Central Park East II

CPE II Notes March 25th, 2018

Spring Break - Starts Friday March 30 - Return to school Monday April 9

IMPORTANT information about STREP & LICE below

Middle School Picture Day This Week 3/28

Parent Workshop on Social Media - Monday, March 26th! RSVP Below

Another working group has been created to support families in understanding the implications of Social Media in the lives of our children.

5:30 for Pizza 6PM for event and Childcare Ends at 7:15


Parent Workshop on Social Media RSVP here

Monday, March 26th, 5:30-7:15pm

19 103rd Street

New York, NY

A workshop/ working group to support families in understanding the implications of Social Media in the lives of our children.

RSVP includes Pizza and Childcare

Monday March 26th!

5:30 for Pizza

6PM for event and Childcare

Ends at 7:15

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

March 30th deadline to apply to pre-K and PreK3*

Let us know about after school and transportation

If you have not yet done so, please complete the survey FOR EACH CHILD so that we can prepare for our new school year and our new location.

This survey will give us important information about after school and transportation, as well as which families need support finding a school near our current location.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Naomi or Yhane.

Picture Day for Elementary School Re-scheduled

Wednesday, April 18, Thursday April 19 Elementary School and Siblings

Wednesday, March 28th Middle School

Picture Day forms were sent home. Please return them ASAP. If you still need a form, email Yhane@cpe2.org for Middle School forms and Jaison@cpe2.org for middle school forms.

PARENTS WILL HAVE TO REQUEST SPECIAL SIBLING PHOTO FORMS if they select the sibling photo option. This can be in additon to individual photos. Email Yhane@cpe2.org for sibling form.

Farm for City Kids and City Kids Adventure Learning Program

Central Park East 2 has been accepted into both the Farm for City Kids and City Kids Adventure Learning Program during the week of July 23, 2018. Students in current grades 3 - 8 are eligible to apply.

Please complete an RSVP for each child that is interested in attending. Please note completing this form does not mean your child is accepted, but is part of the application process.


You can see more about the programs at


Born in 2014? Apply to pre-K Born in 2015? Apply to pre-K3 Deadline March 30th

If you have a child who was born in 2014, the time to apply for PreK continues through March 30, 2018.

Siblings of current CPE II students in grades K to 4, as well as siblings of preK students who continue at CPE II, have priority admission under the NYCDOE rules. After that, spots are offered to District 4 families. For more information go to:


Use that same link to access information for PreK3, starting in East Harlem next year for children born in 2015. You will see CPE II listed. This is pending our relocation, since we don't have room right now.

Spring Concert, Thursday May 31st. Save the Date

The concert will include:

  • 3rd, 4th, 5th grade and some Middle School Violinists
  • 4th grade Chorus
  • Middle School Dancers
  • Middle School Tappers (Tap Dance)

Strep is going around

We only have four days of school until our next break. Let's try to make it a healthy four days. Several of our classrooms have had at least two cases of strep. Strep is contagious. If your child complains of any of the following symptoms, we will call and ask you to pick them up.

What is strep throat?

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation and pain in the throat. This common condition is caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. Strep throat can affect children and adults of all ages. However, it’s especially common in children between the ages of 5 and 15. Sneezing and coughing can spread the infection from one person to another.

Symptoms of strep throat

The severity of strep throat can vary from person-to-person. Some people experience mild symptoms like a sore throat, whereas other people have more severe symptoms including fever and difficulty swallowing. The common symptoms of strep throat include:

The symptoms of strep throat typically develop within five days of exposure to the bacteria.

How to Get Rid of Lice/Nits

No one wants to comb their child's hair with a fine tooth metal lice comb every other day for 3 weeks, AND check their child's hair every few days for nits for at least another week, but that is what you have to do to get rid of nits and lice.

Shampoos, sprays, conditioners, RID, oils, balms, even lice treatments by professionals do not always get rid of lice and nits.

Parents have told me that their child has lice by the second or third time their child has had lice. Or we discover it ourselves when we see nits and lice in their hair. As it turns out, the parents did not properly treat the hair the first two or three times. (They have been using ineffective shampoos or plastic combs.)

If your child has lice, please let me know so that we can tell the other families so that they can check their child's hair to help curb the spread of lice and nits. And so that I can give you the information to properly treat the hair.

The way to rid yourself of lice and nits is to: (as explained to me by a Lice Fairy)

1. Get a big container of hair conditioner. (Pantene is a good brand.)

2. Get a metal lice comb - not a plastic lice comb, they do not work.

3. Get comfortable.

4. Apply the conditioner liberally on the hair to soften the hair to make it easier to comb through.

5. Comb the hair with the metal lice comb section by section. When you wipe your comb on a white tissue you will see lots of nits and nit shells and bugs.

6. Comb the hair every other day with the metal lice comb.

7. Keep combing daily until you can wipe the comb on a white tissue and the tissue is clean.

8. Continue to check the hair for nits daily for at least another week.

9. If you see another nit you should start all over at step one.*

*This is the step that frustrates parents. Parents think that after 3 weeks of combing that they are done, however, if you leave behind one teeny tiny, itty bitty little nit, the cycle begins all over again. And parents think another child has re-infected their child's hair (which can be the case) but it is most likely that you did not treat your child's hair properly and thoroughly in the first place. (tough love fam.)

To cut down on the spread of lice you must check, check and check some more. Yes, even children with close cut hair, permed hair, greased hair, clean hair, braided hair, curly hair, thick hair - all hair. We have seen lice and nits in all types of hair.

What do nits and lice look like?

1. Lice look a little like mosquitos. They are usually, dark brown although I have seen light brown ones in light brown hair. They do not have wings, they do not fly.

2. Lice are very good at hiding in thicker parts of the hair.

3. Nits look like flakes of dandruff, or lint, they are white or light gray and they are "glued" onto the hair.

4. If you can not wipe that "flake of dandruff" off of the hair, it is a nit. Use your fingertips to try to wipe it off, if it doesn't come off, it is a nit.

5. If you are still not sure what to look for, send me an email. Either LaShelle, Maritza or I will check.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Proper and thorough treatment is the best way to get rid of lice/nits and to cut down on the spread of lice/nits.


Important Dates

  • Monday March 26th - Parent Workshop on Social Media 5:30pm
  • March 28 — Middle School Picture Day
  • Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 8th - Spring Break
  • Weds. - Thurs., April 11th - April 12th New York State English Language Arts (ELA)Test for grades 3 - 8
  • Weds. - Thurs April 18/19 Elementary School Picture Day
  • Tues., May 1 - Weds., May 2 New York State Mathematics Test for grades 3 - 8
  • Thursday, May 31st Spring Concert
  • Friday, May 11th Early Dismissal for Staff PD
  • May 23 – June 1st Grades 4 and 8 Science performance test to be administered.
  • Monday, June 4th Grades 4 and 8 New York State Science Written section
  • Wednesday, June 20th 8th grade graduation
  • Thursday, June 21st 5th grade moving up ceremony

Fechas importantes

  • Lunes, 26 de marzo - taller para los padres - medios de comunicación social 5:30pm
  • 28 de marzo - Día de Photo Middle School
  • Viernes, 30 de marzo - Domingo, 8 de abril - Vacaciones de primavera
  • Miercoles - Jueves, 11 de abril - 12 de abril Examen del idioma inglés (ELA) grados 3 - 8
  • Martes, 1 de mayo - Miercoles, 2 de mayo Examen de Matemáticas grados 3 - 8
  • Viernes, 11 de mayo salida temprano
  • Miercoles/Jueves Abril 18/19: Días de Photos Pre K - 5
  • 23 de mayo - 1 de junio Grados 4 y 8 Examen de rendimiento de ciencias para ser administrado.
  • Lunes, 4 de junio Grados 4 y 8 Sección Escrita de Ciencia del Estado de Nueva York
  • Miercoles, 20 de junio Graduación de octavo grado
  • Jueves, 21 de junio Celebración de 5to grado