Good afternoon PCD families,
It is hard to believe we are already halfway through January 2021. It was wonderful having our campus abuzz with classes, performing arts, and athletics, just to mention a few of the happenings at school this past week. We continued to offer opportunities for our students to engage in discussions around civics, equity, and government through roundtable discussions, as we prepare for the peaceful transition during Inauguration Day on Wednesday. For Inauguration Day, we will give students the option to watch this ceremony should they choose. We ask that students notify their advisors so we can be prepared for streaming while maintaining social distancing protocols.
In order to be more fully transparent and to provide as much information as possible, below please find our COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated weekly. Our community is doing a fantastic job staying healthy, so let's keep up the great work! PCD student-athletes are eagerly awaiting a decision from the RIIL on the official start date of the winter season, so stay tuned. Good luck to our Mock Trial team as they seek their 3rd consecutive State Championship beginning with their first competition this Saturday.
While I hope that everyone enjoys our day off tomorrow, I ask that we all spend a little time remembering why we have a day off from school. Among my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." For anyone interested in having some discussions with their kids about MLK tomorrow, perhaps these resources can be helpful:
- Do's and Don'ts of Celebrating MLK Day
- Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Digital Tools to Inspire Your Students on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Weekly Bulletin: January 19 - 22
- Monday, January 18 No School-MLK, Jr. Day
- Tuesday, January 19: S Day: Advisory: MLK Day
- Wednesday, January 20 K Day: Student Council, Pride Alliance, Tutorials, Inauguration
- Thursday, January 21: N Day: Tutorials, Round Table Discussions, Zoom Presentation by Angus Davis '96
- Friday, January 22: DEI Day: Special Programming
PCD COVID-19 DASHBOARD
Number of total positive cases this week: All: 0 Students: 0 Faculty: 0
Number quarantining: All: 4 Students: 1 Faculty: 3
(1) Zoom links for all teachers are available here. (Please note that this file is only available to students and faculty.)
(2) Wednesday, January 20, we are hosting our Virtual Winter Open House. Please help us spread the word so more families can learn about our incredible learning community.
(3) Time flies! Yearbook ads for the class of 2021 are now available to purchase! Celebrate your class of 2021 seniors and support PCD by buying a dedicated yearbook ad! Simply follow this link to create an account with our yearbook publisher and you will be able to then purchase and design your ad! Act soon because the window to purchase ads closes February 12.
(4) Athletics: As of now, we are still awaiting clearance from the Governor's Office and the RIIL to begin competition. Please stay tuned for information detailing our first games. Practices will continue as they have been.
(5) Thanks to Graham Watkins, PCD Class of 2012, for running a virtual chess workshop with the sixth and seventh grades last Thursday. Students enjoyed learning tips and strategies to improve their chess skills. Graham will run another virtual workshop for the eighth grade this week. If students are interested in arranging individual virtual chess lessons, please email Graham.
(6) We are excited to host former PCD student Angus Davis '96 who will share his entrepreneurship journey with our school. Check out this great ProJo feature on Angus from last month.
(7) Students and parents of students who intend to take the AMC 10A/12A have been sent an email with instructions on how to sign up for the competition. The exam will be administered online, and it is required that students confirm their registration prior to the exam using the links provided. If a student plans to take the AMC and did not receive an email, or if a student received the email and intends to opt out, please contact Melanie Page.
(8) We are changing the traffic flow direction in the dining hall starting on Tuesday. In order to reduce the cold walk for our Upper School students, students and faculty will enter Chace Hall through the two double red doors and exit through the side door, which is the opposite of the current directional flow. This will help our lunches stay hot during the walk to the fieldhouse. We will review this process during announcements on Tuesday morning. Also, please note that the menu is published ahead of time and available to you for planning purposes.