Cedar Reader: PTC Edition

October 2019

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All current parents and guardians of CPMS students are automatically members of the PTC.

Our events, programs, school support, & enthusiasm

make up this vibrant volunteer community & are indeed, POWERED BY YOU.


1. The CPMS 5K was a hugely successful event thanks to parent support. We are within $3000 of achieving our highest 5K goal ever.

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Our fourth annual Cedar Park 5K crushed it on 10/3, as 980+ students ran, jogged, or lesisurely walked (8th grade-- looking at you!) our 5K route. We had flamingos, bubbles, music, some torrential downpours, and of course, energetic & awesome parents and staff who lined the course.

This year, our 5K team raised the bar with a $55,000 goal (a $5000 increase from last year's target) and our community has risen to the challenge. With our confirmed matching funds, we are 95% to our highest summit yet, with just $3000 left to FULLY FUND our 2019-20 budget and have the kids earn their all-school ice cream party.

Let's finish what we started, Cedar Park, and achieve our highest 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 $55,000 summit.

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

  • CASH/CHECK: Please send your cash/check donation in either a 5K pledge envelope (found in the front office) or in any envelope from home. Please include the pledge form and clearly mark the outside as "Cedar Park 5K." Envelopes can be turned into the front office through Friday, 10/25.

Our Teachers ARE 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. While we appreciated everyone who dressed up, teachers earning the spirit awards for best costumes were David Waldrip, Darla McClelland, Liv Cruse, Kaitlyn Hitsman, & Melissa Ackerman. They will receive a pastry & drink of their choice, courtesy of New Seasons.

Congrats to our Fastest Runners!

Congrats to these hard-working students who pushed themselves to avoid their meandering classmates and finish first in their class. This year's course was closer to a LEGIT 5K in terms of distance (we added a half lap), so bravo to this crew for taking it all in a (rather fast) stride.

Special shoutout to 8th grader Davis Ebenal, who had the fastest time of all 986 CPMS students!

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Parent & Volunteer Turnout Was Legendary Yet Again

Thank you to the over 50 parents & community members who showed up to manage, support, & corral the 980+ 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 10/3.

Special shout out to our entire 5K leadership team, including Bettina Jeszenszky (chair), Erika Hammond & Jenna Dornblaser (day of logistics), Hannah Donohue (promotion), Katherine Rule & Tiffany Hahm (prizes), Brenda Swanson (donations), and Teresa Sem (matching funds).

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 10/3, all your time, donations, and effort did not go unnoticed.

This fundraiser was most certainly, POWERED BY YOU, Cedar Park. Bravo.

5K Corporate Sponsors Add Valuable Boost

Our corporate sponsors have been very generous and collectively added $11,250 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.

Local Donations Made Event & Excitement Possible

Massive thanks to the following businesses for their generous donations for this year's 5K effort:

  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Franz Bakery
  • Handel's Ice Cream
  • Jamba Juice
  • Mod Pizza
  • New Seasons Market
  • Top Golf
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market
  • Winco

Matching Funds Make the Difference

Unsure if your company matches? Head to www.cedarparkptc.org/matching and use the “Double the Donation” search engine to look up your company.

Nike/Columbia/Intel Families: Feel free to donate directly to the Cedar Park PTC via the Benevity portal. Forward the confirmation to 5k@cedarparkptc.org.

***Remember to submit matching funds requests to employers for your 5K donations promptly as some employers, such as Intel, have only a 60 day window to submit.


YOUR MONEY AT WORK: Art Lit Team Brings Keith Haring to CPMS this fall

Cedar Park's Art Lit leadership has been hard at work, prepping for another incredible year of art outreach to our 980+ students.

This year's exciting lineup includes Keith Haring, Norman Rockwell, and Piet Mondrian. Art Lit takes place during Humanities class and is solely funded by your generous 5K donation.

Here are the dates for our first artist, Keith Haring for each grade:

Anyone interested in volunteering for art lit can email artlit@cedarparkptc.org. No art experience required, though all volunteers will need to have a background check through the mIP system.

Family Fun Night Another Success!

Cedar Park's annual Family Fun Night once again nailed it as a successful fall community-building event. Stations included slime, friendship bracelets, ozobots, button making, an escape room, a cupcake walk, plus much more. Next year, our CPMS admins hope to expand this event even more.

Huge thanks to all our CPMS staff who hosted these stations & put on an incredible event for our Cedar Park parents and students. Shoutout to our parent Art Lit leadership, Melissa Manos, Melanie Odom, and Maureen Louie, for creating the uber-popular button station. Your effort was noticed & appreciated!

Also, Tona, those multiple emails added much-needed comic relief to a slow Thursday morning :) #loveyagirl #beenthere

October 2019 PTC Board Meeting Summary: CPMS Off to Awesome Start

Our October PTC Board meeting had a huge cache of useful info, including Dr. A's school update, upcoming school news, plus fundraising and event updates.

Read on to hear all the latest & greatest, brought to you in easy-to-read bullet points. #yourewelcome #keepcedarparkawesome #byreadingtheupdates

Metro Youth Basketball Teams Announce Tryouts

Both Beaverton & Sunset Metro Basketball programs have announced tryouts for their youth boys and girls teams, ages 5th through 8th grade. Click below to learn more:

Beaverton Youth Girls Basketball Tryouts, 10/20- 10/22

Beaverton Boys Youth Basketball Tryouts, 10/20-10/23

Sunset Girls Basketball Tryouts, 10/24 & 10/27

Sunset Junior Metro Boys Basketball Tryouts, 10/27- 10/29

Shoutout to our Staff Appreciation Donors!

Huge thanks to all our generous parents who contributed to September's grab & go breakfast and October's pasta dinner for our CPMS staff. Both spreads were a huge hit.

Also, shoutout to our Staff Appreciation chair, Carrie Fox, for all her hard work in coordinating. Look for a sign-up soon for November's event on 11/21.

Principal Coffee & Tea Scheduled for THIS Thursday, 10/24

Join Cedar Park principal, Dr. Shannon Anderson, for an informal gathering on Thursday, 10/24 at 9am.

This event will be a chance for CPMS parents to meet, ask questions, and share ideas with our CPMS administration. Learn more about the policies, practices and academics at CPMS in a smaller setting and meet other Cedar Park parents.

ALL PARENTS are welcome and encouraged to attend.

October PTC Meeting with Canvas/Parentvue Q & A, Monday, 10/28

Join us on Monday, 10/28 at 6:30pm for this month's PTC Community Meeting, which will include a Canvas/Parentvue Q & A for all parents & community members looking for more info on how to navigate these systems.

Additionally, we'll have Board reports, including our year to date budget numbers, and information with CPMS principal, Dr. Shannon Anderson.

These meetings are a great way to be heard and have your questions answered so join us! Plus... cookies.

SAVE THE DATE: CPMS 5th Grade Open House, Wed, 11/20

Fifth grade students & their parents are welcome to join us for an evening of Cedar Park discovery. Listen & learn from Cedar Park admins & staff about the programs & MYP curriculum, then spend some time exploring the school in a student-led scavenger hunt/choose-your-own-adventure.

Current CPMS staff, parents & students will be on hand to answer any questions.
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All opportunities are scheduled through the mIP system.

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

Ongoing Opportunities:

Event Opportunities:

Upcoming (look for sign-up soon):

  • PACK Store
  • November Staff Appreciation event (11/21)

All parent and community volunteers are required to have an mIP profile. Head to www.cedarparkptc.org/volunteering for more details.

2019-2020 PTC Leadership Openings

Set Cedar Park up for success this year by taking on a new role! #poweredbyyou

  • OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) Coordinator: Work with CPMS staff to promote & organize this fun program

  • 8th Grade School Socials Coordinator: Join the team to help plan student socials in January

Email the Cedar Park PTC Directors of Volunteers, Jennifer & Jenna (volunteers@cedarparkptc.org) if you are interested in keeping Cedar Park awesome.



Coffee & Tea with Dr. Anderson, Thursday, 10/24, 9am

PTC Meeting (Canvas/Parentvue Q&A), Monday, 10/28, 6:30pm


NO SCHOOL, Friday, 11/1

Picture Retakes, Thursday, 11/7

NO SCHOOL, Monday, 11/11

5th Grade Open House, Wed, 11/20, 6-7pm

PTC Community Meeting, Monday, 11/25, 6:30pm

NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving), 11/27-29


NO SCHOOL, Monday, 12/2

Coffee & Tea with Dr. Anderson, Thursday, 12/12, 9am

Cedar Park Onstage Presents The Giver, 12/13 & 12/14

Last Day of School Before Winter Break, 12/20