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What "cycle day" is it?

Monday, January 26 - DAY 4
Tuesday, January 27 - DAY 5
Wednesday, January 28 - DAY 1
Thursday, January 29 - DAY 2
Friday, January 30 - DAY 3

Bingo graphicCooke-Rutherford PTO sponsors Children's Bingo Night on Wednesday, Jan. 28

Come enjoy a night of family fun on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Rutherford School. Admission is free! RSVPs requested.  see flyer

Fourth graders have rhythm!

Morning music participants have some fun performing with rhythm instruments (please be patient while the video loads).


Fifth grader wins Arbor Day poster contest

Tatiana Torres was named winner of the NYS Department of Conservation's annual poster contest for her Tree-mendous trees of New York artwork. Congratulations, Tatiana!  read more

Monticello firefighter is special guest in second grade classroom

Jim Gerrard took time out of his busy schedule to read to some Cooke second graders.  read more

Students ring in the holidays with musical performance

Cooke students performed on Dec. 18 for family and friends during their winter concert. read more

Students attend a special trip to Bethel Woods

Students visited Bethel Woods Center of the Arts on Nov. 14 to watch “I Laid An Egg”, a live show about the adventure of a child and her imaginary friend "Egg". The performance used elements of Shadow Theater, Object Theater and music. Cooke thanks Jane Sorensen, EPIC coordinator, as she was able to secure tickets for our students to enjoy a special day.

Students welcome Bernard Woma

Students packed the gymnasium to see special guest, drummer and musician Bernard Woma who performed on Dec. 11 for the entire school. Bernard is a world renowned musician who has performed for President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, as well as Queen Elizabeth II.

Cooke "shares the spirit"

Cooke School Cares and The Spirit Committee knows how to highlight that giving is important during the holiday season. On Dec. 10, the Cooke students were enjoying making Twin Ornaments while dressed like twins! read more

Backpack Program receives donation

The Cooke Elementary School Spirit Committee is pleased to use proceeds from the school store to supplement the Backpack Food Program. Under the direction of ALC teacher Mr. Eric Mabee, the backpacks help many children with snacks and lunches while school is closed for the holidays and weekends. Thank you Mr. Mabee; the staff and children appreciate YOU!

Pictured: Principal Sandra Johnson-Fields, teachers Megan Hobby, Nicky Wells and Amy Garrett, 5th grader Dylan Hardy, ALC Coordinator Eric Mabee, teacher Patty Whipple, 1st grader J’Vaughn Dawson, 4th grader Andrew Figueroa, 1st grader Tyiese Mack, 3rd grader Aaron Minton and 2nd grader Emily Brito

Morning Music updates

Morning Music will not take place when there is a delay or school is closed.

Fifth grade takes part in Readers Theater

During Module 1, fifth graders applied what they learned about human rights by creating scripts for a Readers Theater performance based on the novel, Esperanza Rising. They worked in small groups to write their own scripts based on a specific passage from the novel, Esperanza Rising, focusing on characters’ experiences with human rights challenges.

Monticello Kiwanis and Builders Club Donate to United Way

The Monticello Kiwanis Club donated an unwrapped toy or game as part of the United Way of Sullivan County’s holiday toy drive. read more

Thank you Starlight Chapter 74!

Members from the Starlight Chapter 74 Bethany Lodge recently brought a generous donation to the George L. Cooke Elementary School. The donations of school supplies ranged from glue sticks to composition notebooks. The donation was greatly appreciated, and accepted by April Laskey's 1st grade class.

Second graders write and publish Snow Day Fun

Second graders in Jessica Ashcaft and Joanna Dutcher's class recently wrote, illustrated and published a story they entitled Snow Day Fun. read more

Cooke-Rutherford PTO Craft Night has been postponed

Due to weather, the Cooke-Rutherford PTO Craft Night scheduled for Dec. 10 has been cancelled. Snow date information will be announced shortly.

Parent/student partnership key to ART portfolio homework

Fourth and fifth graders are having fun working on their ART portfolio homework. read more

Cooke students learn true meaning of Veterans Day

Major visited Cooke students to share information about his job and what Veterans Day means to him. read more

Fourth grade students decorate holiday tree at
Catskill Historical Society Museum

During a recent trip to the Catskill Historical Society Museum in Hurleyville, 4th grade Student Council members decorated the museum’s holiday tree with homemade ornaments and several donated gifts provided by retired elementary teachers. The tree is on display in the George Cooke Room at the museum.

Firefighters reinforce safety with students

Monticello firefighters met with students to remind them how to stay safe. read more

Therapy dog unleashes elementary students' reading skills

Volunteers from the Monticello Kiwanis Club a therapy and service dog to the school so students could read to him. read more

Cooke promotes a college culture amongst its fifth-grade students

The district is piloting a program to engage its students in discussions about college in earlier grade levels with the hope that fifth graders leave elementary school motivated for their future in middle school and beyond. read more


January menus now posted

The food service program provides students with tasty, healthy meals every school day. Click here to see what students can purchase for breakfast and lunch this month, to find out how to pay for school meals online or to see if your child qualifies for free or reduced meal prices.

Parent Today offers parents tips to help children succeed

Have you signed up for the free, opt-in resource Parent Today? Be sure to check out the Parent Today e-newsletter and website, which offer tips and resources to aid parents in their partnership with educators to support students throughout the educational process, from pre-k through high school. MORE

View the student calendar for 2014-15 school year

View important dates for the 2014-15 school year. view the student calendar [PDF]

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