Central Park East II

Week of December 21, 2015

Dates to Keep in Mind

Tuesday, December 22 1pm - Special Winter Solstice Community Meeting

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

Thursday, January 21 - Middle School Parent Meet & Greet

Friday, January 29 - Early Dismissal for All Students - 11:30 AM

Wednesday, February 3rd AND Thursday, February 4th Evening Family Conferences

Thursday, February 4th Afternoon Family Conferences - NO AFTERSCHOOL at CPE II

Monday, February 8th, Luna New Year - No School

Monday, Feb. 15 - Friday, Feb. 19 - Mid Winter Break - No School

Wishing Your Family Peace and Happiness for the New Year

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Healthy Food Tasting for Our Kids

The Health & Wellness Committee served a health veggie dish to all our student (except the campers) this past Friday, December 18. Based on the Fall Fair Veggie Vote Winner, cauliflower, (176 votes, which equals 528 different vegetable tastings! Cauliflower won the day, with a whopping 73 votes.) they roasted that with other veggies for a very tasty treat. Students got the snack along with their lunch and most of them gave the treat a "thumbs up". Thanks to all the parents that helped.

Here is the recipe. Why not try it with your children?

1 medium head of cauliflower, washed and cut into florets

1/4 olive oil

3 tablespoons whole grain mustard

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Juice of 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 450.

In a large bowl, whisk olive oil, mustard, garlic and cheese until blended.

Toss cauliflower into mixture until well coated.

Add salt and pepper.

Roast on a baking sheet, shaking the pan to rotate cauliflower occasionally, for 30-40 minutes, or until the cauliflower tender and slightly brown on the edges.

Sprinkle with the lemon juice before serving.

Making a difference at CPE II

I am very proud to be the principal of a school where a girl in a hijab can go through her day without fear. Part of what makes us special is our recognition that we must continually work toward creating a safe, caring environment for all our students. This includes recognition of the wealth of differences in our community, not ignoring them. And constant vigilance.

Our community has been thinking a lot about the 6th grade Muslim Sixth Grader who was beaten by schoolmates http://www.mintpressnews.com/muslim-sixth-grader-brutally-beaten-by-schoolmates-who-called-her-isis-tore-at-her-hijab/211928/ and the Astoria store owner was attacked. http://astoriapost.com/astoria-gathers-to-support-fatima-food-mart-owner-after-anti-muslim-attack/ just for being Muslim.

What can we do? How can we educate ourselves? (Click on link below to start.) How can we involve our students in developmentally appropriate ways? We have been discussing this at school and welcome your ideas.

What is "Progressive Education"?

"What is the difference between traditional and progressive education?" "What is a writers notebook?", "What happens with my child's math homework?" and "Why doesn't my child get spelling tests?". What are your questions? Please send them to Naomi at Nsmith3@schools.nyc.gov.

District 4 students get FREE admission

Festive Family Programs

Programs take place from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, are free with admission & for members, and include snacks!

Dec. 27: Flower Power
Make a paper poinsettia bouquet.
Dec. 28: Watercolors of the Season
Join us for festive watercolor painting.
Dec. 29: Snow Globes
Capture this holiday spirit by making your very own city snow globe.
Dec. 30: New Year, New City
Create your own journal as a place to record the memories you’ll make in 2016.

Programs made possible by the generous support of: Lulu & Leo Fund, The Brenner Family Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation