Monday Message for December 16, 2019

Message from the Director


Dear Families,

We have been so busy since returning from Fall Break!

Ms. Tanya’s workshop demonstrated the writing stamina and artistic talents through their Illuminated Journals project.

Our basketball team spent some time out on the court sharpening their skills.

We have learners prepping their pieces for the first-ever Winter Gala.

Please join us this week is our Giving Celebration and Bingo Night!

We’re so proud of all of your beautiful work!

With gratitude,

Malaka Donovan

Upcoming Events


12/19: Giving Celebration, 4-6 p.m.

12/19: Bingo Night, 5-7 p.m.

12/20: End of 1st Semester

12/21: Art Club Fundraiser at Panda Express (840 W. Ave. L, Lancaster), all day

12/23 – 1/13: Winter Break

1/23: Picture Retakes

1/23: 1st Annual Winter Gala 

Thank You for Attending Our Illuminated Journals POL!


Thank you for coming out to our POL! 

Our learners have been diligently working on increasing their writing stamina through a variety of creative journal prompts. In addition, learners have been exploring artistic techniques and styles to express themselves through an acrylic paint medium. On Friday, they shared all about their writing journey and showed their final art pieces. We are so proud of each and every one of them!

This Thursday: Bingo Night!

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Come support our Cheer Squad to raise money for the cheer uniforms this Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bingo cards are only $1, so get your cards early!

Annual Giving Celebration This Thursday!


Come join us Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for our annual Giving Celebration! CHP has been working with Toys for Tots to help provide a holiday celebration for our Empowered Families. In addition, we will having a gift-wrapping station and hot cocoa station, and anyone can come take their photo with Santa! Hope to see you there!

Panda Express Fundraiser for Art Club: December 21

Panda Flyer

Winter Gala: January 23

Winter Gala

The Art Club is holding a Winter Gala in January 2020. The Winter Gala will be a formal dinner in which community members will learn about our school and purchase art created by learners. Learners will receive 100% of the profit generated by their art.

Call for Artists!

In order to have their art selected for the gala, learners must create a portfolio which includes all the steps listed below. Each step will be a tab in the portfolio with appropriate documentation.

  • Submit an Intent to Participate Form to Ms. Jeanette. When you submit this, Ms. Jeanette will follow up with you, help you plan, and hold you accountable.
  • Choose a Theme! Use this form to decide on a theme and what you will be expressing through your art.
  • Sketch It Out! Make three to five sketches of ideas. Next to each sketch, write a few thoughts, a few ideas for improvement, the size of your planned piece, and the medium (paint, pencil, crayon, ink, etc.) you want to create it in. Make sure to incorporate some of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
  • Create a Prototype! Make a three-inch scale drawing of your best sketch. Please use full color in your medium in this prototype. For info on scale drawings, click here
  • Reflect! Ask someone to give you honest feedback via this form, then use these questions to reflect on how you will improve before your final product.
  • Budget! Use this spreadsheet to create a budget for supplies. Consider how much of each item you will need and where it will be best to buy from.
  • Purchase Supplies! You may purchase supplies with your own funds or with a loan from someone. If someone (parents, Art Club, etc.) offers you a loan, the cost will be deducted from the final purchase price of your piece so that you may pay them back. Document your loan here.
  • Fundraise! Art Club will hold two fundraisers to help pay for supplies. You must participate in at least one to earn a portion of the funds. Funds raised will not have to be paid back and will be distributed evenly among participants. Sign up for fundraisers here.
  • Create! Begin work on your masterpiece. Your final piece must have a minimum of five hours invested in it. Log your creative process in a series of photographs and blurbs in the form or on a Google Site.
  • Price It! Create a starting bid for your piece using this form. The form takes into account things like time, supplies, and level of training.

Explain! Create a rough draft of the title and explanation of your piece. The final title and explanation will be displayed next to your piece at the gala. This is your opportunity to express yourself to the audience and display your knowledge. For complete expectations of the explanation, click here.

Picture Retakes: January 23

Picture Retakes

Free Fundraising! Link Your Ralphs Rewards Card to Empower Generations


Empower Generations is active in the Ralphs Community Rewards program. Please link your rewards card to Empower Generations. The more you shop with Ralphs with your rewards card, the more money Empower Generations will earn!

New enrollments are accepted at any time during the year. 


If you have any questions, please email or visit Ralphs.

Thank you for being such an important part of our community!


iLEAD Student Aerospace Project: Science Accelerator Mission 2019-20


“What are the products and innovations necessary to develop in order to survive, flourish and sustain life away from our home planet?”

Learners have the opportunity to work in virtual teams with youth from all over the world to answer that question in their own unique way. All iLEAD learners in grades 8-12 have the opportunity to participate in this free virtual, international science club at no cost. Sign-ups due December 20. 

Empowered Babies


Driving Question: How can we use our senses to explore, learn, and grow while we play?

We will continue exploring the different types of play with our babies in addition to a new writing project in our Advisory. 

Empowered Families Need Donations


Donated items keeps our curriculum fresh and innovative. 

Current needs include:

  • Different-colored sheer fabric
  • Sandpaper 
  • Tape (duct, painter’s, masking, scotch); we’re open to colored or patterned, too
  • Sprinkles
  • Glycerin
  • Baby oil 
  • Rice 
  • Craft pom-poms
  • Whisk 
  • Ribbon