2017 Orientation Schedule


Lower School

Tuesday, August 22
4:30-5:30 PM
Behr House

New LS Parent Lemonade
Please join Head of School, Paul Stellato, and his wife, Maureen, at their home for an informal gathering for parents new to the Lower School. Invitation to follow.

Thursday, August 31
8:30-9:30 AM
Lower School

All PreK, All K, & New 1st - 4th Grade Student Orientation
Students will visit their classrooms, meet their teachers and fellow classmates, and engage in fun activities. Parents will attend an information session with Head of School Paul Stellato, Head of Lower School Alesia Klein, School Nurse Nina Keller, Chef Brian Mochnal, and after-school programs coordinator Heidi Spillane.

Playground Social, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
After orientation, parents and students are invited to gather and socialize on the Lower School playground. Hosted by the Parents Association. Weather permitting.

Middle School


Wednesday, August 23

4:30-5:30 PM
Behr House

New MS Parent Lemonade
Please join Head of School, Paul Stellato, and his wife, Maureen, at their home for an informal gathering for parents new to the Middle School. Invitation to follow.

Wednesday, August 30
Students 8:30-11:45 AM
Parents: 8:30-9:45 AM & 11:15-11:45 AM
Middle School

5th Grade Orientation for ALL 5th Graders
Students will meet their teachers, advisors and fellow 5th graders. Students will have their school ID photo taken, receive their iPads and attend an IT training workshop. Parents will attend an information session with Head of School Paul Stellato, Head of Middle School Renée Price, and other MS personnel. The parent program will conclude at 9:45 a.m. Parents are asked to return at 11:15 a.m. to join their child in their homeroom to meet teachers and walk through their child’s schedule. Any parents wishing to stay from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. are welcome to do so. The bookstore will be open as well as some other areas of interest around the school.

Pizza Social for 5th Graders, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
After orientation, parents and students are invited to gather and socialize on the Middle School playground. Hosted by the Parents Association. Weather permitting.


Wednesday, August 30
Students 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
Parents: 8:30-10:30 AM
Middle School


New 6th & 7th Grade Orientation
Students will meet their teachers and advisors, and be paired with returning PDS students. Students will have their school ID photo taken, receive their iPads and attend an IT training workshop. Parents will attend an information session with Head of School Paul Stellato, Head of Middle School Renée Price, and other MS personnel. Following the information session parents will join their child in homeroom to meet teachers and walk through their child’s schedule. The parent portion will end at 10:30 a.m. Parents are asked to return at 12:30 p.m. for pick up. Any parents wishing to stay from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are welcome to do so. The bookstore will be open as well as some other areas of interest around the school. Brunch will be served for students.

Upper School

Monday, August 21

Fall Pre-Season Athletics Begin
See the sports calendar for details

Thursday, August 24
4:30-5:30 PM
Behr House

New US Parent Lemonade
Please join Head of School, Paul Stellato, and his wife, Maureen, at their home for an informal gathering for parents new to the Upper School. Invitation to follow.

Wednesday, August 30
10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Upper School

New 9th Grade Student Orientation
Students will participate in community-building activities including the PDS Ropes Course. Both low and high elements will be available, as well as games that are solely on the ground. Students must dress comfortably in athletic wear and sneakers. Lunch will be provided.

Students will also attend an IT training workshop, so they must bring their device – iPad, laptop or tablet (more information).

Wednesday, August 30
10:00 AM-2:30 PM
Upper School

New 10th & 11th Grade Student Orientation
Students will meet their advisors and Class Deans, tour the Upper School with student hosts, have their school ID photos taken, and attend a schedule tutorial. Lunch will be provided.

Students will also attend an IT training workshop, so they must bring their device – iPad, laptop or tablet (more information).

Wednesday, August 30
10:00-10:30 AM
Colross

Coffee & Conversation for New US Parents
Stop by for coffee and to mingle. Current parents and school personnel will be in attendance to welcome you and answer questions.

Thursday, August 31
Returning 9th Graders: 11:15 AM-6:00 PM
New 9th Graders: 12:00-6:00 PM
Upper School

9th Grade Student Orientation
The entire 9th grade class will participate in ice breaker and team-building activities. Students should dress comfortably as some of the activities will be outdoors. All students will have their school ID photos taken and will attend lunch with their advisors.

All students must bring their device – iPad, laptop or tablet (more information.) Returning students will need it for an IT workshop, and all students will need their device for the schedule tutorial.

The day will conclude with a special dinner and activities for the Class of 2021.

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