Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 17
Mon, Mar 2 5:46pm

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.



  • 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 (w/Mr. Rodos's class!) - Friday, March 6, 8 a.m.
  • K-9 Demo + Pizza Party - Friday, March 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. DISMISSAL (Parent-Teacher Conferences) - Wednesday, March 11
  • Half-Day Party: The LEGO Movie - Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. DISMISSAL (Parent-Teacher Conferences) - Thursday, March 12


Around School

  • Parker Bear Book Fair--Volunteers Still Needed
  • STEM Day Presenters Needed
  • Science Fair is Coming!
  • Read Across the Amazon


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

Community Service

  • Las Manos Amigas: Make it a Super Tuesday!

Around Town

  • JW Musical: The Little Mermaid, Jr.
  • PHS Musical: Freaky Friday
  • 101:Fund 50th Anniversary Scholarship Benefit
  • Special Ed PTO Meeting & Parent Workshop



Volunteers *Still* 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. 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. 


Science Fair Registration is Open!
Registration deadline is Friday, March 20, 6 p.m.
Science Fair is Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m.

Last year, nearly 70 students participated in the CP Science Fair. What amazing discoveries will students present this year?

The CP Science Fair is not a competition, just a fun opportunity for students to work on and showcase a science topic that is exciting to them. Students present their projects to their peers and to a panel of science-minded parents. The range of topics students have shared at previous science fairs has been super cool, including holograms, quicksand, composting, crystals, sound, electricity, eddy currents, photosynthesis, polymers, thin film interference, water bears, DNA, and so much more. If you are stuck for a topic, endless resources such as Science Buddies are available online.  

Everything you need to know is on the 2020 CP Science Fair Website, including the Online Sign-Up FormProject GuidelinesAdditional Resources, and Clever Science Songs to inspire you!

We need science-minded parent volunteers to talk to our wonderful presenters about their projects. To be a Science Fair Parent Panelist, please sign up here. Any questions about the CP Science Fair, please email organizers Jesse and Teena Lerman at


Read Across the Amazon

On Monday, aka National Read Across America Day, CP students traveled through the Amazon via a school-wide read-in to celebrate this ecological and cultural treasure.

And the beat will continue all week long:

  • Students are holding an Amazon Bake Sale on Wednesday, March 4, 1-3 p.m. (an early dismissal day). Sign up here to donate a treat or work the sale--alongside your student, of course. All proceeds will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Team on behalf of CP.
  • Mr. Rodos's 4th graders will be pouring coffee and educating parents about the Amazon at this week's First Friday Coffee on March 6, from 8:00-8:25 a.m.

Please stop by one or both events to support the Amazon and our students' great enthusiasm for environmental conservation.


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. (doors open at 1 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 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 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 (for K-2nd Grade)
Monday, March 23, 1 p.m.
Where: CP Playground

Kindergartners-2nd Graders are invited to 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! Participants will be able to follow their progress throughout the tournament on-line.

Any questions, please contact Jeffrey or Tara Oakman ( or




Las Manos Amigas*: Make it a Super Tuesday! ;)
Today is National "I Want You to be Happy Day!" No joke! How will you and your student celebrate? Give a friend flower? Tell a silly knock-knock joke. Pay it forward when you buy the person behind you a cup of coffee. Give your student an extra hug or leave them a special note in their lunch box. Share a special moment with your student and let them know that THEY make you happy!
*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity suggested by CP PTO's Community Outreach duo, Sarah Torian and Dena Hoffman.



JW Musical: The Little Mermaid, Jr.

March 5-8
Where: JW Auditorium

It’s show time at the middle school! Come support CP alums and their friends in their musical debut. $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. For tickets and more information, call 609-806-4200, ext. 5541. See attached flyer.

PHS Musical: Freaky Friday
March 19-21
Where: PHS Performing Arts Center

Let the singing and dancing continue with a special new musical performance at the high school as PHS Spectacle Theatre presents Freaky Friday. $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Purchase tickets here. See attached flyer. 


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


Special Ed PTO: Let's Build a Community

The Special Education PTO will begin hosting a monthly Open PTO Meeting and Parent Workshop on select Sundays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the resident lounge at Avalon Princeton. The first hour will be used to conduct PTO business (make announcements, give program updates, solicit feedback, plan initiatives, etc.), and the remainder will be a Parent Workshop to share knowledge and may include a guest speaker. All district Special Education parents/guardians are welcome, and there is an adjacent area where children can socialize with one another, read, do homework/iPad, etc.

Workshop topics include:

March 8: Create Your Child's Vital Information Document
April 19: Create Your Child's "All About Me" One-Pager
May 3: What is PCAST (Person-Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition) and Why is it So Important?
June 7: TBD


For more information or to suggest topics, please email us at  



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!