Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 15
Mon, Feb 17 8:16pm

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.


  • 5th Grade Graduation Pack Orders Due - Wednesday, February 19
  • 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.
  • PPS Demographics Discussion - Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.


Around School

  • PTO Meeting with PPS Math Supervisor
  • Parker Bear Book Fair--Volunteers Needed
  • A Message from the Green Team
  • Spanish Summer Camp--Coordinator Needed
  • Last Call: 5th Grade Graduation Packs


  • An Evening at Bonkerz (All Grades!)
  • Mardi Gras Ball (Adults Only)

Community Service

  • Las Manos Amigas: Arm in Arm Food Drive
  • Rainforest Bake Sale Sign Ups

Around Town

  • PPS Demographics Discussion - New Date
  • SHUPP Winter Fundraiser
  • 101: Fund Benefit




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

Please join us for a discussion with PPS Math Supervisor Stephenie Tidwell this Friday, February 21, at 8:30 a.m. She'll be discussing the new i-Ready curriculum, as well as how we may support our children's math learning.



Volunteers Needed for the Parker Bear Book Fair
Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20, 8 :00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: CP Gym

The Book Fair is fast approaching! As always, we can’t do this without the help of our wonderful CP community. We need volunteers  to set-up, help shoppers (2-hour shifts), and breakdown of the fair. Please click here to check out the many volunteer opportunities.
Students will visit the Book Fair during the week to preview the books and compile a wish list for your convenience, which will be sent home with instructions on how to return payment. Additionally, you're welcome to visit the Book Fair with your student that week or at a special family event on Saturday, March 21. As always, teachers will fill out their own Wish Lists should you want to donate a book to a classroom, a specials class, or the library.
If you have any questions, please contact Patty Kim at


A Message from the Green Team

The CP Green Team sent our first box of the year of beauty product containers to be recycled by Terracycle. Thank you for your contributions and keep them coming! Remember: If your container is labeled 1 or 2 plastic, it can be recycled with your home recycling program. All other beauty product containers may be put in the Terracycle bin in the CP Lobby. (Note: Products do not have to be Garnier brand.)


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.


Last Call: Fifth Grade Class of 2020 Graduation Pack
Orders due Wednesday, February 19
Don't forget: 5th Grade Graduation Pack order forms are due Wednesday, February, 19. Each 5th grader will receive a yearbook and t-shirt to remind them of their CP days. See the attached order form or download it from konstella). For more information, contact



Last Call for Bonkerz Drop-Off Party
Thursday, February 20, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Bonkerz Amusement Center, 4437 NJ-27

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. 


It's Mardi Gras Time!
Saturday, February 22, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Besler Home

Don't let February get you down! Come let the good times roll at an authentic Mardi Gras celebration hosted by CP's Krewe de Ursus. We'll have classic New Orleans dishes (gumbo, jambalaya, red beans, and crawfish etoufee), drinks, music, masks, beads, 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*: Let's Finish the Food Drive Strong
Arm in Arm Food Drive ends 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!

As we wrap up the drive, here are some additional resources for discussing food insecurity with children of all ages: 

Maddi's Fridge by Lois Brandt explores hunger through a story of friendship.



A Kids’ Guide to Hunger & Homelessness: How to Take Action! by Tracy Apple Howard with Sage Howard allows kids to explore how others are addressing food insecurity. The workbook includes facts, quotations, real-life examples, write-on pages, resources, a note to adults—and inspiration to get out there and make a difference.

And, for older elementary students, check out this video from Arm and Arm.

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


Read Across the Amazon: Bake Sale Sign Ups 
Wednesday, March 4
Where: Community Park School 

CP students aren't just reading about the Amazon for this year's Read Across America celebration. They're also hosting a Rainforest Bake Sale on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. during parent-teacher conferences. All proceeds will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Team.

You and your student can help by either donating baked goods or working the bake sale. Sign up here. And if you'd be interested in presenting a topic related to the culture or ecology of the Amazon, please contact Ms. Jones at




PPS Demographics Discussion - *New Date*
Thursday, February 27, 7:00-8:30 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 Thursday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at 25 Valley Road (this discussion was rescheduled from its original date of Friday, February 14).

The discussion will be facilitated in-person 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.


101: Fund for PHS Celebrates 50 years 
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 7-11pm
Where: Prospect House, Princeton University

Please join the 101:Fund, PHS's need-based college scholarship fund, at their annual benefit as they mark 50 years. There will be food and drinks, including a signature cocktail, a “Wishing Wall," and music by the Franklin & Alison band. All proceeds support the fund's scholarship program. Purchase tickets 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!