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Dear CP Families,

Welcome to a new Community Park school year. We are excited to be returning to school in person and full day!  I remain dedicated to serving as your principal and maintaining a clear vision for school unity and connectedness through conversation, programs, and events. The realities of the COVID virus remain and thus require us to maintain safety protocols and flexibility.  As your principal, my goal for this year is to lead the faculty as we rebuild our learning community.

We open this fall with Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) classes on all grade levels, while maintaining traditional classes at the 4th and 5th grade levels as well. We welcome our students and families who are part of our program from other Princeton public elementary schools, as well our new families who have moved to Princeton from around the country (and the globe!).

Your child’s placement (grades 1-5) will be posted on the Parent Portal and will be available for viewing on August 27th.  Kindergarten placement will be posted after K Orientation. Please note that before this information is accessible to you on the portal, you will be required to update the forms and consents on the system after you log in.

Thursday, September 9 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 students and guide them to their classrooms.  Due to continuing health and safety guidelines, we will ask walker parents to please plan to leave your students with our staff at the main entrance.  You can find specific arrival and dismissal procedures on the attached document.

Additionally, your child’s teacher(s) will communicate any further details regarding their classroom procedures, and more general guidelines can be found in the elementary school handbook on the CP website,, under the “Our School” tab.

Health Assessments: The district is continuing to require that parents complete the student health assessment for every day. You can complete this electronically on the Parent Portal at the “Grades and Attendance” tab. We prefer you complete this online, but if for any reason you are unable to do so, your child should come to school with a completed paper form (see attached) every day.

PowerSchool and SchoolMessenger: The PowerSchool Parent Portal is the district’s student information system and is an important source of information sharing between the schools and families, including your child’s placement and scheduling information, report cards, etc. Additionally, permissions are now completed through the Parent Portal, and are required for moving through the platform. Please complete the media consent and district use policy acknowledgments, and update contact information (phone numbers and email addresses only) if you have not already done so. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please contact our main office (609-806-4230) for assistance.

Email addresses listed in PowerSchool are used to generate the SchoolMessenger communication distribution list. This is a vital communication tool between the Community Park School and our families, so please be sure that those email addresses at which you would like to receive information are correctly listed and advise the CP Main Office if you are not receiving our communications via SchoolMessenger.

Breakfast/Lunch: Students may bring a lunch or eat a free lunch provided by the district/USDA.

Masking Guidelines and Quarantine: Masks are required for all students and staff inside the school building.  Masks are not required outside if students are six feet apart. If they are closer than 6 ft. then masks are required. Princeton Public Schools will follow the direction of the state regarding travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

More detail can be found at the recent health information communication sent by PPS and found on the district website.  Please reference our FAQ for details on how long you must quarantine if you plan to travel prior to September 9.

Devices: Students should have their devices (iPad for grade K and 1, Chromebook for grades 2-5) at school every day. Please be sure to review the district acceptable use policy and evaluate the district’s device insurance plan on the Parent Portal. Information about device distribution for Kindergarten and grade 2 will be shared by your child’s teacher.

Dates to Remember

Wed, Sept 8

 Grades 1-5 PTO New Family Tours, 8:30-9:30 am
  *Kindergarten Parent Tours, 1:45-2:45 pm & Kindergarten Meet & Greet, 2
   PM to 3 PM.
  Details and Sign-ups for tours to come via Konstella/CP PTO

Thurs, Sept 9

 First Day of School
 PTO Coffee and Welcome - 8:00-8:45 am outside near the main entrance

Fri, Sept 10

 Wear Your CP T-Shirts (to be provided by the CP PTO!)

Thurs, Sept 23

 Virtual Back to School Night, 6:30 p.m. (details to come)


I am excited to serve 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 Thursday, September 9, our first day of school. 



Dineen Gruchacz, Principal



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