Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 16
Wed, Feb 26 10:04am

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.


  • PPS Demographics Discussion - Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m.
  • Read Across the Amazon - Monday, March 2
  • 1 p.m. DISMISSAL (Parent-Teacher Conferences) - Wednesday, March 4
  • Amazon Bake Sale - Wednesday, March 4, 1-3 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. DISMISSAL (Parent-Teacher Conferences) - Thursday, March 5
  • First Friday Coffee - Friday, March 6, at drop off
  • K-9 Demo + Pizza - Friday, March 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Half-Day Party: The LEGO Movie - Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.


Around School

  • Read Across the America Spirit Week
  • Parker Bear Book Fair--Volunteers Needed
  • STEM Day Presenters Needed
  • Spanish Summer Camp--Coordinator Needed
  • Science Fair is Coming!


  • K-9 Demo
  • Half-Day Party: The LEGO Movie
  • Half-Day Party: Ms. Lewis's Crazy Cat Lovers
  • March Madness at CP

Community Service

  • Las Manos Amigas: Amazon Bake Sale

Around Town

  • PPS Demographics Discussion
  • SHUPP Winter Fundraiser
  • 101: Fund Benefit



Read Across America Spirit Week!
Wednesday, February 26 - Monday, March 2

In celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss's birthday, CP students will join thousands of children across the country for a read-in on Monday, March 2. To drum up spirit for this big event, CP students are invited to dress the part:

Wednesday, Feb. 26 – “Wacky Wednesday”: Wear your clothes backwards, inside out, or mismatched! How about a wacky hairdo?

Thursday, Feb. 27 – “Fox in Socks”: Wear silly or mismatched socks!

Friday, Feb. 28 – “Sleep Book”: Wear your pajamas!

Monday, March 2 - (Read Across America Day) “The Cat in the Hat”: Wear your favorite or silly hat!

This year's theme for CP's Read Across America is the Amazon rainforest, which our students have been studying during library class. As part of the celebration students are raising money to donate to the Amazon Conservation Team via a special bake sale on Wednesday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. Sign up here to donate a treat or work the sale--alongside your student, of course.



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 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


STEM Day Presenters Needed
Tuesday, March 24

Calling all scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and others in STEM-related fields! We need you for another amazing day of learning and inspiration for our Community Park students during the 2020 CP STEM Expo on Tuesday, March 24. 

Now in its fifth year, the CP STEM Expo is designed to provide students Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math experiences that will take their everyday learning to the next level. Sponsored by the CP PTO, this parent-led event takes place during the entire school day. Volunteers present topics, demonstrations, or lead hands-on activities that last for about 15 minutes at a time as classes cycle through. Recent demonstrations included liquid nitrogen, fruit flies, DNA, neuroscience, speech recognition, artificial intelligence, wind, neurosurgery, stress, axolotls, sound, venus fly traps, animal self-recognition, video compression, statistics, hydrophobic interactions, textiles, plasma, and elementary particles.

Please email Jesse Lerman ( with your interest and the topic for your proposed presentation, or with any questions you may have. 


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.


Mark Your Calendars: 2020 Science Fair
Thursday, March 26

It's time to brainstorm a project for CP's annual science fair! The fair is open to all grades. Stay tuned for more details on how your student may take part. 


K-9 Demo + Pizza (for K and 1st Grade)
Friday, March 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Princeton Police Station
Let your student spend the afternoon with Princeton’s own K-9 Officer Harris at this special drop-off party for Kindergartners and 1st Graders! Harris will show off his policing skills and join your child for a special snack. Registration required. Hosted by The Battle Family. All ticket sales support CP students and staff. 
Half-Day Party: The LEGO Movie
Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.
Where: Princeton Garden Theater, 160 Nassau Street
Everything is awesome...when you're watching a private screening of this modern classic with all of your CP friends! Feel free to bring along younger siblings and friends from other elementary schools. $15 per person (includes admission, plus small popcorn and drink). Purchase tickets online. Tickets will be sold at the door only if space is available. 
Hosted by The Hancock and Joseffer Families. All ticket sales support CP students and staff. Let’s all go to the movies! 
Half-Day Party: Ms. Lewis's Crazy Cat Lovers Party (K-2nd Grade)
Monday, March 23, 1 p.m.
Where: CP Playground
CP Kindergartners-2nd Graders may celebrate all things cats with our own resident cat lover, Ms. Lewis. The afternoon will include crafts, games, snacks, and kitties! Registration required. Sponsored by Michelle Fuerst. All ticket sales support CP students and staff.


March Madness at CP
Sign up by Sunday, March 15

The madness is coming to CP! Can you pick 'em right in the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments this year?  Or at least pick 'em better than other CP families?  Then you need to join our March Madness Fundraiser. To compete, sign up on by Sunday, March 15.  $6/entry or $20 for four entries.  

On Monday, March 16, we will send an invitation to everyone who has signed up so that they can join our CP competition.  Participants will then need to fill out their online bracket(s) by Thursday, March 19 at noon EST.  Parents and students are welcome to play! 

Any questions, please contact Jeffrey or Tara Oakman ( or





Las Manos Amigas*: Support the Amazon Bake Sale
Wednesday, March 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Where: Community Park School 
Help your student understand environmental conservation by supporting the Amazon Bake Sale that will take place during parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. You and your student can help by either donating baked goods or working the bake sale. Sign up here.  All proceeds will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Team. 
And if you'd be interested in presenting a topic related to the cultures or ecology of the Amazon, please contact Ms. Jones at
*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity suggested by CP PTO's Community Outreach duo, Sarah Torian and Dena Hoffman.





PPS Demographics Discussion
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." 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!