COVID-19 Updates

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Summer Camps Update: Extension of Family Discount Deadline & Survey About Online Camps

We are hopeful that our in-person camps for July and August will be able to proceed as scheduled with a few changes to promote a safe and healthy summer camp environment. However, we are also developing plans for an online component of our summer programming that could replace or supplement in-person camps, if needed. Please take this brief survey to help us create a plan that fits the needs of our community.

We are also extending our Family Package Discount, which is 10% off four to seven complete weeks of camp and 15% off eight or more complete weeks of camp. Our Summer Planning Tool can help you calculate how many weeks of camp you are registering each child for. We are extending this discount until June 15.

A complete list of health and sanitization policies will be sent to registrants prior to the beginning of in-person camps. We continue to monitor CDC and Tennessee Department of Health recommendations and plan accordingly.

Upcoming Camps

Use our summer planning tool to filter camps by your son's grade-level.

June 29-July 2

Camp PDS Session 3: Party in the USA
Golf Camp
Humble Heroes Camp
2020 Summer Olympics

July 6-10

Camp PDS Session 4: Game Show Mania
PDS Cowboy Camp
33rd Annual Dennis Smith Basketball Camp Session 1

July 13-17

Crusader Care Session 4
Namastay at PDS
Fourth Grade Frindle Camp
33rd Annual Dennis Smith Basketball Camp Session 2
Sports Camp Session 2
Ultimate FUN Extravaganza
Dr. Seuss Week
Sideways Stories Writing Camp

July 20-24

Camp PDS Session 5: Games Galore
Under the Sea Camp
Math Mashup
Knock that Summer Math Work Outta Here!
Come and Play to Prepare for Fifth Grade ELA Session 1
Football Camp
Jumping into JK Session 2
Swinging into SK Session 1
Amazing Astronaut Adventure
Minecraft Camp
Come and Play to Prepare for Fifth Grade ELA Session 2

July 27-31

Camp PDS Session 6: Water Works
Leadership 901
Color Me Happy
Rev Up for Fourth Grade Language Arts
Digital Art Camp
Taekwondo Camp
Thinking About Third Grade
Animal Kingdom Camp
Rev Up for Fourth Grade Math

August 3-7

Crusader Care Session 5
Art Extravaganza
Robotics Camp
Newspaper Camp
Soaring into Second Grade
Swinging into SK Session 2
Flying into First Grade Session 2
Jumping into JK Session 1
Mad Scientist Camp
Star Wars Camp
Young Filmmakers
Spy School
Chess Camp

Thursday, May 21, 2020

What's Best for Boys? - Re-Entry Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear PDS Families,

We have already begun preparations for next year, and I am excited to share the framework with you today. PDS is actively planning to begin school in the fall.

Information is changing daily, and PDS is utilizing this data to create multiple scenarios to get students back on campus safely and for the start of the school year. Please see our detailed process by clicking the site below.

What's Best for Boys

This site is a living document that will be updated as more detailed information is available. You will find information regarding our planning teams, possible scenarios, and changes to our physical campus, as well as, important contact information.

Have a wonderful summer, and I will be in contact again in the near future.

Steve Hancock

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Family Emergency Fund

The PDS Family Emergency Fund has been established to provide emergency relief to families who have been affected by the coronavirus.

Families who have experienced the following situation due to COVID-19 should consider applying for funds:

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

PDS Summer Camps Programming Update

Dear PDS Family,

As we evaluate the Shelby County Back-to-Business Plan and COVID-19 pandemic along with the CDC and Tennessee Department of Education guidelines, we do not believe it is prudent to open our camps as planned in the month of June. We are hopeful that we will be able to meet in July and August.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Plan for Returning and Retrieving Items

Dear Parents,

We are preparing for the close of the school year. As you know, instruction will continue through Thursday. We hope to see as many PDS families as possible on Friday from 11-12 at our end of the year parade. Next week we need to retrieve PDS owned items and give you belongings that remain at school. We want to be safe as we do this, and we have developed a plan.

Monday, May 04, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Ask Me Anything Webinar on Thursday

Dear Parents,

It is unimaginable that two months ago, we were together in our main gym, watching the student-faculty basketball game and getting ready for spring break. Life has changed so much in the intervening weeks.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Changes to the First 2 Weeks of Summer Camp

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing us to make changes to our summer programming. While we hate to cancel camps, we believe the health and safety of our community take precedence. We will continue to keep parents informed as we make decisions and we will announce any other cancellations at least two weeks before the start of a camp.

We will be cancelling or rescheduling the first two weeks of camps. This will include the following:

  • Crusader Care Session 1 (May 26-29): Canceled
  • Humble Heroes Camp (May 26-29): Rescheduled to June 29-July 2
  • Golf Camp (May 26-29): Rescheduled to June 29-July 2
  • 2020 Summer Olympics (May 26-29): Rescheduled to June 29-July 2
  • Crusader Care Session 2 (June 1-5): Canceled
  • Vacation Bible School at Second Presbyterian Church (June 1-4): Canceled

We know this is an uncertain time, so we have updated our Fine Print to reflect new policies regarding COVID-19. Notably, if a camper is unable to attend camp for any reason relating to COVID-19, we will be issuing a full refund, as well as placing the registrant on our Summer 2021 Priority Registration List.

Our Academic and Jumpstart camps are great options for your boys to connect with teachers and get help on summer work and/or prepare for the upcoming year!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Field Day and Talent Show

Dear Parents,

I hope you are doing well as we head into the final four weeks of school at PDS. Today, I want to share a few important details with you.

First, all of my communications over the past weeks are archived on the PDS COVID-19 page on our website. This page also has information regarding contacting teachers and technology help. Additionally, our calendar cancellations and postponements are listed on this page.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Our Plan for the Rest of the School Year

Dear PDS families,

As you know, I have been communicating with families on Mondays and Wednesdays during this time of distance learning. In light of Governor Lee’s announcement this past Wednesday regarding schools remaining closed in Tennessee and President Trump’s announcement yesterday about reopening the country, I wanted to provide the following information to you today.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Early Childhood Update - April 16, 2020

Easter was quite different at our house, as I am sure it was at yours. No extended family gathered around the table with talk of the Easter Bunny and who found the most eggs. No Easter frock to show off as we gathered with other believers inside the walls of our church, and yet it was richer than ever in some ways. We were gathered as a family, but at a distance healthy and safe. We were able to worship together at a distance and we were able to focus on the love of a risen Savior, a freedom that many do not enjoy. It was a very rich indeed! I hope you found yourselves able to find many blessings in a very different Easter morning.

Presbyterian Day School
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