Cooks Chronicle

January 2016

A note from Mrs. Miller

Happy 2016! We are off and running in the new year!

Thank you to everyone for helping to make our dismissal a safer place. The transition to a car line has been fabulous!

Next week, we will be having our first Curriculum Night for parents. Our goal is to help keep you informed on what we are working on at school and easy strategies for you to help your children at home. Look for a note to come home with your child on Thursday with more information.

This is also the time of year when we are doing middle of the year assessments with mClass and NWEA. I love this time of year because we get the data that proves that our children are growing! Several people have asked if we are continuing our "20 Together", and we absolutely are! Research tells us that the best way to help your child with their education at home is to read! Reading is the foundation of all subject areas. Remember that reading with your child counts too.

Thank you all for all you do to help make Cooks a safe, caring place to learn!

Dream. Learn. Achieve.

PTO News from Mrs. Cheuk

The Cooks Corners PTO is starting off 2016 stronger than ever! The Art Appreciation program is up and running and we have the Are YOU Smarter than a 5th Grader? Trivia Night and Riley Children’s Hospital Caring and Sharing Week to look forward to in February.

There are many more significant volunteer opportunities for parents and guardians of Cooks Corners students in which to participate before this school year is over. Your student will be bringing home a Spring Parent Volunteer Form for Cooks Corners PTO on bright orange paper this week. Please review the list of committees and their descriptions and check any committees in which you are interested in being a member. If you have questions, contact Amy Cheuk at 548-7309 or If you completed this form in the fall ,your information is still current and you do not need to fill out the form again.

Volunteering for the Cooks Corners PTO isn’t just about giving your time and energy to the school but it is also a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills and get to know your child’s teachers!

Help Porter Regional Hospital Shine

We are calling out to students to help Porter Regional Hospital shine with their art!

Porter Regional Hospital would like children in the community to illustrate what it is that they love about their community.

Students will draw a picture depicting what they love about their community ( 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper). The pictures will be submitted to Porter Regional Hospital for judging. The winner selected will have his/her picture represented as a mural in Porter’s Pediatric Room in the Emergency Department at their 2000 Roosevelt Road location.

If interested, have your child draw a picture and hand it into Mrs. Gathmann in the art room by Wednesday, Jan. 26. Make sure first and last names are written on the back.

Dates to Remember

January 12th - PTO Meeting 6pm
January 15th & 18th - No School
January 21st - Parent Curriculum Night 6pm
February 9th - PTO Meeting 6pm
February 12th & 15th - No school

Afterschool Sports

4th Grade Boys & Girls Volleyball - Tuesdays through February 2nd

5th Grade Boys & Girls Volleyball - Thursdays through February 4th

4th Grade Boys Basketball - Tuesdays beginning February 16th

5th Grade Boys Basketball - Thursdays beginning February 18th

Choir Practice

Resumes on Tuesday, January 19th

Book Rental

Just a reminder, book rental payments are due no later than January 30, 2016. Payments can be made online, through Skyward, or by submitting a check payable to Cooks Corners. Any accounts with a past due balance after January 30, 2016 will be turned over to collections.

School Delay/ Cancellation

If it is necessary to cancel or delay school because of weather or other safety related concerns, the Valparaiso Community Schools will make every effort to notify the public and the media prior to 5:30 a.m. the day of or the day before if possible.

School Delay Start Times for a 2-hour delay for elementary schools is 10:45 a.m. If school is delayed on a Wednesday (Late Start Wednesday) for two hours, elementary school will start at 11:15 a.m. School bus routes will also be delayed two hours (i.e., if your bus pick-up time is normally 6:55 a.m., the adjusted bus pick-up time would be 8:55 a.m.). If you have any questions regarding delays or cancellation, please contact the school office.

Cold Weather Guidelines

It's that time of year again when we need to bundle up! Parents, please make sure that your children dress warmly and are prepared to go outside for recess...coat, snow pants, boots, hat and gloves. We don't want our precious little people to get cold or sick!

Here are the outdoor gear guidelines:

50-60 degrees: sleeves, long pants

40-50 degrees: jackets, long pants

30-40 degrees: heavy winter jackets, long pants, hat/gloves

20-30 degrees: heavy winter jacket, long pants, hat/gloves, optional boots*

20 & below: heavy winter jacket, long pants, hat/gloves, optional boots*

*Snow play: snow pants and boots are required if child wants to walk/play in the snow.

-no boots or snow pants child is required to stay on the blacktop during recess.

Yearbook Pictures

Have some good photos of your kids at a school event? Please consider submitting them for use in the yearbook! We are looking for pictures from field trips, the Harvest Fest, BN book fair, lunch, recess, classrooms, etc. You can upload them directly at:, access code OYZSOD. Any questions, please email Jessica Warren at Thanks!

AR Principal's Club

Mrs. Allison has two students who joined the Principal's Club. Congratulations to Angela Coulopoulos and Chris Fisher!

Car Line Reminders

  • Cars enter through the Campbell Street entrance
  • Form 2 lines parallel to Campbell Street
  • One car will move forward, alternating lines to form one line parallel to the school
  • Please have your name card visible on your visor
  • Yield to the bus

Are YOU Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Trivia Night
Friday February 26 after school until 5pm in the cafeteria.
Be on the lookout for permission slips and sign ups soon.
We will have a small snack. Please inform us of food allergies on the permission slip.
Any questions, contact Johanna @