Giddens School is excited to host a series of opportunities to meet members of our school community, learn more about our programs, and ask questions.
These will all be virtual events, and RSVP is not required. Just mark your calendars!
All of these events will be recorded and shared for future viewing. A reminder email with the Zoom link will be sent the day of each event.
Monday, January 4, 2021: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Learn about our SPARK program. Meet SPARK teacher Sarah Berkley, 2nd grade teacher Siri Miller and 1st grade teacher Brandon Farrar.
SPARK is an inquiry based program that place science and social studies content knowledge side by side with social justice topics. Students are encouraged to develop questions, theories, and strategies as they engage in interactive learning experiences. Students use art as a means for expressing understanding of content, and SPARK projects provide a framework for integrated learning, encompassing multiple subject areas and encouraging students to make connections in order to apply their knowledge.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Learn about our Extended day, Enrichment, and Summer Programs. Music/Performance teacher Orianna O’Neill, and PE teacher Brice Dixon.
Giddens offers exceptional before and after school programs for currently enrolled students at no additional cost. Our Extended Day Program is designed to connect with the school's curriculum and mission, supporting project-based learning while offering a variety of highly engaging activities…..Enrichment classes are offered to provide children with a variety of fun and engaging learning opportunities that they may not have access to during their regular school day…… We offer eight weeks of exceptional camp programming to any student entering grades preschool – fifth. Giddens Summer BLAST Camp is open to all children. We always look forward to welcoming new friends to a fabulous summer of fun.
Tuesday, February 2, 2021: 4:00pm - 5:00 pm
Learn about our ECE program. Meet preschool teacher Steve Taylor, prekindergarten teacher Samara West, and Spanish teacher Karina Flores.
The Giddens School preschool program is rooted in play, emphasizing a child’s innate curiosity. On a daily basis, children are provided with opportunities to explore, observe, question, and construct knowledge from the world around them….our prekindergarten program provides a rich foundation for future schooling, while emphasizing the importance of learning through play. Children of this age often begin to see themselves as learners, coming to school full of purpose and intention.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021: 10:00 am-11:00 am
Hear from Giddens Parents and Caregivers and meet Director of Inst. Advancement Amy Bresslour.
Our school community is strong in part because of our amazing families who support the work and mission of the school every day. Family involvement at Giddens is as diverse as our community. From participating in our Giddens Community Association (GCA), to volunteering in the classroom or supporting school events and endeavors, to serving on a school-wide committee or our school board, Giddens encourages and appreciates the generosity and talents of our families.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Learn about our Kindergarten Program. Meet Kindergarten teachers Portia Local and Casandra Bergkamp, and Pre-K teacher Hiromi Yasukawa.
In kindergarten, students develop their roles as contributing members of a learning community. There is focus on developing their sense of self, identity as a learner, and their role in belonging to a larger group. As they engage in academic pursuits, developing social emotional skills such as learning to name and regulate their emotions, advocate for their needs, and understand perspectives different from their own allows the students to apply and share new knowledge effectively.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Learn about our Learning Services. Meet literacy specialist Sharon Meacham, Director of Student Services Pamela Atteberry, and math specialist and librarian Katie Billings.
Utilizing an approach that values the whole student, Giddens is committed to supporting individuals on their unique path to intellectual growth and academic success. This happens each day in the classroom setting through differentiated activities, small group lesson structures, and ongoing reflection. Classroom teachers work closely with our learning services team to design daily instruction guided by assessments of student learning.
Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hear from our Head of School. Meet Dr. Morva McDonald.
Morva earned a Ph.D. in Administration and Educational Policy and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at Stanford University after serving as an elementary school teacher in San Francisco. Previous to her work at Giddens School, she served as a Professor of Education at University of Washington. Her work at UW focused the integration on social justice and teaching. She began her tenure as Head of School on July 1, 2015.
Morva will discuss what an academically deep education infused with justice and care look like and what it means for each and every child who attends Giddens.