Cooks Chronicle

February 2016

A Note from Mrs. Miller

Exciting things are happening! In Mrs. Warren's classroom we were able to set up a prototype room; testing out new furniture to help us decide, as a district, what we want to purchase for our renovated buildings! We are fortunate to have VS America's Shift+ line. It focuses on an ergonomic design, creating a flexible learning environments that allows for the most widely varied teaching and learning methods possible. Feel free to stop in and see the furniture! Our building project is scheduled to begin in June!

We are also finishing up our middle of the year assessments, which is always exciting to see the growth of our students! NWEA growth reports were discussed with students in grades 3-5 in class, and sent home last week. Students analyzed their scores and discussed their growth and possible areas to focus. mClass reports will be going home when testing is completed in the coming weeks. I am very proud of the dedication of all of our teachers to ensure that all of our students grow, and the hard work of our students!

Dream. Learn. Achieve.

Morning Drop Off~ IMPORTANT

As a reminder, if your child is being dropped off for a before school meeting, detention, etc., they are not to enter the building until their scheduled meeting time. We have several children that are being dropped off 10 minutes prior to their scheduled meeting. We would appreciate your cooperation.

Also, we ask that you follow the flow that we use for parent pick up when dropping you children off in the morning. You enter at the Campbell entrance, then form 2 lines which merges to on as you come around the Bullseye Lake Road entrance. You can let your children out when you reach the sidewalk. It is extremely important that you yield to the buses. The purpose of this is to eliminate children walking through the parking lot and in between buses. The majority of buses unload at 8:30 and are gone by 8:35. If you are dropping your child off It might be best to plan to be at school at 8:35. Thank you for your cooperation. This is a work in progress and one that we will be monitoring and making adjustments as needed.

Music Notes

If there are any parents who enjoy making stage decorations, please email me ar I am looking for a few parents who could work on making a few decorations for our April 5th music program at the high school.

Mrs. Zappia

PTO Meeting Change

The regular February PTO meeting is cancelled. Instead, on February 9 at 6:00 pm the Ad Hoc Budget Committee will meet in the school library. If you are interested in attending or you have questions please contact Amy Cheuk, PTO President.

Nurse News

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

Please make sure that your student has some nutritional nourishment to start their day. Active, growing bodies and brains cannot flourish without

it. Nor can they learn!!

A Note from the Kitchen

We serve BREAKFAST in the cafeteria in the mornings from 8:20am-8:40am. There is a hot breakfast option different each day of the week or a cold cereal available. This includes juice, fruit, and milk!

A great way to get your day started with good nutrition and energy!

See the Valparaiso Schools Foodservice Website for a list of what is served each day.


Miss Polly and Miss Johanna

AR Principal's Club and Star Club

Principal's Club

Nick Carlson, Tristan Evans, Vinny Letnich, Sam Osborne, Jacob Ray, Chloe Stephens, Mark Teeple

**Star Club**

Connor Brown & Johhny Klumpe


Order Your Yearbook Now!

Yearbooks are on sale now! Fill out the order form and return to school OR order online at, ID code: 8881816. The deadline for ordering is March 11, 2016. Yearbooks will be delivered at the end of the school year. Don't miss out on a great memento of your child's school year! Questions, please email Jessica Warren (

Math Bowl

The annual Math Bowl competition is on February 25 at Valparaiso High School. Our students have been working extremely hard during their lunch recess and morning practices. We are so proud of them! Please come and show your support on February 25 at 6:00 p.m!

Our amazing team:

Anika Anderson, Jacob Bartlett, Nick Carlson, Riley Clark, Olivia Costa, Jimmy Dillabaugh, Chris Fisher, Henry Harris, Grant Johnson, Sarah Miller, Sam Osborne, Liv Snider, Audrey Smith, Anna Petrouski, & Hannah Walker

Science Bowl

Hypertonic. Hypotonic. Isotonic. Those words may bring up fond (or not so fond) memories for a lot of us. But for the 2016 Cooks Corners Science Bowl team, those words helped students earn 16th in the ISAP Elementary Science bowl competition! Students worked together to study 7th grade Life Science standards and complete an experiment about osmosis. The competition was held Wednesday, January 27 at Cooks Corners. Students competed in three rounds. During the team round, students earned a perfect score! Congrats to all of our competitors!

Kayla Allen, Jacob Bartlett, Henry Harris, McKayla Madden, Anna Petrouski, Audrey Smith Susie Terhorst, Nick Vorkapich, Gretchen Wendorf, Chris Fisher, Sam Osborne, Mark Teeple, Kate Weber

Coach: Annie Brady

Makers Fair

Do you have a piece of art you’d like to share? Maybe you have a series of photographs that you’d like to show off. Have you invented something? Maybe you have a video or a song that you wrote. If you have an idea that would make our world a better place, then you’re a Maker! Projects can be anything from science, technology, engineering, art, math, food, music, or repurposing items. Really the possibilities are endless! Look for more information and permission slips to come home Monday, February 7. The Fair will be held on Thursday, March 17 in the Cooks Corners gym-a-cafe-a-torium from 5:30-7:00. If you have questions, please contact Annie Brady at

Attention Parents of 5th Graders

If you have not already done so, please send in your pictures for the 5th grade recognition slideshow as soon as possible. You can email them to, or send them to school to go home with Grant Johnson in Mrs. Warren’s class. Don’t forget to save the date for the program-Thursday, May 26th!

Trivia Night

Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Friday, February 26 after school-5pm

Permission slips due by Friday February 12.

Contact Johanna Smith at for more information.

Kindergarten Round-up

Kindergarten Round-Up is coming soon! If you have a student starting Kindergarten next year, or know someone that does, spread the word and provide them with this information.

Each elementary school will offer two identical meetings for roundup. Please choose the one that best fits your schedule. Children, who are entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2016, and their parents, must make arrangements to attend one of these sessions. During the meeting, all students will be given an assessment.

Kindergarten Round-Up for Cooks Corners Elementary is:

Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Prior to roundup, complete registration information online at, select the PARENTS tab; then select Kindergarten Registration; and, then select Cooks Corners Elementary. Complete all information and submit. You will also be able to see the list of items that are required to be presented at Kindergarten Round-Up.

Anticipated Abscences

If you know of a planned absence that your child has coming up, please request an Anticipated Absence Form from your child's teacher or the school office and return it at least 3 days prior to the absence to obtain the principal's approval.

Dates to Remember

February 8th: Mrs. Allison's 4th Grade Field Trip to Barker Mansion

February 10th: Miss. Vowell's 4th Grade Field Trip to Barker Mansion

February 22nd: Team Lead Meeting @ 7:45 a.m.

February 29th: Student Council Meeting @ 7:45 a.m.

February 26th: PTO Trivia Night (3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

February 29- March 11: ISTEP+ Part 1

March 14th - 18th: IREAD 3

March 21st -28th: Spring Break

April 18th - May 6th: ISTEP+ Part 2

June 2nd: Variety show

Choir Practice: every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.

Academic Academy: every Monday and Wednesday until 4:30 p.m.

4th Grade Boys Basketball: 2/16, 2/23, 3/1 and 3/8

5th Grade Boys Basketball: 2/18, 2/25, 3/3 and 3/11