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March 22, 2023

Cooper PTA Information

March PTA Newsletter: Click here to access the latest update from the Cooper PTA. The link includes information about upcoming events, fundraisers, and important messages from the PTA. You can also access ALL THINGS PTA at

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Cooper School Announcements

Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan begins on Thursday, March 23rd, 2023. During this time, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from both food and water. They prioritize prayer and purification. Please be considerate of our Muslim community during this time, as they may have altered schedules.

Please join me and show your support by wishing our Muslim students a Happy Ramadan!

Thank You PTA!

This week the students at Cooper had a blast learning about the principles of air pressure and flight at the Mad Science Assembly brought to us by the Cooper PTA. Thank you for fostering a love of science through such an engaging presentation!

The following message was shared in this week’s 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.

Take Your Child to Work Day

April 27, 2023 is Take Your Child to Work Day.

In New Jersey, this is an excused absence for students who wish to go with their parents/guardians to visit their workplace and learn about their careers and responsibilities. Please remind the parents and guardians of your students to send a note to the main office by April 26th, so we can record the excused absence in our Genesis system.

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

Tips for Parents & Guardians from Engaging Minds


A perfectionist considers anything less than perfect to be a failure. Make a mistake? Never! The drive to be perfect can stymie students in a few different ways:

  • It can lead to chronic procrastination. In a perfectionist’s mind, if it’s not going to be perfect, it’s not even worth starting.
  • It can lead to endless hours of time on task with their homework. They don’t know when to say it’s “good enough” and move on.

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Let your child know that mistakes are expected and an important part of learning.
  • Set realistic and attainable short-term goals and break down assignments into manageable pieces to help your student get started. Best selling author Seth Godin summed it up succinctly in a blog post: Waiting for perfect means not starting.
  • Use timers for homework and work in short bursts. Setting a 20-minute timer, for example, sets an end time which makes it easier to start (because a finish is in sight!). It also gives your child a time frame in which to get work completed so they don’t get bogged down and can move on to the next assignment on their agenda.
  • Make sure your child reads the directions or the rubric so they have parameters. This will help your child understand reasonable expectations for the assignment and help them identify a place to stop.

District Updates

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From the Office of the Superintendent:

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

From the Registration Office:

It's time for Kindergarten and New 1st Grader Enrollment for Next Year!!!!

  • Kindergarten Registration Opened 1/1/23

    • Online pre-registration for kindergarten and 1st grade (for children entering public school for the first time) opened on January 1, 2023.

    • All required documentation must be submitted to the Central Registration Office by March 31, 2023.

    • Details on the registration process are available online.

From the Office of Curriculum & Instruction:

Save the Date for our district ESL/Multi-Lingual Family Event on April 24th 6:00-8:00pm at Carusi Middle School (more information to follow)

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

A Pinkerrific Party in Cherry Hill

Connection To Creativity in collaboration with Kingston Elementary PTA present:

A Pinkariffic Party in Cherry Hill! Join NY Times bestselling author, Victoria Kann, Pinkalicious and Peterrific at the zoo for a pink-a-presto good time.

Funds raised from this event will help build a sensory wall for students at Kingston Elementary School.

Click Here to View the Flyer

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


Women's History Month

Irish-American Heritage Month

3/22: PTA General Membership Meeting (6:30pm - Cooper Library)

3/23: Gr. 5 Barclay Farms Visit - (Brown)

3/28: Gr. 4 Parent-Daughter Growth & Development Night (6:30pm)

3/29: Spring Picture Day (All Students & Staff)

3/30: Gr. 5 Parent-Son Growth & Development Night (6:30pm)

3/31: Student Assemblies - CHPD


Month of the Military Child

Autism Acceptance Month

Arab-American Heritage Month

4/1-4/9: School Closed (Spring Recess)

4/17: Beck Middle School 5th Grade Information Night (Beck MS- 7:00pm)

4/19: CHPS Parent University (Lewis Admin Building- Doors Open at 5:30pm)

4/20: Carusi Middle School 5th Grade Information Night (Carusi MS- 7:00pm)

4/21: School Closed (Teacher In-Service)

4/22: Earth Day

Click Here for the Complete Cooper Family Calendar

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James F. Cooper School

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.