Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 5
Tue, Nov 17 11:10am



  • Winter Clothing Drive Sorting Event - Friday, November 20
  • Winter Clothing Drive Distribution - Saturday, November 21
  • Cohort A In-Person Learning Day - Monday, November 23
  • Cohort B In-Person Learning Day - Tuesday, November 24
  • Thanksgiving Break (SCHOOLS CLOSED) - November 26 & 27


Around School

  • Health PSA: Quarantine Guidelines
  • Toobydoo Partners with CP Winter Clothing Drive
  • Thanksgiving Food Drive

Your Support 

  • Our Bottom Line: Fundraising Update

Community Service

  • **Volunteers Needed** to Sort Children's Clothing
  • Las Manos Amigas: Holiday Gift Drive

Around Town

  • Homefront ArtJam
  • SpEd PTO Zoom "Coffee Talk"


Health PSA: To Quarantine or Not to Quarantine?

As Covid-19 infections spike across our region, please remain vigilant: Mask up, practice social distancing, and wash hands frequently. And if you think you or your student may have been exposed, here are handy guidelines for what actions to take. Be safe. 



Toobydoo Partners with CP's Winter Clothing Drive
Deal ends Wednesday, November 18

Toobydoo in Palmer Square is supporting CP's Children's Winter Clothing Drive by donating new clothes AND selling items for donation at steep discounts: coats for donation are half price at $45 and sale items for donation are 20% off of already reduced prices. Just note: This deal ends tomorrow. Thank you, Toobydoo and everyone who donated gently used items last week! 


Thanksgiving Food Drive
Now through Friday, November 20
Where: Drop off items to CP Main Entrance

CP is collecting food for Princeton Mobile Food Pantry all week longFood may be dropped off at CP's main entrance from now through Friday, November 20. 

PMF Pantry has been delivering food, including fresh produce and proteins, to Princeton families since the start of the pandemic. Most recipients are families with children in the Princeton Public Schools, many of whom attend CP.

Please consider dropping off any of the shelf-stable items listed here OR you can make a direct donation to Princeton Mobile Food Pantry to help purchase fresh produce and proteins, and other needs for the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Video: Mindful of Race

If you missed yesterday's webinar on race and mindfulness with Dr. Nathalie Edmond, please check out the video here.

Visit Dr. Edmond's website for more anti-racism resources, and see her Facebook page for a workshop on Race Conversations: Post Election and an upcoming antiracism book club series.


The event is part of a series of social emotional learning webinars jointly sponsored by PPS's elementary school PTOs. Previous webinars are also available to view online:

"Parenting During the Pandemic" with Dr. Eileen Kennedy Moore - October 22  

"Family Resiliency During the Pandemic" with George Scott, EdS, LMFT - October 5 (Password: DyOZ3B$m)


Our Bottom Line: Fundraising Update
Thank you to everyone who has donated to support the work of the CP PTO! So far we've raised one-third of this year's fundraising goal of $40,000: 
Direct Donations $8,538.59
Fall Flower Sale $578.09
Nomad Pizza Night $413.10 
AmazonSmile $49.30
TOTAL RAISED FOR 2020-21 $13,279.08


Unfortunately, we're unable to organize our largest fundraisers this year, including our annual fall event at the Ivy Inn, along with our auction and party boards. That means your direct support is more important than ever. Please help us to reach our goal of $40,000--or $100 per student--so that we can continue to offer enrichment programs and teacher support throughout the year!

How to Give:

  • Zelle: Send Zelle payment to
    (Zelle is a free, secure service available via all banks and credit unions, including PNC, Bank of America, TD, and Wells Fargo.) 
  • Credit Card: Via Konstella Donations page. (Grandparents, neighbors, and others can also donate via this public link.)
  • Check: Payable to "CP PTO" mailed or dropped off to Community Park School, Attn: CP PTO, 372 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542.

NOTE: Donations to the CP PTO are tax deductible. If your employer matches charitable donations, please send your Matching Funds Application to

Volunteers Needed: Children’s Winter Clothing Drive
Sorting Event: Friday, November 20, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place
Distribution Event: Saturday, November 21, 9:30am-Noon
Where: Princeton YMCA Field, 59 Paul Robeson Place

Thank you to everyone who donated gently used items for the Children's Winter Clothing Drive. We still need a dozen volunteers to help sort and organize the the donations on November 20 and 21. Please sign up here.

Las Manos Amigas*: Holiday Gift Drive

Sign up to give a gift to a child in need. Let your student help you shop and learn how giving may benefit both the giver and receiver.

Deadline for signing up to donate a gift is Friday, November 27.

*Las Manos Amigas is a weekly community-oriented activity that parents may do with their student. 

Homefront's ArtJam for the Holidays
November 14 to December 12
Where: Online gallery (at
Blue Garage Gallery, 101 Celia Way, Ewing, NJ

Get a jump on holiday shopping and help support local homeless families at Homefront's ArtJam for the Holidays. Between November 14-December 12, ArtJam for the Holidays will display the art of professional artists and undiscovered artists who have experienced homelessness.

In addition to an online gallery (, the art can be viewed and purchased in HomeFront’s new Blue Garage Gallery at the Family Campus in Ewing, NJ.  


Special Education PTO "Coffee Talk"
When: Saturday, November 21, 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Where: Zoom (click here for details) 

Join parents from across the district for an informal conversation about topics of interest to families with students receiving special education services in Princeton. This will not be a formal presentation, but rather a parent-led group conversation. It's a great chance to meet other parents, ask questions, and share knowledge. All are welcome to join--for a few minutes, or the whole session! Find more SpEd PTO updates and subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.



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 Manishi Prasad and Georgette Stern via Konstella or at and

Thanks for reading!