Central Park East II

Week of December 14, 2015

Dates to Keep in Mind

Wednesday, December 16 to Friday, December 18th 6th Grade Camping

Tuesday, December 22 1pm - Special Winter Solstice Community Meeting

December 24th to January 3rd - Winter Recess - No School

Monday, January 4th - School resumes for all students

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

Wednesday, January 20 - Friday, January 22 - 4th Grade Camping

Friday, January 29 - Early Dismissal for All Students - 11:30 AM

Remember to label your child's belongings!

Small Ideas Peace March - We are invited - December 18th at 5 pm

Melissa Guzman, Director of Small Ideas has invited us to join their annual peace march on Friday December 18th at 5 pm. They leave from 52 St Nicholas Place and we head up to Edgecombe for hot chocolate peace songs and treats. It's a solstice and light celebration. Everyone brings signs and love! Our kids are hearing about all the terrible things happening in our world! We are just trying to bring peace and love to the kids day to day so they can be a part of a more peaceful future......So they can feel empowered to make a difference.

Lockdowns, Shelter-Ins and Emergency Evacuations

This past week our students experienced an actual lockdown or shelter in. Police were concerned with activity (shooting) outside our school building, but ordered lockdowns to be safe. Our students and staff have practiced this and are familiar with these procedures, just as they have practices evacuating the building (what used to be called fire-drills).

What is a school lockdown? A school lockdown or shelter-in confines staff and students to the classroom due to a perceived or real threat.

What happens during a lockdown or shelter-in? A school-wide announcement is made that a lockdown or shelter-in is in effect. •All building doors are locked, door windows are covered and no one can come in or out of the building or classrooms. •Students are kept calm by the classroom teacher. •Once the lockdown is lifted, normal instruction and activities resume.

Is there a difference between a lockdown and shelter-in-place? Yes, a lockdown carries a heightened sense of security while a shelter-in-place allows instruction and other activities to continue. Both require doors to be locked with no one permitted to enter or leave the building.

Although the announcement made said “lockdown” it was actually a shelter-in. Students continued their work and most of them were oblivious to anything outside the classroom.

The General Response Protocol (GRP), which you can read by clicking below, has been designed to provide all schools with the direction they will take when an emergency incident occurs.

I hope this clarifies this important issue.

What is "Progressive Education"?

Our School Leadership Team (SLT) has been discussing what makes us a "Progressive" school. In the next few CPEII Notes we will be exploring questions related to this topic. Topics will include "What is the difference between traditional and progressive education?" "What is a writers notebook?", "What happens with my child's math homework?" and "Why doesn't my child get spelling tests?". What are your questions? Please send them to Naomi at Nsmith3@schools.nyc.gov.

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Mighty Milers - From Rob our PE Teacher

The tracking of running/walking distances for the NYRR Mighty Milers Program has already started at CPE II.

As part of every class PE class that takes place in either the small yard or in the gym all students in grades PreK- 5 start their class with laps before moving on to exercises and the learning focus of the day. All laps for October and November have been entered into NYRR's Stride system. This system tracks the distances traveled by all students enrolled in the program. The goal for all the students is to run/walk at least 26.2 miles ( the distance of a marathon) throughout the school year.

In addition to the running/walking that the students do during the PE classes any trackable running/walking that takes place before, during, or after the school day can count toward the students goals for the school year.

Any field trips with walking (i.e. The walk to ice skating rink or any other) can also count towards incentives. A class walk to the park, a walk around the block with an educational goal or just to let off steam can also count.


Basically the program is set up to help schools keep their students active by providing a range of incentives, information and other outside opportunities to keep students moving.


Our 6th graders will also be doing Mighty Milers with Dre.