The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Today’s Chapel speaker was PDS Chaplain Braxton Brady. Coach Brady used the occasion of Monday’s upcoming solar eclipse to teach a lesson about light and darkness.
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 2017-2018 school year will be on Wednesday, September 13th.
For more information, contact Brannon Schroerlucke.
With the start of the 2017–2018 school year, we welcome ten new teachers to the PDS Community.
Ginny Brundick, a native of Memphis, TN, is joining us full-time after working as an interim teacher for much of last year. Mrs. Brundick has ten years of teaching experience, and she is returning to full-time teaching after time at home with her children. Ginny has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rhodes College.
Jessica Chandler grew up in Memphis and has 14 years of teaching experience. This will be her second time to be a part of the PDS faculty as she taught PK–2nd grade Spanish at PDS from 2006 to 2012. She has a B.A. in English and Spanish from Ole Miss and has also studied Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico at The Cemanahuac Spanish School.
Abbie Faith, a native of Oklahoma, is joining our Early Childhood team as a Young Knights teacher (two-year olds). She worked as a substitute last year (YK–6th grade) as well as working in AfterCare. Ms. Faith has her degree from Oklahoma State University in Elementary Education.
Becca Looker, born and raised in Memphis, is joining the Early Childhood team as the PK Associate. The soon to be “Mrs. Harris” has worked in PDS Aftercare for the past two years and has a Child Development degree from the University of Memphis.
Natalie Martin is joining the PDS faculty as a learning specialist for grades 1–3. Mrs. Martin has six years of teaching experience. She comes to us from St. Mary’s Episcopal School where she taught 1st grade for four years. She has her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and her M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from Union University.
Jessica Muller, a Memphis native, is joining our third-grade team. Mrs. Muller has three years of teaching experience. She comes to us from Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School and has a Master's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Memphis.
Tracey Oliver is a native to Wisconsin, but has lived in Memphis for over four years. She will be joining our team as the Mandarin teacher for the Early Childhood Department. Mrs. Oliver began her study of Mandarin while living in China for two years. She comes to us with an Undergraduate Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) from the University of Memphis.
Lindsey Robinson is joining us as the Director of Academic Support. A native of Fort Mill, SC, Mrs. Robinson has 12 years of teaching experience. She comes to us from Germantown Elementary. Mrs. Robinson has a degree in Early Childhood from Winthrop University as well as a Master's Degree in Divergent Learning from Columbia College.
Jenny Stenberg, a native of Memphis, is joining our fourth-grade team as a Language Arts teacher. Mrs. Stenberg has twelve years of teaching experience. She comes to us from St. Mary’s Episcopal School and has a Bachelors Degree in English and Secondary Education from Vanderbilt University.
Lindsey White, a native of Memphis, TN is joining our SK team. Mrs. White has six years of teaching experience. She comes to us from Hutchison and has a Master's Degree in Teaching and Learning from Union University.
Dear Elementary Parents,
This Monday, August 21, PDS Elementary boys will witness what might be a once in a lifetime experience— the Great American Eclipse! I can’t think of a better way to kickoff a new school year.
Our day will begin with an assembly aimed at not only teaching our boys the fascinating science behind this celestial event, but also instructing them on the important safety measures that will be in place during the viewing. While the partial eclipse will last nearly three hours, we will focus our viewing time around the maximum partial eclipse in Memphis. In order to be ready for 94% totality at 1:23pm, first through sixth graders will join together on the football field beginning at 1:00pm and plan to stay for half an hour. We know many of you would like to experience this phenomenon with your son. Please join us! We welcome this opportunity to build community together.
PDS boys will be given glasses made by one of NASA’s recommended manufacturers, American Paper Optics. The solar glasses are made with 2 mil scratch-resistant black polymer lenses that filter out 100% of harmful ultraviolet and infrared rays and 99.999% of intense visible light. The glasses are lab tested and meet the transmission requirements of ISO 12312–2 (Filters for Direct Observation of the Sun). We will have a limited supply of glasses available for parents. However, if you have already purchased eclipse glasses, please consider bringing your own.
To witness this event, safety is paramount. PDS Dad and Memphis ophthalmologist, Dr. Brian Fowler, will instruct the boys during our morning assembly on the importance of protecting their eyes while viewing the eclipse. Instruction for using the glasses will be provided to all students, along with in-class demonstrations and practice prior to the eclipse. Special attention will be given to ensure that the glasses properly fit our students and that all students witnessing the eclipse maintain correct positioning of the protective eyewear while viewing the eclipse.
While we are eager for our students to view the eclipse, we certainly understand if you do not wish for your son to participate in the viewing. Students whose parents do not permit them to view the eclipse will assemble inside the school building from 1:00–1:30 to view footage of the eclipse from across the United States. To inform us of your choice, please complete the Parent Permission Form and return it to your son’s teacher by Monday morning. Students without a completed permission slip will remain in the building during the eclipse.
We look forward to this amazing opportunity, and we hope you will consider joining us!