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Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” At the Elementary Department of CSDR we could not agree more! We believe it is our responsibility as educators to encourage students to reach their personal best and to develop a lifelong love of learning.
Students in grades K-5 use state-recommended curriculum including a reading program by McGraw-Hill and Singapore Math by Marshall Cavendish, with supplemented ASL/Bilingual resources. Our caring and experienced team of teachers works closely with curriculum and teacher specialists to ensure the highest quality of education for all our students.
To meet the children’s language needs, instruction at CSDR follows the ASL/English bilingual philosophy. This allows content to be taught through both academic and social ASL and English in order for our students to develop competencies in both their first and natural language (ASL) as well as their second language (written English), as it is critical to their academic success.
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EDUCATIONAL AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Refer to the Curriculum and Assessment and Intervention sections for these components of our educational program. In addition, we offer exciting academic activities that are unique to the Elementary department for students in Early Childhood Education and Elementary grades K-5. Class performances. ASL classes, ASL Showcase, International Day of Sign Languages, Author’s Chair, Math Olympiad, and a Science Fair to name just a few. We also get students involved in Character Counts! and P.A.W.S. to inspire our youth to become responsible learners who care about themselves, their community, and others.
Cubs Honor Assembly
We recognize our students at our end-of-trimester Cubs Honor Assembly for their academic achievements, displaying their best efforts in classes, exhibiting excellent character, and being role models for others. Students and teachers look forward to this assembly at the end of each trimester, to celebrate and congratulate one another for their outstanding accomplishments in education!
Elementary students experience the excitement of sharing their writing with an audience during Author’s Chair. Using the latest technology, students project their work on a screen for everyone in the department to see. The writing has already gone through editing and revisions in the classroom, allowing students to receive positive feedback on their final drafts. There are many benefits to this special event. For example, it provides a purpose for students to be creative and to do their best work. It also teaches students the concept of authorship and pride in their creations. Students learn how to share work in front of an audience, and the audience participants learn to show proper recognition to the authors. It is a fun event for everyone involved!
Each year our fourth and fifth graders compete in our annual Spelling Bee, with recognition to the winner at our end of the year awards. Students compete against each other in order to earn points and advance to the next stage of the competition. Students are given a word and its meaning and then asked to spell it clearly and without error. The final stage of the Spelling Bee is done in front of a live audience, adding to the excitement and thrill of the competition.
Each year our fourth and fifth graders compete individually in our Annual Science Fair (third graders work together on one experiment and display their findings at the Science Fair). The Science Fair allows students to explore a topic that interests them and get creative as they learn. Elementary School Science Fairs typically deal with subjects such as math, weather, animals, chemistry or space. Our students display their work and present their finding to both their peers and judges alike. Winners are announced at our Cubs Honor Assembly and we award special prizes for their hard work.
Parent Workshops occur several times a year, offering information for families. A variety of topics are covered, such as “Literacy, Laughter, and Learning,” Bully Prevention/Victim Proofing, Math Modeling, and Literacy Support for the Home, and ASL classes. It is a great time for parents and family to learn information to support learning at home and it is also a valuable time to meet other families. Childcare is offered during these sessions.
Active parental participation is encouraged by teachers who view this cooperative relationship as a positive addition in the home environment. Working together, we establish the foundation for children to grow into caring and contributing adults.
We love volunteers to help in our department. We can use parents in the classroom or behind the scenes with at home support. If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom, please contact the office and we will be sure to help you with the requirements. You can either be in your child’s classroom or where help is needed within the department. Behind the scenes can be helping the teachers with classroom preparations at home such as helping the teachers with cutting and prepping materials for lessons.
Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education
Box Tops for Education is a program that helps to earn cash for our school. Visit Box Tops for Education more information and to see which products that sponsor this program.
Labels for Education is a program that helps us to earn points to purchase art and athletic supplies for the school. Visit Labels for Education for more information and to see a list of products that sponsor this program.
Collect box tops and labels and send them to school with your child!