Central Park East II

Week of May 2, 2016

Reminder: Friday, May 13 - Early Dismissal (11:30) for Staff Professional Development


CPE2 EMPATHY-BUILDING PARENT GROUP starting May 6, 8:30-9:45am (meeting every other week)

Come see if this group is right for you. We will support CPE2 in the exciting empathy-building work they are doing in our children's classrooms. Our group will use the framework provided by the authors of the best-selling books: How to Talk so Your Kids Will Listen, and Listen so Your Kids Will Talk and Siblings Without Rivalry; and we will also do non-violent communication exercises created by Marshall Rosenberg. The goal is to build more empathy (and empathy games) in our own families to decrease difficult dynamics with our children and increase positive and cooperative relationships among everyone. Contact Jessie Klein for more information: klein@adelphi.edu or ccc@creatingcompassionatecommunities.com

Please email Jessica at email above if you plan to come to the first session of our group, Friday May 6 at 8:30 am.

Support YOUR Parents Association - Attend the PA meeting - Become a PA leader

We need you!

Parental involvement is part of what makes CPE 2 such a great school, and serving on the PA is a great way to build community and to work on projects that make our school an even better place! Parents who are elected to these positions will serve one year terms beginning July 1st, 2016

The next PA meeting is Wednesday, May 11 at 6PM. Dinner and child care will be provided. Please RSVP at: https://drive.google.com/open?id=103PJDXtRtvfjj0mfUW11m6I_8-9dFOzZ6NHy--wDI8A

Currently accepting nominations for:

2 Co-Presidents [Note: Co-Presidents must run as a slate.]

1 Recording Secretary

1 Treasurer

1 Vice President

1 Vice President of Parent Services

1 Vice President of Communications

Email the nominating committee if you are interested.

Carla Bellamy carlabellamy@gmail.com

Elizabeth Cohen doctorcbt@gmail.com

Allison McDermott allimac1@gmail.com

Our team of young citizen scientists - learning to make a difference.

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Field science is an integral part of the CPE2 middle school experience. Not only is our student data being collected and analyzed by our students and the NY Harbor Project, but our oyster restoration station also offers hands-on application and practice with the scientific principles we explore further in class. For example, at the restoration station, we test the East River for pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, turbidity and fecal coliform bacteria. In class, we study the causes and effects of these different conditions of the water, often conducting further experiments and labs to develop and refine understanding. Our restoration station also gives our students an authentic, powerful example of citizens taking ownership for our city's water quality. It makes the discussions and work around our engineering sustainability software Visionmaker all the more urgent and rooted in the real world we inhabit --as opposed to some far flung science fiction. By creating a team of young citizen scientists, we foster in our kids the skills and practice to engineer and manage a sustainable city into the future. Cheer us on as members of the 6th grade present CPE2 sustainability visions at the City-Wide Visionmaker Fair at the Bronx Zoo on May 9th!

The BioBus is coming to CPE II

All students in grades 2 - 6 will have the opportunity to visit the BioBus on May 5th or 6th. The BioBus research grade mobile science lab (a refurbished partially solar- and biofuel-powered 1974 transit bus with over $100,000 of microscopes) and the BioBase research grade community science lab give 30,000 students annually the chance to feel the excitement of making a scientific discovery. Through our STEM programs taught by PhD and Masters-level scientists, we help to generate interest among and empower New York City youth to create the next generation of scientists. Go to http://www.biobus.org/about/ for more

Celebrating 35 Years of Progressive Education at CPE II

Parents at CPE II have the opportunity to see and hear about what is happening in their own child's classroom. On Wednesday, June 8th, however, parents will be able to walk through the rooms and halls of our school to get a broader view of what happens in our school. Starting in the late afternoon (exact details are forming) you will be able to walk through our classrooms and see a variety of student work. Middle School students and their work will be too. The walk-around will take place from 4:30 to 6. The evening will culminate in a dinner at 6PM. Please save the date.

Hopes and Dreams for Parents

Every year we hold a Hopes and Dreams for CPE II Parents. Save the date: May 20th, 2016 at 5PM for this special annual event.

The Greening of CPE II; Building our work around Social Justice; Working toward a space just for CPE II. Come with your ideas. Come ready to be part of the action.

Save the date and be part of the future of CPE II

The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling invites children and their families to come and explore the limitless boundaries of imagination! Come be inspired by art, and to create your own. Come be transported by stories to worlds where anything is possible. http://www.sugarhillmuseum.org

For May events go to: http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5e5272fcdb7a45c8a4586bde5&id=9535535287&e=993d9a795b

Free Karate Lessons

We have been invited to join the PS/MS 171 Karate Club which meets in the school gym from 5:30 to 8:PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is open to adults and children. The contact is Sensie: Luis C. Diaz. Register now for next year. His phone number is 914 393 8577. You can also email Yhane@cpe2.org to have an application put in your child's purple folder.

Safe Streets: Learn how to keep our children safe

Safe Streets: Learn how to keep our children safe by identifying signs of gang behavior and drug use”

When?? Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 Time?? 9:30 AM
Where?? PS/MS 96

216 East 120th Street, Auditorium Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues

For further information contact:
Nancy Pereira, District 4 FLC at (212) 348-2473 or via email at: npereira@schools.nyc.gov **INTERPRETATION SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED***

MoMath and Transformations, the summer program

Do you know about the National Museum of Mathematics?

http://momath.org Dynamic exhibits, gallery, and programs will stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. MoMath has innovative exhibits that will engage folks from 105 to 5 years old (and sometimes younger), but with a special emphasis on activities for 4th through 8th graders. The Museum is located at 11 East 26th Street in Manhattan and is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week, 364 days a year (MoMath is closed on Thanksgiving Day).

MoMath Summer program, Transformations, offers a mixed ages camp with opportunities for differentiated learning and dedicated camp counselors at each level. The Epsilons level for rising first through third graders focuses on instilling a love for mathematics. The Deltas level for rising fourth through eighth graders allows campers to fully explore their mathematical interests. Go to: https://in.momath.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=529

Registration fees are $860 per one-week session, 9 am to 3 pm. Thanks to generous donor support, limited funding is available for students from low-income backgrounds who demonstrate an interest and aptitude in mathematics. To apply, please email scholarships@momath.org.

Applications for Farms for City Kids

CPE II Students in grades 3 and up can apply to participate in this summer's Farm for City Kids and The City Kids Adventure Program. (See the site for more information http://farmsforcitykids.org/our-program/) CPE II has been scheduled for BOTH the Farm and Adventure programs the week of July 18-22, 2016. The program is free, but there is a cost for transportation (All students travel on a Chartered Bus). If you would like an application, please email Yhane@cpe2.org. They will be distributed through the Purple Folder starting Monday, April 4th.

Community Eduction Council District 4 (CEC4)


Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:00 P.M

CEC4 office: 2351 First Avenue Room B15

Contact: 212-802-3050 or 212-722-3915/16 email: cec4@schools.nyc.gov

Dates to Keep in Mind

Friday, May 6 CPE2 EMPATHY-BUILDING PARENT GROUP First Session, 8:30-9:45am

Weds. May 11 - Parents Association Meeting – 6 pm (Dinner & child care provided)

Friday, May 13 - Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development

Friday, May 20 - Sports Day at Randall's Island

May 20th, Hopes and Dreams for Parents 5PM

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day Observed No School

Wednesday June 8th Window Into Progressive Education at CPE II Celebrating 35 years

Thursday, June 9 - Chancellor's Conference Day - Students no in attendance

Tuesday, June 14th - Citywide Clerical Day - Students not in attendance.

Thursday, June 16th - Three Schools Violin Concert - All CPE II in school violinists

Friday, June 17 - Annual Picnic and SLT elections (5 - 7PM)

Wednesday, June 22 - 5th grade moving up ceremony 12 noon

Thursday, June 23, Last Day of Classes at CPE II

Friday, June 24 & Monday, June 27 - Student Non- Attendance Days at CPE II

Tuesday, June 28 - Early dismissal - Last Day of School