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Molly's Blog Archive

October 30th, 2014

Parent Education with Sheri Glucoft Wong

Children’s Day School hosted parent educator, licensed clinical social worker and family therapist Sheri Glucoft Wong in October. Sheri’s wisdom on communicating with children and building strong ties between teachers and parents is well known in... read more
September 25th, 2014

Coming Together As A Community

Community is one of our core values at CDS. We build community through all-school traditions such as Friday morning coffee before assembly, the Welcome Picnic and Grandparents and Special Friend’s Day. We build community in our classrooms through... read more
May 20th, 2014

One School, One Book: Wonder

Every year we select a book to read together over the summer as a community. This year, we’ve chosen a book called Wonder by R.J. Palacio, about a child with a facial deformity who decides to attend an independent school for middle school. It’s... read more
March 3rd, 2014

Technology at CDS

This year, over 700 people toured the school and we had one of our largest applicant pools ever for the 2014-2015 school year. Our administrative team spends a great deal of time responding to questions about the program, the campus and the... read more
February 6th, 2014

The Original Innovation Lab

In January, I had the pleasure of attending the annual California Association of Independent Schools Trustee/School Head conference here in San Francisco along with several CDS trustees. This annual gathering is the largest meeting of independent... read more
January 27th, 2014

Teaching Values

Jim McManus, Executive Director of the California Association of Independent Schools, presented market research data from independent school moms to the Bay Area Heads recently. This is market research focused on what mothers want and need from... read more
December 13th, 2013

Building Community

Children’s Day School has built an extraordinary community on the principle of always assuming the best of our members and being able to talk about difficult and complex issues. As members of this community, we know that there are things that we may... read more
November 25th, 2013

Blocks in Our Classrooms

Here at Children’s Day School, our preschool students play with blocks daily. Block building provides young children with a play-based opportunity to develop physical, mathematical, scientific, linguistic and social-emotional skills. Unit blocks are... read more
November 25th, 2013

Teaching Math

Schools often struggle with how to teach mathematics in a way that engages children and prepares them for high school and college course work. One of my favorite books on the subject is A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart, subtitled How... read more
November 14th, 2013

Access to a First-Rate Education

At a recent retreat of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Day School, the facilitator, a former long-time Head of Lick-Wilmerding High School here in San Francisco, said to the trustees: “Do not be afraid of asking for money on behalf of the school... read more
October 24th, 2013

I Love to Watch You Play

We chose Madeline Levine’s book, Teach Your Children Well, as the all-school read this year because we love her focus on giving children the space to be kids and her counsel to cut back on the multitude of after school classes, teams and lessons... read more
October 22nd, 2013

Innovation Educator Reaffirms Our Good Work at CDS

It was our great pleasure to host Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner last week at 601 Dolores, our new middle school site. Tony identifies seven key skills for today’s students: Critical thinking Agility and adaptability... read more