Trimester Honor Roll
Each trimester boys in grades 5 and 6 will receive recognition on Honor Roll if they achieve 90’s or better in each of the 5 core subject areas (Reading, English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and 2 or above in all other areas on their Report Card.
Yearly Honor Roll
Boys in grades 5 and 6 will receive yearly recognition on Honor Roll if they achieve 90’s or better in each of the 5 core subject areas (Reading, English, Math, Science, Social Studies) and 2 or above in all other areas on their Yearly Report Card.
Boys in grade 6 will achieve the Headmaster’s List if they achieve a yearly average of 95 or better in each of the five core area subjects and 2 or above in all other areas.
The PDS Library/Media Center is open from 7:40 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
The hours on Wednesday are 7:40 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. The hours on Friday are 7:40 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Every student in PK-Sixth Grade has a library card with a personal bar code which must be scanned at the time of checkout. Books are checked out for a period of one week.
Individual classroom libraries are also maintained on a rotating basis making many additional books available to students. If a book is overdue or lost, the librarian will send an overdue notice detailing the situation. Full price will be charged to replace any book that is lost or irreparably damaged.
The Presbyterian Day School Administration will respond to anyone who challenges any materials on an as-needed basis.
Information about the lunch program for 2019-2020 will be announced soon.
Questions? Contact Lyndi Heard.
Effective communication and partnership between the home and school is an essential ingredient in helping each boy reach his potential. Parents must be kept up-to-date even beyond the report cards issued each trimester. Open and regular communication will not only avoid negative surprises but will also encourage parents to join us in our efforts with their boys. The school encourages both/all parents (as applicable) to attend these conferences.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are held twice a year and are one method of communication with parents. Fall Conference Day, October 4, will be a student holiday. Winter Conference Day, January 31, will also be a student holiday. For students enrolled in AfterCare, a full day of care will be provided for those who pre-register. More information about AfterCare on conference days will be announced prior to each conference day.
By virtue of being a parent of a PDS student, all parents are members of the PDS Parents’ Association. There is no membership fee or charge for belonging to the Parents’ Association. A Parents’ Association Board exists to manage efforts and to coordinate its work with the Advancement office.
The PDS Parents’ Association is the organized parent group that seeks to support and to advance the mission of the school by aligning institutional needs and parental involvement. Drawing on the talents, passions, and commitment of parents, the Parents’ Association strives to strengthen PDS by:
- Engaging in specified service activities that support various programs and needs
- Helping all parents to feel a part of the PDS community
- Encouraging faculty and staff in their work with the boys
- Serving as unofficial ambassadors of PDS
In addition to volunteer assistance within the school, the Parents’ Association provides opportunity for involvement with fund raising as well as community service activities.
Parents can be involved in the PDS Spirit Sale, Community Reward Programs such as the Box Tops and Kroger Rewards, or the Book Fair. Parents can also volunteer to help in the library as well as other events including the Father/Son Dinner, Accelerated Reader Auction & Store, and the 6th Grade Mother-Son Luncheon. Volunteers are also needed to assist with our Berclair Elementary School Partnership.
In addition to the Parents’ Association, there are other opportunities within individual classrooms to be room mothers/fathers and field trip driver coordinators.
We are blessed to have a school in which parents and guardians are actively engaged in positive and constructive partnership with the school. We appreciate and value our parents, and we recognize the power of positive partnerships and our shared purpose in beliefs in helping boys to grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man.
There are great things going on at PDS, and we welcome our parents’ involvement.
When a boy enrolls at PDS, his family becomes part of the PDS community, and it is the strong, cohesive, and supportive nature of our community that helps make PDS the special school that it is. We are blessed to have a school in which parents and guardians are actively engaged in positive and constructive partnership with the school. As a school, we seek to build close bonds with our families; to be accessible, open, and user-friendly; and to assure that our relationships and dialogue with parents and guardians enable us to serve our boys as well as possible.
PDS needs and expects the positive and sustained cooperation and support of its parents and guardians if we are to be successful in serving our boys and achieving our mission. Parents and guardians must understand and embrace our mission and core values and support fully all teachers, administrators, and staff, as well as the entirety of the school’s curriculum, policies, and decisions. When united in shared purposes and beliefs, the parents and school form a powerful team with the profound ability to serve powerfully and positively individual boys and the whole school community. In short, there must be a positive and constructive relationship between parent(s)/guardian(s) and the school. Absent this partnership, a boy cannot be properly served, and damage may be done to him and/or the school community, and therefore such a boy and the school would be better served by his enrollment at another school for which there is a better fit.
We reserve the right to dismiss from the school a boy whose parent(s) or guardian(s) are unable, unwilling or incapable of understanding, embracing and supporting our mission, values, employees, curriculum, decisions or policies; whose actions undermine our ability or credibility to teach a boy(s); who model behavior and relationships that undermine the sort of behavior, relationships and values we are seeking to build in the boys of PDS; whose actions damage the school community; who do not address concerns, questions and problems in a constructive and respectful manner; or who demonstrate a lack of respect, trust, kindness and civility toward the school or for any employee of the school, or who violate any term of the enrollment contract or other rules, including in this handbook. Such a dismissal may be immediate and is at the sole discretion of the school administration.
Just as there are rules and expectations for boys, we hold them for parents and guardians also. In addition to the items listed earlier, parents and guardians should assure that their boy(s) arrives at school on time and that they have completed any work at home required by a teacher. Parents and guardians should attend conference days and special class events. They should familiarize themselves with the mission, philosophy, programs and policies of the school. They should follow all parental procedures.
Since PDS shares parking and common areas with the Second Presbyterian Church, it is necessary to coordinate traffic so that each institution might assure the safety of all individuals. When picking up or dropping off your child, please abide by the following guidelines:
Drive with extreme caution before, during, and after school.
Watch for children crossing the driveways.
Observe all stop signs and crosswalks.
Please allow extra time and a good measure of patience and grace. We would respectfully request that parents picking up or dropping off children follow these guidelines:
Do not block driveways and/or park under the porches connecting the buildings
Do not park in front of the school. If you park, please use the west parking lot in front of the gym.
Do not park in reserved spaces and spaces marked by yellow or red curbs
On days of special school activities, parking in the immediate area is extremely difficult. Please do not abandon your car in the driveway. Use the lot east of the Sanctuary and the additional lot across Goodlett
Because of the extremely heavy traffic in the morning and afternoon, we ask that you do not make a left hand turn onto Poplar from the one-way drives on either side of the school building. A right turn may be inconvenient, but it is considerably safer and will ease the backup of traffic onto Poplar.
The Central Avenue driveway on the east side of the school building is one-way during carpool times only. It is a two-way driveway at all other times.
Do not use your cell phones, PDAs, or devices used for emailing, texting, internet browsing, etc. A momentary distraction could have a deadly result.
Do not form double lines.
Abide by the guidelines set for your son’s particular grade level.
Parents may not pick up boys at any of the school playgrounds.
Do not allow your child to stand up in the car with his head through the sunroof.
Do not transport more children in your car than you have seatbelts; you must be able to buckle in every child in your vehicle.
Faculty members on carpool duty will not allow a driver to leave the parking lot if he/she does not have enough seat belts for every child in the vehicle.
Additional Early Childhood Procedures
- All EC carpools enter from Central Avenue.
- Early Room is available beginning at 7:20am in the Hussey Commons in the Early Childhood Center.
- Morning carpool begins at 7:30am at the Early Childhood Center entrance.
- Student are tardy after 8:00am and must be walked to the Early Childhood lobby by a parent for sign in.
- All cars must pull through the carpool line. Do not park and walk your child into school.
- Never stand and watch your child cross the carpool line.
- Do not engage teachers in conversation during carpool.
- Put your car in park when you son is exiting or entering the car.
- Do not allow your son to hang out of the car window or sunroof at any time.
PDS requires that each student acquire the skills and strategies listed in the Subject Area Competencies section of the PDS report card in order to be promoted to the next grade. In grades 1-4, a yearly average of “1” in any area indicates that the student is not making adequate progress toward that competency. After looking at the complete profile of a boy as a learner, the school will make the decision regarding promotion or retention for those boys who achieve yearly averages of “1” on a subject area competency.
In grades 5-6, a failing grade in any core subject (a yearly average of 64 or below in language arts, math, science or social studies) will result in a students’ retention in his current grade or in separation from the school.
Because of the rigorous academic standards maintained by the school, a student that is experiencing much difficulty may not be regarded as failing, but may, in the opinion of the school, be unable to do the work in the next grade. Under these circumstances, the school reserves the right to determine the appropriate grade placement of the student.
Boys who miss 25 or more days of school will not be promoted to the next grade.
Clothing, shoes, gym bags, and other personal property are too often left at the school.
As a result, it is vital that parents mark their sons’ clothing, equipment, and possessions. At the same time, each student bears the responsibility for his own personal belongings and must learn to be careful not to leave books, assignments, and articles of clothing in random places.
Students should check their belongings before coming to school to see that they have all papers, books, and assignments. A lost and found closet is located in the Elementary Building. Check with the receptionist for more information.