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SEW March newsletter

Find out what Cooke students have learned over the past two months in the school's Social and Emotional Wellness (SEW) program. Read the March newsletter. For more information on the program and to read past newsletters, visit Cooke's SEW webpage. 

Deadline to order yearbooks is April 7

Students may purchase yearbooks by bringing $10 to school with a note indicating the student's name and class. Yearbooks are also available to order online by clicking here and using code 10933617

George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrates black history

George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with an essay contest, where the students submitted a piece of artwork or essay that examined a notable event or person who has shaped black history and how he or she inspires them. Read more

Sullivan County Elementary Art Show will be March 3-28

Elementary students’ artwork will be on display at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville from March 3-28. Please join us for an opening reception, crafts and refreshments on Friday, March 3 from 4:30-6 p.m.

Morning Music late arrival policy

Morning Music students are scheduled to arrive at 7:05 a.m., and are allowed to come in through the high school auditorium's entrance until 7:15 a.m. After 7:15 a.m., students must enter through the RJK Middle School main entrance.

March Morning Music calendar available

Click here for an updated March calendar for elementary Morning Music. Please note that due to ELA testing, there will be no music March 28-30.

Cooke Parent-Teacher conference night cancelled

Please be aware that the evening Elementary Parent-Teacher conference night previously scheduled for March 30th has been canceled. The remaining conference dates are March 31 and April 7. Read more

Cooke students ring in the year of the rooster

As part of the school’s diversity initiative, the EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) team, in collaboration with Cooke’s waste reduction team, treated students to a presentation and crafts celebrating the Chinese New Year during each lunch period. Read more

Kindergarten registration will begin Feb. 27

Kindergarten registration will be taking place Feb. 27-Mar. 3 and Mar. 13-16 by appointment only. Please make sure to call the registrar's office early at 845-794-0128, ext. 78905 to make an appointment.  Learn more | Download Parent's Guide to Kindergarten [PDF]

Rosemarie Romano appointed principal of George L. Cooke Elementary School

At its Jan. 19 meeting, the Monticello Central School District’s Board of Education approved the appointment of Rosemarie (Roe) Romano as principal of George L. Cooke Elementary School, effective Sept. 1, 2017. Read more

George L. Cooke students learning critical life skills through tinkering

Click here to watch Cooke Librarian and Monticello's Decemeber Spotlight, Julia Serrano's, class learning through play with "Maker Space" stations.

SEW newsletter available online

To further support student success, the school has a Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) Facilitator to assist in identifying and meeting students' social, emotional and physical needs. Click here to learn more about Ms. Elisa Mendels and read her bi-monthly newsletter.

It’s beginning to look a lot like recycling

Where some see used plastic and Popsicle sticks, Cooke Elementary students see poinsettia plants and a baby deer. In an effort to remind others to "reduce, reuse and recycle" during the holidays, students have made holiday ornaments out of recyclable ornaments that their teachers have saved throughout the season. Read more

The spotlight is on Julia Serrano

Out of the roughly 4,320 days that Julia Serrano has worked in the Monticello Central School District, she says she’s never had one where she didn’t feel like coming in. And if the enthusiasm of her students is any indication, there has probably never been a day where her students didn’t feel like coming into her classroom, either. Read more

Prospective chorus members can join in January

Fourth- and fifth- grade students who would like to join chorus can do so when the morning music program continues after winter break.  Interested students should contact their school music teacher in January. The deadline for joining will be January 27, 2017.

Mad Science comes to Cooke Elementary

On Friday, Dec. 2, all George L. Cooke Elementary School students were introduced to the wonder of science with a special show from Mad Science. Read more

Morning Music calendar is available online

Please click here to view the Morning Music calendar for December 2016 and January 2017.

Waste reduction program to be expanded district-wide

The district is proud to announce the launch of Earth Day, Every Day, a district-wide program designed to encourage ecological waste reduction practices among students and staff. Read more

Students learn about symbolism

Fifth-grade students are reading the novel, Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz, as an extension of their human rights module. Read more

Cooke water outlets test positive for elevated levels of lead

In September 2016, a New York state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The district has recieved prelimary results from water quality testing at Cooke. Read more

Cooke goes pink for breast cancer

On Oct. 14, students and staff at Cooke donned pink clothing and accessories to support breast cancer survivors and promote breast cancer awareness and raised more than $265 to go toward the cause. Read more

First day of the 2016-17 school year video

Monty the Panther spent the entire first day of school prowling the halls of all of the district's schools to welcome back all of our students. Click here to watch the video and see Monty in action, hear welcome back messages from each of our principals and to check in with our students on how their first day went.

Cooke implements cafeteria incentive program

Classes that follow cafeteria expectations will earn a tally on their class chart posted in the cafeteria. When a class earns five tallies they will earn popcorn to eat during “Movie Friday” at the cafeteria. Read more

Important information about drop-off and pick-up

Please review George L. Cooke Elementary School's drop-off and pick-up proceedures here.

Volunteers needed during book fair

The Cooke-Rutherford PTO is searching for volunteers during the book fair. Please contact Erinn at 665-9423 or Sue at 701-0125 or e-mail cookeklrpto@k12mcsd.net.

New immunization requirements for school entry

With summer vacation fast approaching, now is a good time to make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. Download a list of immunization requirements here: English | Español

Students, staff honor lunch lady heroes

To celebrate School Lunch Hero Day, Cooke welcomed Jarrett Krosoczka, creator of the Lunch Lady graphic novels, for a special assembly. Since the publication of hisseries, Krosoczka has visited schools to inspire students. The women and men who work tirelessly in school cafeteria are a fun and selfless bunch who do more than we realize, he told the students. Read more

Flipped learning: homework in class and class lessons at home

In a typical classroom, students learn a lesson in class and then take an assignment home to practice that lesson. But what would happen if that scenario were flipped around? According to one teacher in the Monticello Central School District, great things. Read more

Cooke fifth-graders graduate from D.A.R.E program

On Monday, April 4, Cooke Elementary School fifth-graders were recently recognized at a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) graduation ceremony held at the school’s multi-purpose room. Read more

Helping families, schools and communities: an inside look at EPIC

Most days at Robert J. Kaiser Middle School, Every Person Influences Children (EPIC) Manager Jane Sorensen will at some point rise from her desk, pull on her blazer, and make her way from her office to the main entrance of the school. Although Mrs. Sorensen is no stranger to the elementary schools in the Monticello Central School District, she has just begun making her mark in the middle school. Click here to learn more about what's in store for the district through EPIC.

Parent resources available for Eureka Math

The district’s elementary schools have been using Eureka Math, a Common Core-aligned curriculum, for grades K-5. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to visit the Eureka parent support page to watch a brief video resource to help you to help your child become proficient in math.

Cooke students, staff featured in Times Herald Record

Times Herald Record sat down with students and staff at Cooke to talk about how they are stepping up as "green leaders" and taking responsibility for creating the future they want to live in. view article

SEW program knits wellness with academics

“I like when Mr. Prestianni comes into our class,” said C.J. Poitras, a fourth grade student at Chase. “Sometimes, people work hard in school and struggle and then they get stressed out. But, when Mr. Prestianni comes, he helps us learn how to relax.” read more

Health screenings to take place in all schools

New York State requires health screenings for students each year. read more

Cooke pilots recycling and garbage reduction program

Students from George L. Cooke Elementary School are overseeing lunchroom recycling and waste disposal as part of a pilot program that's helped slash the amount of garbage the school would send to landfills. read more

Events customized for you via Google Calendar

The 2015-16 district calendar was printed and mailed to residents over the summer. To check for new and rescheduled events throughout the year, be sure to view the district's Google Calendar on the each school's home page or "like" the district on Facebook.

Free meals will be offered to Cooke students

The Cooke, Rutherford and Kaiser schools continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to students.  read more

MCSD implements new visitor sign-in procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, all visitors are required to adhere to the outlined procedures listed here. Click here to read the Monticello Board of Education policies regarding visitors.

Reminder: Photo ID required at student pick up

We are working hard to make student safety a top priority! You may have noticed that a PHOTO ID is required EVERY time you  pick up your child. This policy was put into place to ensure that our students are picked up by the correct people every single day. We appreciate your understanding the importance of this policy!

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

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