Assemblies and Events
What family doesn’t want to get together as often as possible? The Center community of students, parents, grandparents and alumni finds a few minutes to several hours each week and at various times during the year to celebrate each other. From Monday morning assembly to our school-wide Olympics to Grandparents’ Day, we all love to share with each other what community means.
Monday Morning Assembly
Every Monday morning kindergarten through sixth grade students gather in our Community Center. Announcements for the week are made and children may enjoy special presentations such as a video on the last Community Service Field Trip or a brief musical presentation by a grade level. Children who are celebrating their birthdays that week come up so that they can share their name and age and so that the rest of the school community can shout out "Happy Birthday"!
Several times a year the school community gathers for professional performances in dance, music, or dramatic presentations. These assemblies expose our students to various cultures from around the world as well as to people who have made a difference through their actions and through their concern for others.
Each November, this two day event, sponsored by our Parent Association, enables both children and parents to "shop" during the school day. Hundreds of book titles appropriate for our early childhood students as well as for our sophisticated sixth grade readers are available to be purchased. Classrooms each schedule a time to visit the Book Fair. Authors are invited to come sign their books and even a Center alum has come to the fair to read her published book to a group of children.
International Day celebrates CEE's diversity. It is comprised of two parts: Parade of Nations and International Food Tasting. In the morning, parents and children who choose to participate in Parade of Nations come dressed in clothes that represent their ancestry or a country that they especially love. The children learn to say "hello" in their country's language and the festive event ends with a global song that reminds us of our world's connectedness. International Food Tasting is held during lunchtime, and children get to taste foods made by their parents and grandparents that represent many different cultures within the Center community. Children eagerly anticipate in this event as they love trying foods from all over the world, from sushi to empanadas!
Art Fair and Open House
In early May elementary parents are invited to have their children guide them through their classrooms, the children proudly showing their parents all of their projects and written work that is on display. Many classrooms have videos and Powerpoint presentations. Fourth grade always proudly displays their "Polyhedraville", a city comprised of geometric domes and buildings that the children have created. The square footage and cost of each building has been carefully calculated by the students. After viewing the classroom displays, parents and children love visiting the Art Fair where every elementary child has at least one piece of art work displayed in a gallery like setting. The artwork is so very impressive, it is always hard to believe that the oldest artist is but twelve years of age.
Grandparents’ and Special Friends' Day
Always the Friday before Mother's Day and the day following the Art Fair/Open House, grandparents and special elders are invited to spend a morning at CEE. After enjoying breakfast and a short program in the Community Center, grandparents visit their grandchildren's classrooms and the Art Fair. The children could not be prouder as they share their work with these very special people in their lives.
The Physical Education Department sponsors a two day Olympic program for all elementary students. Opening ceremonies begin with a dance recital where every grade level performs a dance. Events are held where each grade level is divided into four teams, thus children compete only against the other children in their grade. Events such as an obstacle course, the 50 yard dash, basketball toss, and jump roping are held. All kindergarten children receive a ribbon for participating and bronze, silver, and gold medals are awarded to the winning teams in the 1st-3rd grade division and the winners in the 4th-6th grade division.
Alumni and Student Events
Each spring, after CEE's sixth graders have received admission to secondary schools, Center junior high alumni and the Alumni Council join current students for a "roundtable." Pizza is followed by candid discussions between junior high alumni and Center students about the all-important transition to secondary school. Our students get to ask their burning questions while our alumni get to be the experts.
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