PTA Weekly Press, Vol I, No 11, Tueday March 31, 2020
Tue, Mar 31 11:27pm

Welcome to this Week’s PTA Weekly Press!

Vol I, No 11.  Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Every Tuesday during the school year, you will find CP PTA related information in the PTA Weekly Press. These are this week’s items:

 

The PTA Board just voted unanimously to cancel this year’s Art and Science event and all Panda Parties for the remainder of the year. Our VP Fundraising, Winnie Tungpagasit sends this message:  Due to the current situation related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the PTA has decided to cancel all Panda Parties for the rest of the school year. Our entire economy is and will continue to be hurting because of COVID-19. We are all trying to make the best of this but due to the cancelled parties, we will not reach our target fundraising budget for the Panda parties this year. Unfortunately, we will not be able to issue any refunds for the Panda Parties purchased. We apologize for the cancellations and we thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Winnie Tungpagasit at wtungpagasit@gmail.com.

Our VP Programs Shauna Lawry and her team had worked so hard and came so close to putting on another College Park flagship event that is Art and Science, with over 100 volunteers.   I cry to have to admit cancellation. 

In reality, we may not return to campus this school year.  We may know within a day or so whether our governor will mandate closure.  Still, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee reaffirmed that all public school districts in the county would continue providing education to students through at-home and distance learning methods consistent with Dr. Morrow’s March 13th School Operations Modification Order, which has been extended to May 1, 2020. “More than anything right now, our students need to stay connected to school and supported by their teachers and school leaders,” explained Superintendent Magee. “San Mateo County school district leaders are committed to ensuring that students, families, and staff remain engaged, and students continue to make progress in their learning. This is a traumatic time for our youth; they need their schools and teachers more than ever.”

 

Here’s some parenting-during-Safety-in-Place information presented by Bayside (thank you Bayside) and shared with us by our 17th District PTA Council President Kathleen Goodman, of an announcement from the School District Counselor for Bayside, Lauren Alexander: “… I'm here to provide you with links that will let you watch our first ever remote parent education about parenting during a pandemic. I've collected tips, strategies, and ideas that will hopefully help you and your family while school is out and we are on shelter-in-place. You can VIEW THE SLIDES HERE (with resource links throughout): https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1d80iGqSt_pLjJQzJdndMU9-5IDuVy8Nc1i9fCF9V1Cw/ You can WATCH THE PRESENTATION HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCjQHeMyzcM&t=1

 

Lauren says, “Stay well, take a deep breath, and take it one day at a time! With hope, Lauren Alexander Middle School Counselor laalexander@smfcsd.net 650-539-4241 (phone & text message).

 

By next Tuesday, we should have a fix on the date for our annual PTA membership meeting and general election.  I know, we should just concentrate on getting through this SIP C19 stuff, right?  In other action your PTA Board took, Teresa Shek was appointed to liaise with FMS to advise that the PTA acknowledges FMS’ significant loss from cancellation of the GALA and that the PTA is available to assist however she can, to stem lay-offs of Mandarin Aids.  In that regard, we’re so proud that CP was again publicly recognized by the School District’s Board of Trustees for securing a grant from Asia Society.  Asia Society is the leading education organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.  College Park with the Mandarin Immersion program is honored to be selected as one of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms to be a model program in the Bay Area.  College Park will receive funds to hold cultural activities to engage community members, offer Mandarin teachers professional development, purchase library books and instructional materials.

 

Ms. Pencek & Ms. Chang’s Writing Contest Contestants.

 

A huge shout out to these “Magnificent Seven” girls of Ms. Pencek and Ms. Chang’s fifth grade class:

Abigail Li

Felicity Ma

Maddie Lee

Melanie Feng (2 entries .... one written and one art)

Mya Nguyen

Phoebe Lin

Melanie turned in two entries – so that’s a Magnificent Seven!!  Our students are magnificent because they sacrificed and worked on the writing contest with the theme “Why I Am Glad America Is a Nation of Immigrants.”  The contest is sponsored by the national 13,000+ member American Immigration Lawyers Association and, the winners as well as their teachers receive upwards of $500 for first place and $1000 to the teacher of the first place winner.  The amounts have varied, but always substantial.  Not only that, the first place student plus a family member are invited to the annual conference of the lawyers association.  Those conferences are held in places such as New York, Las Vegas, San Diego, Philadelphia, National Harbor, Florida and on and on.  Stayed tuned, College Park parents, to learn the identities of the winners of the contest and why our kids are glad America is a nation of immigrants!

Contact Info PTA Board of Directors 2019-2020

  1. Principal                            Steven Chuang <schuang@smfc.k12.ca.us>
  2. President                          Jon Wu <jon@jwulaw.com>
  3. Executive VP                    Pinkey Tsang <pinkeytsang@gmail.com>
  4. Secretary                          Doug Christini <dchristini@infinera.com>
  5. Treasurer                          Cathy Lin <chang1213@hotmail.com>
  6. Financial Secretary         Jennifer Li <rd.liao@gmail.com>
  7. VP Membership              John Gieseker <johng88@gmail.com>
  8. VP Programs                    Shauna Lawry <slawry@me.com>
  9. VP Fundraising                Winnie Tungpagasit <wtungpagasit@gmail.com>,
  10. Community Liaison         Connie Chang Chinchio <ccchinchio@gmail.com>
  11. Historian                           Theresa Shek <tshek@yahoo.com>
  12. Auditor                             Hsuan-Pei Lin <hsuanpei@gmail.com>,
  13. Parliamentarian              Allison Ng <allison.renee.ng@gmail.com>