Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 18
Mon, Mar 9 9:25pm

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 11
  • Half-Day Party: The LEGO Movie - Wednesday, March 11, 1:30 p.m.
  • 1 p.m. DISMISSAL (Parent-Teacher Conferences) - Thursday, March 12
  • Deadline to Sign Up for Science Fair - Friday, March 20
  • Parker Bear Book Fair - Wednesday, March 18-Saturday, March 21
  • 1 p.m. DISMISSAL (Staff Development) - Monday, March 23
  • CP STEM Expo - Tuesday, March 24
  • Science Fair - Thursday, March 26, 6 p.m.


Around School

  • DLI Parent Survey
  • Parker Bear Book Fair--We Need 12 Volunteers
  • Be a STEM Expo Presenter
  • Science Fair is Coming!


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

Community Service

  • Las Manos Amigas: Spring Cleaning

Around Town

  • PPS Prepares for Coronavirus
  • PHS Musical: Freaky Friday
  • 101:Fund 50th Anniversary Scholarship Benefit
  • Special Ed PTO Meeting & Parent Workshop



Take the DLI Parent Survey

If your student is enrolled in the DLI program, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. The school district is evaluating CP's DLI program as part of a five-year review and needs your feedback.


Help the Parker Bear Book Fair! 12 Volunteers Still Needed
Wednesday, March 18 - Friday, March 20, 8 :30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Where: CP Gym

The Book Fair is next week! And we still need volunteers to help shoppers (2-hour shifts), and breakdown the fair. Please sign up here to volunteer. If you have any questions, contact Patty Kim at


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


Be a STEM Expo Presenter
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. 



Half-Day Party: The LEGO Movie
TOMORROW, 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 or at the door. Hosted by The Hancock and Joseffer Families. All ticket sales support CP students and staff. Let’s all go to the movies! 

March Madness at CP
Deadline to sign up: 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

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.  




Las Manos Amigas*: Spring Cleaning
It's feeling a lot like spring this week (although, to be fair, it hasn’t ever really felt like winter), and it's a great time to engage your student in spring cleaning by selecting books, toys, and games that they have outgrown and can now donate to others. Donated books can be placed in CP’s own Free Little Library on the playground, or in one of the many others in our community. Check out our community service ideas summary (attached below) for ideas about where other items may be donated.
*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity suggested by CP PTO's Community Outreach duo, Sarah Torian and Dena Hoffman.




PPS Prepares for Coronavirus

In response to the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in the United States, the Princeton Public School district has stepped up cleaning measures at all schools and published guidelines for personal hygiene, spring break travel, and other precautions.

Here is a comprehensive look at the preparations and recommendations by the district. In advance of a potential local outbreak, PPS advises parents to create a Power School account to use in case it's necessary to temporarily move to remote learning. 


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

You're invited to 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


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 is 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: 
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!