Annual Events

These events happen every year, providing enriched opportunities for families and pulling us together as a community.


Spooky Social

The Spooky Social is a great family event held on the grounds of CPNS. Carnival type games, sweet treats, great costumes and more await you at this old fashioned, neighborhood event. Billed as one of the few appropriate events for children aged 3-5, the Spooky Social attracts families throughout the community.


The Winter Holiday Concert will showcase your children’s singing talents as each class presents 2-3 songs that they have learned and rehearsed. With a full spread of breakfast delights, the children can immerse themselves in holiday crafts and enjoy the spotlight, providing a wonderful experience for the whole family.

Annual Auction: Our annual auction and evening out fundraiser. This year it will be held upstairs in the church banquet room and will include food, drinks, dessert, dancing and fabulous auction items.


Parent Education SPICE Speaker. CPNS is a member of Sequoia Parents in Co-operative Education (SPICE). This organization annually hosts a high caliber parent education speaker. In recent years:

  • 2017 Kathy Masarie is a pediatrician who left her medical practice eight years ago to found a non-profit organization, Full Esteem Ahead, where she serves as Program Director. Kathy now is working as a Parent and Life Coach, leading parenting classes and working one-on-one with adults and teens.
  • 2016 Erica Reischer, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, speaker, and parent educator. Dr. Reischer's writing about children and families appears in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and The Atlantic. She is also the author of the best-selling book, ""What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive,"" which has been translated into nine languages.
  • 2015 Alfie Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators — as well as parents and managers — across the country and abroad.
  • 2013 Dr. Laura Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. But she's also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want. Dr. Laura is the author of the books Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting and Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings:How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life. The founding editor of, Dr. Laura also serves as a parenting expert for many websites.
  • 2012 Christine Carter, Ph.D. is a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center. She is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (Ballantine Books, 2015) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents(Random House, 2010). A former director of the GGSC, she served for many years as author of its parenting blog, Raising Happiness."


San Carlos Hometown Days Parade is an annual community event in which CPNS is an active participant. Marching each year, the CPNS children and their families cover close to a mile from the San Carlos Library to Burton Park, with flags raised, CPNS t-shirts on, and smiles worn from ear-to-ear. Culminating at the Hometown Days Festival, CPNS often has a face painting booth staffed by our own CPNS parents.


Halloween Camping

All School Picnic. The final official event of the school year, this bittersweet event is held in a local park and offers families one last chance to share a leisurely afternoon with friends and classmates.


Pizza Nights. Periodically, CPNS families gather at a local pizza restaurant to share a meal, a song and some laughs.