Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 11
Mon, Jan 20 9:15pm

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.


  • Parker Bear Cozy Drive - Now through Friday, January 24
  • 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.
  • Kindness Challenge Spirit Week - January 27 - 31
  • CP Band Concert - Thursday, January 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Around School

  • Don't Forget: It's Kindness Challenge Time
  • DLI Parent Info Session for Incoming K & 1st Grade Families
  • About that PTO Meeting with PPS Facilities Manager David Harding


  • Cozy Drive: Kids PJs and Sweats Needed
  • Tickets for Sale: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
  • Last Call for Virtual Reality Party
  • Save Your McCaffrey's Receipts

Community Service

  • Las Manos Amigas: Take Care of Your Village in Wintery Weather

Around Town

  • Community Forum on PPS Growth
  • Share Your Love Fundraiser for Princeton Children's Fund
Around School
Don't Forget: It's Kindness Challenge Time
Now through February 14

Remember: Next week is Kindness Challenge Spirit Week.

Plus, as part of their Kindness Challenge, CP students are collecting socks for the homeless and coins to help build a school in Mexico. See all details below. 


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 MexicoJanuary 13 - February 14
    Donate your spare change in the CP lobby to help build a school and friendship center in Mexico. 
  • Buddy Bench Programall 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 Discussion with PPS Facilities Manager David Harding
We had a dynamic discussion with PPS facilities manager David Harding about the planned improvements to HVAC and security that were approved by voter referendum in fall 2018. Harding presented a timeline for this work, as well as detailed information on the HVAC units that will be installed, mechanical updates to the building's electric, security enhancements, plus two options for redesigning CP's main entrance (where a new security vestibule will be located). The CP Referendum Facilities Committee, which is comprised of school staff and parents, has been advocating to ensure that these improvements really do meet our school's needs, and the conversation surrounding the security vestibule design is ongoing.  

We also discussed chronic facilities problems at CP, including unreliable heating in the gym, the leaky roof, and drainage issues on the playground. Harding, who joined PPS in July 2019, made clear that fixing these problems is a priority for this semester.

Please stay tuned for more detailed information about the facilities referendum work that will take place at CP. 

Cozy Drive: PJs and Sweats Needed
Today through Friday, January 24
Has your student already outgrown their PJs and sweats from the fall? Start your spring cleaning early by donating them to the CP Cozy Drive! Bring gently used (or new) child-sized pajamas, sweatshirts, and sweatpants to school today through this Friday, January 24, and place them in the labeled bin in the CP lobby. All children's sizes are appreciated, but there is a particular need for larger children's sizes.
Sponsored by the CP PTO Parker Bear Fund.
Questions? Email
Tickets On Sale Now: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
Where: JW Auditorium, 217 Walnut Lane

Don't miss this very special "game show" where CP 5th graders go toe-to-toe (or brain-to-brain) with some unfortunate grown ups. Principal Gruchacz will act as host. 

All 5th graders attend for free. Everyone else may purchase tickets on Konstella ($5 students, $10 adults).

Baked treats will be on sale, as well as swag from both CP and JW to support their respective PTOs. All proceeds from ticket sales and baked goods will fund the 5th grade class gift and end-of-year activities. 
Last Call for Virtual Reality Party
Saturday, January, 25, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: A Secret Basement at Princeton University
Don't miss your chance to attend a private Virtual Reality 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

Save Your McCaffrey's Receipts

Remember to save your receipts when you shop at McCaffrey's Food Market in the Princeton Shopping Center. CP receives 0.95% from each receipt, which amounts to significant funds by the end of each year. 


Send them to school with your student to put in the "McCaffrey's Box" located in the front lobby. Note: McCaffrey’s receipts expire three months from the purchase date so send them regularly.

Questions? Contact 5th Grade Rep, Bevin Cahill, via Konstella or text 917-297-8489.


Community Service


Las Manos Amigas*: Take Care of Your Village During Wintery Weather
Now that winter may finally have come, don't forget to check-in on your neighbors. Neighbors, including the elderly and pets, may need a little extra help when a wintry mix of snow, sleet, blustery winds, and cold hit. Ask if they need help dusting off their car, walking their dog, or shoveling their driveway and sidewalks. Also check out Dash's Week: A Dog's Tale About Kindness and Helping Others to learn how a puppy can teach kids about kindness to our neighbors.

*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

How will we make space for the several hundreds of new students who will be entering Princeton Public Schools over the next few years? Will we redistrict? Build additions to our schools? Rent more trailers?

Here is your chance to have a say in the future: PPS is hosting a public forum as a first step towards planning for this growth.

The forum will include a presentation on the district's projected growth, followed by small group discussions about our community's educational goals and priorities. Parents are critical to this discussion. Please come and be heard!


Share Your Love Fundraiser for Princeton Children's Fund
Friday, February 7, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place

Share a little love at the annual fundraiser for Princeton Children's Fund. Superintendent of Schools, Steve Cochrane, and Executive Director of Recreation, Ben Stentz, will speak about the magnitude of the need in our schools and the potential impact of programming on the lives of the students PCF serves. For more information, visit  


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!