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