πŸ—ž JP PTO Digest, Issue #4
Mon, Oct 23 11:23pm






During a nice chilly yet sunny fall afternoon, twelve cars began lining up in the upper parking lot of JP. For over an hour, parents meticulously decorated the trunk of their cars, set up their games and lined up their treats. Then, at 2pm on the dot, the chirp of the birds enjoying a nice quiet Sunday afternoon began to quiet as parents and kids donning their Halloween costumes undertook to visit every car to collect the precious candies to the music of an entertaining soundtrack! For over 90 minutes, more than 100 JP students enjoyed the long-awaited return of the JP PTO Trunk or Treat! And what a delight it was to explain to our new families coming from abroad the ins and outs of that rather American tradition. Needless to say, the creativity and generosity of 13 families, the smiles everywhere, and the nice weather made this fun fall family event a true success! Thank you to all of you who Trunk or Treat!



Thanks to the generosity of our JP families, the PTO traditional Halloween costume drive was once again a success. Our vice-presidents of school support, Shae Cox and Phil Arnold collected over 100 costumes! All JP families got invited last Saturday morning to select a costume if they needed one and all those that remained were then gifted to the Princeton Mobile Food Pantry! Thank you to all for your generous donations!



Is it trash or is it treasure? Our education program, created in collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation, encourages us all to rethink what we consider trash and recognize its inherent value as part of the circular economy. Our signature TOT mail-back candy wrapper recycling box brings that vision to life, inspiring communities around the country to recycle more all year round.

So collect your candy wrapper and drop them in the box located in the JP cafeteria!



Over 75 JP families gathered last Saturday afternoon to watch the Princeton University Football team homecoming game against the Harvard Crimson. They joined the families of the five other schools of the district. Seated all together behind the goal post, students and parents cheered the home team through the drizzle, clouds and occasional sun rays! 

The crowd waited until the very last minutes of the game to see the Tigers defeat their Ivy League rivals 21-14! It must have been the high-five given by the elementary students of the district that gave them that luck!



Last week to drop your new socks!

Our vice-presidents of community services, Elme Schmid and Lin Chang, in partnership with our 5th grade teachers Ms. Vunk and Ms. Garriton, continue to collect socks until this coming Friday to donate to Homefront, a local shelter.

A mini basketball hoop and a hamper have been placed in the foyer of the school for our students to drop NEW socks of any size, shape or color.

In the past, we have collected over 500 pairs of socks. Let’s try to beat that this year!



Parent-Teacher Conference Week begins tomorrow! 

Don’t forget to encourage our fifth graders who will greet you in the entrance of the school with coffee, beverage and homemade baked goods for sale. Grab one for you, and why not one for your child’s teacher! All proceeds from the bake sale will go to help funding some of the celebratory activities of their graduation!

Payment by cash is preferred, but credit card will also be accepted.



Thanks to your ongoing voluntary donations, the 2023-2024 voluntary donations drive currently stands at 75% of its objective of $28,000, a gain of 6% since last week.

With less than one week to go before the deadline of October 31, we count on our JP parents who have yet to make a donation to contribute either the recommended donation of $150 per child or any amount they can to help us reach 100% of our objective. And do not forget to check with your employer if it has a corporate matching gift program. Some of our parents were able to double their donations with the help of their employer!!

You can make your donation by credit card via our Konstella platform (use the QR code to access it) either as a one-time donation or by monthly installments. We also accept checks made to “Johnson Park PTO” or money placed in a sealed envelope marked “PTO Donation” and inserted in your child’s Koko folder.

Thank you so much for your generosity and support!



The Write the Story of a Great Year . . . Party Board Kick-Off Gala is a literary-styled gathering for school community members who wish to have priority access to exciting Party Board fundraising event tickets!

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, October 28, 6:30 p.m., at Salt Creek Grille, Rockingham Row, in Princeton Forrestal Village. Tickets are available via Konstella at three convenient price points: Ambassador ($100 per ticket), General Admission ($75 per person), and Remote ($25 per person).

Dress as your most treasured literary figure (if you wish), mingle, sip, and dine while securing the hottest party board tickets in town - all while helping to raise valuable funds to support the JP PTO! There will be live music, photo headshots, seated dinner, and scrumptious desserts by The Bent Spoon and Coastal Maine Popcorn!