Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 14
Mon, Feb 10 8:04pm

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.


  • Cupcake Decorating Drop-Off Party! - Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 p.m.
  • Kindness Challenge Sock & Coin Drives End - Thursday, February 13
  • PPS Demographics Discussion - Friday, February 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Staff Development (NO SCHOOL) - Friday, February 14
  • President's Day (NO SCHOOL) - Monday, February 17
  • Bonkerz Drop-Off Party! - Thursday, February 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • CP PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor - Friday, February 21, 8:30 a.m.
  • Arm in Arm Food Drive Ends - Friday, February 21
  • Mardi Gras Ball - Saturday, February 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.


Around School

  • 5th Grade Graduation Packs
  • PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor
  • Spanish Summer Camp--Coordinator Needed
  • Coming Soon: Read Across the Amazon


  • Who’s Smarter Than a 5th Grader? No One.
  • Cupcake Decorating Drop-off Party (All Grades!)
  • An Evening at Bonkerz (All Grades!)
  • Mardi Gras Ball (Adults Only)

Community Service

  • Las Manos Amigas: Arm in Arm Food Drive
  • Last Chance: Donate Socks and Coins

Around Town

  • PPS Demographics Discussion
  • SHUPP Winter Fundraiser




Fifth Grade Class of 2020 Graduation Pack
Orders due Wednesday, February 19
The 5th graders will soon be moving on to face a new challenge: Middle school! To remind them of all of their hard work this year and the best moments spent with friends, each student will receive a yearbook and a t-shirt. 
See the attached order form or download it from konstella). Please don't forget to return it by Wednesday, February 19.  For more information, contact


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. 


CP Spanish Summer Camp--Coordinator Needed

Summer is just around the corner and we need a parent or caregiver to step up and help to coordinate CP's popular Spanish Camp. The half-day camp will take place the weeks of July 6 and July 13 at Riverside Elementary (due to planned HVAC construction at CP over the summer break), and is open to all grades.

The Spanish Camp coordinator would assist CP staff in organizing and publicizing the camp. No Spanish language skills are necessary--just enthusiasm for summer fun. Plus there's a perk: The coordinator's student may attend two weeks of Spanish Camp for free. Email for details.


Coming Soon: Read Across the Amazon 
Monday, March 2 & Wednesday, March 4
Where: Community Park School 

Each year CP students, along with children all over the nation, mark the annual Read Across America day with a collective read-in. This year, on March 2, CP Librarian Bevan Jones is focusing our student's reading on the Amazon rainforest. This vast ecosystem is critical to our planet not just because of its astonishing biodiversity and culture, but because it also acts like a huge lung, blowing oxygen out to us and soaking up large amounts of our carbon dioxide. But it is disappearing, in large part because of human activities, such as mining, ranching, and farming.

To help save this special place, CP students will be raising money via a Rainforest Bake Sale on Wednesday, March 4. All proceeds will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Team, which works with indigenous and other local communities to protect tropical forests and traditional cultures. 

Look out soon for a sign up sheet to donate baked goods or work the bake sale. And if you'd be interested in presenting a topic related to the culture or ecology of the Amazon, please contact Ms. Jones at




Who's Smarter Than a 5th Grader? No One.

Thanks to everyone who attended CP’s first ever “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” game show fundraiser. It was a smashing success! The 5th graders trounced the adults 5-0, and raised more than $1600 for their class gift and end-of-year activities.

Thank you to the all of 5th graders who made this happen, whether as game show contestants, ushers, scorekeepers, members of the bake sale team or supportive audience members. Thank you especially to principal Dineen Gruchacz for being an extraordinary gameshow host, and to CP staff members Mike Chorba, Yaimee Herrera, Mona Jain, Jo Lewis, and Chris Tollefsen, and to the parent contestants, for being good sports.

If any 4th grade parents are interested in making this an annual CP event, please reach out to the organizers: Betsy Baglio, Chrissy Brown, Lindsay Casto, and Kristin Olivi.


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

Final call to sign up your student for this private cupcake decorating party at Princeton’s own House of Cupcakes. All grades are welcome. Register your pastry chef here. Hosted by Val Koxha. All ticket sales support CP students and staff.


Drop-Off Party: An Evening at Bonkerz
Thursday, February 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Bonkerz Amusement Center, 4437 NJ-27, #1A

Come one, come all grades to this evening of pizza, laser tag, mini golf, and video games. What more could a kid ask for on a cold Thursday night?! And the best part: Parents don't have to cook or clean up. You just drop off. Registration required. Hosted by The Lebowitz-Byko Family. All ticket sales support CP students and staff. 


Mardi Gras "Ball"
Saturday, February 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Besler Home

Let the good times roll at CP’s first-ever, totally casual Mardi Gras Ball! Join the local Krewe de Ursus (Bear) for an authentic Carnival celebration with classic New Orleans dishes, drinks (yes—sazeracs and hurricanes just like at Pat O.’s), music, masks, beads, games, and more. Y'all can sign up here. Hosted by the Besler, Hamilton, Hancock, and Mehrota Families. All ticket sales support CP students and staff.  




Las Manos Amigas*: How Much Food Can CP Collect!?
Arm in Arm Food Drive now through Friday, February 21

Last year, CP led all of the elementary schools in the annual Arm in Arm food drive, raising a whopping 1,364 lbs of food and feeding 1,137 people.  Let's do it again!

Help your student show some heart by taking them food shopping. Each student is invited to fill a grocery bag with non-perishable food items, such as canned proteins, cereal, rice, beans and more, and return it to the CP lobby between now and February 21. 

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


Last Call for Sock and Coin Drives
Both end 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.  





PPS Demographics Discussion
Friday, February 14, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Where: PPS Board of Education Offices, 25 Valley Road

For those wishing to dive deeper into the demographics from the Jan. 25 presentation on growing enrollment, the district is hosting a follow up discussion on Friday, February 14, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at 25 Valley Road.

The discussion will be facilitated electronically by Mike Zuba and Rebecca Augur, PPS consultants from Milone and MacBroom. Also on hand will be George Sundell, another demographer for the district; Ralph Widner, the former chair of the Future Enrollment Committee; and Bob Powell, the chair of the Strategic Advisory Committee and an expert in the school impact of affordable and related market rate housing. 


SHUPP Winter Fundraiser
Thursday, February 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place

Every year, SHUPP (Send Hunger Packing Princeton) provides supplemental food for school age children from all over our community. They've supplied more than 160,000 meals to Princeton children! This year the non-profit will honor JP principal Dr. Robert Ginsberg at its 2nd annual winter fundraiser, dubbed “A Night of Inspiration." Tickets can be purchased here.


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!