Cooks Corners News

July 2022

Dear Cooks Families,

Summer isn't over yet, but we wanted to send this newsletter out to welcome you back and keep you informed about our upcoming school year. We are so thankful to be kicking off another year at Cooks! We look forward to the opportunity to get to know and work with you and your child throughout the upcoming school year. Below is our mission:

At Cooks Corners, students are empowered to achieve personal excellence while developing empathy, integrity, and perseverance.

We take great pride in this mission and creating an environment where kids hard and have fun!

We know that with the start of school comes many questions, so we wanted to provide as much information to you as possible. Please reach out should you ever have any questions, concerns or ideas!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Elaina Miller, Principal

Erin Schaffner, Secretary

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

All cars entering the car arrival or dismissal line should enter from the BULLSEYE LAKE ROAD entrance only. It is important that you only turn right into the drive. Once you have entered the drive, proceed to take your place in one of the double lines that will form down the driveway. This year we will continue the double line to the car loading zone. Your child will be sent to your car once it is safe to do so. Please do not get out of your car to help your child. We want to keep everyone safe at all times! Once your child is in the car you will proceed to Campbell Street where you will exit turning right only onto Campbell Street.

Our carline is very long. We ask that you not block any driveways on the surrounding streets and yield to the traffic on Bullseye Lake Rd. We understand that only turning right into the driveway is an inconvenience for some, however if we don’t adhere to this it causes a dangerous situation on Bullseye Lake Rd. The carline lasts about 15 minutes, so feel free to arrive any time before 3:30pm.

Name cards with your child’s last name that should be displayed on your passenger window or visor anytime you are picking your child up from school in the car dismissal line. Name cards will be available at Meet Your Teacher night on August 9th or the first day of school for those who can't make it. This card will help our staff determine who you are here to pick up so that we can send your child to your car promptly and ensure that our car dismissal line keeps moving.

If you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please notify your child’s teacher and the school office via a note sent to school that morning with your child, or by emailing your child’s teacher AND Mrs. Schaffner ( in the office before 11:00am. This ensures that your message is being seen since our teachers are busy teaching during the day and don’t always have time to check their emails.

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Bus Information

Pick up and drop off information can be found on Skyward Family Access by clicking on the “Busing” tab. Be sure your child is at the bus stop at least 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled pick up time and please understand that the afternoon drop off times are an estimate only and will most assuredly run a little later the first few weeks of school.

School Information

Cooks Corners Elementary

358 Bullseye Lake Road

Valparaiso, IN 46383


Office Staff

Principal: Elaina Miller

Secretary: Erin Schaffner

Nurse: Chris Wendahl

Social Worker: Suzanne Foreman

School Day/ Absences

  • Arrival: 8:30 (Breakfast students may arrive at 8:20)
  • Dismissal: 3:15

Please note that if your child is going to be absent from school, you need to call the office before 9:00am.

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School Lunches

To access information regarding school lunch prices, payment options and menus, please visit the VCS School Nutrition website.

Supply Lists Below

Have you seen the new Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club?

Saturday, July 30 is Day for Kids at the new Valpo Club. Families can stop by anytime (708 Evans Ave.) between 10 am – 3 pm for a tour. Kids will enjoy free food, games, and prizes while they climb the rock wall and enjoy all the activities the new Club has to offer.

Transportation to the Club from Cooks Elementary will be available after school this year! An annual Club membership is required ($40 for the year) and the monthly transportation fee is $25. Space is limited to the first 30 Cooks students who sign up.

Call the Club at 462-2182 or visit their website at for more information.

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1 - Schedules and Locker Information Available in Skyward Family Access

3 - Kindergarten Play Date 10:00am-11:00am

9 - Meet & Greet 3:30pm-5:00pm

10 - First Day of School


5 - No School - Labor Day

23 - 1/2 Day for Students - 12:00pm dismissal

2022-2023 VCS School Calendar