Call for Volunteers: Harvest Fest and Clean Up Day

Interested in volunteer opportunities with Cook-Wissahickon? We have 2 upcoming events in October that we’d love to get some assistance with.
Thursday, October 26 from 4:00-6:00 pm: Harvest Fest
This fun school event will have games, crafts, and food for the kids – and raises money for Cook-Wissahickon’s art department. Please visit the link below to see what help is needed and to sign up to help!
Sunday, October 29 from 10:00 am-12:00 pm: School Grounds Clean Up 
Please come help the Green Committee with weeding, cleaning up raised beds, sealing the new benches for the children’s outdoor classroom, and trash clean up. All you need to bring is a pair of work gloves! Snacks and water will be provided. Please use the sign up form below if you can make it!
Thank you – we hope to see you there!

School Selection and High School Visits to CW

The school selection process opens Friday, Sept. 29 through Monday, Nov. 13 (

Presenters from various High Schools are scheduled to speak to our 8th graders on the following dates from 10:15-11:00am:

  • Friday, 9/29: Central High School
  • Monday, 10/2: Carver High School
  • Monday, 10/9:  Bodine High School
  • Tuesday, 10/17: Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice

Families of 7th and 8th graders are welcome to attend these sessions.

Thank you!

Weekly Wednesday Message (9/20)

Please be sure to read this week’s CW Wednesday Message!

Important Upcoming Dates:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017: No School – Rosh Hashanah
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017: No School – Rosh Hashanah
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017: Interim Reports
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017: HSA Meeting in the IMC (Time to be posted ASAP)
HSA Meetings will be held the second Thursday of each month.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017: Family Movie Night – 6:30pm, School Yard
Proceeds will benefit the Music Department.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER, 14, 2017: Choir Sings @ Temple v UConn at Lincoln Financial Field
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017: Pink Day – Benefits Susan G. Komen
#CWCares Dress down day for breast cancer awareness. A Cook-Wissahickon limited edition pink shirt will be available to purchase. See order form in today’s Wednesday Message folder.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017: Harvest Festival – 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Come paint a pumpkin, play some games, have some food, and wear your costume! All
proceeds will benefit the Art Department.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2017: EarlyDismissal – 12:24pm
Oct-Dec Pretzel Order Form due 10/1
EVERY FRIDAY: No Uniform Today (NUT) Day – $1.00 to dress down

Special Announcements:
High School Applications
The High School Application Process is open from September 29, 2017 to November 13, 2017.
Marsha Weiford, school counselor is leading the process for 8th graders with weekly counseling classes on high school selection.
Scheduled High School Visits (Parents are Welcome):
Presentations are held in the IMC
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017 @ 10:15 – Central HS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017 @ 10:15 – Bodine HS


Cook-Wissahickon’s Green Your Home and Community Event – 9/16

Come out Saturday, 9/16, from 10am to 1pm for the Green Your Home and Community Event. Learn about the Wissahickon Sustainability Council and the ongoing efforts to green our school. There will be activities for kids, a native plant sale, and more!

On Saturday, Sept. 16th, 10am-1pm the Wissahickon Sustainability Council and the Home and School Association of Cook-Wissahickon Elementary and Middle School will host “Cook Wissahickon’s Green Your Home and Community,” a community event with a native plant sale, crafts, prizes, educational activities, recycling, healthy snacks, a chance to explore our outdoor classroom, and information and feedback collection on the next phase of the school’s greening plan.  All community members and Cook-Wissahickon families are invited.  The event will be held in Cook Wissahickon’s school yard, or in the gymnasium in the case of rain.

During the past school year Cook-Wissahickon’s Green Committee (also known as the Wissahickon Sustainability Council or “WSC”) worked to improve the outdoor classroom situated in its native meadow at the front of the school building.  Funded by the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund and Councilman Jones’s office, the meadow features plants and flowers native to eastern Pennsylvania.  The purpose of the meadow is to be a unique educational resource for the school, manage storm water (thereby reducing flooding and improving Philadelphia’s drinking water), act as a natural air filter, attract wildlife, and extend the habitat of nearby Fairmount Park.  In the coming school year, we will be submitting grants to expand the amount of green spaces to other areas of the school yard.  Any funds raised at this event will go toward this project.

Our school has won numerous grants and awards for our work to create a sustainable landscape by retrofitting our school campus including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Community Greening Award, the Schuylkill Scholastic Student Award, and a Keystone Energy Efficiency Award for environmental stewardship.  Cook’s meadow project is being featured in a new Community Design Collaborative publication and being used as a model in the Manayunk/Roxborough neighborhood.

Want more information about this event or to get involved?  Please email Mrs. Powers at  Items that we will be accepting for recycling include hard drives, electronic cables and accessories, cell phones, laptops, bar wrappers lined in silver, Entenmann’s Little Bites bags, any brand empty toothpaste or floss containers, used toothbrushes, and batteries.  We will not be accepting desktop computers or tvs.

September at Cook-Wiss

Here are a few important dates to mark on your calendars for September:
9/5: First day of school for 1st through 8th grades
9/5: Kindergarten Orientation (9:30-10:30)
9/12: First day of Kindergarten
9/14: Back-to-School Night (5:30-7:30)
9/14: 2017 Eighth grade reunion (yearbook gathering) (4:30)
9/16: Cook-Wissahickon’s Green Your Home and Community Event (10-1)
9/19: High School Information Night at Shawmonth School for 7th and 8th Grade Families
9/20: Wissahickon Sustainability Council Meeting (4:30-5:30)
9/21: No School (Administrative Offices and Schools Closed)
9/22: No School (Administrative Offices and Schools Closed)

August Uniform Orders

Interested in ordering uniform shirts, gym shorts, sweatpants, or sweatshirts with the embroidered CW logo? An order is being placed on Monday, August 14. If you would like to place an order, please email before then. You will receive a confirmation that your order was received and will be notified when the uniforms arrive. Orders will be in before school starts. Download the order form here or send an email to with description, quantity, and size. Payment will be due at time of pick up.

Also, as a reminder, all school supply lists and summer reading assingments can be found at

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Summer Reading & 2017-18 Supply Lists

Happy summer! We hope everyone is enjoying their first full week of summer!

For when you’re ready to starting thinking about the 2017-2018 school year, here are the lists of school supplies for each grade as well as summer reading assignments if they were assigned!

Grade 1 Supply List

Grade 2 Supply List

Grade 3 Supply List

Grade 4 Supply List

Summer Reading: Grade 4

Grade 5 Supply List

Middle School Supply List

Summer Reading: Grades 6, 7, 8

There is no supply list for Kindergarten students. There will be a kindergarten orientation on September 5 at 9:00am

Save the Date: 2nd Annual Field Day is on 6/15

The 2nd Annual Cook-Wissahickon Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 15!

Get ready for a day filled with fun, fitness, and games.

This year’s Field Day costs $10 per student* and covers all food and games, plus a limited edition field day shirt (White vs. Maroon depending on homeroom)! Shirts are required to participate in the games. Please check your student(s)’ backpacks for a flyer that came home with information and a t-shirt order form. The form and $10 are due by Friday, May 26. You can also download the form here!

*Please email if the cost of field day is a hardship for your family. Our goal is for every child to participate!

Thank You to Our 2017 CW 5K Sponsors

We are so grateful to all of our supporters and would like to recognize our sponsors for their generous contributions!

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Cooper Hill Real Estate
Councilwoman Helen Gym
Dr. Stephen Slawek
Merge Dance Studio
Stanley’s True Value Hardware & Rental

Action Karate
Brian Biggs
Goals Fit
Healthy Kids Running Series
Ms. V (Dj Neeek Nyce)
Neighborhood Yoga
Philadelphia Runner
River City Outpost
Tasty Twisters

May Happenings at CW

The end of the school year is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean things are slowing down at Cook-Wissahickon! Mark your calendars – you’re not going to want to miss out on some great events coming up this month:

Thursday, 5/4, and Friday, 5/5: Alice in Wonderland Jr. 6pm
Friday, 5/5 – Friday, 5/12: Mother’s Day Gifts on sale in Art Room ($1-$5)
Saturday, 5/6: Alice in Wonderland Jr. 1:30pm
Wednesday, 5/10: Interim Reports
Tuesday, 5/16: No School – Election Day
Saturday, 5/20: Annual CW 5k for Literacy
Tuesday, May 23: HSA Nomination Forms Due
Friday, 5/26: Half Day – 12:24 Dismissal
Monday, May 29: No School – Memorial Day

And, looking ahead, 2nd Annual Field Day will be held Thursday, June 15!

Register now for the 2017 Cook-Wissahickon Run for Literacy on May 20th at 9:00am (rain or shine). Join your classroom team when you register. The classroom with the most team members will win a pizza party for the class, plus a gift card for the teacher! Runners and walkers are welcome! Please register online or by sending in this 5K Flyer 2017! If you can’t make it or have family or friends who can’t make it, you can still support the cause by making a donation! Thanks in advance for everyone’s support!

Also, the CW HSA elections are coming up. Check your student’s backpack for a nomination form. If you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved or running for a position, please fill out the nomination form (you can nominate yourself!). We are always looking for new friends and new ideas to make our school better! All nomination forms are due by May 23! Email the Nominating Committee at or call the school and leave a message for the HSA with any questions!

Please be sure to take the Parent and Guardian Survey. Student ID # can be found on the report card or on the survey letter sent home on April 19!