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
  • 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

Not sure if you’re already cleared to volunteer? Email David Furioni at or Dan McGurk at

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

Holiday Shop

Students will have a chance to shop and buy gifts for friends and family this week—12/10-13! See schedule below for times classes will be visiting the Holiday Shop.* Students who want to shop should bring money in an envelope on their scheduled day!
If you’d like to volunteer, there are still a few open spots—please sign up here.

Pretzel Orders for 1/8-3/12

The Cook-Wiss HSA coordinates the sale of soft pretzels every Tuesday during the school year for students and staff members to purchase. Each pretzel ordered costs $.50 and must be pre-ordered by the deadline to ensure your child will receive a pretzel. Pretzels are delivered to the students on Tuesday mornings before their lunch period.
Payment, along with the Pretzel Order Form, should be sent in an envelope marked with the student’s name and amount enclosed. The amount in the envelope must be exact. NO REFUNDS or change! You can pay by cash, check payable to Cook Wiss HSA, or PayPal
If paying by PayPal, please write your child(ren)’s name(s) in the memo line and indicate that it’s for Pretzel Orders.

December News & Events

Important Dates

  • 12/10-13: It’s Holiday Shop time! Students will have a chance to shop and buy gifts! If you can volunteer, please sign up here. Be on the lookout for a schedule of when each class will have the opportunity to shop. Students who want to shop should bring money in an envelope on their scheduled day!
    12/11: Dress Rehearsal for All City Choir at Temple Performing Arts Center from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.
    12/12: All City Elementary and Middle School Choral Concert at Temple Performing Arts Center at 7:00 pm. This event is FREE to attend!
    12/13: HSA Meeting at 5 pm at Cook-Wissahickon. All are welcome to attend and learn what’s new with fundraising, the Class Parent Program, the 5K, and other big events. Find minutes from past meetings here.
    12/14: Science Fair for grades 4-8. Do you have a background in science, medicine, engineering, or education? iPraxis, which partners with our school, is seeking volunteers to help judge the science fair projects. You can sign up to help in the morning (8:15 am to 12 pm), in the afternoon (12 pm to 4 pm), or all day (8:15 am to 4 pm). Breakfast and lunch are provided depending on your volunteer slot (both if you volunteer all day)! Sign up here
    12/15: Join the Choir for their fun Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s in Andorra from 8 to 10 am—choir students will serve you pancakes! Tickets are $10. Want to volunteer or sign up to donate a gift basket? Sign up here.
    12/15: Good luck to the Wiz Kids, our First Lego League team, heading to Central High School for their Qualifier to compete against 36 other teams in Philadelphia!
    12/18: Join the Wissahickon Sustainability Council for a meeting at 6:30 pm at The Foodery in Roxborough or at the school on 12/19 at 4 pm.
    12/21: Dental Day. is coming and will be offering a full range of dental services to all students who return the consent form that was sent home with students in November.
  • 12/21: Pretzel Orders for 1/8-3/12/19 Due. 
    12/24-1/1: Winter Break – No School


Volunteer Update

We want to thank everyone who has volunteered so far this year—for events, field trips, and for other school needs! We appreciate all you do to support Cook-Wiss!
Interested in volunteering? Please make sure you have all your clearances and then click on any of the choices below to sign up!

Giving Thanks!
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Special NUT Day on 11/21! We raised $240 for the North Light Community Center!
Thank you, too, to the Wissahickon Sustainability Council and the volunteers who participated in a school grounds clean-up day last month! They weeded, raked, picked up trash, and built a new bench for the front of school!
Congrats to the CW Choir for their perfomance in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade! They were awesome!

November at CW

The next few weeks are busy at Cook-Wissahickon. Below is a rundown of what’s coming up and a few important notices:

  • 11/6: Election Day – No School
  • 11/6: WSC Clean-Up Day: Join the Green Committee from 9:30-12:30 for a clean-up day of weeding, maintenance, and help building a new bench for the children’s play area! Kids welcome! Sign up here!
  • 11/7,8,9: Report Card Conferences and 12:24 Dismissals
  • 11/8: HSA meeting at 6:30 at Cook-Wissahickon (please note the updated day and location for this month’s meeting!). Join us for our monthly HSA meeting—all are welcome! Check out the agenda here and find past meeting minutes here! Come out for a discussion about fundraising goals, to vote on where the money is going, and more. Questions or comments? Email us.
  • 11/12: Veterans Day – No School
  • 11/13: Family Fun & Fit Night from 5-6 pm for Grades K-2 in the CW Gym
  • 11/14: Family Fun & Fit Night from 5-6 pm for Grades 3-5 in the CW Gym
  • 11/15: Family Fun & Fit Night from 5-6 pm for Grades 6-8 in the CW Gym
  • 11/15: All City Rehearsal for Elementary & Middle School Choir at Tilden
  • 11/17: Give Kids Sight Day
  • 11/21: Thanksgiving Day Parade rehearsal at the Art Museum for Choir
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • 11/22: Choir performing in Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • 11/27: WSC Meeting at 6:30 at Foodery Roxborough or
  • 11/28: WSC Meeting at 4:00 at CW
  • 11/28: All City Rehearsal for Elementary & Middle School Choir at Tilden

HSA Membership: If you aren’t a member yet, it’s not too late. Join Now! Classes with 90% participation by 11/9 will win a pizza party!

School District Survey: Love or hate the new earlier start (and end) to the school year? Wish Spring Break were still a full week? Now is your chance to share your thoughts—the district is asking for feedback. Take the survey.

Classroom Parent Program: We are in the process of kicking on our 2018-19 Classroom Parent Program! This program helps with so much, from organizing donations for the teachers, volunteering for field trips, and helping to increase parent involvement in our school—but we can’t do it without you!  So far, we have substantial coverage in K, 1st, and 2nd grades, and have leaders identified for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. We still need leaders for Middle School. The CW HSA will be staffing a table this Wednesday & Thursday during the parent-teacher conferences. If you are interested in getting involved with this program in any way or have questions, please stop by. If you have any other questions, ideas, or concerns, please stop by. We’d love to hear from you! You can also always email the HSA or our volunteer coordinator with any questions.

Volunteer Corner: Do you want to volunteer at CW this year? Please make sure you have all your clearances and then sign up for what you can help with! Check out our current needs here.

Parent & Community Advisory Council: The Philadelphia Board of Education is looking for applicants for its newly created Parent & Community Advisory Council. Interested? You can get more information or apply online here. The deadline for applying is November 9. The application should only take about 15 minutes to fill out.

Donate Games to the Afterschool Program: The CW Afterschool program wants to update its supply of games and activities for students. If you have new or gently used games you’d like to donate, please consider giving to the afterschool program. See Ms. Smith for more details or questions! Thanks!

Note of Thanks From the HSA President: A huge thanks goes out to all the volunteers and guests who braved the sudden change in the weather to join us in the schoolyard for our Movie Night featuring Beauty and the Beast. Movie night would not have been as much fun without the great crowd. And the crowd would not have had an event if not for all of the volunteers. It means a lot to me to see everyone enjoying their night together back at the school. It’s super encouraging to see all the families together, meeting each other, and coming out for a good cause. Thanks to PA Rep Pam DeLissio for coming out and talking to our families. Thanks to Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym for sending her support. All told we raised $934.24 for improvements in the Cafetorium to support our Cook-Wiss Theater Department.
Thanks also to all those who came out for and volunteered for the Art Department’s 7th Annual Harvest Festival! It was a great evening!

—Dan McGurk, HSA President