About the HSA

We are parents and guardians of students in Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School committed to working together to strengthen our school community and enrich our children’s education. Together with our school’s teachers, staff, and other community partners, we play a large role in the success of our school.

Over the past few years, our Home and School Association has:

  • Raised money to offset the costs of field trips, school supplies, and events
  • Paid for a new playground, benches, and picnic tables
  • Coordinated annual events including book fairs, the holiday shop, teacher appreciation luncheons, and Fun and Fit Day
  • Won grants to green our school campus and to install a kiln in our art room
  • Established community partnerships with local universities and other organizations
  • Run parent-led after-school clubs
  • Coordinated parent volunteering in the classroom

Please join the HSA – download and fill out the 2020-2021 Membership Form or fill out the Google Form. All parents, guardians, and community members are welcome.

Every parent and guardian is encouraged to attend meetings, volunteer, and become a voting member of the Home and School Association. Suggested dues are $5.00 per year. Every parent and guardian is encouraged to attend meetings and share their ideas and determine how we can best serve the school and our students. Teachers and staff can also join.

2020-21 School Year Officers are:

  • Alyssa Butler, President
  • Elyce Castillo, Vice President
  • Marian McFeeters, Treasurer
  • Janine Simick, Recording Secretary
  • Gina Snyder, Fundraising Coordinator
  • Kelci Kabinoff, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Nikki Thiemann, Activities Coordinator
  • Liz Fitzgerald, Correspondence Secretary

About the HSA

Alyssa Butler, President – I am the mother of an incoming 3rd grader and Kindergartener.   I have been a Philly public school teacher for 15 years. I love the Cook-Wissahickon community.  The students, parents, staff and principal are dedicated and are an amazing team!  I am so happy to be a part of the Cook-Wissahickon community! 

Elyce Castillo, Vice President – I have two children at Cook-Wissahickon: Holden Blank (4th Grade) and Abram Blank (2nd Grade), and a daughter Margot in preschool. I’m currently a board member of the District Family Engagement Action group for the Office of Family and Community Engagement within the School District of Philadelphia, a member of the Philadelphia Board of Education’s Advisory Council and have served as a member of the Cultural and Identity Inclusive Committee for SDP as well. I also serve on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the College of Public Health at Temple University where I’m employed, and am an active member of Reclaim Philadelphia, (specifically working toward decarceration of youth efforts). I am a huge advocate of the Philadelphia Public School District, and have truly loved being immersed in the Cook-Wissahickon school community.

Marian McFeeters, Treasurer – I have three girls at Cook-Wissahickon, Marian in 6th grade and twins Sarah and Bridget in 3rd grade, and all have been at CW since Kindergarten.  I grew up in Philadelphia and attended John Story Jenks (now Jenks Academy of the Arts) in Chestnut Hill. I have been a part of the Roxborough community for over 20 years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and doing many things connected to our Irish heritage including music, dance and sports.

Janine Simick, Recording Secretary – I am originally from Doylestown (Bucks County) but moved to Philadelphia when I started at Temple University in 2004 and never left. I have been teaching for the past 12 years, and I am currently an 8th grade Math teacher. I love living in Roxborough, and I love Cook-Wissahickon! Our school has a great sense of community, and I love seeing all of the friendly faces around the neighborhood.  My daughter Kelsie is in second grade. Kelsie and I enjoy visiting different parks, restaurants, museums, etc throughout the city, and we also try to travel as frequently as possible. Kelsie is a very active person and participates in Roxborough’s gymnastics, dance, and softball programs. In first grade, she was part of Cook-Wissahickon’s musical, which was a great experience for both of us. We have made some wonderful friends within the school and I love everything that the school has to offer.

Gina Snyder, Fundraising Coordinator – We have two boys at the school – 5th and 6th Grades.  I am a non-profit consultant, who works in the community development field.  I ran the East Falls Development Corp. and was a lawyer who worked for people who could not afford to hire a lawyer.  My family and I lived in Marseille, France for a year to absorb French culture and language.  We now enjoy the region’s gardens and arboretums.  This is my second year as Fundraising Coordinator.  I am thrilled at the business community’s support of the school.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have ideas on how to support our children through fundraising.  

Kelci Kabinoff, Volunteer Coordinator – I’m a 28 year old stay-at-home parent with two children: Annika (7) and Jules (4). In our free time, you can catch us on the soccer field with Roxborough United. I joined the HSA because Cook-Wissahickon has a strong parent community, and it’s such a great opportunity to be part of that.

Nikki Thiemann, Activities Coordinator – I have been a high school math teacher for the last 15 years and also work as the route coordinator for the Million Dollar Bike Ride.  My hobbies include cycling, rock climbing, paddleboarding, and woodworking.  My wife and I have twins that will be in first grade at Cook-Wissahickon this year.  In our spare time, we like going for family hikes and bike rides, swimming at the pool, and having movie night.  I joined the  HSA because I believe that the best way to help your child’s school become even better is by being involved.

Liz Fitzgerald, Correspondence Secretary – I am a mom to a second grade student, Susan, and a four year old preschooler, Joseph. My husband and I have lived in Roxborough for 11 years. I am a librarian at the Free Library’s Parkway Central Library. In addition to serving on the HSA, I’m also on the board of PhillyCAM, Philadelphia’s public media access network, and C-CAP, Philadelphia’s chapter of Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. I am thrilled to be a member of the HSA as a way to be invested in the community that is Cook-Wissahickon.