Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 10
Tue, Jan 14 7:10am

¡Buenos días Community Park! Welcome to the CP PTO Newsletter. 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.


  • CP PTO Meeting with David Harding - Friday, January 17, 8:30 a.m.
  • Special Ed PTO Meet Up - Saturday, January 18, 9:45 a.m.
  • MLK Day of Service (NO SCHOOL) - Monday, January 20
  • DLI Parent Info Session - Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • DLI Parent Info Session - Thursday, January 23, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
  • Community Forum on PPS Growth - Saturday, January 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • CP Band Concert, Thursday, January 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Around School

  • Kindness Challenge
  • DLI Parent Info Session for Incoming K & 1st Grade Families
  • PTO Meeting with PPS Facilities Manager David Harding


  • Tickets for Sale: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
  • Virtual Reality Party: 4 Spots Left

Community Service

  • And the Kindness Bingo Winner Is...
  • Las Manos Amigas: A Day of Service in Nature

Around Town

  • Community Forum on PPS Growth
  • Special Ed PTO Meet Up
Around School

CP Takes the Great Kindness Challenge
January-February 2020
Students at CP have accepted The Great Kindness Challenge: Along with millions of other students from across the country, they will perform 50 acts of kindness in one week in an effort to create a better school climate and prevent bullying.
But that's not all! CP students will also be leading a sock drive for the homeless, a coin drive to help build a school in Mexico, and much more. Basically, they're training for a lifetime of kindness.
CP's Kindness Challenge Events:
  • The Great Kindness Challenge student checklist of 50 kind acts, January 27 - 31
  • Spirit Week: Dress Up to Celebrate Kindness, January 27 - 31
    >Monday, 1/27: “Brighten Someone’s Day!” Wear bright or neon colors!
    >Tuesday, 1/28: “Kindness is a gift.” Wear your favorite bow or bow tie!
    >Wednesday, 1/29: “There is comfort in kindness.” Wear your sweats!
    >Thursday, 1/30: “Dream of a kinder world.” Wear your favorite pajamas!
    >Friday, 1/31: “CP kids are kind kids.” Wear your blue CP shirt!
  • Joy of Sox, January 13 - February 14
    Place new pairs of socks in collection box in the CP lobby to be distributed to the homeless.
  • Kindness Coins for Mexico, January 13 - February 14
    Donate your spare change in the CP lobby to help build a school and friendship center in Mexico. 
  • Buddy Bench Program, all year round
    CP counselor Elizabeth Cameron and school psychologist Liz Marmo will introduce the Buddy Bench system as part of school-wide lessons on kindness and inclusion.
For more details on these activities, see the attached letter or contact CP counselor Elizabeth Cameron at

Spread the Word: DLI Info Sessions
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m. OR
Thursday, January 23, 8:45-9:45 a.m.

Where: CP All Purpose Room (aka Cafeteria)

Is your friend or neighbor thinking of enrolling a student in the DLI program for next year? Then they need to attend an info session--and there happen to be two scheduled at different times next week. How convenient!

Priscilla Russell, the District Supervisor of World Languages, ESL/Bilingual and Dual Language Immersion Programs, and Principal Dineen Gruchacz will explain how the program works and answer questions.

PTO Meeting with PPS Facilities Manager David Harding
Friday, January 17, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Community Park APR (aka Cafeteria)
David Harding, PPS director of plant operations and district facilities, will present at our PTO meeting this Friday. Harding started at PPS in July 2019 and has jumped into the facilities referendum work, as well as addressing long-standing maintenance issues around the district. Please join us. 
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?!
Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Where: JW Auditorium, 217 Walnut Lane

Come watch adults test their mental acumen against CP's 5th graders! The 5th grade is putting on a special "game show" to raise money for their class gift and end-of-year activities--and have a whole lot of laughs at the grown ups' expense. Principal Gruchacz will act as host. 
All 5th graders may attend for free. Everyone else may purchase tickets on Konstella ($5 students, $10 adults). See attached flyer for more details. 
Adult Party: Virtual Reality for Impact, Change, and Fun
Saturday, January, 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: A Secret Basement at Princeton University
There are still 4 spots available for this cutting-edge party: Parents Alex Glaser and Paloma Moscardo invite you to experience how Virtual Reality can be used for innovative storytelling and advance real-world causes. They will offer a number of award-winning VR adventures on different topics, ranging from the personal to the biggest challenges of our time. Meet with the creators. Reception to follow. Registration required


Community Service


Who Won Big at Bingo?!

Congratulations to 1st grader Maor Deutsch, the winner of the Random Acts of Kindness Bingo contest! The CP PTO is happy to award Maor with $25 of CP gear. The parents of this lucky winner should email to set up a time to raid the PTO closet. 


Las Manos Amigas*: A Day of Service in Nature
MLK, Jr. Day, Monday, January 20, 9 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, 30 Mountain Avenue

Still looking for a Day of Service activity for you and your kids? The Friends of Princeton Open Space will be honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a forest restoration project at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton. Volunteers will assist with removing invasive plant species and building deer fencing. Hot cider, coffee, and breakfast snacks provided. Learn more or sign up here.

*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity suggested by CP PTO's Community Outreach duo, Sarah Torian and Dena Hoffman.  


Around Town
Community Forum on PPS Growth 
Saturday, January 25, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Princeton High School Cafeteria, 151 Moore Street
We need YOU. PPS is hosting a public forum to discuss the district's projected growth in student enrollment, and how it may affect school facilities and educational programs. 
Parents are critical to this discussion since they (along with staff and students) are witnesses to the overcrowding in our schools. This is a complicated problem that is frequently portrayed as a zero-sum game between the burden of taxes and our children's learning and welfare. Please be there to help our community understand the fuller picture. Together, we just might find a more unified way forward.
SpEd PTO Meet Up
Saturday, January 18, 9:45 a.m.
Where: The Blue Bears, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N. Harrison Street
The District Special Ed PTO sponsors a monthly meetup for parents at The Blue Bears. Children are welcome and it's a great place to exchange ideas and info with other parents, including CP's PTO Rep for the District SpEd PTO, Lynda Dodd. She'll be at the January meetup and hopes to connect with CP parents of kids with special needs. Or if you can't make it, you can email her at
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!