At Sacramento Country Day School, young students have opportunities to develop all facets of their character. Through the Toolbox curriculum by Dovetail Learning, students are explicitly taught the tools they have within them to manage their own emotions and to respond empathetically to others. We teach peaceful conflict resolution techniques to create and sustain a harmonious environment. All Lower School teachers have been trained in Responsive Classroom techniques to help students develop respectful, joyful, and peaceful communities in their classrooms and beyond.
Country Day students are involved in their community and the world. The “Habit of Helping,” the term employed by former headmaster Dan White in 1989 for the 25th anniversary is still practiced by the Country Day community today. We sing at the assisted living center down the street, raise vegetables in our garden that go to the food bank, Run to Feed the Hungry, and play music all day to raise money to support our sister Rulindo Schools in Rwanda.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Throughout Country Day’s 14 grades, we are committed to helping children develop core SEL competencies.
Rulindo is a district in hilly northern Rwanda, 36 km from the capital city, Kigali. In 2006, Sacramento Country Day French teacher Gerlinde Klauser struck up a friendship with Fr. Bernardin Banituze, then head administrator of Rulindo parish and its schools. She started a pen pal program between her French classes and Rulindo students, and the relationship grew quickly.