FPDS Begins Its 50th School Year
The 2015-2016 school year marks the 50th anniversary of First Presbyterian Day School. Please join us as we cover FPDS in prayer and thankfulness to God for sustaining our school and providing great blessings to us and our families in the community. Did you know that FPDS is comprised of students from 24 metro communities and almost 10 different church denominations? For 50 years we have remained committed to our mission statement to plant seeds of Christlikeness in the hearts of children, pursue excellence in academics, and prepare students for future service in God’s kingdom in their homes, churches, and professions.
In August, we opened our doors with several exciting improvements that will enhance the FPDS experience for all of our students.
Each fifth and sixth grade student received a Google Chromebook laptop computer. This technology is being used for project-based learning and honing keyboarding skills to prepare them for junior high. Kindergarten through fourth grade continue to use iPads, with each classroom having weekly access to the grade’s shared iPad cart.
Our Idea Lab opened in the former Computer Lab space on the first floor. Erin Carlton, technology instructor, uses classroom time to facilitate cooperative learning and thinking. Students work together to create projects that correlate with classroom curriculum. The room features white board walls and table tops, two high-definition televisions with Apple TV, custom-built cabinetry, modular furniture, and vivid colors to inspire the imagination.
If you visit the fourth grade hallways downstairs on the bottom floor of the main building, you will see new lighting, paint, and flooring.
The Company, our after-school program, has been enhanced for our kindergarten students who remain with us after 12:15 each day. The Company employees are trained in our SuperKids reading curriculum, and students will be exposed to a variety of art projects, games, and fun-based learning. We also have expanded the hours we serve families by remaining open until 6 p.m.
As we mark these improvements, a large percentage of their costs will come from Holiday Potpourri funding. Please continue to support this annual fundraiser by giving your time and money. This annual event would not happen without hundreds of committed parents who volunteer to work on committees. We are thankful for their service.
Mark your calendars for October 16 – Holiday Potpourri in the home of Anne and Charles Pringle – and April 1-3, 2016 – FPDS’s 50th anniversary weekend celebration. Please watch for more information about these upcoming events.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our teachers and administration. May God bless our 2015-2016 school year.