Central Park East II

Week of January 11, 2016

New Plan for Community Meeting

Our school has gotten bigger. We are trying to adapt what we do to make this work. We will still have all-school Community Meetings, but not every week. The schedule for the rest of this month is: January 15 grades 2-6, January 22 Early Childhood (PreK, Kindergarten and 1st grades). There is no Community Meeting on January 29th due to the early dismissal. See full schedule later in this newsletter.

Dates to Keep in Mind

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 - Early Dismissal - 11:30 AM

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

Friday, March 4 - Deadline to apply for Pre-K

Friday, March 25 – Good Friday - No School

Tuesday, April 5 – Thursday, April 7 – Grade 3 – 6 NYS ELA

Wednesday, April 13 – Friday April 15 - Grade 3 – 6 NYS Math

Saturday, April 16 – Spring Fair

Monday, April 25 – Friday, April 29 Spring Recess (including Passover) No School

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day Observed No School

Living the Dream ALL YEAR

It has been 30 years since Martin Luther King Day was first observed as a National Holiday. It is important to remember the person, but also the vision. Every year our 5th graders work with students from Manhattan Country School and the Children's Workshop School in a project called, "Living the Dream" to think about Martin Luther King's vision and what that would look like today. They read and evaluate 10 to 12 picture books published in the previous year to select a final winner that the students feel best exemplify Dr. King's vision. Last year “As Fast as Words Could Fly,” By Pamela Tuck, won the award. Below are photos from the award ceremony. Here are a few of the 12 contenders this year. See what you think.

Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZOkYsMUzh8 Book trailer.

Stella's class is having a Mother's Day celebration, but what's a girl with two daddies to do?

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYd20IGgtXo Book trailer.

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. But most of all, Morris loves wearing the tangerine dress in his classroom’s dress-up center. The children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls

New Shoes by Susan Meyer


Set in 1950s Anytown, U.S.A., the journey begins when Ella Mae’s mother takes her to Johnson’s Shoes to buy a new pair. They watch a white girl try on pair after pair, but the sales clerk will not permit Ella Mae to put her feet in any of them.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Peña


Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town?

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown https://www.leeandlow.com/books/2854

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family’s Majestic radio. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century.

Parents have asked: What is a Writer’s Notebook and how do we use it at CPE II?

Our use of the “Writer’s Notebook” is based on the work of Ralph Fletcher. Fletcher is a children’s author but also the author of many professional books on the teaching of writing for young people. The basic premise behind his work is that writers need a place to collect story ideas on a regular basis.

At CPE II we introduce the Writer’s Notebook in second grade but it’s in grades three to six where the notebook lessons are really emphasized. Our hope is our students will keep a Writer’s Notebook for the rest of their life.

In grades 3 to 6 we begin the year by introducing strategies for “collecting ideas.” These strategies include (but are not limited to) making lists of first times, favorite places and important people in our life. They include capturing bits of conversation, gathering artifacts and wonderings we have about the world.

Throughout the year, students go back to their notebook again and again to add more and mine what they already have for story ideas. Years ago we were cautious about sending the notebook home for fear that it may not come back to school. We rethought this, because the notebook is so important we want to make sure our students have it with them to collect ideas even when they are not in school. After all, authors do not only have ideas from 8:20 to 2:40.

Often teacher assigns homework in the Writer’s Notebook. The work is usually to practice the strategy that was taught in school. This gives the students more of an opportunity to become familiar enough with the strategy to do it independently. This assignment is not graded and teachers normally do not write in a student’s notebook. Teachers read the notebook on occasion or when they particularly want to make sure a strategy was practiced. Our hope is for all students to love their notebook and want to use it.

At times students share their notebooks with classmates, when for example they are mining for story ideas or memories that might inspire poetry. Other students’ notebooks along with teacher notebooks often serve as an inspiration to others.

The Writer’s Notebook is not a diary, nor is it a journal. Some classes do have journals to report on the day’s events and daily feelings. Instead, the notebook is a place to collect important things from one’s life that may turn into a polished piece of writing one day.

For more information on the “Writer’s Notebook” visit http://ralphfletcher.com/?page_id=49.


Crunchy Garlic Sesame Kale Chips

Benefits of kale chips: – cleanses your blood – strengthens your immune system – high in fiber, iron, protein and chlorophyll (oxygenates your blood) – crunchy – great snack (kids love them!)

Ingredients: – 1 bunch kale (dinosaur/lacinato/flat or curly – whatever you prefer) – 1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional) – 1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt – ½ Tbsp garlic powder - 1 tsp sesame oil (or coconut oil, or olive oil). (Tip: Sesame oil and coconut oil are high heat oils so they’re perfect for baking + kale chips)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Wash and dry kale really well (don’t want soggy kale chips).

3. Rip or cut kale into bite size pieces.

4. Mix kale, oil, and sea salt in a bowl.

5. Lay flat on a parchment paper (or tin-foil) lined baking sheet and sprinkle with sesame seeds

6. Bake for approx 6 minutes, turn over the pieces, bake for approx another 6-10 minutes until crispy. Check oven occasionally to make sure they don’t burn/parchment paper doesn’t burn.

Voila! Enjoy!

More worktime

Learning about Three Kings Day in Billy and Jessica's Class

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Does your child ride the yellow school bus? Please RSVP

Friday, Jan. 15th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

If your child rides the yellow school bus in to or from school, please RSVP. We will then create an email list for bus information and updates. This is not an actual event. We would like to create the list by next Friday, thus the 1/15/16 deadline.

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Community Meeting Schedule

Jan 8- whole school

Jan 15- Upper grades

Jan 22- Lower grades

Jan 29- No Community Meeting- Early Dismissal

Feb 5- Whole School

Feb 12- Upper grades

Feb 19- No Community Meeting- No School (Mid Winter Recess)

Feb 26- Lower grades

Mar 4- Whole School

Mar 11- Upper grades

Mar 18- Lower grades

Mar 25- No Community Meeting- No School (Good Friday)

Apr 1- Whole School

Apr 8- Upper grades

Apr 15- Lower grades

Apr 22- Whole School

Apr 29- No Community Meeting- No School (Spring Recess)

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.

Guided Reading Text Level Descriptions

Some parents have asked about how book levels are determined. This website has Characteristics of Texts at each level (A-Z) as well as Characteristics of Readers at different stages.

Martin Luther King Day : Opportunities for Families

Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Day, a day off from school (and hopefully work) when families can explore the legacy and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader.

Exploring Math with El Museo del Barrio for parents of pre-K through 2nd grade

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 9:30am

1230 5th Avenue

New York, NY

Exploring Math with El Museo del Barrio: Thursday, January 20th, 2016 at 9:30 AM; LOCATION: El Museo del Barrio This is the second is a series of (3) Early Childhood (grades pre-k through 2nd grade) hands-on parent workshops designed to teach parents how to get their child interested in Math through Art.

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