Central Park East II

Week of April 11 , 2016

Testing, testing, please take note.

Grades 3 through 6 will have Math testing this week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. ALL FAMILIES, testing or not testing, all grades, should arrive on time on these days. Students arriving late will be stopped at the entrance to the 4th floor. Parents should remember that they should never escort their children to the classrooms, but be particularly aware of the importance of testing conditions in the school for both 104th and 108th Street locations.

Students Can Apply Now for Exciting Science and STEM Enrichment Programs

Students Can Apply Now for Exciting Science and STEM Enrichment Programs during Summer Break! Programs for nursery, Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school students at the NYC Department of Education’s Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Space Science Education, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York Aquarium, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Zoo, Staten Island Zoo, and SUNY Old Westbury.

Application Deadline is Tuesday, April 19, 2016.


Hopes and Dreams for Parents & our Garden

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 idea for a school garden actually came from our Hopes and Dreams event about 10 years ago. Due to a variety of reasons, including repair of the East wall of the school building and reconstruction of the school yard, it has taken us until now to start our garden. Last Sunday many families came out to build our garden beds. Photos below.

Every Monday and Wednesday Marisa Prefer of Sprout Farms will be working with our students through all the recess periods. Last Monday students worked with Marisa to plant some seed starts. On Wednesday they continued their work. Students will be able to choose to garden during their recess period on these days.

They will use popsicle sticks to mark rows for direct seeding into the garden. They'll plant herbs that Katie (another person from Sprout Farms) brought over from other gardens. She will create & share a garden map so that everyone can all be on the same page about what's planted where.

Much thanks to Anat, parent of Amos and Phoebe, who has been moving the work along.

Photos from Last Sunday's Garden Bed Construction

CPE II Spring Fair Saturday, April 16th

Lot's of fun stuff including Bike NY event, a coach from Asphalt Green running sports games for the kids, Gardening with Anat, a "Free Play" area with self-run hula hoop and jump rope "challenges" for the kids, Healthy Skin Care with Elena, and part of our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle work around Earth Day, a second hand shop. An email about donating clothing, toys, household items and books will go out soon.

Sign up for the Bike NY class here (spaces filling up) http://www.imathlete.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?fEID=37286

Volunteers will be needed from 12-4 pm for the following activities. Look for an email with sign up instructions. We will also need donations of food, including toppings for healthy salads. Look for information this week.

Set Up and Clean UP (5-10 adults each time)

Gardening with Anat (1-2 adults)

Kids Free Play Section (2 adults to oversee kids freeplay with hula hoops, jump rope, etc...)

Information Table (1-2 adults to facilitate handouts from EPA, Dept. of Health, Health and Wellness, etc...)

Healthy Games (2 adults to facilitate nutrition trivia and veggie games)

Fruity Soda Table (1-2 adults to lead kids in mashing fruit to be added to water or seltzer)

Food Tables (4 adults to support sale of salads, grain bowls and baked goods)

Make Your Own Dressing (2 adults to help kids shake up salad dressings to be used for the food table)

Cookbook Sales (1 adult to sell the CPE2 Cookbook)

Kitchen Crafts (2 adults to facilitate craft projects such as decorate your placemat, make a chef's hat, etc...)

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 evening will culminate in a dinner. Please save the date.

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.

Parent "Tea"

We are starting a new tradition at CPE II. A Parent "Tea" (well more like coffee, tea and small munchies) with the school administration. This is based on a request by our Parents Association and School Leadership Team. Our first "Tea" will be on Wednesday, April 20th. Stay tuned for details.

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.

Dates to Keep in Mind

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

Wednesday, April 20 "Tea with Naomi & Theresa" 8:30 AM

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

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