From school-wide assemblies to parent education programs, everything that goes on at The Center for Early Education supports the learning experience of our students. As a diverse, urban school, The Center often serves as a community resource for its constituents and we are always looking for new ways to get volunteers involved and make our campus a hub for all kinds of activities - from helping our community, to professional development for educators, to displaying local organizations’ art.
What family doesn’t want to get together as often as possible? The Center community finds lots of time throughout the year to gather for events. From Monday morning assembly, to our school-wide Olympics to Grandparents’ Day, and much more.
Monday Morning Assembly
Every Monday morning kindergarten through sixth grade students gather in our Community Center. Announcements and special presentations are made, birthdays are celebrated, and we all get ready for the week ahead.
This two-day event each Fall, sponsored by our Parent Association, enables both students and parents to select from hundreds of book titles, appropriate for our early childhood students as well as for our sophisticated sixth grade readers. Each classroom schedules a time to visit the Book Fair. Authors, including Center alumni and parents, are invited to come read their published books to a group of children and sign copies for shoppers.
International Day celebrates CEE's diversity. It is comprised of two parts: Parade of Nations and International Food Tasting. In the morning, parents and students who choose to participate in the Parade of Nations come dressed in clothes that represent their ancestry or a country that they especially love. The students learn a greeting 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 students get to taste foods made by their parents and grandparents that represent many different cultures within the CEE community.
Art Fair and Open House
In early May, elementary parents are invited to have their children guide them through their classrooms, the students proudly showing their parents all of their projects and written work that is on display. Many classrooms have interactive components, from videos to docent-guided exhibitions. After viewing the classroom displays, parents and students visit the Art Fair where every elementary child has chosen one piece of art work to be displayed in a gallery-like setting.
Grandparents’ and Grandfriends' Day
The Friday before Mothers' 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.
CEE's Physical Education department sponsors a two-day Olympic program for all elementary students in May. Opening ceremonies begin with a recital where every grade level performs a dance. Events are held where each grade level is divided into four teams, and students compete only against the other students in their grade. Athletic 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 as well as the winners in the 4th-6th grade division.
Each school year, CEE welcomes a number of highly-regarded experts from a wide variety of fields to speak to the members of its community. From issues related to early childhood development, to cyber security and beyond, The Center works to make its campus a place where everyone can learn--including parents and friends!