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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!
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.
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Please join us on April 19, 2017, at Vie for this wonderful event.
Excerpt from Eric Jones’ remarks at this year’s “Celebrate CPS” event
April 30, 2015
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A core belief informing the work of Community Partnership School asserts that talent, smarts, and want-to exist in every community, no matter the zip code. But data highlighting the situation for many in Philadelphia could lead one to draw a different conclusion about this, the “cradle of liberty.”
In Philadelphia, more than one in four lives in poverty. Children are disproportionately affected, with more than one in three children under the age of 18 living below the federal poverty level. Poverty can be directly linked to a person’s literacy level.
It’s not surprising then that Philadelphia’s graduation rate, despite significant gains over the past decade, is still around 65 percent, 15 percentage points lower than the national rate. And over half of the adult population is low-literate, which means they’d struggle to complete a job application.
Poor literacy levels are strongly correlated not only with poor academic outcomes, but negative impacts that last a lifetime.
This profile characterizes the neighborhood in which Community Partnership School is located and too many neighborhoods throughout our region.
We know the long-term impact of quality schooling, after school and summer programming, and quality parenting. And not just for kids and their individual families, but for the social fabric, for the common good. We know that every child needs this kind of guidance and support. But we also know that children from neighborhoods like the one in which CPS is located are least likely to get it.
While dialogue and debate around what to do about this reality have value, at Community Partnership School we’ve said we can’t wait for stakeholders to agree on a way out. There’s an urgency here demanding our immediate attention.
So we’ve come up with a viable solution: a high quality and affordable early childhood/elementary program primarily for families in our neighborhood and neighborhoods like it; an intimate 7:1 student teacher ratio that allows everyone to know everyone’s name; a place where well trained, mission driven educators and volunteers initiate partnerships with committed and willing parents and guardians; a community where shaping children who develop strong cognitive and social/emotional skills, as well as a strong sense of agency – a belief that I have the power to create/to produce a desired result – takes place every day.
And the partnership extends more broadly. To effectively do our work, we depend on the generous contributions of many supporters like you. Individuals, families and organizations that open doors on our behalf, that bring their know how to bear in support of our work, that attend programs we host like this one and make generous financial contributions. Our work works because of a broad network of civic-minded community members – and folks who just care about kids – galvanized around the idea that we can and must do more for all our children, no matter their zip code, and that doing so is in everybody’s interest.
It’s hard for any child to slip through the cracks when surrounded and supported by this kind of network. And we have found that kids are better positioned to access and maximize social capital when they’re prepared this way.
We look forward to telling you more about our ambitious work and, moving forward, talking with you about our transformative plans for the future.
In the meantime, all the best for a rejuvenating summer!
Overlooking the last year, I am astounded by how much has changed in our lives. [My husband Charlie and I] are your typical retired couple trying to find something to do with extra time. Living in an apartment leaves us time on our hands without the need to mow a lawn, clean out the garage, or scour out any overflowing gutters. We decided to use the time to give back to our community. The question was, where would we do this and what was our first step to fulfill our desires?
Through online research, Charlie found CPS and began volunteering in Ms. Flores’s kindergarten class. It started out with Charlie getting juiced with helping students with reading and comprehension, and figuring out mathematical equations.
Hearing his stories got me excited. I decided to find out if there was a way I could help CPS with the skills that I am developing within the scope of copywriting. I met with Heather Lewis, Advancement Associate, and took a tour of the Judson Street facilities.
What impressed me the most during the visit was the students. When we walked into one of the classrooms, two children came up to us, introduced themselves and gave us an overview of what their classmates were working on for the day. I was impressed by their knowledge, speaking ability and self-possession – while speaking to a complete stranger!
During my time, I helped out with tasks in the Advancement Office. Throughout my time and Charlie’s, we found that CPS treats their volunteers with respect and care. Members of the CPS community were always telling us how much we are needed and helpful with what we do for the school at large. That reinforcement made me fall in love with Community Partnership School, and I have treasured coming here every week.
This experience has made 2015 a memorable year for me and my husband. Thank you Heather, Ms. Flores and all the nice folks at CPS, too.
This past April, CPS held its annual “Celebrate CPS” fundraiser honoring board member Jeff Benjamin. More than 450 CPS supporters attended the Tuscany-themed event at Vie for a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, and auctions to benefit the students of CPS.
Confident and upbeat in anticipation of their performance later in the evening, fourth grade students greeted guests as they arrived at the venue on a gorgeous spring evening. CPS staff and Event Committee members, members of the Young Friends of CPS, parents, and weekly school volunteers helped ensure that the night ran smoothly. Many members of the CPS faculty, staff, and board were in attendance, along with new and longtime supporters alike.
During dinner, fourth grade kicked things off with a performance of the song “One Day” by Matisyahu, originally performed for the CPS Winter Concert. One student, Jordan, shared about her experience at Vetri Eatiquette and the lessons she has taken away from the Friday lunch program. Alumnus Zahir revealed how CPS helped him overcome his personal struggle and helped him get to where he is today (click here for more about Zahir).
This year’s honoree, CPS board member Jeff Benjamin, was presented with a citation from Mayor Nutter’s office in recognition of his unwavering commitment to Philadelphia’s school children. In his remarks, Mr. Benjamin discussed his journey to becoming a champion for education, and how he was taken with CPS from the first time he visited and saw the students in action. He stated that a “good enough” education isn’t good enough for Philadelphia’s children and urged the audience to take part in ensuring access to a quality education by participating in the CPS Scholarship Fund, which helps keep tuition affordable for families by subsidizing the cost of the student’s education.
Events like Celebrate CPS not only help generate needed revenue for operating support, but help to “friendraise” for the school by spreading the word about the work CPS is doing to provide a high quality and affordable education alternative in North Central Philadelphia.
Event sponsors included Jeff and Janine Yass, John and Leigh Middleton, and Philadelphia Financial. For a full list of sponsors, click here.
The evening grossed over $425,000, and was a memorable evening for all.
Written by Marlis Kraft-Zemel, CPS Music Teacher
Reader’s Theater is a perfect project for second graders! Proud of their reading skills, they can be narrators, while other children fill in the story with imagery and music, or in our case puppets — a great first step to “being on stage” without having to act.
The story was chosen to go with their study of Greece where to this day sheep graze in the rural landscape. Students expanded their vocabulary, learned about sheep and shepherds, and trades like carpentry, blacksmithing, pottery and weaving from YouTube clips. They sketched characters to make puppets and painted the backdrop with Ms. Jakab. They also identified places in the story where sound effects would enhance the telling and brainstormed the lyrics for our song based on one girl’s wistful singing of: “If I could be a carpenter….”
I saw such growth in their awareness and perseverance needed to put on this kind of play. Many layers of the curriculum came together along with the challenge to closely follow a text read aloud by a classmate. Everything hinges on the ability to focus and to work together as a team: when to bring the puppet up, ring the gong, hold up the screen, go to the next assignment, keep eyes open for the unexpected need of a classmate! And as their teacher Ms. Bechill summed up: “This second grade class totally loved it!!! And they learned some important lessons about working together and taking pride in something they do as a group.”
Bravo to the 2nd graders and thanks to Ms. Bechill and Ms. Jakab for their support!