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   Monday - Thursday: 7:50 am - 3:00 pm
   Friday: 7:50 am - 2:05 pm

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   Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
   Friday: 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
   Direct Phone Line: 602.381.4527
   Email: LSoffice@pcds.org



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LS Family Photo Wall

Everyone is invited to stop by the LS office to view our annually-updated Lower School Family Photo Wall, which features all 225 LS students!

New 1:45 pm Friday Dismissal Time for Pre-k, Kindergarten, and First Grade

We will be dismissing our youngest students, those in pre-k, kindergarten, and first grades, at 1:45 p.m. on Fridays only. If you only have children in pre-k, kindergarten, and/or first grade, you are encouraged to pick them up at the new 1:45 p.m. dismissal time on Fridays. If you have children in pre-k, kindergarten, and/or first grade, as well as children in second, third, and/or fourth grade, or Middle School, we ask that you arrive at 2:00 p.m. because those higher grade levels will continue to dismiss at our regular time of 2:05 p.m. on Fridays. We hope this change will alleviate some of the pressure in the parking lot.

Reminder: LS Choir Morning Drop-off

A friendly reminder that if you have multiple PCDS students, one of whom is a member of the LS Choir, you may drop off your choir student early for the 7:10 a.m. rehearsals, but your other student(s) must either 1) remain with you until the regular 7:30 a.m. drop-off time, or 2) be accompanied by you on campus until 7:30 a.m. Classrooms are not open to students until 7:30 a.m. and we do not provide supervision until that time. Having unsupervised students on campus is not in the best interest of our students’ safety, and therefore we ask for your cooperation.

Late Registration for After-School Programs

Programs that still have open spots for Session 1 include: Chess, Coding, Dance, Legos, Math, Spanish, and some Swim classes. Visit www.pcds.org/LSafterschoolprograms for details and to register today!

Swimming in PE

Grades K-4 will begin swimming in PE on Monday, September 11.  Please have students bring swimsuits.  Towels will be provided.

LS Picture Day Re-takes

Lower School photos will be retaken on November 1, 2017.

2017-18 Lower School Events

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.

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!

School Study Abroad Policy

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

Playground Supervision

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

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!

Illnesses - 24 Hour Rule

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

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.

Morning Arrival

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

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.

Weekly Grade Level Updates

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.