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January 23, 2022

PTA Updates

  • J.F. Cooper PTA Community Service Project: We are so proud of all our Cooper Jaguars for their generosity and caring as they participated in preparing personal care kits for those in need in our community. To date over 1000 kits have been donated to the non-profit organization, Community SJP! Special thanks to our partners at Bret Harte, Kilmer, Woodcrest, Paine, Johnson, Sharp and Beck MS for joining our effort to serve the community!
  • Visit the PTA website for our volunteer form, copies of all flyers, weekly updates, and reminders.
  • Send your favorite school photos to

Cooper School Announcements

Cooper Night of Cultures is now VIRTUAL!!!

It's not too late to complete a slide for our Virtual Night of the Cultures! The Cooper Cultural Proficiency and No Place for Hate Committee invite all Cooper Students, Staff, and Families to share their cultures, backgrounds, and/or family traditions with our Cooper Community. Please send your completed slide to Mr. Lee at by Wednesday 1/26/22.

Great Kindness Challenge begins tomorrow, Monday January 24th

(Also Crazy Hair & Sock Day)

During the official Great Kindness Challenge week (January 24-28, 2022) students are challenged to complete 50 acts of kindness from a kindness checklist. Please turn in the checklist by the end of kindness week to receive a ROAR sticker from the main office.

Click Here to view The Great Kindness Challenge Flyer

The recording of our 4th & 5th Grade Winter Concert has been postponed.

  • Cooper’s winter concert will be a pre-recorded virtual show that will have a live-stream premiere.
  • The premiere date will be announced at least one week in advance so any parents who wish to virtually attend will be able to.
  • After the premiere, the concert will be available to watch for anybody who missed it.

Our music department is determined to have our students perform music as it was meant to be done– together. This has provided a small hiccup in our recording timeline and is the primary reason for our delay. We thank you for your patience as we try to create not just a good show, but a great musical experience for our children and the Cooper community.

Health and Safety Information

Reminder: Daily At Home Health Screening

All students and staff need to complete the health screening process daily and prior to coming to school. A link to the document can be found here and here.


As of the latest report on 1/20/22, the State of NJ remains in the High Risk (Red) category on the COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI) Report. As a district the following protocols will be in effect while we are in the High Risk category:

  • Visitors to Schools- There will be no access for visitors to school buildings. Meetings (504, IEP, guidance, etc) will be held in a virtual format. Building principals will share specific guidelines to families regarding contacting the school, dropping off/picking up materials, etc.
  • Field Trips- Field trips will be suspended while in the High Risk (Red) category.
  • Athletics- Athletic events will continue, however there will a limit of 2 spectators per player.
  • Events- All school based events (i.e. concerts, Open Houses, etc…) scheduled for in person must be postponed or conducted virtually.

At this time our district procedures have not been adjusted to reflect a change in the timeframe for quarantine of individuals who test positive for Covid. Any changes will be shared as they are released.

Please continue to remind your children of the importance of fully adhering to masking, handwashing and social distancing guidelines. Thank you for all you continue to do to keep our students and one another safe and healthy!

CH District Updates

Middle School Redistricting Town Hall Meetings:

January 26, 2022 - Town Hall on Middle School Redistricting

7-9 pm, Cherry Hill High School East Library Annex, 1750 Kresson Road

Face masks will be required.

Anyone not wearing a face mask will not be admitted and may participate in the meeting remotely. Individuals with disabilities who are unable to wear a mask may participate remotely, as may any other community member who wishes to do so.

Join the meeting via a computer or mobile device at:

Join the meeting by phone: 646-558-8656 or 301-715-8592

Dial the Meeting ID followed by # when prompted

Meeting ID: 816 9441 0918

February 3, 2022 - Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Middle School Redistricting for Parents of Children with IEPs and 504s

7-8:30 pm

Join the meeting via a computer or mobile device at:

Join the meeting by phone: 646-558-8656 or 301-715-8592

Dial the Meeting ID followed by # when prompted

Meeting ID: 816 9441 0918

Background on possible middle school reconfigurations is available on the District website. A recording of the Board of Education meeting with discussion about possible middle school reconfigurations is available on the CHPS YouTube channel.

From our Superintendent, Dr. Meloche:

Check out the latest CHPS Postcard for district updates

  • During his January 10, 2022 COVID Briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the mask mandate for all schools and daycare centers will be extended for "the foreseeable future." Under the extended mandate, our students and staff will continue to follow current masking protocols.
  • Our school district is committed to protecting student, teacher and staff health and safety. On July 13, 2016, the State Board of Education adopted regulations at N.J.A.C. 6A:26-12.4 Safe Drinking Water regarding the testing for lead in drinking water in public schools throughout New Jersey. The regulations were amended and readopted in August 2020. The amendment requires all covered entities, including all New Jersey public school districts, to test for lead in drinking water every three years beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. The lead testing in school drinking water cycle runs from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

    In accordance with the NJ Department of Education regulations, the Cherry Hill School District will implement immediate remedial measures for any drinking water outlet with a result greater than the Lead Action Level of 15 ug/l (parts per billion [PPB]). This includes removing and capping the outlet unless it is determined the location must remain intact and useable for non-drinking purposes. In these cases, a “DO NOT DRINK – SAFE FOR HANDWASHING ONLY” sign will be posted.

    Our testing is underway, with completion scheduled for April 19, 2022. Results for each building are being posted on the District website within 96 hours of our receiving the results. A paper copy of the test results will be available at Cooper for viewing upon request. Please call or email Mrs. Tiernan if you would like to make an appointment to see the paper copy of the test results. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit the EPA’s website at, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD, or contact your healthcare provider. If you are concerned about lead exposure at Cooper or in your home, you may want to ask your health care providers about testing children to determine the levels of lead in their blood.

The Road Forward Plan

Linked here you will find the district web page dedicated to the CHPS Road Forward: Continuity of Learning Plan


Be sure to review the CHPS Covid Travel Guidelines as part of your travel planning process.

Free Mental Health Supports-

Cherry Hill Public schools has partnered with Care Solace to provide free Mental Health Supports to our students, staff, and families. Care Solace helps individuals find mental health care providers and substance use treatment centers. Their 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

Month at a Glance

Click Here for a link to the full Cooper Calendar

1/24: The Great Kindness Challenge Begins!!!

1/24: Celebrate Humankindness! (Crazy Hair and Crazy Sock day.

1/25: Peace, Love and Kindness (Wear Tie Dye)

1/25: BOE Meeting (Board will vote on projects for Bond Referendum)

1/26: I dream of kindness (PJ Day)

1/26: Cherry Hill Town Hall Meeting re: Middle School Redistricting

1/27: Work it Out with Kindness Day (Wear 80's Outfit)

1/28: Cooper Kids are KIND! (Wear your Cooper Blue!)

1/28: Virtual Night of Cultures

2/1: School Closed- Teacher In-Service (9:00am-4:00pm)

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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.