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A Guide for New PCDS Parents • 2017-18



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Parents' Annual Holiday Lunch Wednesday, December 6
11/17/2017

The Annual Parents’ Holiday Lunch will be on Wednesday, December 6, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the home of Tonya and Mike Eckerman. All parents are invited to attend this casual hosted gathering. Take time out of your usual routine to enjoy a delicious lunch and join other parents in the tradition of decorating cards and assembling gifts that are given to all PCDS faculty and staff. Drop by or stay for the entire event. Please RSVP. Questions? Contact Laurie Wang.

Meeting Minutes Available from PCDS Alum Brian Snyder ’01: Distracted Driving can Change Your Life and Countless Others
11/17/2017

On Wednesday, November 15, Brian Snyder discussed the impact of distracted driving. Brian also plans to present this information to the Upper School students on Monday, November 20. If you were unable to attend the presentation, please review the meeting minutes with tips on how we can ensure that our children do not pick up this dangerous, prevalent habit. For those with Upper School students, the meeting minutes will give you the same information that your students will receive on Monday to foster discussions at home to end distracted driving. Click here for the meeting minutes.

Annual Fund 2017-18 Honor Roll
11/9/2017

Is your family's name on the Annual Fund Honor Roll list? If not, give your charitable, tax-deductible gift to our school today and make a difference for all students and teachers at PCDS. Participation is key, and any amount is greatly appreciated. Give today at www.pcds.org/give.

Tax Credit 2017
11/9/2017

Along with giving your tax-deductible Annual Fund gift, we ask all PCDS families to redirect their AZ state taxes to our foundation, AISSF. This is a no-cost contribution that directly benefits PCDS students with need-based scholarships -- that's nearly 1 in 4 students on campus. Please help by redirecting your tax dollars -- and if you contribute by Dec. 31 you can also write it off as a tax-deductible donation. Click here to contribute.
P.S. Did you know that any C or S corporation can redirect corporate tax dollars to benefit PCDS students and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit as well? Click here for more information.

2018-19 PCDS School Calendar Available
11/9/2017

Click here to access the 2018-19 PCDS school calendar. 

Meeting Minutes Available From Dr. Lisa Strohman’s Talk Regarding How Technology and Social Media Affects Children’s Brains
11/9/2017

Recently, Dr. Lisa Strohman discussed how technology and social media affects the development of children’s brains and shared insights and tips for parents. Over 100 parents attended this meeting. For those who could not, click here for meeting minutes.

Strategic Plan Update
10/27/2017

Click here to view the most recent progress in the PCDS Strategic Plan, including updates on the close of the THRIVE Campaign, admissions, and new faculty/staff at the school.

PCDS Varsity Athletics Fall Postseason Update
10/27/2017

You should have received an email with updates on exciting varsity sport successes this fall. To read, click here.

50th Annual Blue + Gold a Success
10/27/2017

Thank you to the thousands of folks who came out to the 50th Annual Blue + Gold - click here for photos. To see “THRIVE: The Finale”, the sequel to the original “THRIVE-in movie” from the Campaign’s launch in 2014, click here.

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Thanksgiving Break
NO SCHOOL
November 22-24
 
Parents' Association Holiday Luncheon
Wednesday, December 6
11:30 AM
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Lower/Middle School Parent Conferences
Thursday, December 7
NO SCHOOL (LS/MS only)
 
Upper School Exams
December 11 - 14
 
Noon Dismissal
Friday, December 15
 
Winter Break
December 18-January 2
 
Faculty In-service
Tuesday, January 2
 
School Resumes
Wednesday, January 3