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

June 30, 2014
Summer Camp 2014 Begins
Summer camp begins this week and runs for 8 weeks.
August 22, 2014
Last Day of Summer Camp 2014
This is the last day of summer camp 2014.
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 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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Kindergarten Plus Summer 2014 Week #3
Reptile week has slithered on by ... We spent all week exploring the book: "The Rattle Snake That Went To School."  This story explored the fear of going to school and how Crowboy imagined himself to be a mean old snake to hide his fear.  We discussed how Crowboy could have talked to his ...
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September Kindergartners Summer 2014 Week #3
Diego said that, “Reptile week was the coolest fun of all.”  We learned some interesting facts about reptiles and their habitats.  The students were particularly interested in crocodiles and we learned that a crocodile can hold its breath under water for 2 hours, and that it...
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PreK Summer 2014 Week #3
It has been a terrrrific week of fun in the Prek classroom. Our adventure began with our reptile book, where we learned about how these creatures usually have scales, some shed skin, and all hatch from eggs. In art, we made paper mache eggs and talked about how both turtle and snake moms bury the e...
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Preschool Summer 2014 Week #3
Even though it rained in the beginning of the week, the preschool friends had a wonderful time. They created turtles out of foam bowls, craft sticks and markers, as well as turtle puppets using brown paper bags.  The students are also becoming more comfortable in their classroom and are busy ex...
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Summer 2014 Week #4 Beach Week Calendar
Getting ready for a great week of camp -- Beach Week. Click here for a copy of the calendar....
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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