Cedar Reader: PTC Edition

October 19, 2018

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All current parents and guardians of CPMS students are automatically members of the PTC. Our events, programs, school support, and enthusiasm make up this vibrant volunteer community and are indeed, POWERED BY YOU. So let's keep Cedar Park awesome!


Our third annual Cedar Park 5K crushed it on 10/4, as 1000+ students ran, jogged, or lesisurely walked (8th grade-- looking at you!) our 5K course. We had flamingos, bubbles, music, and of course, energetic & awesome parents and grandparents who lined the course.

To date, we are 97% to our summit, with just $1597 left to FULLY FUND our 2018-19 budget and have the kids earn their all-school ice cream party. Even though we are THIS CLOSE, we won't stop until we hit the goal we set back in June, which is $50,000.

So let's finish what we started, Cedar Park, and achieve our 5K dreams together!

Be a Hero & Donate to our ONLY Fundraiser, the CPMS 5K

Did you know that fundraisers are more successful when more people give less? It's the COLLECTIVE EFFORT that creates success. Any donation amount– no matter the size– takes us that much closer to the $50,000 summit. If we all work together, everybody wins.

You still have options to take us over the top of our 5K mountain:

  1. Go to https://www.firstgiving.com/event/411287/2018CedarPark5K and donate to the cause directly through next Monday, 10/22.
  2. Return your cash/check to the school in the 5K pledge envelope (or any envelope clearly marked 5K). Students can drop them off in the office.

Donations Die in Darkness

Your PTC leadership is committed to showing you where your money goes so you can donate with confidence. Our PTC budget can always be found online, but for those of us with no brainpower left at the end of the week, allow us to SHED SOME LIGHT in an easy to read pie chart.
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Student Programs (blue) = PACK Store, Art Literacy, Reading Support, Student Planners, Lunch Duty Supplies, & Community Programs

Schoolwide Support (red) = flexible Principal’s Fund for teacher, team, and grade level requests

Student Events (yellow) = Student Socials, 8th grade BBQ, Family Fun Night support, & New Student Picnic

Grade Level Student Experiences (green) = Transportation & costs for grade-level field trips. Last year, 6th went to Outdoor School, 7th explored PSU, and 8th enjoyed a day at OSU.

Staff Appreciation (orange)

Operating Costs (light blue) = 5K expenses and Miscellaneous

5K FAQ: Where the Money Goes

Our Teachers Brought the Party

Not only do these teaching warriors WILLINGLY FACE hundreds of tweens and teens each day, they also aren't afraid to get silly and show their school spirit.

THANKS to all the staff members who gave us all whiplash and a good chuckle. Teachers earning the spirit awards for best costumes include Mr. Forbes, Mr. Waldrip, Ms. Hattendorf, Mr. Witt, Ms. Massan, Ms. Fitzpatrick, Ms. Hitsman, Mr. Alpert, Ms. Catherall, Ms. Clifford and Ms. McClelland.

And an honorable mention to Dr. Anderson for showing us how to deck yourself out in school spirit. That orange wig was, well... tremendous. We'll see you all next year bigger and better than ever.

Congrats to our Fastest 5K Runners!

Congrats to these hard-working students who pushed themselves to avoid their meandering classmates and finish first in their class. Special shoutout to 8th grader Inbaa Chennai, who had the fastest time of all 1050 CPMS students, completing his 5K in the unofficial time of 15 minutes 42 seconds.

Parent & Volunteer Turnout Was Legendary

Thank you to the 62 parents & community members who showed up to manage, support, & corral the 1000+ students unleashed during our Cedar Park 5K. There's a hundred things on your to-do list, so THANK YOU for making CPMS a priority last 10/4.

Special shout out to our entire 5K leadership team, including Karen DiPietro (chair), Erika Hammond & Carrie Fox (day of logistics), Bettina Jeszenszky (sponsorships), Melissa Gatchell (financials), Hannah Donohue (promotions), Julie Gupta (matching funds) Brenda Swanson & Jana Drotzmann (procurement) and Tiffany Hahm (prizes).

The success of the 5K is a collective effort of staff, students, volunteers, sponsors, and the greater CPMS community. Even if you weren't with us on 10/4, all your time, donations, and effort did not go unnoticed. This fundraiser was most certainly, POWERED BY YOU, Cedar Park. Bravo.

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5K Corporate Sponsors Add Valuable Boost

Our corporate sponsors have been very generous and collectively added $10,000 to our fundraising efforts-- 20% of our goal! When you patronize the following businesses, please thank them for supporting excellence in education in our community.

  • PLATINUM SPONSORS: Noyes Development & Willamette HVAC
  • GOLD SPONSOR: Catalyst Financial
  • SILVER SPONSORS: Cedar Mill Chiropractic, Raleigh Hills Orthodontics, Decarli, Parker Furniture, Wet Kat Pool Service and Vista Capital Partners
  • BRONZE SPONSORS: Buick GMC of Beaverton, Sunset Science Park Credit Union, Walker Garbage and World of Smiles

Thank You Franz Bakery

Franz Bakery donated over 1200 bagels for our students to enjoy after their 5K effort. It's the generous support of local businesses that make our fundraising dreams possible.


6th Graders Rock Outdoor School

Cedar Park's 6th grade enjoyed the opening week of Outdoor School last month, surviving the four days-three nights away from home. Each team went to a different site– Trickle Creek, Westwind, and Cedar Ridge. Outdoor School revolves around Ecology learning targets, and students take part in hands-on field experiences.

Transportation to Outdoor School was provided by the PTC and your generous 5K donation.

Cedar Park Kicks Off Anti-Bullying Week, 10/22-10/26

October is National Bullying Prevention Month when schools around the U.S. teach bullying awareness and prevention and celebrate school unity and diversity.

CPMS' counseling team– George McMurtry (8th), Rachel Taleff (7th), & Andrew Witt (6th)– have a full line-up of activities to engage students during the week of October 22nd-26th.

  • During Advisory class, students will discuss what defines bullying and differentiates from other behaviors.
  • Students will participate in a school-wide survey and work in groups to identify positive messages they want Cedar Park students to aspire to.
  • At lunch time students will be able to sign an "Anti-Bully Pledge" at tables hosted by our 8th grade WEB Leaders.
  • On Wednesday, October 24th, all students will be encouraged to where orange, the official color of Bully Prevention Month!

We hope you enjoy this article "Rude vs. Mean vs. Bullying: Defining the Differences" and have an opportunity to discuss it with your student.

Bully Prevention Resources:

Bully Report Form: Cedar Park students are encouraged to report incidents of bullying to any adult at school. In addition, counselors have "Bully Report Forms" outside of their offices in A, B, and C Hall. Please feel free to contact your student's counselor should you have any questions.

Links for more information about Bullying and Bully Prevention Month:




Thank you for your support of Cedar Park!

Family Fun Night Enjoyed Fall Reboot

Cedar Park's Family Fun Night had the best turnout in years, in part because of its move to the fall. Nearly 100 students and families came out to enjoy the twenty discovery stations and activities hosted by staff members and parents, including rocket launching, kahoot trivia, robotics, button making, and much more.

"It was the best attended and most fun FamilyFun night in several years thanks to our parent volunteers, teachers, and students!" shares Cedar Park vice principal, Megan Clifford.

Thank you to the 27 staff members and various parents who gave up their Thursday evening to engage with Cedar Park. We will see you next year! Special thanks to parent coordinators, Jenna Allen, Kelly Jacobsen, and Karen DiPietro.

Global Food Carts Bring Tastes of the World to CPMS

The food cart adventure was a success at CPMS this week. Abuela Chona provided Argentina food and La arepa brought in food from Venezuela. This event was popular with our students and staff.

Huge thanks the 19 community volunteers who helped organize the hungry hoard. Shout out to our Spanish teachers, Ms. Catherall and Ms. Stevens, for making this unique opportunity possible!

Inagural Principal Coffee & Tea Events Answer Many Parent Questions

We gathered, sang kumbaya, and comesserated over the raising of tweens. Is this a principal chat or a support group? The jury's still out.

Click to read the FULL RECAP of all the latest, greatest, and perhaps previously unknown details of Cedar Park’s programs and academics, as discovered via Dr. A's first "Coffee & Tea" events on 10/1.

Topics covered:

  • Upcoming IB Visit: What is it & Why Does it Matter?
  • Rumor Patrol
  • Class Size: What's the Damage?
  • Parentvue Perplexity
  • Proficiency Grading & All Its Glory
  • Six is the New A
  • Advisory Revamp
  • Other Interesting Nuggets of Information You’d Have Learned If You’d Been There

Dr. A's next "Coffee & Tea" will be Tuesday, 11/27 at 8:45am and 6pm. All parents are welcome to attend.

Book Fair Enchants Cedar Park

The year's fall book fair was held all last week. Funds from Scholastic Book Fairs provides valuable library support. This fall's profit of $630 will be used to either purchase new books for CPMS' library or possibly bring in a visiting author later in the year.

Thank you to Debbie Hernandez, CPMS' Library Media Specialist, and the rotating group of volunteers who set-up, staffed, and cleaned up this event. CPMS will be holding another book fair this spring, Feb. 22 through March 4.

Cedar Park Choirs Dazzle in Fall Concert

Last night was the first concert of the year for our Cedar Park Choir program. Cedar Park is happy to welcome new director, Joseph Mikkelson, to our community. Choirs from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade performed, as well as Honor Choir. Roughly 200 students are a part of our CPMS choir program.

Well done to all musicians! We look forward to hearing you again at your winter concert on Thursday, 12/13.

PTC Provides Pizza for Staff During Conferences, Tailgating Themed Event on 10/25

Cedar Park teachers and staff enjoyed a pizza & salad dinner last Wednesday before conferences. This catered meal was made possible from the Staff Appreciation line item, a part of the PTC's annual budget and is powered through your generous 5K donations. Thank you to our Staff Appreciation chairs, Carrie Fox & Christy Bennett!

October's Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Since we are in the middle of football season, let's treat the staff to our favorite tailgate foods. Sign-up now to spoil our Cedar Park staff on Thursday, 10/25.

Art Literacy Announces Important Dates

Our Art Lit Dream Team will be bringing Kandinsky to our Cedar Park students in just a couple weeks. Please save the following dates and look for more detailed sign-up info by 10/24.

Wed, October 24th @ 7:00 PM (Library): Training for presenters and a general introduction for all volunteers that wish to join us. This is important for presenters to attend. If you are not presenting but will be assisting, you are encouraged to join us this evening. We will keep it as close to one hour or less as possible.

Specific times for your student's session will be provided by October 24th. However, these are the dates of each grade's Art Lit presentation.

  • October 31st: 8th Grade
  • November 7th: 7th Grade
  • November 14th: 6th Grade

Art Lit is funded through your generous 5K donation.

Still Room to Join Several After School Clubs

The collective response to our after school clubs have been tremendous. Many have closed to new registrations, but there's still room in the following:

  • ELL Homework
  • Math Homework Helpers
  • Soccer (limited)

Click here for more information.

October PTC Meeting, THIS MONDAY, 10/22, to feature Safety Resource Officer Matt Cline

Cedar Park's Safety Resource Officer, Matt Cline, will be discussing effective ways to keep our children safe online on Monday, 10/22 at 7pm in the CPMS Media Center (library).

Join him and the PTC Board at the October PTC meeting to learn tools, apps and other ways to monitor and protect your student's digital life. Join us to learn more about this important and relevant topic!

Latino Family Night THIS Thursday, 10/25

Mark your calendars for Cedar Park's annual Latino Family Night at 7pm on Thursday, 10/25. This event is a way to connect with our Latino families and offer time for them to ask questions, learn how to access ParentVue and Canvas, and be more connected to Cedar Park.

Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to build Cedar Park connections and learn more about CPMS. The multi-school soccer tournament will take place beforehand and food trucks will be available.

Cedar Park to Staff the BSD Clothes Closet on Wed, 10/31

Cedar Park's volunteer day at the BSD Clothes Closet is Wed, October 31 (Halloween). Sign up to work a shift in the Beaverton School District’s clothing store, which provides free clothing for BSD students from families with limited income.

Volunteers will sort clothing donations, replenish the store, and assist customers in finding correct sizes. Help is especially needed in the afternoon. Even if you can't can't commit to a full shift, any time spent volunteering here is time well spent!

The Clothes Closet is located at: Beaverton School District Administration Center, 16550 SW Merlo Road, Beaverton, OR 97006.

Band Concert Scheduled for Thursday, 11/8

Cedar Park's first band concert of the year will feature the 7th and 8th grade on Thursday, 11/8 at 6pm. 6th graders and the entire CPMS community are welcome to come and hear our young musicians perform.

New Cedar Cafe to Celebrate Perfect Attendance on 11/16

The new Cedar Cafe is a part of Beaverton School District's latest campaign to encourage and boost attendance. Did you know that missing more than two days a month is considered chronic absenteeism? Studies prove that attendance, even at an early age, drives high school graduation success.

This year, students with no absences and no tardies will be rewarded with 20 minutes of relaxation, complete with a treat and hot drink in our cafeteria. These will be celebrated quarterly, with the first being Friday, 11/16.

Students will be notified if they qualify. Thank you to parent coordinators Star Erickson & Karley Nees for managing these celebrations!

Cedar Park Onstage Presents "The Election" this December

Don't miss CPMS' production of The Election this December, presented by Cedar Park's resident theater company, Cedar Park Onstage.

After an embattled student body president resigns in disgrace, Mark Davenport figures he will cruise to victory in the special election. After all, his only opponent is nerdy Christy Martin, who wants to eliminate football. But when a mysterious Super PAC gives her an unlimited budget, things start to get very ugly. Mark must face total annihilation or accept the services of a slick professional campaign manager with questionable ethics and a million-dollar Super PAC of his own. A hilarious and timely satire on the contemporary political scene. (via playscripts.com)

Performances will be Friday, 12/7 at 7pm and Saturday, 12/8 at 2pm & 7pm. Admission is $7 (adult), $5 (student), $1 (10 & under), $20 (family) and free to BSD staff.

For more information regarding theater at CPMS, head to Ms. Gladstone's website.


All opportunities are scheduled through the mVP system.

Hit the "Opportunities" tab and filter by "Cedar Park Middle School" to easily see sign-ups.

Event Opportunities:

Ongoing Opportunities:

Upcoming (look for sign-up soon):

  • 8th Grade Art Lit (Wed, 10/31)
  • 7th Grade Art Lit (Wed, 11/7)
  • 6th Grade Art Lit (Wed, 11/14)
  • Cedar Park Cafe (Friday, 11/16)

All parent and community volunteers are required to have an mVP profile.

Head to www.cedarparkptc.org/volunteering for more details.



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