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.
Thursday, March 2nd was national Read Across America day. This annual event is a literary celebration that brings our school, community, and nation together through the love of reading.
Mrs. Martinez, our Media Specialist, and Student Council worked hard to make this an extraordinary day at CEA. To help us highlight the importance of reading and literacy, we had the honor of hosting alumni and local community members as guest readers in our classrooms. Our upper school students partnered with lower grades for buddy reading, and all students toured our new library. We are so fortunate to have spent a wonderful day of celebrating literacy.
As part of this celebration, Student Council is leading a philanthropic drive to collect new or gently used books for our local community. All books collected will be donated in Conchita Espinosa Academy's name to the Children's Trust "Read to Learn-Books for Free" campaign. Books will be collected from now until March 8 and should be turned in to your child's homeroom class.
Thank you to Mrs. Martinez, Student Council, National Junior Honor Society Ambassadors, and all of our guest readers for helping us cultivate good reading habits to last a lifetime. See Pictures>
CEA students Perla Liz Burgos (8th grade) and Emily Sanz (7th grade) pose with Amor en Accion founder, Adriano Garcia. For over 15 years, CEA has supported the Amor en Accion sister school program that provides support to an elementary school in Haiti. On Sunday, February 12th, Amor en Accion club president, Perla Liz Burgos, and secretary, Emily Sainz, attended a fundraiser for Amor en Accion at California Pizza Kitchen (Miracle Mile).
Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Competition!
Congratulations to our dancers for the wonderful performances at the Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Competition! We are incredibly proud of your growth as dancers and artists, and incredibly grateful to your amazing teachers. Thank you, Ms. Danella for the continuous leadership, dedication, and love you give our young dancers!
The Beaux Art Student Showcase will take place from January 13-15 at the University of Miami Lowe Art Museem. Three of our visual artists have been selected to present their pieces at this exhibit: Ana Moros, Ana Samaniego and Chloe Jova. Many congratulations!
Christmas is my favorite time of the year to relax and reflect. Looking at the lights of a Christmas tree, I think of the light in the hearts and minds of our children. Looking at a Nativity scene, reminds me of how hope, love, and joy come to us from a Child born in a manger.
Children exemplify all that is pure; all that is joyful; the time that is yet to come.
You as parents, and we as a school, have the sacred duty to guide and nurture the gifts in each child. The idea is not to “make” them happy; it is to make it possible for them to “find” happiness. The idea is not to fill their brains with facts; it is to surround them with opportunities to search, use, and question those “facts.” The idea is to learn to live by living, to gain the social, intellectual, and spiritual tools needed to succeed and to build a better tomorrow.
For more than 83 years, we have been blessed with families that have supported our vision of education through creating, discovering, doing, working hard, failing and succeeding, experiencing, living….
It takes love, dedication, trust, hope, wisdom, tears and laughter, but there is not a greater reward than seeing the accomplishments and values of generations of “Conchita” graduates.
May you have a Merry Christmas and may 2017 bring health, joy, and wisdom to you and yours.
Hour of Code at CEA
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. Even though our children use technology throughout their education, very few of them know exactly how that technology works. This event will broaden their horizons and allow them to take a deep look into technology. That's why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week this December. More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Conchita Espinosa Academy is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills!
2nd Grade Nativity Play
Our 2nd grade students have once again reminded us of the true story of Christmas with their magnificent performance of the Nativity Play. Thank you to our wonderful teachers for their hard work and dedication to this special Conchita tradition: Mrs. Llerena, Mrs. Prieto, and Mrs. Hernandez, Ms. Danella, Ms. Maite, and Ms. Yirka. See Pictures >
Family Affair 2016 : A Charlie Brown Christmas
Thank you to our incredibly generous Family Affair sponsors.
This day was an enormous success thanks to you!
GOLD SPONSORS - $1,000+
Boss Revolution by Dymark
Jessica, Jennifer & Jorge Valdes - Financial Designs, Inc.
Sunshine Gasoline Distributors
SILVER SPONSORS - $500 - $99
The Ramos Family
Express Permit Solutions
All Veterinary Supply, Inc.
Familia Ortisi Caldera
BRONZE SPONSORS - $25 to $499
Dr. Diaz Pediatrics
Damara Martinez - Alessandra Martinez' Family
IN-KIND SPONSORS - Donated items
Ricky's Meats & Deli
ProBody Collision Center, Inc.
Soler Life Insurance
Royalty Logistics, Inc.
Art Appreciation Mastery Learns About Prehistoric Art
Art Appreciation Mastery (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades) has been learning about Prehistoric and Cave Art. All of the students, with the exception of one, is new to reading, writing and understanding art history.
Walk for Parkinsons
National Junior Honor Society and Dance Mastery / Dance Honor Society participated in Moving Day® Miami, A Walk for Parkinson's this weekend. Together, they raised almost $10,000 for the National Parkinson Foundation! The CEA team won the Youth Team Award, which they received from New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. We are very proud of our Upper School students! See Pictures >
Mario Prisuelos Master Classes and Concert
On Friday, November 4th we were blessed to have Mario Prisuelos play a concert at our very own Rosita Segovia Theatre. Born in Madrid, Mario Prisuelos studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, then trained further in Vienna under the direction of Leonid Brumberg, subsequently finishing in Madrid with Humberto Quagliata. Prisuelos is considered one of the most relevant pianists of his generation, as stated by the critics, as demonstrated by his concerts and confirmed by his enormous European and American activity.
He recently completed an extensive tour in the United States, debuting in New York's Carnegie Hall, together with concerts among others in the National Auditorium in Madrid, IRCAM in Paris or at Zagreb Music Academy.
Mr. Prisuelos' concert followed a wonderful week of master classes with our music
We are so thankful to the The Miami Bach Society and Fuoco E Cenere for the wonderful performances they gave our 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and for the great workshop they gave our Senior Choir. These programs have a very important purpose. In this world, it is imperative for our children to be exposed to music, people, and experiences of all sorts. Programs like "Versailles" open their minds, their ears, and their hearts to learning about history, about other countries, about music, and these experiences make us better people. Thank you for sharing your gifts with our community. See Videos >
International Day of Peace
September 21st was the U.N. International Day of Peace. Peace Day provides an opportunity for all of humanity to come together, in spirit and in action, to forward the ideals of and conditions for peace. At CEA, every class, from our youngest learners in K3 to our most mature in 8th grade, dedicated time this month to discussing these ideals and conditions for peace and to creating something in honor of a more peaceful world. read more student and faculty writings >
Why do we need an International Day of Peace?
I think we need an International Day of Peace because of how much hate there is in the world. We need this day to step back and look at the chaos going on around us that we can one day hopefully change. We need this day to reflect and to try and make a change with what's going on around the world. International Day of Peace is a day to recognize the discord in the world whether it be somebody bullying someone else or a full blown war between two countries. Countries around the world acknowledge this International Day of Peace hoping that people will hold the ideals of strength and peace close to their hearts. An example of a country that most definitely needs peace and strength is Venezuela. My grandma who is currently living in Caracas, Venezuela tells me stories of the once beautiful Venezuela that provided the essentials to a blissful life, but now she can't even leave her home in fear of getting mugged or kidnapped. We definitely need a International Day of Peace because the world must be made aware of the atrocities being committed and how we must come together to combat these horrible things with peace.
- Isabella Babino, 8th Grade
Students from CEA and CEC created a book with their reflections about the Festival of the Arts:
Facets by Students of Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conservatory of the Arts
To read the book on your iPad, install the bookPress app and click on the following link:
Read Book on iPad
Ms. Carol Diaz-Zubieta, CEA Upper School Principal and Financial Administrator, has been an active board member of the Association of Independent Schools of Florida (AISF) for many years.
This year, she was also invited to become an official member of the board of the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). This is a huge achievement for the school. Not only are we accredited by this organization, but have been invited to become official members of their national board!
Thank you, Ms. Diaz, for your work, your commitment, and your immense love for CEA for so many years!
Festival of the Arts 2016
The 2016 Festival of the Arts was a huge success! THANK YOU to our students, parents, and most especially to our AMAZING Conservatory and School teachers, who continually bless us with their talents, their love, and their patience with every child at CEA. You are all the facets that make up this extraordinary place! You are Conchita!
We are so proud of our newest alumni. They are an incredible group of young men and women and we know they will continue to spread light and joy wherever they go in life! You are Conchita's legacy!
Our CEA c/o 2016 alumni will go on to attend the following high schools:
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School
Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Christopher Columbus High School
Coral Reef High School
Immaculata-La Salle High School
New World School of the Arts
Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
Saint Brendan High School
Westminster Christian School
Congratulations to Cesar Santalo, Silver Knight Award Winner
Congratulations Cesar Santalo, CEA Class of 2012 and Columbus Class of 2016! Cesar, we are incredibly proud of all of your accomplishments and growth!
When a fire burned down his home in fourth grade, Cesar Santalo drew and drew and discovered the healing power of art. After playing basketball all his life but not making the team his sophomore year, he founded “Young Explorers of Art” to bring students together to share art around them in museums and galleries.
He also started playing golf and he volunteered with The First Tee Miami to help young players learn the game and life skills. An AP and Honors student, he is founder and president of the Art Honor Society and a campus ministry leader. He volunteers for Liga Contra el Cancer and is active in Squires service club, Student Council and the Roller Hockey Team.
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
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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).