Sixth Grade Students Win Playwriting Contest

January 22, 2015 

Every fall during their study of ancient Greece and Greek mythology, sixth graders write dramatic adaptations of Greek myths for Greek Night, a beloved annual performance at SFDS.  This year, Ms. Piersol submitted all nine scripts from Greek Night to a student playwriting contest through B Street Theatre in Sacramento, a company that produces a special School Tour of student-written plays.  The theme for B Street’s 2015 winter tour is “Queens and Kings, Jokers and Jacks.”  They solicited plays based on ancient and medieval history from students all over California, and two plays written by SFDS students were chosen! Congratulations to student writers Douglas Dawkins, Maya McDonald, James Poetzscher, and Jack Setrakian for the selection of their play Polyphemus’ Cave; and to Tabitha Cahan, Claudia Elsesser, Lucy Hurlbut, Simone Jacques, and Blair Mendes for the selection of Perseus and The Gorgon’s Head.  We are excited to have B Street Theater come perform at the Day School so we can see our sixth graders’ work brought to life by professional actors, as well as honor the writers in front of their community.  This special assembly will take place on Monday, February 9th from 1:15-2:00 p.m. in the gym.  We hope to see you there! 

Three Cheers for our GeoBee Finalists

January 09, 2015 

SFDS was abuzz this week with students in grades 4-8 competing in the 10th annual SFDS GeoBee competition. This year's finalists: Addie E., Ben H., and Maya M. Congratulations to our first place champion Ben! This year's competition was even more memorable thanks to former SFDS GeoBee champ and CA state finalist, Zan '13, who returned to assist (and cheer on his younger brother!).  For more information on the GeoBee, visit:
Special thanks to Queen Bee, Anne Paine, for organizing the many hives and worker bees each year.  Every year our students show developing skills around geography - they take risks and jump in with both feet. Kudos to all their teachers for specific guided instruction and also snagging those teachable moments to help all our children know and understand our world.

*Test your own geography knowledge with one of the Championship Round questions:
National Geographic Explorer Shivani Bhalla works with warriors in the local Samburu community to protect lions south of Lake Turkana in which African country?

Answer: Kenya

One Book/One School at SFDS

December 02, 2014 

SFDS Parent Ed and the Parent Group on Diversity bring you One Book, One School featuring the bestselling novel Americanah by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Join with fellow parents, faculty, and staff in a 3-part program exploring race and ethnicity at SFDS and in our broader communities.

Kick-off Event: Thursday, December 4th
6:30 p.m., Library Media Center

Childcare by AEP is offered for all students currently enrolled at SFDS.

This Thursday we will be showing Ms. Adichie's TED Talk, "The Danger of a Single Story," followed by a group discussion.

Mark your calendars for upcoming events & meetings!

December 11-13, 2015:  Don't forget to pick up a copy of Americanah at our Library Party!

January 13, 2015:  Americanah book discussion

February 26, 2015: Workshop with psychologist and professor, Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith, on talking to our kids about race, culture, and ethnicity.

Questions? Please contact the Parent Group on Diversity at and/or Parent Ed Group at

JV Boys Take Soccer Championship

November 10, 2014 

Congratulations to our JV Boys Soccer Team for a well-deserved championship!  The team played Town School on Tuesday, November 5th and came out on top. Throughout the entire season, our 6th grade boys held their own as they battled older students in the league, including 7th graders.  Well done to Coach Brill and his team: Raki, Owen, Nicolas, Ethan, Charlie, Makana, Marco, Tim, James, Davis, Eric, George, Jack, and Misha.

Food Drive 11/4-11/20

November 01, 2014 

Who: Our Community Outreach Committee is hosting a food drive with the San Francisco Food Bank!


When: November 4th-20th


Where: We will have barrels in the Masonic Lobby and any donations are truly appreciated! 


What:  Most needed items include tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, soup, chili, beans, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables, and granola bars.  No glass or perishable items, please! 


Why: Help fight hunger together...let's fill these barrels before November 20th! 


Questions? Contact:

Nikki Murray (

and Jenni Derringer (




Giants Win!

October 30, 2014 

Congratulations to the SF Giants for bringing another World Series Championship home! 

CPR Certification Class on November 11

October 24, 2014 

Please Join Us for a CPR Certification and First-Aid Refresher Class:

Tuesday, November 11th
8:00 - 10:15 a.m.
$15/person - Space is limited, so register today!*
Adults only.  Coffee will be provided.
This CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) course will provide hands-on practice and learning on the following subjects:

  • Scene safety
  • How and when to call 911
  • Adult and child CPR
  • Choking
  • AED use
  • Recognition and treatment of heart attacks and strokes

Click below to learn more and register by November 5th:
*Thanks to the generosity of the Means family, the $40 class fee has been discounted to encourage members of our community to participate.  If you are interested but unable to join this class, please email  A second class may be offered at the $40/person fee, pending the level of interest from the community.

Emergency Drill at SFDS

October 16, 2014 

SFDS participated in the citywide drill “Shakeout” on October 16th, at 10:16 am. The whole school practiced what to do in the event of an earthquake/emergency while faculty and staff practiced their various actions to keep the school and students safe.

We ask that all families follow SFDS twitter accounts. These three (3) accounts provide timely information in the event of an emergency. Please sign up at:

More Info

NOPNA Halloween Party = Service Opportunity!

October 16, 2014 
For our first school-wide service opportunity, we are looking to SCARE up a number of adult volunteers for the annual NOPNA Halloween Party on Grove Street! It is a fantastic, free, and safe environment for kids and adults alike to show off their costumes and enjoy some Trick or Treating. The party just gets bigger and better every year! But NOPNA needs a lot of help from the parent community for things to run BOO-ly, uh, we mean smoothly.

How can we help, you ask? Easy! There are three ways to get involved: Set up (3-5pm), Traffic monitoring (5-8pm, each person is assigned a one hour shift), and Clean up (8-9/9:30pm).  Sign up for a shift and wear your SFDS apparel to show your school pride while helping make this SPOOK-tacular event a success for everyone!
In addition, we will be collecting bags of treats to donate to the event – look for the donation box in the lobby! Please contact Jenni Derringer ( or Nikki Murray ( to get involved.

SFDS State of the School Highlights

September 25, 2014 

On Tuesday evening, parents, faculty, staff, and trustees gathered for the annual State of the School dinner. Together, our community celebrated the many successes of San Francisco Day School and turned attention to our goals for the year ahead.


Dr. David Jackson opened the evening with a warm welcome to all guests. He also introduced the exceptional new faculty and staff members who joined our community this year.  

Celebrating David E. Jackson

Laura Spivy, President of the Board of Trustees, recognized Dr. Jackson for his incredible work on behalf of the SFDS community.  There will be many opportunities this year to show our appreciation for his leadership and positive impact on our school.  Both the board and Dr. Jackson are working closely with Dr. Mike Walker, incoming Head of School, to ensure a smooth transition.

Financial Overview

SFDS remains in a strong financial position. This is made possible both by the diligent oversight of our Board and administration, and the overwhelming generosity of our community.  

  • We have achieved a balanced operating budget 6 out of the last 7 years.
  • Strong level of reserves at over $2 million.
  • Moderated tuition growth over the last few years.
  • Highest endowment at over $24 million, as compared to our local peer schools.
Annual Fund: 100% Participation in 100 Days
  • Last year's Annual Fund campaign set a record in terms of dollars raised and the speed with which it was completed.  We are grateful to our community for your tremendous support.
  • This year, we are again seeking 100% participation in 100 days (by December 19).
  • To give or pledge, visit:
Endowment Campaign: Endowing Excellence at SFDS
  • Thanks to the generosity of our community, we are within striking distance of our $15 million goal. In the last four years, our endowment has grown from $10 million to over $24 million.
  • Increased endowment provides double the annual support to the SFDS operating budget.
  • Only $308,000 left to go to meet our goal of $15 million by 2015!
Facilities Update
  • Last year, our community participated in a series of workshops with architecture firm, Mithun - this work has led to 3 potential plans.
  • Quieter phase this year as SFDS works with the city on entitlements and assesses financial feasiblity.
  • Thanks to the CultureFest Raise the Paddle efforts, our community raised over $70,000 to fund technology upgrades in our classrooms (10 new Front Row systems and 12 new projectors).
Remarks from the Head of School

Dr. Jackson discussed the efforts of educators and parents alike to strike the right balance between empathy and authority when teaching students and children. This year, SFDS continues to focus on teaching skills mastery, to ensure our students have the foundation of knowledge that is essential to becoming successful learners. Another focus this year is developing our cross-cultural competency. SFDS has become increasingly diverse, and this diversity supports our efforts to promote critical thinking and provides us with an important opportunity for dialogue as our community adapts and embraces this change.  We will continue to work together to maintain a safe and welcoming environment that encourages all families and students to "bring our whole selves" to school.