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Volunteer as a Grade Rep
5/11/2018

LS Grade Reps for the 2018-19 school year for grades K-4 will be selected before the end of the current school year. If you have a child going into grades K-4 in the fall and are interested in being considered for a Grade Rep position, please click here to submit your request to the Parents’ Association by Friday, May 18.

Parking for Drop-Off and Pick-up
5/11/2018

Please continue to be mindful of the blue “PK Drop-Off and Pick-Up” spaces (the south curb of the east lot), which are still only for pre-k families. A PCDS-issued “Pre-k Parking” sign needs to be displayed in the front window of cars when parking in the blue spaces. Thank you for helping!

Fourth Grade Music and Technology Presentations - May 18
5/11/2018

After a year of experiencing music at the MIM, fourth grade students will be presenting their "Music Compositions and D-Lab Projects" on Friday, May 18, beginning at 7:50 a.m. in the LS Courtyard. Please come to see--and hear--what they have been working on!

LS Library Books Due - May 25
5/11/2018

Today, Friday, May 11, was the last day students could check out books from the LS library, unless they have too many already checked out. There are currently 498 library books out and all of them will be due by Friday, May 25. Thank you so much for your help as we gather all of these wonderful books back to our library!

After-School Programs End Thursday, May 31
5/11/2018

While after-school swim as already ended, all other after-school programs, including Extended Day, will end on Thursday, May 31. Visit the LS after-school programs page in early August for information about 2018-19 programs.

Fourth Grade Reception and Closing Celebration - June 1
5/1/2018

Fourth grade parents are invited to join us on Friday, June 1 as we celebrate the end of our school year and the fourth graders' last day in Lower School. There will be a final Community Meeting led by Mrs. Ivins, a Parent Reception with refreshments in the LS courtyard beginning at 8:00 a.m., and the Closing Celebration in Dorrance Auditorium from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Fourth graders will be signed out and dismissed following the celebration. All other grade levels will have a noon dismissal.

Last Day of School Noon Dismissal - June 1
5/1/2018

Lower School students in pre-k - 3 will be dismissed at noon on our final day of school. Fourth graders will be released at 10:00 a.m. following the Closing Celebration. There are NO after-school programs and NO Extended Day.

2018-19 Lower School Events
4/5/2018

Following the announcement of the PCDS 2018-19 School Year Dates, below are the important Lower School events for the 2018-19 school year:

 

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 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 20, 2018 - 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 23, 2018 - 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 3, 2018 - Lower School Swim Exhibition (8:30-10:30am)

 

Friday, November 2, 2018 - Lower School Celebration of Diversity Program (9:00-10:30am)

Noon Dismissal

No after-school programs or Extended Day

 

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 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 21, 2018 - Winter Break Begins, Noon Dismissal

No after-school programs or Extended Day

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - Lower School Track & Field Day (1:30-3:00pm)

No after-school programs; Extended Day IS available.

 

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 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 14, 2019 - 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 15, 2019 - Spring Break Begins, Noon Dismissal

No after-school programs or Extended Day

 

Friday, May 31, 2019 - 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 2018-19 school days:

 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday, November 2, 2018

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018

Thursday, February 14, 2019 (No after-school programs; Ext Day IS available)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday, March 15, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

 

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

Late Registration for Session 4 After-school Programs
4/4/2018

Registration is still available for most Session 4 after-school programs. Classes began the week of April 2. Visit www.pcds.org/LSafterschoolprograms for details and to register today!

Playground Supervision
1/26/2018

Lower School students may enjoy the playground before and after school while being ACTIVELY supervised by a parent or adult guardian. Our expectations are that parents provide close supervision by standing either next to children in play areas or standing on the playground sidewalk surrounding the sand/play-structure area. We expect all eyes, at all times, to be on the children, even when engaged in conversation with the other parents. Children younger than 4 are not allowed on the play-structure as it is only safe for children 4 years and older. These expectations for child supervision are the same after school as they are during the school day. Please join us in supporting the young members of our community in being safe while on campus.

1:45 pm Friday Dismissal Time for Pre-k, Kindergarten, and First Grade
9/11/2017

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.