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.
Each year the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) allows each school to designate up to three students as STARS. These students are those who have shown outstanding ability and achievement in academics, arts, sports, and community service, and effort. We are pleased to announce that the three CEA STARS this year are all eighth graders who have shown to be outstanding examples of hard work, determination, and leadership: Anna Gutfreund, Katherine Marino, and Hannah Pastor. Congratulations on your achievements!
4th Grade Goes to St. Augustine
In conjunction with their studies of Florida history, our 4th Grade traveled to the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. This annual overnight field trip was an excellent opportunity for students to experience what they’ve been reading and learning about.
The Lower and Upper School Music Mastery Ensembles had a wonderful time in their field trip to the New World Symphony's performance: "MELODY: WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?" The concert featured works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, and more. It was an incredible experience and our students even had a question and answer interactive session with the musicians after the concert! See picture >
Amor en Acción
At CEA, upper school students have the opportunity to participate in a club named Amor en Acción, a non-profit organization that raises money to support our sister school in Haiti. Teachers at our sister school only make an average of $40 a month, and students may only eat once a day from the meal provided at the school. The money that Amor en Acción raises is used specifically for the students' lunches and the teachers' salaries. Everything that is sent to Haiti is done through missionaries who go on foot to deliver the money and supplies to the archdiocese schools in Haiti. The trip from the point where the missionaries arrive and the sister school is about a 4-hour walk.
This year, Amor en Acción has a lot of support throughout upper school. We have forth members in total representing our school club. Throughout the year, Amor en Acción will be hosting fundraisers, such as bake sales and Valentine's Day grams, to raise money to achieve our goal of $3,000. We ask you to please continue to support us in our fundraisers to help us surpass our goal this year.
"Running teaches me I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined." - Anonymous
Spanish and Science
En sus clases de español, los estudiantes de tercer grado han pasado las últimas semanas estudiado las plantas carnívoras. Leer Más >
Lynda Hastings, Technology Curriculum Director, Janette Fernandez, 4th grade teacher
and Vanessa Lopez, 3rd grade teacher at FETC 2016.
About FETC: For 35 years, the most dynamic and creative minds in the learning landscape—educators, administrators, district-level leaders, state and national policy leaders—have converged at FETC to take part in this exchange of ideas and techniques for the continuing pursuit of excellence. Annually, 8,500 educators make FETC the cornerstone of their professional development plan. Together they explore the integration of technology across the curriculum, from pre-kindergarten to college, through hands-on exposure to technological tools and best practices.
Scholastic Art Awards Regional Winners
Congratulations to two outstanding visual arts students who won prizes in the Scholastic Art Competition! Gabriela Gutierrez won Silver Key (2nd place) for her piece, "Love and Innocence," and Chloe Jova won Honorable Mention (3rd place) for her piece, "The Fragility of Tay Sachs Disease." We are so proud of you!
Thank you Ms. Vazquez for your wonderful mentorship and the opportunities you give our students! See Art >
Beaux Arts Competition Finalists
Congratulations to our visual art students who competed in the Beaux Arts Competition. This year, four of our students were selected as finalists and will have their pieces on display at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, on January 16th and 17th.
9 in 10 parents in the US want their children to study computer science. Only 1 in 4 schools in the US teach computer science.
The week of December 7-11, Code.org hosted their annual Hour of Code, a national challenge for kids in America to do one hour of coding during this week. Our Upper School STEAM Mastery worked with ALL students in grades PP-8 on completing one full hour of code during this week. They went class by class teaching all students the basics of coding, using age-appropriate lesson plans. Thank you to Mrs. Lynda Hastings, our Technology Curriculum Director and STEAM Advisor, for organizing and coordinating this important activity!
Conchita Espinosa Concert Series presents Mario Prisuelos
Thanks to Miami's Centro Cultural Español and Yamaha Pianos, this weekend we were blessed to have the presence of the great pianist, Mario Prisuelos at Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conchita Espinosa Conservatory of the Arts. On Friday, November 6th, Mario gave a magnificent master class to our piano students. The language and the simplicity with which he spoke to our children and the sincerity and precision of his corrections left all of us awestruck.
On Saturday, November 7th, he gave an incredible concert at the Rosita Segovia Theatre. We are incredibly fortunate to have had a pianist of his caliber sharing his enormous wealth of knowledge and brilliant spirit with our community.
Congratulations to the 8th graders who were invited to the Archbishop Coleman Carroll Scholars Breakfast, for exceptional performance on their IOWA exams: Bianca Arocha, Isabella Bruna, Amanda Gonzalez, Anna Gutfreund, Amy Labrador, Nicole Medina, Angie Menendez, Marcus Mesa, Gabriela Perez, Jaden Rodriguez, Jasmine Rosales, Andres Sordo Martinez, and Christina Texeira. We are so proud of your achievements! We were also so happy to see Maria Zanardi (CEA c/o 2000) who is now Assistant Principal at ACC and Amanda Naldjieff (CEA c/o 2001) who was a guest speaker at the breakfast as an ACC c/o 2005 alumna!
CEA in Top 10 Middle Schools in South Florida and Top 5 in Miami!
Private Schools Guide nominated Conchita Espinosa Academy one of the Top 10 Private Middle Schools in South Florida and Top 5 in Miami! Let's be proud to be at CEA, one of the top schools in South Florida, where we have been bringing out the extraordinary in every child for over 80 years!
for the Week of February 8, 2016
Sunday, February 7
Monday, February 8
Tuesday, February 9
Wednesday, February 10
Happy Birthday, Ana Perez
Thursday, February 11
Parent meeting with Father Pedro 7:00 p.m. regarding 1st Communion
Friday, February 12
Conservatory Bake Sale
Happy Birthday, Noris Frades
Happy Birthday, Mary Menendez
Saturday, February 13
Annual CEA and Conchita Magazine Hoop It Up!
and Spirit Tee Day!
Hoop It Up!
Who: 5th- 8th grade
What: A three-on-three basketball game and barbecue
Where: Basketball courts
1. Each team needs to be co-Ed. (at least one male or female on a team)
2. Each team needs three players.
3. One of the players needs to be an adult 21 years or older.
The registration fee for each team is $30.00 ($10.00 per player). Please attach a copy of the adult’s ID with the form.
All barbecue items must be pre-ordered. Please fill out the Hoop It Up Hungry Form and turn it in to your homeroom teachers. To participate (as a player or spectator) fill out the appropriate form and turn it in with your payment to your homeroom teacher. The deadline to turn in the forms is Wednesday, February 9th. We will not be accepting team forms or money after this date. Twenty-four teams will play and slots will be filled on a first come/first serve basis.
Spirit Tee Day
Who: K - 4th Grades
What: Students in grades K3-4th can wear jeans and any CEA t-shirt for $3.00. The deadline to turn in your participation form is Monday, February 15th.
On Thursday, March 3, 2016, our basketball teams 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 at the American Airlines Arena. We will have the court reserved from 1:00 - 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 at 4:00 p.m.
When you sign up for this activity, you will be eligible for a discounted ticket to the Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns game later that evening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for 400-level seats.
Please return the ticket order form below no later than Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Please make sure it is clearly labeled "CEA Court of Dreams, ATTN Coach Carlos" when you turn in the order form to the main office.
This activity is open to all students, but only the students currently in one of the basketball teams will play.
Theatre Students Travel to California
to Study at A Noise Within
Theatre students in CEA 5th grade and up will travel to Pasadena, California this spring to visit and study theatre at A Noise Within, a classical theatre repertory company in Pasadena, California founded in 1992 by CEA graduate, Julia Rodriguez-Elliott (c/o 1974) and her husband, Geoff Elliott. Since its inauguration, A Noise Within has evolved from being a small neighborhood theatre company to becoming one of the most distinguished theatre companies in the Southern California area-- consistently raising the bar on how great classical theatre can be. Read More About A Noise Within>
Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (Senior Mastery) in Dance Water Project
National Water Dance (NWD) is a collective of dance artists and educators. Stretching from coast to coast and from Alaska to Florida they are creating a “movement choir”, a simultaneous, site-specific performance of dancers and movers of all ages and experience, to bring attention to the pressing issues of water in the United States. National Water Dance believes that our environment is the most urgent issue of this generation and that artists need to take the lead in addressing it. As dancers we want to use our bodies to create a community that cries out for action. http://se.nationalwaterdance.org
Conchita Espinosa Youth Dance Ensemble (Senior Mastery) performs in Dance Now! Miami's Miami Open Stage: Works & Process at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center
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).