Central Park East II

Week of December 7, 2015

Dates to Keep in Mind

Wednesday, December 9 to Friday, December 11 5th Grade Camping

Wednesday, December 9, PA meeting 6pm - Library. Childcare & Pizza will be offered.

Friday, December 11th Empathy Program Parent Open House 8:30-9:45

Saturday, December 12 Holiday Crafting 11 - 2 Elementary School Cafeteria

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

Please label your child's hats, gloves, mittens, Jackets, scarves.....you get it.

We already have quite a collection of clothing including a winter jacket. We search the lost and found for labeled clothing that can be returned. However SO MANY ITEMS HAVE NO NAME. Please just write your child's name on everything.

Holiday Crafting with Saramit on Saturday, December 12

Note New Hours: 11 to 2 pm.

Children have the joy of creating gifts for those they love

Holiday Crafting with Saramit on Saturday, December 12 from 11 to 2 pm.

This is a wonderful holiday event and a fun way to raise money for our school!

$15 gets you three craft projects, including cookie decoration, and gift & ornament creation.

Holiday photos (Suitable for Gift Giving) are available for $5 in a variety of choices.. Please RSVP so that we have enough supplies available:


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

Melissa Guzman, Director of Small Ideas (where many of our students attended Day Care) wants to invite our "lovely school community" to 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.

Two of our newest students, Jada (3rd) and Anaiyah (4th) will be leading "if I had a hammer" on the bullhorn, one of this year's CPE II songs.

12th Annual East Harlem Holiday Tree Lighting- Fri., December 11

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Franklin Plaza, Third Avenue and 106th Street

Emcee: Actor/filmmaker VICTOR CRUZ (THE STOCKROOM); special ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP themed booth and promotional give-aways; carols by the Amber Chater School Honors Choir; hot chocolate; everyone welcome! They will also have a holiday photo booth where the kids can take fun, festive pictures. For more information: http://www.ehholidaytree.org

What's Happening at CPE II?

PA Meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 6pm

PA Meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 6pm in the library. Childcare and pizza will be provided. Sign up here: http://goo.gl/forms/zEYiEY3Hpp

Parent Open House for ccc Empathy Building Program, Friday, December 11, 8:30 AM

Parent Open House for ccc Empathy Building Program, Friday, December 11, 8:30 AM Sign up at: https://www.smore.com/9wctc

Sign Up: Winter 2015-2016 Farm Share at CPE II

CPE II will once again host the Corbin Hill Farm Share. Pick up will be twice a month on Tuesdays, from 3 to 6:30. You can sign up for all 10 weeks, or you can sign up for a single week. For $28, you’ll receive 8-11 seasonally curated vegetables (including 1 type of fruit) in each Farm Share. Delivered twice monthly through May, one delivery will hold New York State’s finest winter root crops & storage vegetables, while the other delivery will treat us with fresh, seasonal southern greens & vegetables from our friends at The Federation of Southern Cooperatives! By partnering with The Federation - the premiere organizing group of Southern Black Farmers - it allows us to extend our Farm Share season nearly year round! You can also add Egg & Fruit Shares!

• Dozen Egg Share: Selected from pasture-raised, antibiotic-free hens at Hudson Valley Egg Co. ($4.50)

• Winter Fruit Share: Several NYS apple varieties (including rare & heirlooms), along with preserved products. ($8.50)

Go to: http://csa.farmigo.com/join/corbinhillfoodproject/winter20152016

to sign up for the Winter Share!

Villalobos Brothers Concert for students in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade this week

For the first concert of the season for our students who are part of the 92nd Street Y Musical Introduction Series, all students in grades K through 3 will attend the Villalobos Brothers concert this week. Kindergarteners will go Tuesday, and the other grades will go Wednesday. Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music with original compositions that masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice.

Ice Skating has started

Our first class, Karen't class, went ice-skating this past Friday. This week all other classes will go. Remember snow pants and helmets are a must! Parent help is always welcome and appreciated. Stay tuned for photos.

What’s Cookin’ at Worktime?

There have been lots of goods smells coming from our classrooms this week. Many of the classes have been incorporating cooking during Worktime. Some "cooking" can be as simple as spreading cream cheese on crackers. (Using a class list, students conduct surveys to see how many of their classmates want crackers with or without cream cheese.) Other classes have been baking. This week Billy and Jessica's 4th graders made an awesome pumpkin bread. See photos and the recipe below. The class substituted cinnamon and nutmeg for the pumpkin pie spice.

By the way, if you have any of the following at home that you do not need, please send the items in. Plastic or metal mixing bowls, large spoons, measuring cups and spoons, canisters to keep flour and sugar, mini-muffin and loaf pans. We could also use another convection over.

I have also included some links to why cooking with kids is important.

Dawn Publications - Looking for holiday presents?

Dawn Publications has books that Connect Children and Nature. They are available for children of all ages and deal with a variety of themes.


For our 2nd graders, who will start studying birds with the Audubon Society (and all our former 2nd graders who have), there is a nice series about birds. Watch the trailer for the first book in the series at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gkI8Gac80U

Also check out:

Fun Book Apps


Wild Turkeys: A Conservation Success Story


Free Downloadable Activities