Dear Cook Students and Family Members,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! This year is a historic school year, as we launch the year virtually, due to the worldwide pandemic. Despite the challenging circumstances, Cook is a good place to be! Our teachers, whether in person or on Zoom, are exemplary educators who will guide, teach and support your children through this coming year! We are excited to welcome our new TK and Kinder students, transfers, and returning students and families!
At Cook Elementary, we believe in the possibilities of each student and provide learning experiences that will challenge students and help them grow! This year, we welcome parents as our partners in schooling your children. While you will provide the “classroom” in your home, the teachers will provide the instruction. Your support in creating the expectation of consistency of attendance and work completion is critical to maintain continued learning that will smoothly transition into hybrid instruction at school, once we are able to return to Cook classrooms.
At Cook School, we understand that the support of parents and families brings strength to our school community. We normally encourage Cook family members to be involved in the life of our school through volunteering, involvement in committees or parent education opportunities. For now, due to the regulations due to the pandemic, we cannot have volunteers on campus. Once we move into traditional schooling after the pandemic, we will welcome parent volunteers on campus with open arms. Committees and parent education will continue, however all meetings will take place virtually on Zoom. More information to come!
We were thrilled to see all the children and families attend their Time with Teachers appointment, in order to receive materials and information to begin the school year strong! Family commitment like this is one of the key components that makes Cook a great school!
Communication has never been more important during this time in history. PLEASE upload the Parent Square app on your phone and check it regularly. I will send a parent newsletter once a week that will share important weekly information. Teachers and the district will also communicate with you via Parent Square.
Should you have any questions or needs at all, please don’t hesitate to call. We are thrilled to be starting our new school year with all our Cook Lions!
Sandi O. Ishii, Principal
At Cook Elementary School, we are committed to equipping all of our 365 students with the academic and personal skills for lifelong success. Our school has a long record of academic excellence and was honored with an elite 2018 California Distinguished School award and named to the 2017-2018 California Honor Roll for high academic gains and student success. Our students consistently outperform the state and county average on standardized state testing. In 2016, Cook Elementary School received the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School from the United States Department of Education. We also received the STEM Honor Roll from the CBEE Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. Alongside this award, we received the Title I Academic Achievement School and California Distinguished School Awards.
Our exceptional staff, dedicated students, and engaged parents all contribute to the success of our school. We offer free after-school tutoring to help all students succeed, and many intervention and enrichment opportunities. Cook provides many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills, including:
- The Tech Squad consists of 5th and 6th grade students who meet weekly to learn about technology troubleshooting so they can serve as leaders on campus to help teachers with their technology needs and. They also run and manage “Coding Day” which teaches all students about computer programming and coding.
- Our Peace Ambassador Program trains students in conflict mediation. These students range from 3rd to 6th grade, and they learn to work through issues together using the Peace Path.
- The Graphic Design Group is a group of talented fourth through sixth grade students who work together on visual design, and make posters and ads for spirit days.
- Safety Patrol is a parent valet service that supports traffic flow, helping students get out of cars. There will be a junior safety patrol launching soon! The Cook Student Council provides the opportunity for leadership and service. This is seen through how they are in charge of spirit days.
Cook's dedicated PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) organizes many fundraising initiatives to provide for fun school assemblies, family events, educational field trips, and new and exciting opportunities for our scholars. Any parent interested i joining is encouraged to call our school at (714) 663-6251 and ask for Joeleen Sbonek for more information.
We are grateful for the Give ad Grow grant which helped fund a new playround, play structure, buddy benches, murals and more to help modernize our campus and ensure students have a top-notch 21st century learning environment.
Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to sharing unforgettable experiences this school year!