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FOR THE LOVE OF ANIMALS

They say you can always tell about a person by the way they put their hands on an animal. There are those who feed their animals first before sitting down to dinner. And then there’s C.A.R.A.– Compassion and Responsibility for Animals. A non-profit NGO made up of animal lovers dedicated in helping the plight of animals in the Philippines.

Formed in 2000 without government support and eking out from private donors, CARA aims ‘to make the Philippines an animal compassionate country.’ Especially the most domesticated ones, cats and dogs to which, oftentimes, man is more humanely related.

C.A.R.A. or CARA Welfare Philippines provides cheap sterilization, veterinary care, as well as pets recovery, rehabilitation and retrieval.

Essentially, it’s a life-giving advocacy in many ways.

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For the love of animals, the Childrens Ark Preparatory School sponsored a rap session as to our cherished pets, together with C.A.R.A’s senior volunteer educator, Mr. Eric Suguitan — a leading voice in animal-welfare concerns.

Mr. Suguitan opened up our kids to words like compassion and empathy for their furry, feathered, and finned friends.

The idea is to promote prevention of cruelty to animals and RESPECT to those who are different — with kindness.

The wisdom of the National PTA Congress states it very well: “Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind, and considerate in their relations to each other. Character training along these lines will result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more lawabiding, in every respect more valuable citizens.”

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Other CARA missions include providing veterinary consultations for low income pet owners through the CARA veterinary clinic; to promote Trap/Neuter/Return in barangays, villages and commercial establishments; to provide caring and responsible homes through our adoption program; to educate citizens about animal welfare and the stray animal population and; to promote no-kill pounds and shelters

For more information please visit CARA website.


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AMAZING WORLD OF SCIENCE

Science, a subject area that should be of central focus of early childhood educational program.

Young children are natural scientists. Much of what they do reflects what occurs in the real world of science. They observe, explore, experiment and figure out what make things in the physical world work.

Children have their own idea about how everything works just like a scientist has his own theories. They experiment. They gather data. And re-experiment.

Science not only widens young student’s area of knowledge, it also projects somewhat a way of being smart.

At the same time, children appreciate science because of its mysteries. There is fascination in secrets such as the human anatomy, the cosmos, or what’s beneath the oceans.

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For the Children’s Ark Preparatory School kids, the benefits are enormous.

In our AMAZING WORLD OF SCIENCE event, we engaged our students to a number of challenges involving science projects.

The goal is to tap their knowledge, resourcefulness, their skills in planning, formulation and problem-solving.

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The event provides an opportunity to feed their young intellectual curiosity and helps them acquire new ways of analyzing and understanding cause and effect.

Amazing World of Science is also an exploration aimed in discovering new interests that might lead to fascinating hobbies and scientific pursuits.

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Amazing Science Exhibit Champions

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Adrian Joseph Salim, 2016 TCAPS Amazing Scientist

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LINGGO NG WIKA 2016: PINOY KA, PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO

Ang “Buwan ng Wika” ay isa sa mga pinaka-aabangang kaganapan sa lahat ng mga paaralan, mapa-elementarya, sekondarya, at maging sa kolehiyo kada Agosto ng bawat taong-akademiko. Ayon sa Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF), ang tema ng pagdiriwang para sa taong kasalukuyan ay:

“Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran.”

Ayon sa Memorandum #24 s. 2016 ng Department of Education, maaaring gamitin ng mga paaralan ang mga sumusunod na sub-tema sa pag-oorganisa ng kanilang mga gawain:

1) Filipino: Wika ng Edukasyon at Kalinangan
2) Intektuwalisadong Wikang Pambansa, Wika ng Umuunlad na Bansa
3) Pagsasalin: Susi sa pagtamo at papapalaganap ng mga kaalaman at karunungan
4) Ang Filipino ay Wika ng Saliksik

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Sa paniniwala ng maraming tao, ang isang indikasyon ng pagka-intelihente ay ang pagiging mahusay sa wikang Ingles. At ang paggamit sa wikang Filipino ay kadalasang inihahambing naman sa pagiging makata.

Ang temang “Filipino: Wika ng Karunungan” ay direktang tumutugon sa maling persepsyon na ito. May mga sub-tema na tumatalakay ng wikang Filipino sa pagpapalaganap ng kaalaman at pananaliksik.

Ang pagsasalin ay upang mabigyang prayoridad ang pangangailangan na maipaalam ang nilalaman ng mga nasusulat sa wikang Ingles sa wikang Filipino para sa ikauunawa ng ordinarayong Pilipino.

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Sa pagdiriwang ng okasyong ito ang Children’s Ark Preparatory School ay nagsagawa ng sari-saring aktibidad, programa at mga pagtatanghal na angkop sa aming itinalagang slogan: “PINOY KA, PINOY AKO, PINOY TAYO.”

Ang mga pagtatanghal ay kinabibilangan ng mga mag-aaral na naghandog ng iba’t-ibang pagpapalabas ng sining at kulturang Pilipino tulad ng awit at sayaw, talumpati, at pagtatanghal ng mga katutubong kasuotan na nagpapakilala ng tunay na pagkakakilanlan nating mga PINOY.

Ang pagtatanghal ay itinuring na isang timpalak at ang mga napiling kalahok sa kani-kaniyang kategorya ay ginawaran ng sertipiko bilang pagpaparangal at pagkilala sa kanilang pagpupunyagi.

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ON CHILDREN AND TECHNOLOGY

It’s all about focus and distraction.

In its August article, ScienceDaily stressed the dangers of playing Pokemon Go being no different to the hazards of texting. The reality game — which is taking over the headlines around the world — encourages distractions on the move whereby causing accidents and, worse, injuries to players young and old.

Pokemon Go is just one of the many technological beguilements.

We already live in a world where people’s attention is perplexed by their computers, tablets and other mobile devices. It is most crucial now that we teach our kids to keep focus and be present where they are and mindful of their surroundings.

Technology — as parents all know — is both beneficial and costly to children. The question is, how to handle technology in the development of the young. Whether the Digital Age helps or hurts in the development of children depends on what particular technology is used, how it is being advantageous and the frequency it is used.

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Unfortunately, it seems, information and communication technology is getting more detrimental to children. The amount of time kids have spent on internet, social media, cell phones, even MP3 players, and most especially games, is increasingly more alarming than say, ten years ago.

Not only has technology replaced the good old physical games and imaginative plays. It also created a diminishing effect on the development of kids’ social skills, communal connection, rapport for others, and loss of fixed attention.

The Children’s Ark Preparatory School accentuates the importance of technology to our growing students and, at the same time, being a proponent in stressing the importance of physical fun games in the development of children. At TCAPS, we support the concept of imaginative plays to acquaint children with “life lessons,” social skills, integrity and honesty, and good learning experiences.


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NUTRITION MONTH CELEBRATION, 2016

This year’s National Nutrition Month was all about getting our kids to enjoy more fruit and vegetables every day. The campaign also focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat.

The Childrens Ark Preparatory School trains kids to develop a mindful eating pattern which includes nutritious and flavorful foods in order to savor the essence of eating right.

This occasion also highlights the great efforts of our school partners who are of big help in improving the health and wellness of our students.

TCAPS hooks up nutrition, physical activity and learning — because healthy kids learn better!

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RECITAL DAY: DEVELOPING CHILDREN’S MUSICAL CREATIVITY

Among the Childrens Ark Preparatory School’s mission is to improve our student’s creativity, learning, and their love for music and harmony. We believe that playing and performing music is fun and functional and it will help develop children’s skills which will be of use to them throughout their lives.

Just recently, the TCAPS gave our young students a chance to spread out their flair through a musical performance held at the Don Antonio Heights Homeowners’ Association Clubhouse.

It was a night of glitz and glamor. The audience were delighted to a variety of musical performances featuring the elementary kids dancing to Corbin Bleu’s “Push It To The Limit” and the pre-schoolers exhibiting their dancing skill to One Direction’s “Strong” and “Shake It Up” together with the all-girls chorale.

This was followed by the group’s inspiring rendition of Lea Salonga’s “I Am But A Small Voice” backed up by a lyre and guitar ensemble.

The gallery — consisting mostly of parents — regaled to an interpretative dance by the chorale and selected dancers to Peabo Bryson’s “A Whole New World.”

“Go The Distance” and “Reflection” was performed by the chorale, also accompanied by the lyre and guitar ensemble.

Our musical director, Coach Niño wowed the crowd with his magnificent rendering of an Eric Clapton hit “If I Could Change The World.”

The recital ends with a dance finale for all students featuring the High School Musical’s soundtrack “We’re All In This Together.”

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The opportunity to display one’s talent through the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a proud parent builds in a child a sense of pride and confidence.

There is always a time and a place for everyone to take the center stage.


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BONDING TIME AT TCAPS FAMILY DAY 2

On February 25, the Childrens Ark Preparatory School took the parents’ time off from this busy world and held the second Family Day at the DAHHA Clubhouse.

This is due to the school’s belief in the importance of taking a pause from life and spending precious time with the family.

It is so ironic how we work so hard everyday to provide our families with the basic necessities that sometimes we forget the most important thing we could provide them — time.

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At the TCAPS Family Day, bonding time with the family was spent meaningfully. We have programmed some special activities and fun projects in order for parents and children to interact with each other.

Children learn how to deal with issues just by watching and communicating with their parents. On the other hand, family bonding times are best opportunities for parents to show their children the expected behaviors inside the family circle.

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TCAPS believes that encouraging bonding time often molds children to have an easier time away from home.

Studies show that children who have closer ties with their parents don’t indulge much on today’s technologies or social media for parental attention. They have an easier time managing themselves when their folks are not around.

They are aware that they have a reasonable amount of their parents’ attention.

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The Childrens Ark Preparatory School motivates children to openly discuss to their parents how their deeds in school become a big contributing factor to their projects.

We encourage them to use their talents and their abilities to making the project important in their very own way.

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There is this wonderful feeling when children and parents feel they’re connected to a group or, when they are a team.

When they’re playing a game that requires input from everyone or when participation contributes to the success of the group, it increases family union. This creates adaptability in kids’ lives.

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Playing games together is an enjoyable way for the family to collaborate and keep in touch outside of the drudge of homeworks, tasks, or even household chores.

Along with this, it even relieves the stress and gives parents some relaxation.

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In today’s world, both parents and kids have become more involved in many different preoccupations or diversions. The traditional concept of what a family should be has faded away.

TCAPS makes it a point to keep the family well bonded and make sure it spend some quality time together.

We all have hustling schedules and fish to fry. But we can still at least stop and sit awhile to keep in touch, be together, and let each other feel there is love in the family.

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