The Cardinal Connection

William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School

August 20, 2021


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Meet the Teacher Night

Thursday, Aug. 26th, 4-6pm

2025 Graves Road

Hockessin, DE

To ensure a safe event, we are going to stagger the event times based on last name. If your child's last name is A-L you are invited to visit from 4:00-5:00. If your child's last name is M-Z you are invited to visit from 5:00 - 6:00. We look forward to seeing you!

Meet the Teacher will enable parents to:

-Pick up Car Tags (new families only): See more information below

-Sign 1:1 Chromebook Technology Agreement Form: See more information below

-Pay the Chromebook Protection Plan fee (if paying cash $20): See more information below

-Deliver Cooke Wish List supplies to teachers: See Wish List below

Cooke PTA representatives will have a tent in both the front and back parking lots. There will also be other community partners such as Boys and Girls Club (Cardinal Care), Boy Scouts, and more! These partners will be located outside of the school to ensure a safe event.

Cooke Car Tags

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Any families new to Cooke should plan to pick up your assigned Cooke Car Tag. The car tag has the number assigned to your child/children for pick up in the car line. If you are a current family, your number is the same and you do not receive new car tags.

We will have these organized for pick up at Meet the Teacher night on 8/26 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. If you are unable to attend that evening, you can stop by the main office anytime during the week of August 23rd from 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. It is essential that if your child will be a car rider that your vehicle has this tag ready for the 1st day of school.

New Online Payment System for Parents/Students for Meal Accounts

The nutrition department is switching to a new online payment system for meal accounts effective immediately. They are no longer using PayPams starting School Year '21-'22.

All balances from last year have been transferred to the new system. The new system is called TITAN and is currently active and able to accept payments. TITAN has all the same capabilities as PayPams and more so you will not miss any features they previously enjoyed with PayPams.

The instructions are posted on website under the “Prepay” tab on the home page. Please reach out to with any questions.

Titan Parent Portal FAQS Spanish

Titan Parent Portal FAQS English

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Parents: Unified Arts: Red Clay Band and Orchestra Nights

Red Clay Band and Orchestra Nights will be held in early September. These events are designed to introduce this year's Red Clay 4th and 5th graders to the band and orchestra programs in Red Clay and provide an opportunity for students to choose the instrument they want to play.

Wednesday, September 8th and Thursday, September 9th: Time and Place to be determined.

Vendors from Music and Arts, Concord Music, and Accent Music will be available to share information about purchase and rental of instruments.

All Red Clay families are welcome to attend. Look for more information coming soon!

Incoming Kindergarten Information

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Kindergarten students begin school on a split schedule during the first week of school.

Kindergarten last names starting with A-L will attend on Monday, 8/30 and Tuesday 8/31 (will NOT attend on 9/1 and 9/2).

Kindergarten last names starting with M-Z will attend on Wednesday, 9/1 and Thursday, 9/2 (will NOT attend on 8/30 and 8/31).

ALL Kindergarten students will attend starting on Friday, 9/3.

It is suggested that parents bring any school supplies from our Wish List to Meet the Teacher Night. This will help your kindergartener arrive without being bogged down with supplies on their first days. If you can't attend Meet the Teacher, it is suggested that you send in a little at a time, each day, as visitors will not be permitted in the building on the first day.

A Special Message to New Kindergarten Families and new Cooke Families:

We welcome you to Cooke! The beginning of the elementary school experience is a special time for you and your child! Here are some tips and some procedures we feel are important to share:

  • Your child will follow your emotional lead. So, as the start of school approaches, and on that first day, if you are calm, secure, and happy, your child will most likely be the same!
  • Split start: Why a split start? This provides teachers with smaller groups of students so procedures can be more easily taught and your child isn't as overwhelmed the first few days. Teachers also value this time to start building relationships with your child.
  • Breakfast: Free to all Red Clay students during the 2021-2022 school year. Lunch is also free to all Red Clay students. Lunch can be packed from home, or selected at school.
  • On the first day of school, we ask for all goodbyes to take place in the car, before drop off. Trust us! We do not allow parents to get out and take pictures on the 1st day or any day at arrival, as it adds to the emotional stress and it simply isn't possible with time as we have so many families dropping off in the morning.
  • You can take pictures at Meet the Teacher Night on August 26th!
  • A.M. car riders: When you pull up to the curb in the morning, many staff will be there to greet your child. Your child will be guided from the sidewalk inside the building to meet their teacher directly.
  • Dismissal: All procedures are carefully taught.
  • Bus riders: Each bus rider will be guided directly to their bus. Parents must be at the bus stop to pick up the K student or the student is returned to Cooke. Please arrive at your child's bus stop at least 10 minutes before the bus is expected to arrive to ensure that you are on time. For the first couple of weeks, please be patient as the bus routes are new to our bus drivers and timing may not be spot on at the start of the year. Administration will put out an alert through School Messenger if the bus is expected to be much later than usual.
  • Car riders: All riders receive a car tag number. Your child will learn this process over a couple of weeks. Your child will remain in their classroom until their car number is called, at which time they will be guided outside with an adult and brought to the location of your car.

We take very good care of our new Kindergarten students and new to Cooke students!

Chromebook Information

All students in grades K-5 will be issued their own Chromebook for use during the year. All parents/guardians must complete the following items each year:

1) Chromebook 1:1 Technology Agreement Form (see links below)

2) Pay the $20 Protection Plan Fee

Please note: This is a protection plan insurance fee. It is not a Chromebook fee. You may pay online through or in cash at Cooke Elementary. You may pay this fee during Meet The Teacher Night on 8/26/21 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

All hard copies of the Chromebook 1:1 Technology Agreements (Spanish and English) and directions for how to pay the fee online can be found here:

Chromebooks will be distributed during the first week of school by homeroom teachers. Chromebooks will travel to and from school each day. Please ensure that your child's Chromebook is charged each night and that they bring their Chromebook to school each day. This is to ensure that if for some reason we must change to remote learning at a moment's notice, all students are prepared to do so.

Sign the Chromebook 1:1 Technology Agreement (English)

Parents must sign the Chromebook 1:1 Technology Agreement. You can click on the button link above to do so.

Sign the Chromebook 1:1 Technology Agreement (SPanish)

Los padres deben firmar el acuerdo de Tecnología del Chromebook. Haga clic en el botón de arriba para firmar el formulario.

Car Rider Dismissal

This is important information for all families who are opting to pick their child up from school. Please follow the updated information for a safe and smooth dismissal process.
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Transportation Changes

All Red Clay families received an email/text alert in July regarding your choice in transportation. If this information is incorrect and/or you have NOT called the office to update, please call the office or email our secretary, Desiree Nabors, to update your infromation. If your child was a car rider last year and will need to ride the bus this year, you must contact the school to make this change as it will not automatically reset. This will help us plan for smooth dismissal procedures in the building.

School Updates and Alerts

Cooke utilizes the School Messenger platform as our parent alert and notification system. If you have changed numbers or are new to the district, you are encouraged to call or email our secretary, Desiree Nabors, with your new contact information so you can stay up to date on event changes, school closures or emergency situations which might arise.

2021-2022 Cooke Calendar At A Glance

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Cooke is Connected

CLICK HERE FOR THE Cooke Elementary Website

The Cooke Elementary Website is a hub for information including the Staff Directory, School Supply Lists, Virtual Tour for Kindergarten, Nurse information and more!



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Click here for the Cooke PTA Website

Our Cooke PTA is focused on supporting our entire school community! Check out their website to find out how you can join the Cooke PTA as well as upcoming events. The Cooke PTA can also be found on Facebook: @CookePTA .

The Cooke Connection will be sent out weekly once the school year begins to keep Cooke parents informed!

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