The school and the Parents Association work together to provide a wide range of meaningful opportunities, from community service to parent education to practicing empathy, that deepen and enrich the experience of all of us at Curtis.

Adult Enrichment

The Parents Association Adult Enrichment Committee coordinates with the school administration to identify and invite to campus speakers on a variety of issues and topics of interest to parents and guardians, ranging from child development and early education to internet safety, health and equity and inclusivity.

Parents Group on Inclusivity

PGI offers parents and guardians a unique opportunity to focus on what we can do to teach our children how to value people—all aspects of people, including race, class, gender, religion, ability, and more. Through PGI, parents can openly share their stories, ideas, and experiences in an effort to support each other and the development of our children as 21st century global citizens, who utilize empathy, inquiry, and self-reflection as key skills to interact in the world.

Buds, Seedlings and Roots & Shoots Student Service Groups

Curtis parents and guardians guide students to undertake a number of service-oriented projects throughout the school year by coordinating two student groups that meet monthly during lunch recess: Seedlings for grades DK through 2 and Buds for grades 3 and 4. All parents and guardians are welcome to lend a helping hand at these meetings. Roots & Shoots for 5th and 6th grades puts students in the lead in choosing and organizing service activities with support from a faculty mentor. Some student service group projects have included: making blankets for Pet Orphans; collecting toys and making cards for Children's Hospital patients; making bookmarks to support the 2nd Grade Book Drive; engaging our community to support Big Sunday's Thanksgiving food drive and packing event; wrapping blankets for homeless youth who are clients of My Friend's Place, and much more.

Classroom-Based Service Learning

In addition to the lunchtime student service groups, Buds, Seedlings and Roots & Shoots, community service learning includes a number of grade-based efforts. Fourth Grade bakes a couple of hundred loaves of pumpkin bread for St. Joseph Center at Thanksgiving time. DK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade classes make brown bag lunches several times a year for homeless youth at My Friend's Place. Second Grade organizes a book drive and collects and sorts gently used books donated by our families to be delivered to schools or organizations within underserved communities. And 6th Grade visits St. Joseph Center several times a year to serve meals to patrons in the Bread 'N Roses Cafe and help out at the food pantry. Fourth grade's voluntary First Aid Brigade performs a unique service for our school, ensuring that all classrooms at Curtis have fully stocked first aid kits.

Breaking Bread, Mix It Up at Lunch and More

The work that is being undertaken by our faculty in the Faculty Inclusivity Group and our parents and guardians in the Parents Group on Inclusivity is complemented with our student lunchtime group "Breaking Bread," facilitated by a faculty member and our school psychologist. Breaking Bread creates a safe space for students to have conversations about issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusivity. "Mix It Up at  Lunch" and other activities borrowed fron the Teaching Tolerance anti-bias curriculum create opportunities for our students to build empathy and a more inclusive student community. Student Council conceived and coordinated a "Be the Friend Game Day," a fun afternoon of student-led conversation and games aimed at building camaraderie and inclusivity across the grades..

Go Global Week & International Lunch Day

Go Global Week is a spirited and much-loved annual tradition that engages students in learning about other peoples, countries and cultures with the goal of growing our children's cultural competency. Students experience performances of music and dance from around the world and participate in hands-on craft and art projects reflecting a variety of cultures. The week culminates with International Lunch Day when we celebrate the rich diversity of our own community with a delicious feast of dishes from every region of the world, lovingly prepared and served by our families.

Curtis Cares Community Service Day

A new tradition debuted in spring 2016 bringing our families, faculty and staff to campus on a weekend to focus on service projects benefiting local non-profit organizations. We rolled up our sleeves and had a lot of fun working together while helping others. Projects included filling backpacks with school supplies for School on Wheels, planting a butterfly garden for our Monarch Waystation, beautifying flower beds for our school, and packing baskets and boxes with items donated for our annual Families Helping Families partnership with One Voice.

Other Family Service Opportunities

In addition to our on-campus community service event, Curtis Cares Community Service Day, the Parents Association coordinates additional community service opportunities for our families throughout the year. The Family-Based Service Committee organizes our participation in Big Sunday's Thanksgiving Stuffing Event—a food drive and packing project that helps ensure that others in the local community will be able to celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious meal. Families Helping Families oversees a longstanding service tradition at Curtis that engages all our families to help Los Angeles families that are identified by the non-profit One Voice organization. Classes adopt a family and fulfill a list of items that their adopted family needs. The students look forward to decorating with stickers and brightly colored drawings the boxes that the items will be delivered in, and a special time is set aside for packing the boxes with lots of love and care.