Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 25
Mon, Mar 27 2:10pm

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.


  • Board of Education Meeting (In-person; PMS Cafeteria) - Tuesday, Mar. 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Kick Off to Spring Break Candygram Sales - Friday, Mar. 24 - Wednesday, Mar. 29
  • Spring Break (No School) - Monday, Apr. 3 - Friday, Apr. 7
  • Girls on the Run Begins - Monday, Apr. 10
  • Parent Curriculum Meeting: Elementary (Virtual)  - Thursday, Apr. 13 at 6:30 pm
  • Community Event: Lotería at Art on Hulfish - Saturday, Apr. 15 at 3:00 pm
  • Annual Shredfest (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) - Saturday, Apr. 15 at Westminster Choir College Parking Lot


Around School

  • District Elementary Curriculum Meeting 
  • The CP PTO Needs You! Volunteer for the different leadership positions in the PTO!
  • CP STEAM Day - Call for Presenters!
  • Kick Off to Spring Break Candygrams to benefit Trenton Cats Rescue


Around Town

  • Community Park South Master Plan Open House
  • Community Event: Lotería
  • Girls on the Run Begins!
  • Annual Shredfest
  • Sustainable Princeton Recycling Program

District Elementary Curriculum Meeting
Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 pm - LINK HERE
All parents with students in K to grade 5 are invited to join Ms. Sarah Moore and the PPS elementary education team on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 PM, for a live webinar about Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. This will be an opportunity to:
• Preview the Math Workshop Methodology
• Review our elementary curriculum and benchmarks
• Learn more about the new QUEST program
• Explore Structured Literacy
• Discuss Responsive Classroom
• Celebrate the success of the Scripps National Spelling Bee and Continental Math League!

Keep an eye out for other BOE meetings (Next one is tomorrow, March 28th) and for BOE committee meetings. Go HERE for a list of all their meetings.

The CP PTO Needs You! Volunteer for the different leadership positions in the PTO!

Without the hard work of busy parents like you, CP students would miss out on many fun activities (such as ART RESIDENCIES, After School Clubs, STEM day, science fair, picture day, field day, class parties, and more)! Sadly, many of our volunteers will move on as their children move up to middle school! It is time for new, fresh faces to step in and make CP what YOU want it to be! Check out the Konstella post for more information here.

Go HERE to fill out an interest form - this is not a commitment but we will contact you to check availability and where you would like to step in!



CP STEAM Day - Call for Presenters!
STEAM DAY is approaching!   We are looking for presenters on topics that include Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math!   This year we've added the "A" to include Arts!   It's an amazing day filled with presentations to the students. The presentations are only 15 minutes each as classes cycle through the day! I had the opportunity to present last year and it was so great to be a part of the day!   Please consider presenting in any of the five (5) areas!   
For more info or to present, please reach out to Chris Santarpio at   If you know of anyone else (company, university, high school, etc) that would be interested in presenting (or any suggestions) for STEAM Day, please also let us know!  Thank you!  


Kick Off to Spring Break Candygrams to benefit Trenton Cats Rescue
Friday, Mar. 23 - Wednesday, Mar. 29
Send anyone a Candygram to celebrate Spring Break! Students can send them to friends or teachers, and parents can even buy them for their children.  Forms are to go home in folders on Friday the 23rd, and the last day to send them back is the 29th. Candygrams will be delivered on the 30th. All sales benefit the Trenton Cats Rescue!



Sign up for these EXCITING POPs! Only a few left! 
A variety of P.O.Ps are live now on Konstella! There is a free community event at Princeton about astronomy, several craft parties for children, and some fun adult only events! Check them out below:
Family Event!

Birdwatching with Sr. Blejwas! (Saturday, May 20, 8-10 a.m.)
Adults Only!
All Ages
Kickball Classic! (May, 2023, 3-4 p.m.-- 5 kids per grade!)


CP Merchandise is Here!
Visit our CP merchandise online store with Princeton Threads! Simply place and pay for your order online, and your merchandise will be delivered to the school bi-weekly! We have clothing and accessories for both the kids and adults in your family, tote bags, and car magnets with the new CP logo! Thank you to Jim Harley for his awesome design of the new CP logo! 



Support CP through Direct Donations!
Direct donations to the Community Park PTO support arts residencies, pay for classroom supplies, and ensure equitable access to after-school clubs, summer camp, and more.

Give via Zelle (,  Venmo (@CPPTO), or credit card.

Community Park South Master Plan Open House
Thursday, March 30 - 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Princeton Municipal Building
The Municipality of Princeton is launching a public engagement program in Spring 2023 to inform the planning for improvements at Community Park South. Suburban Consulting Engineers “(SCE)”, a landscape and engineering design firm, will use the community feedback to prepare up to three concept plans for the renovation of Community Park South.


Community Event: Lotería

Saturday, April 15 at 3:00 pm - Art on Hulfish

Enjoy this popular Mexican game of chance. Lotería will be called in Spanish and English. Winners will receive a prize and refreshments will be served.  Cosponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum, the Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Princeton Human Services.

Disfruten de este juego popular Mexicano. La lotería se anunciará en Español e Inglés. Los ganadores recibirán un premio y se servirán refrescos. Vea la exposición You Belong Here: Place, People, and Purpose in Latinx Photography, que celebra las expresiones dinámicas de la fotografía Latinx en los Estados Unidos. 

Copatrocinado por Servicios Humanos de Princeton y por LALDEF.

You Belong Here: Place, People, and Purpose in Latinx Photography, a celebration of Latinx photographers across the United States, is on view at Art on Hulfish through May 7. Curated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, chief curator and deputy director, Curatorial and Collections at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and organized by Aperture. Go here for more information!


Girls on the Run Begins!

Begins the week of April 10. Financial assistance is available. Mercer County - Princeton @ Community Park South (Tue 3:15-4:30 pm & Sat 10:30-11:45 am)

Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5)
Tuesday 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Annual Shredfest
Saturday, April 15 - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Go here for more information.


Sustainable Princeton Recycling Program
Did you know that one cell phone thrown in a landfill can pollute 40,000 gallons of groundwater*? Sustainable Princeton can help upcycle and recycle some of your hard-to-recycle items, like cell phones and accessories, plastic film, batteries, ink cartridges, and reusable bags. Help keep these items out of the landfill. Simply drop the items off outside the Sustainable Princeton office on the second floor of 1 Monument Drive, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and we’ll take care of the rest. Feel free to stop in and learn more about Sustainable Princeton!

P.S. - We Hear You 
If you have feedback or suggestions regarding the newsletter, please message Montana Vasquez-Grinnell on Konstella or email  

For general thoughts regarding PTO activities or how parents can further help support CP, please contact Co-Presidents Hima Reddy, Montana Vasquez-Grinnell, and Rory Pickett at

Want to support Community Park School? Donate to the Community Park PTO via Zelle (,  Venmo (@CPPTO), or credit card

Thanks for reading!