Lower School News

The Try It Truck revved up CAIS students' design thinking skills

Try It Truck Revs Up Students' Design Thinking Skills

October 22, 2018 This month the Bay Area Discovery Museum came to CAIS for a hands-on program with the “Try It Truck,” the BADM’s new engineering lab-on-wheels. Third, fourth, and fifth graders participated in 75-minute sessions of active, exploratory learning during the Try It Truck engineering program. Lower... » read more
Head of School Jeff Bissell welcomes Dr. Mary Anton and Ms. Kim Kaz

Welcoming Next Year's Lower School Leaders

May 21, 2018 Of the many gifts Anne Valentino and Anna Donnelly have brought to CAIS, the gift of time for (and participation in) the process to find their successors may prove to be one of their most lasting. Thanks to being able to start the process earlier in the school year, we attracted two spectacular... » read more
Head of School Jeff Bissell Introduces Sheri Glucoft Wong

A User's Manual for Childhood? Yes, Please!

May 02, 2018 Nearly 180 Lower School parents packed the Oak campus cafeteria for Sheri Glucoft Wong’s parent ed presentation on “Navigating Your Child’s Social World.” By way of introducing our speaker, Head of School Jeff Bissell reminded parents of the simpler days of their children... » read more
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
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