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As you know the Thanksgiving season is here. Throughout the school, you will see turkeys, Native Americans, and Pilgrims. Our classes are talking about how much we have for which to be thankful. One of the ways PDS families have traditionally shown their desire to live out Matthew 25:40 is by giving to others in our community who are in need. This year, as in the past, we are asking for donations for Thanksgiving food baskets. We will be collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items to be distributed through the Neighborhood Christian Center starting Monday, November 12 and ending on Monday, November 19.
Participation is voluntary. It is our desire that our boys will learn to serve others and by this, follow Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We shared these alarming Shelby County stats with the boys in grades 1–6.
For all boys in grades 1–6 dropping off cans, we will collect your cans from your homeroom. For all EC boys dropping off cans, we will have several 6th boys collecting your cans at carpool each morning starting Monday, November 12th and ending on Monday, November 19.
Matthew 25:40 … “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
If you have a son at PDS, chances are you have heard of the video game Fortnite. The game was released in 2017 and has only grown in popularity since then—an estimated 78.3 million people played the game in the last month alone.
Fortnite is a collaborative game where players can compete alone or work as a team via headset, either with people they know first hand or strangers also playing the game. This game can be found on several gaming outlets: Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, even cellphones.
Fortnite is everywhere you look these days, and because of its accessibility, violence, and addictiveness,it can be a pretty controversial topic—especially when you are asking what its place is in your family. It also opens up the conversation over whether to allow video games in your home at all.
The differing opinions are endless, and we believe it’s a matter of judgment, where there truly is no right or wrong answer if you are carefully considering what’s best for your family. To help you weigh the pros and cons, we reached out to two PDS families and one teacher, all three with different views on gaming in general and Fortnite specifically:
At PDS, we believe Thanksgiving should be more than just a holiday. The Bible instructs us in 1 Thessalonians to give thanks in all circumstances. We want our boys to demonstrate thankful living on a daily basis. Building habits take time, motivation, and accountability.
This November we are incorporating all three elements into a 21-day ThanksLiving Challenge. Beginning November 2, we are asking first through sixth-grade boys to reflect and respond to the question, “How did you show thankfulness today?” We want our boys to understand that living a thankful life is much more than just a mindset…it’s also demonstrated through everyday actions.
Boys can demonstrate thankful living at home, at school, and in our community by saying thank you, writing thank you notes, praying for one another, and serving one another. Get creative! We can’t wait to see and hear about your acts of thankfulness.
Dear PDS Parents,
We are thrilled to once again partner with Berclair Elementary School, a public elementary school in the Memphis area (Summer Avenue and Perkins Avenue). This unique partnership is an amazing opportunity for the PDS families to serve other families and to help showcase the achievements of the students at Berclair.
One way the PDS Parents’ Association helps to support Berclair Elementary is through our school Supply Drive. If you could PLEASE help with these needs, it would be greatly appreciated!
Please send items to PDS and drop off in designated boxes in the EC and Main Lobbies.
Thank you in advance for your support of this partnership!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Amanda Ray, firstname.lastname@example.org, 901–490–6832 Berclair Partnership, Chair
Jennifer Hobson, email@example.com, 901–679–6818 Berclair Partnership, Vice Chair