CAA's Weekly Updates



College of Adaptive Arts

Mid-Week Updates: ABC7 Sunday, March 10, 6:30 pm & Pizza Party Tuesday, 3/12 at City Hall
March 4 – 10: Week 8/9, Winter Quarter
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Be sure to tune in Sunday, March 10 at 6:30pm for ABC7’s Bay Area LIFE third of four segments in 2019 featuring the exqusitely AWESOME Professors & Staff of College of Adaptive Arts #CAA10YearsStrong #WeAreDifferentWeAreAble #SuccessfulContributingCitizens #BestCollegeEver #HungrytoLearn

Next Tuesday, March 12 College of Adaptive Arts will be receiving a City of San Jose Commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo & the San Jose City Council at 6pm. We have reserved a room at City Hall for a pizza party immediately after. Below are the details; email DeAnna to RSVP so we can get an accurate pizza count order placed:

Please arrive in Council Chambers by 5:50 PM. Feel free to park in the garage underneath City Hall, on Santa Clara and 6th Streets. Follow signs for Council Chambers and take the elevator to the 2nd floor – I will be there to greet the group. If ADA access is needed, attendees are welcome to enter Chambers on the first floor – just follow the long hallway down to the side entrance on the left. Parking validation will be available in Chambers.

As for the format of the event, the Mayor will give an introduction, ask Curtis to speak on behalf of the group, then present the group with the commendation for a group picture.
A sincere and awesome shout-out to CAA oldest student to date Bob Rahn, his sister Marilynn who is also a Professor in CAA’s School of Art, and Marilynn’s husband Bill Host who happens to be a wonderful Rotarian from the Morgan Hill location. All 3 signed up at $10/month recurring donors and received 3 super-cool red foam hands! We invite everyone to beomce a $10/month recurring donor in CAA’s 10th year of existence. Thank you so much for your tremendous support of this lifelong and equitable collegiate model of education.

* Spring Quarter Registration Now Open for Currently Enrolled Students! Here’s the Spring Quarter Schedule – registration is open to currently enrolled students onlu through Sunday, March 17. Spring Quarter begins Monday, April 1st.

This Sunday Evening, March 10: ABC7 Bay Area LIFE Segment 3/4 in 2019 debuts on the awesome Professors & Staff of College of Adaptive Arts, and their relentless dedication to the students and to growing this equitable collegiate model of lifelong education. Be sure to tune in! 🙂

* Thank you to the CAA Students and Parents who attended the Networking Lounge Night last Friday. Minutes attachedThese nights are designed to bring together the student body to meet and greet outside of class time, and to allow parents and careproviders to connect and share. CAA encourages everyone to come and give input on how to most strategically, impactfully, and mindfully grow this collegiate model of lifelong education.

Professor Jay Torres is on the lookout for a small, round gold Michael Kors earring that was left in the dance area. If everyone could be on the lookout to locate the earring, we’d be deeply obliged to you!

* Transforming Perception in the Community This Week:
Today, Monday, March 4: CAA Mindfulness Class to meet at the East West Bookstore in Mountain View, 3-4pm. 

Upcoming Exciting Events for Your Calendar from Director of School of Theatre, Katie Zeisl:

   Event 1: CAA Graduate Theatre Troupe Winter 2019 Traveling Preview Show :  Date, Time & Location: Saturday, March 16th at San Jose Museum of Art inside The Wendell Education Center with the actors dress rehearsal from 12:30 pm-2:00 pm, the performance from 2:30 pm-3:00 pm, and a  meet & greet in the San Jose Museum of Art Cafe following the show from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm.

   Event 2: CAA 10th Annual Celebrating Abilities Film Festival: Date, Time & Location: Saturday, April 6th at San Jose Museum of Art inside The Wendell Education Center from 12:00 pm-3:00 pm with a meet & greet following the event.

   Event 3: CAA Graduate Theatre Troupe Spring 2019 Show: Date, Time & Location: Monday, June 3rd at City Lights Theater Company with the actors dress rehearsal from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, the performance from 3:00 pm-3:30 pm and a reception in the City Lights Theater Company lobby from 3:30 pm-4:00 pm following the show.

College of Adaptive Arts to receive a City of San Jose Commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo. On Tuesday, March 12 at 6pm at City Hall, the College of Adaptive Arts student body have been invited to receive a City of San Jose Commendation bestowed by Mayor Sam Liccardo. We invite the entire community to attend and watch the student body receive this commendation. CAA student ambassador Curtis Kitaji will be giving the CAA address. Press Release Attached for Reference & Circulation.

Input Requested for Networking Lounge/Parent Education Nights for 2019:  Parent Volunteer Mary Pizzo is requesting input for topics for the parent education portion of CAA’s Quarterly Networking Lounge Nights, Parent Education Sessions, and Advsiory Council meetings. Input/feedback form link here – and you can email with topic ideas.

Digital Media Lab Welcomes New Patrons: The College of Adaptive Arts Digital Media Lab is now open to all students and community members to access and learn, thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club of San Jose Foundation.

Digital Media Lab Hours:
Tuesdays, 3-7pm
Thursdays, 3-6pm
Fridays, 3-7pm
CAA Seeks New Donors at the $10 monthly recurring level: If you’d like to sign up to be a recurring donor and help Move the Mountain for special needs adults hungry to continue learning and becoming successful contributing citizens, you can sign up here. CAA will send you a super-cool I Love CAA red foam hand that you can proudly show off on social media and hang on your wall or in your car.  #CAA10YearsStrong #WeAreDifferentWeAreAble #WeAreSanJose #SuccessfulContributingCitizens

Top Ten Lists:  Send your Favorite Top Ten Reasons you Love CAA

Weekly Tours happen each Friday from 1-2 when school is in session. Please plan to schedule a Weekly Tour of the College each Friday school is in session to learn more about this lifelong, equitable collegiate model for special needs adults.

[UPDATED] Donated Item always appreciated: Dixie Cups, Kcups of Coffee, Non-Latex Gloves, Flashlights, Dry erase markers. Snacks for the Staff, Paper towels, Paper plates, Tissues, Water bottles for staff, Printer Paper, Clorox wipes, Baby Wipes, Purell sanitizer

Labeling Items & Checking Lost & Found: It’s a wonderful idea to label all items brought to the site as more and more students are embracing this lifelong learning model.  Also, be sure to check the Lost and Found basket located in the corner of the lobby next to the merchandise shelves.

Looking Ahead on the CAA Calendar (Complete list on the Community Calendar of the CAA Website Homepage:
  • Sunday, March 17: Latizmo Dancers to perform with Latizmo Productions at San Jose Museum of Art, detailed information forthcoming
  • Friday, April 5: Cheer & Pound Fit Troupes invited to perform at the Cupertino De Oro Club, 1:30 – 2:30pm.
  • Sunday, April 28, Graduate Dancers & Latizmo Dream Team to perform at sjDANCEco Festival at Santana Row – details forthcoming.
  • Friday, May 3: Student Networking Lounge Night: Student Swap Meet & Showcase Night, + Parent Education Topic & Advisory Council Meeting, 7:15 – 9pm
  • Saturday, May 4: Children’s Music, Concert Choir & Adaptive Guitar Troupes to perform at the Delta Kappa Gamma Women’s Education Sorority State Convention, 5:30pm, Burlingame – detailed information forthcoming.
  • Monday, May 13: CAA Giving Luncheon at Scott’s Seafood, 11:30 – 12:55pm.
  • Friday, August 9: Student Networking Lounge Night: Karoke, + Parent Education Topic & Advisory Council Meeting, 7:15 – 9pm
  • Thursday, October 10:  CAA 10 Year Celebration Gala, Saratoga Springs, 5 – 10:10pm
  • Friday, November 1: Student Networking Lounge Night: Open Mic Night, + Parent Education Topic & Advisory Council Meeting, 7:15 – 9pm


CAA would like to sincerely honor and salute repeat donor and golf George Gugales for believing in this equitable, lifelong collegiate model of education for adults who historically have not had access to higher education.

#CollegeofAdaptiveArts Mission Moment: 

A stoic and serious student who does not smile too much was approached with week by one of the CAA Professors. She declared, “You know, you get extra credit if you smile. The student proceeded to produce a broad and wide grin from ear to ear.” This student most definitely got extra credit and an A+ for the day!
Showcasing Student Artistic Creations: 

Here’s a photo of a collaborative Theatre Warm-up

These are wonderful and exquisite kites created by students in the 3-D sculpture class which will be props in an upcoming theatre production by the CAA graduate theatre students.  


This Week at CAA

  • Monday, March 4: Mindfulness Class to attend a field trip to East West Bookstore in Mountain View, 3-4pm.
  • Friday, March 8: CAA Weekly Tour, 1-2pm, CAA Site
  • Saturday, March 9: CAA Walking Team Weekly Meetup, 8:30am – 9:30am – email for specific weekly location