-eRPDS September 2022

"Children see magic because they look for it!"

-Christopher Moore

Director's Reflection

Dear Redeemer Community,

The beginning of the school year feels fresh - perfectly polished floors, sharpened pencils, crayons that shine, glue bottles that flow freely, neatly stacked papers, stuffed animals and baby dolls straight from the box, and books cracked open for the first time. It almost feels as if we should freeze time.


In what seems like the blink of an eye, things change. The floors lose their luster. Pencils become worn and crayons are turned into nubs by the child who wishes the world were blue. Glue bottles are clogged. The perfectly stacked papers are in disarray - returned to the pile in an enthusiastic rush, and the stuffed animals, baby dolls and books begin to show signs of loving wear.


At the beginning of the school year we are all excited about what lies ahead, but it is a few weeks into school when the magic begins, revealing a more genuine story. It is a story where that unique relationship between teachers and students has begun to form, where the signs of learning, sense of comfort and the character of a class are revealed. While the beginning of the year is always something to be relished, in many senses it is best preserved as a fleeting memory. Ultimately it is the well-loved classroom that tells the true story of the individuals who make it whole.

It is a joy to be back in school. Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Best regards,


Upcoming Events & Office Notes


October 1 marks the official start of admissions season. Our parents and alum are our greatest ambassadors. If you know families who are interested in our program, please encourage them to visit our website to learn more about the admissions process and schedule a visit. We appreciate all you do the spread the word about Redeemer!


Becket Hitch Sip & Shop

Wednesday, November 9

5:00-7:00 PM

An evening of shopping, sipping, and fundraising for the school.

10% of all purchases will go towards the RPDS Parent Council Fund


Wednesday, October 5:

Kindergarten & Pre-first travel to Good Shepherd School for Episcopal Schools Service

Thursday, October 6:

Irvin Simon Picture Day (Ball 3s, Schroeder 3s, Pre-k, Pre-first)

Thursday, October 6:

Parents Night out at the Mine



Friday, October 7:

Irvin Simon Picture Day (3/2s, Baker 3s, Hobson 3s, K, 1st & 2nd)

Monday, October 10:


Thursday, October 13:

Pre-first & First Grade Sneak Peek - for kindergarten parents

9:15 - Mary's Office

Friday, October 14:

Feast with First! 1st grade picnic lunch with parents

11:45--12:30 - More details to come!

Thursday, October 20:

Blazing a Trail: Elementary School Information Session - for all parents

9:15-10:15 - Parish Hall


Saturday, October 22: 

Fall Family Festival

10:30-1:00 - Redeemer Playground

Monday, October 31:

Halloween Parade - 9:15

11:45 all school dismissal - no afternoon programs or RED

Click here to access our school calendar.

View Our September Video

"On My Way!"


Monthly PDS Values

Be Kind!

Be Safe!

Have Fun!

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

Mrs. Sheckell's Second Grade

Second Graders at RPDS are having an awesome start to the school year! We are enjoying playing with friends and teachers in all grades who we missed over the summer! We especially love playing Gaga Ball with our first-grade friends at recess. We enjoy using our brain break room to build with Legos, craft with Play-Doh, play giant Jenga, and use all types of brain-break fidgets. In math, our class explored number grids to help us understand patterns between numbers 1 to 100. We also played math games such as the Number Grid Game and Fishing for 10 to increase our mental math fluency. In Language Arts, we began writer’s workshop where we are working on writing personal narratives. We also used mentor texts such as Seed Stash, Stone Soup, and Corduroy to grow our understanding of story mapping. In Social Studies, we used various texts written from the perspective of people from other cultures to help us understand our own culture and what makes us unique. We are excited for our next Social Studies project based on the book, This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe. We can’t wait to see what October brings us in Grade 2!


Find out what's happening in all our classes.


Program Highlights

We are so grateful to be back in school enjoying the excitement of a new year! After summer renovations, our very first class of second graders are enjoying the 2nd Grade Cottage. It even has has a separate locker room and a Brain Break space! We are so grateful to Parishioner, Tom Spies, and his grandsons, Charlie and George, PDS alum for their hard work in breathing new life into this very special classroom. Our gardens are blooming and thriving thanks to parent volunteers, Ashley Decker, Sara Gordus, and Rachel Holaday. We are also excited to offer a new class, Stories of Faith, to our elementary students taught by Mother O. Please read the classroom updates to learn more about the program. We love the connections between the elementary and preschool students! Second grade students are taking responsibility for Wednesday morning announcements and assisting the 2s and 3s during carline. It has been exciting to bring back Friday Fun Day. Every Friday afternoon our kindergarten, pre-first, first and second grade students and teachers gather to play traditional games like Connect Four, Chutes & Ladders, checkers and so much more! Not only are learning a great deal, but they are also meeting and making new friends. We have had many fun gatherings that bring our community together like our parent Wine & Cheese event. Parents and teacher enjoyed one another’s company on a gorgeous evening. Thank you to Margaritta Merritt and Sarah Lopas for planning such a fun event, and Boar’s Head for a delicious spread! We also enjoyed bringing our 2s classes together for Popsicles on the Playground and our 3s for a Teddy Bear Picnic. During today's faculty meeting, our staff was trained in CPR & First Aid. As September turns into October, we look forward to lots of fun around the corner!

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