At SD, students love to grow and learn, not only in our classrooms, but also in our Visual Arts Studio, 3-D Maker’s Lab, Music Conservatory, one- acre Garden of Hope, and on our playing fields. We foster a growth mindset in every student by stretching their minds, tapping into their insatiable curiosities, and modeling a joyful, life-long love of learning. The result? Bright-eyed, eager students ready to devour learning in a Kindergarten environment that feels like a celebration!
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Ross Valley Charter, opening this fall for TK–5th grade at the White Hill School campus in Fairfax.
Enter a Ross Valley Charter kindergarten/first grade classroom and you discover a joyful buzz of activity. Scanning the room, you notice a group of children happily constructing a marble run with blocks and PVC pipes, others playing a math game with a parent, and some outside observing wildlife with magnifying glasses and notebooks. Amidst the action, you locate the teacher, sitting on the rug with a small group of students forming letters on mini chalkboards. A girl approaches: “Would you like to see the painting I’m working on?”
This month, several independent schools and preschools in Marin are holding open houses for parents of prospective students. If you're considering a local a preschool or elementary school for your child, you'll definitely want to. The following schools and preschools are holding open houses this January. Most require RSVPs in advance.
If you're a Marin County parent looking into private schools for your children, make sure you plan on visiting the third annual Southern Marin Mothers' Club Private School Fair, which takes place at Brandeis Marin school in San Rafael on Thursday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Most private schools in southern Marin, as well as many other schools throughout the county, will be represented at this event.
This fair is designed for parents looking for private school kindergarten options for their children in Marin as well as parents wanting to switch schools or who are new to the area. This year's speaker, Dana Nelson-Isaacs, will discuss admission, financial aid, and affordability. The parents will then circulate around the school tables and learn about the differences between the programs.
The fair begins at 6:30 pm Brandeis Marin school in San Rafael. Children, with the exception of infants in arms, should not attend this event. Light snacks and drinks wil be provided.
Do you and your kids love a great story? Come to Marin Waldorf School on Tuesday afternoons for their new Storytelling Series!
Stories are presented by Marin Waldorf's preschool and kindergarten faculty, and take place in the school's warm and welcoming classrooms. Stories are appropriate for children ages 3 to 6. Best of all, this program is open to the public and free of charge!
Storytelling Series programs take place from 3:30 to 4 pm on the following Tuesdays: November 11 and December 16, 2014 and January 16, February 3, and March 24, 2015. Please arrive early, as stories begin promptly at 3:30 pm. The first story, on November 11, is A Caterpillar's Voice.
Marin Waldorf School is located at 755 Idylberry Road in the Lucas Valley–Marinwood area of San Rafael. To get there, take Highway 101 to the Lucas Valley Road exit and head west on Lucas Valley Road. Turn right onto Miller Creek Road, then left onto Idylberry Road. Marin Waldorf School will be on your left.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Lycée Français de San Francisco, which offers preschool and K–8 education at its Marin County campus in Sausalito. To learn more, visit the school online at lelycee.org.
The beginning of this school year marked a milestone for the Lycée Français de San Francisco’s campus in the Ebbtide neighborhood of Sausalito. The French immersion primary school started classes in in the fall of 2013, but the will and generosity of its parent community, along with the collaboration of Sausalito City Council, culminated this past September in the final touches on a playground that can be shared by children throughout Southern Marin.
The days are starting to edge towards a Bay Area winter, but the sun still shines brightly off the yellows and greens of the school’s play structure. LFSF boasts a strong community of families, and their dedication to their school and its new location brought this private and public space to fruition. The pride and personal investment of parents and classes is displayed on the colorful tile wall that runs along the playground’s northwest side.
Marin Mommies presents a guest article by financial planner Tanya Steinhofer, who explores the financial aspects of sending your children to private school.
Private schools are a wonderful part of our education system. Families choose to send their children to private schools for many reasons: lack of good public schools in their area, adherence to a particular educational or religious philosophy, better support for special needs children, or a desire to replicate their educational background, as well as a belief that a particular private school might provide their child a superior educational experience.
The decision to send a child to private elementary and high school is a big decision on many fronts, but particularly on the financial front. While some families can easily afford this incremental cost without jeopardizing other goals, many families cannot and embark on the journey without fully considering all the costs associated with private school, nor its impact on their ability to achieve other important goals, such as retirement, paying for college or buying a house. As a financial planner helping families with young children, I decided to research this topic with a focus on the financial aspects and share my findings so families can fully consider the impacts of this decision.
If you're looking to enroll your child for kindergarten in a local independent school, make sure you attend the Marin Independent Schools' Kindergarten Fair on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center. Each participating school will have a table where parents can pick up brochures, ask questions, and sign up to receive more information. It's a great opportunity to learn what makes each school unique!
Participating schools include Dunham Academy, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Lycee Francais International School, Marin Country Day School, Marin Montessori School, Marin Waldorf School, Saint Mark's School, Ring Mountain Day School, San Domenico School, and others.
The Kindergarten Fair takes place in the JCC's Kurland Lounge. The Osher Marin JCC is located at 200 North San Pedro Road in San Rafael.
Cascade Canyon School, a non-profit, K–8, small, independent, progressive school in Fairfax will host an open house for parents of prospective students on Saturday, January 29, from 10 am–noon. RSVPs preferred, but not required; contact their admissions department at (415) 459-3464 to RSVP. Scheduled events include student-led tours from 10–10:30 am, elementary and middle school demonstrationlLessons from 10:30–11:30 am, and classroom visits from 11:30 am–noon.
Cascade Canyon School, founded in 1981 and situated on 22 wooded acres in the heart of Fairfax, is a small independent school, serving over 60 students from Marin in grades K–8. Cascade Canyon enjoys the lowest student-to-teacher ratio among progressive schools in Marin, and prides itself on the quality of its staff and the warmth of its community. Cascade Canyon balances a challenging academic core curriculum based on critical thinking with a strong social-emotional program and a rich specialist program in art, music, theater, Spanish, Sign Language, PE, and environmental education. The school is located at 2626 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Fairfax.