Cedar Reader: PTC Edition

April 25, 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!


Beaverton School District is facing a crisis in school funding this upcoming school year. As the district has worked to balance the budget, they have proposed the elimination of the MYP program at Cedar Park.

Parent voices are essential.

Click HERE for ways to take action to keep MYP at Cedar Park.

YOUR MONEY AT WORK– Art Literacy Brings Art Deco to CPMS

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PTC time, money and volunteers went into making this month's Art Literacy lesson a huge success. The world of Art Deco inspired our 1000+ students to create beautiful & unique pieces.

Shout out to our incredible Art Lit leadership team– Jana Drotzmann, Maureen Louie, Melissa Manos, Melanie Odom, & Sally Sonek. Another thank you is due to the many volunteers who came in to help pull off this massive endeavor. Finally, a round of applause to all of our 5K donors who make these hands-on Art Lit projects possible.


Dr. A's April Principal Coffee Recap: Brace for Impact

These upcoming budget cuts are the REAL DEAL, Cedar Park. It’s only fitting that the dismal budget reality would dominate this month’s Principal Coffee.

Read on to hear the backstory, digest the possible changes at Cedar Park, and learn ways that you-- Beaverton taxpayer and parent-- can advocate for change.

  • Budget Based on Governor’s Projection = $35 Million Shortfall
  • The Perfect Storm: Causes of Budget Deficit
  • Cuts Across the District
  • Levies and Bonds = Protected Funds
  • No Quick Fix
  • Plot Twist
  • Brace Yourself, Cedar Park
  • The Bright Side
  • What’s a Parent to Do?
  • Other Juicy Items That Thankfully Aren’t About the Deficit

Click HERE to educate yourself on our current budget reality.

Join us for the next and final Principal Coffee on June 6 at 8:30am. This one will focus on all of our incoming families and will include the sixth grade counselor and several sixth grade teachers.

State Education Forum on Wednesday, 5/1

On May 1st, from 6:30pm-8pm, the Aloha Huber Park Parent Teacher Organization is hosting an Education Forum for all Beaverton community members looking for more information regarding the current educational reality.

Members of the public are encouraged to join the discussion, ask questions, and get more information!

The agenda includes:

  • Legislative update from State Senator Mark Hass and Rep. Ken Helm
  • Education update from State Deputy Superintendent, Colt Gill, and Laurie Wimmer from the Oregon Education Association
  • Public Q & A

This event will take place in the Aloha Huber Cafeteria, 5000 SW 173rd Ave, Beaverton, Oregon 97007.

CPMS Art Sale & Auction Scheduled for Thursday, 5/2

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Support the Cedar Park Art Program on Thursday, 5/2 from 6-7:30pm. Student art will be on display and for sale, each hand-crafted by current CPMS students.

“The students have all researched what they wanted to make and have put in their own time to try and help the future of our program,” shares Art teacher, Anthony Burton.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own these priceless gems.

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Final PTC Community Meeting Scheduled for Monday, 5/20; Incoming Families Encouraged to Attend

Join your PTC leadership in the final community meeting of the year on Monday, 5/20 at 7pm in the Cedar Park Media Center. Dr. Anderson will be on hand to offer Cedar Park updates, and community members will vote in next year's officers and approve next year's budget.

2019-20 Proposed Board:

  • President– Bettina Jeszenszky
  • Vice President– David Platt
  • Secretary– Hannah Donohue
  • Director of Volunteers– Jennifer Rafanan (returning)
  • Treasurer– (open) Email Karen DiPietro (kdip325@yahoo.com) if you are interested in keeping Cedar Park awesome.

Come say one last thank you to our outgoing PTC leaders– Jana Drotzmann, Karen DiPietro, and Jennifer Kveton– and chat what worked, what didn't, and brainstorm next year's goals.

The evening will also include a welcome presentation to all incoming fifth grade families. See you then!

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 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
  • Volunteer Co-coordinator: Work as liaison between staff and parents to schedule and communicate volunteer needs
  • PTC Treasurer: Responsible for overseeing reimbursement of PTC funds & communicating balance sheet with Board and community

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

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

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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:

Upcoming (look for sign-up soon):

  • May Staff Appreciation Taco Bar (5/23)
  • 6th Grade Field trip to OMSI (Date TBD)
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to OSU (Tuesday, 6/4 & Thursday, 6/6)
  • 8th Grade Honors Breakfast (Tuesday, 6/11)
  • Student Socials (last day of school, Friday, 6/14)

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

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




Cedar Park Art Sale, Thursday, 5/2, 6-7:30pm

NO SCHOOL (Statewide Teacher “Day of Action”)

Wednesday, 5/8

Final PTC Community Meeting, Monday, 5/20 @ 7pm

**Special Invite to Incoming Families

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


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

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

Friday, 6/7 & Saturday, 6/8

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

Last Day of School, Friday, 6/14