Impact of Giving
There are many giving opportunities at CAIS. Every year, you receive information on the Annual Fund and ShowCAIS, our yearly fundraisers that support the operating budget. Occasionally, you are also asked to participate in special campaigns, such as the 2008-2009 Building Fund that helped open the Alice A. Carnes Pre-Kindergarten Facilities on Waller Street. Letâ€™s not forget all the volunteer hours you might in for the PA and other projects around campus.
With all these opportunities to give back, what should you do?
Third grade students just completed a three-week art unit involving clay. During the three weeks they participated in an exploration exercise to learn how to build strong sculptures that stand. Students were divided into groups and asked to build the tallest structure possible in five minutes. The results were measured and a discussion of successful and unsuccessful techniques followed.
Next week the Lower School is starting a program to connect fifth grade student volunteers with first and second grade children. The after school buddy system is designed so fifth graders will read to and talk with (English and Chinese) to their â€œbuddiesâ€ and form bonds and friendships across grades.
One fifth grade buddy will be paired up with one younger child after school once or twice a week to help with reading, storytelling or Chinese conversation.
This past Tuesday, fourth and fifth grade students from CAIS and FAIS participated in a joint assembly to talk about community and caring and provide a forum in which students could get to know one another and talk about issues that affect everyone.
School Counselor, Sarah Berman presented different types of conflicts to the students and covered the following topics:
- Learning how to deal with people who use hurtful language
We are truly honored to receive a gift from CAIS alumnus James Young, class of '03.
This past Wednesday, on the day of the Mid Autumn Moon Festival when families traditionally convene to celebrate with loved ones, CAIS held a reception to thank the many CAIS families who gave generously to the school last year. Special recognition was given to our past Class Captains whose community outreach efforts last year lead the way for so many parents to participate in the Annual Fund.
The CAIS Board of Trustees is proud to have 100% giving to the 2010-2011 Annual Fund. Brian McDonnell, CAIS Board of Trustee Vice Chair announced the news last night at the Leadership Donor Reception to a crowd of 150 parents, Board members, friends and supporters. Thank you to the Board of Trustee members for your leadership and dedication to our school.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the bake sale to benefit the victims of the fire in San Bruno. We had a variety of delicious cupcakes, cookies, brownies, Rice Krispie treats and even popcorn!
Recently, the world of philanthropy received very good news when some of Americaâ€™s wealthiest citizens came together to give back. The Giving Pledge initiated a call of support from the most affluent people to donate over 50% of their wealth to philanthropy.
The Giving Pledge, in the most grandiose way, leads and inspires others to give back as well. Not just billionaires, but everyday people.
The SF Food Bank volunteer date on Sunday, October 3 is full! Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our first volunteer event of the school year. Not to worry, we will have many other opportunities for you to participate at different volunteer events.
We also encourage you to volunteer on your own. Check out SF Food Bank for more information about the food bank and to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Please contact Veronica Reilly with any questions.