Each September, we kick off our 100% in 100 Days initiative for the Annual Fund, questing for participation from every parent. A best practice from peer independent schools, the condensed calendar channels energy and attention to the first half of the school year and allows the benefits of the Annual Fund to be felt right away.
Throughout the autumn months, excitement builds as each grade hits participation milestones. Chaired in 2017-2018 by parents Helene Kocher, Andrew Owen, Michelle Stauffer, Christine Wan, and Haim Zaltzman, a committee of volunteers invite their peer parents to support:
- Professional development—helping infuse teachers with fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and innovative approaches that they bring into their classrooms;
- Tuition assistance—making CAIS accessible to a diverse and talented student body, strengthening the learning experience for all;
- Program extras—including culturally rich and diverse field trips, robust English and Chinese library collections, outdoor education programming, service learning opportunities within San Francisco’s Chinese community, travel to China and Taiwan, and arts performances and exhibits that make CAIS one of the most outstanding Chinese and English dual language immersion schools in the country.
Annual Fund: A Potluck
Just as we all know our potluck duty is to bring something for everyone to share, so too does the CAIS community understand that everyone’s support for the Annual Fund helps set the table for the school’s greatness. All contributions are valued and vital for making it a success!