Dear 3rd Grade Parents,
We are excited to tell you that the boys will be taking a field trip to Discovery Park of America, in Union City, Tennessee. Discovery Park offers some great hands-on and interactive exhibits that we think the boys will truly enjoy. They have a permanent exhibit that ties in nicely to our science curriculum-space. The space exhibit will allow the boys a closer look at the planets, stars and even spacecrafts. They also have a traveling exhibit the boys will visit-landmarks made out of Legos. This is a good tie in to our recent study of landforms.
Below are the particulars of the trip.
- When: Friday, April 5th
- Transportation: 2 charter buses
- Time: Depart PDS 7:00am (please have your son at school between 6:40–6:50)
- Arrive back at PDS 4:00–4:15 pm
- Attire: PDS dress code with red collard shirt
- Lunch: SACK lunch—PDS will provide bottled water
- Cost: $50 (your account will be billed)
- Chaperones: 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Jarratt, Mr. Casey Smith and Coach Fruitt
The only cash the boys may need would be for purchasing souvenirs while at Discovery Park. In my experience, with third graders, $20 is a sufficient amount to send with them.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your son’s teacher, Mrs. Jarratt or myself.
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.
Crusader Café is back for another year!
“My first ever performance was at Crusader Café. Now I have performed at some very popular music venues in Memphis such as Young Avenue Deli, Overton Square, and Loflin Yard. Crusader Café was an inspiration to me and the beginning of an overall successful career in drumming.” -Alex Smith
Crusader Café is held during lunchtime and is a time where a boy can showcase his musical talents to his peers and others. We will be dining and entertaining in the Fellowship Hall.
Dates for the Café
Thursday October 25
Thursday January 31
Thursday May 2
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 spreadsheets linked below to view available time slots (each date can have 5 boys maximum per grade signed up).
Please enter your child's first and last name and his homeroom teacher's name on the date you would like.
Here are a few more details about paying for your son’s lunch.
The EZ School App accepts Credit and Debit Cards only.
- Add money to your son’s account when ordering your meals.
- Add money to your account without ordering meals. You can order the meals at a later time.
- Or you can order meals and add additional money for unanticipated items your son may want.
To add money to your account without ordering a meal, click on the Save/Pay button at the bottom of the menu and it will ask you if you want to add money.
The credit card company (not PDS or Piccadilly) charges a small credit card fee per transaction (i.e. each time you pay for ordered meals or add money to your account).
The fee is 2.9% of the total amount you have ordered plus any money you have added to the account + a 30 cent flat fee.
|Number of Meals Ordered for August||12|
|Number of Meals Ordered for September||18|
|Total Meals Ordered||30|
|Cost per Meal||$6.16|
|Credit Card Fee Percentage||2.9%|
|Percentage Credit Card Fee||5.3592|
|Flat Credit Card Fee||$0.3|
|Total Amount Charge to Card||$190.4592|
If you ordered lunch every day for your son and you were able to do that in 4 transactions, your total credit card fee would be only about $30 for the year.
There is a minimum credit card fee of $1.95, so to minimize the fee order as infrequently as you can and preferably over $50 at a time.