Welcome to SOCDS

Thank you for your interest in our school. For the past four years I have been on a journey to create an environment that encourages learning, fosters independence, and demands personal responsi- bility for both our students and our staff. I am proud to say that we have made giant steps on this journey, and continue to move forward. One change we made this fall was the creation of our Morning Message. The entire school meets on the blacktop to greet each other, perform morning stretches, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and to sing Happy Birthday to the celebrants. Teachers have taken a leadership role in leading monthly school wide projects that include Johnny Appleseed Day, Exercise Day, America Recycles Day, and many more. Both Morning Message and these monthly school wide activities have helped us build a common experience and vocabulary amongst our students.

Annemarie Maini
Director

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

April 25, 2014
Arbor Day
We will plant our annual tree today.
May 3, 2014
PEP Enchanted Tea Party
A lovely tea party for our students.
May 5, 2014
Cinco de Mayo
We will explore the true origin of Cinco de Mayo.
May 5, 2014
Teacher Appreciation Week
Join PEP in honoring our teachers this week.
About Our School
South Orange Country Day School is celebrating over 40 years of educating young children in a progressive, child-centric environment. Our community of families reflects the diversity of our neighborhoods. This diversity creates an environment where children experience different cultures and global experiences and, most importantly, learn how more alike we are than how we are different.
 

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SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Kindergarten 2013/2014 Week Update #31
This week we watched our kindergarten classroom come to life with some "egg-citing" springtime activities. What do you think of when you hear the word spring? Our students thought about green grass, buds on trees, blooms on flowers, growth of new plants, birth of new animals such as birds and bunn...
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PreK 2013/2014 Weekly Update #31
The Prek classes learned all about different clouds this week! We explored stratus, cirrus, and cumulus clouds through observations outside and painted them. Megan showed us how her stratus cloud was a flat gray blanket by mixing white and black to make gray and painting in straight brush strokes. ...
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Preschool 2013/2014 Weekly Update #31
This week's weather sparked a lot of observations! Ellie said," I think winter is coming back again, I think spring forgot!"(while laughing) We had many discussions about the weather we experience here in New Jersey and weather in other climates. In the expressive art center, the fri...
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Kindergarten 2013/2014 Week Update #30
This week was a very exciting one, as we continued to explore our weather topic.  The big question this week was: What causes weather? We researched and found that weather is a combination of three main ingredients: heat, air and water. After learning about the Water Cycle, we decided to inves...
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PreK 2013/2014 Weekly Update #30
This week the PreK focused on understanding measurement. We talked about how a meteorologist is someone who studies the weather and how they use their eyes, their brain, and special tools to predict what kind of weather will be happening in the future. Toby told us he saw cherry trees blossoming on ...
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Preschool 2013/2014 Weekly Update #30
April is here, Let's give three cheers!April got off to a great start and the children are sharing their experiences and knowledge about the various types of weather.  Jack said a Sunny day is perfect for a picnic and Ashna shared that she loves taking pictures outside with her s...
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Kindergarten 2013/2014 Week Update #29
This week we started learning about weather. The weather is easily observed and our students are great observers.  They concluded that it is always changing and that' s why we have the seasons.  It can be sunny, windy, cloudy, rainy or super snowy!   We decided to take a few weather...
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PreK 2013/2014 Weekly Update #29
The PreK classes began their first week of our new theme: weather!  We've been keeping track of the daily weather using our Weather Story books, and some of us have been coming to school with the daily forecast already formulated.  We are tracking, graphing, and writing about the weather i...
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Preschool 2013/2014 Weekly Update #29
April showers bring beautiful flowers! The preschool students had  a wonderful week of exploring and learning all about the spring season and  we started our weather theme.  They created an umbrella and flower collage, which led to many conversations and questions about rain. Our cent...
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April 2014 Calendars
We are getting ready for our Weather Theme.  April showers bring May flowers! Here are electronic copies of the class calendars for your reference. Preschool PreK Kindergarten...
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"Our kids are near the end of three fantastic years at South Orange Country Day School. After interviewing for the school that they will attend in September, we received the following feedback from the new school....."it is obvious that the teachers at South Orange Country Day have done a fabulous job with your children." We think that feedback says it all!"
SOCDS Parent