Cooper P.A.W.S.

Please "PAWS" with us for a Cooper School Update

May 1, 2021

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Cooper School is Celebrating 50 Years!

In the Fall of 2021 we are hopeful that we might bring the entire community together for a formal celebration of our beloved school. As we lead up to that celebration, this school year we have been celebrating our amazing school's 50th year of friendship, community and excellence! Students have engaged in projects such as Through the Looking Glass (reflecting on the past and dreaming of the future) and 50 Days of Fitness.

In planning for our next in school project, the students in kindergarten through second grade have received a cut-out of a hand. Please have your child follow these instructions for participating in the activity. Directions for K-2 Handprint Activity

Cooper's Annual Night of Cultures:

The Night of Cultures will be Virtual this year. Students are encouraged to create a Google Slide about their culture/background/ family traditions. Slides should be submitted by Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 to Mr. Lee ( The presentation will be shared with our Cooper Community on Friday, May 21st, 2021.

Night of Culture Parent Flyer

New Schedule for Remote Mondays:

The WE Return to Learn Committee has provided schools with an updated plan for instruction on Remote Mondays. Each classroom teacher will share their updated schedule with families to ensure parents are aware of the times their children will need to log on. The new schedule includes a shortened time period for the social-emotional learning (SEL) lesson and the class meeting, as well as increased time for direct instruction. If you have any questions regarding your child's new schedule on Mondays, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Security Upgrades:

At Cooper School new cameras and door access systems have been installed which enable staff to see a clear, close-up image of the individual request access to the building. We will continue to implement the security protocols including requiring the individual's Name/ID and the student ID number. The most significant change for our community will be that the Main Entrance will now be located at the front door closest to the tennis courts (where the accessible ramp is located.) Please begin using this entry door for all school business. The SACC doors (Door 7 & 8) will still be used for their programs and the SACC office.

End of Year Activities

  • Virtual Classroom Parties- All class parties will be virtual this year. Parties will be held on Tuesday June 15th 2:00-3:00pm. Our PTA Room Parent Volunteers will host the virtual parties with support from our teaching staff. Please reach out to your class room parent if you would like to assist with this event.
  • Field Day- Mr. Eng is working on plans for our school to participate in the Virtual Open National Field Day. More information will be shared will be shared in the coming weeks.
  • 5th Grade Handprints & Signing Activity- The banners are ready for our 5th Graders to leave their mark on our school and in our hearts. This activity will be combined with a signing activity in which students will complete postcard messages to their classmates, since yearbook signing cannot occur the way we would traditionally do so. This is scheduled for Wednesday June 15th. In the morning for in-person students and afternoon for remote learners. More information will be shared as we get closer to the event.
  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony- Plans are underway to an outdoor, in-person ceremony for students and staff. We will livestream the event for remote learners and families. The ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday June 15th at 9:30am.

District Updates

District Cultural Proficiency, Equity and Character Education: WE Learn Through Service

It is with great excitement that I introduce to you our WE Learn Through Service group that is open to students Grades K-12 within our school district. This group was born from the goals and work of the district’s Cultural Proficiency, Character Education, and Equity Committee. The purpose of this group is to work on service learning projects inspired by our students’ voices to solve community and world issues. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FIRST COMMUNITY SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT.

Reminder: 2021-2022 School Registration Is Ongoing

If you have any friends, family or neighbors with children entering kindergarten, or transferring to CHPS for any grade-level next year, please let them know that registration for the 2021-2022 school year is underway! Because of COVID restrictions, parents are asked to register their children online. Full details are available on our district website.

Summer Programs Available for Students through our STEP Program

Summer Offerings from our STEP Program

District Information

Check out the latest CHPS Postcard for district updates. Click Here to access the district WE Return to Learn Plan


What's Happening:

May ~ Jewish Heritage Month, Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, NJ Military Appreciation Month

5/1: Last Day to Order Yearbooks for K-5

5/3: Material Pick-Up for Remote Learners

5/3-5/8: Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

5/9: Mother's Day

5/9-5/15: Special Education Week

5/12: National School Nurses Day

5/15: Last day for Flower Power online orders

5/18: McDonald's Take Out Night

5/21: Virtual Night of Cultures

5/31: School Closed ~ Memorial Day

6/9: Final Material Pick-Up/Drop-Off for Remote Learners

6/11: High School Clap Out (outdoor event for students & staff only)

6/15: 5th Grade Moving Up (outdoor event for students & staff ~ Livestreamed for families)

6/15: End of Year Virtual Class Parties

6/16: 5th Grade Handprint Activity (AM for In-person/ PM for Remote)

6/16 & 6/17: Early Dismissal for Students Only

6/18: Early Dismissal for Students and Staff (Last Day of School)


Support for Families:

Are you looking for a way to discuss racial justice with your children? This set of resources from Sesame Street provides you with language and parenting strategies to talk with your child about race and racism.

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James F. Cooper School

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