Making “Stained Glass”

Who doesn’t need a little extra color in their lives this time of year? Our group of artists created the beautiful “stained glass” art now gracing our classroom windows and walls. If you are wondering how preschoolers can make stained glass, I’ll share the process as it can easily be done at home.

20151215_095057We started with large sheets of waxed paper and taped down the edges (they tend to curl). The children dotted and splotched tempera paint all over their paper. Using glass wine corks and wide bottle tops the children swirled their colors into fantastic freestyle designs. Most of the children made 2 or more paintings, eagerly experimenting with different colors and textures. Many of the older children delighted in painting more recognizable pictures of rainbows, birds and even a self-portrait.20160120_142321

 

 

 

“Every child is an artist” Pablo Picasso

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Once the paintings dried, I mounted many of the pictures onto mat frames now sitting along our windows where the light can shine through and the rest hang along our walls. Hanging student made art around the classroom reminds the children just how much we value their effort and creativity.

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Credit where credit is due, this project came from:               http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-painting-2/

 

 

CPP Trike-a-Thon: Calling All Supporters for our October 3 Fundraiser!

1622112_10154692574425297_2522843064983601089_nThe October Trike-a-Thon event is our major fundraiser for the year and is also an opportunity for families to connect as we begin our new school year. Check out our VIDEO HERE.

This event promotes the following:

  • Community interconnectedness
  • Healthy kids and families
  • Curriculum enrichment

All money raised will go directly to field trips (local farm visits, ladybug hikes, and more) and curriculum enrichment efforts (biking to school, visiting artists, and more). We accept checks, cash, and online donations (click here to donate online).

Because we are a low-cost, community-based preschool, our budget is small but efficiently focused on the basic needs of our students. To offer the kind of rich curriculum that we believe all kids deserve, we ask our family, friends, and local businesses to support us! In turn, we give back as engaged community members and loyal customers.

DONOR LEVELS for Businesses/Organizations/Family/Friends

Goldilocks Level ($25.00 – $49.00 donation): As a thank-you, we will print your company’s name and contact information in our Trike-a-Thon program, passed out to all CPP families at the event.

Papa Bear Level ($50.00 – $149.00): As a thank-you, we will post a thank-you to your business on the CPP website (followed by current and alumni families) and Facebook page and will also print your company’s name and contact information in our Trike-a-Thon program.

Mama Bear Level ($150.00 and above): As a thank-you, we will offer to post your company’s logo as a permanent fixture on our CPP website for the 2015-2016 school year AND to print your logo/company information in our monthly newsletter (October through May).

ABOUT CATHEDRAL PARK PRESCHOOL

WE ARE LOCAL: Cathedral Park Preschool is deeply rooted in North Portland and has been educating kids and families for the last 40 years. Our families live, learn, and shop locally and are dedicated to supporting the positive growth of our neighborhood.

WE ARE PLAY-BASED: Using a learn-through-play philosophy, the school is rich with opportunities for students to follow their curiosity, engage socially with peers and other caring adults, and see the power of cooperation in action.

WE ARE DEDICATED TO OUR COMMUNITY: The strength of the co-op is that it is built upon mutual agreement to support each other and to really invest in our learning community and our neighborhood. We build relationships, learn in the classroom, and support the long-term viability of a low-cost, community-focused school for little ones.

Meet Our 2015-2016 Board

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11143237_10155552918455297_5753036316493374521_nThe amazing thing about a co-op preschool is that it is run almost entirely by volunteer parents, who invest their energy, creativity, and time back into the school where their children are learning and growing alongside their classmates.

All summer, a wonderful group of Cathedral Park Preschool parents has been meeting and working diligently to prepare a successful 2015-2016 school year.  From organizing a summer social to processing forms, this group of mothers has been focused on giving all of our kids roots and wings as they learn together.

To meet the board, click HERE.  And we look forward to seeing you in the classroom soon!

-Zapoura Newton-Calvert, board co-president

The Positive Impact of Early Social Learning Environments: A Must Read for Co-op Parents

IMG_4381I’ve been reading a lot of articles on early childhood development as I prepare for fall term of my Social Justice in K-12 Education course at Portland State University.  My students are increasingly interested in the role of early childhood learning on long-term success, college graduation rates, etc.  And I’m following their curiosity to include more information on preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten in our course.

The most recent article that caught my eye was an opinion piece in the New York Times titled “Teaching Social Skills to Improve Grades and Lives.”  The author, David Bornstein (co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network).  Why read this article?  Because it really speaks to the best-case scenario of any co-op preschool.  At its best, a co-op preschool is a community in which children learn to socialize and interact and solve problems with peers, with their teacher, and with other safe adults (the parents of their peers) in the classroom.  While the learn-through-play philosophy classroom may look like a large play date, what’s really happening?  Social and emotional skill building that will serve our children well into their futures.  With better outcomes for college graduation and for happiness and success, there’s much to love about this model!

As we head toward the opening of our new school year, I recommend reading this article and discussing it with your fellow CPP families and others as well.  Let’s celebrate and commit to a year of supporting this kind of rich social learning with our kids!  See you soon in the classroom:)

-Zapoura Newton-Calvert, CPP Co-President (2015-2016 school year)

Cathedral Park Preschool Open House: Thursday, August 6 (6:00 — 7:00 p.m.)

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DSCF3056Looking for a preschool community for your 3- to 5-year-old for the 2015-2016 school year?  Cathedral Park Preschool is now enrolling for the junior and senior class!  Come meet our teacher and some of our board members; tour Classroom 1; and spend some time on the playground with us on Thursday night, 08/06, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We look forward to meeting you.  Children are welcome!

For more information on our school, read on:

Cathedral Park Preschool is a cooperative community that has been engaging North Portland families for over 30 years.  Using a learn-through-play and play-to-learn philosophy, the school is rich with opportunities for students to follow their curiosity, to engage socially with peers and other caring adults, and to see the power of cooperation in action!

We are part of a collective; the strength of the co-op model is that it is built upon mutual agreement to support each other (our families, our kids, and our school).  It is through our collective efforts that we build relationships, learn in the classroom, and support the long-term viability of a low-cost, community-focused school for little ones in our neighborhoods.


We are now enrolling children for our junior class (ages 3-4) and senior class (4-5).   For more information, email us at cathedralparkmembership@gmail.com.  While the school is closed for the year, the teacher and board will be busy readying the school for the new year and are happy to find a time for you to visit our classrooms and our teacher!

To apply, fill out the CPP Application Form 2015-2016, and mail it to us or drop it by!

Cathedral Park Preschool Open House: Tuesday, 06/30, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

IMG_3664Looking for a preschool community for your 3- to 5-year-old for the 2015-2016 school year?  Cathedral Park Preschool is now enrolling for the junior and senior class!  Come meet our teacher and some of our board members; tour Classroom 1; and spend some time on the playground with us on Tuesday night, 06/30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  We look forward to meeting you.  Children are welcome!

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For more information on our school, read below:

Cathedral Park Preschool is a cooperative community that has been engaging North Portland families for over 30 years.  Using a learn-through-play and play-to-learn philosophy, the school is rich with opportunities for students to follow their curiosity, to engage socially with peers and other caring adults, and to see the power of cooperation in action!

We are part of a collective; the strength of the co-op model is that it is built upon mutual agreement to support each other (our families, our kids, and our school).  It is through our collective efforts that we build relationships, learn in the classroom, and support the long-term viability of a low-cost, community-focused school for little ones in our neighborhoods.


We are now enrolling children for our junior class (ages 3-4) and senior class (4-5).   For more information, email us at cathedralparkmembership@gmail.com.  While the school is closed for the year, the teacher and board will be busy readying the school for the new year and are happy to find a time for you to visit our classrooms and our teacher!

To apply, fill out the CPP Application Form 2015-2016, and mail it to us or drop it by!

Shop, Eat, & Learn Locally: Stop by the Sprout Corner at the St. Johns Farmer’s Market This Saturday (06/27) to Learn More About CPP

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planting+gardenBeat the heat and come by the Sprout Corner EARLY at the St. Johns Farmer’s Market this Saturday, 06/27.  We will be making bubbles, making friends, and learning through play from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (unless we start melting before then).

This is a wonderful informal opportunity to find out more about the Cathedral Park Preschool community.  Please do drop by.  We’re looking forward to meeting you!