PTA Weekly Press Vol I, No 1
Tue, Jan 14 10:10am

Hello Everyone connected with College Park - Welcome to this Inaugural PTA Weekly Press. Every Tuesday during the school year, you will find CP PTA related information in the PTA Weekly Press, such as the below:

 

Election of the 2020-2021 PTA Executive Board

A new PTA president and other officers will be elected in March! Your vote is the opportunity to directly impact enrichment programs and other important matters related to the best interests of our students.  The PTA president with the Executive Board implement PTA policy and steer the direction of special programs and PTA funded positions to enhance our student learning. 

 

With input from you, the Nominating Committee (“NC”) searches for meritorious candidates and prepares the slate of candidates for election to next academic year’s Executive Board.  During its regular meeting last week, the current PTA Executive Board approved these three members of the NC: 

 

Connie Chang Chinchio ccchinchio@gmail.com

Doug Christini dchristini@infinera.com

Victoria Pao victoriapao@yahoo.com 

(Two alternates: Catherine Lin and John Gieseker)

 

You should introduce available and compassionate parents likely to unselfishly act in the best interest of our students to the NC or inform them of your interest to serve.  The slate of the candidates will be presented at the 2/18/2020 General Assembly.  The election will take place during the March 17, 2020 General Assembly.

 

Social Emotional Workshop for Parents at the General Assembly Wed 1/29 6:00pm:  CP Gym

The next PTA General Assembly is rescheduled from 01/24 CNY eve to Wednesday, January 29th at 6:00pm.  It will be followed by the Social Emotional Workshop led by our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support) team of teachers.  Teachers/guest speaker will share how parents can help students develop SEL skills. Childcare for K-5th available. 

The General Assembly is the time all PTA members voice their opinions and also decide how we spend PTA funds. If you're not a member you won't have a vote.  Easily join the PTA online at www.collegeparkpta.com/donate  The membership fee is $10. Questions, please contact VP of Membership John Gieseker <johng88@gmail.com>

 

Fundraising Efforts

Panda Parties - There are many, many upcoming Panda Parties waiting for your and/or your child's attendance.  Panda Parties are a great way to meet families, raise money for our PTA while building a stronger community!!  See attached pdf of available upcoming Panda Parties and on our CP PTA Webstore !

 

Shopping Links - please remember to use the following links to make your purchases on the following sites to earn cash back for our PTA!!

https://www.konstella.com/go?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsmile.amazon.com%2F and choose College Park Elementary School PTA as the charity you would like to support.

http://eshopedia.org/collegepark/

 

- eScripThe eScrip program donates a percentage of your purchases made with your credit/debit cards and grocery stories back to our school, at no cost to you.  Register your cards on the eScrip website and donations are processed automatically without affecting any credit/debit card rewards/mileage programs.

  • Visit https://www.escrip.com and click "Sign Up" - It's Free
  • Select "College Park Elementary School"
  • Register your grocery loyalty cards & credit/debit cards

Questions contact VP of Fundraising Winnie Tungpagasit wtungpagasit@gmail.com

 

Art & Science Day, Friday, May 1 2020

PTA’s biggest event of the year is dependent on LOTS of parent volunteers. Parents will be needed to lead workshops and chaperone their child’s class. Please be on the lookout for communications over the next several months. If you are interested to learn about A&S Day, please reach out to VP of Programs, Shauna Lawry, on Konstella

 

Volunteer Opportunity at Art in Action Headquarters

Art in Action (Menlo Park headquarters)
Sunday, January 26th 10am-noon

Have your kids been enjoying Art in Action at College Park? We've been lucky to have worked with them for over 10 years and this is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for the program they have created! You can literally help get art in the hands of students around the country by helping us organize and pack the materials or art supplies required at Art in Action schools. Volunteers of high school age and above are welcome. (Most likely we’ll be packing lessons into bags - assembly line packing in small groups. Perhaps with some “sub assembly” type stuff like measuring yarn.)  If you are interested in attending, please complete this form as space is limited and sign up required: College Park Volunteers @ Art in Action

 

(Background: Art in Action is a wonderful locally based nonprofit which helps bring engaging art curricula to K-8 schools. Today they reach 85,000 students, training 5,000 teachers and volunteers in 623 schools and afterschool programs in 32 states. 51% of those we serve are Title I schools in low-income communities. 82% of our schools are in California, with 55% located in the Bay Area.  Questions: please contact Victoria Pao victoriapao@yahoo.com

 

Morning Drop off

Please  DO NOT leave your car unattended in the RED zone of the drop-off lane on Indian Ave and on El Dorado.  Have your child ready in the back seat with their backpack, and exit the car on their own.  If you prefer to walk your child to the classroom, please arrive 10-15 mins early to find parking space. 

 

Crossing Guard

KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE! Sign up here: https://www.konstella.com/app/school/588d4108e4b0f58ddecd416d/committees/5d7b3a9fe4b054f38f6c7162  Pick up stop signs and safety vest at the office, times needed are daily from 8:00 to 8:15 at the Indian and El Dorado and Indian and Fremont intersection 

 

Garden Club

Love gardening and like sharing this love with kids? We need a Garden Club Coordinator. Supplies are available and there is funding.  The Coordinator gets parking in the faculty lot! This club used to meet once a week for an hour to plant and tend to the school’s garden plot, but you can set the timing to whatever frequency and length fits your schedule. Previous garden club volunteers have said leading the club was one of the most rewarding activities at College Park. In a world where we are increasingly distracted by competing priorities – working in a garden, raising plants from seed to sprout to fruit – is a perfect way to feel connected to nature and each other. Please contact Connie Chang Chinchio, our Community Liaison for more info: <ccchinchio@gmail.com>

 

2020 Ed Foundation Readathon

The event will run from January 25th - February 7th.  You will be receiving an email invitation from liz@smfcedfund.org to activate your student’s 99Pledges fundraising page.  If you do not receive an email, visit smfcedfund.org/readathon for login instructions.  Our goal is to raise $25 per student and $100,000 as a whole.

 

Bring your kids to the kick-off reading events on Saturday, January 25th!  The Foster City Library will host a community read-aloud event with special guests Elephant & Piggy from 2-3:30pm.  The San Mateo Main Library will host a pajama read-aloud event from 6-7:30pm.  Come join the fun!