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March Mania is Here!

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Strategic Parenting - Technology & Your Kids • Tue. March 26

Wed, Mar 3 in News

Facing Life & Lions with Honor

Wed, Mar 3 in Strategic Parenting Blog

Summer Camps 2019!

Wed, Mar 3 in News

PDS Maker Faire - Thursday April 11

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Calendar at a Glance - 2019-2020

Thu, Jan 1 in News

Want to Be a Better Dad? Announcing the 2019 Spring Sessions for Strategic Dads

Wed, Jan 1 in News

The Winter 2018 Issue of PDS Spirit is Here

Thu, Dec 12 in News

2018 Christmas Pageant Livestream

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Winston Baccus

Winston Baccus

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Students Win! 2019 Student/Faculty Basketball Game Video

Who rules? Students rule!

It was a back and forth game where students went on several 3-pointer streaks, but in the last minutes of the game, the faculty was holding onto the lead. With a buzzer beating 3-pointer that will be rembered and savored by the students for years to come, the students defeated the faculty!

Strategic Parenting - Technology & Your Kids • Tue. March 26

Don't miss the next event in this year's series of Stratgic Dads University events:

This event is for dads and moms!

Strategic Parenting - Technology & Your Kids

For all parents

Speaker: Brian Housman

Every parent struggles to find a balance with cell phones, social media, and video games in the lives of their kids. Most parents feel overwhelmed and ill-equipped to set boundaries for their kids because they don’t know what to do with the technology themselves.

Join us as author Brian Housman shares practical advice on helping parents teach children and teens use technology wisely and responsibly.

Brian Housman has been working with parents and teenagers for more than twenty years. Brian speaks at many conferences, churches, schools, camps, and military bases each year. He has led student and parent programs from coast to coast as well as several international locations. He is the author of Engaging Your Teen's World and Tech Savvy Parenting. He is the executive director of the 360 Family Conference. Brian and his wife, Mona, have two teenagers of their own. Besides loving and shaping their own kids, together they enjoy coaching other parents.

Tuesday March 26th
8:00am

Register Now

2018 Christmas Pageant Livestream

Our 2018 Christmas Pageant, A PDS Christmas will stream live here beginning at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 18.

The Winter 2018 Issue of PDS Spirit is Here

The winter 2018 issue of PDS Spirit will be arriving in mailboxes starting this week.

IN THIS ISSUE

2018 High School Graduates Map

This past year, 2018, 68 PDS alumni graduated from high school and scattered to over 35 universities across the country. Collectively they were accepted into more than 60 different schools and received over 2 million dollars in scholarship money.

da Vinci Days - Fall Breakaway 2018

It’s two days before fall break in an all boys school. Imagine the energy. Our solution to keeping boys engaged in the learning process two days before fall break is to step away from the regular routine and embrace two days of STEAM-infused learning called Fall Breakaway.

Father and Son Find Heroes in Memphis

Teacher Feature: Palmer Albertine

 

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PK Jingle and Mingle 2018 Video

Pre-Kindergarten boys performed their annual Jingle and Mingle program on Thursday, December 6.

Congratulations to Madoc Michael, Winner of the 2018 PDS Spelling Bee!

Fifth grader Madoc Michael won the 2018 Spelling Bee on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Way to go Madoc!

JK Thanksgiving Play 2018

Our JK Thanksgiving Play is a fall tradition. With natives, pilgrims and a silly turkey dance, it's ten minutes of Thanksgiving joy!

Curriculum Guide: World Language

CURRICULUM

World Language

 

The World Language program at PDS initially exposes our boys to both Mandarin and Spanish during the early childhood years. Through meaningful, enthusiastic instruction, boys learn to appreciate both languages and their cultures. Beginning in first grade, parents choose a language path for their son based on his desire for continued language study. Knowing that a second language must be acquired, world language classes are presented in the target language a majority of the time, and activities in class are based around vocabulary acquisition, through the recycling of words used in a variety of contexts.

All Mandarin and Spanish classes are designed to encourage students’ thinking about the following essential questions:

  • How can the study of Mandarin or Spanish help me investigate the world in a new way?
  • How can Mandarin or Spanish help me recognize perspectives and show me how my view of the world is similar to and different from others?
  • How can I communicate ideas in Mandarin or Spanish to others around
  • the world?
  • How can developing skills in Mandarin or Spanish help me take action to improve conditions in the world?

All language instruction at PDS is centered upon the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, set forth by the American Council for Teaching of Foreign Language. Widely known as the “Five Cs,” these standards overlap with our essential questions by asking students to communicate in “real-life” situations, understand culture, connect language with other subject areas, compare languages and culture, and extend learning to outside communities.

Curriculum Guide: Global Education

CURRICULUM

Global Education

Our framework for global education at PDS is based on the belief that God has created our world and everything in it.

We have a responsibility to care for the earth and its resources. It is our desire for PDS boys to become globally competent citizens— feeling empowered to investigate the world around them and willing to communicate with a diverse audience about issues of global significance.

The PDS curriculum is centered on teaching for understanding and is aligned with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions that are required to be citizens in the diverse, dynamic global world of the 21st century. PDS teachers intentionally weave grade appropriate global content and competencies into all subject areas. Cross-curricularly, students are encouraged to think deeply about global issues and seek solutions to real world problems.

Throughout their years at PDS, students are encouraged to “see a need and meet that need”. As the future leaders of not just Memphis, but the global community, it is our hope to develop during these early years the boys’ desire and disposition to become godly men who take action ethically, critically, and creatively.

Curriculum Guide: The Arts

CURRICULUM

The Arts

Boys have a natural curiosity about the arts. Whether they are learning to draw or learning to play an instrument, boys love the hands-on, creative approach that we offer at PDS.

Band

Visual Arts

A quick peek into the art studio will reveal imaginations running wild. Can insects wear tennis shoes? Why not? What happens if paint colors mix? Let’s try it. Boys in senior kindergarten through sixth grade will discover that imagination is the most powerful tool they can develop as they work to express themselves artistically. While exploring various tools, processes, and media, boys embrace their sense of wonder and coordinate their hands and mind to produce visual works of art.

The visual arts curriculum exposes students to elements of art (e.g., color, line, and shape) and principles of design (e.g., pattern, movement, and proportion) in artworks and in the surrounding environment. Through these activities, PDS boys develop essential knowledge and skills which empower them to apply their learning and create their own masterpieces.

Vocal Music

From “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to the “Star-Spangled Banner,” PDS boys love to sing and share music with others. Early Childhood students begin to develop an appreciation for music as an art form in their Music and Movement class. They explore ways to move their bodies in response to sounds and rhythm. These early childhood boys learn ways to focus their attention and demonstrate self-control in response to verbal cues — a very important task for success in school!

As boys enter the elementary division, opportunities to participate in both group and solo singing emerge. With goals to match pitch and sing “in-tune” with others, boys continue to enjoy musical experiences through songs, games, and stories. Every year, students learn to respond appropriately to the cues of a conductor and develop confidence in their ability to perform in front of large audiences. Students become familiar with musical terms and theory while also developing an appreciation for various genres of music. A favorite activity is learning to play ostinatos (repeated patterns) on unpitched instruments such as buckets and body parts!

On theCalendar

21
Mar
Thursday
Our sixth annual online auction. Proceeds go to the Annual Fund. Bid Now!

21
Mar
Thursday
11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Don’t have time to attend Open House? Then PDS in a Flash is for you.

The admission staff will be in the Early Childhood Lobby at 11:45 to give you a 45 minute tour and information about our program. This is a great opportunity to see the school in action.

22
Mar
Friday
Sanctuary
8:10 am - 8:30 am
Parents welcome!

26
Mar
Tuesday
Fellowship Hall at Presbyterian Day School
8:00 am - 9:00 am
For all parents • More Info

27
Mar
Wednesday
B100 (Church)
8:15 am
Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Join other moms in praying for our boys, families, faculty, and school.

28
Mar
Thursday
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

29
Mar
Friday
Sanctuary
8:10 am - 8:30 am
Parents welcome!

4
Apr
Thursday

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