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One, Two, Lace up Those Shoes! And Get Ready for the Coyote Fun Run!

[caption id="attachment_821" align="alignright" width="300"] Coyote Fun Run Chair, Jennifer BasurtoOne, Two, Lace up Those Shoes! And Get Ready for the Coyote Fun Run![/caption] One, Two, Lace up Those Shoes! And Get Ready for the Coyote Fun Run! When Cornell parent, Jennifer Basurto, was little, she made sure to take part every year in her elementary school’s Run-a-Thon. “I was one of those girls who outran most of my classmates in grade school,” she says. “There were only one or two boys who could beat me! And I could go far! So, each year, I couldn’t wait to show what I had at our ann...
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Dance-O-Rama: Where Cornell Finds All the Right Moves!

[caption id="attachment_790" align="alignright" width="280"] Beth Ellis-Dickson, Dance-o-Rama Chair[/caption] Dance-O-Rama: Where Cornell Finds All the Right Moves! When Cornell parent, Beth Ellis-Dickson, took a part-time job at the Albany toy store 5 Little Monkeys six years ago, she didn’t imagine that her connections there would lead to her running one of Cornell’s most anticipated and lively PTA fundraisers of the year for the school -- Dance-o-Rama! “I was working there with Stephanie Sala, who is the owner, and who is also a former Cornell parent,” says Beth. “She started the even...
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Cornell’s Got Talent! So Let’s Go on with the Show!

Cornell’s Got Talent! So Let’s Go on with the Show! [caption id="attachment_759" align="alignright" width="150"] Dorothe Piluso, Founder of Cornell's Got Talent![/caption] Where can you listen to the biggest hits; meet the future’s next big fashion designers; experience juggling, poetry, and jump-roping (sometimes all at the same time); and then, get to join in on a gigantic dance party at the end? You don’t need to head over to San Francisco – just head on out to Cornell’s annual entertainment showcase event for kids, Cornell’s Got Talent! The brain-child of Cornell parent, Dorothe P...
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Let’s Get Serious about Scrip!

  Let's Get Serious about Scrip! The PTA Board is getting serious about Scrip! We are looking for someone to research possibilities for the best programs for Cornell Elementary and to revive our offerings as our new Scrip Coordinator! If you think you might be interested, please email VP of Volunteers, Natascha Puchner-Dopler at vpvolunteers@cornellpta.org for details. Or come attend the next general PTA Meeting on Thursday, March 9th, 6-7:30 pm in the Cornell MPR, where we'll discuss best ways to make Scrip a part of the PTA's fundraising efforts!
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Supporting Cornell Kids? Copy Express on Solano is the Real Deal

Supporting Cornell Kids? Copy Express on Solano is the Real Deal It’s no secret how important our local businesses are to the success of the Cornell Elementary School PTA. Some donate items regularly to our events, others host fundraisers for Cornell, and some open their places of business for our kids’ field trips. Since 1995, Mojgan Fahima and her brother-in-law Behnam (Ben) Mirabdul have been printing flyers, posters, and forms for Cornell Elementary at very special rates at their shop, Copy Express, at 1164 Solano Avenue. Mojgan’s and Ben’s respect for the town of Albany has driven thei...
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Cornell Crew: Our Volunteers Who Make it Look Easy . . . and Beautiful!

Cornell Crew: Our Volunteers Who Make it Look Easy . . . and Beautiful! By Rachael Stryker, Cornell PTA VP of Events  [caption id="attachment_579" align="alignright" width="150"] Cornell Crew: Kevin and Adlai Reindl   [/caption] Have you ever heard of the motivational quote, “Successful people make it look easy”? The same might be said for fantastic schools like Cornell Elementary. But the truth is that it takes a lot of work to keep Cornell Elementary looking beautiful and running smoothly. One of the keys to Cornell’s safe and fun play yards, neat hallways, and class...
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Making Some Fun at Cornell’s Annual Winter Craft Fair

[caption id="attachment_567" align="alignright" width="150"] Winter Craft Fair Organizers: Petra Martin, Danielle Eichner, Melanie Mickelson, and Jen Dyment[/caption] Making Some Fun at Cornell's Annual Winter Craft Fair By Rachael Stryker, Cornell PTA VP of Events  Look at most kid magazines these days and you’ll see that Junior Makers’ Fairs are all the rage. Well, Cornell has been sponsoring its own for over twenty years. And it’s one that you don’t want to miss next month. “It’s kind of funny. Nobody seems to know how the Winter Craft Fair started, but it’s one of the most popu...
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What Does it Take to Make Cornell Movie Nights a Success?

What Does it Take to Make Cornell Movie Nights a Success? By Rachael Stryker, Cornell PTA VP of Events  The Bollin-Small Family: Ryan, Derek, Kim, and Charlie When Cornell parent, Kim Bollin, volunteered to coordinate her first Cornell Movie Night back in 2013, she didn’t realize how much she’d enjoy running the show. “When the kids come in their ‘jammies, and they lay their sleeping bags and stuffies out on the floor to get ready for the movies, it’s so neat . . . and when there’s a part of the movie that the kids all respond to, they yell and scream together, it’s so fun. It’s a good f...
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The Winter Craft Faire Needs Your Donations!

  The Winter Craft Faire Committee is looking for donations of baked goods to sell at this December 3rd event.   It is also looking for donations beforehand of several crafting items, including: Baby/Mustard/Caper jars with lids, washed with labels and glue removed. Glass jars of less than 20oz with no lids, washed with labels and glue removed. Small Lego figures. Beads. Sequins Tiny shells. Please drop all of your donations in the Donations Box in the Cornell front office. Any questions? Please contact petrasarahmartin@gmail .com Thank You!
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