Cooper P.A.W.S.

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May 18, 2023

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Cooper School Announcements

Night of Cultures

We had a wonderful time last night as our Cooper Community came together to celebrate the Annual Cooper Night of Cultures event!

Each year, on May 21st, UNESCO leads the celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development highlighting not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.

Cooper School joins in this celebration by hosting a Night of Cultures at which we share food, traditions, artifacts and information representing the diverse cultures of our Cooper families and staff. As we learn about one another we develop cultural awareness and acceptance, which can help break down cultural barriers while interacting with people of different backgrounds.

We are so grateful for all of the students, families and staff members who were able to prepare a presentation for this event!

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.

Evening of the Arts (New Date)

The Cooper Evening of the Arts (Spring Concert & Art Show) has been rescheduled for Tuesday May 30, 2023. This change was necessary to avoid overlap with Beck Middle School's Concert.

Event Overview:

5:45pm Doors Open for the Art Show

6:15pm APR Doors Open for the Spring Concert

6:30pm Spring Concert Begins

Field Day T-Shirts

The Cooper PTA has graciously offered to purchase T-Shirts for all students to wear on Field Day. We need your help to make sure we have the correct size for your child. Please complete one form for each child who attends Cooper School.

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!!

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


It’s often difficult to get children to finish tasks like homework or chores. Sometimes, students can’t see the benefit of just getting the task done. While there’s no easy, one-size-fits-all solution, try flipping the script. Rather than focusing on negative consequences (what you’ll take away or what they’ll miss out on), try shifting the focus to the positive outcomes of getting the “job” done: not feeling pressured or overwhelmed at the last minute; a clear conscience to do something fun; a clean room or organized backpack and binders where they can actually find things; or simply the enrichment that comes from learning something new. Sometimes a reminder of the benefits can be enough to nudge a student forward.

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

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

5/17-5/19: NJSLA (Gr. 3)

5/24: General PTA Meeting (6:30pm)

5/25: 1st Grade Field Trip

5/26: 2nd Grade Field Trip

5/29: School Closed - Memorial Day

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

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

6/9: CHEA Lip Sync Battle

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

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

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.