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Conchita Espinosa Academy is a fully-accredited, co-educational independent private school for grades K3 through 8th. 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.


Legacy Celebration

Dear CEA Family,

We have always been very blessed that throughout the years our school community has always been supportive and generous in all avenues of our school's needs. When we've asked you to read daily with students, help with projects, be field trip chaperones, attend parent meetings, encourage your young artists by taking them to museums, the theater, and concerts, donate activity supplies, give your time helping with afterschool sports programs, volunteer at Family Affair, bring your suggestions and concerns, and so many other things, you have always responded with a resounding yes. And this doesn't count the things we haven't asked for, but you have so kindly given, such as encouraging words, thoughtful suggestions and solutions, and respect and love for the work we do with our children. Yes, we are blessed.

For the past several years even years have been Festival years and odd years have been Walk for the Future years. On the odd years each grade has spent several weeks doing a variety of activities and parents have made suggested contributions to meet our monetary goal. Those monies over the years have been applied to many different needs we had and improvements we wanted, such as our beautiful field. This year we wanted something more than a fund-raising campaign that would get us funds that we would put to good use. We wanted a campaign that would allow us to celebrate all those who came before, what we bring today to create our unique community, and what we want to leave behind. We want to celebrate our past, our present and our future. So this year we have our 2019 Legacy Celebration.

Our Legacy Celebration is about the rich history our school has and those who have helped create our cohesive community and those who continue to build on the Conchita legacy with their own dreams and visions. We want to reinforce the bonds of community within our school, to have a more complete understanding of our history, to learn from those who have come before us and understand how we can add to the legacy, and to raise funds that will help us continue in our mission.

Our Celebration includes a weekly highlight of people and programs thathave made us who we are, discussions on the values these people and programs have modeled, working together to learn from each other (past and present), and uniting to raise funds that will benefit our current students and those who come after just as so many students and families did before. Our Team Conchita delegates met this week to arrange weekly popcorn sales, a car wash, Cougar picnic blankets, Legacy bricks, Alumni leaves for the Legacy Tree, and the inauguration of Legacy Field with a Legacy Walk on Friday, April 5.

We are not asking each student to contribute a specified amount of money, but we welcome sponsors for the Walk and any donations you might wish to make. Finances are a reality, and our students todaybenefit from the generosity of those who came before. But we really want all of our endeavors in the next month or so to be about celebrating and feeding thespirit of the unique community we have created.

We are sending home today the information on Legacy Bricks and the Legacy Walk t-shirt order form. Information on popcorn sales, the car wash, and cougar picnic blankets as well as activities for the day of the Legacy Walk will be coming out in the coming days.

Again, we are a rich and blessed community in many ways. We acknowledge that and are grateful for all the ways we receive support. You have helped build this legacy and contribute to it daily. Thank you for it all.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Maribel Z. Diaz
Carol Diaz-Zubieta
Cassandra Jolliff

Legacy Road Bricks

Support Conchita's Legacy with the Legacy Road Brick Program

This program provides a unique opportunity for students and families to support our school by putting your name on a brick on our new Legacy Road. These commemorative bricks are a great way to leave a lasting mark on our campus and support Conchita's legacy. For each brick purchased, you will receive a special Certificate of Registration recognizing your contribution and confirming the inscription you have submitted as it will appear on the engraved brick. Space for bricks is limited, and they will be installed in the ord

er in which registrations are received. Leave your legacy today on the CEA campus with a personalized Legacy Road Brick.

Click here for order form

4th Grade in St. Augustine

In conjunction with their studies of Florida history, 4th Grade traveled to the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. This annual field trip was an excellent opportunity for students to experience what they've been reading and learning about. The Old Florida Museum hosted a re-enactment of what life was like in an Indian Village, a Spanish Village, a Pioneer Village and on board a ship. Playing games students of long ago played, writing with quill and ink, grinding corn, making candles, boring holes for pegs - they experience so many things to excite a lesson in history. A visit to the lighthouse, a stroll through the Old Fort, a drink from the Fountain of Youth, and what overnight field trip would be complete without a ghost tour! This year, they stayed an extra day in order to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was a life-changing experience to see NASA's primary launch center of human spaceflight. Students and parents enjoyed their time in St. Augustine and Cape Canaveral tremendously, as they saw history come to life. See Pictures >

Conchita Day Music Teachers Concerts

On Saturday, February 23, 2019, Conchita Espinosa Academy and Conservatory of the Arts came together to honor our founder, Conchita Espinosa, on what would have been her 105th birthday. There was truly no better way to celebrate Conchita's legacy than through music. We are eternally grateful to our incredibly talented and generous music faculty for so lovingly proposing the Conchita Day Concert and coming together to give our community the gift of music. Thank you. YOU ARE Conchita's legacy. YOU ARE the example that we trust our students will live up to - examples of trust, generosity, collaboration and love, and this evening was one to remember forever. BRAVO! see pictures >


Read Across America 2019

"The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you will go." - Dr. Seuss

Friday, March 1st CEA celebrated Read Across America, a celebration of reading that also celebrates Dr. Seuss' birthday. Lower School Started off their day by taking a readers' oath in their classrooms. Then, K3, K4, and Pre- Primary students took turns visiting the Cat in the Hat in the library. The Lower School participated in to Dr. Seuss Trivia, a Mystery Reader game, and a buddy reading activity, in which students in different grades read books to each other. Several teachers swapped classrooms to read stories for other grades. Upper School students made poems together and tried to guess which Conchita employee suddenly dressed up as the Lorax!

Student Council dedicated a tree to the earth, calling it a Lorax Tree. Finally, we had our annual Dr. Seuss door decorating contest, for which Mrs. Macias' class was selected as the winning door! An immense thank you to Mrs. Vivian Martinez for organizing this amazing school-wide celebration of reading, and to all the teachers, parents and students who helped make this the best Read Across America yet!

See Pictures >

From the Desk of Maribel Zubieta-Diaz

For a lifetime, Conchita shared her wisdom, knowledge, and love of life through music. I can still see her on her way to class, full of the strength that characterized her - ready to teach reading, math, geography, values, life lessons, all through the magic of music.

This coming Saturday, February 23, would have been my mother’s 105th birthday. To celebrate, the faculty of our Music Department is offering a magnificent concert.

Music is a part of our children’s education and many of them “make music” by learning to master an instrument. Is there a better way to inspire and motivate aspiring musicians than to grant them the opportunity to watch and listen to professional artists that are also their teachers?

Conchita is a giving community, and this concert is a gift from the hearts, the time and talents

of the professional musicians who work with our students daily. In the spirit of Conchita and her legacy of community support, love of music, and joyous celebration, we look

forward to gathering together to remember our founder and the legacy she has left for us.

Thank you to all of the participating musicians and those who are making this concert possible.

It will be an evening we will all remember. See you on Saturday!

Maribel Z. Diaz, Director


Conchita Day Concert

Saturday, February 23, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Rosita Segovia Theater

Tickets: $20 – general audience

$10 – CEA/CEC students

Available in the conservatory office


100th Day of School

On January 31st CEA celebrated the 100th Day of School!
Our Early Childhood grades each had special celebrations in honor of this milestone.

K3 dressed up as if they were 100 years old and had a special grandparents' breakfast in their class. Thank you to our lovely grandparents who came and to Mrs. Castro, Ms. Merce and Ms. Magaly for this great idea!

K4 participated in the 100 Day Snack Activity. Each student counted 10 of each snack item to make 100! They got to eat some of the delicious snacks after they finished counting. They also created a banner of 100 of the supplies they use every day in K4.

PrePrimary came together to make a super list of 100 thinks they love about CEA! See Pictures >

Thank You for Another Great Book Fair!

What an amazing Scholastic Book Fair we had this year. It was a great success! We could not have done it without your help. Thank you wonderful volunteers, students, parents and staff!

Because of your generosity, our sales totaled $14,054.84 excluding tax. We can now purchase even more books for our library.

I would like to thank the following parents for their help and support: Mrs. Eileen Press, Mr. & Mrs. Ruiz, Mrs. Janet Bruzos, Mrs. Litza Lopez, Mrs. Claudia Marquez, Mrs. Victoria Casas, and Mrs. Yra Saab-Tro. I could not have been able to do it without your help. I would also like to thank Coach Daniel Prol for his amazing role as "The Big Red Dog." The way he motivated the entire student body to get excited about reading was awesome.

Thank you again for making our Scholastic Book Fair a huge success!

Mrs. V. Martinez
Media Specialist


Congratulations to our 8th Grade ISSF STAR Students:

Carlota Montero, Diya Agarwal and  Arianna Martinez!

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, sports, community service, the arts, and/or effort.

Carlota Montero was selected for being an outstanding example of perseverance, resilience, and leadership. She consistently displays a positive attitude, willingness to help, ability to take and give direction when appropriate, and humility, which makes her a problem solver and a catalyst for good in the CEA community.

Diya Agarwal was selected for being an outstanding example of integrity, academic excellence, and dedication to the arts. She uses all of her talents in the classroom, on the stage and in her day-to-day interactions to make CEA a better place.

Arianna Martinez was selected for being an outstanding example of leadership, maturity, empathy and compassion. Her unshakable moral compass, tact, and openness to guidance makes her an exceptional student leader within CEA.

Carlota, Diya, and Arianna, we are so proud of you and the people you have become!
You are Conchita´s legacy!


Court of Dreams

The CEA Cougars took over the AmericanAirlines Arena last Friday for our annual Court of Dreams! Our basketball players got to play on the professional court where the Miami Heat play, and then stayed to watch the game! See Pictures >

Congratulations to our CEA Spelling Bee Winners!

Upper School
1st Place - Emily Sordo-Martinez, 6th grade
2nd Place - Gabriela Rodriguez, 7th grade

Lower School
1st Place - Bruno De la Vega, 3rd Grade
2nd Place - Dylan Senaris, 3rd Grade

Emily and Bruno will represent CEA
at the Miami Herald Spelling Bee in February! Congratulations!

Our 1st Family Field Day was an enormous success!
It was an awesome day of fitness, games, sports and good times with good friends!
Thank you to everyone who came!

Open House and Entrance Exam:
Saturday, January 26, 2019

more info >

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Upcoming Events

CEA Happenings for the Week of March 18, 2019



Monday, MARCH 18

basketball 8th Grade Disney Trip!

Tuesday, MARCH 19

birthday cake Happy Birthday, Ann Daniels!

birthday cake Happy Birthday, Jimena Cruz!

Wednesday, MARCH 20

soccer ball Cougar/Thunder 7U Soccer @GMA

soccer ball 10U "Black" Soccer vs. IMater

Thursday, MARCH 21

Track and Field meet at Belen

Friday, MARCH 22

Popcorn Sale for Legacy Walk

SATURday, MARCh 23

birthday cake Happy Birthday, Fransel Lapica!

Legacy Celebration – Ofelia Gravier and Emina Neila

Dependability and Humility

As we continue celebrating the legacy of those who have come before us and the values we can learn from them, we focus this week on two very important figures in our path.

 Mrs. Gravier joined the Conchita staff in 1969.  From the very beginning she was dedicated to CEA and worked closely with Mrs. Diaz.  She taught Spanish and did whatever needed to be done.  She worked late with Mrs. Diaz many nights making sure that bus routes would run smoothly, books would arrive on time, circulars would go out and so many small details that are needed in the daily running of a school.  Mrs. Diaz and CEA could depend on her to make sure it would work.

Ms. Emina came to the school in 1970 as a pre-primary teacher and has influenced hundreds of children.  She always worked diligently with her students on the most important details of kindergarten – how to build a fulfilled life.  Her students did well academically but her effect in teaching manners, kindness, gratitude, and respect were lessons that helped her students create happy lives.  And she did it all with grace and humility.

Thank you, Mrs. Gravier and Ms. Emina.  Our school has benefitted from your gifts, and we are grateful for the examples you have provided.



CEA Dancers in Spain!

For 10 days, CEA dancers will experience the CEA Cultural Immersion Trip to Spain! They will spend time in Madrid, Seville, Toledo and Cordoba. In addition to taking class in the most prestigious and recognized conservatories and dance schools in the country, they will watch professional dance rehearsals at the Alicia Alonso Institute, Ballet Nacional de España, watch performances, and immerse themselves in the history and culture of Spain.


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