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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Children’s Day School, a thriving, inclusive, and progressive preschool through eighth grade community located in the vibrant Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. It is an incredible privilege to represent this community as the Head of School, and I am proud to work with the students, parents, educators, and community members who make up the CDS family.

When I arrived at CDS in 2018, my family and I had just returned to the Bay Area after seven years out of the country. This provided a wonderful opportunity for us to reflect on growth, change, and tradition. We embraced our memories and also went on new adventures exploring how San Francisco has changed while still remaining the city we love. We came to CDS because of the way the school lives up to its ideals of inclusion and social justice, as well as its deep commitment to valuing children on their individual journey.

Like all schools, we are currently dealing with the unexpected challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have set up a new section of our website which will be a centralized location of information and previous communications regarding health and safety protocols and our reopening plans. We will continue to add material to this page, which you will also see as a link in our main menu called “Staying Healthy in 2021-22.”

At our opening meeting for the 2020-21 school year, I read A Kids Book About Belonging by Kevin Carroll. It is from a new series of books I discovered over the summer in which complex topics are unpacked in kid-friendly language. The topics are universal: feminism, racism, anxiety, and belonging, to name a few. The book sets the expectation that belonging is safety and that in order to belong in society one must first belong to oneself. Our challenge for this year is to infuse a sense of belonging and opportunities in as many ways as we can. This will be work for all of us, and it will let us focus on the four pillars that will drive our learning community this year: 1) Nurturing Health and Wellbeing; 2) Empowering Connection; 3) Amplifying Learning Experiences; and 4) Responsive Inquiry, Responsive Learning.

We welcome your inquiries — whether you are a parent looking at CDS as a fit for your child, a neighborhood business which shares our values, or a fellow educator with an interest in our program — because we know that partnerships and connections are part of what make a wonderful community.

Shelly Luke Wille
Head of School