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Posted on Monday, April 5, 2021
At CDS, our teachers are people of many talents! Just one example is Nicole, our Fourth Grade Warblers teacher, who also works as a provider of baked goods at Nicole’s KitChin. She sells sweet and savory treats and desserts as well as providing cooking classes. “Nicole’s KitChin was born on a foundation of building community and raising awareness,” she told us. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have made it a point to donate as much of the profits as I can from my sales to non-profits.”... Read More
Posted on Monday, March 22, 2021
The unsung heroes of CDS are the members of our facilities team, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the school running. Since the onset of the pandemic, they’ve been busier than ever, paying attention to all of the latest directives and making sure that the school conforms to them. One of the most important tasks is ensuring that the kids can eat lunch together without being at risk of contamination, and they’ve come up with great solutions. On our St. Joseph’s Hall campus, they set... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020
As of this writing, the CDS middle school community has been learning from home for nearly two months. As with every school that’s had to adapt to a virtual learning program during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve faced our share of challenges. However, our families and teachers have shown their resilience, embracing the “new normal” with enthusiasm and a willingness to try new things. And, in fact, we’ve found that some parts of our online curriculum are more fulfilling than they would have... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2020
As conversations have increased in the past several months about racism, social justice, and police brutality throughout our nation, CDS faculty and staff have realized that we need to be more reflective about racial inequality within our own school community. We recognize that we are part of the predominantly white world of independent schools, a group of institutions which have often excluded or been harmful to people of color. Reinforcing this point, a number of our faculty and staff members... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 1, 2020
These days it’s more important than ever to support our local businesses, and Preschool Starfish Head Teacher Greg Gardner is doing just that! Greg frequently works with the San Francisco Skate Club, a program that provides not only skateboarding lessons but also meals, academic help, art materials, and much more to its students, and he’s partnering with them for a unique fundraising opportunity. “Foot the Bill,” a new program from the famous Vans shoe company, is selling custom-designed shoes... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2020
In the four months since we opened the CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry, our students have been introduced to an amazing number of new books and authors. Now, we will be able to expand their horizons even further through a new partnership with the San Francisco Public Library! The public library offers a program called "Scholar Cards" which gives local students access to all of the library’s resources: not only books but also movies, music, museum passes, online homework help,... Read More
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2020
One of the eleven CDS Learning Beliefs states that "assessment should be embedded in the learning process and is most meaningful when it incorporates reflection, feedback, and revision." In the summer of 2018, the school embarked on a major remodel of our Lower School campus to ensure that the site was more convenient and accessible for all. Over the following months, members of the school community shared their thoughts on the renovations (which included a new front entrance and lobby and a... Read More
Posted on Monday, December 9, 2019
Our Preschool Starfish students love to sing, and last Friday they got to perform to a big audience! 826 Valencia, San Francisco’s beloved educational center for young writers and artists, was having a release party for the latest issue of Illustoria, a magazine that celebrates kids’ creativity, and the Starfish were among the featured performers. Lately, the Starfish have been learning about the human body. Greg Gardner (Starfish Head Teacher and a talented songwriter) helped them out with a... Read More
Posted on Monday, November 18, 2019
A new, exciting learning space has opened up for our students! The CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry officially opened on November 11, and last week we welcomed a large crowd of CDS families for an open house. The recent remodeling of our 333 Dolores Street campus left us temporarily without a library space, so we drew on our partnership with the Columbia Park Boys & Girls Club to find a solution. They agreed to provide us with a large room in their building, and our parents,... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 8, 2019
The CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry is almost open for business (our Open House is scheduled for next Friday), and we’ve already had our first visit from an author! Yangsook Choi, writer and illustrator of children’s books such as The Name Jar, New Cat, and The Sun Girl and the Moon Boy, recently spent a day at CDS, where she spoke with our students from the Early Childhood Program through eighth grade. Yangsook started out with our younger students, reading her book New Cat and... Read More