CPE II Family Handbook

The CPE II Family Handbook outlines the Philosophy, Policies, and Procedures for the CPE II Community.

You can download the handbook in PDF format here:

Central Park East 2 Parent Handbook 2015-16


Read it below:

Central Park East II Elementary School

Parent Handbook 2015-2016



History of the School

Forty years ago, 1974, the Central Park East schools were born. In February of 1981, Deborah Meier and the Central Park East staff founded Central Park East II (CPEII) as a sister school to Central Park East I (CPE I).  This year CPE II celebrates it 35th Anniversary. The original school was actually housed in the very building CPE II is in now. Deborah Meier, the founder, believed that schools needed to be small, democratic, nurturing places in order to be able to encourage children to develop a love of learning and the ability to think for themselves. Demand grew for such a learning environment. Her educational vision helped to make the CPE schools a vital force in the movement for progressive education in the city and throughout the country. In September of 2004, both CPE I and CPE II became a fully recognized schools.


Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide progressive education to children in East Harlem, as well as to children in New York City.  By challenging children through active exploration of content and by allowing them to develop at their own pace, we teach them to be critical and creative thinkers, readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and artists.  Furthermore, by emphasizing their place in the school community, as well as our school’s place in the civic community, we aim to inculcate in them the importance of taking part in society as a whole. We want our children to be activists who make a difference in the world.


Our Space

CPE II Elementary School (Pre K through 5th grade) is located on the fourth floor of P.S. 171, on Madison between 103rd and 104th Streets. Our CPE II Middle School is located on the 3rd floor, East Wing, or PS/MS 108, located at 1615 Madison Ave, between 108th and 109th Streets. The classrooms are set up to accommodate whole group meetings, active learning and group work, while also creating space that allows students to work independently. CPE II shares the auditorium, cafeteria, gym, and playground space at both sites.


Our Community

Central Park East II is a small, public school in Community School District Four, East Harlem. Most of our 350 students come from all parts of Harlem.  We work hard to maintain a diverse community.  We have 15 classes, many of which are inclusion classes, serving pre-kindergarten through sixth graders. In additional to our classroom teachers, our staff includes a licensed librarian and specialists in performing and visual arts, science, physical education and reading. We also have full-time specialists who provide mandated services in counseling, speech, and occupational therapy.



CPEII is part of the NYC public school system and is subject to all its rules.  We were recently designated as a PROSE school, through which the DOE and UFT are committed to giving flexibility to schools that have a history of excellence as well as strong collaboration among staff and parents. At CPEII we are committed to making consensus-based decisions, with ultimate power vested in the principal, who is guided by the faculty and input from parents via the School Leadership Team.



CPEII is an un-zoned school, which means anyone residing in New York City may apply.  However, new DOE regulations have placed some restrictions on admissions. Pre-K, Kindergarten and 6th grade admissions are centralized by the DOE, with a mandated priority for District 4.  Siblings of CPE II students in grades K through 5 have priority admission for Pre K and Kindergarten.  First to fifth graders apply directly to our school. We strive to create a diverse school community that includes parents and guardians who understand and choose our philosophy.  To this end we offer tours so that families will know our philosophy and community before applying.


Educational Philosophy

Central Park East II (CPEII) is committed to providing a progressive education to its students.  Our emphasis is on critical, creative and independent thinking.  We build the curriculum based on the staff’s understanding of pertinent research on children’s intellectual development, as well as on city and state curriculum requirements, including the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). We look for ways to give students choice within the curriculum and within the school day. Because our methods derive from a child-centered perspective, our classrooms look and feel different from traditional public school classrooms.

The following are some tenets of our philosophy:

  • Our school is small, to foster a sense of community. Teachers know each student and students know all teachers.
  • Our educational philosophy is child-centered. Child-centered means that the organization of the school and the methods we use to teach children emerge from our knowledge of how children learn best, and from our belief that, given appropriate opportunities, children actively and enthusiastically participate in developing their own abilities and identities.
  • Our curriculum is developmentally appropriate, meaning that children are introduced to new ideas and skills at a pace appropriate to their readiness to learn. Since children of the same age will typically reflect different levels of readiness, they may be working at different levels of complexity in our classes. Children who learn when they are ready are naturally enthusiastic and love learning.
  • Our curriculum is hands-on; children are encouraged to experience concepts. There is an emphasis on building from children’s interests and learning in a meaningful way, with opportunities to apply skills and knowledge to meaningful problems. Our classrooms include activities that foster learning by doing.
  • We believe learning happens within a social context. Therefore, we teach cooperative learning. Children work independently, but they also collaborate on projects in groups and with partners.  We emphasize that each child discuss what he or she has learned with the group.  In addition, we teach children to interact with their peers and their teachers with respect, kindness and responsibility. In line with the philosophy of the Responsive Classroom, each class has a morning meeting where every child is greeted and welcomed for the day. Other activities, based on Emotionally Responsive Practice, serve to build self-respect and respect for others. All members of the community get to know each other in many ways.
  • One of the fundamental principles of our philosophy is that engaging in the arts is crucial to intellectual development. Consequently, our arts program includes visual and performing arts.


School Day

The official hours for CPE II are 8:20 to 2:40 daily.  Elementary school students may enter the school cafeteria beginning at 7:30 for recess and breakfast. Middle School students can arrive at the middle school at 7:45, however they are also welcome for early recess at 7:30 at our main site at 104th Street. Breakfast is offered from 8:00 to 8:15. At 8:20 our pre-K, kindergarten, and 1st-grade students are picked up from the cafeteria. Our 2nd through 5th graders are sent upstairs at this time. Our 6th graders are picked up from the 108th Street yard.


Please note that we ask you not have discussions with teachers and paras when dropping children off.  These adults need to support children during the transition from home to school.  Please email teachers, Yhane (Yhane@cpe2.org) or Naomi (Nsmith3@schools.nyc.org) with any information or questions. Yhane will check her email throughout the day to monitor parent’s urgent needs or concerns.  Teachers, in general, will not read or respond to emails during school time.


Our morning meetings are a very important part of our school day. Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together and interact with one another during four purposeful components:

  • Greeting Students and teachers greet one other by name and practice offering hospitality.
  • Sharing Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
  • Group Activity Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).
  • Morning Message Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher(s). The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.


We have found that this makes a big difference in how the children navigate their school day and their overall school experience. When your child is late, they miss this very important part of the school day.

Early Dismissal Days

CPE II has early dismissal days for family conferences and to facilitate additional time for staff professional development, looking at students work and collaborative planning. Please check the school calendar for these dates. On these days pickup is at 11:30 AM. Yellow school buses run on these days and load at 12 noon.


Here is a list of all early dismissal dates for the year and their purpose.

Oct. 23 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development 11:30am

Nov. 5 Afternoon Family Conference 11:30 dismissal (This is the system-wide date)

Jan. 29 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30)

Feb. 4 Early Dismissal for Family Conferences (This is a CPE II date, not the system-wide.)

Mar 3 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30) (This is the system wide date for family conferences, but PD for CPE II staff.)

May 19 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30)

Jun.  23 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30)


CPE II Dismissal

All elementary school students are dismissed from the school cafeteria through the center doors that open onto the 104th Street yard.  Pre-K, kindergarten, and 1st-grade students should be picked up at 2:35 p.m., and 2nd- to 5th-graders at 2:40 p.m. To facilitate a smooth pick up, each class has a designated table.  Other tables are designated for each bus and each afterschool that picks up It is really important that adults enter the cafeteria through the 104th Street doors, which open at 2:30, and go directly to their child’s class table. If you have more than one child at CPE II, please meet all you children at the table of the youngest child.  Please do not stand around.  If you want to chat with another adult, please sit at one of your children’s class tables. By 2:50, children not picked up will go to the 4th floor. Thanks for helping us with a safe, calm dismissal.


Middle School students will be dismissed through the 108th Street yard.


Changes in a child’s pickup routine (no bus, play dates, etc.) must be communicated by adults. WE WILL NOT MAKE CHANGES COMMUNICATED BY CHILDREN. Classroom teachers are not involved with dismissal.  Should you have last-minute changes in dismissal instructions, please call the office between 9:00 and 10:30 and between 12 to 1:30. It is preferred that you send an email to yhane@cpe2.org and ask to have your child’s name put on the dismissal change list BEFORE 1:30.



Regular attendance is critical to successful achievement in school.  Conversely, poor attendance is one of the most significant indicators of potential risk. Every absence (and lateness) represents a loss of instructional time and is recorded in the ATS (Automate the Schools) system of the Department of Education (DOE). Your child’s attendance becomes part of your child’s permanent record and is one of the main criteria middle schools use to assess incoming students. A Form 407 Attendance Follow-up and Outreach Referral is automatically generated for excessive absence.


  • Students should not miss school except in the case of illness. Please send in a note for each absence. A doctor’s note is required after 2 days. Email Yhane@cpe2.org.
  • Please do not schedule vacations during school days. Use school vacations. *
  • Please make every effort to schedule doctor’s appointments after school hours. If this is not possible, please have your child attend for part of the day. If a child is scheduled for an afternoon appointment, an adult must pick the child up from school. Children may not leave school on their own before 2:40PM. Please make sure that all adults with permission to pick your child up are listed on the emergency form.
  • If a child wakes up late, it is better for them to arrive late than miss the entire day.



Our teachers work to support your child in many ways. We have found that using the Responsive Classroom structure for Morning Meeting provides our students with a “welcome,” involves them in community building, and gives them the support they need to have a happy, productive day.  When your child arrives late, s/he misses this important part of the day.


Morning Meeting is generally followed by a major academic period, which may be math, reading, or writing workshop.  Since our workshop structure begins with a mini lesson, your child’s lateness prevents him/her from receiving this information, leaving him/her lost for the duration of the workshop.


When a child arrives late, teachers must offer him/her information on what s/he needs to do. Thus the teacher must interrupt all other children’s learning to do this.


Finally, we want to remind you that each lateness, along with each absence, is recorded in the ATS system and thus becomes part of your child’s permanent record.  This becomes particularly important when children apply to middle school because absence and lateness are scrutinized by many middle schools.


If your child arrives late at the elementary school, he or she must get a late pass in the CPE II main office.  Do not take your child directly to class. Please realize that class has already started and the teachers are taking care of their students.  Teachers cannot come to the door to chat. Important information can be given to Yhane, Saramit, Naomi or Theresa, who can then relay the message at an appropriate time. Middle School students go directly to the classroom.



CPE II is a Title I school and is part of the Universal Free Lunch program. All students are entitled to a free school lunch daily. The daily menu can be found at http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/schoolfood/MenusDailyDisplay.aspx and click on K-8 Lunch Menu. Students may eat a school lunch or bring a nutritious home lunch if they choose to do so, but all students must eat lunch. Students who cannot drink milk can bring a note from their doctor and receive juice with their lunch. All food brought into school must comply with the CPE II healthy foods policy which does not allow:  high-fat, high-sugar junk foods such as: all types of candy, chips, pudding, cakes and cookies.   Please note that although there are healthy fruit snacks, granola/cereal and nutrition bars, we ask that students not bring any snack bars to school.  It is really difficult to monitor these in the school setting.


Please note that the school lunchroom is not nut free.  We do separate students with nut allergies from those students eating food with nuts.  Classrooms, however, that have a child with a nut allergy are nut free.  Classroom teachers will advise you at the beginning of the year.


School as Safe Space

Our school community places a priority on being a safe space where children and adults value empathy and non-violence. Children learn best where they feel safe and cared for.


There is NO HITTING and NO HITTING BACK at CPE II. Teasing, name-calling and other forms of verbal harassment are also not tolerated. The staff of CPE II works to support students in finding ways to express their anger and solve problems without hitting or name-calling. Students and adults are all expected to speak respectfully to each other, to use kind words and avoid unkind words, and to work out any disagreements or struggles through conversation, debate, and consensus. Parents can support this process by reminding their children of these rules. Please speak to your child about their school day on a regular basis. If a child reports that these rules are being broken, parents should alert the school immediately.


How do we create a safe space?

We use several programs aimed at teaching children how to be kind and how to negotiate conflicts. These include Responsive Classroom, Emotionally Responsive Practice. This year CPE II has received a significant grant from the Center for Compassionate Community (CCC) at Adelphi University to develop a comprehensive empathy-building program.


Using the Responsive Classroom approach, teachers promote social and emotional learning in the classroom. CPE II staff has worked to mold the RC approach to a CPE II-wide program that supports our safe, joyful and challenging learning environment.


Each class starts the year with each student’s Hopes and Dreams. Class rules are developed based on what the class community needs for students to realize their Hopes and Dreams.


Every class starts the day with a morning meeting that is structured to build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success socially and academically. The meetings have four purposeful components:


Greeting: Students and teachers greet one other by name and practice offering hospitality.

Sharing: Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.

Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game that reinforces social or academic skills).

Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.



We want children to cooperate all the time. We want them to care about the entire school community and beyond. We keep these ideas in mind when children are not cooperating. Each room has a “time out” space where students can make themselves ready to return to the classroom activities under way.


When a child’s behavior does not match what we expect of them, we support them in learning what is appropriate.  This is not done through punishment, but by logical consequences. This includes redirecting students when behavior is not appropriate. Giving a child an in class time out when redirection has not worked and then giving them a time out in your buddy room.  The goal is to reintegrate them into the work as soon as they are ready to do so.


Disruptive Behavior



Respect for All DOE Policy

This policy supports the maintenance of a safe and supportive learning environment that is free from harassment, intimidation and/or bullying and from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, citizen-ship/immigration status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or weight.



CPE II will have a school-based after school for students in Pre K through 5th grade. It will start on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 and operate from 2:40 PM to 5:45PM on every full school day through Thursday, June 23, 2015. The cost for the full week program (2:40 to 5:45) will be of $65 and $17 per day for part time.  We also offer an early program, 2:40 to 4:00 for $35 a week.


Other programs that CPE II children attend. Pre-K not available.  For Kindergarten please check.

Free or low cost.

  • Rising Stars Program at Union Settlement Ages 6 to 12 in year-round activities, including homework assistance, tutoring, computer instruction, visual and performing arts projects & recreational activities. Washington Community Center 1775 Third Avenue (98th Street). The contact person for intake is: Cynthia Medina, 212.828.6123 Cmedina@unionsett.org Pick up is provided
  • Children’s Aid Society The CAS center at 130 East 101st Street picks up children from CPE II. The phone number is 212 348 2343. Pick up is provided
  •      Boys’ and Girls’ Harbor 212-427-2244), located directly across the street from CPE II, provides recreational and academic programs. Its after-school programs run five days a week until-6:00 p.m. Pickup is provided.
  • Boys Club of East Harlem 321 E 111th St New York, NY 10029-3003 (212) 534-2661 PICKUP MUST BE ARRANGED.
  • RBI has established a new afterschool program in collaboration with PS 171.  The after school program will be open to grades K-5 and operate from 2:40 to 5:30 from October through May. This is a free program
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program 2050 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10029


We are working on Middle School afterschool options.



  • The 92nd street Y will pick up from CPE2 this year.  Contact Julian Levine [JLevine@92y.org] Program Director, Noar Afterschool P: 212.415.5624 |  F: 212.415.5637 for more information.


  • A.C.T. After-School Program at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine111th and Amsterdam, (212) 316-7530. The A.C.T. After-School Program offers a safe, fun and relaxed atmosphere for children at the end of the school day. Currently transportation is NOT provided.







The emphasis at CPE II is on critical, creative, and independent thinking.  We build our curriculum from our knowledge of children’s intellectual development in accordance with city and state curricular guidelines.  While the basic components of our curriculum remain the same, we reevaluate each content area every year.



We teach reading through a combination of whole language and phonics techniques called balanced literacy.  In both reading and writing we use the workshop method, which means that lessons begin with mini-lessons on a particular topic, for example how proficient readers make predictions as they read, or proper use of quotation marks.  After the mini-lesson, students work independently, in pairs or in small groups.


Although reading looks a little different for different grade groups, all students are assessed on a regular basis and read “Just Right” books based on this assessment. Students book-shop weekly for books at their just right level.  Students read at home as well. Students in grades 2 and up maintain book-logs that track their reading at school and at home. We count on parent support to maintain the logs and monitor that students are reading.


In Writing Workshop, students work in many genres over the course of the school year. This might be a “small moment” based on their experiences, or a non-fiction book based on something they know well. Students learn to revise, edit and publish their work. Each unit ends with a publishing party, many of which are open to parents.



This year CPE II elementary students will be continuing to use a math curriculum called A Story of Units, from Engage New York. This curriculum was written by mathematicians and teachers associated with the development of the Common Core Math Standards. Like the Investigations curriculum we used in the past, A Story of Units addresses each mathematical strand (for example, Geometry) in every grade, with varying emphasis.  This allows students to build their understandings sequentially, based on earlier understandings they develop in younger grades.  With “sense-making” at the center of the lessons, the curriculum emphasizes using what is known to develop understandings of what is being learned. To support this sense-making approach, the curriculum includes a consistent emphasis on fluency practice as well as a sequencing of topics to highlight the depth of central mathematical ideas around which the Common Core Math Standards are designed. Our Middle School will be using the Connected Math Program, which provides a similar opportunity for our older students.


Social Studies and Science

Social Studies is classroom based. A variety of learning takes place across the grades in these areas, keeping in mind that it is better to explore topics deeply and over time, rather than jump quickly from topic to topic to “cover” a great number of topics. Curriculum letters are distributed by classroom teachers at our school OPEN HOUSE (Monday September, 21st) and indicate what studies will happen in the classroom over the year.


The Arts and Physical Education

At CPE II we consider arts and physical education a right, not a privilege. Students receive instruction in the visual arts, performing arts and physical education.  Despite the fact that we are in a shared space and have limited access to schoolwide facilities (such as the gym and the auditorium) we maximize student access to the arts and physical education by partnering with a variety of organizations.

CPE II partners with several organizations to expand the work we do. This includes:


  • ArtsConnection – Dancers from the Rod Rodgers Dance Company provide a dance program. A basic introductory program is offered to students in grades Pre K though 2. At the end of 2nd grade, students audition for a core class. Core members meet weekly after school.
  • 92nd Street “Y” Musical Introduction Series for grades 2 & 3. See information at: http://www.92y.org/mis?utm_source=Outreach&utm_medium=email_MIS_Jun1114&utm_campaign=Ed_Outreach
  • 92nd Street “Y” Choral program Our 4th graders will participate in this program for the first time this year.
  • Rosie’s Kids – New in 2014/15 (for 5th graders) a 15-week, in-school program designed to introduce students to American musical theater http://www.rosiestheaterkids.org/in-school-programs/
  • New Victory Theater – Through our membership, students in pre K through 6th grade attend performances and receive workshops related to the performance.
  • Opus 118 provides violin instruction to about 60 CPE II students during the school day. The history of Opus 118 is described in the movie Music of the Heart and the documentary Small Wonders. Students are selected through a first grade lottery for participation in the violin program. Students then remain in the program throughout their time at CPE II. This group instruction program is funded by the school and is free of charge to families. OPUS 118 also provides after school lessons in violin (and viola, cello, guitar and piano as well). For more information and to register go to http://www.opus118.org and click on “Register Now for 2015-16!”.
  • The Recess Enhancement Program of Asphalt Green supports recess twice a week, making it an active and cooperative time.
  • Living the Dream In collaboration with Manhattan Country School and Children’s Workshop School, our 5th graders explore the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. through this annual program through which they evaluate picture books published the previous calendar year in relation to this vision.
  • Waterproofing at Asphalt Green is a free weekly swim instruction and water safety program for 2nd graders
  • John McEnroe Tennis Academy/Sportime Randall’s Island provides free weekly tennis instruction for 3rd graders
  • Lasker Rink – Central Park (Entrance just south of park entrance at 110th Street & Lenox Avenue) All students in grades Pre K through 1st ice skate weekly during from November through March.
  • About The Swing is a wonderful foundation that arranges concerts featuring some of the finest jazz musicians working today. They also encourage the school and the parents to prepare students for the concert by exposing them to the music, art, life of the selected composer(s) for that year, as well as historical background of the time period in which the music was written and originally performed.

The musicians who perform include CPE II parents.

  • Waterfront Stewardship Program at Randall’s Island Our middle schoolers will be part of the Billion Oysters program
  • Wildlife Conservation Society Using Visionmaker NYC our Middle Schoolers will be able to develop and share climate-resilient and sustainable designs for Manhattan based on rapid model estimates of the water cycle, carbon cycle, biodiversity and population.


Library/Technology The Library/ Media Center is an integral part of our school program, supporting and enriching the work done in the classroom. The goal of the Library/ Media Center is to enable students to become smart, discerning consumers and producers of all media.

CPE II is part of the MyLibraryNYC program. This program allows our teachers to request the direct delivery of public library materials from the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library systems to support the classroom. In addition, CPE II teachers and students will receive a public library card that provides additional borrowing privileges not offered to others.


Worktime All classes, pre-K through 6th grade, have some form of Work Time.  In the early grades, this is a time during which students learn to use a variety of materials. Worktime choices can include block building, sewing, writing, cooking, etc.  As children progress through the school, work time becomes more structured. At times, Worktime becomes a time in which to work on content-related projects, such as making a papier mâché penguin related to a unit on Antarctica.  Work Time is also a time when students learn about and care for classroom pets.


Special Education Services CPE II is an inclusive school and has many students receiving special education services.  Students are serviced in a variety of ways, based on the requirements of their IEPs.  More than half of our classes are currently ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching). The ICT model allows all children in a class to get the support and attention they need by funding two teachers for a class with one class’s worth of children. In addition to ICT classes, we currently offer OT, counseling and Speech and Language services.


Trips:  CPE II considers field trips an essential part of the school curriculum.  Regular excursions for swimming, tennis and ice-skating take place throughout the school year. Our upper grade (grades 4,5, and 6) students go camping. Our membership in the New Victory Theatre insures that our students have access to quality, age-appropriate performances. Teachers look for field trips that connect to the work that is going on in the classroom.  No child is ever denied participation in any trip or activity based on their abitlity to pay.  Please contact Naomi, Yhane or Saramit, should there be a problem with paying for any CPE II activity.


Assessing Student Progress

Conscientious and effective teaching methods depend on regular assessment.  Methods of assessing students’ progress are integral to teachers’ methods at CPEII.  Children learn and exhibit their understanding in many different ways. Therefore, our teachers use a variety of assessments, formal and informal.  Some of the assessments our teachers use are daily reporting, note-taking, clipboard inventories, book logs, student journals and one-on-one conferences.  Teachers then analyze this data, looking for patterns, concerns, strengths, areas of avoidance, areas of interest, and areas that may need intervention or follow-up.


Standardized Testing

Students at CPE II take all standardized tests mandated by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Currently the NYSED administers standardized ELA and Math assessments in grades 3 through 6. Fourth graders also have a State Science assessment.  Last year many CPE II families chose to opt their children out of State testing. We support all families to make the best decision for their children.

2016/17 school year dates.

Grades 3–5 English Language Arts, Tuesday, March 28 – Thursday, March 30, 2017

Grades 3–5 Mathematics, Tuesday, May 2  – Thursday, May 4,, 2017

Grade 4 Science Performance Test, between Wednesday, May 24 – Friday, June 2, 2017 (TBA)

Grade 4 Science Written, Monday, June 5, 2017


We believe that assessment should be authentic; that is, related directly to the work each child is doing in school.  We are troubled by the trend in public education towards increased standardized testing, which takes assessment out of the hands of those working closest to the students.  While some standardized tests may be useful, we oppose the use of standardized tests for grade promotion (high-stakes testing) or for the evaluation of teachers and schools.  We are pleased with Chancellor Fariña’s New Promotion Policy for Students in Grades 3-8 that uses multiple measures, rather than State tests for promotional decisions.


When a Student Needs Extra Support

The staff at CPE II monitors the progress of their students very closely. We strive to meet the needs of each of our students through a variety of instructional practices. For students that need extra help, we are able to offer several types of services including extra support from math and literacy specialists, as well as IEP service providers.


We offer services, including counseling, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy. These services are provided based on evaluations by a team of professionals.  Any parent who feels that their child requires such services may contact the principal for assistance.


Reporting Student Progress


Goal Setting is a key component of the fall conference is setting goals for the student.  At the spring conference, the goals are revisited.  Parents will be requested to sign up in advance for a specific conference time. We look forward to 100% participation in these conferences – this is one of the commitments you make as a Central Park East II parent or guardian, and the sharing of information is critical to the success of your child.

Narrative reports are issued twice a year. In February and June teachers compose a report for each child describing the child’s learning process, growth and development, strengths and challenges. The reports are meant to inform families of their child’s progress and are separate from the official cumulative record or newly created STARS system.  We are always looking for ways to improve our reporting to parents.


Family Conferences are held in the February and are timed to allow for reflection on your child’s progress report. All parents school schedule a conference and attend with their child(ren).



Parent-Teacher Communication

CPE II encourages and expects parents to be vital supporters of their children’s school experiences and to communicate with teachers about issues affecting their children.  Open, honest communication is in everyone’s best interest as we all have the same goal – the positive growth and learning of our children.  If you have a concern about your child’s experience at school, please approach your child’s teacher first. Parent–teacher conferences may be scheduled at any time during the year, by the parent or the teacher.  If you then feel the issue is not resolved, please inform the Principal of your concerns.


Individual teachers will notify you of their preferred method of communication.  Some prefer a phone call to the school to schedule an appointment.  Some are happy to correspond by email. The beginning and end of the day are not the best time to expect an in-depth discussion of your child. Sending a note to your child’s teacher in the purple folder is also a good way to communicate a concern or ask for a meeting.


The Purple Folder The Home/School communications folder (better known as The Purple Folder) is essential for good communication between families and staff. Each child carries this folder daily. A Yellow Contact Form is kept in the back pocket at all times. Homework, notices, forms, our weekly newsletter, and communications from the teacher are sent home in these folders. Parents should check these folders daily. Parents can then return absence notes, completed forms, trip money, and letters to the teacher and other communications to the school in the same folder.


CPE II Notes: Published every weekend, CPE II Notes is the fundamental means of communication within the CPE II community. The newsletter contains important dates and announcements. Please make time to read it over and discuss it together every week.

CPE II Notes is e-mailed to parents and posted on the CPE II website.  If you need a paper copy, please notify the principal and it will be sent home in the Purple Folder.


Discussing Concerns If you have a concern you wish to discuss with the school, please follow the procedures outlined below:

  • Address your concern to your child’s teacher if it pertains to your child’s classroom. If this does not work out, please contact the Parent Coordinator or Principal.
  • Address your concern to the teacher and to the Parent Coordinator or Principal if it involves something outside of your child’s classroom or another student.



Your child’s teacher will let you know at the beginning of the year how and when homework will be distributed and collected. Daily reading is an essential part of all students’ homework. Please support your child in providing a structure for completion of his or her homework.


Research shows that school success is linked to the amount of time a child reads. Although this will vary from grade to grade, all students’ homework includes a routine of reading. From grades 2 and up, children will keep a reading log as well.


Homework will be given when independent practice can support learning in the classroom. Because our students will be very busy each day in their classes, it is important that they have time to engage in other activities outside of school, or simply have “free time.” Thus homework is kept to a minimum and is never busy work.  Parents who would like more extensive homework can discuss this with teachers, who can make recommendations for fruitful home learning.




Family participation is closely linked to students’ academic success. Research shows that parent involvement improves students’ achievement, school programs, and the school environment. At CPE II there is a role for every parent. Please participate! WE NEED YOU! Our School/Parent Compact provides guidelines for the school’s responsibility to parents, as well as the parents’ responsibility to the school.


Over the course of the year we offer a variety of parent workshops ranging from supporting your child academically and emotionally to creating jewelry and scrapbooks.


The Parents Association

The Parents Association (PA) works to support and supplement the education provided to the children of CPE II. People like you—parents and other caregivers who care about their children’s education—make up the Parents Association. The small student body of CPE II is part of what makes the school a vibrant and effective educational institution; however, a small student body means a small parent body. In order for our school to thrive, all parents need to be involved. All adults with a child at CPE II are automatic members of the Parents Association.


Meetings will be alternating between morning and evening on-site meetings to accommodate parents’ schedules. If you can’t make a meeting, but have some thoughts you want to share, please contact members of the executive board, who will raise your concerns at the meeting.


The PA has an active Google group, and maintains the CPE II PA website at www.CPE2.org. To join the Google group, go to the website and click on the link. The group moderator will send you an invitation. The group is at http://groups.google.com/group/cpe2parents.



School Leadership Team School Leadership Teams (SLTs) are charged by New York State with making policy decisions for their school and supporting implementation of these policies. CPE II, like every public school in the state, has a team made up of equal numbers of staff and family representatives. These representatives are elected for 2-year terms.


The SLT meets every month on Friday afternoons. Family members and staff not on the SLT are free to attend meetings but not able to vote on issues under discussion. Families and staff can contact any of the SLT members to raise questions and concerns, voice opinions, and suggest ideas. You can find out about what issues are being discussed and what policies are decided from CPE II Notes or through Parents Association meetings and staff meetings.


Please note that personal concerns about particular children/teachers are not the purview of the SLT.  The SLT is a policy-making body.  If you have a concern, please see our section on addressing concerns.


Long-Range Planning Starting in 2006/07, the SLT began articulating a long-range plan for the school.  All faculty and parents are encouraged to attend the Long-Range Planning Committee Meetings that will be held annually.  This committee is sponsored by the SLT, but committee and subcommittee members need not be part of the SLT.


Grants & Fundraising Committee In 2006/07, the school created a grants and fundraising committee whose goal is to seek and maintain relations with grant-giving organizations.  Goals include funding an afterschool program, technology, a garden, and library renovations.  Volunteers are welcome!


Addressing One Another We encourage both adults and children to address each other on a first name basis within our community.  We have found that this simple informality of address contributes to a close and special bond between students, their families, and school employees.  It reminds us, with every interaction, that we are a school family, working together as equally respected individuals, to foster and delight in the development and learning of our children.


Parent Volunteering


What else do parents do?  We are only limited by the talents and capabilities of our parents.  Here are some examples:

  • Become class parents
  • Join committees (Health & Wellness, Fall Fair, etc.)
  • Help organize and maintain classrooms (clean, fix up, etc.)
  • Teach string figures, sewing, knitting, cooking, etc.
  • Build cubbies, room dividers, shelves, etc.
  • Paint
  • Clerical help in the main office
  • Escort classes on trips
  • Help organize performances and exhibits especially the Talent Show and End of Year Art Exhibit.
  • Wash Art Shirts
  • Do the salad bar at lunch
  • Collect BoxTops (we raised hundreds of dollars a year through the BoxTop program. For a list of participating products go to: http://www.boxtops4education.com/participating-products)
  • And so much more


Staying informed is the best way to insure that your child is receiving the best education he or she can is to stay informed.

  • Check your child’s purple folder daily. Use the purple folder to send forms and notes back to your child’s teacher.
  • Check your email regularly. You will be receiving CPE II Notes, classroom updates and other school updates weekly.
  • Read the CPEII notes every week, paper copy available to those who request it.
  • Attend Family Conferences and Parent Workshops.
  • And if you have questions or concerns related to your child’s classroom, contact your child’s teacher. Email is the best way to communicate to your teacher, however keep in mind that teachers generally do not check email during the school day.
  • If you have a general school question or need to communicate time sensitive information during the school day, please contact Yhane (yhane@cpe2.org) or Naomi (nsmith3@schools.nyc.gov) or call the office, 212-860-5992 or 212-860-8884.


We are happy to host small birthday celebrations for your child. Please make advance arrangements for such celebrations with your child’s teacher. The traditional menu is cupcakes and juice or water. Some families provide breakfast muffins for morning celebrations.  Please, no candy, no goody bags, no soda. CPE II has a policy that siblings do not participate in classroom birthday celebrations. If you are having a party outside of the school, unless the entire class is being invited, party invitations should not be distributed at school.



CPE II recognizes the importance of the religious beliefs of its students, parents, and staff.  While the school is sensitive to religious observances and may, on occasion, use these as vehicles for exploring diverse cultures, it does not celebrate religious holidays or promote or endorse any particular religious belief.  Every effort is made to schedule school functions, including field trips, meetings, fundraising activities and workdays on days other than major religious holidays.



Parent Contact Forms

Parents will be asked to complete a form with emergency information at the beginning of school.  These forms are our lifeline to you.  They are our quick-reference guide for your child.  Since it is critical that the school is able to reach you, please remember to update the information during the year as soon as any changes occur. In addition, parents complete a shorter form, which is kept in the purple folder, for quick easy access, especially during dismissal.


Health Forms

Good health is crucial to learning. Students should get yearly checkups from the doctor and dentist.  It is important that the school is aware of any health or medical related issues for your child.


If your child has a medical condition (Asthma, allergies, etc.) and/or needs to take medications during the school day, please complete a 504 form. You can download the form at: <http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/SchoolHealthForms/default.htm> or can request this form from our school office.



It is essential that all students have the mandated Immunizations.  Immunizations are the vaccines (shots) that protect your child from these serious childhood diseases including: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough, Hib Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Chickenpox, and Pneumococcal Disease. The Citywide Immunization Registry can help to keep children’s records up to date – and to make those records available to parents and health care providers. Visit the Citywide Immunization Registry online at www.nyc.gov/health/cir. Call the Health Department’s Immunization Hotline at 311 for further information about available vaccination services.


Parents who do not wish to have their child immunized based on religious beliefs or advice from a doctor that it poses a risk to the student’s health must submit their request for a waiver in writing and, if a health issue, include a physician’s statement. Children who do not have the appropriate immunizations or an approved DOE waiver must be excluded from school.


Dressing for school

CPE II encourages students to dress in clothing that is comfortable. School activities often require sitting on the rug or floor.  Students are likely to paint, use markers and glue several times a week. Daily recess is best enjoyed in sneakers, or other sturdy footwear.  Please avoid fancy clothing that students “cannot get dirty.”  We ask that students wear their CPE II shirts for community meetings and class trips.


Electronic items, Cell Phones, etc.

We know that some children travel long distances to school.  It is preferable that students not bring cell phones to school.  Contact between parents and students during the school day should take place through the school office. If parents feel it is important for children to carry these items for their trips to and from school, they must turn off the phone when they get to school and be kept off and out of site during the school day.  DSs or other electronic games, cell phones, iPods, etc. cannot be used in school. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. These items will be confiscated if taken out or used. Parents, please make sure your children comply with this rule.


School Nurse

There is a full-time nurse who services both schools in the building. She can be reached at 212-426-8297.  Her office is in Room 201 on the second floor.


Student Support & Counseling

Norma, our guidance counselor, is a point person for students that need to talk with someone about a problem. In addition, through collaboration with IPTAR, our school is able to provide individual counseling to a limited number of children. This is our tenth year of providing such services and the entire school community has been pleased with the services that IPTAR offers our students. Referrals for counseling can be made by school staff, parents or students themselves. Parents who feel that their child needs such support on a short term or ongoing basis should contact Norma <ndiazcpe2@aol.com>, Saramit or Naomi.



If your child contracts a communicable illness, please inform us so that we may inform other parents of their child’s exposure.  If your child has a fever, nausea or diarrhea or other adverse symptoms, please keep your child at home to recover.  If these symptoms develop at school, you will be asked to take your child home.  Before sending your child to school, be sure your child feels well enough to have a positive, productive day and be considerate of the health of others around your child.


If your child gets sick or hurt at school we will take the immediate action necessary  (first aid, the nurse, the hospital) and we will call you. Please make sure that we have up-to-date phone numbers and addresses for your family and emergency contact people. We must be able to reach every family.


Please be aware that unless your child is seriously ill, he or she will remain in our office until you arrive.  The school nurse’s office is not available to us for children to rest or lie down.



Elementary-aged children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep at night in order to function at their best during the day.  Even mild sleep deprivation can have a significant toll on a young child during the day.  In addition, research shows that sleep deprivation often manifests itself in the inability of a child to concentrate and can also cause behavioral problems.  Please set up a regular evening routine (a time to start getting ready, a book or two, etc.) to make sure your child gets adequate sleep.



All children, with any hair type can get lice.  Having lice is not an indication of poor hygiene or poor parenting.   The CPE II PA sponsors professional lice treatment specialists to come to our school to check all students and adults for lice.  If a staff member sees that a student is showing symptoms of having lice (itching, red bumps on the neck, shoulders, sores from too much scratching) s/he will do a lice check.  If a child has nits and/or lice, their parents are notified.  If there are live lice, the child needs to be picked up from school as soon as possible.  The parents are asked to treat the case immediately. There is now a “no head lice” policy for all NYC public schools, but no longer a “no nit” policy. Students found to have live head lice will be excluded from school and not allowed to return until they are lice-free. The child can return to school once there are no longer any live lice in the hair.  Students will be reexamined in 14 days to confirm that they have remained lice-free.  Students with nits and no evidence of live head lice will not be excluded from school.


Accident Reports

Any serious accidents that occur at CPE II will be documented in an online report, by the responsible adult present at the time of injury.  The usual bumps and scrapes requiring a band-aid and/or a bit of sympathy do not generate such reports.


Notification of School Closings and Delayed Openings

CPE II follows the procedures and regulations of the New York City Department of Education. The Chancellor will make an announcement by 6:00am if school opening is delayed or if schools are closed. Please listen to the news. TV channels include 2,4,5,7,9,11, New York 1 and WNYE-TV.  Radio Stations include: WINS (1010 AM), WCBS (880 AM) WLIB (1190 AM), WBLS (107.5 FM) WADO (1280 AM), WKDM (1380 AM), WNYE (91.5 FM) WSKQ ( 97.9 FM) and WXLX (620 AM). Calling the school is not useful, as we don’t have anyone in the office until after students arrive. In the case of a delayed opening, CPE II will open at 10:20. Morning busses will come to your stop 2 hours later. Dismissal will be at the regular time.


Health and Wellness Initiative

According to a NYC Department of Health survey of K-5 students, 24% are obese and 19% are overweight.   Physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood. CPE II has been working with the NYC Department of Health to develop a school health and wellness policy that addresses this crisis. This policy is attached to this Family Handbook. The school wellness council exists to promote our health and wellness policy and consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community.  Interested parents are welcome to join this committee.


Health Coverage: It is important that children have regular health care. New York State has a health insurance plan for kids, called Child Health Plus. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Child Health Plus A (formerly Children’s Medicaid) or Child Health Plus B. Both Child Health Plus A and B are available through dozens of providers throughout the state. Enrolling in Child Health Plus is easy. If your child does not have health coverage, please call this toll-free number: 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543), and ask about Child Health Plus or go to http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/chplus/index.htm




Many Central Park East II students live beyond walking distance from the school. Eligible students may receive a metro card or ride the school bus, not both.


Many of these students ride one of several yellow bus routes that service Harlem, the Upper West Side and Washington Heights. Students who live along these routes, and are at least five years old, can ride the school bus.

Here are the current stops. Morning Routes


Route Number:          M1196

Vendor Name:           SNT BUS INC

Vendor Phone:          (718) 828-5336


Stop Location             Estimated Time

138TH ST && JACKSON AV  6:39



SAINT NICHOLAS AV && W 141ST ST        7:12


FIFTH AV && EAST 132ND ST         7:21

LEXINGTON AV && E 122ND ST     7:31

2 AV && E 119          7:41


E 108TH ST && 2ND AV



Route Number:          M1025

Vendor Name:           SNT BUS INC

Vendor Phone:          (718) 828-5336

Stop Location










Afternoon Routes


Route Number:          M9098

Vendor Name:           SNT BUS INC

Vendor Phone:          (718) 828-5336


Stop Location             Estimated Time


E 97TH ST && 1ST AV

E 108TH ST && 2ND AV


2 AV && E 119









138TH ST && JACKSON AV  4:19


Route Number:          M9066

Vendor Name:           SNT BUS INC

Vendor Phone:          (718) 828-5336


Stop Location Estimated Time







Students living in areas not serviced by the yellow bus routes may be eligible to receive half- or full-fare metro cards, depending on their grade and distance from the school.


Certain students with IEPs are eligible to receive door-to-door transportation.


There are also private bus companies that service CPE II.


Our primary concern is your child’s safety. Students should always keep a CPE II Emergency contact form in their purple folder.  All of our buses pick children up from other schools in addition to CPE II.  General Education buses do NOT have a matron.  The only adult on the bus is the driver.  It is crucial that you talk to your child about appropriate and safe behavior. Children should fasten their seat belts when they get on the bus and MUST remain seated for the entire ride until the bus stops to let them off. There is no fighting, teasing or throwing of objects allowed on the bus. Students who do not follow these rules will be suspended from the bus. Children who consistently behave in a manner that creates an unsafe situation on the bus will have their bus riding privileges revoked.


It is important for students to know that once you put them on the bus, they are actually in school.  They follow our rules.  They cannot go to the store once they get off the bus; they are to come directly into the school.


At the end of the school day, students should be met at the bus stop unless an OPT release form has been completed.


Central Park East II’s School Wellness Policies

on Physical Activity and Nutrition

CPE II is committed to providing a school environment that promotes and protects children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging students to adopt lifelong habits that promote a healthy lifestyle.

We have a created a physical activity and nutrition policy because:


  • Children need access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive.


  • Good health fosters student attendance and education.


  • According to a NYC Department of Health survey of K-5 students, 24% are obese and 19% are overweight.   Physical inactivity and excessive calorie intake are the predominant causes of obesity.


  • Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes are responsible for two-thirds of deaths in the United States, and major risk factors for those diseases, including unhealthy eating habits, physical inactivity, and obesity, often are established in childhood.


  • Only 2% of children (2 to 19 years) eat a healthy diet consistent with the five main recommendations from the Food Guide Pyramid.


  • School community participation is essential to the development and implementation of successful school wellness policies.


Therefore, it is the policy of Central Park East II that:


  • The school will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing school-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.
  • All students will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • School will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.




  1. School Wellness Council


The school wellness council consists of a group of individuals representing the school and community.  It includes parents, students, a representative from the Office of School Food, school administrators, teachers, and health professionals.  The school will develop, implement, monitor, review, and, as necessary, revise school nutrition and physical activity policies.  The council will also serve as a resource to the school community.


  1. Foods and Beverages


Breakfast and Lunch

To ensure that all children have breakfast, either at home or at school, in order to meet their nutritional needs and enhance their ability to learn:

  • CPE II will encourage participation in the School Breakfast Program.
  • CPE II will notify parents and students of the availability of the School Breakfast Program.
  • CPE II will encourage parents to provide a healthy breakfast for their children through newsletter articles, take-home materials, or other means.


Snacks served during the school day or in after-school care or enrichment programs will make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health, with an emphasis on serving fruits and vegetables as the primary snacks and water as the primary beverage.  Therefore foods and beverages consumed by students should comply with the following:




  • Allowed: Water, low-fat milks, drinks with 100% fruit juice (including a mix of water and juice with no added sugar).


  • Not allowed: Quarter drinks (red, blue waters), soft drinks, sports drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc.), Vitamin Water, etc.


  • Flavored milks, such as chocolate milk, are considered a treat. Students in pre-K through 1st grade should not bring these to school at all. Students in grades 2 and up can have flavored milks only on Fridays, as a treat.




  • Allowed: nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits & vegetables, string cheese, rice cakes, crackers, pretzels, popcorn, low-fat yogurt.


  • Not allowed: high-fat, high-sugar junk foods such as: all types of candy, chips, pudding and cookies. Please note that although there are healthy fruit snacks, granola/cereal and nutrition bars, we ask that students not bring any snack bars to school.  We cannot monitor these in the school setting.

Fundraising Activities

To support children’s health and school nutrition education efforts, the school community will not use any fundraising programs that undermine the school nutrition program.



CPE II will not use foods or beverages, especially those that do not meet the nutrition standards for foods and beverages (above), as rewards for academic performance or good behavior,[1] and will not withhold food or beverages (including food served through school meals) as a punishment, nor will recess be withheld from any student, unless their recess behavior poses a safety problem for students.



CPE II will limit celebrations that involve food during the school day.  Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages. The school will disseminate a list of healthy party ideas to parents and teachers.

School-sponsored events, such as, but not limited to, athletic events, dances, or performances

In general, foods and beverages offered or sold at school-sponsored events outside the school day will meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages.


III. Nutrition Education and Physical Activity Promotion

Nutrition Education

CPE II aims to teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students.  The school will provide nutrition education at each grade level as part of a sequential, comprehensive, standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote lifelong healthy eating habits.


Integrating Physical Activity into the Classroom Setting

For students to receive the nationally-recommended amount of daily physical activity (i.e., at least 60 minutes per day) and for students to fully embrace regular physical activity as a personal behavior, students need opportunities for physical activity beyond physical education class.  Toward that end:


  • classroom health education will complement physical education by reinforcing the knowledge and self-management skills needed to maintain a physically active lifestyle and to reduce time spent on sedentary activities, such as watching television;
  • opportunities for physical activity will be incorporated into other subject lessons; and
  • classroom teachers will provide short physical activity breaks between lessons or classes, as appropriate.


Communication with Parents

The school will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children.  The school will offer healthy eating seminars for parents, send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on school websites, and provide nutrient analyses of school menus.  Schools should encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages.  The school will provide parents a list of foods that meet the district’s snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, and fundraising activities.  In addition, the school will provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community.


The school will provide information about physical education and other school-based physical activity opportunities before, during, and after the school day; and support parents’ efforts to provide their children with opportunities to be physically active outside of school.  Such supports will include sharing information about physical activity and physical education through a website, newsletter, or other take-home materials, special events, or physical education homework.


Staff Wellness

CPE II highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A staff wellness committee will be created. The committee should develop, promote, and oversee a multifaceted plan to promote staff health and wellness.  The plan should be based on input solicited from school staff and should outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle among school staff.  The staff wellness committee should distribute its plan to the school health council annually.


  1. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education

Daily Recess

All CPE II students will have two periods of recess, one before breakfast (from 7:40 to 8:00 am) and one before or after lunch, during which moderate to vigorous physical activity will be encouraged through the provision of space and equipment.  .


In collaboration with Asphalt Green, CPE II students will continue weekly swim instruction for 2nd graders in the “Waterproofing Program.”



In collaboration with the John McEnroe Tennis Academy/Sportime Randall’s Island, 3rd graders receive free weekly tennis instruction.


Ice Skating

CPE II students in PreK, Kindergarten and First Grade will continue weekly ice-skating during the winter months.



CPE II will continue to offer dance instructions through its collaboration with ArtsConnection.


Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School

The school wellness council will explore ways in which the school can offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs.


Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours

School spaces and facilities should be available to students, staff, and community members before, during, and after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations. These spaces and facilities also should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and nutrition programs.  School policies concerning safety will apply at all times.


  1. Monitoring and Policy Review



The principal or designee will ensure compliance with these policies in the school and will report on the school’s compliance to the school district superintendent or designee.


Policy Review

To help with the initial development of the school’s wellness policies, the school wellness council will conduct a baseline assessment of the school’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies.


Assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement.  As part of that review, the school will review our nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements.  The school will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.


School/Parent Compact


Central Park East II agrees:

  • to provide high quality curriculum and instruction.
  • to facilitate communication between school and family through:

free distribution of a purple folder to each child

weekly CPEII Notes

reasonable access to staff

opportunities to participate in their child’s class

parent/teacher conferences

  • to provide opportunities for parents to participate in school-wide activities.
  • to provide parent workshops
  • to work together with the entire school community through the Parents Association and the School Leadership Team to provide an optimal educational experience for children.
  • to provide annual meetings for parents to inform them of the programs at CPE II and their right to be involved. A flexible number of meetings at various times will be arranged to take into account parent needs.
  • to actively involve parents in planning, reviewing and improving programs and parental involvement policies at CPE II.
  • to provide parents with timely information about all programs.
  • to provide performance profiles and individual student assessment results for each child.


CPEII Parents agree:


  • to attend the annual open house as well as two family conferences
  • to read the weekly CPEII Notes every Tuesday
  • to check the purple folder daily.
  • to become involved in developing, implementing, evaluating and revising the school/parent involvement policy.
  • to use or request assistance that the school may offer on child rearing practices and teaching/learning strategies.
  • to establish a regular bed time that allows their child to receive sufficient sleep to be successful in school
  • to make sure that children arrive at school by 8:20 daily
  • to monitor children’s attendance at school, to achieve the Chancellor’s promotional standard of 90% or better.
  • to monitor and provide time and space for homework and daily reading
  • to share the responsibility for improving student achievement.
  • to actively participate in the CPE II Parents Association.


CPE II Parent Involvement Policy


  1. Each child at CPE II will be provided with a home/school communications folder, which will be carried daily to facilitate school communication with the family.


  1. CPE II will publish a weekly school newsletter, CPE II Notes, featuring up-coming events, school news, minutes from the Parents Association, and information from the School Leadership Team.


  1. Classroom teachers, along with Class Parents, will regularly produce classroom letters discussing themes being studied in the particular classroom, projects and homework, including a curriculum letter at the beginning of the school year indicating the course of study for their child’s class.


  1. The Parent Coordinator will actively support parents.


  1. 90% or more of parents/guardians will attend November and March family conferences.


  1. In order to maximize parental involvement and participation in their children’s education, arranging school meetings at a variety of times, or conducting in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend those conferences at school


  1. CPE II will host an orientation early in the school year to welcome families, articulate the school’s philosophy of learning, and provide teachers with the opportunity to discuss with parents the year’s curriculum and competencies to be developed, with 75% family attendance for this and other school-wide events such as concerts, etc.


  1. The CPE II Parents Association will meet at least monthly and will include both evening and morning meeting times to accommodate the maximum number of parents. Childcare and refreshments will be provided.


  1. The School Leadership Team will meet monthly.


  1. A variety of workshops will be held to accommodate the needs of the parent body.


  1. Childcare will be provided at all events related to parent involvement.


  1. Periodic surveys will be issued to parents to obtain parent opinions on a variety of topics that will provide data to the SLT and the staff to use in planning.



2015/16 School Year Calendar


Sept. 9 First Day of School Early Dismissal for Pre-K and Kindergarten (11:30)

Sept. 10 Early Dismissal for Pre-K and Kindergarten (11:30)

Sept. 14-15 Rosh Hashanah (schools closed)

Sept. 16 Open House for Middle School families 5:30 to 7:00

Sept. 21 Open House for Elementary School families 5:30 to 7:00

Sept. 23 Yom Kipper (schools closed)

Sept. 24 Eid al-Adha (schools closed)

Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples Day (Columbus Day) Observed (schools closed)

October 17th CPE II FALL FAIR

Oct. 22 Pre-K Non-Attendance Day

Oct. 23 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development 11:30am

Nov. 3 Election Day. Students do not attend school

Nov. 5 Afternoon Family Conference 11:30 dismissal

Nov. 11 Veterans Day Observed (schools closed)

Nov. 26-27 Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed)

Dec. 3 Pre-K Non-Attendance Day

Dec.24-Jan.1 Winter Recess (schools closed) (Mon. Jan. 4th students return to school)

Jan. 18 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (schools closed)

Jan. 28 Pre-K Non-Attendance Day

Jan. 29 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30)

Feb. 4 Early Dismissal for Family Conferences

Feb. 8 Lunar New Year (schools closed)

Feb. 15-19 Midwinter Recess (schools closed)

Mar 3 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30)

Mar 25 Good Friday (schools closed)

April 21 Pre-Kindergarten Non-Attendance Day

April 25-29 Spring Recess (schools closed)

May 13 Early Dismissal for Staff Professional Development (11:30)

May 30 Memorial Day (schools closed)

June 9 Chancellors Conference Day.  Students do not attend school.

June 14 June Clerical Day. Students do not attend school.

June 23 Last Day of Classes

June 24 & June 27 Staff Professional Development Students do not attend school.

June 28 Last Official Day of School Early Dismissal (11:30)




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