September at CW

September is a busy month at school – here are some dates, events, and news you should know about:


  • Robotics Club: Fourth and Fifth Grade Families: Interested in learning about CW’s first Lego League Team? All interested families MUST register at: Questions? Contact Mrs. Brown (FLL Coach)


2018-2019 HSA Meetings

*Times are subject to change

  • September 6: Hilltown 6:30pm
  • October 4: Cook-Wissahickon 5:00pm
  • November 8: Cook-Wissahickon 6:30pm *PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE/LOCATION
  • December 13: Cook-Wissahickon 5:00pm
  • January 10: Scanlon’s Saloon 6:30pm
  • February 7: Cook-Wissahickon 5:00pm
  • March 7: The Foodery 6:30pm
  • April 4: Cook-Wissahickon 5:00pm
  • May 9: Wissahickon Brewery 6:30pm

Please visit the HSA website for important dates

The 2018-19 School Year at CW

It’s hard to believe the 2018-19 school year is just about a week away. We hope everyone had a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing old friends and new families this year!

Just a reminder that school starts on Monday, 8/27 for all grades. Please note: Before and Aftercare will begin on 9/4. Students will receive information about the program during the first week of school.

Some  important dates to make on your calendars:

  • Thursday, 8/23: 10am CW Kindergarten Orientation in the cafeteria
  • Sunday, 8/26: 4-6pm Kindergarten Mixer (
  • Monday, 8/27: First day of school
  • Friday, 8/31: 12:24 dismissal
  • Monday, 9/3: No School.
  • Tuesday, 9/4: Before and Aftercare will begin on 9/4. Students will receive information about the program during the first week of school.
  • Thursday, 9/6: Home and School Meeting at 6:30pm at Hilltown Tavern. Come out and meet the HSA board members and find out what we do and how to get involved.
  • Monday, 9/10: No School
  • Thursday, 9/13: Back-to-School Night at Cook-Wisahickon. Look for more information coming home from with your student(s) in the first weeks of school.
  • Saturday, 9/15: The Wissahickon Sustainability’s Green Your Home and Community Day from 11am to 2pm at Cook-Wissahickon (
  • Wednesday, 9/19: No School
  • Friday, 9/21: School Selection Process Opens

Uniform Swap – 8/4

We’re hosting a Uniform Swap on Saturday, August 4, at the Pretzel Park Farmer’s Market. You can donate gently used uniforms, pick some up for your student/s, or both. Stop by the CW Table between 10am and 2pm.

Uniform Swap-2

Looking to order embroidered CW uniforms? Download the order form here.

Supply Lists and Summer Reading for 2018-19 School Year

Happy summer! We hope everyone’s summer is off to a great start!

For when you’re ready to starting thinking about the 2018-19 school year, here are the lists of school supplies for each grade:

Kindergarten Supply List

1st Grade Supply List

2nd Grade Supply List

3rd Grade Supply List

4th Grade Supply List

4th Grade Summer Reading

5th Grade Supply List

5th Grade Summer Reading

Middle School Supply List

6th Grade Summer Reading

7th and 8th Grade Summer Reading

End-of-the-Year Events at Cook-Wiss

The last day of school—June 12—is fast approaching, but there are still quite a few big events coming up! And there have been lots of great things going on with our students.

The musical, Music Man Jr., was a huge success. Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. D and the entire cast and crew on an awesome job. And thanks so much to all the staff and parent volunteers who made it possible!

The middle school and elementary schools also won their championship competition in May! Congrats to all involved! In addition to the team awards, 8th-grade student Sarah (who was a lead in the musical) also won best overall soloist!

Congrats also to the girls softball team for winning their division this season! Awesome job! Congrats, too, to the boys baseball team for a great season!

We’re also proud of all the students who recently participated in Junior Model UN and to students who won awards!

And congrats to the student ballroom dancers who brought home bronze in Dancing Classrooms!

Some upcoming dates to mark your calendars for:
May 30: 
Pastries with the Principal at 9:00am in the IMC (for parents)
June 4-7: BOGO Book Fair – Have some time to volunteer to help out with book fair, sign up here:
June 6: Board Game Day (bring your favorite board game to lay with friends 1:15 – 3:24
June 7: Field Day: Please send in form and $10 per student by June 1. Didn’t receive the form? Download it here! Also, check out the list of food donations needed by grade. Thanks!
June 8: 8th Grade Commencement
June 8: Beach Reading Day (Brig a beach towel and your favorite book(s)—1:15 to 3:24
June 11: Kindergarten Move UP day
June 11: Talent Show
June 12: Last Day for Students

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Thanks for Helping Make the 2018 5K a Success!

_DSC0034Thanks to everyone who participated in the 6th Annual Cook-Wissahickon 5K on April 7. Despite some crazy weather predictions for snow, it turned out to be a great day with decent running weather! Thanks to all of the runners, walkers, and volunteers, it was a great event! We’re also very grateful to all of our sponsors—this event would not be possible without their support. The 2018 Cook-Wissahickon Run for Sustainability helped raise funds for the Wissahickon Sustainability Council (WSC). Informally known as Cook-Wissahickon’s Green Committee, the WSC is a 501(c)(3) organization created with the purpose of transforming the school and grounds into an environmentally friendly and more sustainable campus. The next project for the group is depaving and redesigning the main schoolyard to manage stormwater as well as create a beautiful, dynamic, sustainable park and play area for the entire community

Check out the results here!

And check out more great pictures of the event from Ms. Kimmel here.

The following local businesses graciously donated—we are so grateful and would like to recognize our sponsors for their generous contributions!

Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Picture Day and More

Thanks again to everyone who came out to participate this year’s 5K and to all the volunteers who helped make it a big success!


Don’t forget, Monday, 4/9, is Picture Day. Students do not have to wear their uniforms for pictures.

Also, Thursday, 4/12 is the next Home & School Association Meeting at 5 pm in the school library – please join us! Items on the agenda for this month:

  • Meet the New Board Members
  • Recap of Recent Successes and Fundraising Updates: Results of the 5K, NUT Day Proceeds Update, and More
  • Upcoming Events and Volunteer Needs: Dine to Donate Dates, Golf Outing, Movie Night, Field Day, Teacher Appreciation Event, and More
  • Voting: New Fundraising Ideas and Next Meeting Time and Location

Every Tuesday in April, come out to JD McGuillicuddy’s at 473 Leverington Ave. to support the music program – a percentage of your food bill will be donated to the CW Music Program!

Some important dates to keep in mind and mark on your calendars:
April 9: Picture Day

April 10-25: PSSA Exams

Thursday, April 12: HSA Meeting at 5 pm

Sunday, April 22: Dine to Donate at Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. between 4-8 pm

Wednesday, April 25: Family Fun & Fit Night from 4 to 6 pm. There will be a variety of games and activities for families to participate in, such as Healthy Snack Taste Testing, Hop Sack Relay, Yoga Card Station, Wii Dance, and More. If you didn’t receive the flyer in a recent Wednesday folder, download it out here.

Friday, April 27: Half day – 12:24 dismissal. The music department is holding a Paint Party fundraiser from 1-3 that afternoon. Students can stay after the early dismissal and attend the fundraiser and be picked up by 3 pm. The cost is $20 and includes a canvas, painting supplies, and snacks! If you’re interested, fill out the form and send in $20 per student by April 6! It’s a fun event, and supports the music department!
If you didn’t receive a form, you can download one here.

April 30: Prospective Families Open House: Families looking to attend Cook-Wissahickon beginning in the 2018-19 school year are invited to attend the Open House at 9:30 at Cook-Wissahickon

May 2, 3, 4:  Report Card Conferences with 12:24 Dismissals

May 10, 11, 12: The Music Man jr performances. This year, tickets can be purchased online:
password: CookWissTheatre2018