We incorrectly listed the 8th Grade Luncheon as occurring on June 7th. The 8th grade luncheon will be on June 8th.
5/31 – 6/7: HSA Board Elections (Vote here)
6/7: 8th Grade Luncheon (Rain date June 8th)
6/8: Registration for SDP Summer Academic Programs closes (Find more information here)
6/9: Field Day (Order field day shirts here)
6/10: 8th Grade Graduation (Rain date June 13th)
6/10: Last day to complete the parent/guardian District-Wide Survey (complete the survey here)
6/14: Last day of school
Cook-Wissahickon Annual Field Day is June 9th and t-shirts are being made for the event. If you are interested in purchasing a field day shirt please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/w5hhjgCgVSC8HVh1A. Shirts cost $10.00. Payment is due Tuesday, June 7th:
-cash or check (check payable to Cook-Wiss HSA)
Please complete the District-Wide Parent/Guardian Survey by June 10th here. Survey results are used by schools to:
-Design annual plans and secure funding for faculty, staff and materials.
-Address challenges families may face with communication from schools, student attendance, and quality of instruction.
-Ramp up community resources and services that children and families need.
-Celebrate progress and success!
Please vote for the next HSA board here!
-When votes are recorded they will be anonymous and tallied by the nominations committee.
-Voting closes on June 7th 2022.
Find more information here!
Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd-6th
Book Fair May 13th-20th!
General Membership Meeting May 11th
Join us for a general membership meeting! We will be voting on the 2022-2023 Budget and proposed revisions to the HSA Bylaws.
Thank you to everyone who provided input on the budget and bylaws!
View the budget here.
- 5/2 – 5/6 Teacher Appreciation Week
- 5/3: Schools closed for Eid Al Fitr
- 5/4 – 5/5: Math PSSA testing
- 5/9 – 5/10: Science PSSA testing
- 5/11 HSA General Membership Meeting at 7pm via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85931268076
- 5/13: Half day
- 5/17: Schools closed for Election Day
- 5/30: Schools closed for Memorial Day
The April 25th HSA General Membership meeting is postponed. New date and time to be announced.
Please join The Cook-Wissahickon Home and School Association for an HSA General Membership Meeting on Monday, April 25th, 2022 at 7:00pm via Zoom!
We will vote on the adoption of updated HSA Bylaws and the 2022-2023 budget.
Please join the Cook Wissahickon HSA at the Philadelphia Rock Gym on April 23rd, 2022 from 10:00am-12:00pm!
Tickets are $15 per climber. A proceed of the fee is donated directly back to Cook Wissahickon! Please sign up using the link below:
General information on Philadelphia Rock Gym: https://philarockgym.com/prg-east-falls/
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The following resources about race, racism, and anti-racism were shared with School District of Philadelphia staff to encourage and support crucial conversations about these issues.
- NY Times: An Antiracist Reading List
- Anti-Racism Resources
- National Geographic: Talking to Kids About Race
- NPR – Talking Race With Young Children
- Parent Toolkit – How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
- Affirming Black Boys outside the Context of Police Brutality
- 31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
In addition to the the resources Dr. Hite shared with staff, he sent a email to families on 6/3 with more resources “that may help you in your conversations with your children,” He also reminded families that “school counselors and social workers are available via their email addresses and will respond to students and families who reach out. Families can also receive free support from the Philly HopeLine by calling or texting 833-Phil-HOPE (833-745-4673).” You can reach CW Counselor Ms. Getts via email at email@example.com or via phone at 267-536-2860. Find more information here.
The additional resources Dr. Hite shared for talking to your children about race are:
- Talking to kids about race
- How to talk to kids about race and racism, according to experts
- Talking Race With Young Children
- Are Your Kids Too Young To Talk About Race
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice (Southern Poverty Law Center)
- Preparing Young Children for the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities into the Classroom (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
- Resources for Talking about Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids (Center for Racial Justice Education)
- Social Justice (National Association of School Psychologists)
- Talking to Kids About Discrimination (American Psychological Association)
- Understanding Child Trauma
- Age-related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
- Community Violence: Reactions and Actions in Dangerous Times
- Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
School Closures: We know now that our physical school building will be closed for the remainder of the school year based on Governor Wolf’s order that all schools in PA will remain physically closed for the remainder of the year. All learning will be virtual. As of Monday, 4/20, an official Remote Learning Plan starts, but work will still be review. Beginning 5/4, the district will move to a Planned Curriculum with learning picking up where it left off on 3/13. The School District of Philadelphia is working on finalizing a learning plan, but has shared that we are shifting from 4 marking periods to 3, with the 3rd period open through the end of the school year. More detailed information about grading will be shared in the coming weeks. Please continue to check Class Dojo and Google Classroom for updates from teachers regarding a Google Meet schedule and for assignments. If you do not have a Class Dojo account, contact your teacher directly. Each student has an individual code.
Chromebooks: Thank you to CW staff who volunteered to distribute Chromebooks the week of 4/13! They distributed 215 Chromebooks. And, thankfully, many middle school students already had their Chromebooks home with them. Thank you to our staff and to our families for following the distribution directions carefully! It was a smooth and safe process. Please fill out Mr. Lowe’s Parent Survey on Home Learning HERE to help staff understand family needs. If you could not pick up a Chromebook during CW’s distribution, the district shared information on how to still obtain a Chromebook. Find the details here: https://www.philasd.org/coronavirus/chromebooks/. If you need information on obtaining internet access, please visit https://www.philasd.org/technologyservices/gettingconnected/.
Looking for tips on using a Chromebook or accessing Google Classroom, check out the resources Mr. Lowe shared HERE!
Meals for Students. Grab-and-go meal site information for students is HERE.
Graduation Dues, School Photos, Summer Reading, Etc: CW staff and admin are working on plans for all of these. As plans are formed and finalized, we will share details. Stay tuned to our social media pages and these newsletters! Mr. Lowe’s WEBSITE is also a great resource—check it regularly for updates.
HSA Meeting: Our monthly April Meeting was held successfully on Zoom on 4/16. It was great to see so many faces! Couldn’t make it? You can view the recording HERE. PW: m4!1v3Ib. There will be a virtual HSA Fundraising Committee Meeting on 4/22 at 5pm. Get the details on how to join HERE. The next virtual HSA meeting will be 5/21. Details to come!
HSA Elections: All HSA Board Positions are open for reelection this spring. Our Election Committee put a nomination form together If you are interested or know someone you think would be great, please nominate yourself or that person HERE.
Stay Connected: The Friends of CW Facebook Group is a great place to reach out to other families. We’ll continue to share any information we learn on the Cook-Wissahickon HSA Facebook page and @CookWissHSA Twitter Account. You can also follow Mr. Lowe on Twitter: @CookWissSchool