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Community Park Back to School Information 2019-2020

New Family Orientation: Tuesday, September 3rd, 12 noon, Grades 1-5

Kindergarten Orientation: Tuesday, September 3rd, 1:30 PM

Open House for All Students: Tuesday, September 3rd, 12 to 12:30 PM

First Day of School: Wednesday, September 4th will be the first day of school. For district calendars, click here.  En Español.

Back to School Night: Thursday, September 12th from 7 to 9 pm

Bus Information: PPS families will receive an email from the Transportation Department with details about bus passes.

Parent Portal: The Parent Portal enables PPS families to update emergency contact information; do photo and media consent forms; agree to the PPS residency audit terms; and to access report cards and other pertinent information. If you haven't signed in to the Power School Parent Portal look for an email from the district in late August or early September with more details. If you have a login click here.


Letter From the Principal

August 2019

Dear CP Families,

Welcome to a new and exciting Community Park school year.  We continue to grow and change as a school and as a district in many ways. 

The 2019-2020 school year marks a milestone for us. We open this fall with Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classes on all grade levels. It’s hard to believe that we are closing in on 2020.

We are looking forward to a new start as we do each September. I remain dedicated to the work of principal and to meeting and seeing you all again. We maintain a clear vision for school unity and connectedness and will continue to foster that through conversation, programs, and events. 

In kindergarten and first grade, all sections are DLI. We welcome our students and families who are part of our program from other Princeton public elementary schools. Our kindergarten and first grade configuration will have three classes on each level. Students in those grades will have two teachers (an English partner teacher and a Spanish partner teacher) like grades two – five.

Wednesday, September 4 is our first day! This will be a full day. The school day begins at 8:25 and concludes at 3:00 (2:55 for kindergarten). Children are welcome to enter the building at 8:00 (no earlier).  Upon arrival, our staff members will greet your child and direct them to the correct location.  

I am excited to begin again as principal of CP. I am proud of the work we have done and confident about the work we will do! I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday, September 4th, our first day of school. Join us outside during arrival for some music and time to reconnect!


Dineen Gruchacz

Our faculty configuration will be as follows:

Kindergarten:  Sheila Aguilar, Spanish Partner Teacher/English Partner Teacher, Katie Sampson, English Partner Teacher, Abril Retana, Spanish Partner Teacher 

First Grade: Lisa Tanikawa-Brown, Spanish Partner Teacher/English Partner TeacherDanielle Fairweather, English Partner Teacher, Damaris Rodriguez, Spanish Partner Teacher

Second Grade: Julie Fallas, English Partner Teacher, Ida Almodovar, Spanish Partner, Ellen Hale, Traditional Classroom Teacher

Third Grade:  Marian Figueroa-Toro, Spanish Partner Teacher, Janet McDaniel, English Partner Teacher, Danielle Magnus, and Mary Gutierrez, Traditional Classroom Teachers

Fourth Grade:Yaimee Herrera, Spanish Partner Teacher, Marilyn Sowienski, English Partner Teacher, and Mike Rodos, Traditional Classroom Teacher

Fifth Grade:Megan Mulrooney, Spanish Partner Teacher, Amy Nagle, English Partner Teacher, and Ellen Klimczuk and Liza Czelusniak, Traditional Classroom Teachers 

Preschool Class: Nancy Guggenheim



Tues., September 3rd             Grades 1-5 Open House, 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (*Kindergarten Meet & Greet, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Wed., September 4th              PTO Coffee / Kindergarten Mingle 8:30 a.m., APR     

Thurs., September 12th          Back to School Night, 7 p.m., APR      

Fri., September 20th               Fall Picnic 5:00 p.m., CP Playground