January Newsletter

After School All Stars | Bay Area News Letter
January, 2018


Ringing in the New Year with a Strong Start!

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited.”Plutarch

“In education, it isn't how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know and it's knowing how to use the information you get.”William Feather

Fall Showcase 


The students at Claremont love working with Ms. Kate as they explore various mediums in class to express their creative spirit. They’ve now created beautiful projects using techniques such as marbling, stenciling, quilting, and printmaking amongst various others. Some students who have taken this class are inspired to pursue the arts as a passion and career now, other students simply love it as a way for them to express themselves in a safe space. The ProArts program at Claremont would definitely be considered a student favorite.

Permaculture Class


Fall session in the Claremont and RCP Permaculture classes yielded a fruitful and fun first session as students learned how to plant seedlings, tend to all the flowers and plants in their thriving community garden, harvest the vegetable and fruits produced and even learned how to make natural dyes for handmade yarn dreamcatchers. Claremont students also created beautification plans for their garden community to improve its infrastructure. Together, collaborating with their program leaders, Ms. Alexa and Ms. Zia, the students helped create a safe and nurturing learning environment for themselves and each other at their different school sites.

“At first I liked this class because we got to be outdoors and help the garden, but I’ve learned that Permaculture is a lifestyle.”—Emiliano


“Permaculture has helped me learn how to live a more responsible life.”—Erika


When you take care of your own garden and make things from what you’ve planted like food or salves or rose water spray, you feel like a friend of the environment and not an enemy.—Bijou


Science Class


The Richmond College Prep 4th and 5th graders got to participate in Mr. Jiminez’s awesome science class where they learned everything from how to make homemade slime, to which types of insects help the soil become rich and fertile, to how to make an electronic art creating marker, to just name a few of their projects. Every class session was filled with smiles and laughter as Mr. Jiminez guided the students through independent and collaborative projects where they explored both the natural world and how machines worked.


“What I liked most about science class is that we could do a bunch of projects and we could do so much more than just one thing.”—Nina


“I like science class because we learned a lot about science and living things, and got to work on cool experiments.”—Gerardo


“I like science class because you could make new friends, express yourself, 
and it’s fun!”


YBCA Field Trip


Claremont Middle School students had the privilege of attending a docent-led tour of the Space Brainz exhibit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Our All-Stars eagerly learned about how the local Newark, New Jersey government and urban planners collaborated with their community, including soliciting the help and creative powers of grade school students in the district, to help create a better, more environmentally sustainable city model. The Claremont All-Stars got to explore the amazing and colorful exhibit, asked lots of good questions, and participated in a powerful discussion on what they want to do themselves to beautify their own communities back home.

Exploratorium Field Trip


Students at Claremont Middle visited the Exploratorium through their art and makerspace classes, and had a fun day exploring all the various interactive exhibits, learning so much about how the world worked around them.

Program Leaders, THANK YOU!


We would love to give a great big thank you and shoutout to all our amazing Program Leaders who have worked tirelessly the past 13 weeks, in supporting, teaching, and guiding our awesome middle school students through their exploration and growth, navigating through their various enrichment classes, and building a solid foundation of STEAM skills to draw from. Without you, our program of excellence and joy would not be able to happen.

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