Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 4
Tue, Nov 19 11:27am

¡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.


  • Thanksgiving Pie Orders Due Today - Tuesday, November 19
  • Winter Clothing Drive Ends - Friday, November 22
  • Final Friday Spirit Day! (Wear School Shirts) - Friday, November 22
  • Winter Clothing Distribution Event - Saturday, November 23, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
  • Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL) - November 28 & 29
  • Mrs. Jones's 4th Grade Breakfast Bookclub - Friday, December 6, 7:45 a.m.
  • First Friday Coffee - Friday, December 6, 8:30 a.m.
  • Mrs. Jones's 5th Grade Breakfast Bookclub - Friday, December 13, 7:45 a.m.
  • CP PTO Meeting with Superintendent Steve Cochrane - Friday, December 13, 8:30 a.m.


Around School

  • Picture Problems 
  • Recycle That at CP


  • Thanksgiving Pie Sale: *Orders Due Today*
  • Last Call for 4th & 5th Grade Bookclubs
  • Save Your McCaffrey's Receipts

Community Service

  • Winter Clothing Drive: *Volunteers Needed*
  • Las Manos Amigas:  Holiday Gift Drive

Around Town

  • Parent Surveys for FOCUS
  • Jammin' With Santa at PHS

Around School


Picture Problems

Pictures should have gone home with your student yesterday (Monday). However, several people have reported problems with their order, such as receiving the wrong student photo or wrong class picture.
Please email Kim Byko with any issues at There will be a make up photo day if necessary, but we need to assess the issues before we announce a make up date. 


Recycle That at CP!
Help us reduce our community's footprint by bringing in your hard-to-recycle waste. You can now recycle all of these items in the CP Lobby: 
  • Stretchy plastic (plastic bags, wrapping) 

  • Plastic bottle caps 

  • Crayons and markers

  • Dental and beauty products (toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, lotion containers)
  • *New! Bread bag tags*



Thanksgiving Pie Orders Due TODAY

This is the final day to place your order for a delicious pie from Randazzo's Pastry Shop! Will it be pumpkin? Pecan? Vegan sweet potato? So many choices. 

Place your order on Konstella now. Pick it up from the CP lobby either Tuesday, November 26, or Wednesday, November 27.  

And if you don't eat pie, you can sweeten another's Thanksgiving Day by ordering a pie to be donated to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). A portion of all proceeds support 5th grade activities, including the Class of 2020's gift to CP and their community service project. 


Last Call for Mrs. Jones's 4th & 5th Grade Bookclubs

If your 4th or 5th Grader was interested in attending one of Mrs. Jones's Breakfast Book Clubs, time is running out to register. Please sign up this week via Konstella so your student has time to read the book. See below for details on each book club.

4th Grade
Breakfast Book Club
Friday, December 6, 7:45 a.m.
CP Library
Register Here

5th Grade
Breakfast Book Club
Friday, December 13, 7:45 a.m.
CP Library
Register Here


Save Your McCaffrey's Receipts

Remember to save your receipts when you shop at McCaffrey's Food Market in the Princeton Shopping Center. CP receives 0.95% from each receipt, which amounts to significant funds by the end of each year. 


Send them to school with your student to put in the "McCaffrey's Box" located in the front lobby. Note: McCaffrey’s receipts expire three months from the purchase date so send them regularly.

Questions? Contact 5th Grade Rep, Bevin Cahill, via Konstella or text 917-297-8489.


Community Service

Winter Clothing Drive: **Help Needed**

CP's annual Winter Clothing Drive is on! Drop off your gently-used coats, hats, scarves, gloves, sweaters, boots, blankets, and clothing, through this Friday, November 22. 

**We still need lots of help sorting donations on Friday, November 22, from 3-5 p.m. It's a quick job and your student is welcome to help. Sign up here.**

A distribution event open to all will take place on Saturday,  November 23, at CP.


Las Manos Amigas*: Spread the Holiday Cheer!

As you prepare to sit down with family and friends this Thanksgiving, please consider making a Princeton child's holiday wish come true by applying to become a donor for Princeton Human Services 21st Annual Holiday Gift Drive. Children up to the age of 12 will be filling out a holiday wish list, which will include two gifts they need (or would like) to receive for the holidays. Sign up by Friday, November 29. Then have your student help with the shopping. 

*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity suggested by CP PTO's Community Outreach duo, Sarah Torian and Dena Hoffman.


Around Town

Parent Surveys for FOCUS Program

Last week, Princeton Public Schools emailed parents and caregivers a survey to help teachers better understand how to meet each child's educational enrichment needs. It's one of several ways the district is assessing student interests and aptitude for FOCUS, the new district-wide gifted and talented enrichment program. See instructions below, if you wish to fill out the online survey. All parent and caregiver surveys are due by Wednesday, November 27.

If you have questions about FOCUS or the survey, contact Annie Gonzalez Kosek, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, at 609.806.4203 or

Directions for the FOCUS Survey:

  1. Click on this link to the Parent Portal:
  2. Sign In
  3. Choose your child’s name
  4. In the Navigation Bar on the left, click FOCUS Enrichment Survey
  5. Complete the survey and click Submit
  6. Repeat this process for each of your children in grades K-5


Jammin' With Santa

When: Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: PHS Cafeteria, Houghton Road

Come jam to some holiday tunes with the Princeton High School Studio Band! There will be brunch, games, prizes, arts and crafts, plus photo ops with Santa and Mrs Claus. $10 suggested donation. 

All proceeds benefit the Joyce Turner Memorial Fund to support at-risk and special needs students of Princeton Public Schools. Click here for more info. 


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!