Cedar Reader: PTC Edition

May 28, 2019

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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!

YOUR MONEY AT WORK– PTC Funds New Library Furniture

At March’s PTC Community Meeting, community members approved $6253 of PTC funds to go towards the updating of new furniture in the CPMS Media Center (library).

Less than two months later, that furniture is now at the school and is being used daily by our Cedar Park student body.

Items purchased include:

  • Two new modular couches, plus one more traditional sofa
  • Two high tables and eight stools
  • A spring-loaded book return bin

Thank you to all our 5K donors who made this possible, as well as Debbie Hernandez in the CPMS library. The PTC hopes this can be the first of many phases of library improvement in the coming years.

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Final PTC Community Meeting Minutes & Treasurer's Report

The Cedar Park PTC held its final community meeting of the year on 5/20/19. Dr. Anderson & the PTC Board were on hand to give school & PTC updates, as well as present a PTC overview to incoming families.

Items included:

  • Changes to 2019-20 School Calendar

  • New Library furniture

  • Upcoming 5K Meeting (June 6/7 @ 11am, Market of Choice)

  • Upcoming Volunteer Needs (8th grade send-off)

  • YTD Treasurer’s Report

  • Approval of the 2019-20 PTC Board

    • President, Bettina Jeszenszky

    • Vice President, David Platt

    • Secretary, Hannah Donohue

    • Treasurer, Skye Kutansky

    • Volunteer Co-Coordinators, Jenna Dornblaser & Jennifer Rafanan

  • Approval of 2019-20 PTC Budget

Explore the full meeting minutes HERE or feel free to step through the slideshow.

A huge thanks is due to outgoing PTC Board members Jana Drotzmann, Jennifer Kveton, and Karen DiPietro. Thank you for all your hard work in the last two years to make our PTC successful.

2019-20 PTC Budget Boasts Exciting New Line Items

Your PTC Board is proud to announce several new additions to the 2019-20 budget. This upcoming school year will include:

  • Classroom Supplies ($2700) ($75 x 36 teachers): To be used at each classroom teacher's discretion to purchase needed classroom supplies

  • Student Fund for School Enrichment ($1000): To be used with Dr. A's student advisory council, this fund will provide student-led initiatives & improvements to CPMS.

  • Cedar Park Sign Rebuild ($5000): Provides a new sign to replace the previous rotted & damaged wooden one (removed last school year)

  • Sound System Upgrade ($1500): Funds to help boost the current cafeteria sound system

  • Phase Two Library Upgrade ($3500): Additional improvements to the library, most likely another couch/setting area set

  • Three Math Classroom Whitetables ($4500): The second phase in replacing the math classrooms tables, these new additions are a perfect fit for collaborative and inventive math work

These are in addition to the already-existing tradition of three grade level experiences for all CPMS students, as well as Art Literacy, PACK store, library/literacy support, and a $7500 School-wide Discretionary Fund (over seen by Dr. Anderson).

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Life Without Cell Phones. How Do Our Babies Survive?

No cell phones? Not a problem. Cedar Park students have been finding new entertainment, including kickball, duck duck goose & Uno. #keepcedarparkawesome

2019-2020 PTC Leadership Openings

As we begin the final sprint to summer, it's time to transition into next year's leadership. Set Cedar Park up for success next year by taking on a new role! #poweredbyyou

Open positions include:

  • 5K Co-chairs: Oversee & organize Cedar Park's major fundraiser next fall
  • Clothes Closet: Connect with BSD's Clothes Closet to set-up volunteer shifts for Cedar Park's day
  • PACK store: Work with school admins to purchase and organize this positive behavior incentive
  • 6th Grade Art Rep: Work with the existing art lit team to organize & coordinate 6th grade art lit logistics
  • Cedar Cafe Coordinator: Plan the quarterly Cedar Cafe celebrations for those students achieving excellent attendance
  • Matching Funds Coordinator: Promote & follow-up on any 5K matching fund opportunities.

Email Karen DiPietro (kdip325@yahoo.com) if you are interested in keeping Cedar Park awesome.

Last Principal Coffee Scheduled for 6/6, Incoming Families Welcome

Dr. Anderson will host her final Principal Coffee & Tea of the school year on Thursday, 6/6 at 8:30am in the CPMS library.

This event will focus on all of our incoming families and will include the sixth grade counselor and several sixth grade teachers. As always, this interactive session will include an question and answer session.

Join us on 6/6 and invite your incoming friends!

CPMS Science Olympiad Place Second at State

Congratulations to Cedar Park's Science Olympiad Team for placing second at last month's state competition.

7th grader, Gordon C., explains the process. "In Science Olympiad, schools organize a team that will cover over 20 different events. Each team member will be assigned three or four events with a partner. These events fit into two main categories, knowledge and engineering events. Knowledge events, like Anatomy and Physiology, require participants to learn as much as possible with the guidelines given by the officials.

Engineering events on the other hand, usually require participants to build a structure that is trying to achieve a certain within certain constraints. For instance, for this year’s roller coaster event, the participants were tasked with making a structure that made the marble take the longest time to reach the end. This included constraints like dimension, height, etc. For some events, participants are allowed to bring in a cheat sheet or a cheat binder in some cases to store information. Each event was very unique and challenged the students in different and compelling ways."

Bravo to our dedicated team & their staff advisor, Winter Chung!

CPMS 8th Grader Places Second at National Math Counts Competition

A huge congratulations is in order for Suyash P., an 8th grader at Cedar Park who participates in the Math Counts program led by Mrs.Miller and Mr.Tufty. Suyash placed second in the national MathCounts competition. Congrats Suyash!

2019 5K Planning Meeting Scheduled for 6/7

Yes, it's time to start thinking about our biggest fundraiser of the year-- the 2019 Cedar Park 5K! Please join the planning committee on Friday, 6/7 at 11am at Market of Choice- Timberland (upstairs).

Things to know about joining the 5K team:

  • The people are awesome
  • It's an excellent way to connect with other parents
  • No one expects you to be the hero & take on three subcommittees
  • New ideas are encouraged
  • This fundraiser makes an incredible impact at CPMS

Questions can be directed to Karen (kdip325@yahoo.com). #keepcedarparkawesome

Yearbooks On Sale Through 6/7

Yearbooks will be sold until June 7th while supplies last. Yearbooks are $15 until May 31st, and $20 until June 7th while supplies last. There are less than 100 yearbooks left, so don't wait!

Yearbooks will not be sold after June 7th. No Exceptions. The last day to purchase ONLINE is 5/31.


To order online, head to BSD's online payment system, https://or-beaverton.intouchreceipting.com/.

Once you are logged in, click on your middle schooler's profile. Select "School Items." You will see yearbooks listed in the inventory, ready to be purchased.

To check to see if you purchased a yearbook online last fall, check your "Purchase History." The last day to purchase online is 5/31.


Students or parents can bring in cash or check to the front office during lunch or after school.

A few scholarship yearbooks are available. Students experiencing financial difficulties should talk to their grade level counselors if they would like a yearbook.

***25 talented and dedicated students devoted their Thursday afternoons to creating this year's yearbook! They wrote stories, took photos, and designed the whole book, so this is a unique and memorable item for your middle schooler to take home. They will be distributed the last day of school.

SAVE THE DATE– Spring Musical Scheduled for 6/7 & 6/8

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Chromebook Return Last Week of School, Volunteers Needed

Cedar Park students will begin returning their chromebooks during the last week of school. Volunteers will be cleaning and inspecting the Chromebooks after check in.

Click HERE to sign-up for a short shift.

Chromebook Turn In Information:

Students should be prepared to turn in their devices during Humanities class.

Tuesday 6/11 = 6th grade

Wednesday 6/12 = 7th grade

Thursday 6/13 =8th grade

Parents should:

  • Evaluate their students chromebook for damages before turning the device in

  • Help their student(s) clean the chromebook with computer safe cleaning products before the device is turned in.

Cedar Park does not allow students to add stickers to their chromebook. Please ensure your student has removed any stickers they added before returning the device to the school.

6th and 7th grade students are asked to leave the Red Identification Tape on the device as 6th and 7th grade students will receive the same chromebook they used this year for the next school year.

8th graders are reminded: They are still responsible for their chromebook until they turn it into the Library. If a student intentionally damages or vandalizes their chromebook nearing the end of the school year, the student will be responsible for the cost of a replacement device which is $300. Parents should remind students that the chromebooks are school property and must be taken care of.

Questions can be directed to Debbie Hernandez (Deborah_Hernandez@beaverton.k12.or.us).

Thank You to Staff Appreciation Donors

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Shout out to all community members who donated to this month's Staff Appreciation taco bar & candy buffet. Our CPMS teachers truly feel the love every month due to these generous spreads.

None of this would have been possible without the resounding turnout of our parent volunteers, as well as the coordination and hard work of our Staff Appreciation chair, Carrie Fox. THANK YOU CARRIE, for keeping Cedar Park awesome.

Revised 2019-20 School Calendar Now Available

The revised calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is now available. This calendar reflects the start of the school year being moved from August 27th to September 3rd and the elimination of early release Wednesdays.

Revised 2019-20 BSD School Calendar (English).

Revised 2019-20 BSD School Calendar (Spanish).

**The calendar is subject to change based on contract negotiations and resource availability.


All opportunities are scheduled through the mVP system.

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):

  • 6th & 7th Year End Celebrations (Friday, 6/14)

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

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




NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day), Monday, 5/27

6th Grade OMSI Experience at CPMS

Thursday, 5/30, Friday, 5/31, & Tuesday, 6/4


8th Grade Field Trip to OSU

Tuesday, 6/4 & Thursday, 6/6

Final Coffee & Tea with Dr. Anderson, Thursday, 6/6 @ 8:30am

**Special Invite to Incoming Families

5K Planning Meeting, Friday, 6/7 @ 11am

Market of Choice

Cedar Park Onstage Spring Musical (Getting to Know: Footloose)

Friday, 6/7 (7pm) & Saturday, 6/8 (2pm & 7pm)

Honors Breakfast (8th grade), Tuesday, 6/11

Last Day of School & Grade Level Celebrations, Friday, 6/14


Wolf Day, Thursday 8/22

New Student Reception, Thursday, 8/28


First Day of School for 6th Grade, Tuesday, 9/3

All Grades to School, Wednesday, 9/4