Curley After School Program (CASP)

Katie Grassa, Principal
Torri Canada, Executive Director

Words from the Executive Director

CASP, since its inception in September 2010 has provided many opportunities for our Curley students and families. Our mission is to provide enrichment and academic opportunities for the entire Curley community. In CASP, we believe each child counts. We have a diverse population of students from K1 to Grade 8 who attend CASP daily. We provide a healthy meal each day to our students. The participation from our own Curley community has been phenomenal. Our own teachers teach instruction to our students in many categories, such as dance, music, art, science, sports and recreation, home economics, and various languages. We have wonderful parents who volunteer to teach students instruction such as Chess, Japanese, and Photoshop. We are very fortunate to have community organizations and universities come into our after school program who are passionate about teaching our children.

Clearly, the more we can expose our children to interesting and exciting enrichment activities, the better. It is critical to build that interest and excitement at a young age.

— Torri Canada


Applications and Tuition Information For After School Program

CASP will have 2 components, Lower/Elementary CASP and Upper/Middle CASP during the 2013/14 school year:

If you have questions, please contact our Executive Director, Torri Canada, at tcanada@bostonpublicschools.org or (617) 777-9330. Para espanol por favor comuniquese con la Sra. Cruz al 774-381-0732 o a su red informativa lcruzortiz@boston.k12.ma.us.


Do you need a Before School Program?

The Curley After School Program (CASP) is offering a before school program for Curley students in grades K-8. The cost of the program is $5 per day per student. There is a registration fee of $25. This registration fee is waived for existing CASP students.

The program’s hours are 7:20am to 8:20am Monday through Friday. Activities include arts and crafts, jumbo and puzzle worksheets, reading, homework, yoga, and sports with Mr. Righini (Mr.R). A daily drop in service is available for your convenience at a cost of $6 per day, per child. Payments can be made in advance. If you think that this program is something that you are interested in please fill out the form below:

For your convenience, the application is also available in the upper and lower school main offices, and the Parent Center.

El programa de horario despues de horas de la escuela Curley (CASP) esta considerando ofrecer un programa antes de las horas de escuela para los estudiantes de
grados k-8 de la escuela Curley. El costo del programa es de $5.00 por dia. El horario del programa es de 7:20 a.m. a 8:20 a.m. de Lunes a Viernes. Las actividades
incluidas en el mismo son artes manuales, rompe cabezas, trabajos en hojas sueltas y lectura Deportes con el senor Righini.

Los pagos necesitan hacerse mensualmente antes de que el mes comienze. Si usted cree estar interesado/a en este programa, favor de completer esta forma:


CASP Summer Program – 2014

The Curley After School Program is proud to announce the expansion of CASP into the summer.   The summer program will be held at the Hennigan Elementary  School.   We are excited to offer  a 5 week program for this summer.

  • First week:  July 7th – 11th
  • Second week:  July 14th – 18th
  • Third week:  July 21st – 25th
  • Forth week:  July 28th – Aug. 1st
  • Fifth week:  Aug. 4th – 8th

Participants may attend all five sessions or choose which weeks to attend.  Curley students as well as students from other schools are encouraged to join.  The hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:00pm.  There will be many activities for the children to engage in.

For additional information you can contact Torri Canada, the CASP Program Director at 617-777-9330 or at tcanada@bostonpublicschools.org . Spanish speakers please contact Ms. Cruz at 774-381-0732 or lcruzortiz@bostonpublicschools.org .

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Programa de Verano – 2014

Es un gran orgullo informarle que el programa de verano de la Escuela Curley anuncia la expansion del programa de verano este ano.  El programa de verano se llevara a cabo en la Escuela Elemental Hennigan.  Es de nuestro gran exito el ofrecerle un programa de verano de 5 semanas.

  • Primera Semana – Julio 7 – 11
  • Segunda Semana – Julio 14-18
  • Tercera Semana – Julio 21 -25
  • Cuarta Semana – Julio 28-Agosto 1
  • Quinta Semana – Agosto 4 -8

Los participantes deben asistir las cinco secciones o escoger el periodo de semanas que van a asistir.  Estusdiantes de la Escuela Curley y otras escuelas estan invitados a asistir.

Los dias y las horas son de Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.. Habran muchas actividades en las cuales los participantes estaran envueltos.

Para informacion adicional se pueden comunicar con Tori Canada, Directora del Programa CASP o a la red informativa toricanada@bostonpublicschool.org.  Para espanol por favor comuniquese con la Sra. Cruz al 774-381-0732 o lcruzortiz@bostonpublicschool.org


CASP Overview

The Curley After School Program, located in the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain, is a full service after school program currently serving the needs of over 60 students.
Our program runs from 2:30pm – 6:00pm Monday thru Friday during the regular school year. Our schedule includes four 45-minute blocks per day for each grade. We
provide academic support through homework help and one on one tutoring, as well as a number of enrichment activities, which will be detailed below. We
are currently serving students in Grades K1-Grade 8.


A typical day for our students

  • Students are escorted from their classrooms to a designated meeting point within the building where they are met by afterschool program staff.
  • A wholesome meal consisting of fruit juice, a sandwich, and a variety of crackers, yogurt, cheese sticks, and fruit cups are provided to students. Children are allowed time to consume their snack and socialize appropriately before the homework segment of the program begins.
  • There is at least 45 minutes dedicated to homework each day. During this time, students may seek assistance from their peers and their after school instructor.
  • After the homework session has passed, students are moved into structured classes. Classes for activities and enrichment are offered on different days so students may participate in more than one activity.

Our Activities Menu

Lower/Elementary CASP

Dance
Each student in grades K1-grade 5 participates in 45 minutes of dance instruction each day, Monday thru Friday. Movement Education is an integral part of students learning. Students participate in dance, games, and gymnastics while learning about other subjects, as it is an integrated curriculum. The children learn through the kinesthetic domain. They will learn to appreciate physical activity as they build self-esteem by working in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Movement Education will provide opportunities for all children to succeed as they learn about themselves and other students as movers, and become more versatile and skillful dancers. This class is taught by a well known Professional Dancer. Mr. Crowe has instructed Dance in CASP since 2010.

Curley School Band
Each student in grades 4–5 participates in 45 minutes of band per week. Students may select their instrument of choice to play with approval from parents. This class is taught by our own Curley Music Teacher, Mr. Gates. Volunteer musicians from Berklee School of Music also instruct the students.

Community
Each student in grades 2-5 participates in 45 minutes of community per week. Community includes providing community service within the Curley School. Students

Sports/Recreational Activities
Each student in grades K-grade 5 participates for 45 minutes in recreational activities each day with our own elementary school gym teacher, Mr. Righini. Sports programs and outdoor recreation will include football, basketball, soccer, tennis, archery, and more. Each student will demonstrate an understanding of fair play, following rules and teamwork during game play and skill activities.

Languages
Each student in grades K-grade 5 participates for 45 minutes in a language (e.g., Spanish/Chinese).

Special Activities
Each student in grades K1-grade 5 participates for 45 minutes in a special activity. Students themselves choose from a list of activities called CASP themes. The activity of choice will be the theme for each particular week. Choices include healthy eating, hygiene, legos, favorite books, movies, arts & crafts, drawing, writing and reading poetry.

Home Economics
Each student in grades K1-grade 5 participates for 45 minutes twice a week in activities include fundraising, cooking, etiquette/learning good manners, banking, meteorology, voting, take it apart and fix it, crocheting/knitting, gimp, sewing, and paper dolls. This class is taught by our own Curley Paraprofessional, Arleta Faulkner.

Stilt Walking
The average 8-11 year old student can learn to walk on their own, without spotters, after 3 classes (some can do it after 1 class). The goal is to participate in a parade of performance. The 5-7 year olds can vary greatly in ability and can take up to 10 classes to get to the point of walking without a spotter. Classes will be instructed by Spontaneous Celebrations.

Painting Project
Students in grades K1-grade 5 will design and paint a canvas approx. 4’x5’. Students will be guided along the steps of designing preparing canvas and painting of canvas of which image will reflect youth education and recreation. Our own Curley Art Teacher Mr. Cardosa, will be painting and providing instruction.

Strong Women, Strong Girls (Spontaneous Celebrations)
Girls in grades 3- grades 5 will participate in 45 minutes of Strong Women, Strong Girls. The “Fab” Factor, works with girls of all ages and abilities in community based settings. The “Fab” Factor curriculum is designed around four learning modules that include Leadership, Science, Health and Fitness, Financial Literacy and Career Development. Each session will last for 1 hour and is designed to be flexible and adaptable to serve girls of all abilities. This program is sponsored by Boston College.

Yoga
Students in grades K1-grade 5 will participate in a structured “Yoga Class”. With guidance and technique, structure and discipline, movement can become Art.

Structured Play
All students will be allowed to play on the playground based on flexibility of activities within the program.

Sailing on Jamaica Pond
CASP and Courageous Sailing once again have teamed up to offer Curley students sailing courses on the Jamaica Pond. Sailors begin each session with a “chalk talk”. They also learn the parts of the sailboat and how they are used. Students also sail on Jamaica Pond. This is a 6 to 8 week course that meets twice a week. Our own Curley Pace Teacher, Mr. Vasile, will be instructing this class.

Future Inventors, Engineers, and Scientists
This program from Northeastern University will expose youth to the design process through fun, hands on activities to ensure students continue their exploration of science, math, and engineering.

Tenacity
Students in grades 4-5 will learn to play tennis which will encourage positive behavior, and develop physical fitness and tennis skills necessary to be a lifelong player.

Golden Lion Tae Kwon Do
Students in grades 3- 5 will learn the skills of Martial Arts. The class rules and regulations are established to guide students towards the achievement of our common goal: “Developing discipline by training the mind and body and cultivate the spirit through meditation”. Our own Curley Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Depalm will be providing instruction.

Upper/Middle CASP

Sports, Enrichment, Academics = Sea of Success

Sports

Sports programs and outdoor recreation will include football, basketball, soccer, tennis and more with our CASP sports Director Mr. Righini.

Squash Busters
SquashBusters is a sports‐based after‐school youth enrichment program located in Boston and Lawrence, Massachusetts. We use the sport of squash, in combination with academic enrichment / homework tutoring, community service, school counseling and placement, and summer opportunities to improve the lives of Boston and Lawrence youth. SquashBusters has served more than 500 young people since its 1996 inception. SquashBusters aims to ensure that all its students graduate from high school, and matriculate to and graduate from college. By doing so, its students grow to become healthy, civic­‐minded, educated adults. We transform the lives of our students and the communities in which they live.

Sole Train: Boston Runs Together
A program of TrinityBoston Foundation, is a free, non-competitive running and mentoring program for Boston youth. The aim is to inspire the city’s youth to realize their potential and accomplish goals they never thought possible as they train for and complete a half marathon. They focus on building a safe, supportive and inclusive community and encouraging and fostering self-confidence, perserverance, and responsibility by achieving personal and collective goals.

Tenacity
Students in grades 6-8 will be offered a 3 year Middle School Academy (MSA) that includes individualized and small group literacy instruction, tennis instruction, life skills development and family engagement activities.

Enrichment

Golden Lion Tae Kwon Do
Students in grades 6-8 will learn the skills of martial arts. The class rules and regulations are established to guide students towards the achievement of our common goal: “Developing discipline by training the mind and body and cultivate the spirit through meditation”. Our own physical education teacher will be providing instruction.

Curley School Band
Each student in grades 6-8 participates in 45 minutes of band per week. Students may select their instrument of choice to play with approval from parents. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will be able to participate in CASP with structured guidance from the music instructor.

Sailing on Jamaica Pond
CASP and Courageous Sailing once again have teamed up to offer Curley students sailing courses on the Jamaica Pond. Sailors begin each session with a “chalk talk”. They also learn the parts of the sailboat and how they are used. Students also sail on Jamaica Pond. This is a 6 to 8 week course that meets twice a week.

Yoga
Students in grades grades 6-8 will participate in a structured “Yoga Class”. With guidance and technique, structure and discipline, movement can become Art.

Spanish
Students in grade 6-8 will learn Spanish as a second language. Students will be able to learn basics of the Language such as, “good morning” etc.

Sociedad Latina
Students will engage intensively with Sociedad Latina through our comprehensive array of daily programming designed to build skills in four areas, identified by our constituents as those most in need of support: Education, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Arts & Culture. Programs promote long term engagement and positive relationships with adults, providing youth at-­‐risk with a vast network of support that enables them to grow into confident, competent, successful and self-­sustaining adults.

Academics

There is at least 45 minutes dedicated to homework each day. During this time, students may seek assistance from their peers and their after school instructor.

Math Power
Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will include a free academic component, Math Power for math tutoring.

Our activity menu is subject to change based on seasons and availability of instructors and students selected choices of activities provided.


Our Academic and Business Partners

  • Dance (Movers Group)
  • Spontaneous Celebrations
  • Northeastern University, Center for STEM Education
  • Courageous Sailing
  • Community Music Center of Boston
  • Berklee School of Music
  • Child Care Center of Boston
  • Tenacity
  • Sociedad Latina
  • Trinity Boston Foundation
  • Boston College

About our Staff

Torri Canada (Executive Director of CASP)
Ms. Canada was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Randolph. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Northeastern University. She is a natural entrepreneur and a community leader, with a passion for children, education, music, arts and community organization. In her career Ms. Canada has worked in large corporations including Digital Equipment Corp. as a Financial Analyst and later Relocation Finance Manager. Ms. Canada was the owner of a family Business/Corporate officer for the M&M Jazz club, Inc. in Dorchester, providing a safe and fun environment for the community to come listen to music and provided a venue for musicians to showcase their talent. She currently works during the day at the Curley K-8 School with special needs students and parents helping them to achieve their educational goals in society.

Maria Navarro (Paraprofessional)
Mrs. Navarro is a native of Puerto Rico now living in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been working for Boston Public Schools for 14 years. She worked at the Washington Irving Middle School as a behavior specialist, the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot K-8 working with pre-school children, and is presently working at the Curley K-8 School as a paraprofessional in the Autistic Program. Mrs. Navarro speaks Spanish fluently and continues to use her translating skills assisting Spanish families when necessary.

Arleta Faulkner (Paraprofessional)
Mrs. Faulkner is a native Wampanoag Tribe of Cape Cod now living in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been working for Boston Public Schools for 13 years. She hasworked at Hyde Park High as a one to one paraprofessional for a wheelchair bound student within a multi-handicapped program. Mrs. Faulkner also worked at the David A. Ellis, and Murphy Middle School K-8. She supervised a work program for disabled high school students in Quincy at the Work Inc. Program. She is presently working at the Curley K -8 School as a paraprofessional in the Pace Program. Mrs. Faulkner currently holds the position as Union Bldg. Rep. at the Curley for the Boston Teachers Union. Ms. Faulkner has recently been elected as a member of the Paraprofessional Council Board at the Boston Teacher’s Union.

Blanca Pereira (Paraprofessional)
Mrs. Pereira is a native of Honduras now living in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been working for the Boston Public Schools for 12 years. She has worked at the Washington Irving Middle School, and is presently working as at the Curley K-8 as a paraprofessional in the Autistic Program. Mrs. Pereira speaks Spanish fluently and continues to use her translating skills assisting Spanish families when necessary.

Mark Righini (Physical Education Teacher)
Mr. Righini lives in Weymouth with his wife Karen and 2 sons, Steven and James. He has been a Physical Education teacher for 20 years and has worked for the CASP program for 3 years. His interests are music, movies, and sports.

Leyda Cruz-Ortiz (Paraprofessional)
Ms. Cruz is a native of Puerto Rico. She has been working for Boston Public Schools for 26 years. She is presently working at the Curley K-8 school as a paraprofessional in Special Education Program. Ms. Cruz provides Spanish translation for all types of documents, such as CASP forms, letters to Curley Parents, etc. Ms. Cruz has proven her dedication to the children of CASP for 3 years since its inception.