Community Park PTO Newsletter - Issue 9
Sun, Nov 5 8:23pm

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.


  • Election Day (No School), Tues., Nov. 7, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • NJEA Convention (No School), Thurs., Nov. 9 & Fri., Nov. 10
  • Last Day to Order Pies, Fri., Nov. 10
  • Pajama Day (World Kindness Day), Mon., Nov. 13
  • Winter Clothing Drive / Colecta de abrigos y ropa de invierno, Mon., Nov. 13 - Fri., Nov. 17
  • Winter Clothing Distribution / Distribucíon de ropa de invierno, Sat., Nov. 18, 7am-Noon
  • Talk: How to Survive the ChatGPT Invasion, Sat. Nov. 18
  • TASK Canned Food Drive, now through Nov. 21


Around School

  • Your PTO at Work: Halloween Parade & Día de los Muertos Ofrenda
  • Lost & Found
  • World Kindness Day


Community Service

  • CP Winter Clothing Drive: Volunteers Needed! 
  • TASK Canned Food Drive

Around the District

Around Town

Your PTO at Work: Halloween Parade & Día de los Muertos Ofrenda

Thank you to everyone who helped with two recent PTO collaborations: the annual Halloween Parade and the Día de los Muertos Ofrenda! 

(Top, right) Eerie decorations turned the playground into a haunted parade ground! Thank you, parent volunteers!

(Below left) The ofrenda; (Below right) PTO Volunteer Mathilde Schindler explains the project to parents on Friday morning.

Students from every grade contributed art to create this ofrenda. Sra. Aparicio and Sr. Levi gave a school-wide presentation on this tradition in English and Spanish. / Estudiantes de todos los grados contribuyeron con arte para crear esta ofrenda. Sra. Aparicio y el Sr. Levi hicieron una presentación en la escuela sobre esta tradición en inglés y español. 

Thank you to / Gracias a:

  • All of the classroom teachers, aides, and Ms. Jones for assisting the students in creating their offerings / Todos los maestros de salón, asistentes y a la Sra. Jones por ayudar a los estudiantes a crear sus ofrendas;
  • The parent volunteers: Yahyra Alma, Layla Cabrera, and Mathilde Schindler for organizing this project / Los padres voluntarios: Yahyra Alma, Layla Cabrera y Mathilde Schindler por organizar este proyecto;
  • Anjelica Garcia for providing the pan de muertos. / Anjelica García por proporcionar el pan de muertos.

Lost & Found

The next time you're at CP, please check the Lost & Found, which is located in the hallway between the main entrance and the CP cafe. Now that the weather has turned, we've added mittens and hats to the growing pile of coats and sweatshirts! 

Please click for images of lost items.

World Kindness Day

Monday, November 13

This month, Ms. Cameron and Ms. Marmo are leading lessons focused on kindness and empathy in celebration of World Kindness Day--and hosting a special school spirit day on Monday, November 13! Kids are invited to wear their favorite pajamas to school and "cozy up to kindness." 

Upcoming POPs

Sign up to take part in exciting Parent-Organized Parties (POPs), including these great events scheduled for the coming weeks:

And many more! Click here for the full list of POPs.
Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Order delicious Thanksgiving pies from Terhune Orchards and help the 5th grade raise funds for their class gift to CP! The deadline is November 10 -- place your order today so you don't forget!

Cozy sweatshirts, flannel pants, winter hats, and fleece jackets are now on sale through our partnership with Princeton Threads! A portion of every purchase supports CP. Shipping is free on purchases made through Dec. 1 -- and gear can be delivered to school in time for the holidays! If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to Deirdre Goodrich at (Haga clic para español)

Give to CP Without Spending an Extra Cent 
Raise money through your regular purchases from the McCaffrey's Food Market at the Princeton Shopping Center and Box Top items from any store. It's easy and costs nothing extra.

McCaffrey's Receipts
Save your receipts when you shop at McCaffrey's Food Market in the Princeton Shopping Center. CP gets 0.95% from each receipt, which adds up quickly.

Drop your receipts in the McCaffrey's box located in CP's main entrance vestibule.

Box Tops

  • Download the Box Tops app to your phone.
  • Shop as you normally do.
  • Scan your store receipts to find participating products.
  • The app will automatically credit CP’s Box Tops earnings.

CP Winter Clothing Drive: Volunteers Needed!
We need your help to make the CP Winter Clothing Drive a success! Please consider volunteering to:
  1. Distribute a few signs/flyers around town on Mon., Nov. 13;
  2. Help sort winter clothing donations on Fri., Nov. 17 from 3 - 6 p.m;
  3. Transport unclaimed donations to Homefront on Sat., Nov. 18 (car required);
  4. And don't forget to bring your gently-used winter clothing to CP between Nov. 13-17!
Sign up here for a volunteer shift or contact Kim Beury at 917.208.4113.

TASK Canned Food Drive

CP is partnering with the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK) to collect canned goods and pantry items in celebration of World Kindness Day. Donations may be dropped of in the main office through November 21. TASK's most-wanted food items include:

  • Canned Tuna & Chicken
  • Single-Serve Canned Pasta
  • Canned Soup
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Granola Bars
  • Brown Rice
  • Coffee
  • Chapstick
  • Reusable bags (gently-used OK)

Referendum: Vote Today!

PHS Choral Department Flower Sale
The PHS Choirs are selling high-quality white and red poinsettias and amaryllis grown by a New Jersey nursery to support musical collaborations, guest artists, and travel. They make beautiful holiday gifts! Order by Nov. 19 for pickup at PHS on Dec. 6.

Talk: How to Survive the ChatGPT Invasion

Saturday, Nov. 18, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Princeton Middle School Auditorium

Free / Registration required

Pizza & pasta dinner to follow (suggested dinner donation, $10 per person)

This talk is appropriate for Princeton High and Middle School parents & students age 14+.

Po-Shen Loh is a social entrepreneur and inventor, working across the spectrum of mathematics, education, and healthcare, all around the world. He is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University and served a decade-long term as the national coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad team from 2013–2023. Po is on tour through the US sharing simple advice for an uncertain future: Be more human. Read about his speaking tour here.

Don't Forget to Vote!

 Don't forget to vote today! Voters will be deciding on the PPS facilities referendum, which includes funds to implement safety improvements to the CP playground, and also  choosing three School Board members from four candidates. Click here to read their platforms.

On Golden Pond at the Kelsey Theater

CP mom and PTO member Rebecca Callahan is performing in another play this fall and invites our school community to see it! 

1200 Old Trenton Rd., West Windsor

Sat., Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online ($20/$22)

"On Golden Pond navigates the ups and downs of family life and the importance of ultimately enjoying the moments we have."

Princeton Human Services Annual Holiday Gift Drive

Princeton Human Services seeks donors for the 25th Annual Holiday Gift Drive

For the past 24 years, Princeton Human Services, municipal employees, local businesses, and private donors have made hundreds of Princeton children’s holiday wishes come true by providing them with gifts for the holidays. 

In light of these challenging economic times, we recognize that the need is substantial. That is why this year more than previous years your generosity is needed. Last year, we received over 350 applications, and we are expecting to receive just as many, if not more applications. Applications are received for children up to age twelve (12), which includes 1-2 gifts they would like for the holidays, which are not to exceed $75 dollars.

In addition to sponsoring a child’s wish list, we are asking donors to consider donating a grocery store gift card to help the parents/families of the children. 

Our donor sign up is open for this year. Please apply here.

Thank you so much for your generosity!

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!