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.
This week in K4 with Mrs. Daniels & Ms. Estevez, our students have been learning about Matter (solid, liquid, & gas). Together, they did an experiment called "Save the Snow Queen"! The students placed an Elsa doll in a Tupperware which was #frozen over night. The next day the class observed and measured the progress throughout the day as our solid transformed to liquid and set our Snow Queen free! see pictures >
Ms. Gonzalez (6th grade teacher) presenting at the FETC conference in January. 6th grade teacher Mrs. Santalo and 7th grade teacher, Mr. Companioni, will also be presenting at the FETC conference. They will be doing a 20-minute session together called "The Big Bold Blog: Bring Out the Extraordinary in EVERY Child" about the Public Relations Mastery blog and how blogs can be used to develop an online “publication” to highlight student work and achievements. Read more>
Code.Org's An Hour of Code at CEA It's official! Code.org's Hour of code at Conchita Espinosa Academy has begun! Today our Middle School STEAM students did One Hour of Code with 1st grade!
The week of December 8-12, Code.org hosts their annual Hour of Code, a national challenge for kids in America to do one hour of coding during this week. Last year, our STEAM Mastery taught the 5th graders how to code as part of this project. Since our STEAM Mastery does much more than one hour of coding each week, this year they plan on teaching ALL CEA students in grades 1-8 to code, making it a school-wide challenge!! See Pictures >
Mastery class is making handmade "ugly dolls" to donate for the children in the Miami Rescue Mission for women and children... They are coming out great! See Pictures >
Books for Breakfast Student Council had its first 2014-2015 school year Books for Breakfast event on Thursday, December 4th. Two of our 8th graders, Emily Lorenzo and Christopher Carmona read to the little ones and other representatives brought breakfast items to share with the kids. We had a fantastic turn out! See Pictures >
Fernanda Miranda in Carnegie Hall
Fernanda Miranda (8th grade) was one of the winners of the American Fine Arts Festival Competition in the Romantic music category. As a winner, she has been chosen to play in the Winner's Concert in Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 14, 2014. Read More>
5th Grade Spain Project
In preparation for this year's school trip to Spain, the entire school is learning about Spain and its different regions this school year. These are some videos of the 5th Grade Spanish city project. See more videos >
From the Desk of Maribel Zubieta-Diaz
I was sitting down to write my Thanksgiving message when I received an email from an eighth grader with something she wrote to be read at the Thanksgiving assembly. As I read her words, I realized she had written what I wish for every single one of our kids. Her words, her actions, the person she has become in her 9 years at Conchita speak louder and stronger than any of my words. She represents Conchita’s legacy, a job well done, a Conchita graduate ready to fly and leave her mark on the world. She has already left a mark on her classmates and in our hearts.
Today I am thankful for many things. Today, and every day, I give thanks for things I cannot even begin to name or count. Today, I take the time to be grateful for those little things I take for granted because I know someone else is praying for them. Today, I am grateful for my school. Today, I am thankful for the true, steadfast work, dedication and, of course, unconditional love I receive here. I am thankful for the demands, the late nights, the early mornings, and the hard work I have been put through here. I complain about these things, but I understand why I need to do them. I do these things because I love my school. I truly, honestly do. I am grateful for the 32,400 seconds I spend at school every day. I am thankful because I would not wish it any other way.
I am grateful for those absolutely insane people who have put up with my loud, crazy ways whom I call friends. They fall down laughing when I do something silly. They brave the Amazon jungle that my hair is to weave it into a French braid. And most importantly, they stand by me 24/7.
I am thankful for my teachers who push me to the limit, only to teach me that there are no limits. They have taught me to write, to play guitar, to not be afraid, and most importantly, to fall and get back up. I am thankful for the wind beneath my wings who taught that the only way to get through life is to shine and fly high like an eagle.I am thankful for the pitch black nights that turned into beautiful mornings. I am thankful for the friends and teachers who turned into family. I am thankful for the dreams that turned into realities. And most importantly, I am thankful for the school that turned into home.
Elisa Rodriguez, Class of 2015
May you have a joyful Thanksgiving sharing love and blessings with your families and friends. All of you, my CEA family are definitely in my heart and prayers.
Thank you to the people who have already bought a key in support of CEA/CEC. We are now collecting keys for the 2nd piano... See list of sponsors >
The Senior Dance Mastery Calendar is now accepting Pre-Orders!
Just a reminder of all who participated:
Hip Hop (Nerds)
Light Blue Ballet 1 and 2
Red Ballet 1
Lilac Ballet 1 and 2
Navy Ballet 1 and 2
Forest Green Ballet
Elementary Theatre Mastery
Junior Dance Mastery
Senior Dance Mastery
Tap: Robinson and Glover
Spanish Dance: Jerez 1 and 2, Sevilla 1, Cantabria 2
Karate: Orange and Yellow Belts
Calendars are only $20! Order yours for Christmas!
8th Grade performs Holiday Road Trip for school Last day of class before winter holidays
Saturday, december 20
SUNday, december 21
Early happy birthday to Ms. Loly (December 23),
Jessica Prieto (December 30) and Danella Bedford (January 1)!
Please Remember our toy drive. The toys we collect at his time are used by the Miami Child Protection Team for children throughout the year. They try to make sure that each child who comes through their doors has something he can call his own.
Middle School Music Ensemble: Christopher Perez, Claudia Barreto, Katherine Marino, Francheska Fernandez, Fernanda Miranda, and Allison Majors
Central Park Concerts
Join us throughout December to witness our young musicians and dancers display their talent and holiday spirit in our very own Conchita Espinosa Central Park Concert Series.
Music Mastery Performs in CEA Central Park| see pictures
3:30 p.m. •
Musicians will perform in the CEA/CEC Central Park to get us in the holiday spirit!
Choir and Dance Concert | see pictures
3:00 p.m. •
Groups Participating: Junior Choir, Junior Dance Mastery, Senior Dance Mastery, Red Ballet II, Light Blue Ballet II, Avery Villasuso Tap Solo, Hines Tap, Broadway
3:00 p.m. •
Groups Participating: Junior Choir, Teruel I, Cantabria I, Cordoba II, Andalucia, Malaga, Hip Hop IV and Crew, All Cuban Dancers
*Dancers will be performing in their class uniforms.
Details on accessories will follow.
8th Grade Christmas Play
7:00 p.m. (for parents)
On December 19th the 8th graders will perform the play for the school during the day..
Holiday Vacation The last day of school before the holidays will be Friday, December 19th. This will be a regular school day with afterschool and Conservatory classes. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 6th.
Miami Heat Court of Dreams
On Friday, January 23, 2015, our entire basketball team (Girls, Boys, JV, and Varsity) 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 against Highpoint Academy at the American Airlines Arena. We will have the court reserved from 2:30 – 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. In order to participate, each student will be responsible for selling 3 tickets to the Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers game that will be played at 7:30 the same night. Tickets are $15 - $35 for 400-level seats.
Please return the ticket order form below no later than Monday, December 15th. Please make sure it is clearly labeled "CEA Court of Dreams, ATTN Coach Carlos"
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Carlos.
CEC Theatre Department presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon
A Norwegian Folk Tale adapted by Claudia Ferguson from the short story by Asbjornsen and Moe. Additional poems by Olav H. Hauge. Directed by Loly Lopez
The Troll Queen, in good old fairy tale fashion, has changed the Prince into a fierce white bear. He is befriended by a brave and lovely young girl. Because this girl threatens the Queen's magic, the Queen sends two of her trolls to imprison the bear. To save him, the girl seeks the help of the Mother of the Winds.
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).