Central Park East II

Week of January 4, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO OUR ENTIRE CPE II COMMUNITY

I am sending this week's notes early

Dates to Keep in Mind

SCHOOL RESUMES MONDAY JANUARY 4TH

Thursday, January 7 -Prospective Parent Tour 8:45

Friday, January 15, 2016 Deadline to apply for Kindergarten in NYC (Pre K must apply)

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

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

Thursday, January 21 - Middle School Parent Meet & Greet

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

Wednesday, February 3rd AND Thursday, February 4th Evening Family Conferences

Thursday, February 4th Afternoon Family Conferences - NO AFTERSCHOOL at CPE II

Monday, February 8th, Luna New Year - No School

Monday, Feb. 15 - Friday, Feb. 19 - Mid Winter Break - No School

Thursday, March 3 - Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development*

* CPE II distributes mid-year reports and holds family conferences just before February Break each year. This year, due to the February 8th Luna New Year, we were not approved for the requested date and had to move it to the earlier February 4th date. The standard city-wide date for conferences is March 3rd (We feel this date is too late in the year to effectively report and discuss student progress.). However, since March 3 is already an approved early dismissal date, we are using that date for our March PD. Many of the after school programs pick up early on this date.

Getting Ready for the Week

All CPE II programs are on for the week.

Monday: Tennis (Alison & Naomi), Swimming (Cristel & Valerie, Tiffany)

Dance (lisa, Kerry, students should dress in loose clothing. Children dance barefooted, so socks, not tights, please.)

Tuesday: Violin

Wednesday: Ice-skating for Pre K and Kindergarten students

Thursday: Rosie's Kids (5th graders), Violin

Friday: Ice Skating (Juanita & Melissa, Karen) Community Meeting - Students should wear their CPE II shirts - Tennis (Joianne)

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: LABEL EVERYTHING

Please take your child's gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, jackets, sweaters and hoodies and write their names in. Using a Sharpie or other permanent marker, you can write just the first name and increase the chances of getting your child's possessions back.

New Year's Resolution: Be on time!

Most of our families have figured out morning routines that get them to school on time. However, we have a significant group of families who rush in anywhere from 5 to 25 minutes late every day. Rushing in is hard on children. It is not the best way to start the day. Entering a room after Morning Meeting has started is hard on the student. Having kids enter late is difficult for the entire classroom community. Please try to adjust your routines to get to school on time.

Thanks

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: GET ENOUGH SLEEP

Our days go better with good morning routines, good bedtime routines and enough sleep. Is your child getting enough sleep? Are you? I am including some guideline and articles that may be helpful.


3-6 Years Old: 10 - 12 hours per day Children at this age typically go to bed between 7 and 9 p.m. and wake up around 6 and 8 a.m., just as they did when they were younger. At 3, most children are still napping, while at 5, most are not. Naps gradually become shorter as well. New sleep problems do not usually develop after 3 years of age.

7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day At these ages, with social, school, and family activities, bedtimes gradually become later and later, with most 12-years-olds going to bed at about 9 p.m. There is still a wide range of bedtimes, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., as well as total sleep times, from 9 to 12 hours, although the average is only about 9 hours.

12-18 Years Old: 8 - 9 hours per day Sleep needs remain just as vital to health and well-being for teenagers as when they were younger. It turns out that many teenagers actually may need more sleep than in previous years. Now, however, for many teenagers social pressures conspire against getting the proper amount and quality of sleep.

From: http://www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/sleep-children

Apply for Kindergarten at CPE II - Deadline January 15, 2016

All families interested in having their child attend Kindergarten at CPE II (INCLUDING CURRENT PRE-K STUDENTS AND SIBLINGS) must apply to the Department of Education by January 15, 2016

Online at: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Elementary/kindergarten.html

By phone at: 718-935-2400.

In person at: Family Welcome Center: 333 Seventh Avenue, 12th Floor; Room 1211

Please contact the school for assistance.