The week of January 6, Carlthorp students were introduced to the music of Africa, in particular Ghana, by Mr. Sowah Mensah who joined us for a week-long musical residency focused on drumming and singing. Students learned about Ghanaian geography, people, and language as well as the role and function of music in traditional Ghanaian culture.
The classroom experience at Carlthorp School is student-led, experiential, and inquiry-based with activities designed to build confidence, facilitate problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and provide a strong foundation of gratitude, passion, empathy and a commitment to service.
Many families in the Carlthorp School community were impacted by the recent Getty Fires. During these October fires when families were evacuated and our community came together to support each other, one theme resonated with students, teachers, and parents alike... appreciation for the sacrifice and dedication of the first responders and firefighters.
On Friday, October 18, 2019, Carlthorp School celebrated STEM Day, a special day dedicated to blending science, technology, engineering, and math to highlight for our students that these four subjects can be taught through "experiential learning."
As we head into the end of October and start thinking about Halloween, a time undoubtedly filled with candy, treats, and less sleep, it is important to highlight the opportunity Carlthorp students have had throughout the month of October to learn new exercises and experience ways to care for themselves mentally and physically.
“Our adventure in Costa Rica continues, and we have continued to experience the culture and wildlife of a lush environment. Our morning started off with some great things like seeing a sloth on the side of the road. In a place like Costa Rica, wildlife is everywhere. We learned about the differences between two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths, and also learned that sloths can swim! On our Hanging Bridges tour, we learned about the rainforest. Our guide taught us about plants, history, and about the ecosystem. We saw frogs, snakes, lizards, and more.”
The yearly art show is an opportunity for our Carlthorp School community to honor and appreciate our students’ artistic expression. This year’s exhibit, Art Grows Here, opened on Monday, May 6, in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) with a morning reception and remained up until the end of the day on Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, Thursday, May 9.
We hope you enjoy El Mundo, Carlthorp School's Spanish Magazine. The magazine is a compilation of of K-6th Grade student works published by the Spanish Writing Club. Special thanks to our three Spanish teachers Señorita Stephanie, Señora Mayra and Profesora Claudia who worked hard throughout the year to bring the publication to life on La Fiesta Latina.
Carlthorp School has a longstanding tradition of loved ones dedicating library books to students, teachers, or in this case administrators. Books are dedicated for many reasons, most often to honor a birthday or special occasion, or for Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Morning.
The words “Hakuna Matata!” were heard throughout the Carlthorp School campus for weeks as 54 student thespians, all members of the after school Carlthorp Theater Ensemble program prepared for the big performance of The Lion King, Jr.The weeks of voice, acting and dancing preparation paid off as hundreds of guests clapped along to the sounds of students in grades 1-6 gleefully delivering a spectacular rendition of The Lion King, Jr.
Our 6th Grade students traveled to Washington, D.C., in early March for a service learning trip with KidUnity. We are so proud of our students and the work they did preparing for the trip. It was incredible to see them in action, ably and proudly representing Carlthorp School as journalists, meeting with congressional representatives and other influential policy makers. This program is one of the many opportunities our 6th Graders have to demonstrate the skills they have developed over the past seven years: teamwork, research & analysis, critical thinking, and presentation & communication skills.
The Kindness & Community Club has been spreading joy and it is contagious! One of the many after school clubs offered as an extension to the school day, the Kindness and Community Club provides students in K-3 with the opportunity to participate in acts of kindness and community building both on campus and throughout the immediate Santa Monica community. Each session has a theme such as kindness to yourself, kindness to our families, and kindness to Carlthorp to name a few.
Carlthorp’s Got Talent!, the school talent show took place on Friday, January 25, to rave reviews. This all-school production was run by the Student Council with help from music teachers, Mr. McHugh and Ms. Lin. The nearly two-hour long show included 44 acts with over 66 students showcasing their talents in dancing, singing, piano, gymnastics, magic, joke-telling, poetry, sword dancing and so much more.
Late January/early February is an emotional and thrilling time for our 6th Grade students as they prepare for the next step in their educational journeys. Secondary school applications are now complete, and students have been interviewing, taking tours, and participating in “shadow days,” when they are welcomed to campus by an upper grade student, often also a Carlthorp School Alum.
It’s 75 degrees and sunny on 4th and San Vicente, and the buzz on campus revolves around playing hockey. Unlike schools on the East Coast where the weather is conducive to a hockey tournament, Carlthorp students are happily competing in the annual Floor Hockey Tournament outdoors on the sport court. Fourteen teams comprised of students in 3rd-6th Grades and at least one faculty or staff team captain compete for the coveted title of Hockey Champion over the course of two weeks during lunch recess.
We hope you enjoy The Clarion, Carlthorp School's Literary Magazine. The magazine is a compilation of student works published by the Writing Club. Ms. Ho (3rd Grade Teacher) and Ava B. (6th Grade student and Editor-In-Chief) along with 15 other students worked hard throughout the first trimester to bring the publication to life.