On Saturday, February 1, four 6th Grade students and eleven Carlthorp School alumni from Northwestern, Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood, Marlborough, Windward, Archer, Loyola, Phillips Academy (Andover) and Choate (Wallingford), in conjunction with KidUnity, traveled to Iowa to experience the caucuses as student journalists.
On Monday, January 20, 2020, 170 CS parents, students, faculty and staff from 60 Carlthorp families participated in the first ever Carlthorp School Day of Service in honor of the national initiative to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This day off school was an optional day “on” for the CS community.
It’s 70 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. Twelve teams comprised of between eight and ten students in 3rd-6th Grades and typically one or two faculty/staff team members compete for the coveted title of Hockey Champion over the course of four weeks during lunch recess.
Throughout the school year the Carlthorp School librarians invite children’s authors and illustrators to speak to students about their craft and answer questions about what inspires them to write. Recently, Stuart Gibbs, author of the "FunJungle" series, the "Spy School" series, the "Moon Base Alpha" series, the "Last Musketeer" series, and the "Charlie Thorne" series joined us to speak to our 3rd - 6th Grade students.
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.