Seeds of Kindness

SEEDS OF KINDNESS – Back again for the ’17-’18 school year, CCP students began this year by planting seeds to reflect growth, renewal, and the cultivation of kindness — one of this year’s program themes.   As their first writing and art project, students introduced themselves to one another by interviewing a partner, then writing about them, and finally, painting their portrait.  With the help of volunteer mentors from San Jose State University, kids created a colorful and original gallery of portraits, which...

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PEN PALS, AND — IT’S A WRAP!

PEN PALS, AND — IT’S A WRAP! – CCP students celebrated the end of our CCP school year by performing a puppet show and hosting a party for their parents. Kids wrote, produced, and created their own puppets and scenery for the show. Refreshments and visiting followed our celebration of all the kids’ accomplishments this year. Then, CCP kids traveled together to Blossom Hill Elementary School, where they met pen pals with whom they’ve exchanged letters with all year. Students from both schools got over their...

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Books, Butterflies, Pablo & Frida

CCP kids honored Pablo Picasso and Frida Kahlo with their own artworks, after completing books about each artist with CCP.  With artist Halina Gallagher’s help, kids created Frida-Pablo “mash-ups” by drawing chalk portraits of Frida in Picasso’s cubist style — and adding their own creative touches.  Halina is an architect, artist and a Science/Art teacher at the fabulous Mulberry School.  ALSO in March:   Students began transforming their own butterfly designs into original mosaics, using colored glass pieces...

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A Whale of Time with Monarchs 

CCP kids took a trip to Pacific Grove’s Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary recently, where they saw up close one of the gathering places for thousands and thousands of these butterflies annually, near Monterey.  Students observed and learned about the butterflies, in preparation for a mosaic they’re designing, then creating, this spring — eventually to be mounted for public viewing in their own community in San Jose!   ...

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Letter from the President

CCP students received a letter from President Barak Obama this month, in which he thanked them for writing their own letters to the White House during the final weeks of his presidency. Encouraging them to get involved in the causes they care about, President Obama told them, “Our future will be shaped by your generation’s ideas and willingness to dream big… I can’t wait to see the things you will accomplish.”  Neither can...

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Letters to the President… & More

CCP students had a chance to voice their own hopes, dreams, and concerns for our country by writing letters to President-elect Trump, President Obama, or former Secretary of State Clinton, following the recent election. Many expressed strong opinions about ways of protecting families and friends who’ve made homes in this country; and their letters were mailed so their voices can be heard.  CCP kids have been honing their writing and literacy skills in many ways, including writing and speaking about our Reading Group books this year:...

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Happy to be Dancing

‘HAPPY’ TO BE DANCING…. and singing, reading, writing & creating, with CCP:  CCP kids are practicing a singing-and-dancing routine with singer-choreographer Emily Kritzer, which they’ll be performing for parents very soon!  As another part of embracing the arts, we recently visited the San Jose Art Museum, and kids are now designing and painting their own Fairy Houses (made from shoeboxes), and writing about how they envision these imaginary dwellings.  Students keep growing their vocabularies with CCP’s...

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Spring Update!

OUTER SPACE & OTHER TRAVELS:  Kids in grades 3-5 took a trip to Hidden Villa this month, where they visited with sheep, pigs, and goats — before tasting edible flowers at this organic farm.  Back in San Jose again, students are dipping into their imaginations to create a universe with planets, moons and suns of their own design. K-2 kids have enjoyed making playdough and learning about sea creatures, which they’ll have a chance to build soon with materials from the CCP art drawers.  Meanwhile, moms recently exchanged useful...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR AT CCP

CCP students ended the school year with holiday celebrations, book-making projects, and a trip to Hidden Villa for K-2 kids. 2016 brings new plans — and a new location! Beginning in January we’ll meet in our own classrooms at Washington School: Rooms E-1 (K-2 kids) and D-4 (3rd-5th grade). We are excited to launch activities in the new CCP space, and look forward to meeting with parents as well as students. We’ll bring mindfulness instruction and a presentation from Planned Parenthood in the coming weeks– as well as...

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CCP Slides into Fall

Autumn finds CCP working on projects like pumpkin decorating, haunted house construction, and heart mapping for our kids’ moms. Students in grades 3-5 recently completed Tree of Life projects which helped them discover the way family, friends, hopes and dreams grow in their lives like branches on trees. K-2 students recently wrote and illustrated their own books, telling important stories about how they see themselves. More creative writing and art projects are on the way as this CCP year hits the ground...

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