Central Park East II

Week of November 16, 2015

Dates to Keep in Mind

Tuesday, November 24 Empathy Program Parent Open House 5:30 to 6:45 (Repeated 12/11)

Thursday and Friday November 26 & 27 Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed)

Tuesday, December 1st Middle School Applications Due

Wednesday, December 9 to Friday, December 11 5th Grade Camping

Friday, December 11th Empathy Program Parent Open House 8:30-9:45 (Same as 11/24)

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


Many of you are coming to school with scooters. Yes, we do have room to park the scooters. However, please note that students cannot use scooters at school. They are only for going back and forth. Also, please fold the scooters before putting them in the cage, if this is possible. The cage gets very crowded. Thanks,

Empathy Grant

Parents and Caregivers are invited to this Parent Open House on Empathy Building

Tuesday, November 24th 5:45 to 7:00

Last year Jessica Klein introduced empathy-building games to parents and staff at CPE II.

This year she received a grant to continue and expand this work. She has already stared work with the CPE II staff. We are now having our OPEN HOUSE for parents and Caregivers. The first Open House will be Tuesday, November 24th 5:45 to 7:00. Sign up at:


It will be repeated on Friday, December 11, from 8:30am – 9:45am.

Middle School Yoga - Still would like parents volunteers on Mondays

CPE II Teachers Presenting at Conferences

We are very proud that 2 of our teachers have been selected to present at conferences. This past week, Matt Amore, one of our 6th grade teachers, presente at Gender Conference East

His workshop was "Transitioning: A 180-Day Journey of Gender, Identity and Acceptance"

Matt shared the experience of a transgender child who transitioned, including strategies he used to bring awareness to gender diversity and gender equality in his classroom, with his administration, and with other families in the school, and to create a safe space for transgender, gender non-conforming, and cisgender students.

Jessica Martell, one of our 4th grade teachers, will present at the NCTE Annual Convention. She is co-presenting at 3 sessions. They are:

Critical Family-School-Community Partnerships: Engaging in Culturally Relevant Early Literacy Teaching

Jessica and her co-presenters explain how they brought together learning standards (CCSS), mandated curricula, and culturally relevant literacy teaching in ways that enriched children’s learning experiences through family funds of knowledge, home literacies, and community literacy resources . . . all while having high academic expectations.

Racial Justice and Critical Literacies in the Early Childhood Classroom

What happens when young children have authentic opportunities to engage with societal issues and author classroom curricula using critical perspectives.

Showcasing Responsibility, Creativity and the Culturally Relevant Early Literacy Pedagogy and Processes through Professional Dyads of Culturally Relevant Teaching

Initial participants in the NCTE funded Professional Dyads of Culturally Relevant Teaching project, engage teachers and teacher educators in conversations about racially and culturally just education by sharing: 1) findings from our research inquiries into culturally responsive early literacy teaching, 2) new learnings about university-school partnerships.

A CPE II Parent, Mariana Souto-Manning, is a co-presenter.

Parent Math Workshop a Big Success

Parkids NYC

Did you know that the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has many free activities for children. Check it out at:


What's Happening in Central Park

What happens once Central Park’s leaves fall?


Keeping it Green

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Central Park Conservancy environmental educators lead stewardship projects throughout the Park during spring and fall. Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Ages 5 +. Space is limited; advance registration required.


19th Annual Dana Holiday Lighting

Date: December 3, 2015, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues


Free Cookbook for Good Food on a Budget:

This is a link to a free PDF of Good and Cheap, a bestselling cookbook for people on tight budgets. Favorites include four-ingredient cauliflower tacos and kid-friendly hits like Popcorn 8 Ways and Peanut Butter and Jelly Granola Bars. I thought it would be useful.