January at Cook-Wissahickon

After an even shorter week back to school after winter break, things are starting to get busy. Here’s a look at some upcoming events and other news!

Wednesday, 1/10: Interim Reports Grades 3 to 8
Thursday, 1/11: Home & School Association Meeting – 5pm in school library
Friday, 1/12: Pretzel Order Form Due
Monday, 1/15: MLK Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
Monday, 1/22- Friday, 1/26: Jump Rope for Heart and American Heart Association RePlay programs (Check your student’s backpacks for more on the programs from Ms. Hagan, and for collection envelopes. Last year, CW raised $2,070 – help our school raise even more this year!)
Wednesday, 1/24: Winter Concert at 1:30pm in the school cafeteria

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We need your help to win the Dannon $25,000 Grant Contest! Through Project Fit American, we can win an exercise workout circuit that will be installed in our schoolyard! Four schools will win! Please vote now and every day until the contest ends: http://danimalsshopriteschoolcontest.young-america.com/#/home/splash



Fun Friday News
Beginning this month, students will earn points for coming to school every day and demonstrating good listening skills in the classroom! Students who come to school every day will earn 10 points toward their 20 point total. Students rewarded 10 more points for being active listeners in the classroom will be rewarded on Fun Friday:

K to 2: Movie on Friday, February 2
3 to 5: Movie or Activity or Friday, February 9
6 to 8: Move, Dance or Extra Recess on Friday, February 16

Looking Ahead:
Wednesday, 2/14:
12:24 Dismissal – Report Card Conferences
Thursday, 2/15:
12:24 Dismissal – Report Card Conferences
Friday, 2/16:
12:24 Dismissal – Report Card Conferences
Monday, 2/19: Presidents’ Day – SCHOOL CLOSED

December at CW


We hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving break! Here’s a look at some of the exciting things going on at Cook-Wissahickon in December:

Friday, 12/1: Science Fair
Friday, 12/1: LuLaRoe Fundraiser: The LuLaRoe bus will be in the schoolyard from 3:30-5:30pm  https://www.facebook.com/events/282737842247313/
Thursday, 12/7: Night of the Arts at CW from 6:00-7:00pm in the gymnasium. K-5 students will perform various songs, skits, dances and more, highlighting the wonderful arts programs. Kindergarten, first, and third grades will drum along to the music while keeping physically fit. First and second grade will perform a dance. Fourth grade will show off their robots and our fifth grade will perform an original snow skit. The show will conclude with a performance by the middle school bucket drumming ensemble and the little Trebles and Crescendos chorus. Doors open at 5:45 and students should report to the recess doors at that time for to sign in. Mr. D is requesting help from parents to assist with concessions, monitoring children in classrooms, and to serve as ushers. (Note: Parents who volunteer will be able to watch their child perform!) http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f45a8a72bab9-evening
Friday, 12/8: Half day with dismissal at 12:24
Saturday, 12/9: Flapjack Fundraiser for Choir from 8:00-10:00am at Andorra Applebee’s. All are welcome. Buy tickets with this order form.
12/9-12/17: Shop at Five Below and support the CW Choir. Bring this FiveBelowFundraiser form!
12/11-12/15: Music Man Jr. Auditions after school from 3:25-4:25pm
12/11-12:15: Holiday Shop
At our annual fundraiser, students will have a chance to shop for gifts for their family and friends. The kids love this annual event, but to make it a success we need volunteers like you to help keep our shop running smoothly. You’ll work the cash registers and assist our students with purchasing items from their shopping lists. Thank you to anyone who is able to contribute their time!
CANCELED: Thursday, 12/14: Home & School Meeting at 5:00pm in the library.
Friday, 12/15: Last day to donate—the fifth grade class is leading a school-wide Food Drive for North Light Community Center.
Wednesday, 12/20: Wissahickon Sustainability Council Meeting at 4:30pm in library.
12/25-1/2: Winter Break – No School

Also, save the date for the morning of December 6th for a training for classroom volunteers! Stay tuned for more information regarding this training from Mr. Lowe.

A look ahead:
Wednesday, 1/3: Students Return to School After Winter Break
Thursday, 1/11: “On with the Snow” Winter Musical; Shows are only during the school day.
Monday, 1/15: No School (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)




Call for Science Fair Judges

iPraxis needs School Science Fair Judges!

Location: Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School, 201 E Salaignac St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Date:  Friday, December 1, 2017

Times: Morning Shift 8:15 AM -12 noon         Afternoon Shift 12 noon – 4 pm

A continental breakfast will be provided for morning judges and lunch will be provided for afternoon judges. Dress is business casual.  Please do wear a lab coat if you have one, or other uniform or accessory associated with your profession.

Sign up by clicking on the link below, or email Aja Clark at aja@ipraxis.org. They need to know if you are volunteering for the morning, afternoon, or entire day, so please make sure you check the appropriate box.


If you know somone else who may be able to help, please click here and share this flyer!

November Pie Fundriaser

The Home & School Association is having a Pie Fundraiser (This fundraiser also supports SAUL high school where the pies are freshly baked by students!).

The Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale Orders are due November 15th. Pies will be
sent home with the children November 22nd. Payment is required with your order form.

Pies are $12.50 each:

Old Fashioned Apple
Dutch Apple
Apple Caramel Walnut
Apple Crisp
Sweet Potato Crunch
Strawberry Rhubarb
Mango Strawberry

Apple Cider (Gallon) is also available for $7.00

November at CW


Happy November! Lots going on this month, so mark your calendars:
Sunday, 11/5: 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Rescheduled 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 if you can make it!
Monday, 11/6:
School Selection Open House (For Families Considering Cook-Wissahickon) at 9:30 am
Tuesday, 11/ 7: No School (Election Day)
Thursday, 11/9: Pizza with a Purpose (Bring this flyer if you dine at California Pizza Kitchen on City Line Ave. for lunch or dinner and 20% of your check will be donated to the Green Committee)
Thursday, 11/9: HSA Meeting (5-6 pm)
Friday, 11/10: No School (Veteran’s Day)
Monday, 11/13: School Selection Closes
Wednesday, 11/15: Wissahickon Sustainability Council (Green Committee) Meeting at 4:30 pm
Thursday, 11/16: Please join current parents for a question/answer session with prospective CW parents at Hilltown Tavern at 6:30pm. Please help spread the word!
Monday, 11/20: 12:24 Dismissal and Report Card Conferences
Tuesday, 11/21: 12:24 Dismissal and Report Card Conferences
Tuesday, 11/21: Honors/Second Step Assembly for 1st Marking Period for Middle School at 9 am
Wednesday, 11/22: 12:24 Dismissal and Report Card Conferences
Wednesday, 11/22: Honors/Second Step Assembly for 1st Marking Period for Grades 1-5 at 9 am
Thursday, 11/23: No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Thursday, 11/23: CW Choir Performing at the Thanksgiving Day Parade
Friday, 11/24: No School (Thanksgiving Break)

Looking Ahead:
Thursday, 12/7: Evening of the Arts (Come see how the expressive arts come alive at CW through music, arts, technology, and physical education)
Friday, 12/8:
12:24 Dismissal
12/25-1/2: No School (Winter Break)


The Harvest Festival and More End-of-October Events

The 6th Annual Harvest Festival art fundraiser is Thursday, October 26 from 4-6pm in the cafeteria.

  • $10 for 50 tickets: Pre-register by returning your slip to your homeroom teacher or  Ms. Kimmel’s mailbox in the office. Student names, homerooms, and grades must be provided as well as amount of tickets with correct amount of money!
  • Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for 40!
  • Tickets can be used for pumpkin(s) painting, light food and refreshments, a card-making craft station, and games and prizes.
  • If you can volunteer, please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050f45a8a72bab9-harvest

Also happening this week:

  • Monday, October 23: SLA Beeber will be visiting 8th Graders at CW (Parents of 7th and 8th graders welcome).
  • Wednesday, October 25: Orange out day – Bullying Prevention ($1 to dress down – wear orange!)
  • Wednesday, October 25: Central High School will be visiting 8th Graders at CW (Parents of 7th and 8th graders welcome).
  • Friday, October 27: Half day. All students dismissed at 12:24. No aftercare!
  • 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!


Looking Ahead:

Tuesday, November 7: No School (Election Day)

Friday, November 10: No School (Veteran’s Day)

Report Card Conferences and 12:24 Dismissals: November 20, 21, and 22

Thanksgiving Break: November 23, 24


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 (https://www.philasd.org/studentplacement/services/school-selection/)

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 teacherp103@gmail.com.  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.