Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 6
Tue, Dec 1 9:30am



  • PPS All Remote Learning Week - Monday, November 30-Friday, December 4
  • Staff Development (All Remote Learning Day) - Monday, December 7
  • Cohort A In-Person Learning Day - Wednesday, December 9
  • Parker Bear Holiday Drive Ends - Friday, December 11


Around School

  • Parent Focus Groups: How's School Going?
  • CP Garden Update

Your Support 

  • Staff Holiday Gifts
  • AmazonSmile: Earn $ for CP with Every Purchase

Community Service

  • Parker Bear Holiday Drive
  • Thanks for Supporting the Children's Winter Clothing Drive

Around Town

  • Homefront ArtJam
  • Health PSA: Time to Quarantine?


Parent Focus Groups: We Want to Hear from You
Sunday, December 6, 9 a.m.
Monday, December 7, 9 a.m.

How is school going for your student(s)? What's working and what's not working? Join the PTO at either the Sunday or Monday session for an informal discussion on how the year is unrolling so far. Zoom details to follow. If you can't make either session, or prefer to give your feedback offline, feel free to email CP PTO Co-Presidents Manishi Prasad and Georgette Stern at


CP Garden Update: Hoop Houses & Spring Bulbs

Winter is coming but things are still happening in the CP Garden. Garden Educator Peter Wagner has fashioned hoop houses so that students may grow and snip their own lettuces and arugula throughout the cold months. And he's put 4th graders to work planting bulbs to cheer us up come springtime. 



CP Staff Holiday Gifts
Please help us celebrate the more than 60 hard-working staff members at CP by making a donation toward holiday gift cards! Staff included in this drive are Beth and Christine in the main office, specials teachers (Art, Music, Gym, STEAM, Guidance), janitors, school nurse, lunch ladies, lunch aides...and the list goes on. Donate here. Suggested donation of $10-$20, but any gift is appreciated. 
AmazonSmile: Earn $ for CP with Every Purchase
If you find yourself on this holiday season, remember that every purchase you make can raise $$$ for CP. Yes! Every time you shop on Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will contribute 0.5 percent of eligible purchases to the CP PTO. No purchase data is shared with the PTO--only AmazonSmile's donation. All you need to do is designate "CP PTO" as your charity, and all future purchases will start earning money for our school. Click here to get started.

You can also use AmazonSmile on your mobile app: Open the app and find "Settings" in the main menu (☰). Tap on "AmazonSmile" and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

Parker Bear Holiday Drive
Ends Friday, December 11
The CP PTO is hosting a holiday drive to assist our Parker Bear families during this pandemic winter. Each grade is encouraged to fulfill a specific need--see the list below or click here for more details. Donations may be dropped in the bins outside CP's main entrance during school hours (8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.), including on all-remote learning days.
Suggested Donation Items by Grade:

Pre-K & Kindergarten: *New ONLY* Socks
1st: New/Like-New Pajamas
2nd: *New ONLY* Winter Hats & Gloves
3rd: New/Like-New Outdoor Toys (balls, hoola-hoops, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk)
4th: New/Like-New Crafts & Indoor Activities (coloring/activity books, crafts, paints, crayons)
5th: New/Like-New Children's Books (for readers pre-K through 5th)

Thanks for Supporting the Children’s Winter Clothing Drive!

Thank you to everyone who donated gently used items for the Children's Winter Clothing Drive, as well as those who helped to sort and organize everything. The distribution event at the YMCA fields was a great success: a bountiful selection of warm clothing for Princeton's children, many grateful parents, and blue skies.


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.  


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. 



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!