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

August 22, 2014
Last Day of Summer Camp 2014
This is the last day of summer camp 2014.
September 3, 2014
First Day of School 2014
First day of school for the 2014/2015 school year.
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

SOCDS Summer Camp Calendar Week #6
We are getting ready for Bug Week. We will have Move n' Groove on Wednesday morning, Music with Mr. Joe on Thursday afternoon, and Water Play Friday afternoon. Here is a calendar for your convenience. ...
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Kindergarten Plus Summer Update Week #5
Space week has been a blast. We started off this week making our spaceship craft, the finished results are awesome. The sand table was a hit this week, William and Bauer were overjoyed as we included space items, rocks and little astronauts. One of the questions we explored this week was, "How...
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September Kindergarten Summer Update Week #5
This week we learned about the wonders of space! We sang our poem "I'm a little rocket" and read books like "Galaxies, Galaxies", "The Boy Who Cried Alien", "Moon Zoom", and "Space Exploration". After reviewing all the planets in our solar system, Tessa and Rosie said that they would love to visit...
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PreK Summer Update Week #5
In the PreK class this week the students had the opportunity to experience and learn all about the solar system.   We discussed constellations, the phases of the moon, and the planets in our solar system.. We now know that there are 88 constellations in total. The students practiced ...
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Preschool Summer Update Week #5
10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Blast off!!!! We were excited to learn all about space and the planets this week. We were busy building and creating rocket ships in the block center and zooming around the classroom with our rocket ship puppets as we sang our weekly song “I’m a little rocket”. In the c...
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SOCDS 2014 Summer Camp Week #5 Calendar
We are half way through summer camp 2014 and time is really flying.   This coming week is Space Week and we are getting ready to blast off!  We will build a space ship and then explore the galaxy on the playground.  Ms. Dawn will come for Yoga on Tuesday and Thursday, and Move n' Groove...
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Kindergarten Plus Summer 2014 Week #4
Monday was a splash of fun. We started off our week in the sprinklers splashing in the warm sun. Our friends were so excited to have morning water play and anticipated afternoon water play on Friday. In class we made a beach collage and hand painted crabs. The students are adding lots of deta...
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September Kindergartners Summer 2014 Week #4
Beach week smoothly sailed by! On Monday we discussed some of the fun things you can do at the beach; surfing, volleyball, throwing Frisbees, building sandcastles, collecting seashells and sea glass.  Tesse and Diego M. said, they especially like collecting sea glass because it’s s...
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PreK Summer 2014 Week #4
The students have really enjoyed beach week!   It is a great theme for making connections to their classroom as well as their prior experiences at the beach and pool. In class we read a book called  "Can you hear the sea?" by Judi Cumberbatch. The book inspired us to discuss the bea...
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Preschool Summer 2014 Week #4
Dolphins, eels, snails, starfish, hammer head sharks, and Octopi, oh my! These are some of the sea creatures the preschool friends explored this week. During transitions the friends especially enjoyed pretending to be these animals. The friends eagerly engaged in our centers this week. T...
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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