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.
Parents are encouraged to support the school in several ways.
First, please pray for the school. Pray for the safety, growth, and happiness of our boys. Pray that our teachers and staff might have wisdom, inspiration, energy, and love. Pray that we might all be united in purpose and as a community.
Second, all parents are encouraged to make a financial gift to the school according to their means. As tuition revenues do not cover all of our actual operational expenses and do not cover any major capital improvements, the school is able to provide the range and depth of programs and resources it does only through the gifts of parents and friends. Parents will be solicited for the Annual Fund in the fall and are encouraged to make a gift at that point (or a pledge to be paid before the end of the school year).
Last year, almost 70% of our parents contributed to the PDS annual fund, and their gifts enabled the school to provide an even stronger education for our students.
Third, volunteer through the Parents’ Association. The Parents’ Association has a list of areas in which the school needs volunteers. Finally, help us spread the word about PDS. If you know of a family with a boy who would be a good fit for PDS, tell that family about PDS or call our Admission Office so we can send them some materials about the school.