Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 31
Mon, Apr 22 8:21pm

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.



Around School


Around the District

Around Town

Volunteer for the 2024-2025 PTO

We're actively planning for next year and are calling all parents, caregivers, and teachers to reflect on what kind of volunteering you can do to help our school flourish. 

We're still looking for:

  • A co-president
  • A special education parent advisory group liaison
  • A Spanish language & cultural ambassadors team lead
  • Coordinators for vital fundraising activities, such as the fall party, merchandise sales, POPs events, the online auction, and the Silvergraphics fundraiser 
  • Leaders to plan events for new families, recognize teachers, and organize fun school-wide events, including the Halloween Parade, STEAM Day, and the Science Fair.

Click here for more details about the critical roles we must fill in order to continue supporting our children and staff.  All parents and caregivers are welcome to volunteer for any role! 


Spring Orchestra Concert

Featuring CP, LB, RS, and JP instrumental music string players in grades 3, 4, and 5.

Pre-concert rehearsal for all performers:  5:40 p.m.
Concert: 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome! 
Questions? Email Ms. Banks:

CP Science Fair Information

Join us on Thursday, May 9 for the CP Science Fair! All CP students are encouraged to participate. Students should present their projects on a display board (available from the main office for a suggested donation of $5) and bring the finished board to the science fair. Sign up HERE by Monday, May 6. We hope to see you there!


Información de la Feria de Ciencias de CP

¡Únase a nosotros el jueves 9 de mayo para la Feria de Ciencias de CP! Se anima a todos los estudiantes del CP a participar. Los estudiantes deben presentar sus proyectos en un tablero de exhibición (disponible en la oficina principal por una donación sugerida de $5) y traer el tablero terminado a la feria de ciencias. Regístrese AQUÍ antes del lunes 6 de mayo. ¡Esperamos verte ahí!


Sign Up for CP Summer Camps!


CP is hosting a week of summer camp for rising first through fifth graders and one for incoming Kindergarteners (haga clic para español). Taught by CP teachers in Spanish, the camps include guided activities, water play, and story time.

Discounts are available for parent volunteers, and students who qualify for free and reduced lunch attend at no cost (please email or call the CP Office at 609-806-4230).


POP: Movie Night

Movie Night (Grades 2-5)

May 10, 6 - 8 p.m. / $15

Watch The Super Mario Bros. Movie with friends at CP. Ticket includes popcorn and candy. Proceeds benefit the 5th Grade Class Gift!


Last Days for Free Shipping on CP Gear!

Receive FREE shipping during the month of April for items purchased through the CP spirit wear shop at Princeton Threads. Orders will be sent home with your child during the first week of May. 
Our shop carries a wide variety of CP gear for kids and adults in spring and summer styles--including UPF-rated tees and shorts that are perfect for camp! A portion of each purchase supports our school. 
Questions? Email Deirdre Goodrich at
Don't forget to scan your box tops and turn in your McCaffrey's receipts to earn cash for CP!

Important School Board Budget Meeting 
The Board of Education will likely be voting to approve a budget that could impact CP personnel. Please consider attending this important meeting! 
Monday, April 30 at 
25 Valley Rd.

PPS Earth Week / Semana de la tierra

Last Day to Vote! Help PHS Win $10,000
Our very own Princeton High School team is a finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Community Choice AwardThe winner will be the school with the most votes and the prize is $10,000. Please vote for our Princeton High School team by clicking on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow website. After watching the PHS video, the viewer can cast his/her vote. Anyone is allowed one vote per day from March 26 to April 23..
Tomorrow: Summer EBT Application Deadline

Summer EBT is a new federal program to help families buy food for their school-aged children during the summer.

  • Families will receive $120 for each eligible child to buy groceries during the summer.
  • Children who receive Summer EBT benefits can still participate in other summer meal programs.
  • Receiving benefits will not affect children or families’ immigration status.

In New Jersey, Summer EBT benefits will be loaded onto an EBT card and mailed to your home. If eligible, you can use the benefits to buy food like fruits, vegetables, meat, whole grains, and dairy at grocery stores, farmers markets, and other places that accept WIC or SNAP EBT benefits. Summer EBT is a convenient way for you to help your children thrive.

If your child is not automatically eligible through SNAP, TANF, or Foster Care benefits and you did not complete and return a School Meals Application to your child’s school, but believe your child may qualify:

  • You are encouraged to complete a School Meals Application and submit it to your student’s school secretary no later than April 24, 2024, to see if you qualify for the Federal Summer EBT benefits and/or Free or Reduced Price School Meals.
  • Applications can be obtained at your school’s main office or found on the district website.  

If your household already completed a School Meals Application and your child was approved for Federal Free or Federal Reduced Price School Meals:

  • Your child is automatically eligible and will get the Summer EBT benefit.
  • You do not need to fill out another application.
  • Make sure the school district has your current address on file.

If you have questions, please contact Leslie Pettersen at or 609-806-4204 x2015.


Cyberbullying & Internet Safety Workshop

Click here to register for the workshop by May 1

Haga clic aquí para registrarse antes de 1 del mayo

  Princeton Porchfest 2024

The third annual Princeton Porchfest will be held Saturday, April 27 from 12-6pm.

Porchfest is a walkable music festival where neighbors offer up their front porches as DIY concert venues. Talented local performers play rotating sets throughout the neighborhood during this day-long celebration of music, art, and our wonderful community. Stroll from porch to porch to enjoy live, local talent!
Porchfest is free, open to the public, and designed to be easily accessible by foot and bike. Click here for more information and a map of participating porches!
 Volunteer Opportunity: Solidaridad


Join Solidaridad Central New Jersey In Welcoming Our Immigrant Neighbors

Solidaridad CNJ has been working since 2018 to support our immigrant neighbors in Princeton and surrounding communities. We are seeking new volunteers (interviewers and interpreters), to help with the following:

  • Pro Se Clinic: Help neighbors understand the legal process and complete asylum applications and other forms. Meetings are virtual, via WhatsApp, and scheduling is arranged depending on team members’ availability.

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Engage in meaningful work in your community
  • Develop new relationships with volunteers and neighbors
  • Work in teams with a flexible schedule
  • Receive training and support throughout the process
  • Learn advocacy skills
  • Flexible schedule.

If you have a few free hours – day or evening – consider joining us and support our community.

For further information and our contact information, please review our website:  

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

For general thoughts regarding PTO activities or how parents can further help support CP, please contact Co-Presidents Nicole Pezold Hancock, Chris Santarpio, & Erica Snyder at

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

Thanks for reading!