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.
Many elementary students suffer a relapse in reading and math skills during the summer months. Therefore, PDS asks families to make reading and review of math skills a priority by weaving these important endeavors into their summer schedule of activities. Prior to the end of the school year, rising 1st through 6th graders receive information about the requirements for both reading and math. Each boy must return his summer reading portfolio and math assignments on the first day of school in August.
View the current Summer Work Assignments (if currently available).
PDS schedules a number of field trips throughout the year designed to enrich traditional classroom instruction by exposing our boys to creative and practical applications of curricular concepts in the field. Typically, this experiential learning for our boys takes place off campus and includes a combination of faculty and parent chaperones.
Parents should be notified of the complete arrangements at least two weeks in advance. If the boys are traveling in cars, the Head of Early Childhood or the Principal of the Elementary Division must have a list of each driver and the names of those boys in his/her car before leaving school.
According to state law, until a boy is nine years old (unless he is already 4' 9" or taller), he must ride in a booster seat when being transported in any vehicle. Please consult the following website for any further questions: http://www.tdot.state.tn.us
Normal Arrival Times
|7:20-7:50am||Early rooms open (supervised by faculty)|
|7:30-8:00am||Drop Off Time|
|7:50am||Boys may arrive in classrooms|
Normal Schedule Dismissal Times
|Class||Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri||Wed|
|YK, PK, morning||11:30am||11:30am|
|YK - All Day||2:10pm||1:30pm|
|PK, full day||2:10pm||1:30pm|
|JK, full day||2:20pm||1:50pm|
|Class||Mon, Fri||Tue, Thu||Wed|
PDS provides a lengthy (and longer than most schools) grace period of late pick-up during which it does not charge families. However, boys not picked up within 30 minutes of their dismissal time will be taken to After-Care and charged a drop-in fee of $25.
(Please note: On most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, teachers in grades 1-6 remain in their classrooms until 3:40 to provide extra help for their students. On any given day, however, some teachers will not be in their rooms due to the rotating after-school duty schedule or due to their leading an enrichment activity. Parents and/or boys should confirm that a teacher will be available for after-school classroom extra help on specific days.)
|1st||11:00 - 11:30|
|2nd||12:05 - 12:35|
|3rd||11:35 - 12:05|
|4th||11:50 - 12:20|
|5th||12:30 - 1:00|
|6th||11:20 - 11:50|
|Young Knights, and Pre-Kindergarten||10:15am|
|3rd - 6th Grades||11:30am|
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.
Regular and punctual attendance is vitally important to each boy’s educational experience. Interaction with the teacher and fellow classmates is essential for learning. Therefore, absences should be infrequent and only when illness or similar unexpected circumstances make it absolutely necessary for a boy to miss school. Parents will be contacted if a boy’s excessive absences interfere with his overall progress.
Absences for family trips or similar reasons are strongly discouraged and should be scheduled during holiday breaks. To be sure, there are occasions when trips are necessary and may serve as a valuable learning experience. In such cases, the homeroom teacher should be notified at least one week prior to the absence. All assignments and tests must be completed within one week of the student’s return. If the absence occurs during achievement tests, a test make-up fee will be charged, and tests will be completed after regular school hours. In order for a boy to receive credit for attendance and in order for him to be eligible to participate in any afternoon activities, field days, field trips, or after-school activities, he must be present for a minimum of three hours of the school day.
Other than noting it on their report cards, we do not penalize boys for tardiness since it is a parental responsibility. However, should a parent be unable to assure his son’s timely arrival on a regular basis, the administration will meet with the parents or guardians to discuss the necessity of the timely arrival and the consequences of additional late arrivals. Such a meeting will take place no later than the 10th tardy the boy receives, or sooner if the school deems it necessary. Habitual tardiness may jeopardize a boy’s enrollment at PDS. In the event your child is tardy, you must check him in at the receptionist desk to guarantee that his absence will be changed to tardy.
PDS Sunday is a required school day for students in grades 4–6.
Boys who are absent due to communicable or infectious diseases must present a note to the homeroom teacher from the family physician stating that the student is not contagious to others before being readmitted to class. A student must be free of fever at least twenty-four hours without fever reducing medication prior to returning to school.
We ask parents to make every effort to arrange dental appointments and other necessary activities after school or on Saturday. While it may be more convenient to schedule during the school hours, it works a hardship on the child academically.
If, for any reason, a boy must leave school during the day, he must check out through the receptionist and must be picked up at the front desk by his parent or another authorized person. If it is not an emergency, the school expects advance written notice from the parents. If returning to school that day, he must check in through the receptionist also.
In case of a one-day absence, the teacher will explain the expectations for assignments. In cases where parents know an absence will exceed a day, they should make every effort to contact their son’s teacher in order to secure assignments.
Boys who miss 25 or more days of school will not be promoted to the following grade.