Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner

January 2019

Happy New Year!

It is hard to believe that we are approaching the second half of the school year.  I hope you and your children enjoyed your time together.  Soon you will be receiving your child’s mid-semester progress report.  Now is the time to review your child’s progress and ensure that you are checking in with the teacher to see if your child is on target for success.

We are grateful for the opportunity to service you and your families.  We are also grateful for those of you who contribute to the success of our school, particularly our PTO.  As we embark on the New Year, we are excited about the activities planned for our Cook students. On the horizon is our annual musical.  This year we will be performing Annie Junior.  Students who have expressed an interest have already received study packets.  Auditions will take place beginning January 14,, 2019.  You will receive more details soon.  We are also looking forward to our Black History Month celebration, as well as our Dr. Seuss celebration.  New this year will be a Talent Show for all grade levels. 

At Cook, we believe in well-rounded students.  Hence, please encourage your child to participate in the additional activities afforded you and your families.  During my Cookies and Conversations discussion with parents, we discussed rigorous instruction and grading.  We discussed ensuring that ALL students are pushed to higher levels of instruction.  We also discussed the importance of grading and the pressure to receive all A’s or B’s.  Our next Cookies and Conversation will take place in February.  It will be on Assessments. Please look out for the date!


The following are activities that can strengthen your child’s academic levels:

The most important thing a parent can do is to develop a love for literacy. Children should read a balance of fiction and non-fiction.  The following are great questions to ask your child while reading non-fiction and fiction text:

  1. )What is the main idea of the text? 2.) Can you tell me something you already know about this topic? 3.) What did you learn from reading the text? 3.) What are some new words that you learned? 4.) Do you have any questions after reading this? 5.) What questions would you ask the author about this topic? 
  2. )When reading fiction text ask: What was the theme? Tell me about the characters. How did the characters change throughout the story? Was there a lesson learned?
  • Read to your child and have your child read to you daily (not just younger students)
  • Have students keep a journal and write daily
  • Discuss current events with your child at dinner or while driving
  • To help support your child with automaticity in math, work with your child to achieve fluency with addition and subtraction in grades K-2. Multiplication and division facts are the major competency in grades three, four and five.
  • The following is an interesting website to visit with your child:


 This year we are excited to announce that we have selected third grade teacher Calla Pereira as Teacher of the Year.  In addition, School Social Worker Kia Alexander has been selected as Support Staff of the Year.  When you see them, please congratulate them for their hard work and dedication.

If you have any questions or concerns, I am available via phone, email or personal meetings.  Please feel free to reach out to me at any time 908-731-4210.

Upcoming Events:

Honor Roll Assembly Grades 1-3                                     January 9th 9:00 AM
Honor Roll Assembly Grades 4-5                                     January 9th 9:30 AM
Grade 4 & 5   NJPAC trip                                                        January 17th
Schools/Offices Closed                                                           January 21st & 22nd
National Elementary Honor Society Induction      January 31st 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM