Spring Break and Beyond

School will be closed April 18, 19, and 22 for Spring Break. We hope everyone has a great break! Check out some of the events coming up at CW after break (don’t forget to get your clearances if you plan to volunteer):

Did you miss the April HSA Meeting? Get the minutes here.
WSC Spring Clean Up on Monday, April 22, with Neighborhood Groups & Schools. Come out to volunteer as part of our Earth Day Clean Up! This clean up is in partnership with other local neighborhood schools. We will pick up trash, weed, mulch, and do other maintenance. Sign up here!
Kids Heart Challenge: Click here to find out more about this event and to sign up!
Spring Movie Night! Join us for Spring Movie Night! We’re showing Jumanji (1995) on Friday, April 26 on our “lawn area” at dusk (doors open at 7)! ($5 for adults/$2/50 for children). Bring blankets and chairs. Concessions availalable. We will need volunteers to make this as smooth as possible! Sign up for jobs like working the concession stand, cooking, selling glow sticks, set up, clean up, and more. Sign up here to volunteer!
12th Annual Autism Expo: The School District of Philadelphia, Office of Specialized Services and the Hill Freedman World Academy are hosting the 12th Annual Autism Expo on Friday, April 26 at the School District of Philadelphia Education Center 440 North Broad Street from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event was organized for parents, guardians and family members to meet with Providers, Legislators, and Parents Support organizations. Our volunteer coordinator set up a page for interested CW families to sign up to coordinate going to the expo here.
Dine to Donate at Hilltown Tavern on April 29 from 6-9pm. 20% of proceeds will be donated back to Cook-Wissahickon Home and School Association.
Math PSSA (Grades 3-8): April 29-30
Beauty and the Beast JR: Come out and see the performances on 5/2,3, and 4! Get tickets now online at Cwbeauty.brownpapertickets.com Password: CookWissTheatre2019. Also, volunteers are needed at performances. Sign up here.
WSC Earth Day Celebration on May 7 with CW Classes. Volunteers can expect to serve in various capacities to aid the WSC team and partner organizations throughout the day. Volunteer here to help!
Phillies Game: Join CW Families for a fun night cheering on the Philadelphia Phillies on 5/17. The CW Choir will be singing the National Anthem! Order tickets now. Lost the order form? Download it here

CW Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on 5/10
We need help to make this year’s Teacher Appreciation Breakfast on May 10 a success—we need donations and volunteers to help with set up, serving, and/or clean up! Please take a moment to view our sign-up sheet to see what roles interest you. Thank you!

Other Reminders:

District-wide Survey: Your opinion wanted! Parents/guardians and students are encouraged to take the District-wide survey. Click here to complete the survey.
50th Anniversary Fundraiser: Help us reach our fundraising goal—contribute to our 50th Anniversary Fundraiser! We’re raising money to improve the outdoor basketball courts, support student activities, and fund teacher continuing education. Donate here via PayPal (add memo line: CW-HSA Fundraiser 2019). Or send cash or check payable to Cook-Wissahickon HSA to school in an envelope marked “HSA.” Thanks to all the families who have already donated!

PSSA “Pump Up” Spirit Week

The Cook-Wissahickon Middle School Student Government (SGA) is sponsoring the PSSA “Pump Up” Spirit Week on April 8-12! Students should dress appropriately for what the SGA has planned for the week:

  • Monday: College/University Day
  • Tuesday: Tropical Day
  • Wednesday: Pajama Day
  • Thursday: Favorite Movie/TV Character
  • Friday: Color Day
    • 8th: Black
    • 7th: Red
    • 6th: Green
    • 5th: Purple
    • 4th: Yellow
    • 3rd: Orange
    • 2nd: Pink
    • 1st: Blue
    • Kindergarten: Rainbow

April 2019 at Cook-Wissahickon

Important Dates
4/1-5: BOGO Book Fair. Click here to check out the schedule for when classes will visit the fair and to set up an ewallet (this is a great tool—no need to remember cash the morning of the fair and any change is deposited directly back into your bank account or to your credit card). Please remember that the books are taxed, so include a little extra to cover those costs! You can also sign up to volunteer here—we’re still in need. You must have completed all your clearances and have them on file at school in order to volunteer! Thanks in advance for your help.
4/2: Yearbook Club for Middle School Students 8:15-8-45 am and 3:30-4:30 pm. Yearbook Club will meet every Tuesday in April, and 5/7, if needed. See Ms. Kimmel with questions.
4/3,4,5: Report Card Conferences and 12:24 Dismissal. (Stop by the HSA table when you come in for conferences! We will be there to receive clearances you’ve been working on. Beauty & The Beast JR tickets will also be on sale. You can also buy online at Cwbeauty.brownpapertickets.com Password: CookWissTheatre2019)
4/3,4,5 & 6: Musical Set Build—the theater department is looking for volunteers to help build the set for Beauty and the Beast JR during the ½ days and on Saturday! Sign up here if you can help. Dress appropriately for manual labor and be prepared to use your hands!
4/4: HSA Meeting at A Tutti Ristortante Italiano located at 5154 Ridge Ave. Come out for dinner and stay for a meeting at 6:30 or just come for the meeting—HSA will provide some light food (first-come, first served)!
4/8: Riverbend trip for grades 1, 2, and AS 1 and 2
4/11: Grades K-2 Marchiano’s Fundraiser Orders Due
4/12: 12:24 Dismissal
4/12:Orders for Shout-Outs for the Beauty and the Beast JR program due! Or fill out the Google Form!
4/13: WSC Clean up Day with help from Jefferson University Volunteers. Sign up to help!
4/15-17: ELA PSSA (Grades 3-8).
4/16: WSC Meeting 6:30 at Foodery
4/17: WSC Meeting 4pm at CW
4/18,19, & 22: No School – Spring Break
4/22: WSC Spring Clean Up with Neighborhood and other Schools. Sign up here to help
4/26: Spring Movie Night! Sign up here to volunteer!
4/29-30: Math PSSA (Grades 3-8).

Stay Up-to-Date: If you know someone who is not receiving HSA emails, please forward this and ask them to sign up here to be added to the list.
Volunteer Clearances: Interested in volunteering at events for the remainder of the year, like Book Fair, Field Day, Choir Trips, etc? Please make sure you have all your clearances so you’re eligible to help! Thanks to all who have completed or started this process—we have 81 volunteers 100% cleared!

Congratulations to the Wissahickon Sustainability Council for winning a pledge of support from the McLean Contributionship for $25,000. This money will be used to begin greening the main schoolyard, particularly around the back fence line, adding trees and native plants as well as new seating. To find out more about the schoolyard greening project and to give feedback on the design, visit https://cookwisswsc.com/our-plans/

It’s hard to believe there are just over two months left of the school year! We know the next few weeks are going to be busy and there are a lot of fun events coming up, but we want to take a moment to thank the CW community for its continued support! Our February Scholastic Book Fair was one of our most successful book fairs ever—thanks to all the volunteers and all the families who bought books. We raised 2600 in Scholastic money for school, which Mr. Lowe reported will cover purchase of all Summer Reading books. The Choir’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner was a great event! Thanks to the choir families and CW staff who volunteered to help raise money for the choir, as well as to the many families who came out to support the cause! Thank you to all the students and families who participated in our special Valentine’s Day NUT Day! We raised $300 for Friends in Pink, a local charity. The March Spicy Belly and Tony Roni Dine to Donate nights were also successes. Thanks to everyone who came out! And thank you to the Wissahickon Sustainability Council for their work securing grants that will help improve the CW grounds! They also regularly hold clean-up days to pick up trash, maintain the meadow and gardens, and keep the grounds looking good! We’d also like to thank the families who have contributed to our 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign!

50th Anniversary Fundraising Drive
Please donate to our 50th Anniversary Fundraiser! We’re grateful to all who have contributed so far! The money raised so far is going toward replacing the basketball poles and adding backboards and nets in the schoolyard! The money will also be used to support student activities and teacher continuing education. Click here to donate to our fundraising drive via PayPal (add memo line: CW-HSA Fundraiser 2019). Or send a check payable to Cook-Wissahickon HSA and to school in an envelope marked “HSA.” Thank you for your support!

Looking Ahead

  • 5/1-2: Science PSSA (4th and 8th grade only)
  • 5/2-4: Beauty and the Beast JR Performances (Keep your eye out for a link to buy tickets online soon!)
  • 5/7: WSC Earth Day Celebration with CW Classes. Volunteer here to help!
  • 5/16: Spring Evening of the Arts
  • 5/17: CW Choir Performing at the Philadelphia Phillies Game (Ticket Orders Coming Soon!)

CW Uniform Sale: Orders Due 3/4

Has your student gone up a size? Or do you want to get ready for the warmer weather with short-sleeve t-shirts and CW shorts? Looking for a new hoodie? Don’t miss this chance to order CW Gear! There are also adult sizes available!  Download the order form here. Orders are due on March 4!

**All proceeds from this order will go to learning & autistic support classrooms.**

Show Your Love This Week at Cook-Wissahickon

Special Valentine’s Day NUT Day Fundraiser

Thursday, February 14—Valentine’s Day—is a free NUT Day for students. However, CW teachers and the HSA invite students to wear pink and donate $1 (or whatever you wish) to help us support Friends in Pink, a local nonprofit group that raises funds to help those in the Roxborough Manayunk community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Send money in a sealed envelope marked “Valentine’s Day NUT Day” or pay via Paypal!

Send Your Teacher a Special Valentine’s Day Treat

Thinking of sending your student’s teacher a Valentine’s Day treat? Wondering what they want or need? See if they have an Amazon Wish List! You can support teachers by purchasing items on their lists. If your teacher doesn’t have a wish list, encourage them to work with the HSA to set one up!

Thanks for your continued support!

February at CW

Important Dates

  • 2/1: 12:24 Dismissal
  • 2/1: If you want to pay ahead for NUT Days for the rest of the year, $19 is due today! Please send $19 in an envelope marked for the HSA with your child(ren)’s name(s) and room number(s) and a note that this is for NUT Days! You can also pay via Paypal—include all the info mentioned above in the space for special instructions!
  • 2/1: Last day to send in donations for CW’s Food Drive
  • 2/6: Middle School Choir Trip to Opera
  • 2/6: First Scrabble Club Meeting for 5th Grade at 3:30 in Room 105 with Mrs. Lee
  • 2/7: HSA Meeting at 6pm at Cook-Wissahickon – Find past minutes and agenda here
  • 2/8 Music Department Spaghetti Dinner – Sing up to volunteer or donate at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4cafaf28a0fc1-2019
  • 2/12: Open House for Prospective Families from 10-11am at Cook-Wissahickon
  • 2/13: Middle School Dance
  • 2/18: No School
  • 2/19: Wissahickon Sustainability Council Meeting at 6:30 at The Foodery Roxborough or
  • 2/20: WSC Meeting at 4:00 at Cook-Wissahickon
  • 2/20: Fire Safety Assembly
  • 2/20: Dine to Donate at the Spicy Belly (3847 Terrace St.)

Spaghetti Dinner

The Cook-Wissahickon Choir is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on February 8 in the school cafeteria form 6 to 8 pm! Choir families will be serving pasta, meatballs, bread, and beverages. Come out and support them—tickets will be sold at the door ($8 for adults, $5 for children)! If you’d like to donate or volunteer, sign up here!

Congrats to the WSC!

Congratulations to the Wissahickon Sustainability Council on winning a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The funds for this will be used to create a more accessible path to the outdoor classroom with pavers! 

Thank You!

The CW HSA Board would like to thank all of the wonderful CW families and friends who have been so supportive of the HSA and our school this year! 2019 has been off to a great start thanks to all of you!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the 2019 Evening of the Arts, which featured the work of CW middle school students and what they’ve done as part of the Middle School Choice program, as well as performances by the CW Choir and some of the elementary school homerooms! We can’t wait for the Spring Event featuring more CW students! Thanks to the teachers and staff who made the event happen, to everyone who came out to support the students, and to all the volunteers who made it a success!
Our January Dine to Donate event at Couch Tomato was a success! A big shout out to all the families who came out and ordered take out to support the HSA and help us raise $120! We hope to see you at this month’s Dine to Donate event at the Spicy Belly on 2/20!
Thank you to the parents in each homeroom working hard to grow the Classroom Parent Program to help enhance communication within each grade!
We’d also like to thank the families who have contributed to our 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign! We’ve had a great response so far and the campaign is still going strong! Click here to donate to our fundraising drive via PayPal (add memo line: CW-HSA Fundraiser 2019). Or, you can send a check payable to Cook-Wissahickon HSA and send it to school in an envelope marked “HSA.”
Thank you to all the volunteers who coordinated this year’s Book Fair and to all those who are assisting with running the store this week!

Cook-Wissahickon Food Drive

Cook-Wissahickon school is holding a food drive to help support parents and community members who have been affected by the government shutdown!

Now through February 1 (especially during parent-teacher conferences), canned and/or non-perishable goods can be left in the lobby, and any cash donations can be left in the office. All will be brought to North Light Community Center!

Volunteer Orientation: 1/31

Are you interested in volunteering at Cook-Wissahickon but not sure if you have all the needed clearances in place? Join us on Thursday, 1/31 from 12:30-1:30 at the school.

You can complete the required paperwork and clearances, including:

  • Volunteer Orientation Certificate
  • Volunteer Code of Conduct
  • Child Abuse History Clearance
  • State Criminal Background Check
  • Volunteer Affirmation (may only take the place of FBI Background Check if you have lived in PA for 10+ years)

Can’t make it on January 31? No problem! You can complete the orientation and find all the necessary paperwork on the FACE website. Just visit https://www.philasd.org/face/volunteer/

Not sure if you’re already cleared to volunteer? Email David Furioni at cwvista@phennd.org or Dan McGurk at cookwisshsa@gmail.com.

Call FACE liaison John Holland at 215-400-5878 with questions.

January 2019 at Cook-Wiss

We hope everyone had a great Winter Break! Happy 2019! Here’s a look at some events coming up this month:

  • 1/2: School resumes after Winter Break
  • 1/10: HSA Meeting at 6:30 pm at Scanlon’s Saloon – find last month’s meeting minutes here
  • 1/15: WSC (Green Committee) Meeting at 6:30 pm at the Foodery
  • 1/16: Dine to Donate at Couch Tomato from 11 am to 10 pm. Dine in or take out! Use the code CookWiss when ordering. Invite friends and family!
  • 1/17: 2018-19 Winter Arts Showcase from 6-8 pm at CW
  • 1/18: No School
  • 1/21: No School
  • 1/24: Parent Meeting for Students in Musical
  • 1/21 from 9 am to 2 pm: Join the WSC along with volunteers from Villanova and Jefferson to help with a school grounds work day. Kids welcome—come from whatever amount of time you can help. Sign up here. Cancelled due to weather. Rescheduled Date TBD.
  • RESCHEDULED 1/29: K-4 musical featuring 5th grade at 2 pm in the Cafeteria
  • 1/28-2/1: Book Fair! Click here for details, including the schedule for when classes will shop. Create an account to sign up to volunteer, shop online from 1/23-2/5, or even create an e-wallet that students can use to shop instead of sending cash! Book fair will be open to parents during conferences, too!
  • 1/30: 12:24 Dismissal – Report Card Conferences
  • 1/31: 12:24 Dismissal – Report Card Conferences
  • 1/31: Join the WSC for a fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen on City Ave! 20% of your check will go to supporting Wissahickon Sustainability Council’s efforts to green and maintain Cook-Wissahickon’s outdoor spaces and provide educational opportunities for students. Bring this flyer to be sure that your meal is included in the fundraiser.
  • 2/1: 12:24 Dismissal – Report Card Conferences


  • HSA Membership: Thanks to everyone who has already joined! If you haven’t yet – it’s not too late. Join Now!
  • If you know someone who is not receiving HSA emails, please forward this and ask them to sign up here to be added to the list.

Volunteer Needs
Thanks to everyone who has volunteered so far this school year—there were many events and volunteer needs in 2018 and we’re so grateful for your help! Interested in volunteering in 2019? Please make sure you have all your clearances so you’re eligible to help!

50th Anniversary Fundraising Drive

The Cook-Wissahickon School will be celebrating its 50th birthday during the 2019 school year! To honor the occasion, we are asking each family to contribute $10, $25, or $50. Our goal is to raise $4,000 from Cook-Wissahickon families and relatives. Those funds will be used to improve the basketball courts, support student activities, provide funds to teachers so that they can offer more learning tools to your children, and offer scholarships for summer learning opportunities for our teachers, with the larger goal of strengthening and building on the 50-year history of our wonderful school. Every family that contributes will be listed and thanked on our web page! Click here to donate to our fundraising drive via PayPal (add memo line: CW-HSA Fundraiser 2019). Or, you can send a check payable to Cook-Wissahickon HSA and send it to school in an envelope marked “HSA.” Thank you for your support!

Looking Ahead
2/7: HSA Meeting at 6 pm at Cook-Wissahickon
2/8: Music Department Spaghetti Dinner
2/18: No School
2/19: WSC Meeting at 6:30 pm at The Foodery