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Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2021
We recently had our first in-person Friday assembly in a year and a half, and it included an unusual bit of symmetry. In early 2020, at our very last all-community gathering before COVID-19 forced us to move our assemblies online, we introduced our Scholar Card program in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. Last Friday, All-School Librarian Cristal Fiel gave an update on how the program is going and announced that the students who have joined the CDS community since the lockdown... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 21, 2021
One of our core learning beliefs at CDS is that interdisciplinary learning provides real opportunities for our students to understand how the world is interconnected. Last year, our fourth-grade students worked on a project which is a perfect example of this concept. They were working on a social studies unit focused on Asian immigration and California farmworkers at the same time as an English one where they learned how to write many different types of poetry: haiku, limericks, calligrams,... Read More
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