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Hours & Info

We meet the 2nd Monday of every month at 5:30pm. Childcare is provided.

Kids Only Shopping Extravaganza

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The 17th Annual Kids Only Shopping Extravaganza is only a month away!  On December 3rd CP Smith students will get an opportunity to shop for their families from items donated by you and other community members. We are collecting items now through November 30th.

We are looking for your “white elephants,” garage sale type items that you are ready to discard but that might be a treasure to someone else. We accept all kinds of things; toys, books, games, household, items, tools, jewelry, stationery, gift bags, etc. We ask that you do not donate clothing or stuffed animals.

Here is how the EXTRAVAGANZA works:

-C.P. Smith neighbors and families donate new and used items to be sold at the EXTRAVAGANZA!

-Your donated items can be dropped off in the main office at CP Smith, at 54 Rivermount Terrace, or on the front porch of 100 Dodds Ct. (On the corner of Shore and Dodds) from now until Friday, November 30th.

-On Monday December 3rd, all the students will be given the opportunity to shop for the people on their list.

-The items will cost $0.25, $0.50, $1.00, or $2.00.

-We love donations of gift bags and boxes so we can send kids home with gifts ready to give.

This is honestly one of the best days of the year at CP Smith. You wouldn’t believe how earnestly and carefully students consider what to buy for their families and how much pleasure they get from these donated treasures. It is a joy to behold!

Thank you in advance for your donations and for supporting the C.P. Smith community. We are looking forward to this awesome event! If you have any questions please feel free to contact Karen Ruben at 315-369-8966 kmitchell2ruben@yahoo.com


Help Needed for Bookfair Family Night 11/8

Hello everyone! We’re gearing up for the bookfair next week and could use a few more volunteers to help out at Family Night on Thursday, 11/8. We need  folks to help greet families, keep the books tidy, answer questions, pack up the fair afterwards, etc. Any amount of time that you’re willing to help out between 5pm and 8pm would be greatly appreciated! Follow this link for the signupgenius.   Thank you!

PTO Bylaws


The Bylaws Committee has approved the attached >draft of Bylaws<, which will be voted on at the next PTO Meeting, scheduled for Monday, November 12th 2018.  The Bylaws are intended to introduce some basic rules and guidelines with respect to PTO governance and activities without being overly formal about how we operate.

While there is nothing controversial in the Bylaws (and nothing that can’t be amended by the current or future PTO members), I encourage you to read though them and reach out to me at cpsmithpto@gmail.com with any questions or comments in advance of the next PTO meeting.  Thanks!

Education Funding in Vermont

Education Funding in VT

Have you ever wondered how education funding works in Vermont?  You’ll have a chance to find out on November 15th at Community Discussion: Basics of VT Education Funding.  This is a free event, but you need to register at the link provided.

The details of education funding in Vermont will be presented in a non-partisan, informational manner. This event is NOT about advocacy or the specifics of the Burlington School District budget.

Halloween Dance Friday – Volunteers Needed!

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The dance is almost here!  Friday evening from 6-8pm, the CP Smith gym will be the place to be, with dancing, food, and activities to get you in the Halloween spirit!  But we still need volunteers to help this night go off without a hitch.  Click the link to sign up to help us: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094eaaaa29aaf94-halloween2

Pumpkin Raffle Next Week


Pumpkin Raffle 2018

Next week our Pumpkin Raffle is happening all week before school.  Students will be able to purchase raffle tickets for 25 cents each, and use them to enter the raffle(s) for whichever pumpkin they fancy!  At the Friday Community Meeting, winners will be announced, and they will get to take their pumpkins home that afternoon.

We can’t wait to see what the staff have come up with this year!

Scholastic Bookfair at CP Smith!


WHERE:  C.P. Smith Library

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 7th – 7:30am – 2:30pm

Thursday, November 8th – 8:30am – 3:30pm and 5:30pm – 7:30pm


You can also order online from 11/5/18 through 11/9/18 at http://www.scholastic.com/fair      

NEW THIS YEAR – Set up an “eWallet” for your student!  An eWallet is a new, digital payment option that gives students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair. Parents can pre-authorize a spending amount online, which can be looked up or scanned at checkout. Visit www.scholastic.com/fair to set up!

And finally…we need a few volunteers to help make Family Night a success! Follow this link to read more about it and sign up. Contact Amy Kiviranna (akiviranna@gmail.com, 704-763-3784) with questions. Thanks and Happy Reading!