Category Archives: Highlights

Thank you for helping to make Celebrate CPS 2017 a success!

Thank you for helping to make Celebrate CPS 2017 a success!  The Community Partnership School family was proud to honor Carolyn Korman Jacobs this year, and host nearly 400 friends of the school.  We would like to say thank you to each and every person who helped make this year’s celebration special.  Take a peek at the look book from Celebrate CPS 2017 to relive the excitement and energy of the night.

Be on the lookout for the save the date for Celebrate CPS 2018!

The Healthy Herald @ Community Partnership School #2

In partnership with the Healthy News Works organization, third-grade students will periodically publish a “Healthy Newsletter,” that will focus on the topic of health in our school, life, and community. For the second newsletter, students conducted interviews with CPS faculty. The second article is about, “Learning to rebound from a setback.” This project was made possible through the assistance of former Philadelphia Inquirer Journalist, Ms. Marian Ulhman.

Please click the link for the full article:

Community Partnership School Healthy Herald #2

Celebrate CPS 2017: Honoring The Incredible Carolyn Korman Jacobs

 

Celebrate CPS 2017: Honoring The Incredible Carolyn Korman Jacobs

Celebrate CPS honoring Carolyn Korman Jacobs

The Community Partnership School family is thrilled to announce that we will come together to celebrate the hard work, friendship, and generosity of a true CPS champion, Carolyn Korman Jacobs.

Please join us on April 19, 2017, at Vie for this wonderful event.

Tickets and sponsor opportunities are available – click here

 Please contact the Advancement Office at (215)-235-0461 or info@cpsphilly.org with any questions.

 

 

 

The Healthy Herald @ Community Partnership School #1

 

Community Partnership School is currently involved in a new and exciting project, this year. In partnership with the Healthy News Works organization, third-grade students will periodically publish a “Healthy Newsletter,” that will focus on the topic of health in our school, life, and community. For the first newsletter, students conducted interviews with CPS faculty. The inaugural article is about the benefit of perspiration. This project was made possible through the assistance of former Philadelphia Inquirer Journalist, Ms. Marian Ulhman.

Please click the link for the full article:

Community Partnership School Healthy Herald

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Classroom Update: Nutrition for Life

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“What healthy snack are we going to eat today?!” exclaimed Kaleb as nutrition educator Krista La Noce walked into the Pre-K and Kindergarten Classrooms.  Both students and teachers are always excited to see Ms. La Noce walk into our school with her bag of healthy, nutritious foods.

For the past six years, Community Partnership School has had a wonderful partnership with the Health Promotion Council.  Once a month, a nutrition educator meets with each class and delivers a hands-on lesson about healthy eating and living.  Every lesson ends with the children and adults trying out a new healthy snack.

Recently, Ms. La Noce taught Pre-K and Kindergarten children about foods that help us build healthy and strong teeth and bones.  She then shared what would be the healthiest choices at a fast food restaurant.

Ms. La Noce ended the lesson with a hands-on demonstration.  Students learned about the ingredients needed to make guacamole.  “We need to eat the guacamole with chips,” said Raelyn as Ms. LaNoce mixed avocados, tomatoes, garlic and lemon together to make this nutritious dip.

After seeing the delighted responses from our students, we highly recommend that families whip up a batch of homemade guacamole at home!

CPS Winter Concert: A Collection of Fables

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Written by Marlis Kraft, CPS Music Teacher

Finding a theme for the CPS Winter Concert is always an adventure. Living in a multicultural city like Philadelphia, it is important to capture the spirit of the holiday season in a way that celebrates and acknowledges diverse religions and cultures. Our goal is for everyone to find some inspiration from the Winter Concert, from our 4-year-old Pre-K students to families, faculty and staff.

In each of the past 5 years I have worked at CPS, I have invited my colleagues to participate in creating the concert. However, this year I was inspired by the idea of fables because there is something for everyone in these age-old stories. At CPS, we try to broaden our students’ horizons so that they can step into their next schools with a rich experience to draw from. I grew up hearing and reading Fables and loved the simple truths they portrayed. Most of our students knew the story of “The Tortoise and the Hare,” but were able to expand their knowledge of fables through the seven fables performed at the concert.

The Process

At the opening faculty meetings, each teacher chose a fable that seemed appropriate for their students’ age group – and they chose well! Then it was up to the students and me to create performable pieces. In order to break up the narratives, we added instruments, movement, songs, and even demonstrated a science experiment! CPS Art teacher Audrey Jakab helped our students create masks, a giant sun, and mouse ears for costumes.

Our 4th and 5th grade recorder players had just learned “Oh When the Saints,” so we used that song to lead us through the program. Fifth grade even created an original rap for the occasion. The performances were not only entertaining, but also weaved in some good lessons for all of us to take on our journeys through life!

View excerpts and pictures from the concert below!

A song written by CPS students:

Never give up before you try it,

Never give up before you get it

Just one more try, don’t ever give up,

Never give up before you shine!

I can do it, you can do it, as a team –we can do it

Try it once or twice until you get it right.

Never give up before you try it,

Never give up before you get it

Just one more try, don’t ever give up,

Never give up before you shine!

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For more pictures and video, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cpsphilly.

Cooking with Fifth Grade!

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Since October, five lucky fifth graders participated in an eight-week series of cooking classes through the My Daughter’s Kitchen initiative. Led by volunteers Jill Kaiserman and Katie Rhodes – known to the students as “Superwoman” and “Wonder Woman” respectively – the students learned the basics of reading a recipe and preparing a healthy, cost-effective meal from scratch.

We checked in with our junior chefs to find out the best cooking tips they learned during the series, just in time for the holiday season!

1. Make sure you read the instructions beforehand and plan ahead. – Jordan

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It’s important to read the recipe all the way through before you even begin cooking, because you want to make sure that you have all the supplies and ingredients you need. We learned how helpful it is to set out all the supplies and ingredients we’ll need for the recipe at the beginning of class, so that we can get right to cooking when we’re done reading the recipe.

2. Always pay attention when you’re cooking. – Journey

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Paying attention is important throughout the cooking process, starting with reading the recipe. Otherwise, you may not pick up on subtleties within the recipe – like the difference between “boil” and “broil,” which our class learned while making “the fastest chicken parm” in the broiler.

3. Always be careful with a knife – don’t look away while you are chopping. – Eyoni

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We learned that a properly sharpened knife can actually be safer because it prevents foods from sliding under a dull blade. However, the sharp edge is dangerous if you don’t follow knife safety rules! Even a momentary lapse in focus can cause a painful accident in the kitchen.

4. Say “sharp ends” and “hot corners!” – Alana

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Alana reminds us to take extra care especially when there are others in the kitchen. We learned some words to say to let other people know when there are dangerous objects close by, to help avoid accidents. This type of communication also builds our sense of teamwork, so that we all work smoothly together to complete a meal.

5.  Don’t doubt yourself. – Amir

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Cooking is an adventure, and it can be scary to try new things. But with attentive teachers and supportive classmates, it can be fun to venture outside your comfort zone – and it might result in something delicious!

6. Have fun!!! – Everyone 

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While we have very important rules and guidelines to make sure that we cook safely, it’s equally important to remember to have fun! We get the extraordinary opportunity to prepare something delicious to nourish ourselves and the people we love, and have a blast along the way!