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Birthday Book Club - Honor Your Son on His Birthday

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Students in the Band program will meet two times each week in the following settings:

  • Small Group Instruction: Students will be 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 will take place during the school day.
  • Large Group Instruction:
    • Our Beginning Band will meet between 3:15 and 4:00 pm. on Thursdays.
    • The Crusader Band (6th grade) will meet on Thursday mornings, 7:45-8:40 am.
  • There will be no conflicts for any boys who participate in 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.

Coming Soon: Winter Band Concert December 10

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All Band Students will be participating in the Winter Band Concert on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 PM.

Please join us in the Fellowship Hall at 2PC as we share a wide variety of music. Students should arrive at 5:30 PM for warm-up and tuning. 

Concert Dress is: Dark Blue Blazer, White Dress Shirt, Red Tie of choice, Khaki slacks and appropriate shoes. 

Families with last names A - L are asked to bring a plate of goodies for our reception. (Families M - Z will help in the spring) No nuts, please. 

We look forward to sharing our music with you!

5th Grade - The Seven Virtues of Manhood

At PDS, we want every boy to learn what it really means to be a man. That’s why we wrote The 7 Virtues of Manhood, which walks boys through each of the virtues and shows them what the virtues look like in daily life — at school, with friends, at home, and with God.

Each month, 5th-grade boys are reading that chapter for that month’s virtue — you can see what this month’s virtue is above.

5th Grade Assignments 2019 - 2020


Thursday, 29 - Friday, 30 - Breakaway at Victory Ranch

September - True Friend:

Memorize John 15:12
Thursday, 12 - pgs. 2 - 9
Thursday, 26 - pgs. 10 –15

October - Humble Hero:

Memorize 1 Peter 4:10
Thursday, 24 - pgs. 19 - 26

November - Servant Leader:

Memorize Philipians 2:3–4
Thursday, 7 - pgs. 29 - 35


Thursday, 5 - Mentor Groups

January - Pacesetter:

Memorize 1 Timothy 4:12
Thursday, 16 - pgs. 39 - 43 (until “Being Pacesetters” on 43)
Thursday, 30 - pgs. 43 - 50

February - Bold Adventurer:

Memorize Joshua 1:9
Thursday, 13 - pgs. 53 - 62
Thursday, 27 - Mentor Groups

March - Noble Knight:

Memorize Isaiah 32:8
Thursday, 19 - pgs. 65 - 70
Thursday, April 2 - pgs. 71 - 74

April - Faithful Follower:

Memorize John 10:27
Thursday, 9 - 5th graders lead chapel
Thursday, 16 - pgs. 77–78
Thursday, 30 - pgs. 79 - 84


Thursday, 14 - Hopes/Dreams/Fears about 6th Grade

The Seven Virtues of Manhood


6th Grade - Flight Plan

To equip boys as they grow into men, PDS spent the past 20 years developing Flight Plan, a clear, candid guidebook that unpacks what godly manhood is and what it looks like in daily life — in peer pressure, puberty, grades, dating, and more.

6th Grade Assignments 2019 - 2020


Thursday, 22 - Friday, 23 - Victory Ranch Breakaway


Wednesday, 4 - First meeting
Wednesday, 11 - Ch. 1: Prepare for Takeoff
Wednesday, 18 - Ch. 2: The Six Myths
Tuesday, 24 - BBMM Forum - Myths of Manhood (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 25 - Man In The Arena Event
Friday, 27–29 - Father/Son St. Louis Trip


Wednesday, 2 - Mentor Meeting
Wednesday, 16 - Ch. 3: The Seven Virtues
Tuesday, 22 - BBMM Forum - True Friend (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 30 - Ch. 4: Finding Your True Friends


Wednesday, 6 - Thanksliving
Wednesday, 13 - Ch. 5: Resisting Peer Pressure
Tuesday, 19 - BBMM Forum - Peer Pressure (jacket and tie)


Wednesday, 4 - Mentor Groups
Wednesday, 11 - Ch. 6: The Dangers of Alcohol and Drugs


Wednesday, 8 - ERB
Wednesday, 15 - Ch. 7: Relationships and Dating
Friday, 17 - BBMM Forum - Puberty (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 22 - Ch. 8: Understanding Puberty


Wednesday, 5 - Mentor Group
Wednesday, 12 - Ch. 9: Purity and Porn
Wednesday, 19 - Mentor Group
Tuesday, 25 - BBMM Forum - Screens or Family & Father Son Banquet (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 26 - Ch. 10: Screens, Stories and Songs


Wednesday, 4 - Mentor Group
Tuesday, 17 - BBMM Forum - High School Girls and Dating (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 18 - Ch. 11: Loving Your Family
Wednesday, 25 - Mentor Group


Wednesday, 1 - Ch. 12: Why School Matters
Friday, 3 - Mother/Son Luncheon
Wednesday, 8 - Mentor Groups
Tuesday, 14 - BBMM Forum - High School Boys on life skills (jacket and tie)
Wednesday, 15 - Ch. 13: Targeting True Success
Wednesday, 22 - Mentor Groups
Wednesday, 29 - Ch. 14: Cleared for Takeoff


Wednesday, 6 - Review Book
Monday, 18 - Rib/White-Out Day
Friday, 15 - Father/Son Retreat

You can explore more Flight Plan resources for you and your son — like discussion questions, life skill infographics, and action steps — at Just go to to create your account.

Flight Plan

The Bold Adventurer

Goes Courageously.

A bold adventurer:
● Chooses adventure and purpose over boredom and comfort
● Lives by God’s standards rather than the world’s
● Follows God’s call on his life
● Is willing to be uncomfortable
● Doesn’t waste his life on the things of this world
● Faithfully lives in God’s story for his life



TitleAuthorPDS Teacher Recommending It
Gift Of Failure Jessica Lahey Glenn
Counterfeit Gods Tim Keller Graham
Love Does Study Guide Discover A Secretly Incredible Life I Bob Goff Graham
Bringing Up Boys James Dobson Hancock
Raising Cain Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson Hancock
Anxious For Nothing Max Lucado Spain
Power Of A Praying Parent Stormie Omartian Southerland
Tech Wise Family Andy Crouch Graham
Shepherding A Childs Heart 2 E Tedd Tripp Isom
Boys & Girls Learn Differently Michael Gurian Southerland
Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate Burkart
Perfect Horse Elizabeth Letts Burkart
We Were The Lucky Ones Georgia Hunter Burkart
All The Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Cross
All We Ever Wanted Emily Griffin Cross
By Invitation Only Dorothea Benton Frank Cross
High Tide Club Mary Kay Andrews Cross
Something In The Water Catherine Steadman Cross
That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week Ana Homayoun Glenn
Boundaries With Kids Henry Cloud & John Townsend Graham
Desiring God Rev E John Piper Graham
Love Does Study Guide Discover A Secretly Incredible Life I Bob Goff Graham
Sacred Marriage Gary Thomas Graham
Study Bible-ESV Graham
Wild At Heart John Eldredge Graham
Best Friends Worst Enemies Michael Thompson Hancock
Blessing Of A Skinned Knee Wendy Mogel Hancock
Good Faith Being A Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irr David Kinsman and Gabe Lyons Hancock
Last Child In The Woods Rev RIchard Louv Hancock
Quiet Susan Cain Hancock
5 Love Languages Of Children Gary Chapman,PhD; Ross Campbell, MD Isom
Best Friends Worst Enemies Michael Thompson Isom
How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish Isom
Mindset Carol S. Dweck Isom
Parenting By The Book John Rosemond Isom
Power Of Moments Chip Heath & Dan Heath Isom
Well Behaved Child John Rosemond Isom
Mindset Carol S. Dweck M. Smith
Love Does Study Guide Discover A Secretly Incredible Life I Bob Goff M.Smith
Uninvited Study Guide Lysa TerKeurst Smith, Melissa
Mindset Carol S. Dweck Southerland
Power Of Praying For Your Adult Children Mini Stormie Omartian Southerland
Reason For God Tim Keller Southerland
Tender Warrior New Edition Southerland
Anxious For Nothing Max Lucado Spain
Boundaries With Kids Henry Cloud & John Townsend Spain
Red Sea Rules Robert J. Morgan Spain
Wild Things Stephen James/David Thomas Spain
All The Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Wright
Broken Road Richard Paul Evans Wright
Forgotten Road Richard Paul Evans Wright
Make Your Bed William McRaven Wright
Nightingale Kristen Hannah Wright
President Is Missing James Patterson and Bill Clinton Wright

PDS Band 2019 - 2020

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Welcome to the new school year! Please check below for information about the start-up of the band program for this year.

Crusader Band (6th grade)

Crusader Band will begin the week of August 26. The first full band morning rehearsal will be Thursday, August 29 at 7:45 AM.

All band students will receive a lesson schedule prior to leaving for the Victory Ranch trip.


Beginning Band (5th grade)

5th Graders have the opportunity to begin learning an instrument this year!

While this is an optional opportunity, we hope many boys will be a part of our band.

Mrs. Hancock will help each boy discover the best instrument for him over the next two weeks. Official registration will take place online later in August.

Beginning Band Timeline:

  • Thursday, August 15 Band Instrument Demonstration/Information Session for 5th grade boys
  • Friday, August 16 - Friday August 22 Band Instrument Discovery
    • (Brief Individual Meetings with Mrs. Hancock to try instruments)
  • Tuesday, August 27 - Tuesday, September 3 Band Registration ONLINE
  • Thursday, August 29 Elementary Parent Night & Band Parent Information Meeting
  • Week of September 9 Lessons Begin!
  • Week of September 16 Lesson #2
  • Thursday, September 19 First Full Band Rehearsal: 3:15 - 4:00 PM

Last modified on Wednesday, August 14, 2019


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Monday 7:40am 3:40pm
Tuesday 7:40am 3:40pm
Wednesday 7:40am 2:45pm
Thursday 7:40am 3:40pm
Friday 7:40am 3:10pm


Birthday Book Club

The PDS Birthday Book Club has served for more than twenty years as a way to honor your son on his birthday. It has strengthened our library tremendously. Thousands of books have been added to the library because of this wonderful program.

Boys enrolled in the club are given the opportunity to be the first to check out the new books chosen in their names. Shown in the front of the book is a special plate with the boy’s name and birthday. If you would like to place a book in the library in honor or memory of someone, it can be handled on this form, as well. This is a great way to remember teachers at Christmas or at the end of the year.

We request a minimum donation of $15.00 that should be paid in advance. Please fill out the form below and return it to the PDS Library with a check made payable to the PDS Birthday Book Club. Since this is a contribution, your gift is tax-deductible. For more information, contact Brooke Clement at 842-4641.

Download Sign-Up Form

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Fellowship Hall
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

B100 (Church)
8:15 am
Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Join other moms in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school.



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