Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 13
Mon, Feb 3 8:30pm

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.


  • First Friday Coffee - Friday, February 7, at drop off
  • 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
  • CP PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor - Friday, February 21, 8:30 a.m.


Around School

  • First Friday Coffee
  • Volunteers Needed: 5th Grade Bake Sale
  • PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor
  • Parker Bear Book Fair is Coming


  • 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

  • Las Manos Amigas: Valentines for Food!
  • Remember: Donate Socks and Coins

Around Town

  • Your Homework: PPS Growth Survey
  • Share Your Love Fundraiser for Princeton Children's Fund



First Friday Coffee
Friday, February 7, After Drop Off
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, February 7, Principal Dineen Gruchacz and Board of Ed members Betsy Baglio and Susan Kanter will join us for coffee and conversation. We're excited to see you!


Calling All 5th Graders: Are You a Baker or a Seller?

The 5th grade is holding a bake sale during this Friday's "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" fundraiser at the JW auditorium (event details here). We still need a few more hands on deck--to either bake treats or sell them*. Sign up here. (This is a private link for 5th grade classrooms only.)

*Please note that all baked goods and volunteers must arrive at JW by 6 p.m. on Friday, February 7.


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 no later than Friday, February 14. 


Parker Bear Book Fair is Coming!
March 17-21

CP's annual book fair is just around the corner. This week-long event requires a small army of book-lovers to help set up the fair, sell to shoppers, and break down all the fun when it's over. Look out for a volunteer sign up sheet in next week's newsletter--or jump right in now by joining the Book Fair committee on  




Last Call for Tickets: 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 now through Thursday ($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. 
It's Party Board Season!
Don't let these great parties
pass you by....
(All proceeds support CP!)
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.  
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.




Las Manos Amigas*: February is Valentines for Food Month!
Arm in Arm Food Drive now through Friday, February 21
Since 2005, Princeton Public Schools has partnered with Arm in Arm to help stock the winter shelves of food pantries in Princeton and Trenton.

This week, each CP student will receive a paper grocery bag to fill with non-perishable food items, such as canned proteins, cereal, rice, beans and more. Be on the lookout for your student's paper bag and return it to the CP lobby between now and February 21. No neighbor should go hungry.

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


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.  


Your Homework: Take the PPS Survey 
Don't forget: there's homework! PPS has asked all parents and community members to check out this presentation on the demographic changes predicted for our district and our schools' capacity to accommodate this growth. And then they want to hear from you via this survey. If you have any opinion at all on the future of Princeton schools, please complete the survey before the Wednesday, February 10 deadline.


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!