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FALL 2014 

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Faculty & Staff

Sending our best wishes to both Michelle Ohnstad and Cheryl Walczak! 

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on December 19, 2014 at 2:00pm

Lower School Academics

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Dancing with Delight

photos and article submitted by:  Maria Curtis

LOWER SCHOOL - Tiny Torrey and Jr. Kindergarten students enjoyed a special ballet performance of the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy by Jr. Kindergarten parent and professional ballet dancer, Kirsten Bloom-Allen. The students were welcomed by Mr. Robert Wagner to the Middle School Dance studio where Kirsten performed for them. They learned terminology such as tutu, sous sus and plié and the different ways boys and girls…

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on December 19, 2014 at 1:00pm

Office of Admission

Lower School Open House Reminder

Dear Country Day Families,

As you spend time with loved ones and friends over the holidays, please remember to spread the good word about La Jolla Country Day School. The Admission Team will be offering tours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, in advance of the priority consideration admission deadline of January 30, 2015.

We are also hosting a Lower School Open House on Tuesday, January 13th from 8:15-10:15am. Families can RSVP here if they would like to attend. We deeply treasure our current families and recognize that you are our best Country Day ambassadors as you share your personal experiences.

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Best Wishes,

Inez, Brian, Judith, Keri, Catherine, Connie

Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on December 19, 2014 at 1:02pm


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submitted by: Meghan Edwards

ALL SCHOOL - During the month of December, students from Upper School Spanish II classes and Middle School Spanish D classes spent time in the Lower School Spanish classroom reading children's books that they had written and illustrated to first through fourth grade classes. Eighth graders through sophomores, many of whom have fond memories of their years spent in that same room, thoroughly enjoyed sharing their books, and Lower School students were delighted to welcome all of their visitors and were a wonderful audience. The visits wrapped up with our young Spanish learners impressing us all with songs and their conversational skills, as they mingled with older students and practiced greetings and introductions, as well as sharing favorite activities. Many thanks to Patricia Aftahi, Maribel Bueno and their students for opening their classroom, to Daniella Aviles and Tony Pastore for initiating the project, and of course, to all student authors. Congratulations on a job well done!…


Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on December 19, 2014 at 12:09pm

City Club of San Diego

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Election Reflections From Congresswoman Susan Davis

ALL SCHOOL - On Saturday morning, eight-term Congresswoman Susan Davis spoke in the Community Hall to a crowd of a hundred students, faculty, parents and City Club of San Diego members about the recent Congressional elections and the upcoming 114th Congress. The seventy-five minute presentation and question and answer period can be watched in their entirety here.

In reflecting on the low voter turnout in the November election, which was just over 40% in California and slightly under 35% in San Diego County, Congresswoman Davis said she felt as if they were “throwing a party to which nobody came.” She acknowledged that while Americans feel a close, personal connection with the President of the United States, the fact that they don’t participate in midterm elections ultimately contributes to their disenchantment with the federal government. Ms. Davis pointed out that while millenials in particular are very involved in community service, this strong affinity does not often translate into voting.

The question and answer period proved to be a lively one with questions and comments on a host of different topics. One of the most contentious subjects brought to the congresswoman’s attention by senior Sid Masih was the recent split in the Democratic Party over the continuing resolution, or “Cromnibus” bill. While many of her House Democratic colleagues voted against the resolution, Congresswoman Davis defended her aye vote as a necessary compromise. She said that she was particularly disturbed by the relaxation of banking regulations and some campaign finance rules in the bill, but she said the final deal also included a number of…


Posted by La Jolla Country Day School on December 16, 2014 at 8:26am

Penguin Fun!

Third grade students read Mr. Popper's Penguin's with their families over the last month. Parents joined their children for a student-led literature discussion, a vocabulary activity and a penguin art project. 

Posted by Jennifer Russell on December 15, 2014 at 12:00pm

Calendar Highlights

The last weeks of school are full of events. CLICK HERE to view the full calendar.


West Side Stories

Upper School Advisory: Demystifying and Reinforcing Our Commitment to Character Education
By Todd Ballaban, Dean of Academics and Student Life (Ninth and Tenth Grades)

A few years ago, I joined a group of school leaders tasked with the overwhelming and onerous charge of revising...

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