Conchita Espinosa Academy
 ...bringing out the extraordinary in every child.     
April 2014 e-newsletter    
In This Issue:

1st Grade Medieval Fest
3rd Grade Howdy Program
The Jungle Book

April 12-13, 2014
Rosita Segovia Theatre
Spring Break!
There will be no school from April 18 -27, 2014. Classes will resume on April 28th.


Summer at CEA

Summer at CEA continues Conchita's philosophy of providing flexible options for integrating your child's summer with creativity, adventure, and intellectual and artistic growth. 
This summer CEA will have Dance, Theatre, Music, Sports, and Technology Intensives. Space is limited, so registration will be first come first served
Festival of the Arts

June 7, 2014 at 6:30pm  
Miami-Dade County Auditorium 
Tickets on sale starting May 1, 2014
Faces of Conchita

Victoria Nodarse
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Parents: It is very important that once you have picked up your children, they stay with you.  No students are allowed to play on the red fitness equipment at the back of the playground.  The equipment is specifically used in PE and fitness for designated strength and agility tests.  It is not playground equipment.  


CongratsCongratulations 8th Grade!   Congratulations to our 8th Grade students on their performance on their high school entrance exams! As usual, their performance mirrored the hard work and dedication they have put in over the years.  Academic excellence is a result of being a whole person with varied interests, self-discipline, and a strong foundation.  We are very proud of the Class of 2014 and know they will be positive role models, strong leaders, and compassionate classmates in their chosen schools. 
standardizedStandardized Testing   During the weeks of April 7 and April 14 our students will be taking standardized tests. These are nationally-normed achievement tests. During these weeks students need to be in school on time so that we may begin our testing promptly. Students who are absent will need a doctor's note to be able to make-up the missed tests. Our students are ready for these tests so no additional preparation is needed other than a good night's rest and a good breakfast. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Jolliff at or Ms. Diaz-Zubieta at 
NYNew York, New York  
Three of our middle school advisories had the opportunity to travel to New York to improve their skills and broaden their horizons.  Students in Sr. Dance Advisory, Conchita Magazine, and Art Advisory  all visited the Guggenheim Museum and saw the Broadway musical, Newsies, on the first day.  After that, each day was spent focused on their specific passions. 
Conchita Magazine attended the Columbia University Scholastic Press Spring Conference, which is attended primarily by high school and college students.  Art Advisory did a museum tour of New York, where they visited the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

Senior Dance Advisory students had the opportunity to visit Radio City Music Hall and take classes at Alvin Ailey and Paul Taylor. Click to see pictures.
MathBedtime Math    Math practice is needed to develop skills and practice procedures, but it's not always a lot of fun.  Bedtime Math can help with that.  Bedtime Math posts a math problem every day with three levels of questions.  The questions refer to the same story but progress in difficulty.  You can sign up for a daily math riddle via email and there's an app for it. Check it out at
CommunionFirst Communion   This year's First Communion was exceptional.  The participation and responses the students gave during the mass reflected the excellent training they have received, as well as their commitment to accept the responsibilities and rewards that First Communion symbolizes.  The families were respectful and joyous during the ceremony which added to the special atmosphere of the day.  It filled our hearts with such a sense of joy and fulfillment to see the true strength of our CEA community.

We want to thank Father Pedro for his inspirational words and manner in conducting the mass.  We also want to thank Ms. Loly, Mrs. Ledon, and the CEA Middle School and Elementary Choirs for the beauty of music they added to the day.

As you know, many people work hard to make a day like this possible.  Thank you to Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. Recio, Mrs. J. Fernandez, Mrs. S. Fernandez, and Ms. Vizoso, as well as all of the other teachers they have had throughout the years who helped prepare them for such a glorious day.

We want to congratulate all of the celebrants and their families and wish them many blessings on their spiritual journeys.

Elementary School Soccer Team Champions! 

The CEA Elementary School Soccer Team won the district championship against Greater Miami Academy! This is the 3rd year in a row that CEA is the private school champion. GO COUGARS!

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medievalMedieval Feast    1st Grade 

After traveling through the Middle Ages with Jack and Annie in The Knight at Dawn (the second book in the Magic Tree House series) our 1st Graders celebrated all things medieval with a Medieval Feast.  Parents did a wonderful job transforming our lowly school cafeteria into a Medieval banquet hall decorated with the coats of arms and banners created by our 1st Graders.  Boys wore the helmets they designed and girls wore their own Hennin hat creations.  These special units help our students use basic skills they are acquiring and creativity to explore areas of interest.

howdy1Howdy Program  3rd Grade 
 Our 3rd graders had the opportunity to take part in the Howdy Program at the Miami-Dade Youth Fair.  This program allows 3rd graders the opportunity to investigate and consider parts of rural life they otherwise would not.  

They get to plant seeds, discuss water conservation, see a variety of farm animals, and even milk a cow!  This field trip enhances their discussions on communities, their importance and variety. 
creepycrawlerCreepy Crawlers  4th Grade 
In conjunction with their study of ecosystems, Wacky Wild Science visited our school with a presentation of Creepy Crawlers.  This interactive program covers life stages, food chains, decomposers, ecosystems & more - using real live arthropods and many unforgettable creepy crawlies!