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Arts Walk Performances- 4th Grade and PCDS Children's Choir
4/18/2017

The fourth grade music classes and the PCDS Children’s Choir will be performing for the Arts Walk on Friday, May 5 at 5:30 in the evening. The students will be performing in the Lower School Courtyard. 

Fourth graders need to report at 5:15 p.m. to their regular classrooms in sport attire, which would be khaki shorts, pants, or skirt with a bright colored top and comfortable shoes.

The PCDS Children’s Choir members need to report at 5:00 p.m. to Dr. Giallella in the Lower School music room in concert attire, which is black shorts, pants, or skirts and their choir polo shirts.

This is a mandatory performance for the Children's Choir.  The fourth grade is also representing the Lower School, and it is very important that all fourth graders perform for this event. If your fourth grader is NOT in Choir, please sign and return the performance permission slip to your child's homeroom teacher by Monday, April 24.

Please make a plan with your child to meet immediately after the performance so you can enjoy the evening together. (We ask that all children be supervised throughout the evening for their safety.)

We look forward to seeing everyone at Arts Walk 2017!

P.E. Swimming Begins April 24
4/11/2017

Students in grades K-4 will be swimming in P.E. beginning Monday, April 24, until the end of the school year. Please have children bring swimsuits. We recommend the use of swim shirts (rash guards) for sun protection and goggles, especially for students with sensitive eyes. Towels will be provided.

Register for Session 4 After-School Programs
4/7/2017

Late registration is still available for Session 4 programs, which began the week after Spring Break. Options include art, chess, coding, LEGO, Spanish, swimming, and yoga. Visit www.pcds.org/LSafterschoolprograms for details and to register today!

LS Lost & Found
2/22/2017

With cool mornings and warm afternoons, students should dress in layers for the school day. Please label your children’s clothing so that misplaced items may be easily returned. Unlabeled items can usually be found in the LS Lost and Found, located in the LS Office.

2017-18 Lower School Events
2/21/2017

Following the announcement of the PCDS 2017-18 School Year Dates, below are the important Lower School events for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Friday, August 18, 2017 - Parent Connection Day
    (7:30am - 3:30pm) An invitation to make appointments will be sent in early August. Our Child Care Program will be available.
     
  • Monday, August 21, 2017 - Meet the Teacher Monday
    (8:00-10:00am) ALL Lower School students and their parents visit their new classrooms.
    (8:00am-3:00pm) Pre-k students and their parents will make appointments to visit their classrooms.
     
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017 - Lower School Back-to-School Night
    (6:00-7:30pm) This parents-only event provides an overview of the program for the year.
     
  • Friday, October 6, 2017 - Lower School Swim Exhibition (8:30-10:30am)
    Fall Break begins at 2:05 PM (regular dismissal).  
    No after-school programs or Extended Day.

  • Friday, November 17, 2017 - Lower School Fall Music Program (9:00-10:30am)
     
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 - Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences
    (7:30am - 3:30pm) Lower School students do not attend school on this day. Our Child Care Program will be available. An invitation will be sent approximately one month prior to schedule appointments.
     
  • Friday, December 15, 2017 - Winter Break Begins, Noon Dismissal
    No after-school programs or Extended Day
     
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Lower School Track & Field Day (1:30-3:00pm)
    No after-school programs; Extended Day IS available.
     
  • Friday, February 16, 2018 - Lower School Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day (9:00-11:00am) 11am Dismissal
    9:00am Performance at Camelback Bible Church, followed by classroom visits. 11:00am Early Dismissal.
    No after-school programs or Extended Day.
     
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 - Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences (7:30am - 3:30pm)
    Lower School students do not attend school on this day. Our Child Care Program will be available. An invitation will be sent approximately one month prior to schedule appointments.

  • Friday, March 16, 2018 - Spring Break Begins, Noon Dismissal
    No after-school programs or Extended Day

  • Friday, June 1, 2018 - Last Day of School, Noon Dismissal
    Lower School has a Closing Celebration in the morning to recognize the fourth grade class. Fourth grade parents are invited to attend.
    No after-school programs or Extended Day.

EXTENDED DAY, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
LS Extended Day and after-school programs will NOT be available on conference days or the following 2017-18 school days:

  • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017
  • Friday, December 15, 2017
  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 (No after-school programs; Ext Day IS available)
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Friday, June 1, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact the Lower School Office. Thank you!

New School Study Abroad Policy
1/26/2017

The School has instituted a new policy for those interested in pursuing study abroad. Click here for details.

Playground Supervision
1/20/2017

Lower School children may enjoy the playground before and after school while being actively supervised by a parent or adult guardian. In order to provide a safe, fun environment for our community, we ask that everyone helps to keep the playground cleaned-up and becomes familiar with the Playground Rules that are posted throughout the area and available here. Also, please know that our Health Center is not open before or after school.

Late Arrival & Early Pickup
1/4/2017

To ensure accurate attendance records for your child, please sign-in/out with the LS Office if arriving after 7:50 a.m. or picking your child up early. Thank you!

Maestro Toddlers!
12/9/2016

Lower School Music Teacher and Music Department Chair Dr. Cose-Giallella is once again offering the Maestro Toddlers! music program for young children (approx. ages 18 months – 4 years) and their parents or caregivers. Enrollment is open to PCDS and non-PCDS families. This is a great way for families to get acquainted with the PCDS campus and to be a part of the community. Classes are 8:15-9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning January 12. Download detailed information and a registration form here. Spaces are limited. Register today!

Illnesses - 24 Hour Rule
11/30/2016

Following Maricopa County guidelines, children who have a fever over 100, have vomited, and/or have had diarrhea may not return to school until symptoms have ceased, without medication, for 24 hours. If your child is taking antibiotics for a contagious illness such as strep throat or pink eye, s/he must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. More details on Medical Absences can be found in the LS Student/Parent Handbook.

Grade Reps Announcements
8/26/2016

Contact information and announcements from your LS grade reps can now be found on the Grade Reps Announcements web pages for grades K-4. Please watch these pages for updates from your grade reps throughout the year.

2016-17 Lower School Events
6/13/2016

Originally posted December 15, 2015

Following the October announcement of the PCDS 2016-17 School Year Dates, below are some important Lower School dates to keep in mind for the 2016-17 school year:

  • Friday, August 19, 2016 - Parent Connection Day
    (7:30am - 3:30pm) An invitation to make appointments will be sent in early August. Our Child Care Program will be available.
  • Monday, August 22, 2016 - Meet the Teacher Monday
    (8:00-10:00am) ALL Lower School students and their parents visit their new classrooms.
    (8:00am-3:00pm) Pre-k students and their parents will make appointments to visit their classrooms.
  • Thursday, August 25, 2016 - Lower School Back-to-School Night
    (6:00-7:30pm) This parents-only event provides an overview of the program for the year.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Lower School Swim Exhibition (8:30-10:30am)
  • Friday, October 28, 2016 - Lower School Fall Music Program (8:30-10:00am)
  • Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences (7:30am - 3:30pm)
    Lower School students do not attend school on this day. Our Child Care Program will be available. An invitation will be sent approximately one month prior to schedule appointments.
  • Friday, December 16, 2016 - Noon Dismissal, Winter Break Begins
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Lower School Track & Field Day (1:30-3:00pm)
    After-school programs not available today; Extended Day is available.
  • Friday, February 17, 2017 - Lower School Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day (9:00-11:00am)
    9:00am Performance at Camelback Bible Church, followed by classroom visits. 11:00am Early Dismissal. After-School programs and Extended Day will NOT be available.
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences (7:30am - 3:30pm)
    Lower School students do not attend school on this day. Our Child Care Program will be available. An invitation will be sent approximately one month prior to schedule appointments.
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - Last Day of School, Fourth Grade Reception & Closing Celebration, Noon Dismissal

EXTENDED DAY, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS
LS Extended Day and after-school programs will NOT be available on conference days or the following 2016-17 school days:

  • Friday, October 7, 2016
  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016
  • Friday, December 16, 2016
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 (no after-school programs; Extended Day available)
  • Friday, February 17, 2017
  • Friday, March 17, 2017
  • Monday, June 5, 2017 (no after-school programs; Extended Day available)
  • Tuesday, June 6, 2017

If you have any questions, please contact the Lower School Office. Thank you!

Morning Arrival
4/13/2016

If you arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m., please stay with your child until our classroom doors open. There is no supervision by faculty prior to 7:30 a.m. and our nurses are not on campus until after 7:45 for emergencies. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!

Reporting Absences
11/7/2013

If a student must be absent, communication should be made directly with the Lower School Office (602-381-4527 or LSoffice@pcds.org) before 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence to inform us of the reason for this absence. When the absence extends beyond two days, parents may request schoolwork for the child, if appropriate. Informing your child’s teachers of an absence does not replace communication with the LS office.

After-School Study Space
9/12/2012

The PCDS Dining Hall is now open each day after school until 4:30 p.m. for parents WHO would like a space to work with their children on homework as they wait for after-school activities to begin. Children must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult guardian at all times. Please inform the LS Office if you would like to use the Dining Hall after school.

Weekly Grade Level Updates
9/5/2012

Login to our website to find discoveries, reflections, and reminders from our classrooms each week on the Lower School grade level pages and specials' page: Pre-k, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and Specials.