years. The company currently runs more than 80 school lunch programs across the country and is committed to serving meals to students that are exciting, high quality, nutritious and flavorful.

The lunch menu items will be prepared fresh each morning and will be both healthy and kid-friendly. While some may choose for your son to eat the Piccadilly meal every day, others may wish to select various lunch days that appeal to your student. We are pleased to be able to offer this new lunch program at prices that are comparable to the prior school year.

Some exciting things about our new partnership are:

  • Ice Cream will be offered as a side two days a week.
  • Favorite menus, such as chicken tenders, will be offered regularly.
  • A meal will consist of a meat, 3 sides and milk or water.
  • There will be an option to buy drinks only.
  • You will be able to select and order meals using the EZ School Lunch website.

The EZ School website offers the school a safe and secure way to pay for student meals online. We strongly encourage all families to create an EZ School Lunch account, even if your son does not plan on eating the Piccadilly meals regularly. He may occasionally want an ice cream or other side item!

After signing up for your EZ School Lunch account, you will be able to:

  • Select and preorder meals for your student.
  • Use your credit card to purchase meals and/or deposit money into your student’s account.
  • View your student’s balances 24/7.
  • Track your student’s payments and purchases.
  • Receive notifications when your student’s account balance is low.
  • View the school’s menu options.

EZ School Lunch

Note

Note that our lunch program is for boys in 1st through 6th grades.

Sign-Up Instructions

PDS Lunch Program – EZ School App Instructions

PDS Parents,
Below are the instructions to set up your son’s account in the EZ School Apps website.

Go to www.ezparentcenter.com and click Sign-Up.

Enter the PDS school zip code: 38111 and click Search. Choose Presbyterian Day School.

Enter the PDS school code: Daypres381 and click Submit.

Fill out the form with your information, your preferred email address and create a password. Enter the first and last names of your PDS students. Click Send Account Creation Request.

You will receive the following message: “The parent account information has been sent to the school. The school will contact you in a day or two after the account has been created.”

Your account should be activated by Piccadilly within 24 hours of your request.

You may then log in, view your account, add your credit card and preorder meals through September!

Questions? Contact Lyndi Heard.

FEATURED NEWS

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Dear Parents,

I hope you are enjoying summer with your family. The faculty and staff have been working hard at PDS to prepare for the 2018–2019 school year. We are looking forward to having your boys back on campus.

We have two pieces of exciting news to share regarding our Early Childhood Program. Enrollment is healthy and we are almost full! In fact, only one opening remains in the Young Knights class and a few spots in PK and SK. The Junior Kindergarten class is completely full.

Secondly, we are launching a Parent Referral Program. This is a unique opportunity for you to participate with us as we complete a final push to fill the remaining class openings. All you need to do is share the wonderful things that are happening at PDS in order to possibly save on your own tuition. Simply click the link below to learn more about the PDS Parent Referral Program and to see how it can benefit you!

Submit a Referral

If you have any questions about this program please contact our Director of Admission, Rachel Bishop. (rbishop@pdsmemphis.org • 901–842–4695)

Sincerely,

Debbie Isom

Head of Early Childhood

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Moms in Prayer - Begins September 13

News Brannon Schroerlucke Friday, August 17, 2018 9:09 AM

The Moms in Prayer group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month in room B100 in the church building.

Join other PDS moms after carpool from 8:15am to 9:00am in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school

The first meeting for the 2018-2019 school year will be on Wednesday, September 12th.

For more information, contact Brannon Schroerlucke.


Here are a few more details about paying for your son’s lunch.

The EZ School App accepts Credit and Debit Cards only.

Options:

  • Add money to your son’s account when ordering your meals.
  • Add money to your account without ordering meals. You can order the meals at a later time.
  • Or you can order meals and add additional money for unanticipated items your son may want.

To add money to your account without ordering a meal, click on the Save/Pay button at the bottom of the menu and it will ask you if you want to add money.

The credit card company (not PDS or Piccadilly) charges a small credit card fee per transaction (i.e. each time you pay for ordered meals or add money to your account).

The fee is 2.9% of the total amount you have ordered plus any money you have added to the account + a 30 cent flat fee.

Example:

Number of Meals Ordered for August 12
Number of Meals Ordered for September 18
Total Meals Ordered 30
   
Cost per Meal $6.16
Total $184.8
   
Credit Card Fee Percentage 2.9%
Percentage Credit Card Fee 5.3592
Flat Credit Card Fee $0.3
   
Total Amount Charge to Card $190.4592

If you ordered lunch every day for your son and you were able to do that in 4 transactions, your total credit card fee would be only about $30 for the year.

There is a minimum credit card fee of $1.95, so to minimize the fee order as infrequently as you can and preferably over $50 at a time.


You can get your son's PDS calendar on your mobile device or desktop calendar.


With the start of the 2018–2019 school year, we welcome ten new teachers and administrators to the PDS Community.

 

Molly Beard

New JK Teacher

Molly Beard, returns to PDS after moving away nine years ago. Mrs. Beard has over ten years of experience teaching in Early Childhood education. Molly has an undergrad degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Memphis. She is looking forward to being back at PDS!

 

Diann Belote

New Reading Specialist (5th–6th Grades)

Diann Belote joins the PDS faculty after thirty-three years in elementary and middle school education. She has experience in the areas of language arts, technology, and gifted education. She and her husband, Michael, have always lived and worked in the Memphis area and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Diann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Childhood Literacy from the University of Memphis.

 

Ann Clark Elmore

New Elementary Administrative Assistant

Ann Clark is a native Memphian. She attended the University of Mississippi where she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration degree. She previously worked at PDS as the Elementary Administrative Assistant and is excited to be returning after staying at home with her three children for a couple of years.

 

Lauren Riley

New Sixth Grade Teacher (ELA)

Lauren Riley, a native of Memphis, has eight years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Auburn University and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. She and her husband Pete have two boys, William and Andrew.

 

Brittany Smith

New EDGE Studio

Brittany Smith, a native of Memphis, TN, is excited to be joining the PDS family. Mrs. Smith has five years teaching experience in Knox and Shelby county schools. Her passion is cultivating an exciting learning environment where boys feel safe to explore and grow. Brittany has a bachelor’s degree in Human Growth and Learning from Tusculum College. She is also a loving wife and mother.

 

Jenna Thornburg

New Spanish Teacher (3rd–6th Grades)

Jenna Thornburg is joining our faculty as the Spanish teacher for grades 3–6. She has lived in Memphis for 24 years and is returning to teaching after time at home with her children. Mrs. Thornburg has six years of experience in the classroom. She earned a B.A. in English and Spanish from the University of Memphis and a master’s degree in teaching from Christian Brothers University. She also studied the Spanish language at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca in Spain.

 

Danielle Walton

New Technology Coordinator

Danielle Walton grew up in North Dakota and graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelors degree in 2011. Upon graduating, she relocated to Tennessee to attend Trevecca Nazarene University, where she received a master’s degree in 2013. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education. Danielle has a passion for educational technology and is looking forward to working as our Technology Coordinator!

 

Yanan (Sunny) Zheng

New Mandarin Teacher (Early Childhood)

Sunny Zheng has a Master’s in Business Administration degree from The University of Memphis. She spent two years working as a Mandarin teacher in Hong Kong before coming to the United States. Her goals are to teach the Mandarin language, to help boys develop verbal proficiency, and along the way learn to love and appreciate the Chinese culture.


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