Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 5
Mon, Nov 25 11:17am

¡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 Pick Up @ CP Lobby - November 26 & 27
  • FOCUS Parent Surveys Due - Wednesday, November 27
  • Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL) - November 28 & 29
  • Special Ed Roundtable with Superintendent Cochrane - Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • First Friday Coffee - Friday, December 6, After Drop-off
  • DLI Info Session for Incoming K & 1st Grade Families - Tuesday, December 10, 7 p.m.
  • CP PTO Meeting with Superintendent Cochrane - Friday, December 13, 8:30 a.m.


Around School

  • Winter Clubs Lists Online + New Registration System
  • DLI Info Session for Incoming K & 1st Grade Families
  • First Friday Coffee
  • Overheard at the Collards Tasting


  • Pick Up Your Pie
  • 5th Grade Rocks It!

Community Service

  • Second Chance Toy Drive
  • Pajama Drive
  • Winter Clothing Drive: Thanks All Around!
  • Las Manos Amigas: Town Toy Drive

Around Town

  • PPS Facilities Referendum: CP Work Updates
  • Tree Lighting at Palmer Square
  • Special Ed Round Table with Superintendent Cochrane


Around School

Winter Clubs Lists Online + *NEW* Registration System
Registration Starts Monday, December 9, at 8 p.m.

Winter Clubs offerings are now online: Browse the list here. There are lots of fun options to help kids escape the winter doldrums, such as Archery, Dance, and a wide variety of arts, crafts, and games.  

Club scholarships are available for students based on financial need. To request a scholarship, please email the CP Parker Bear Fund at or call the CP main office at 609-806-4230 for more information.

Please note: Club registration will move to a new platform called Homeroom this session (Blue Sombrero increased its fees significantly). Pre-registration information for Homeroom will be sent soon via Konstella so that CP families can be "ready to register" ahead of 8 PM on Monday, December 9. If you have any questions about the registration process or the switch to the new platform, please email CP parent Katie Stoltzfus-Dueck at


Spread the Word: DLI Info Session
Tuesday, December 10, at 7 p.m.
Where: CP All Purpose Room (aka Cafeteria)

Each year, we depend on new families entering and strengthening CP's Dual Language Immersion program.

Please encourage any interested families in your neighborhood, church, or social orbit to attend the December 10 info session. Priscilla Russell, the District Supervisor of World Languages, ESL/Bilingual and Dual Language Immersion Programs, and Principal Dineen Gruchascz will explain how the program works and answer questions.


First Friday Coffee
Friday, December 6, After Drop-off
Where: CP Front Entrance

The CP PTO invites all parents and caregivers to stay and have a cuppa after drop off on the first Friday of every month. On Friday, December 6, Principal Dineen Gruchacz will join us for coffee, bagels, and conversation. We're excited to see you!


Overheard at the GSOYP Collards Tasting



Don't Forget Your Pie

Thanks to everyone who ordered a pie from Randazzo's Pastry Shop! All pie orders may be picked up from the CP Lobby today, Tuesday, November 26, and tomorrow, Wednesday, November 27. 

Any leftover pies will be donated to Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. Happy Thanksgiving!

5th Grade Rocks It!

The 5th Graders did an amazing job selling entertainment books and apps and raised over $1700. They sold to parents, friends, and families all over the country, and they also ran two stalls outside McCaffrey's Food Market.

This single fundraiser puts us well on track for their target of $7,000, which will fund all special 5th grade activities and initiatives for the year. A big THANK YOU to all parents, teachers--and, especially, 5th graders!


Community Service

Second Chance Toy Drive
Now through Friday, December 6

Bring your gently-used plastic toys to the CP lobby and they will be passed along to another lucky child through the non-profit Second Chance Toys. The Student Green Team is leading this drive to keep non-biodegradable plastics out of landfills. Please do not donate plush toys, or toys with lots of small parts, or broken or missing pieces. Visit Konstella for more info.


3rd Grade Pajama Drive
Now through Tuesday, December 3

Mrs. Magnus's 3rd Grade class is collecting *new* pajamas in all sizes--from newborn to adult--and for all seasons. Pajamas must be a complete set (with a top and bottom, or a onesie). Drop your pajamas in the collection box in the CP lobby through Tuesday, December 3. 

For every pajama set collected, Scholastic Book Clubs will donate a brand-new book to Pajama Program to give to kids who are affected by instability.

Pajama Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine for children facing challenges beyond their control.

Winter Clothing Drive: Thanks All Around!

Thank you to our wonderful CP community--and all the schools in the district--for making this year’s clothing drive such a great success! We had tons (literally!) of clothes in our lobby last Friday.

Two dozen volunteers, including parents, students, and school staff, organized them in preparation for the distribution event. Your donations were truly appreciated as more than a hundred area residents came in on Saturday to select coats, clothes, shoes, and more, for their families. All items that remained after the event were delivered to local non-profits, including Cornerstone Community Kitchen, Dress for Success, the Nearly New Shop, TJC Interfaith Refugee Resettlement Committee, and the Vets. 


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

PPS Facilities Referendum: Work Updates for CP

Updates on the work to be funded by the 2018 facilities referendum are now available online

Here are some important improvements that will take place at CP in 2020:

  • Doors: 47 CP classroom and exterior doors will be replaced starting in the late spring or summer of 2020. Most work will be done over holidays and in the evenings. The new interior doors will have improved locks. 
  • Security Vestibule: CP will have a new entrance and vestibule for enhanced safety and security. Work will take place in the summer of 2020.
  • Air Conditioning: The district will install air conditioning units in approximately 30 CP classrooms during the summer of 2020.
  • Electrical Work: Initial electrical upgrades, including a new transformer necessary for the air conditioning units, should be completed by summer 2020. 

Many CP parents have been strong advocates regarding the timeline for completing this work. The next Board of Education Facilities Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.


Tree Lighting at Palmer Square
Friday, November 29, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Palmer Square

Forget Rockefeller Center! Enjoy the crush of holiday crowds in your own town as Palmer Square's giant spruce is lit with 32,000 lights. The Princeton High School Choir and The School of Rock will perform.

Special Ed Round-Table with PPS Superintendent Cochrane & Colleagues
Wednesday, December 4 , 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: John Witherspoon Middle School, Library Learning Commons

Join Superintendent Steve Cochrane, Assistant Superintendent Annie Kosek, Director of Student Services Micki Crisafulli, and Supervisor of Guidance K-12 Kristina Donovan, to hear about the district's priorities and actions to support students with special learning needs. Parents will also have an opportunity to ask questions and to share their thoughts.

Check out the December issue of the district-wide Special Education PTO Newsletter here. Or subscribe to it directly by sending a request to
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!