Lower School News

Nicholas, Theo, and Darwin getting ready to rehearse for Turandot

On the Big Stage

September 18, 2017   Earlier this month, CAIS fifth graders went on a field trip to attend a dress rehearsal of SF Opera’s production of Turandot. On Friday, September 15, Music and Movement Teacher Susan Kennedy graciously interviewed four CAIS fifth graders who are performing in the production at SF... » read more
Releasing the Trout at Lake Merced

Shout Out for Trout!

April 24, 2017 In science this spring, students have been participating in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Trout in the Classroom program, in which rainbow trout were hatched and raised in our classroom.  Students learned about the trout life cycle and their habitat and the ... » read more
Blessing the New Lions at Lower School Assembly

Blessing the Lions at Lower School Assembly

February 21, 2017 At an assembly ahead of Mass Greeting 2017, Music and Movement Teacher Susan Kennedy shared a special ceremony with Lower School students to bless the two new lions for the Lion Dance (bringing CAIS’s “pride” to a total of five lions). With assistance from veteran teachers Mr... » read more
Fifth Graders Toured Chinatown to Celebrate Chinese New Year

Global Celebration, Local Resources

January 30, 2017 Hsu Laoshi and Liu Laoshi tapped into the many offerings of nearby Chinatown to provide a rich context for classroom studies of the Chinese New Year traditions.  Beginning at the Chinese Historical Society of America, students enjoyed a “History Alive” presentation by singer/... » read more
Shining a light on the science of climate change

Shining a Light on Cool Critters and Science

January 28, 2017 Second graders participated in the Aquarium of the Bay’s mobile program, Our Future’s So Bright, and learned about the science of climate change and ways to take care of our planet.  Students observed how humans have affected the balance of natural cycles on Earth, and then... » read more
This year's Winter Program told stories of peace through song and dance

Winter Program Spotlights Stories of Peace and Gratitude

January 04, 2017 Collecting uplifting narratives from around the globe and across cultures, Lower School Music and Movement Teacher Amanda Hahn worked throughout the semester with students in third, fourth, and fifth grade to create the inspiring, heartfelt Winter Program. Students incorporated a variety of... » read more
Firedragons for Social Good

CAIS Students Up to "Know" Good

April 25, 2016 Firedragons Help with Over Ten Tons of Food    On Sunday, April 24 2016, Firedragons for Social Good (FFSG) held its first event with both Middle School and Lower School volunteers at the SF food bank. The FFSG is a CAIS community service group focused on organizing community... » read more
Fifth Graders Getting a Leg Up in the World

Fifth Graders' Fun in Taiwan

March 31, 2016 Mr. Morris is chaperoning the Fifth Grade CAIS Ren’ai Taiwan Exchange Trip and shared quotes from student about their adventures with their host families on the first weekend. “I went on a mini-segway; it was so much fun. Nothing was bad yesterday.” – Dexter“We went to a hot spring and... » read more
Aquarium of the Bay brought students up close to animals

Water-filled Week at CAIS

March 01, 2016 Just as San Francisco received a much-needed soaking last week, scores of CAIS students were able to see what lives in the water and wetlands of our Bay area environs.  Ms. Fischer invited the Aquarium of the Bay Mobile program to her second and fifth grade classes, bringing the... » read more
Observing Lola the Owl

SF Zoo Visits CAIS Art Classes

December 04, 2015 Art teacher Ms. Ostapinski brings subjects to life…literally…for her students. This month, she invited the San Francisco Zoo to bring animal guests to her art classes. SF Zoo’s Carissa Rowley introduced second graders to an opossum, a turtle named Ralph and a Western screech owl... » read more
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