December 5 – 10: Week 9/9
We Are Different. We Are Able.

We Are CAA – We are Learning, Performing, Creating, Contributing

1Register for free tickets to College of Adaptive Arts’ Annual Graduation Ceremony and Holiday Concert Choir on Saturday, December 10 at the Hammer Theatre: Keynote Speaker: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, 2-4pm followed by a hot cocoa reception in the lobby of the Hammer Theatre. 🙂

2Today Last Day Spanish Class: Today the Spanish class students will be meeting at Casa Vicky restaurant, 792 E. Julian St., San Jose, 95112 to order a late lunch/afternoon snack in Spanish! Cost: $8/student.  See DeAnna if transportation is neeeded. 

3Winter Quarter Course Schedule is Now Out.  There may be last minute updates/edits this week – watch for email updates.  Registration begins this Saturday for currently registered students.  Winter Quarter 2017 begins Monday, January 9, 2017.

4. Thank you Jill Escher of the Autism Society of San Francisco Bay Area for allowing College of Adaptive Arts to present their new lifelong educational opportunity model at their most informative and engaging conference this past Saturday. CAA salutes the noble work of outstanding community leaders helping to pave a brighter path for adults with autism and all differing abilities

5. 2 New Topics Added for Next Monday Evening’s Quarterly Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Monday, December 12, 6:30 – 8pm: Support Group for Aging Students/Complexities & How to Support/Offer a Class for adults with Asperger’s and/or high functioning autism. We need your input: please plan to attend – CAA site. 🙂

6San Jose Mercury News Wishbook Story is now live on the College of Adaptive Arts: Please consider sending a heartfelt thank you letter to Karen D’Souza and Dan Honda for exquistely capturing the essence of our small and growing college: San Jose Mercury News, 4 N. 2nd St. #800, San Jose, CA 95113.

7.  College of Adaptive Arts Marketing Video is Now Live on our website: A true and sincere thanks to Mountain Mover board member Shar Yorgey for spearheading this new video. <3

8. 2017 Quarter Date Schedule is now Available to give to service Coordinator at the San Andreas Regional Center.

9. Fall Tuition is Now Due: If paying on a payment plan, or if your student has taken more classes over the approved number from SARC, tuition is now due. Please look for an updated invoice from DeAnna this week. We’d like to have all past balances paid before Winter Quarter registration begins.

10. For all of those Jazz Lovers: Come out and support the amazing Marc Eaman in Touch of Brass Band – husband of our very own wonderful professional photographer, Linda Krakow Eaman:You’re invited to come and enjoy my big band, A Touch of Brass, performing a Xmas & Holiday music concert at Art Boutiki in downtown San Jose.
Well known as a comic book store, Art Boutiki also has a nice concert room in the back with great acoustics and a snack bar with burgers, hot dogs, hot sandwiches & mini pizzas along with sodas, beer, and wine. More info is attached in the flyer and you can RSVP here.
Where: Art Boutiki, 44 Race St., San Jose, CA Near the corner of the Alameda & Race St. with plenty of street parking
When: Thursday, December 8th at 8:00PM
Doors open at 7:30PM Cost: $15 at the door

11New Distance Learning Option: If you are a current or former student, and would like to try out a distance learning class, Skyping into class from the convenience of your home, please email DeAnna Pursai at for this coming Winter session beginning January 9, 2017. This opportunity for distance learning is possible thanks to a wonderful grant from the Adobe Foundation.

12Autism Society of San Francisco Bay Area is hosting a Dance-a-Thon next Saturday, April 15, and CAA School of Dance has been named one of its beneficiaries – A sincere a true thanks to the awesome community partners doing such inspiring work in the community!!:

13Winter Ball Formal hosted by the YMCA on Saturday, December 17Here’s the Flyer for Circulation/Invitations:)
Date: Saturday, December 17 Time: 4:00-7:00pm
Location: Central YMCA, Small Gym
Cost: Free
What to wear: Formal dresses or suits
What to expect: A fun night of dancing with a DJ, photo booth, and light snacks
Additional information: All who attend event will need to sign an event waiver at the door
Contact: LeAnn Carrillo (408) 351-6360
More information and a flyer coming soon.

14CAA van transportation may be available based on driver’s availability and if the student lives within the city limits of San Jose. $10 one-way; $20 round trip. Text or email DeAnna Pursai to make arrangements – or cell phone: 408-394-6816 – texting preferred.

15Congratulations to All 2016 College of Adaptive Arts Graduates!!
Undergraduate: Oliver Motiee, Ryan Brown Olson, Rachel Henderson, Kelsey Alley

Graduate Studies: Nathalie Montes De Oca. Jeana Marie Pizzo Maggio, Said Padellan, Tim Anderson, Alyssa Sanchez

Post Graduate Studies and Validictorian:
Renee Gonzales

16. New Updates from School of Communications Director, Danie Weaver: 

–NEW DATE: January 21 Team Building event at History Park from 11-2. Students must be accompanied by a caregiver. All Students council members past and present are invited to join us. More Details to follow.
–Communication Students: 
We are hosting a Showcase event on February 11Any Student who is currently taking a communication class this quarter. The communication classes are: Reading Partner, Poetry, Spanish and Cultural Studies, Reading and Writing Lab, Sign Language, Speaking With Confidence, Student Council Leadership. Any current students who would like to share something please Danie Weaver know, so she can work with them. All showcase piece just needs to be approved by Danie. There will also be class demonstrations as well.

17. In Case of an Emergency: CAA will be trying out our new safety communication portal called One Call Now, whereby you will receive a text/email/phone call in case of an emergency. During the first week of class, please make sure that your emergency contact information is up-to-date with the front desk. In case of an emergency where the cell phone coverage may be down, here are 3 contacts to reach out to: 

– Bev Prosser (Danie’s mother): 408-323-4951 – In southern CA
– CiCi Carlson (Pam’s mother): 408-892-2538 – In Arizona
– Jill Ellenberger (De’s mother): 260-824-3409 land line; 260-273-2480 – cell; In Indiana
, CAA site.

18Seeking Community Venues to Perform: We are also seeking new community venues to take our multiple theatre troupes out to perform and contribute their artistic creations to the community. We are seeking public schools, private schools, corporate lunch & learn meetings, day programs,and senior living centers. Please email DeAnna at for any leads you have. Our students are most “in their element” when they are connecting in the community and contributing their love of the arts, health, and wellness.

19. Updated Donation items – Always Sincerely Appreciated; Printer paper, pens dry erase markers, batteries all sizes, lined paper, pencils, tissues, paper pltes, cleaning wipes, plastic utensils.

20. Blog Submissions Requested: If you as a parent/careprovider are interested in submitting a blog piece about your experience with CAA, please email potential submissions to

21Amazon Smiles on College of Adaptive Arts: If you are doing online shopping at Amazon, CAA has an Amazon Smiles link – if your order through this link, a percentage of sales will go to CAA:

22Move the CAA Mountain through Social Media:

CAA Facebook,632 Likes
CAA Blog Post: Disability Brings Us Together by DeAnna Pursai

Facebook Presence:  8 Schools, Library, Walking Team & Student Council Hyperlinks:
College of Adaptive Arts School of Dance 
College of Adaptive Arts School of Art
College of Adaptive Arts School of TV/Film
College of Adaptive Arts School of Music
College of Adaptive Arts School of Theatre
College of Adaptive Arts School of Communications
College of Adaptive Arts School of Health & Wellness
College of Adaptive Arts School of Science & Technology
College of Adaptive Arts Library
College of Adaptive Arts Walking Team
College of Adaptive Arts Student Council

CAA Twitter: @CAACardinals
LinkedIn:College of Adaptive Arts

23Latest CAA Flyers for Reference/Downloading:
CAA Winter Quarter Schedule
2017 CAA Quarter Dates
CAA Fall Course Catalog

CAA June Newsletter
CAA 2016 Annual Report
CAA Frequently Requested Info for SARC
CAA Proclass Registration Instructions
New CAA Informational Flyer
CAA Community Performing Troupes Flyer
CAA In-kind Donation Form 2016
CAA Lunch & Learn Opportunity for Corporate Employees
CAA General Corporate Sponsor Flyer
CAA Mountain Movers Board Strategic Plan Summary 2016
Parent/Careprovider Policies Updated Jan. 2016
Parent Advosory Council Meeting Minutes June 2016
CAA Walking Club Waiver Release Form
CAA Networking Lounge Night Parent Invite
CAA Volunteer Application Form
CAA 2016 Student Scholarship Application Form
CAA Transportation Release Form

24. CAA Mission Moment:  A visitor came into the College this past week to get more information.  The observation was made, “Everyone looks like they want to be here” 🙂

Latest information updated in red:


  • Monday, December 5: Spanish class to hold its last class at Casa Vicky Restaurant, 792 Julian Ave., SJ 95112. 3-4 pm.
  • Monday, December 5: Community Performance, Heroes Outreach Dance Troupe & Cheer Squad, 9 – 10am, Della Maggiore
  • Wednesday, December 7: Community Performance, Heroes Outreach Dance Troupe & Cheer Squad, Hester Cluster
  • Thursday, December 8: 8pm, Art Boutiki, Touch of Brass Jazz Band, $15/ticket
  • Thursday December 8: Graduate Dance Clinic & Theatre Dance Recital, 6 – 7:30pm, culminating night of Theatre Stage Class
  • Friday, December 9: Last Day of Fall Quarter
  • Saturday, December 10: CAA Walking Club, Los Gatos, 8:30am
  • Saturday, December 10: CAA Graduation & Holiday Concert Choir, Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose, 2-4pm Keynote Speaker: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo Hot chocolate/cookie reception immediately following.
  • Monday, December 12: New Date/Time: Quarterly Parent Advisory Council Meeting, 6:30 – 8:00pm, CAA Site – We need everyone’s input as we continue to grow and reach out for new professors/staff to teach new topics. Please come and learn as well about our Strategic Plan to find a permanent home on a campus of higher education.
  • Monday, December 12: Professional Theatre Audition Workshop, 12-4pm, CAA Site
  • Monday, December 13: Professional Theatre Audition Workshop, Day 2, City Lights Theatre Company, 12-4pm
  • Tuesday, December 13: [Reschuled for Monday the 12th] Quarterly Parent Advisory Council Meeting, New topics: Forming a group to talk about Aging Student Complexities & a how to support/offer classes for high-functioning autistic/Asperger’s students.  Please come and lern as well about our Strategic Plan to find a permanent home on a campus of higher education.
  • Wednesday, December 14: Community Performance for Heroes Outreach Troupe & Children’s Music Sing Along Troupe, 10:45 & 11:45amChandler Tripp Special Needs Preschool.
  • Friday, December 16: Christmas in the Park Performance, 5pm, Cesar Chavez Plaza, downtown San Jose. including School of Dance: Cheer Squad, Graduate Dance, & Latizmo 😉
  • Saturday, December 17, 4-7pm, Winter Ball at the YMCA on the Alameda, Free & Open to All
  • Saturday, December 17: CAA Walking Club, Los Gatos, 8:30am
  • CAA Graduation Ceremony/Concert Choir Recital, Trinity Cathedral Church, 2-5pm
  • Monday, December 19: Nutcracker Performance by Graduate Dance Clinic at Brookdale Senior Living, 1-2pm
  • Saturday, December 24: CAA Walking Club, Los Gatos, 8:30am



  •  Monday, January 9: Start of Winter Quarter, 2017
  • Monday, January 16: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No CAA Classes
  • Saturday, January 21: [NEW DATE] CAA Student Council Team-Building Session, 11 – 2pm, History Park San Jose, detailed information forthcoming
  • Friday, January 27, Networking Lounge Night: Western Dance Night BBQ, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site


  • Saturday, February 11: CAA School of Communications Showcase Night, 7-9pm, Possibly Hammer Theatre or other Venue in Community
  • Monday, February 13 – Friday, February 17: Mid-Quarter Break [No CAA Classes]
  • Saturday, February 18: CAA Latizmo Troupe has been invited to come and perform at a Dance-a-Thon at Stanford – more detailed information forthcoming
  • Friday, Febuary 24: Networking Lounge Night: Valentine Italian Food Night, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site


  • Friday, March 17: Last Day of Winter Quarter
  • Friday, March 31: Networking Lounge Night: Pirate Movie Night Healthy Sandwiches, 7:15 – 9pm, CAA Site


  • Saturday, April 1 [NEW DATE]: CAA 2nd Annual Staff Showcase, 7:30pm, Hammer Theatre Center in downtown San Jose
  • Monday, April 3: First Day of Spring Quarter, 2017 
  • Saturday, April 15, 2-6pm, Cubberly Theatre, Palo Alto: Autism Society Dance-A-Thon for Autism: CAA School of Dance has been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the event – Thank you Autism Society!! 🙂
  • Sunday, April 23: sjDANCEco Festival, Santana Row, 10am.  Get ready School of Dance performers!!! 🙂
  • Sunday, April 23: 9th Annual Celebrating Differing Abilities Film Festival, 2-5pm, Bluelight Cinemas, Cupertino
  • Friday, April 28: Networking Lounge Night: Wii Tournament Appetizers, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site


  • Monday, May 8 – Friday, May 12: Mid Quarter Break [No CAA Classes]
  • Friday, May 12: CAA 1st Annual “Moving the Mountain” Breakfast, Scott’s Seafood, 7:45 – 9:15am
  • Friday, May 18: Networking Lounge Night: Movie Night Fingerfood, 7:15 – 9pm, CAA Site 


  • Friday, June 9: Last Day of Spring Quarter
  • Monday, Jun 12 – Wednesday, June 14, 1-4:30pm: Tentative Tech Week for Summer Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, Pioneer High School
  • Thursday, June 15: Musical Theatre Production, Bye-Bye Birdie, Pioneer High School (tentative schedule)
  • Friday, June 16: 2nd Night of Musical Theatre Production, Bye-Bye Birdie, Pioneer High School, 7:30pm (tentative schedule)
  • Friday, June 30: Networking Lounge Niht: CAA’s 7th Birthday & Burgers, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site


  • Monday, July 10: First Day of Summer Quarter
  • Friday, July 28: Networking Lounge Night: Hawaiian Night Picnic, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site


  • Monday, August 14 – Friday, August 18: Mid-Quarter Break [No CAA Classes]
  • Friday, August 25: Networking Lounge Night: CAA Summer Formal & Healthy Snacks, 7:15 – 9pm, CAA Site


  • Friday, September 15: Last Day of Summer Quarter
  • Friday, September 29: Networking Lounge Night: Rock and Roll Night American, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site


  • Monday, October 2: First Day of Fall Quarter
  • Friday, October 27: Networking Lounge Night: Halloween Bash/ Spooky Food, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site
  • Monday, October 30 – Friday, November 3: Mid-Quarter Break [No CAA Classes


  • Friday, November 17: Networking Lounge Night: Vegas Night Italian & Food, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site
  • Monday, November 20 – Friday, November 24: Thanksgiving Break [NO CAA CLASSES]


  • Friday, December 15: Last Day of Fall Quarter
  • Friday, December 15: Networking Lounge Night: Christmas/Cookies/ Snacks, 7:15 – 8:45pm, CAA Site