Cooper P.A.W.S.

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May 28, 2023

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Cooper School Announcements

Evening of the Arts- Tuesday 5/30

The Cooper Evening of the Arts (Spring Concert & Art Show) will take place this Tuesday May 30, 2023. Students are reminded to bring their instruments to school on Tuesday.

Event Overview:

Daytime Assembly for students and staff

5:45pm Doors Open for the Art Show

6:15pm APR Doors Open for the Spring Concert

6:30pm Spring Concert Begins

Kindergarten Parent Information Evening

On June 8, 2023 at 6:30pm, we invite the parents and guardians of our incoming kindergarten students to join us for a Parent Information Evening. This is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the Cooper Staff Members who will interact with your child next year. Please note that this event is for the parents. There will be additional opportunities for the students to come and see the school prior to the start of the school year.

High School Senior Clap-Out

We are thrilled to once again welcome graduating seniors who attended Cooper Elementary School on June 15th at 1:30pm for our annual Senior Clap Out. If your child would like, he/she may create a sign or poster to celebrate the seniors as they travel through our halls of Cooper School one final time.

High School Students and families will park in the side parking lot and meet behind the school near Door 9

Student Placement for 2023-2024

Please take a moment to review this optional survey which provides families an opportunity to share feedback which may assist us in creating our tentative class rosters for the upcoming school year. Click here to complete the survey.

New/Gently Used Clothes Needed

Our School Nurse has requested the following to help our students: girls and boys pants in new/gently used condition sizes suitable for K-2 students, and new underwear in sizes suitable for K-2 students. We are particularly in need of sizes 5-7 of boys and girls pants.

Please send items to school in a bag labeled "NURSE." If you have any questions, please reach out to

Important Information Regarding Summer Meal Programs

This flyer is to encourage families that have NOT applied for the 22-23 SY free meal program an opportunity to have summer benefits from the Federal Government Program. The application deadline is June 16th. Click here for the summer meal flyer.

Here Comes the Sun...and Heat!!!!

As the summer weather approaches, it is important that all students are prepared. This week is likely to reach 90 degrees. We will continue outdoor activities unless there is a heat advisory or inclement weather.

Please keep in mind the following to make sure your child is safe and comfortable at school:

  • Apply sunscreen before school (students are not permitted to bring sunscreen to school.)
  • Encourage your child to dress in light layers. Most rooms are air-conditioned, so even though it is hot outside, they may get chilly while indoors.
  • Please send your child with a refillable water bottle each day.

Tape Diagram Tuesday

Mrs. Fiore's class had a special reward from our district math coaches, Lindsay Ciemengo and Pat McHenry, for winning Tape Diagram Tuesday. Way to go Mrs. Fiore's Class!! Let's see how many classes can become district winners this year!

Attention Rising 6th Graders!!!

The Cherry Hill Public School District is offering a variety of summer enrichment opportunities at High School EAST for students entering 6th grade up to and including current 10th graders. These classes are designed for fun and enriching a student’s knowledge and skills in a particular area. All classes are taught by Cherry Hill Public Schools teachers.

Program Week 1: July 17-20: Monday-Thursday

  • 2 Sessions: AM Session 9-12 PM; PM Session 1-4 PM

Program Week 2: July 24-27: Monday-Thursday

  • 2 Sessions: AM Session 9-12 PM; PM Session 1-4 PM

Please see the brochure and registration link here:

Each course costs $150.00. This is a $10 reduction from last year! All payments must be completed online and there is NO fee for this service. Payments are refundable up to June 23rd or if a course does not run due to enrollment.

For questions regarding the program or payments, contact Yolanda McClain ( or CJ Davis ( Register as soon as possible since many courses will fill up!!

Tips for Parents & Guardians from Engaging Minds


Parents and caregivers quickly learn with toddlers and grade schoolers that children need adults to set boundaries and limits. And as they get older, many students need adults to help set expectations and hold them accountable to them. This applies to homework, technology use, and even chores around the house. When you set boundaries and clear expectations, you help create order. And when things are in order and expectations are understood, students are more likely to succeed. This is always trickier with tweens and teens. Sometimes, the accountability piece, especially around school work, needs to come from someone outside the home rather than an immediate caregiver. Even if the words are the same, students just hear it differently from someone else. So whether it’s you or another adult, set boundaries and set clear expectations. With the right support your child will be more likely to honor the boundaries and rise to the expectations.

School Playgrounds

(The following message was shared in a previous district-wide public information message)

Many families have been asking about the use of playgrounds during after-school hours. The School-Age Child Care (SACC) Program uses our playgrounds/outdoor facilities on a regular basis until 6 pm. To ensure the safety of our children, we ask that families do not use the playground/outdoor facilities on weekdays before 6 pm. Anyone not in the SACC Program on the playground/outdoor facilities during this time will be asked to leave and are welcome to return at 6 pm. We thank you for your understanding.

At Cooper School, the playgrounds on the tennis court side of the building are not used by the SACC program and may be used by the community after school. ALL Cooper students must be picked up by a parent at the parent pick-up doors, or go home and check in with their parents prior to playing on school grounds. Students designated as “walkers” MUST go home first.

District Updates

From the Office of the Superintendent:

Check out the CHPS Weekly Newsletter for the latest information from Dr. Meloche.

From the Transportation Department:

The transportation office has been fielding many phone calls requesting that students board alternate buses for playdates, etc. Our District does not permit alternate bus requests.

Care Solace ~ Mental Health Supports:

CHPS has partnered with Care Solace to provide free Mental Health Supports to our students, staff, and families. The Care Solace team can quickly connect you to verified providers in our community. Use this link to connect with a care provider or contact your school counselor for more information.

Community Resources

FREE Grief Camp for Children in NJ & NY

Comfort Zone Camp serves children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, primary caregiver, or friend. All programs are offered at no cost to families. CZC provides a safe, nurturing environment where kids can have traditional camp fun, while at the same time acquiring tools to help them cope with their loss.

Important Dates


Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

5/29: School Closed - Memorial Day

5/30: Evening of the Arts (Art Show 5:45pm ~ Spring Concert 6:30pm)


Caribbean American Heritage Month

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

National Safety Month

6/5: Field Day

6/6: Field Day Rain Date

6/8: 4th Grade Field Trip

6/8: Kindergarten Parent Information Night (6:30pm)

6/9 & 6/12: PTA Book Fair - BOGO

6/12: PTA Book Fair Family Night (5:30pm- 7:00pm)

6/13: 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony (9:30am)

6/14: Flag Day

6/14: 5th Grade Field Trip

6/14: Gr. K-4 Class Parties (1:45pm-3:00pm)

6/14: 5th Grade End of Year/Yearbook Party (9:30am-11:00am)

6/15: High School Graduate Clap Out (1:30pm)

6/16: School Closed ~ Juneteenth Day

6/19-6/20: Early Dismissal (Students Only at 1:00pm)

6/21: Early Dismissal (Students & Staff at 1:00pm)

6/21: Last Day of School / 3rd MP Ends / Report Cards Issued

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Our mission is to teach all children to love learning, embrace challenges and strive to achieve their personal best. Our Cooper Community will demonstrate respect, ownership, acts of kindness and responsibility to encourage active citizenship.