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Monday, April 06, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Your Feedback on Distance Learning and More - April 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the hundreds of families who completed our recent survey. I was pleased to see that over 90% of you feel the school is serving the boy’s needs during this time. We have read every comment and taken to heart what families are telling us about this time of distance learning. As you might imagine, the comments run the gamut from positive to frustrated.

First, I want to acknowledge that doing school remotely is difficult and challenging. Not only have our teachers implemented the most significant educational pivot in history, but you have had to change in so many ways as well. This type of learning is especially difficult for our youngest learners. This way of doing school is temporary and not ideal. I am so proud of the teaching staff who is adapting and changing to this situation daily. Thank you for continuing to partner with us.

Friday, April 03, 2020

How We are Utilizing Web Meeting Software

You may have seen some stories in the news about some issues with online meeting software. At PDS, we take the online safety and security of our family seriously, and we want to keep you updated on how we are using these tools. We believe it is important for us to provide opportunities for your sons to see and connect with their teachers and classmates; therefore, we have implemented two tools for this purpose!

Monday, March 30, 2020

Update from the Headmaster: Parent Survey - March 30, 2020

Dear PDS Parents,

I appreciate the extra effort that has gone into shifting PDS from our campus into your home. Our teachers have been working more than ever to provide an outstanding experience for our boys. In fact, I have never seen them work harder. You, as parents, have also been working harder than ever, and we appreciate the continued partnership.

I would like to have your perspective on how you believe we are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Please complete the following brief survey to help us know how we are doing and where we might need to make some changes. Please complete a separate survey for each of your sons as we gather data for each grade level.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Suggestions for Online Learning

PDS understands that a shift to distance learning will require our boys and families to make adjustments. At the Hancock Home, we have been doing distance learning for the past three years. Some of you may know that my son, Clay, is an accomplished violinist and a traditional “bricks and mortar” school was not the best plan for him. He started online learning after his Freshman year of high school to allow for travel and practice. Now, he is heading towards graduation from online high school. We have experienced and adjusted a lot through these past years and you can click here to see some of the things we have learned that might help you during this time.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Early Childhood Update from Debbie Todd

Dear Parents,

As I begin this communication, I am struck by the most frequent greeting of late that seems to be, “I hope you are safe and well”. How different that is from the greeting we have come to expect as, “Good morning, how are you today?” These are different and somewhat uncertain times, and I sincerely hope you are safe and well.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Important Changes to Internet Filtering on JK iPads

Dear JK Parents,

In order to continue using educational YouTube videos to support teaching and learning, YouTube is now unblocked on your son’s JK PDS iPad. I wanted you to be aware of this so that you do not allow your son free time to look through YouTube videos not assigned by his teachers. Please contact me at pdstech@pdsmemphis.org if you experience any issues.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Melissa Smith
Chief Information Officer

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Important Changes to Internet Filtering on SK-2nd Grade iPads

Dear SK–2nd Grade Parents,

The PDS Technology Department has removed the Captive Portal from your son’s PDS iPad. You will no longer have to log in to that site. By the end of Wednesday, these devices will now be filtered through Relay.

In order to continue using educational YouTube videos to support teaching and learning, all of YouTube is unblocked. We wanted you to be aware of this so that you do not allow your son free time to look through YouTube videos not assigned by his teachers. Please contact me at pdstech@pdsmemphis.org if you experience any issues.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Melissa Smith
Chief Information Officer

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

4th Grade Google Meet Sessions to Begin Wednesday

Dear 4th Grade Parents,

I pray this email finds you healthy and hunkering down at home. As we continue into our first full week of distance learning, we are very ready to see our students and interact with them face-to-face. On Wednesday at 11:00am, we will be using Google Meet to have an initial homeroom meeting with all the boys. Then, for the remainder of the week we will be meeting with the boys in scheduled, shortened classes for ELA and math. Initially, we will prioritize helping the boys understand Google Meet features, take a moment for social interaction, troubleshoot any technology or curricular issues, and provide a bit of instruction. Once we feel all boys have adjusted to this format, our focus will become more instructional.

Monday, March 23, 2020

P.E. at Home - Week 1

PDS boys,

We’ve been hearing about how well you’ve been doing with all of your classwork at home. Keep up the good work!

We are also looking forward to seeing how many of you rise to the occasion and use this time away from school to take your fitness and athleticism to another level.

Each Monday we will be sending you a workout plan for the week, which may include some specific instructional videos. Throughout the week be looking out for other posts with links to highly recommended videos from professional athletes and coaches, and some motivational videos from some special guests/superheroes.

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