Central Park East II

Week of May 16, 2016

I am sorry this is going out a little late. This morning we had the AIDS Walk (photo below.) It was a small contingent, (We hear some of you were there, but didn't find us.) but we were represented. The team already raised $3950.00, (Amazing) but you can still contribute. Go to https://ny.aidswalk.net/Team/View/16196/CPE-II-Walks-2568.

Then I had my book club. Did you know I have been in a book club with the same 8 women for over 20 years? Finally, I was invited to see EJ and Janine, two of our 6th graders, perform with Rosie's Kids (the program our 5th graders are part of.) It was a wonderful performance.

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Join CPE II's Annual Sports Day at Randall's Island Friday May 20th

This Friday, May 20th we will have our Annual Sports Day at Randall's Island. This is always a fun day. It looks like the weather will be warm and clear.

  • Every child should have a filled water bottle, even if it's just a plastic bottle of water. PLEASE LABEL the bottle with your child's name. (We will have water on hand to refill bottles, but we will NOT HAVE CUPS.)
  • Children should wear shoes that are good for sports.
  • Children can bring a home lunch, or get a school lunch (most likely Peanut Butter and Jelly) If you send a lunch bag, please label it.
  • Children can bring a small blanket or towel to sit on.
  • Children should have on sunscreen and can bring some with them.
  • If children bring a jacket or sweatshirt, please label it.

Parent participation is encouraged for our Annual Sports Day, Friday May 20th at Randall's Island. We need parents to go early to set up, to transport equipment, snacks and water, to send in: Gallons of water and portions of snacks (grapes, watermelon, bananas, crackers, goldfish, pretzels, mini-muffins (not cupcakes, no frosting please.)

Here is the sign up link: http://goo.gl/forms/poGvYDvQpe

Hopes and Dreams for Parents May 20th, 2016 at 5PM Sign Up Please

Every year we hold a Hopes and Dreams for CPE II Parents. May 20th, 2016 at 5PM for this special annual event. Dinner and Childcare provided.

The Greening of CPE II; Building our work around Social Justice; Working toward a space just for CPE II, Creating a Compassionate Community, Increasing Parent Participation through better Communication: Thinking out of the box. (which we already do, but...)

Be part of the future of CPE II. Sign up at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D56OCpfkenBriuj6I5DEDxm-rJJ2L3vmVBidigDEGAI/viewform


The CPEII community has come together to create a cookbook full of healthy recipes and tips for cooking with kids. This book builds on the importance of community, healthy eating and family. CPEII has a diverse student body and our cookbook reflects that. Cooking is a great hands-on, real-life way of exploring science, math, and social studies--things we study in school. Cooking with your child is a fun way to help teach your child about your heritage and/or explore other cultures. Our community cookbook is full of healthy recipes that complement the diversity of our community. This book was created through the Parent Association’s Health and Wellness Committee. The committee’s mission is to promote a collaborative approach to student, family and community health. This book builds on the CPEII Health Food policy, promoting health foods that kids enjoy.

Picture Day Photo Packages Have Arrived

If you ordered a package, you should have received it. If there's a problem with your order, or you didn't receive your order, please email Raven and Jody right away at raven_snook@yahoo.com and jmmercier@gmail.com.

- What if I didn't order a package? Then you should have received a proof (a.k.a. a small photo) in case you'd like to order a package at this time. Remember, the prices will be higher and you'll need to order directly from the photographer, Judy, atjudy@streetflystudio.com.

- Retake Day: Most likely, we won't be doing one. However, this will be decided sometime in the next few weeks.

4th graders visit The National Museum of the American Indian–New York

CPE II Night at the Staten Island Yankees June 24th Look for Packet

Join CPE II families at the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George to watch the Staten Island Yankees take on the West Virginia Black Bears. The easiest way to get to the ballpark, is also a fun ride. Take the free Staten Island Ferry. We are sending home a packet with all the information on Monday. This is a fun event AND a fund raising event. Please get your orders in by Friday, May 27th.

Celebrating 35 Years of Progressive Education at CPE II Wednesday, June 8th

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 walk-around will take place from 4:30 to 6. The evening will culminate in a dinner at 6PM. Please save the date.

Safe Streets: Learn how to keep our children safe - Tuesday, May 17th,

Safe Streets: Learn how to keep our children safe by identifying signs of gang behavior and drug use” Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 9:30 AM PS/MS 96 216 East 120th Street, Auditorium Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. For further information contact: Nancy Pereira, District 4 FLC at (212) 348-2473 or via email at: npereira@schools.nyc.gov

Dates to Keep in Mind

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

Friday, June 10 - Annual Picnic and SLT elections (5 - 7PM)

Tuesday, June 14th - Citywide Clerical Day - Students not in attendance.

Thursday, June 16th - Three Schools Violin Concert - All CPE II in school violinists

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 - Students not in Attendance at CPE II

Tuesday, June 28 - Early dismissal - Last Day of School