Do you know random facts about countries around the world? Love to study maps? The Geography Bee is just for you! All 5th and 6th grade boys are invited to participate. The bee will be held on January 28 in the EC Hussey Commons. We will begin at 3:15 and will finish at approximately 5:00. We encourage anyone interested to participate. The Bee is closed to parents and students except for the participants. Anyone wishing to participate should be prepared to stay until the end of the bee.
The winner will take an online test to qualify for the Tennessee state bee, which will be held in Nashville later this spring.
Email Darilyn Christenbury if you plan to participate or have questions.
Dear 5th and 6th Grade Parents,
I hope 2019 is off to a great start for all of you!
As you know, parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Friday, February 1st. I am writing to let you know that the format for the 5th and 6th grade conferences in February will be different from what you experienced in the fall.
Your son will not only attend the conference with you in February, but he will actually take an active leadership role in the conference. Student-led conferences help to increase ownership in the learning process for each student as well as providing each boy with an opportunity to develop his communication skills. Many schools around the country have experienced great benefits from these types of conferences.
The boys are currently conferring with each of their teachers about their progress and goals and are writing their “scripts” for the conference. During this process, the boys are beginning to see how their strengths, weaknesses and behaviors can affect them as learners, thus allowing them to take more responsibility for their own learning. As the boys work on their scripts, it will be helpful for them to have access to their online grades. Please take a moment to share your PowerSchool username and password with your son.
Each boy has been assigned a conference facilitator who will help him prepare for the conference and will be present to facilitate the conference. During the conference, each boy will reflect on his progress and share his goals for the remainder of the year with his parents.
Because each boy will attend the conference, we would like to schedule all of the conferences on the 1st. Within the next few days you will receive information about scheduling a time for your conference from the person facilitating your son’s conference. Due to the format of the conference, we have increased the amount of time allotted for each conference to 25 minutes.
The boys are working very hard to prepare for their conference with you. They are eager (and a little nervous) to share their reflections and goals with you. Your participation in the conference will be important as we set learning goals for the remainder of the school year. At the end of the conference you will, of course, have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
As always, thank you for your support and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you on February 1st for conference day.
Dear 4th–6th Grade Parents,
As you know, Sunday, February 3rd 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 recent blog post: Worship: An Invitation To The Joy You Were Made For.
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.
- If you are not attending the service, 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.
Principal of the Elementary Division