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Mark Fruitt

Mark Fruitt

Principal of the
Elementary Division
After-School Adventures Coordinator

Crusader Cafe is Back!

Crusader Café is back for another year.  Crusader Café is held during lunchtime and is a time where a boy can showcase his musical talents to his peers and others. Once again this year, we will be dining and entertaining everyone in the Fellowship Hall.

Dates for the Café

Thursday, October 31

Thursday, January 30

Thursday, April 30

There are 2 requirements your son must meet in order to play at Crusader Café.

  1. He must be taking lessons (If he is not taking lessons, he must audition for Mrs. Southerland)
  2. He must be practicing regularly  “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” -Malcolm Gladwell   Outliers

Please use the linked documents below to view available time slots (each date can have 5 boys maximum signed up).  The link at the bottom will take you to the form for your son's grade level.  Please enter your child's name (last name, first and his homeroom) on the date you would like.  

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

 

Why ThanksLiving Is Just Getting Started

We’re almost finished with PDS’ annual celebration of ThanksLiving — but hopefully we are just getting started living a life of thankfulness.

By this point in November, I hope you’ve had a chance to see the ThanksLiving wall at PDS. Over the past three weeks, our boys have been looking for ways to practice gratitude every day, writing down what they did on a stick note, and sticking that to a big wall at the school. Three weeks in, the notes have completely filled the first section of the wall and are starting to spill around the corner. We love seeing the wall at the school fill up with sticky notes of how boys have shown thankfulness on a daily basis — and not just to get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Delivering Forgotten Items - Teaching Boys Responsibility

At PDS we believe that it is the responsibility of each boy to arrive at school prepared for the school day. Because we want our boys to learn how to be responsible, we ask that parents of boys in grades 1–6 not deliver forgotten items such as homework, signed papers, school supplies, library books, backpacks, etc. to school once the school day has started. Interrupting classroom instruction to deliver items during the school day is disruptive to the learning process of all boys.

We do, of course, know that boys might from time to time forget an item. Forgotten items will not stop a boy from learning and participating in class during the day. If it is absolutely necessary that a boy must have a forgotten item in order to participate in class, the teacher will allow the boy to call home. Boys may not call home to ask that an item be delivered to school without permission from the teacher.

Any student who forgets his lunch may purchase lunch in the cafeteria. If a parent wants to deliver a forgotten lunch to school, he/she may drop the lunch at the main desk. The boy will be allowed to pick up the forgotten lunch on his way to the cafeteria.

If a student forgets sports equipment for after school athletics or supplies for an after school music lesson or enrichment class, parents may also deliver those supplies to the main desk. Students will be allowed to pick up those items after dismissal.

Mark Fruitt

Information on PDS Sunday, February 2

Dear 4th–6th Grade Parents,

As you know, Sunday, February 2nd is PDS Sunday. This is a special day in the life of PDS as we celebrate our long-standing relationship with Second Presbyterian Church, which founded PDS in 1949 and remains a close and significant friend to the school. PDS Sunday is an important way for our boys to connect with our school’s history through participation and leadership in this worship service.

The parents and families of all boys are invited. PDS Sunday is a fabulous opportunity for us to worship together as a PDS community. We believe that students, parents and teachers all singing and praising God together is beautiful way to celebrate what God is doing at PDS, throughout Memphis and the world. For more on how we are designed to worship see our this recent blog post Worship: An Invitation To The Joy You Were Made For.

Listed below you will find important information regarding PDS Sunday.

  • Boys in 4th–6th grade should be dropped off in the gym between 10:15–10:30 that morning.
  • PDS Sunday is a required school day for boys in 4th–6th grade.
  • Dress for all boys is a navy blazer, white shirt, red tie, khaki pants, and dress shoes.
  • All family members are invited to attend the service, which begins at 11:00am in the Sanctuary.
  • Please have a predetermined pick-up location arranged with your son for after the service. The service ends at 12:15.

If for some reason, your son will not be in attendance, please let his homeroom teacher know in advance. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

Sincerely,
Mark Fruitt
Principal of the Elementary Division

A Reminder of PDS' Policy on Bringing Phones and Tech to School

Dear Parents,

The holiday season is upon us. What a great time of year to be thankful for all that we have been given! As one holiday passes to the next, I imagine that our boys will begin to make Christmas lists filled with various items of interest. We live in a time of technological discovery. It seems that new gadgets are being released daily that can do things we once thought impossible.

It is always our intent at PDS to keep our boys focused on learning in the classroom. With this in mind, we have policies in place to protect our boys from outside distractions. Please note that PDS boys are not allowed to have cell phones at school. In addition, boys will not be allowed to wear technology at school that accesses the Internet, makes phone calls, sends texts, takes pictures, or interacts with apps. Knowing that some boys have or may receive these items, we wanted to remind you of this policy.

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the season!

Mark Fruitt
Principal of Elementary Division

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