Community Park PTO Newsletter - COVID-19 Edition
Sun, Mar 15 8:58pm

Buenos días, Community Park. Welcome to the CP PTO Newsletter-COVID-19 Edition. Please check your Konstella feed for the most recent updates.

Bienvenidos al boletín informativo de la PTO de CP. Mire por favor sus actualizaciones de noticias en Konstella para detalles más recientes.


  • Princeton Public Schools Closed - Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27
  • Tentative Reopening of Schools - Monday, March 30


Around (Our Virtual) School

  • Announcement on PPS Closure
  • Principal Gruchasz's Statement on CP Remote Learning
  • Troubleshooting Power School Learning
  • List of Cancelled or Postponed CP Events

Resources for Families

  • How to Talk about COVID-19 With a Child
  • "Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day"
  • How to Keep it Fun (and Stay Healthy and Sane)

Good News Department

  • Feeding Our Community
  • Comcast Offers Free Internet
  • CP Amazon Bake Sale Success



Announcement on PPS Closure

Princeton Public Schools will be closed from March 16-27 in response to the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. Read Superintendent Steve Cochrane's full announcement from March 12


Principal Gruchasz's Statement on CP Remote Learning

How will remote learning work at CP? Read Principal Gruchasz's statement about it. Props to teachers and staff for so quickly pivoting to remote learning!


Troubleshooting Power School Learning

Many teachers are using Power School Learning to share resources with parents. This is especially important for students in 3rd-5th grades, and for lessons from Specials teachers.

If you have not already done so, please sign up for a Power School Learning account now. (NOTE: This is different than a Power School account.) If you're having trouble, see the district's parent technology help page, or this quick tutorial.


List of Cancelled or Postponed CP Events

  • POSTPONED: 3/14 The LEGO Movie (new date TBD)
  • CANCELLED: March Madness at CP Fundraiser
  • POSTPONED: 3/18-3/21 Parker Bear Book Fair (new date TBD)
  • POSTPONED: 3/23 Ms. Lewis's Crazy Cat Party (new date TBD)
  • POSTPONED: 3/23 Guided Mountain Lakes Walk (new date TBD)
  • POSTPONED: 3/24 CP STEM Expo (new date: Monday, June 1)
  • POSTPONED: 3/26 Science Fair (new date: Thursday, June 4)
  • POSTPONED: 3/27 Karaoke Night at the Ivy (new date TBD)




How to Talk to a Child about COVID-19

What to say? Children need information about COVID-19 just like we do. Here are recommendations for how to talk to your student(s) about COVID-19 from the National Association of School Psychologists. Also check out Ms. Cameron's Counselor's Corner on Power School Learning for more resources. 


"Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day"

Everyone's home. The pantry is (hopefully) full. It feels like a strange holiday. But it ain't. Here's a great article with guidelines from a Massachussetts physician on the dos and don'ts of social distancing.


How to Keep it Fun (and Stay Healthy and Sane) 

Below are some ideas to keep your family engaged and in good spirits during this stressful time. We will keep a running list in the new Family Funshine social group on you're welcome to add your ideas too. (To sign up, log in to, select "Social Groups" from the left side menu. Then select the orange "Join" button for "Family Funshine.")

Virtual Playdates - ZOOM, Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts Meet.... Videoconferencing tools abound and are not just for business meetings. Our kids need face time with friends, so set up a virtual playdate. Friends can do activities in tandem--an art project, a game of chess or checkers, LEGO-building--or just chat.

Free Digital and Audio Books - Does your student need a new book? CP Librarian Bevan Jones has shared our school's usernames and passwords to access a dozen digital and audio book sites: Overdrive, Tumble Books, the International Children's Digital Library, and more. All for free through Power School Learning!

Virtual Arts & Culture - Can't make it to the Reina Sofia or the MoMA this week? Google Arts & Culture offers virtual exhibits or tours from museums all over the world (for free!). The Metropolitan Opera will stream free operas every evening. Boston band The Dropkick Murphys is live streaming their St. Patrick's Day show. 

Nature - Streaming is great but sometimes you need the actual stream. Spending even just 10-20 minutes in nature has been shown to reduce stress. offers a great booklet of 16 local hikes, and the Sourland Conservancy's online Sourland Region Hiking Atlas offers two dozen hikes--many of them off the beaten path. 

Don't Forget About You - Run, bike, walk, hike. Many local fitness centers and studios, including YogaStream and Pure Barre, are offering virtual classes and instruction to help you stay healthy in mind and body during this difficult time. 




Feeding Our Community

One of the hurdles to remote learning is how to continue to care for those in our community who face food insecurity. So far we're off to a promising start. Last week, PHS students boxed 500 meals to be delivered to students this week, in cooperation with Send Hunger Packing Princeton (SHUPP) and Nutri-Serve. Food and hygiene donations also poured into the Pannell Learning Center on Friday. Thank you for your generosity!

But this is just the beginning. Here is how you can continue to help food-insecure families in our community during this difficult time:

  • Monetary donations can be made to local food pantries or Share My Meals.
  • The Pannell Learning Center will also continue to accept drop-off donations this week, or you can drop items at each of the CP gym. See drop-off windows below:


Comcast Offers Free Internet

As schools and businesses across the region move online, Comcast announced that it would provide two free months of internet access to low-income families. They're also increasing internet speeds for all new and existing customers. New customers will be sent a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a WiFi router. There will be no term contract or credit check, and no shipping fee. To sign up for the service, visit the Internet Essentials website or call 1-855-846-8376 for English speakers and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.


Amazon Bake Sale Success

CP students poured their passion for the Amazon into a two-day bake sale earlier this month and raised a whopping $781. The money will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Team on behalf of Community Park School. Thanks to Librarian Bevan Jones and the many students, parents, and staff who made this happen.


Be well! 


P.S. - We Hear You 

If you have feedback or suggestions regarding the newsletter, please message Nicole Pezold Hancock on Konstella or email  

For general thoughts regarding PTO activities or how parents can further help support CP, please contact Co-Presidents Lynda Dodd, Tara Oakman, and Manishi Prasad via Konstella or at, and

Thanks for reading!