-eRPDS April 2022

"Growth is the only evidence of life!"

Letter from the Rector: Update on School Growth

Dear Folks,

The Parish Day School is a principal ministry of The Church of the Redeemer. Founded 70 years ago with a commitment to the social, physical, and intellectual development of preschoolers, last year the PDS Board and Redeemer Vestry committed to expanding this critical work through third grade. Former State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick helped us see that our program “completes early childhood education” by stretching to include nine-year-olds, and she caught our enthusiasm ...

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Upcoming Events & Office Notes


We are so proud of our inaugural class of first graders and all they have accomplished this year. As school leaders, they have grown in so many ways! They have been working hard on our first school musical, Lion, King, Kids!

We invite you for a family-friendly viewing on Friday, May 6 at 3:15 in the Parish Hall. Click here to RSVP by May 2. 


The Church of the Redeemer Annual Meeting will be held this coming Sunday, May 1 in the church during the 10:00 service. Chrissy Levering, PDS Board Chair, will be delivering a report for the Day School. David Ware will also include background on our school growth as well as hopes for the future. We hope you can all join us!


Beginning Monday, May 2 our entire campus will be mask optional. If you prefer your child continue to wear a mask in chapel or when mixing with other classes, please notify your child's teacher. 


Please click HERE for a secure voluntary donation link and feel free to forward this email to family and friends who might like to support our efforts. Last year Pedal for Pediatrics raised over $12,000 for Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology.


Ready for some fun? We have two different camp options this summer! 


Play & Grow Camp has 6 one-week sessions for 2-7 year-olds. This camp experience is filled with exciting themes, friendships, exploration, creativity, outdoor fun and so much more! Click here to register for Play & Grow Camp!


NEW this year, CamP-123 is a full-day camp for rising pre-first, first, second and third graders, June 13-17. Our Harry Potter themed camp will be an adventure you do not want to miss. Click here to register for CamP-123!


Cinco de Bingo: Wednesday, May 4 - 6:30 in the Parish Hall

Lion King, Kids!: Friday, May 6 - 3:15 in the Parish Hall

Pizza Truck Fund Raiser: Friday, May 6 - Details coming next week!

Kindergarten & Pre-first Publishing Party: Friday, May 20 - 9:15 in the Parish Hall

70th Birthday Bash: Friday, May 20 - 5:00-8:00 at Redeemer

Click here to access our school calendar.

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"April Blooms"

Monthly PDS Values


Choices & Positive Words


Social Skills

A Fly on the wall...
What's happening in the classrooms?

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch has had a spring in our step this month. We have been making egg and flower themed crafts such as cherry trees, egg shakers and necklaces. We have been helping to clean up the playground and lunch areas after we eat each day. We have been using Redeemers beautiful campus to “Go On a Bear Hunt” and play hide and seek. And we have been discussing how to take care of our gardens by not trampling the flowers and by pulling out weeds. Next month we have plans to continue using all of the beautiful spaces at Redeemer to play, learn and explore. Please remember to pack different layers for your children as the weather has been changing by 30 degrees on some days while we are at school. We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful springtime!

Find out what's happening in all our classes.


Program Highlights

It was wonderful to gather today as a community to support Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology for our annual Pedal for Pediatrics fund raiser! Thank you to the many volunteers and contributors. Your support with this event is so important, and it was an incredible morning. We also enjoyed celebrating Earth Week and the many ways that each of us can make a difference - and a very special thank you to Ashley Decker for her help with our gardens. We are excited to watch the lettuces, herbs, and flowers grow! Our first graders have worked hard on researching and writing animal reports. The younger students loved spending time with the first grade, reading and learning more about each animal. Finally, on Wednesday our students showered Mrs. Poe with cards, love and smiles as we celebrated Administrative Professional Day. We are so lucky to have Mrs. Poe!

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