Welcome Back/ September Newsletter
Mark your Calendar
Cook Hill School Open House
Tuesday, September 12th starting at 6pm
Message from Mrs. Yost
I would like to welcome our new and returning families to Cook Hill School. For those that do not know me, I'd like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Amy Yost and I have the privilege of starting my second year as principal at Cook Hill School. The office, custodial staff and I have been diligently working to open the school smoothly. I am so excited to be back and a part of this amazing school community. I am entering my twenty eighth year in education; twelve as a classroom teacher and fifteen in administration. I live in Wolcott with my husband, Rich, three children, Jackson, Owen & Reese and two lovable Jack Russell Terriers; Roxie and Chloe. I am a strong believer in developing the whole child, building a strong, inquisitive learner and partnering with our families.
We are excited to welcome back our Cougars on Thursday, August 31, 2023, and preschool students on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Our staff is eagerly awaiting your child's arrival. We cannot wait to grow as a school community - academically and socially! Our motto this year is "Find your Joy!" The world can be a heavy place for our youngest scholars, but our role is to create an environment that fosters awe and wonder to preserve their innocence and excitement about learning and building relationships. I encourage families to discuss what brought "joy' to them today!
I look forward to working collaboratively with our Cook Hill families to support our youngest scholars. The partnership built between school and home is pivotal in a child's success. Their first teachers are their parents. We are here to support our families. Feel free to reach out through email or a phone call with any concerns or questions. I am grateful to be part of such a wonderful and supportive school community.
Please join me in welcoming our newest staff members to the Cook Hill Family!
Jennifer Carriera, Library Clerk
Brittany Kenworthy, 2nd Grade Teacher
Carrie Lombardo, Physical Therapist
Stephanie Niezgorski, Reading Coach
Kelly Rainey, Preschool Paraeducator
Cynthia Reyes, 1:1 Paraeducator
Susan Rhodes, Bilingual Teacher
As Superintendent Bellizzi shared, the district portal for schedules and teacher placement will open for all families on Thursday, August 24, 2023. Our Kindergarten Bus Orientation is on Monday, August 28th form 3:30-4:30pm. Families are welcome to join Mrs. Yost and some staff for a quick book share and a ride on the bus around the neighborhood. Parents are required to stay with their child. Kindergarten Families are invited to participate in a Play Date on our playground following the bus ride to begin meeting families in your child's grade. The District "Meet and Greet/Teacher Visitation" will be held on Wednesday, August 30th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm. This is an opportunity for families to meet their child’s teacher. This is a flexible opportunity to drop into the school at any point during the visitation window and no formal presentations will take place.
Our Open House is Tuesday, September 12th @ 6pm. We are looking forward to opening our doors to our families for a brief information session with me and then off to the classrooms for more information from the classroom teachers. This evening is geared toward the adults of our families. We encourage students to stay home, but understand if you need to bring your child due to childcare issues.
As always, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Follow us on Social Media
District Facebook Page: Facebook Page.
Cook Hill Instagram Page - Cook Hill Cougars
School Hours: 9:05 AM - 3:30 PM
(Parent drop off 8:50am-9:05am)
Important Dates for September
National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15/2023 - 10/15/2023)
National Library Card Signup Month
Monday, August 28th - KINDERGARTEN Bus Orientation 3:30-4:30pm
Wednesday, August 30th - District "Meet and Greet/Teacher Visitation" 1:30-3:00pm
Thursday, August 31st - First Day of School
Monday, September 4th - Labor Day - No School
Tuesday, September 5th - National Cheese Pizza Day!
Tuesday, September 5th - PTO Meeting 7pm (In-person in the Cook Hill Library)
Wednesday, September 6th - First Day of School for Preschool
Friday, September 8th - World Literacy Day
Friday, September 8th -Town Meeting
Sunday, September 10th - Happy Grandparents Day!
Sunday, September 10th - Preschool Touch a Truck Fundraiser 10am-2 pm @ Cook Hill
Tuesday, September 12th - Cook Hill Open House 6pm
Thursday, September 14th - CH/PF PTO Welcome Back Picnic 5-7pm
Friday, September 15th - CH/PF PTO Welcome Back Picnic 5-7pm (RAIN DATE)
Monday, September 18th -Board of Education Meeting 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - BOE Conf Room
Tuesday, September 19th - System-Wide PTAC Meeting - 6pm - 8pm - Virtual Meeting
Thursday, September 21st - International Day of Peace
Thursday, September 21st - 2-Hour Early Release
Tuesday, September 26th - Masonicare Friends 9:30am - 10:45am
Wednesday, September 27th - Picture Day
Thursday, September 28th - Picture Day
To help us ensure students safety at the end of the school day, we ask that EVERY Cook Hill student (K-2) has a completed dismissal form. Families will need to fill out a form for each child that attends Cook Hill. There are several options available to your family, please indicate your intention for each school day on the google form attached above. This form will be sent out multiple times a week leading up to the beginning of the school year. Please only fill the form out once (or once per child). Preschool families do NOT need to fill out the dismissal form, it does not apply to them.
Please take your time and read this form carefully! There is a lot of information here, but we want to be sure that everyone gets home safely on a daily basis.
Please remember that if your child is attending the Boys and Girls Club, the daycare change form needs to be filled out as well.
**You may disregard the message once you fill the form out.
Please note that for the school year 2023-2024, the Federal Government has provided funds through the State of Connecticut to provide breakfast free of charge to all students for the entire school year. In addition, all of those students eligible for reduced-priced lunch meals will now receive meals free of charge for the entire school year. All those not eligible for free or reduced meals will need to pay full price.
Free and reduced meal applications for the school year 2023-2024 are now available for parents to complete. It is beneficial for families to complete this application, as eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals also may qualify students for discounts or fee waivers on the following school-based programs:
· Field Trips
· Sports and Athletics
· Additional Educational programming and testing
To be eligible for the above, those that fill out the free and reduced meal application must also complete Addendum A, for sharing info with other programs. Free and Reduced price lunch applications do not roll over from school year to school year and need to be completed and submitted each new school year.
PTO Welcome Back
Dear Cook Hill & Parker Farms Families,
The PTO board would like to welcome you all to join us for another great year of fun-filled events. We are all looking forward to working together to make sure this school year will be exciting and successful.
The members of the PTO board are as follows:
Jennifer Carreira and Alyssa Ryan - Co-Presidents
Rachel Gargiulo and Karalyn Orsini - Co-Vice Presidents
Ashley DeRose - Treasurer
Jeannine Peterson and Caitlin Houston - Co-Secretaries
Below is a list of dates and events we are looking forward to having this school year. ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. If you have any questions feel free to contact Jennifer Carreira or Alyssa Ryan via email PFCHSPTO@gmail.com
CH/PF PTO Board 2023-2025
Important Dates for 2023-2025 school year for Cook Hill/Parker Farms School PTO:
9/5/23 - PTO Meeting at 7 pm in person at Cook Hill School
9/12/23 - Cook Hill Open House at 6 pm - PTO will have a table at the entrance
9/14/23 - Welcome back picnic from 5 - 7 pm with a rain date of 9/15/23 at Cook Hill School
9/19/23 - Parker Farms Open House at 6 pm - PTO will have a table at the entrance
9/29/23 - Parker Farms School Store
10/3/23 - PTO Meeting at 7 pm (Virtual)
10/15/23 - Trunk or Treat 5-7 at Parker Farms School with a rain date 10/22/23 (Both schools attend)
10/18/23 - 10/19/23 - Parker Farms Book Fair - Book Fair will be open during conferences in the evening
10/24/23 - 10/25/23 - Cook Hill Book Fair - Book Fair will be open during conferences in the evening
11/6/23 - Parker Farms vs Cook Hill Staff Kickball Game at 4:30 pm at Parker Farms with a rain date of 11/9/23
11/14/23 - PTO Meeting 7pm (Virtual)
12/4/23 - 12/5/23 - Holiday Shop at Parker Farms
12/5/23 - PTO Meeting 7pm (Virtual)
12/11/23 - 12/12/23- Holiday Shop at Cook Hill
1/2/24 - PTO Meeting 7pm (Virtual)
1/28/24 (Tentative) - Family Movie Day at Wallingford Holiday Cinemas
2/6/24 - PTO Meeting 7 pm in person at Parker Farms
2/23/24 - Parker Farms School Store
3/5/24 - PTO Meeting 7 pm (Virtual)
3/11/24 - 3/12/24 - Eli Whitney (Or alternative) at Parker Farms
3/14/24 - 3/15/24 - Eli Whitney (Or alternative) at Cook Hill
3/28/24 - Bingo Night from 6 - 8 pm at Cook Hill?
4/2/24 - PTO Meeting 7pm (Virtual)
4/20/24 - Sweetheart Dance from 6 - 8 pm at Wallingford Park and Rec (Both schools attend)
4/26/24 - Parker Farms School Store
5/6/24 - 5/10/24 - Teacher Appreciation Week
5/7/24 - PTO Meeting 7pm (Virtual)
5/13/24 - 5th Grade Nature Day with a rain date of 5/14/24
5/31/24 - Parker Farms School Store
5/31/24 - Field Day at Cook Hill with a rain date of 6/3/24
6/4/24 - Field Day at Parker Farms with a rain date of 6/5/24
6/4/24 - PTO Meeting in person 7pm at TBD
Dear Families, The Cook Hill/Parker Farms PTAC welcomes you to the 2023-2024 academic year! For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we are an organization which promotes collaboration between families and teachers to enhance the education of our children. PTAC consists of families and teachers who advise the administration on all school matters except personnel performance. All families and teachers are invited to participate. Anyone who attends is a member and PTAC officers help run and organize the meetings. Without the support of parents there would not be a Cook Hill/Parker Farms PTAC. Thank you in advance for all you do! We look forward to meeting families that would like to get involved with PTAC this school year. We are excited for the school year and look forward to working with everyone! If you have any suggestions or ideas please reach out, we are always open to new ideas! PTAC: Melanie Abissi-Chairperson Jessica Hodum-Vice Chairperson Anna Patchell-System-Wide PTAC Representative
The Cook Hill/Parker Farms PTAC welcomes you to the 2023-2024 academic year!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we are an organization which promotes collaboration between families and teachers to enhance the education of our children.
PTAC consists of families and teachers who advise the administration on all school matters except personnel performance. All families and teachers are invited to participate. Anyone who attends is a member and PTAC officers help run and organize the meetings.
Without the support of parents there would not be a Cook Hill/Parker Farms PTAC. Thank you in advance for all you do! We look forward to meeting families that would like to get involved with PTAC this school year. We are excited for the school year and look forward to working with everyone!
If you have any suggestions or ideas please reach out, we are always open to new ideas!
Jessica Hodum-Vice Chairperson
Anna Patchell-System-Wide PTAC Representative
District-Wide Special Education PTAC Dates
Special Education PTAC Dates
Boys & Girls Club Information
Good morning, Parents and Guardians,
The start of the school year is quickly approaching! Please mark your calendars for our Back to School: Parent Orientation for all families who have enrolled or plan to enroll their children in the before-care and/or after-school care programs (2023-2024). It will take place on Tuesday, August 29th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the clubhouse (72 Grand St.). We will wait a few minutes for parents to arrive before beginning promptly at 6:10 p.m. Parents will receive information about the after-school program, meet the staff, receive backpacks, and take a tour of the facility during the orientation. The orientation is primarily for adults, but children are welcome.
There are still spots available for the 21st Century program, so please spread the word if you know any families looking for an after-school program for their children who attend Cook Hill or Parker Farms.
Jermaine R. Mitchell, Jr. | Unit Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater New Haven
Ulbrich Clubhouse of Wallingford: 72 Grand Street, Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone #: (203) 491-1229 ext. 118
School Contact Information
Amy Yost ~ Principal
Amy Yost, Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Vallancourt, Secretary - email@example.com