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...
Read More

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...
Read More

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!
Read More

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...
Read More

THANK YOU to our amazing Coyote Fun Run Volunteers!

THANK YOU to our amazing Coyote Fun Run Coordinator Jennifer Basurto (who spent countless hours preparing this event) and her team - Kirsten Piroth, Ping Fahn and Holly Castrillo - for the awesome fun run this past week! Big thanks as well to Coach Joel for playing such a major role in this - we couldn't do it without you! Thanks as well to Ms Duncan for making it happen, to our teachers for being such a good sport and to all the volunteers who came out to help and cheer the kids on. The kids did an awesome job and had a ton of fun running and collecting pledges! Go Coyotes :)
Read More

Thank You To Our AMAZING Dance-O-Rama Volunteers!

A big THANK YOU to our amazing Dance-O-Rama chair Beth Ellis-Dickson and her team for running this fantastic event! The kids had a ton of fun with a lot of dance, games, prizes and craziness! It took countless hours to prepare all this, so again - THANK YOU for doing this for our school! You guys are superstars!! Our Dance-O-Rama Committee: Beth Ellis-Dickson, Danielle Widemann, Tina Chew, Melanie Mickelson, Stephanie Ramos, Cristi Solomon, Jackie Bittner, Karmina Newell, Aubrey Fowler, Jamie Fagan, Andrea Venezia, Lacy Cline, Melany Swift, DJ Sean Bupara and Emcee Coach Joel
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More