Students are encouraged to wear white or neon clothing. Please note that students must follow all free dress guidelines to attend the event.
The $5 ticket cost will cover food, drink, and music. Students may not bring outside food or drink to the event. All students attending the dance will need to be picked up promptly at 7:30 pm - no students will be permitted to walk home from the event.
Student participation in the middle school dance is contingent upon receiving approval from all teachers for upholding all academic and behavioral expectations in the days leading up to the event.
Thank you to all the staff and families and friends who helped with Beautifying our campus last Friday!
Ms. Yilpet and Mrs. Weingarten
We have officially entered the significant month of February, Black History Month.
We must always think about the importance of Black History throughout the school year, yet this is a special month. While Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are the most recognized leaders in the struggle for civil rights, it is absolutely critical we ALSO share with our students many different ChangeMakers in the Black community that may not always get a spotlight.
Inspired by our very own ChangeMakers teachers, here is a short list of African Americans that helped to touch our lives in ways that we may have never realized, until now!
Huey Newton - Creator and organizer of the The Black Panther Movement, meant to prevent police brutality in urban communities here in the Bay Area! In addition to challenging police brutality, the Black Panther Party launched more than 35 Survival Programs and provided community help, such as education, tuberculosis testing, legal aid, transportation assistance, ambulance service, and the manufacture and distribution of free shoes to poor people. Of particular note was the Free Breakfast for Children Program (begun in January 1969) that spread to every major American city with a Black Panther Party chapter.
Alvin Ailey - The Modern Dance pioneer who in 1958 founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which, nearly 30 years after his death, is still producing some of the finest works of dance in America. Ailey was proud to have created a multiracial dance company, giving opportunities to minorities without showing preference to any race. His ICONIC work Revelations is still performed regularly to this day, almost 50 years since its creation. It's a sensibility that continues with the dance company today – as does the high quality of the troupe's work.
Aretha Franklin - The “Queen of Soul” and the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. A singer of great passion and control whose finest recordings define the term soul music in all its deep, expressive glory. Aretha Franklin was more than just a soulful singer. She was an icon. Her music career began during the civil rights movement in the 1960's, and over time the strength of her voice became matched only by the strength of voices everywhere in America. Ms. Franklin was a symbol of perseverance and power—female power, black power, human power. She was a beacon of hope and her hit song, “Respect,” remains a battle cry for freedom and equality to this day. You can watch her bring tears to Barack Obama's eyes in her modern rendition of a classic hit.
Maya Angelou - An acclaimed American poet, storyteller, activist, and autobiographer, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. Angelou had a huge career. Her list of talents include singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director. She is most known as a writer, editor, essayist, playwright, and poet. As a civil rights activist in the , Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. She was also an educator and served as the Reynolds professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She served on two presidential committees, for Gerald Ford in 1975 and for Jimmy Carter in 1977. In 2000, Angelou was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton. In 2010, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., by President Barack Obama. In fact, Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary degrees before her death.
W.E.B. Du Bois - An American sociologist, historian, author, editor, and civil rights activist who was the most important black protest leader in the United States during the first half of the 1900's. Well before Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. W.E.B. DuBois shared in the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909 and edited The Crisis, its magazine, from 1910 to 1934. His collection of essays The Souls of Black Folk (1903) is a landmark of African American literature.
It is also important to think about ChangeMakers presently- such as the Black Lives Matter movement and athletes such as Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem, both forms of protest to raise awareness of African Americans who have been marginalized and oppressed, due to the systematic racism in America. Here at ChangeMakers, we strive everyday to inspire students to find their voice through their strongest medium and use it to make visible and lasting change in their communities. Whether its at home, Vallejo, the Bay area, or here at school.
We invite you to join us for a Black History Month Share Out, where families may join their child in the classroom. The times are provided below!
1st-5th Grade: 11-12
6th-8th Grade: 8am-8:30am
Ms. Yilpet & Mrs. Weingarten
Dear CMA Families,
We are excited to celebrate upcoming Black History Month (Feb 1 - Mar 1st) with our students, staff, and families. We are asking for your participation in the following THREE ways:
Classroom teachers have sign-up sheets for times that you can participate in Black History Month in their classrooms.
Classroom teachers are opening their doors for families to view what they have been working on and studying for all of Black History Month!
Showcases will be held on the following days:
Lower School (TK-5th)
Friday, February 22, 2019
Middle School (6th-8th)
Friday, March 1, 2019
CMA staff are excited to learn directly from and listen to you about Black Culture and History! On Friday, February 22 we are asking for families to join ChangeMakers afternoon Professional Development for teachers and engage in food and conversation in a space for learning and trust! If you are interested in taking part, please sign up below!
As always, keep an eye out for other volunteer opportunities that will come up in the future! Thank you endlessly for your support!
Ms. Yilpet & Mrs. Weingarten
Dear CMA Families,
We are definitely in the thick of the second part of the school year. We are proud of the different things we have accomplished, but also want to push and challenge our students to grow in both their social emotional and academic development. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress! We hope to continue to partner with all of our families in this process by providing new workshops and meetings coming up in February to prepare everyone for success! See below to sign up and participate!
Ms. Yilpet and Mrs. Weingarten
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
All families are invited to join us for a night of learning about and understanding the SBAC! Want to know and understand the many acronyms involved with state testing? Interested in reviewing the different content areas being assessed? What about the types of questions and tasks on the test, or resources for your child?
SIGN UP BELOW, OR WITH THE FRONT OFFICE!
February 11, 2019
Teacher Work Day
February 18, 2019
Parents and families are invited to join us in a fun and in-depth workshop that focuses on STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math! More details to come! Mark your calendars though!
SIGN UP SHEET AVAILABLE SOON!