| Thursday, 03 August 2017 |

Senior Kindergarten Handbook

Office Numbers

Main Desk  901.842.4600
Debbie Isom  Head of Early Childhood  901.842.4612
Cyndy Wright  EC Administrative Assistant  901.842.4678
Rachel Bishop  Director of Admission  901.842.4695
Admission FAX  901.842.4620


Faculty List for Early Childhood

You can search the online faculty directory by grade or division.

Show all teachers for YK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all teachers for PK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all teachers for JK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all teachers for SK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all administration


Subject Areas

The Early Childhood curriculum consists of teacher directed activities, hands-on activities, and daily discovery time designed to lay the foundation for future learning. The following activities are provided each day. Specific subject areas include:

  • Literacy — Fostering a love of reading through reading readiness, early literacy skills and phonics instruction
  • Handwriting — Active learning of correct pencil grip, letter formation, letter fluency and fine motor development (developmentally appropriate activities are practiced at each grade level)
  • Math — Manipulating objects to develop an understanding of various mathematical concepts such as counting, sequencing, patterning, graphing, money, measurement, addition and subtraction
  • World Languages — Exposure to language and culture
  • Bible — Learning what God’s word says about each of us as a unique gift from God
  • Science and Global Studies — Discovering the world through art, music, literature and experimentation
  • Music — Experiencing sound and movement as an art form
  • Discover Me — Learning to focus attention and demonstrate self-control in response to verbal cues
  • Lifetime Wellness — Learning to stay active and fit while working on coordination and physical wellness
  • Art — Exploring the creative process through different media while developing small motor skills
  • Library — Fostering a love of books through story time and book check out


Daily Schedule

Special area classes include: movement, music, Spanish, Mandarin, Bible, P.E., library and global study. You will be given a copy of your son's schedule at the beginning of the school year listing the classes specific to his grade level.



Carpool is one of the most intense periods of the day on the PDS campus. We have worked very hard to ensure that it is an easy transition for the students and a quick pull through for parents. In Early Childhood alone, we are assisting over one hundred children between two and six years of age. They don’t always move quickly or at our preferred pace. If there is a delay, know that we are working hard to get the line moving as quickly as possible while meeting the developmental needs of the students.

The following requests will assist in making carpool run smoothly and safely:

  • ALL EC CARPOOLS ENTER FROM CENTRAL AVENUE. In order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, EC carpools must enter from Central Avenue for both drop-off and pick-up.
  • All EC cars must pull through the carpool line.
  • Do not park and walk your child across to avoid pulling through the carpool line. It is a temptation to cut a few minutes from your drop-off time; however, it is extremely disruptive to the flow of the carpool line when it is stopped to allow a parent and child to walk across to the building.
  • Never stand and watch your child cross the carpool lane. Drivers will not see him as he crosses. On the rare occasion that you need to walk your child in during carpool due to an unforeseen event, you must hold his hand and walk him all the way to the EC door.
  • Do not plan on dropping off your son earlier than 7:20 a.m.
  • Do not engage the teacher in conversation during carpool. The teachers need to attend to the safety of the boys.
  • Put your car in park when students are being dropped off or picked up.
  • Do not allow your son to hang out of the car window or sunroof at any time.
  • Cell phone use is not allowed in carpool line during drop-off or pick-up.
  • A written note giving your son permission to ride with someone other than his regular carpool is required. We will not place your child in a different carpool/car without a note. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
  • Do not park in the main drive and leave your car. It is for drop-off and pick-up only.
  • Do not walk across the carpool line to pickup your son, as it is impossible to monitor the car pick up and students walking away with a parent.
  • Students who are not picked up after 15 minutes from dismissal time will be taken to the AfterCare program and their parents will be billed a $25.00 drop-in fee for that day. This policy includes Wednesdays and half-days.

Carpool Maps

Find carpool maps on the main Student Handbook Carpool entry.


Early Room

Early room is available at 7:20 a.m. Before this time, the door will be locked and there will be no supervision for your child.

If you arrive prior to this time, please have your son wait with you in your car until 7:20 am.

Supervision for boys arriving early in the Young Knight's class will be in the Music Room, PK students will be in a designated PK room and JK/SK boys will be in the Hussey Commons.

Morning carpool begins at 7:30 am. Boys should be dropped off at the Early Childhood entrance. There are adults who will open the doors and assist your son. Please pull forward as far as possible when dropping off.

Students are tardy after 8:00 am. If you arrive after carpool ends, you must park and walk your child into school. There is a sign in sheet in the EC lobby.



Care for students is available after school until 6:00 pm. Registration is required.

Register for AfterCare

Please email Lyssa Fisackerly with any questions.

Click here for logistical, financial, policies and program information on AfterCare.


Sibling Stay

PDS is offering a new Sibling Stay program for the 2018-2019 school year. Since class dismissal times are staggered, Early Childhood students (YK-SK) who have an older sibling at PDS will be able to enroll in the program and attend AfterCare until the older sibling is dismissed. The younger sibling will be picked up by an AfterCare assistant at his specific dismissal time and join AfterCare until his older sibling dismissal time. The parent is required to walk inside the main entrance and sign the younger sibling out of Sibling Stay BEFORE picking up the older sibling in carpool. The younger sibling will enjoy time on the playground or being inside with toys and activities during his time in Sibling Stay.

Register for Sibling Stay

Confidential Pick-Up Information

If for some reason your child is not to have contact with a particular adult, the school must have a court order on file stating this information. This information will be shared only on a need to know basis. We monitor this very carefully, but it must be official for us to act accordingly.

It is also helpful if we are informed of any significant change at home that may affect your child such as the hospitalization of a family member, birth of a sibling, death of a pet, houseguests such as grandparents, etc. This information will help us meet your son’s needs in very specific ways. We will treat sensitive information with the utmost care.

Early Pick-Up

If you need to pick up your son early, email both of his teachers to insure that he is packed and ready to go at pick up. Come to the EC reception desk and sign him out. Your son’s teachers will be notified that you are on campus and he will be brought to the lobby to meet you. For the safety of the boys, please follow these rules exactly.


Visitors on Campus

All external doors are locked throughout the day. Visitors should ring the buzzer and wait for the release to be activated. Should the EC reception desk be unattended, go to the PDS main entrance for access. That desk should be manned at all times during the school day.

Everyone visiting campus must sign-in and receive a visitor’s badge. Please return the badge and sign out before leaving campus.


Classroom Management

In order to provide an environment that is positive, nurturing, and safe, it is important for us to have rules that are in the best interest of each boy.

Behavior Expectations

It is expected that every child, from time to time, will find it difficult to maintain self-control and consistently make good choices. It is important that you allow him to face the consequences of his choices for this is how he learns. He will begin to self-regulate and need less adult intervention. As a result, he will become more secure and self-confident.

Classroom Rules

  • I will be a first-time listener.
  • I will use my self-control.
  • I will raise my hand to speak.
  • I will show respect for my teachers and friends.


Our discipline plan is designed to promote a positive classroom environment. Students who have difficulty following classroom rules after an appropriate number of verbal reminders will get a note home and the date on the calendar located in his nightly folder will be highlighted. The note is designed to inform you of your son’s choices and to solicit your support in encouraging him to demonstrate self-control. Please check and initial his folder each day.

We encourage you to support the following expectations at home as you partner with us to help your son transition into the learning environment. We will strive to help your son demonstrate the following:

First Time Listening

The student should respond to requests the first time. Delayed obedience is considered disobedience. If he does not respond the first time, it is important that he have a consistent, age-appropriate consequence for delaying obedience. 


Students will learn that responsibility is doing what you need to do, when you need to do it, whether you want to or not.


The student will be taught that he is in charge of his own body and capable of controlling his actions.


Students will be expected to demonstrate politeness. We will teach that manners matter as the students learn to show good manners by:

  • Saying please, thank you, yes ma’am and yes sir, no ma’am and no sir, and good morning.
  • Remembering to say, “excuse me” if you must interrupt a conversation
  • Waiting patiently for your turn
  • Quickly helping someone else
  • Maintaining eye contact when speaking to someone
  • Acknowledging a greeting when spoken to


Students will be encouraged to treat others, as they would want to be treated by:

  • Showing consideration for other people and their property
  • Caring for self, family, community, and school
  • Appreciating and accepting individual differences


Students are expected to always tell the truth.


Students demonstrate an understanding of cooperation when they:

  • Take turns and work out problems
  • Share


Students learn that kindness means caring and wanting to help others. They show kindness by:

  • Playing with all classmates
  • Being a good listener
  • Forgiving easily and quickly
  • Setting a good example
  • Helping others with no thought of reward


Students learn to show patience by waiting without complaining even when it takes what seems like a long time. They show this by:

  • Taking turns in the room and on the playground
  • Waiting quietly and calmly


Dress Code

Early Childhood students follow the school dress code as stated below:

  • All students must maintain a neat and clean appearance
  • Shirts with regulation collars are required. Turtlenecks are acceptable. Having shirt tails tucked in is a goal for JK and SK students
  • Athletic clothes may not be worn during the regular school day. (i.e. football jerseys and T-shirts with/without printing are unacceptable)
  • Blue jeans may not be worn
  • Elastic waistbands are encouraged and sweatpants are acceptable, however one piece jon jons (shortalls and longalls) and overalls are not.
  • No belts for YK or PK.
  • Shorts are permissible
  • Athletic shoes (Velcro straps preferred) and socks must be worn at all times. Open-toe or open heeled shoes may not be worn. (Example: Crocs, Keens, or sandals) Rain boots and cowboy boots are not permissible.
  • The wearing of visible tattoos and jewelry is not acceptable


Dress Down Days

Occasionally, we have a special dress down day when the students are allowed to break from the normal dress code to celebrate a special event. You will get a note or email when these days are awarded.  



Please be sure your son comes to school each day dressed appropriately for outdoor play. Even if we do not go out for recess, carpool pick-up can be quite cold during the winter months. It is necessary that items such as jackets, sweatshirts, mittens, vests, and sweaters be clearly labeled with your son’s name.



Important: PDS must have a copy of the immunization record for all boys who are new to PDS.


Only the school nurse administers medication. A teacher may not give medication to your son. PDS provides some over-the-counter medications, such as brand or generic versions of Advil, Tylenol, Benadryl, Tums and topical (skin) medications. The student will not be given any of these medications unless a parent has approved them on Medical Permission Form that is completed at the beginning of the school year.

Forms for parent-provided over the counter medications and prescription medications are available on the website.

Bring medication in the original container with detailed instructions as to the type, reason to be given, and amount to be given. Parents must take all medication directly to the nurse.

Do not send any medication with your son or in his backpack. Do not send cough drops with your child.

Health Records

Make sure that you have turned in all health forms and shot records to the office before school starts. All boys must have a health record on file to be officially enrolled at Presbyterian Day School.

Allergy or Medical Problems

All medical concerns should be brought to our attention immediately. Please help us keep down the spread of illness by keeping your son at home when he is sick. If your son has vomited, had diarrhea, or had fever in the last twenty-four hours, he cannot be at school.

Your son must be fever free without fever reducing medicines and without medication to control vomiting and/or diarrhea for a full 24 hours before returning to school.

He will be sent home if he has a fever or any other contagious illness, i.e. pinkeye, etc. We strongly encourage good hand washing, as it is the best defense against children spreading germs to one another. Please send a note if your son is to be excluded from physical activity (i.e. recess, gym); otherwise, we will expect him to participate in all activities. It is critical that you advise us of all food allergies.

Nut Policy

We have students with life threatening food allergies to nuts and peanuts; therefore we strive for a nut free environment in the Early Childhood Center at Presbyterian Day School. Students with this allergy cannot have foods that contain nuts or peanuts, nut or peanut oils, or foods that have to be processed in a facility that also processes nut or peanut products.


  • Send only foods that list “peanut/tree nut free” on the packaging
  • Label any product that has the appearance of peanut butter such as soy butter or sunbutter
  • Read the labels of all food, treats, lunches sent to school.
  • Check with the classroom teacher if you are unsure of a food.

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the safety of all students.


Parent-Teacher Communication

If you need to talk to us for any reason, please call for an appointment or send a note or an email, and we will get back in touch with you within a reasonable period of time. Please do not try to reach us during class time unless it is an emergency.

Leave a message with the EC receptionist, and we will call you back as soon as possible. She can be reached at 901-842-4678. We prefer to have conferences at a scheduled time in order to be fully prepared and to give our undivided attention to your concerns. We want to have quality time with your son and would like to have quality time talking to you as well. We are interested in your concerns and are very eager to work with you, but have found that carpool is not the best time to have a conversation. We can more easily respond to a note or email.

We will post a weekly blog on the class website in order to keep you well informed. This information will be included in the weekly email newsletter. All parents will be pre-subscribed to these newsletters, which will begin the first week of school. Please print this information and post it on your refrigerator so that your son does not miss any special events. Monthly calendars will also be available to you.


Two parent-teacher conferences are scheduled throughout the year. The conferences last about fifteen minutes and will give us an opportunity to discuss your son’s progress at school. Our first conference is scheduled for Friday, September 28. If your son is experiencing difficulty in any area, we will bring this to your attention so we can work together to ensure the best possible school experience.

Change of Contact Information

It is ESSENTIAL that we have up-to-date information and are able to reach you at all times, especially in the event of an emergency. If you have a change of address, phone number, or email at home or work, please notify your son’s teachers and the school office as soon as possible. It is important that all records stay current and accurate.


Disenrollment Procedures

It is our desire that all students attending PDS thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We will partner with the parents of a child who we determine is not meeting this goal. In the extremely rare event that concerns arise that cannot be resolved, we will help facilitate the transition to a more appropriate setting should the parents request assistance. All remaining financial obligations should be addressed with Jill Kauffman, Chief Financial Officer, by calling 901.842.4616.


Senior Kindergarten

Welcome to the Senior Kindergarten program at Presbyterian Day School. Research shows that a quality academic experience during the early childhood years directly influences the degree of student success in future years. We know that the knowledge gained during the early years is indeed critical to a child’s journey in education and his desire to be a life-long learner. These findings serve to validate our commitment to the delivery of a quality education for these little boys.

We know that young children learn through hands-on experiences. Their learning must not only be exciting and challenging, but flexible and designed to meet the unique needs of boys. The Senior Kindergarten child is ready for learning, thinking, planning, working, and investigating the world around him. Our program capitalizes on this eagerness and readiness.

In an effort to provide a smooth transition into Senior Kindergarten, it is important for you to help your son strive for mastery of a few social and self-help skills prior to the beginning of the 2018–2019 school year. He should be able to: zip and button clothes, attend to bathroom needs, take responsibility for personal belongings, and repeat his telephone number, address, and birth date. We also recommend that you help your son review letters, numbers, and shapes, practice tying his shoes and practice writing his first and last name (with capital and lowercase letters).

We are excited about the start of school and the opportunity to meet our new students! This school year will be filled with many exciting and fun learning experiences for your son. We look forward to watching the boys grow and develop as they interact with friends and forge relationships that will last a lifetime.

–Senior Kindergarten Teachers

Parent Meeting

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., all parents of Early Childhood students will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a brief time before going to your son’s classroom to meet his teachers.

In preparation for that meeting:

  • print a copy of this handbook
  • complete all forms
  • be prepared to ask any questions about the year that you feel will help you and your son have a great beginning

Students do not attend this meeting as it is for parents only.


Faculty List for Early Childhood

You can search the online faculty directory by grade or division.

Show all teachers for YK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all teachers for PK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all teachers for JK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all teachers for SK (includes Special Area teachers)

Show all administration



Weekly Newsletter

Information about the weekly events will be available on the SK class page. We want to communicate how your son spends his day in order for you to encourage and reinforce skills at home. You may subscribe to this page by going to the PDS website. Note that all parents have been pre-subscribed to this newsletter. If you are not receiving it, please check your spam folder first, and then contact our Director of Communications, Winston Baccus.



Special Events and Activities

Star Of The Week

Your son will be assigned a week to share with his class about his family, talents, and personal interests. We invite you to our classroom to read and bring a favorite peanut/nut free snack of your son's choice.

Reading Parent

Parents are invited to come and read to our class. Parents who are interested in scheduling a time will have an opportunity to do so at the parent meeting.

Class Parties

We celebrate a few holidays in Senior Kindergarten with class parties. Parents will have the opportunity to sign up to help with our various parties throughout the year. A parent helper will coordinate these events with the volunteers.

Field Trips

We will take field trips this year. Students are required to have a solid red collared shirt to wear on field trips. This may be purchased, if you so desire, from the PDS Parents’ Association Spirit Sale.

You are responsible for the safety and well being of the boys both in the car and on the field trip; therefore, we ask that you make other arrangements for younger siblings so that your full attention is devoted to the boys for whom you are responsible. We know this is a great time for the parents to visit, but we ask that your full attention be given to the boys for the duration of the trip.

Birthday Celebrations

You may send a special snack and birthday napkins for your son’s birthday celebration, but no party favors. Those with summer birthdays will be contacted by the teacher to schedule a day to celebrate.

Please refer to the approved snack list as you select a birthday treat. We have compiled an impressive list of options. Due to the increasing number of students with food allergies and the risk of cross contact with allergens, homemade snacks are not allowed. We ask that you bring the same snack for all children. Snacks should already be in individual servings. The snack must be peanut/nut free.

We will distribute party invitations only if every boy in the class is included.



Scheduled Events

Cedar Hill Farm (Father/Friend Event, Hernando, MS) October 26 9:00 am
Christmas Party December 18 9:00 am
Valentine Celebration February 14 TBA
Family Night March 28 6:00 pm
Mother’s Day Picnic May 8 12:30 pm
Mother’s Day Rain Date May 15 12:30 pm
Class Day Program May 17 8:30 am
End of Year Party May 21 9:00 am


Memos To Parents

Student Information Form

Please download, print, and complete the Early Childhood Student Information Form for each student. This form lets your classroom teacher know who will be picking-up your child, along with some other logistical information.


Please help your son remember to bring his backpack to school daily. Students are not allowed to attach key chains or other objects to the backpack.

Happi Nappi

Your son will need a rest mat cover or comparable covering for rest time. This item can be purchased from the school. Please bring this on the first day of school. Your son will leave this in his locker. We will send it home periodically to be washed.


Your son will be given a folder that is to be brought to school daily. Place any notes in the folder pocket and teachers will retrieve them. Please check this folder nightly for your son's personal work and for any important notes. Also, a monthly calendar will be provided in your son's folder for a dual purpose. It will help you keep posted on important SK dates as well as serve as a discipline calendar. SK teachers will explain this more in depth during the parent meetings.


Senior kindergarten students visit the library weekly to check out books. The book is to be returned the following week in good condition. In the event that a book is lost or damaged, a replacement fee will be charged for the book.

Label Everything

Put your child’s name on everything he brings to school (jackets, hats, toys, etc.). Send a complete change of seasonal clothes in a large Ziploc bag, labeled with your son’s name, in case of a spill or accident. These will remain in his cubby for the year. It is helpful if you explain this change of clothes to your son.

Scholastic Book Orders

If you wish to order books, check the ones you want on the book order and put your child’s name at the bottom. Make checks payable to Scholastic Books. Do not send cash or make checks payable to PDS or the teacher. Within a week, send the order form and check back to school in an envelope marked “Book Order”. It usually takes three weeks to receive the orders, so please assure your son that his books are on the way.

Money Sent to School

Any money sent to school should be sealed in an envelope or a Ziploc bag with your son’s name, amount enclosed, and the purpose for the money written on the outside.


We will go outside every day if weather permits. Please be sure your son comes to school each day dressed appropriately for outdoor play. Even if we do not go out for recess, carpool pick-up can be quite cold during the winter months and your son will need a jacket or coat, hat, and mittens (no gloves please).

It is necessary that items such as jackets, sweatshirts, mittens (no gloves please), vests, and sweaters be clearly labeled with your son’s name.


We expect the boys to use self-control when on the playground. Hitting, spitting, biting, name-calling, or hurting of other’s feelings will not be tolerated. We do not permit the boys to engage in any pretend fighting OR wrestling activities. Please emphasize this to your son.



Students will at times have work to complete at home for additional practice. The practice time that you spend with your son helps him to understand its importance and gives you the opportunity to praise him for the effort he is making. Allow him to independently complete as much of the task as possible offering help only when needed. It will be beneficial to build the habit of working independently especially as the amount of work will increase with age. Homework must be completed and turned in by the last school day of the week in which it is assigned.

It is helpful if you can provide a space for your son to work that is free of distractions. Please supply him with pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue sticks for assignments to be completed at home.

Remember to keep the writing folder provided by the school in this special work area.



PDS is committed to enhancing the health and well being of our boys. We strive to empower them to make lifelong healthy choices.


Snacks are provided each day. The snack includes a drink and finger food. Please make sure your son’s teacher is aware of all food allergies. It is important for your son to bring a water bottle for use at snack time.


SK boys will bring lunch each day. Please do not send a drink, as all students will choose milk or water, which is provided by the school. Time will not permit us to microwave lunch items. Your son may bring his lunch in a lunchbox or a paper sack. Food packages that are not opened will be sent home in his lunch box. We will ask the boys to throw away all opened packages. Please send a spoon in your son’s lunch if one is needed. We encourage you to send fresh fruit, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces—no fruit cups. Prepackage fruit should be drained and placed in a disposable bag.


Knowing how important it is to stay well hydrated, we ask that each boy bring an EMPTY camelback water bottle each day. The students will fill their bottle after arriving to avoid unexpected spills along the way. Students are not allowed to add flavoring to the water. Please make sure that your son’s name is clearly represented.

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