Central Park East II

Week of November 30, 2015

Dates to Keep in Mind

Tuesday, December 1st Middle School Applications Due

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 12 - 3 Elementary School Cafeteria

Wednesday, December 16 to Friday, December 18th 6th Grade Camping

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.

Cold and Flu Season

Please consider getting a flu shot. As we posted in previous CPE II Notes, it is recommended to either prevent or lessen the effects of the flu. If your child is exhibiting signs of illness, please keep them home. School is not a good place to be when you are feeling sick. Our Main Office is beginning to look like an infirmary.

Sign up for CPE II Events

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

Holiday Crafting with Saramit on Saturday, December 12 from noon to 4pm. This is a wonderful holiday event and a fun way to raise money for our school! $15 gets you three craft projects. Holiday photos are available for $5. Please RSVP so that we have enough supplies available:


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


Winter coat drive and Celebrating Navidad en El Barrio!

There will be a Winter coat drive at La Casa Azul Bookstore from Wednesday, December 2nd through Sunday, December 6th. Provide a little warmth this winter by donating a coat, jacket, hat or gloves this season. Please donate new/gently used items, all sizes accepted. The coat drive is co-sponsored by Oloshas United-Northeast through One Warm Coat, http://www.onewarmcoat.org

You can also join Navidad en El Barrio! on Saturday, December 5, 2:00pm - 3:30pm. This is a free event. Sing along to traditional aguinaldos and meet Sonia Manzano (from Sesame Street), author of a new book for children, Miracle on 133rd Street.

Also look through a great selection of Children’s Books.

La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd St, East Harlem, 10029

Please note that La Casa Azul Bookstore will be closing on December 19, 2015. They are re-designing their business model to increase our social impact as a bookstore, community space and performing arts center.

Worktime: Play IS THE Work of Children

As promised last week, we are including more information about work time. This week I am including and article from the Washington Post about Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood development expert who was just given the Deborah Meier Hero in Education Award (Deborah Meier is the founder of the Central Park East schools.)

In her acceptance speech she said:

"Play is the primary engine of human growth; it’s universal – as much as walking and talking. Play is the way children build ideas and how they make sense of their experience and feel safe. Just look at all the math concepts at work in the intricate buildings of kindergartners. Or watch a 4-year-old put on a cape and pretend to be a superhero after witnessing some scary event."

Read the full article at:


Gifts for the holidays? Try books for Chidlren with a Social Justice Theme

A variety of books and booklists.


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