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Welcome to Friends of Princeton Charter School!

Friends of Princeton Charter School (“Friends”) is a 501c(3) non-profit corporation, established in 1997. It is a Parent-Teacher organization (“PTO”) dedicated to support the charitable purposes of enriching the educational outcomes of the children enrolled in Princeton Charter School (“PCS”).  

100% Volunteers, all parents/guardians of PCS students welcome to participate. 

Friends Meetings: Meetings held 2nd Thursday of each month at Marsee Center at 8:30 am. Check PCS Newsletter

Volunteers: Friends is 100% volunteers -Parents, Guardians, Faculty & Staff of PCS. We welcome any time or support you can give. We will work with your schedule. Please join us! Fill the form here or send email to president@pcsfriends.org. 

Needs:

  • Website/Tech Program Support

  • Annual Benefit Gala Spring 2022 (varying time commitments and roles)

  • Party board Hosts

  • Lunch Volunteers support

  • Homeroom Parent by grade (year-long role)

  • Book Fair (Fall & Spring)

  • Picture Day (Sept 22)

  • Family Picnic

  • Pie/Flower Sales

  • Spirit Wear Program

  • Faculty Appreciation Lunch

  • Special School Event Support / Hospitality

  • General Fundraising Campaigns & Ideas/ Business Sponsorship

Friends Fundraising: Friends raises funds through many activities throughout the year. 80% of our fundraising activity comes from our annual gala event. (Virtual family event last year) Other key fundraisers are Party Boards, Picture Day, Book Fairs, Family Picnics, Amazon Smile, McCafferty Receipts, PCS Days at local businesses, Princeton Perks Card, Scrips gift cards, Spirit Wear sales, Flower Sales, Holiday Pie sales, Yubbler, Employer matching programs, and parent/community donations and sponsorships.

Friends Funded PCS Programs (2020-2021)

  • COVID REMEDIATION

    • 100 Chromebooks / 82 Samsung Tablets (1:1 for all students)

    •  HEPA Air Handlers

    • Teacher Large Monitors

    • Special Training for Teachers/Faculty

  • Funding for Clubs/Teacher Programs (Plimouth Plantation, Early Settlers/Lenape, Science Bowl, Chess, Hawks Camp)

  • “Hero” the Hawk Mascot costume, launch our mascot for the first

  • Halloween Parade Goody Bags for all students

  • Holiday Gifts for all teachers/staff

  • Princeton Community Christmas Tree Decorating (PCS was the winner!)

  • Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts/Banners

  • Field Day T-shirts and Activities for all school event

  • Kindergarten Ice cream social

  • 8th Grade Graduation (refreshments, Pictures, After party)

  • 4th Grade Moving Up (refreshments/decorations)

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Families Support (Funded Schools Supplies, Book Fair, Picture Day, special events)

  • School social Media advertising

  • Scholastics dollars for classroom library books

  • PCS Endowment Donation (Infrastructure)

Friends Current Fundraising Campaign 2021-2022:

New buildings and expanded classroom space was funded, however we do have budgetary gaps on the necessary investments for outdoor play and seating areas. Friends of Princeton Charter School will be taking lead on a fundraising campaign, “Outdoor Campus Experience”, to ensure we have necessary outdoor areas that offers the environment and enrichment in support of our children, faculty, and community.

Campaign is focused on 3 key areas:

Outdoor Basketball Court           $32,000

Outdoor Playground                     $52,000

Outdoor Seating                            $6,000
Total Targeted Fundraising Goal  $90,000

*As of August 2021 we have raised $53K*

 
  • Make a birdhouse with Ms Diamond!

    Thanks to the parents, teachers, and our 50 little artists, the birdhouse event was successfully hold on 3/20. More party events will be coming in April and May. Stay tuned!

  • SPRING FLOWER SALE@ PCS

    SPRING FLOWER SALE@ PCS: Support our school by purchasing beautiful spring flowers in time for Easter and for planting your spring garden!  If you wish to purchase flowers for a teacher or staff member, you will have the option to indicate for whom you are purchasing flowers on the checkout page.  Orders due by Monday, March 22nd.  Pick up at the school on Tuesday, March 30th.  Friends will arrange delivery to PCS STAFF/TEACHERS.  To order flowers or more details, please go to: SPRING FLOWER SALE @ PCS


  • PCS PRINCETON PERKS DISCOUNT CARD

    PCS PRINCETON PERKS DISCOUNT CARD COMES TO PCS: Sale through April 30th!  For just $25, the discount card provides families a 10% discount (or more in some cases) on your purchases at over 50 participating retailers and restaurants in Princeton, until December 31, 2021!   Note: Some restrictions and limitations may apply. Buy one for your family or as a great gift for friends and neighbors!

    • Purchase your card HERE
    • Cards will be distributed 7-10 days after purchase, so purchase them soon!
    • Current participating businesses can be found here: https://www.princetonperks.com/   The list is expanding as more businesses are becoming aware and are joining this new program. A printable flyer with the listed businesses will be sent out in next week’s newsletter.
    • FAQ’s can be found here: https://www.princetonperks.com/faqs 
    • Princeton Perks Discount card on sale until April 30th

  • Thank you Teachers!

    Friends members have organized some special ways to thank our wonderful teachers at the end of this remarkable year.

    The parents sponsored spirt wear were delivered to the teachers, all in gift bags.

    All staff, including the speech teacher, social worker and cleaning staff, have received special thank you gifts from Friends.

    Thank you for all the supports. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy New Year.

  • TECH TALK: Managing Family Life Online with Industry Leader Lynette Owens

    EXCLUSIVE PCS TECH TALK: Managing Family Life Online with Industry Leader Lynette Owens. Join us on Sunday December 6th @ 7pm via Zoom when returning speaker, Lynette Owens, Founder & Global Director Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families Program, will be hosting a tech talk exclusively for PCS parents/guardians.

    Managing Family Life Online looks at how 2020 has been a year that has challenged us to rethink how we live, work, interact, and view the world. Join us for a conversation about the opportunities and challenges our families and kids’ have experienced with technology due to COVID-19. From TikTok to Zoom to Roblox, hear some best practices about helping your kids strike a healthy balance of screen time during the school year. Bring your questions! Zoom info will be sent out next week.