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

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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Kindergarten Plus Summer 2014 Week #2
This week went off with a BANG!!! At morning circle we spent most of hte week discussing onomatopoeia and explorin the different sounds of transportation. During morning circle we also read Watty Piper's The Little Engine That Could.  We discussed how trains can be util...
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September Kindergartners Summer 2014 Week #2
What an exciting week  we’ve  had in the September-K class. We defined the word “transportation,” and  then categorized types of transportation by land, air and sea.  The students made transportation collages, and traffic lights out of paper product...
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PreK Summer 2014 Week #2
This week in PreK we have been learning all about transportation! In the classroom the students painted our very own race car. When Ms. Rasika asked "Where are you going?" Ellie replied, "To the moon," and Naviya said,  "to Aruba!" Over in literacy and moveable alphabet center, Benji was conc...
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Preschool Summer 2014 Week #2
Vroom, Vroom! We were excited to learn all about transportation this week. We were busy driving cars, boats and trains in the classroom and on the playground. In the classroom the preschool students enjoyed exploring the train station center which required fine motor skills to connect and build th...
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Kindergarten Plus Summer 2014 Week #1
Ahoy me hearties, the first week of summer camp went by fast for our lads and lassies. We spotted some of our old friends and have made some new friends. Everyone has transitioned really well.  During morning circle Finn mentioned how "all pirates steal and were dirty."   To e...
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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