Conchita Espinosa Academy is a fully-accredited, co-educational independent private school for K3 through eighth grades. For over 80 years, Conchita Espinosa Academy has given its students an exceptional academic curriculum partnered with a sophisticated arts and humanities foundation, sensitivity to the arts and human needs, a sense of self-worth, and strong human values.
I was sitting down to write my Thanksgiving message when I received an email from an eighth grader with something she wrote to be read at the Thanksgiving assembly. As I read her words, I realized she had written what I wish for every single one of our kids. Her words, her actions, the person she has become in her 9 years at Conchita speak louder and stronger than any of my words. She represents Conchita’s legacy, a job well done, a Conchita graduate ready to fly and leave her mark on the world. She has already left a mark on her classmates and in our hearts.
Today I am thankful for many things. Today, and every day, I give thanks for things I cannot even begin to name or count. Today, I take the time to be grateful for those little things I take for granted because I know someone else is praying for them. Today, I am grateful for my school. Today, I am thankful for the true, steadfast work, dedication and, of course, unconditional love I receive here. I am thankful for the demands, the late nights, the early mornings, and the hard work I have been put through here. I complain about these things, but I understand why I need to do them. I do these things because I love my school. I truly, honestly do. I am grateful for the 32,400 seconds I spend at school every day. I am thankful because I would not wish it any other way.
I am grateful for those absolutely insane people who have put up with my loud, crazy ways whom I call friends. They fall down laughing when I do something silly. They brave the Amazon jungle that my hair is to weave it into a French braid. And most importantly, they stand by me 24/7.
I am thankful for my teachers who push me to the limit, only to teach me that there are no limits. They have taught me to write, to play guitar, to not be afraid, and most importantly, to fall and get back up. I am thankful for the wind beneath my wings who taught that the only way to get through life is to shine and fly high like an eagle.I am thankful for the pitch black nights that turned into beautiful mornings. I am thankful for the friends and teachers who turned into family. I am thankful for the dreams that turned into realities. And most importantly, I am thankful for the school that turned into home.
Elisa Rodriguez, Class of 2015
May you have a joyful Thanksgiving sharing love and blessings with your families and friends. All of you, my CEA family are definitely in my heart and prayers.
Emily Sanz (5th grade) was the lucky winner of our CEC Youth Ballet Company Christmas Raffle
We finally received our first new Yamaha piano!
Thank you to the people who have already bought a key in support of CEA/CEC. We are now collecting keys for the 2nd piano... See list of sponsors >
Concierto de Aranjuez - De España Soy 2014
Estampas del Quijote: An adaptation of Don Quijote de la Mancha
by Loly Lopez and Marisol Moreno. See more videos >
The Senior Dance Mastery Calendar is now accepting Pre-Orders!
Just a reminder of all who participated:
Hip Hop (Nerds)
Light Blue Ballet 1 and 2
Red Ballet 1
Lilac Ballet 1 and 2
Navy Ballet 1 and 2
Forest Green Ballet
Elementary Theatre Mastery
Junior Dance Mastery
Senior Dance Mastery
Tap: Robinson and Glover
Spanish Dance: Jerez 1 and 2, Sevilla 1, Cantabria 2
Karate: Orange and Yellow Belts
Calendars are only $20! Order yours for Christmas!
Select Spanish dance students took a master class with Eduardo Martinez from Ballet Nacional de España on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The students did one hour of Escuela Bolera and one hour of Classical Spanish dance. Gracias, Eduardo, por una experiencia inolvidable para nuestras alumnas. See Pictures
Junior Thespians Honor Society went to regional competitions on November 1st. They proudly came back with several awards... Read more>
Art Mastery VHS Video
Art has been working on beautiful pieces this first quarter of the school year. Among many other projects, Middle School Art Mastery worked on creating pieces of art with recycled materials. Their material of choice was old VHS videos. They decorated the outside of the videos and used the tape inside to create self-portraits. Thank you Ms. Vazquez for your wonderfully creative work and guidance! See pictures >
Middle School STEAM Mastery has been working on Robotics during the first quarter. They have been doing their own coding, designing, and building. For Halloween, they created "Ghost Robots". STEAM - you are doing an amazing job and integrating your creativity with math, science, and technology!! Thank you, Mrs. Hastings, for your wonderful guidance!
CEYDE at Gainesville
The weekend of November 1st, CEYDE (Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble) went to Gainesville for the Florida Dance Association Workshop for Young Dancers weekend. The girls had the opportunity to take a variety of classes, including ballet, modern, jazz, musical theatre, African, improv, hip hop, stage combat, and many more.
"Chronos", choreographed by Ms. Danella Bedford was chosen for the Saturday night performance of the convention weekend. See Pictures >
Conchita Magazine, CTv/Public Relations, and The Legado (Yearbook) attended FIU's 42nd Annual South Florida Journalism Day | See Pictures >
for the Week of November 24, 2014
Monday, November 24
Tuesday, November 25
Representative from Interlochen here for dance auditions
Wednesday, November 26
Thanksgiving Celebrations –
Kinder – 7th grades – jeans and 2014 Family Affair tshirt –
8th Grade – gala
Thursday, November 27
Happy Thanksgiving! – No School
Friday, November 28
Saturday, November 29
Central Park Concerts
Music Mastery Performs in CEA Central Park 3:30 p.m. •
Musicians will perform in the CEA/CEC Central Park to get us in the holiday spirit!
3:00 p.m. •
Groups Participating: Junior Choir, Junior Dance Mastery, Senior Dance Mastery, Red Ballet II, Light Blue Ballet II, Avery Villasuso Tap Solo, Hines Tap, Broadway
3:00 p.m. •
Groups Participating: Junior Choir, Teruel I, Cantabria I, Cordoba II, Andalucia, Malaga, Hip Hop IV and Crew, All Cuban Dancers
*Dancers will be performing in their class uniforms. Details on accessories will follow.
Miami Heat Court of Dreams
On Friday, January 23, 2015, our entire basketball team (Girls, Boys, JV, and Varsity) will have the opportunity to play in the same court as the Miami Heat. Players will have the chance to play a “friendly” exhibition game against Highpoint Academy at the American Airlines Arena. We will have the court reserved from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Students will be transported to the game via school bus, but parents are responsible for picking up their children from the game. In order to participate, each student will be responsible for selling 3 tickets to the Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers game that will be played at 7:30 the same night. Tickets are $15 - $35 for 400-level seats.
Please return the ticket order form below no later than Monday, December 15th. Please make sure it is clearly labeled "CEA Court of Dreams, ATTN Coach Carlos"
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Carlos.
CEC Theatre Department presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon
A Norwegian Folk Tale adapted by Claudia Ferguson from the short story by Asbjornsen and Moe. Additional poems by Olav H. Hauge. Directed by Loly Lopez
The Troll Queen, in good old fairy tale fashion, has changed the Prince into a fierce white bear. He is befriended by a brave and lovely young girl. Because this girl threatens the Queen's magic, the Queen sends two of her trolls to imprison the bear. To save him, the girl seeks the help of the Mother of the Winds.
We hope we don't have to do this, but if we do need to close school for an emergency, if the Miami-Dade County Schools close due to hurricane or other inclement weather, Conchita Espinosa Academy will also close. We will notify the local radio and television stations. We will reopen when the Miami-Dade County Schools open or you will be notified by a Parents Partnership Association member via our telephone tree. We will also keep you updated via our social media channels.
Box Tops for Education
We participate in the General Mills Box Tops for Education program. You can help, too! Find out how...
Conchita Espinosa Academy is accredited internationally, nationally and regionally by Accreditation International (AI), National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA) , the Middle States Association (MSA), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF). We are also members of the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF).