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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CCP Receives Grant from the Intero Grant Foundation

CCP is very fortunate to have received a grant from the Intero Grant Foundation. Of CCP, Intero wrote that CCP “mentors children in the areas of creativity, love of learning, and critical thinking. They received a grant to help fund several project based programs in downtown San Jose for the upcoming school year.” Thank you very much, Intero Grant...

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Summer Sizzles at CCP

SUMMER SIZZLES AT CCP: Camp CCP celebrated summer with projects and field trips downtown connecting kids with art, community, and the written word. Students had a chance to show who they are artistically, and as part of their community, by designing their own Puzzle Project pieces. The pieces fit together in a completed exhibit, viewable as a community Puzzle Art Project at the Biblioteca Lantinoamerica. Come see their work! Kids then got to see others’ art when they walked downtown to the San Jose Museum of Art, where docents...

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BIKE BASH & PENPAL PARTY

CCP 5th-graders met recently for the annual CCP Bike Party, starting with a bike-trail ride across town, followed by a picnic at Guadalupe Park. After lunch, there were some CCP’er birthdays to celebrate! On a recent Friday, 3rd-5th graders got to meet their pen pals from Blossom Hill Elementary School in Los Gatos, with whom they’ve been exchanging letters this school year. Mrs. Evans greeted students and their pen pals in Washington Library, where they all met for the first time and ate lunch together. Then they exchanged...

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August 2014 Update

WITH GRATITUDE: Many thanks to Avnet for their continued support of CCP! Your generous donations have enabled us to purchase supplies and fund field trips for the children in our program. Thanks so much! TWICE A WEEK! CCP is happy to announce that we’ll be adding Mondays to our our Thursday mentoring program. Beginning September 8, we’ll meet with students at Washington School from 2:30-4 to focus on academic enrichment. We’ll continue meeting Thursdays, beginning September 11 from 3:30-5 at the Biblioteca to continue...

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End of Spring/Beginning of Summer Recap

CCP SPRING GRADS: CCP said farewell to 5th-graders who will graduate and move on to middle school in the fall. Each received a book to take with them on their journey. We celebrated the end of spring session with a display of “Dream Cities” presented by their 3rd-5th grade CCP creators. Each wrote a poem inspired by their cities and shared their work with parents and K-2 CCP kids. And then came dessert: A CCP Farewell Ice Cream Sundaes Banquet! BOOK CLUB REFLECTIONS: Thanks so much to CCP moms for a beautiful book of...

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Spring at CCP!

CCP’s blossoming urban designers have been busy creating their own “Dream Cities” at CCP this spring. Local architects Pamela Anderson-Brulé and her husband Pierre Brulé visited us this month to speak with students about the ways professional architects design and engineer buildings within cities. Students are using measuring skills, recycled materials, and imaginations to brainstorm and put together their own ideas for their own ideal cities. Meanwhile, K-2 students have been bucking up on math skills by making...

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