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.

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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!

Learn More about Cathedral Park Preschool: Sprout Corner & CPP Open House!

IMG_3656Want to know more about the benefits of learn-through-play for your little one(s)?  Curious about our co-op community and school?

Come meet us and find out more at two upcoming events:

  • Sprout Corner at the St. Johns Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  We’ll be blowing bubbles and playing with playdough!
  • Cathedral Park Preschool Open House on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Email us at cathedralparkmembership@gmail.com with any questions.  We are currently enrolling for both the junior and senior classes and are gearing up for summer socials, summer spruce up, and a wonderful 2015-2016 school year.  Get to know us and see if we’re a fit for your family!