Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 1
Tue, Oct 29 9:02am

¡Buenos días Community Park! Welcome to the inaugural issue of the CP PTO Newsletter. Please check your Konstella feed for the most recent updates.

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


  • Half Day Party: Despicable Me - Tuesday, October 29, 1:30 p.m.
  • CP Halloween Parade - Thursday, October 31, 2 p.m.
  • First Friday Coffee - Friday, November 1, 8:30 a.m.
  • NO SCHOOL (VOTE!) - Tuesday, November 5
  • NO SCHOOL - Thursday, November 7-8
  • "Coffee Talk" for Special Education Families - Saturday, November 16, 9:45 a.m.


Around School

  • CP Halloween Parade
  • First Friday Coffee
  • You Can Recycle That at CP!
  • 10/18 PTO Meeting: STEAM + FOCUS Programs


  • Despicable Me Tickets Still Available
  • Party Board Sign Ups Now Online!
  • SilverGraphics Orders Due Soon....

Community Service

  • Yard Sale Success
  • Town Holiday Gift Collection

Around Town

  • NIOT Debate: Princeton Board of Education Candidates
  • "Coffee Talk" Series for Special Education Families

Around School


CP Halloween Parade: Prepare for the Scare! 


Thursday, October 31, at 2 p.m.
Where: CP Playground

Come check out CP's annual spooktacular Halloween Parade! We could use some extra hands to decorate the parade route. Please sign up here.



First Friday Coffee

Friday, November 1, 8:30 a.m.
Where: CP Front Entrance

The CP PTO invites all parents and caregivers to stay and have a cuppa after drop off on the first Friday of every month. This Friday, Principal Dineen Gruchacz will join us for coffee, bagels, and conversation. We're excited to see you!


You Can Recycle That at CP!
Help us reduce our community's footprint by bringing in your hard-to-recycle waste. You can now recycle all of these items in the CP Lobby: 
  • TREX Competition - Collect your stretchy plastic (plastic bags, wrapping) to help us win the Northeastern bracket! (We placed 3rd in the region last year.)

  • Take 5 Bottle Caps - Bring in your plastic bottle caps to be recycled with Take 5. Our classroom reusable partyware is made from recycled #5 plastic.

  • Crayon and Marker Initiative - Bring in your crayons and markers to be recycled by Crayola.

  • Terracycle - Bring in your Dental and Beauty products. Think toothbrushes, toothpaste containers, lotion containers, and more.
  • *New! Bread bag tags! Bring in bread bag tags to be collected and donated toward providing wheelchairs with Danielle Cares for Chairs.


10/18 PTO Meeting: STEAM + FOCUS

For those who missed the October 18 PTO meeting on the new STEAM and FOCUS enrichment programs, here's a video of the discussion. The meeting featured Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Annie Kosek and PPS Social Studies Supervisor Timothy Charleston.



Half Day Party: Despicable Me

TODAY, October 29, at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street 

Forgot to buy your ticket for today's private screening of Despicable Me? No problem. They're still available at the door. Cost: $15 per person (includes admission, a small popcorn, and a small fountain drink). Note: This is not a drop-off party. Each group of children must be accompanied by an adult.

We'll see you at the movies!


Party Board Sign Ups Now Online!

Thanks to everyone who made CP at the Ivy Inn such a rockin' party and successful fundraiser! The remaining party board slots are now for sale online. There's truly a party for everyone.

Click the links to sign up:

Adults Only Parties Parties for Kids at School
Parties for Families  Drop-Off Parties for Kids

Note: Sign up here for Mrs. Jones's Breakfast Bookclubs for 4th Graders and 5th Graders. Quick, they're fast-approaching!

SilverGraphics Orders Due Soon...

Et voilá! Your student's masterpiece has been revealed. Every student should have received a SilverGraphics order form last week. Now it's time to decide which products you would like SilverGraphics to imprint with this special artwork. A mug? An iPhone cover? Note cards? Please return your paper form no later than Wednesday, October 30, OR place your online order by Wednesday, November 6. Click here for online ordering instructions.

Didn't get a form? Contact parent organizer Tina Ivanov at


Community Service

Yard Sale Success

Thank you to everyone who poured their blood, sweat, tears, and donated items, into CP's Yard Sale this past Saturday. It was an all-around success. We raised nearly $800 for the Parker Bear Fund, found new homes for countless donated goods, and had fun. Thanks also to the 5th grade parents who kept everyone caffeinated and stuffed with baked goodies.

Next: Get ready for the Winter Clothing Drive. Drop off your lightly-used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters and more to the CP lobby November 18-22. 

Town Holiday Gift Collection 

For the past 21 years, Princeton Human Services, municipal employees, local businesses, and private donors like you, have made hundreds of Princeton children’s holiday wishes come true by providing at least one gift for each child in need. Children up to the age of 12 will be filling out a holiday wish list, which will include two gifts they need (or would like) to receive for the holidays.  If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please sign up here.


Around Town

Not in Our Town Princeton BOE Candidates’ Forum

November 1, 7 -9 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road

Learn about this year's candidates for the Princeton Board of Education and their positions on issues of equity and social justice. The forum will be devoted to questions submitted by the audience. Can't make it? Catch the live-stream video on the Not in Our Town-Princeton Facebook page. And remember to vote November 5!



"Coffee Talk" Series for Special Education Families

Saturday, November 16, 9:45-11:00 am
Where: Blue Bears Cafe, 301 N. Harrison Street

Grab a drink and a nibble and join the district-wide Special Education PTO for an informal conversation about topics of interest to families with students receiving special education services in Princeton. This will not be a formal presentation, but rather a parent-led group conversation. Come meet other parents, ask questions, and share your knowledge.  No need to RSVP, just show up. And feel free to bring your child (with a book, iPad, or homework). Click to learn more about other upcoming Special Education events in November and December.


PS - We Hear You!  

We heard that Konstella announcements were clogging your inbox and getting you down. So in an effort to declutter your electronic life but still keep you informed about everything happening at CP, the PTO will be sending you this weekly newsletter. You will hear from us every Tuesday morning--and that's pretty much it. All of the usual announcements, sign ups, and sales, will still be available anytime on Konstella. We just won't notify you every single time a post drops. The exceptions will be calendar reminders and maybe an occasional urgent communication, such as an imminent event change or cancellation.

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!