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Come Celebrate Cornell Readers this Winter at our Books Inc Holiday Shopping Night and Annual Book Fair!

By Rachael Stryker Winter is coming. And if you like Game of Thrones, you know that means it’s time to put on your armor. But if you’re a Cornell family, then you also know that it’s time to dust off your reading glasses, because ‘tis the season for our festive Books Inc Holiday Shopping Night and annual Cornell Book Fair! [caption id="attachment_976" align="alignright" width="150"] Cornell's 'Guardian of the Books," Our Own Ms. Staton[/caption] There is probably no one better to teach us about the history of these two beloved events than everyone’s favorite Teacher Librarian at Corne...
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Pull up a Chair! It’s Time for Cornell’s Annual Friendsgiving International Potluck!

Rachael Stryker [caption id="attachment_959" align="alignright" width="150"] Friendsgiving International Potluck Coordinator, Thanya Suwansawad[/caption] Friendsgiving International Potluck Coordinator, Thanya SuwansawadLabor rights leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez has said: “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him . . . the people who give you their food give you their heart.” Indeed, when Cornell parent, Thanya Suwansawad, was approached in 2014 by fellow parent and former event organizer, Joanna Manqueros, to carry on the beloved tradit...
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Coming Up is our big fundraiser for the PTA at the WESTBRAE NURSERY PUMPKIN PATCH!

The Annual Westbrae Nursery Pumpkin Patch benefitting the Cornell PTA is here again!   Pumpkins will be on sale starting at the end of this week at Westbrae Nursery at 1272 Gilman St.  An amazing 100% of proceeds go to benefit Cornell!  The Nursery has been an incredibly generous friend to our school — last year, this fundraiser produced $8700 for our kids!  So please buy all your pumpkins at Westbrae and spread the word!  It’s such an easy and fun way to support Cornell.  Also, stay tuned for more information about the Pumpkin Patch Party to be held at the Nursery on October 22.  It will feat...
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Congratulations to Audrey Phan, winner of this year’s PTA coyote coloring competition!

Thank you to all who entered out PTA coyote coloring competition. This year’s winner is: Audrey Phan. Congratulations to Audrey and her classroom! All entries are displayed in the main hallway of the school, just outside the office. All entries were so awesome it was hard to pick a winner, so to show our appreciation every child will be receiving a small gift from the PTA. Go Coyotes!
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It’s All about Kids at Cornell! A Welcome Interview with Coach Joel Gildersleeve

By Rachael Stryker Welcome back to Cornell, everyone! And a special welcome to our new Kindergarten families! Every year, the Cornell Elementary PTA sponsors over twenty fundraisers and community-building events for the school. Are you wondering what kind of spirit and dedication it takes to make them a success? Well, there is probably no better person to help show you how it’s done than Cornell’s own Coach Joel Gildersleeve. From designing obstacle courses for our fall Silly Olympics to hosting the annual Halloween Parade, from emceeing our springtime Cornell’s Got Talent! to helping kids m...
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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] 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 annual Run-a-Thon. Even as an adult, I can remember going door-to-door to c...
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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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