Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 12
Mon, Jan 27 8:03pm

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.


  • Kindness Challenge Spirit Week - January 27 - 31
  • CP Band Concert - Thursday, January 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Fundraiser - Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mom's Night Out with Facials - Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Grade Mom's Wine & Cheese - Saturday, February 8, 6:00 p.m.
  • Cupcake Decorating Drop-Off Party! - Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m.
  • Staff Development (NO SCHOOL) - Friday, February 14
  • President's Day (NO SCHOOL) - Monday, February 17


Around School

  • CP Band Concert
  • Kindness Challenge Spirit Week: What to Wear
  • PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor


  • Tickets for Sale: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
  • Mom's Night Out with Facials
  • 3rd Grade Mom's Wine & Cheese
  • Cupcake Decorating Drop-off Party (All Grades!)

Community Service

  • Remember: Donate Socks and Coins
  • Las Manos Amigas: Understanding Food Insecurity

Around Town

  • About That Community Forum on PPS Growth
  • Share Your Love Fundraiser for Princeton Children's Fund



CP Band Concert
Thursday, January 30, 6:30 p.m. 
Where: CP APR (aka Cafeteria)

CP's Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Bands invite all family and friends to their annual winter concert this Thursday evening. (Please make sure your musician arrives by 6:20 p.m. for tuning and warmups in the gym.) 

There's no dress code but musicians should wear nice stage clothes, such as dress pants, khakis, and blouses. If your child will not be able to attend the performance, please contact Ms. Farrell (



Kindness Challenge Spirit Week
Happening This Week...

Don't forget: CP students are showing their enthusiasm for kindness this week:

  • Tuesday, TODAY, 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! 


PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor
Friday, February 21, 8:30 a.m.
Where: CP APR (aka Cafeteria)

Mark your calendars: PPS Math Supervisor Stephenie Tidwell will present at our next PTO meeting. She'll be discussing the new i-Ready curriculum, as well as how we may support our children's math learning.

If you have specific questions or issues you wish her to address, please send them here




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. 
Party Board: Mom's Night Out With Facials
Friday, February 7, 7:00 p.m
Where: The Besler Home
Pamper yourself for a good cause! Enjoy a fun and relaxing ladies night with wine (or soft drinks), hors d’oeuvres and facials that will leave your skin feeling smooth, hydrated and glowing! The ultra premium, European-formulated, vegan-certified products used for the facials are hypoallergenic and do not contain any harmful chemicals. All skin types, even the most sensitive, can be accommodated. There is no obligation to purchase. If you do, all commission from the sale of products that night will be an additional contribution to the CP PTO. Hosted by Carrie Patterson Besler. Registration required.  
Party Board: 3rd Grade Mom's Wine & Cheese
Saturday, February 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: The Oakman Home
Join fellow Third Grade moms for a wine and cheese happy hour. Hosted by Tara Oakman, Dena Hoffman and Sarah Torian. Registration required.

Drop-Off Party: Cupcake Decorating!
Wednesday, February 12, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: House of Cupcakes, 34 Witherspoon Street

It's sprinkle time! We’re having a cupcake decorating party at Princeton’s own House of Cupcakes. All grades are welcome. Register your pastry chef here. Hosted by Val Koxha.




Kindness Drives: Bring Your Socks and Coins
Now through Thursday, February 13

As part of their Kindness Challenge, CP students are collecting socks for the homeless to be distributed by Joy of Sox. Place *new* pairs of socks in the collection box in the CP lobby.

Donate your spare change towards Kindness Coins for Mexico, also in the CP lobby. Your coins will help build a school and friendship center for our southern neighbor.  



Las Manos Amigas*: Understanding Food Insecurity
Next month is CP's annual Valentines for Food Drive, in partnership with Arm in Arm. Last year, our school donated more pantry goods than any other elementary in the district. As we prepare to rock it again, now is the time to help our children understand why this drive is so important. Food insecurity affects millions of people in America, many of whom are children.  

Watching Arm in Arm's elementary school-aged appropriate video alongside your child is a great way for them to see how a community food pantry operates.

*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity suggested by CP PTO's Community Outreach duo, Sarah Torian and Dena Hoffman.
About That Community Forum on PPS Growth
If you missed Saturday's forum on growing enrollment in Princeton Public Schools, please check out the presentation from consultants Milone & Macbroom. It includes information on the demographic changes predicted for our district, plus a look at our existing schools and their capacity to accommodate this growth. No actual plans were discussed on how to make space for this boom in students.
Rather, PPS wants to hear from you first. They've asked parents and community members to fill out this survey to better understand our town's educational priorities. Milone & Macbroom, the consultants, expects to deliver several proposals in June based on growth predictions, the capacity of existing schools, and our community's wants. See here for more on the planning process.


Left: Slides 80 and 81 from the Jan. 25 presentation show the projected growth at each school compared to that building's current capacity (as marked by the black, horizontal bar in each graph).

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!