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Friday Assemblies

Our weekly Friday morning assemblies bring students, faculty, staff, and often many parents together as a community. The older students remember their early school days as they watch preschoolers make announcements and lead the school in song. Younger students look up in awe and admiration as they listen to their older role models speak up, find their voice, and deliver words of wisdom—or humor. Assemblies take place on the yard of our 333 Dolores Street campus.

One of the main educational objectives of the Friday assembly is that CDS students become confident public speakers. Another benefit is the opportunity to practice leadership skills, as classes take turns presiding over the assembly.

Each class (and some specials) are in charge of leading at least one assembly each year. Parents/guardians are invited to attend all assemblies.

The Welcome Song and the Birthday Blessing

In each assembly, we sing the Welcome Song to articulate the spirit of the CDS community and say the Birthday Blessing to celebrate the students who have had their birthdays in the past week. Here are the words to both of them:

Welcome Song:
Welcome, welcome to everyone here
Be of good voice and be of good cheer
Welcome, welcome to everyone here
Welcome, welcome to everyone here

Bienvenidos sean todos aquí
Disfrutaremos de un día feliz
Bienvenidos sean todos aquí
Bienvenidos sean todos aquí

Birthday Blessing:
Watch over these children as they grow,
Bless and guide them wherever they go,
Strengthen them when they stand,
Comfort them when discouraged or sad,
Raise them up when they fall,
And in their hearts may peace abide forever.

2021-2022 Assembly Schedule

September 3: Welcomes, Summer Birthdays, and Updates
September 10: 8th Grade
September 17: 8th Grade
September 24: First In-Person Assembly

October 1: 4th Grade Sandpipers
October 8: Indigenous Peoples' Assembly
October 15: 4th Grade Hummingbirds
October 22: 7th Grade Blue
October 29: 7th Grade Green

November 5: 3rd Grade Quails
November 12: 3rd Grade Pelicans
November 19: 5th Grade Green
November 26: No Assembly (November Break)

December 3: 6th Grade Blue
December 10: 6th Grade Green
December 17: Thanks and Gratitude from Senior Administrators
December 24: No Assembly (Winter Break)
December 31: No Assembly (Winter Break)

January 7: TBD
January 14: Division Heads
January 21: All Community Sing
January 28: 5th Grade Blue

February 4: 2nd Grade Octopuses
February 11: 2nd Grade Dolphins
February 18: 1st Grade
February 25: No Assembly (February Break)

March 4: 1st Grade
March 11: Read Aloud Day
March 18: Bungalow Boogie
March 25: Spanish/Cesar Chavez Assembly

April 1: No Assembly (Conferences)
April 8: No Assembly (Conferences)
April 15: No Assembly (Spring Break)
April 22: Earth Day Celebration
April 29: Kindergarten

May 6: Kindergarten
May 13: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 20: Early Childhood Program
May 27: Transitional Kindergarten

June 3: Step Up Day
June 10: Passing the Torch Assembly (Last Day of School)