One of the Core Values at SRDS is that Everyone Counts, meaning “all children and adults matter; their contributions are prized.” Faculty and staff, students and families come from many diverse backgrounds at Saddle River Day and the school values the perspective and contributions of people from every culture. The sharing of language skills, new ways of thinking, and different experiences amongst our students is vitally important to the educational and social experience and helps them prepare for the real world by increasing awareness, appreciation and inclusion of diverse beliefs and cultures. On a more basic level, learning experiences aren't just about a fellow students' race or ethnicity; it is also about simply being around people who are different from you.
Each year, the SRDS community celebrates our diverse culture through various assemblies organized by the faculty and students. The second annual Diwali celebration has quickly become a fan favorite! Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, held in the period between October and November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the fiscal year in India. After many rehearsals led by Interim Head of School Jalaj Desai and assisted by upper school student volunteers, the community enjoyed a number of festive dance performances by faculty, staff and students of all ages. It was a wonderful time of celebration for the entire school.