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Special Academic and Cultural Events

 

In addition to regularly scheduled classroom events, the Clarendon parent community helps organize school-wide academic and cultural events throughout the year. These events unite the community of families, teachers and staff. Most importantly, they engage the students in arts, science, music, dance, cultural studies and sports in a way that is fun and exciting. These events would not be possible without the financial support and volunteer hours generously donated by parents. Below is a partial list of these events.

 

Undoukai/Japanese Sports Festival - A traditional "sports day" in Japanese schools, Undoukai is celebrated at Clarendon with all students participating in Japanese-style relays and games.

 

Walkathon - This annual fundraising event brings together the entire school for a morning of healthy exercise, games, and food. As a family-focused fundraiser, the children learn about the financial and social rewards of community engagement, and take an active role in the success of their school.

 

Performing Arts Night - An evening winter concert where all students in the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program perform songs in English and Japanese, accompanied by dance, skits and a recognition of the strong connection to the community. The evening is attended by parents, faculty and distinguished guests from within the Japanese community.

 

Winter Sing-a-LongUnder the direction of parent musicians, this seasonal gathering brings together parents and children in a vocal celebration of the varied traditions found among the Clarendon community.

 

La Befana and Carnevale - The parent-led Italian Committee and parent-funded Italian language consultants organize fun cultural events that expose children to wintertime customs, and strengthen foreign language acquisition in a way that is active and entertaining.

 

Cherry Blossom Festival & Parade - Students in the Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program perform Taiko drumming learned at school (an enrichment class provided by parent fundraising) and participate in the Grand Parade in San Francisco. 

 

Spring Concert - Under the direction of the parent-funded music consultant, children sing songs they have learned throughout the school year and play musical instruments to the delight of an enthusiastic audience.

 

Community Arts & Science Day - A full day of science and art workshops provide hands-on learning. Clarendon students from grades K-5 explore a variety of exhibits coordinated and led by parents and community members. The day culminates with the “Great Clarendon Egg Drop” where parent volunteers drop egg-protected devices designed and engineered by the students off the school roof. For details please see the CASD web site www.clarendoncasd.org