Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Cook Families,


On behalf of GGUSD and Cook Elementary School, I am so excited to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year!  I hope that all of you have had a wonderful summer break and stayed safe. As the principal of Cook Elementary School, I'm excited to embark on another great year of learning, growing, and fun with all of our amazing Cook community!


District Focus and Goals

Like all of our schools in GGUSD, we will be continuing to focus on our District Goals: Academic Skills +  Personal Skills = Lifelong Success!   As a staff, we are committed to 21st Century Learning to best prepare our students for a successful future.  Our academic program is rigorous, engaging, and aligned to the state standards.   Our amazing teachers use research-based strategies to develop students’ skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, character, scholarly habits, and technology.  Our commitment to  21st Century Learning prepares our students for a successful future in whatever career path they choose. 

NEW FOR 2022-2023 School Year 

This past year has brought with it some continued challenges but as we start the new school year, we are excited to help students continue to thrive and soar academically, behaviorally, and socio-emotionally! One of our top priorities continues to be support the social-emotional well-being of our students and families. This year, additional resources have been allocated to support students who may still be recovering from the challenges and trauma from the events of the past three years.

In addition, we're excited to be starting PBIS which is a positive behavior system that teaches, supports, and acknowledges students for their outstanding behavior at school.  Supported by our school PTO, students will receive "Lion Loot" that can be redeemed for student prizes and experiences.  We can't wait to have our students recognized for (Responsible, Organized, Accepting, & Respectful)!


School Communication

Parent communication and connection between home and school is another one of our top priorities at Cook. Our main communication tool is ParentSquare so please be sure that you have downloaded the app and are receiving all of our school and district communication.  If you have any questions or issues with ParentSquare, please feel free to call us here at (714)663-6251 for assistance.

You will also receive a weekly Wednesday Folder in your child’s backpack every Wednesday.  Please be sure to check it, sign the form, and return it with your child the next day. 

Please also be sure to register and update your  GGUSD Aeries Parent Portal account. Through the use of Parent Portal, parents have the ability to be notified of their child’s new teacher, update student emergency records, print their child’s report card, and download important documents directly from the portal. 

Our school office team is also always here to help as well. Please make sure that we have your updated and current phone numbers and emails, so you can stay informed on all school information.


School Campus Safety

As a reminder, we are a closed campus to support student safety and campus security.  While we welcome our families onto campus for many school events during the school day, please be sure you check in at the front office before entering campus to help keep everyone safe.  

It is my pleasure and honor to work alongside the students, parents and staff at Cook Elementary School. Together, our students will continue toward academic and personal success!



Mrs. Sherry Sanborn, School Principal