School Board Candidates Forum

The Irvine Unified Council PTA (IUCPTA) hosted a school board candidates forum on October 5th.  There are six candidates running for three open seats.  If you are interested in hearing more, the video of the forum is on IUCPTA’s website.  The candidate’s statements are also on the website.  The candidates responded to the following 10 questions.  The first 3 were from IUCPTA and the rest are from the audience.

Candidates Forum Questions:

  1.  In what ways have you participated in the LCAP?
  2.  Did you support Measure E?  Why or why not?
  3.  What do you think are the educational gaps or weaknesses in the district and what are its strengths?
  4.  Some old schools were closed and relocated to new development areas. This destroyed the village concept of the original master plan.  Will you support IUSDreopening some of the old schools to restore the village concept so that people can walk and bike to school?
  5.  What is your position on prop. 55? And why.
  6.  If all of a sudden the district budget were to increase by 20%, what would you do?
  7.  What would you do to improve math curriculum so that integrated math will work to assure all students are getting the math that they need?
  8.  Does the separation of longstanding classmates and school-based communities due to high school redistricting concern you? If so, what is your plan to address the issue that is currently facing numerous middle school students and their families who are being separated from their school communities.
  9.  What are your goals for being on the school board? Why did you decide to run?
  10.  What would you do to improve safety at the schools?

It’s not too late!  You can still register to vote through Oct. 23rd for the Nov. 8th election!



College Park Barnes & Noble Night on Wednesday Oct.19th!

Come support our school on WEDNESDAY, October 19th at Barnes & Noble in The Market Place.   Almost all purchases in B & N will support our library including toys, cafe purchases, and of course books!  Students will be performing starting at 3 pm and for every $10 spent in B&N, you earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of prizes including gift cards, toys, movie tickets, Legos, and more!  
Enjoy a night off of cooking and dine at The Melt or California Pizza Kitchen as a portion of our sales will go back to the PTA.  Both restaurants are located across the street from B & N.  BE SURE AND BRING THE FLYERS (see links) so that your purchases benefit the College Park PTA and school library.     

October 17th-21st is Red Ribbon Week

Hi College Park Families,

Red Ribbon Week logo

October 17th-21st is Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week serves to promote a drug-free lifestyle and making good choices. Our students will focus on how to make good choices by respecting ourselves and others, offering kindness, maintaining honesty, and being responsible.

You can learn more about the history of Red Ribbon Week by following this link: http://redribbon.org/about/

Fundraising Dinner at Ruby’s Diner

Wednesday, October 12th, from 2pm-9pm

Ruby's Diner

Ruby’s Diner
4602 Barranca Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92604
*Please let them know you’re there on behalf of College Park Elementary. *

Donations will go to Irvine Prevention Coalition. More info is available at http://www.irvinepreventioncoalition.org/

Fun Activities During Red Ribbon Week

Monday, October 17th – “Team up against bullying!” and wear your favorite team shirts/jerseys;
Tuesday, October 18th – “Follow your dreams” and wear pajamas
Wednesday, October 19th – “I’m too bright for drugs” and wear bright or neon colors
Thursday, October 20th – “Friends don’t let friends make wrong choices” and dress the same as a friend
Friday, October 21st – “Turn your back on drugs” and wear your clothes backward for the day

Pennies For Prevention

Please send ONLY pennies! The school will earn $1 for every pound of pennies. The winning class will get popsicles on the end of each day. On Friday, the winning class for total amount of pennies will win super lunch and a piece of red licorice.

Thank you for your support,
Miki Bunnell, Gina Hays and Agnes Hahn
PTA Red Ribbon Week


Support College Park PTA by Linking your Ralph’s Card!


Registration for the Ralph’s Program Begins on September 1st, 2016

Please help support the College Park PTA by linking your Ralph’s Card!  It will help us raise funds all year round! Participants are required to register for the new term online at www.ralphs.com or by calling 1-800-443-4438 starting September 1, 2016.

ALREADY LINKED?  They require we all do it each year again starting in September so don’t delay!  Even if you registered as recently as June, July or August 2016, you are required to register again beginning September 1st.

NEW THIS YEAR!!  As of September 1, 2016 the Scan Bar letters are no longer valid.  The Scan Bar letters will no longer work at the register.  This is a great time to create an online account or re-enroll using your existing online account.

Registering your Ralph’s Club Card is quick and easy…

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Website Registration Instructions


ONLINE NOTE:  We have a secured website, these procedures apply to everyone who has not entered their email address and assigned a password.

  1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
  2. Click on ‘No Account’ Register
  3. Follow the easy steps to create an online account
  4. You will be instructed to go to your email inbox to confirm your account
  5. After you confirm your online account by clicking on the link in your email, return to www.ralphs.com and click on ‘Sign In’, enter your email address and password.
  6. View all your information and edit as necessary.
  7. Link your card to your organization by clicking on: a. Community Rewards – Enroll b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organization’s name d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process.


(This means that you have already entered your email address and assigned yourself a password)

  1. Log in to www.ralphs.com
  2. Click Sign In
  3. Enter your email address and password
  4. Click on ‘Your Name’ (In the top right hand corner)
  5. View all your information and edit as necessary
  6. Link your card to your organization by clicking on: a. Community Rewards – Re-Enroll b. Type your NPO number or Name of your Organization c. Remember to click on the circle to the left of your organizations’ name d. Click on Enroll to finish your enrollment process

Read more about the program on Ralph’s website: Ralph’s Community Contribution Program


The College Park PTA Jog-A-Thon is Coming Up!

Our Jog-a-thon will be held on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016!

100% of the funds raised from the Jog-a-thon benefit College Park kids! Something new this year is that pledges will be made online only.


The Jog-a-thon is our school’s major fundraiser, so we need the parents & friends of College Park to get involved and support our students!


What is a Jog-a-thon?  The Jog-A- Thon is College Park’s largest fundraiser where families, friends and neighbors pledge money to support the students as they jog or walk in the Jog-A- Thon, which takes place during your child’s regular school day. College Park students run (or jog, walk, skip, etc.) laps around a running track during a 30 minute time period (Kindergarteners run for 20 minutes). All students will participate as part of their regular physical fitness program, unless there is a medical reason why the student should not participate.

Why are we having a Jog-a-thon? Our PTA provides many fantastic programs for our students like Art, Assemblies, Family Nights, Lunch Time Activities, Reading Counts, World’s Fair, and more!  In order to continue providing these programs, our goal is to raise at least $20,000, but ANY donation is welcome!  If every child raises $50, we can reach our goal and more!  ALL of the money raised will go directly into PTA-sponsored programs that enrich our students’ experiences at College Park

How do we raise money?  In the next few weeks, each student can obtain pledges in support of his/her Jog-a-thon efforts.  Pledges can be made as a one time donation, or on a per lap basis.  Please help your child collect pledges through your child’s webpage.  You can email family, relatives, friends, co-workers, etc. for support right from the webpage.  Posting on social media is another option!  No time to ask for pledges?  You can make a donation instead! Please keep in mind that we can meet our school goal if each child raises $50.

How does it work?  This year donations can be made by clicking on the link below.

  1. Click or copy the link https://99pledges.com/fund/collegepark/addme to register your child. If you have more than one child, you need to register each child separately by clicking on the same link.
  2. Name = Enter Child’s Name.
  3. Email = Enter Email. You will be sent your own personal website for your child after registration.
  4. Group = Select Teacher Name-Grade. The teacher’s name and grade are already pre-loaded, just select the teacher. This is important so we can determine the top class, etc.
  5. Select Add and you are done!
  6. You will be sent your child’s own registration webpage. Once you are emailed your child’s own webpage, you can then Donate!
  7. On your child’s webpage – You can also email family, relatives, friends, co-workers, employers, etc. for support right from the webpage.  Post on social media (optional).
  8. Track your child’s progress!

FINAL PLEDGES ARE DUE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH so be sure to register your child as soon as possible!!

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS NEEDED! There are many opportunities to help out with this event before, during, and after! The room parents will send out a volunteer list for the day of the event.  If you, or the company you work for, would like to donate items as prizes, please email Erika Griggs at griggspta@cox.net. We are also looking for companies that wish to be a sponsor of this event and have their logo on the back of the custom jog-a- thon t-shirts.

Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

After the Jog-a-thon, students will have the opportunity to earn prizes as a way for the PTA to say “thank you” for their hard work in helping their school and turning in their pledges on time.