Cook-Wissahickon K-8

Karen Thomas

201 E. Salaignac Street
Philadelphia PA 19128
Phone: 215-487-4463

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

Message from the Principal

To Our Cook-Wiss Families,


Thank you all for your patience as we endure a very snowy winter.  We have a few days to make up during our normal spring break (April 15, 16, and 17), but now must remain focused on our efforts to help our children reach their reading and math goals as we move into PSSA weeks starting March 24th.  While preparing to take these assessments is important, our focus must remain on strong reading comprehension and vocabulary.  Daily practice in math and reading in the subject areas of science and social studies are proven ways for students to make strong gains academically.
Spring is right around the corner, but now is the time to focus on the practices at home and at school that will give our children the best chance at academic success.  Help your child's teachers by checking homework assignments daily.  Your child should be able to complete their own homework with little help from you.  Reach out to your child's teachers if you have questions or concerns.  Together, we can ensure all students are working to their potential. Please see the Parents page for sample PSSA tests for grades 3-8


 The 2013-14 school year is upon us, and we are looking forward to moving our practices forward to help all students succeed.  We are expanding our use of research on how children learn to design how we teach in the classroom.  We are incorporating movement breaks into the school day to get students focused and keep them learning.  We are adding lessons to help our students learn how to help each other, prevent and report bullying, and become community activists.  Also, our curriculum now revolves around the Common Core Standards, which means our teaching is more about depth rather than quantity, mastery rather than test taking.  Literacy is our focus across all classrooms, and you can expect your children to always have a high-interest book to read at home and during their literacy period each morning.  We will share with you ways to help your children become avid readers, expand their numeracy and love of math, and use science and social studies to expand their view of the world and become problem solvers.

We welcome your feedback and expertise.  Consider coming to our monthly School Advisory Council meetings, held on the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m. in the Library.  Be sure to join the Cook-Wissahickon Home & School Association, which has the reputation as being one of the most active in the City of Philadelphia.  I look forward to meeting you and working closely with you and your children this year.


Karen Thomas, Principal



School News


Dear Parents:

We are excited to be a part of the "Philadelphia Campaign for Healthier Schools" again this year, working together to decrease the unhealthy foods in our school, promote healthier food choices, and to increase physical activity and exercise.

To reach our goals we need your support!

1.  Healthy Snacks:  If you pack snacks and drinks for your child, please pack healthy ones.  If your child buys snacks at the corner store, talk about making healthier choices.  Healthy choices are:  fruits and vegetables, whole grain crackers, granola bars, low-fat string cheese, low-fat yogurt.  Healthy Drinks:  water, low-fat milk, 100% fruit juice.

3.  Healthy Classroom Celebrations:  If you would like to bring in a treat for your child's birthday or classroom party, please make it healthy.  Healthy Treats:  fruit salad, vegetables and dressing, juice, popcorn.  Non-Food Treats:  Fun games to play, small prizes (pencils, erasers, stickers), a movie or book for the classroom.

We welcome your ideas to help us become a healthier school.  If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the office to join our school's Wellness Council.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to a healthy school year!


The Wellness Council

To view Cook-Wissahickon's monthly calendar click here.

Kindergarten Registration

School registration hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Children must be 5 years old by September 1st.

Please see the school district's website for complete information on kindergarten registration. Click here

New Student Registration 

Documents parents should bring:

  •  Child's birth certificate
  •  Child's previous report card
  •  Immunization records
  •  Proof of address: one of the following items
  • Utility bill (gas or electric)
  • PA driver’s license
  • PA vehicle registration
  • Pay stub with address of employer & employee

Cook-Wissahickon's Recyling List 


 We are recycling the following items:






Cell Phone Brigade

Accepted Waste: Standard cell phones, smart phones, iPhones

Inkjet & Toner Cartridge Brigade

Accepted Waste: All inkjet cartridges are accepted, but please check the Brigade page for select toner cartridges

iPod® and MP3 Player Brigade

Accepted Waste: Non touch-screen iPods, touch-screen iPods, and other MP3 players

Laptop, Tablet, & E-Reader Brigade

Accepted Waste: Laptops, notebooks, netbooks, e-readers, tablets, and iPads

Miscellaneous E-Waste Brigade

Accepted Waste: Cameras, digital cameras, camcorders, GPS units, and graphing calculators




Lunch Kit Brigade

Accepted Waste: Lunch kit plastic trays, lunch kit plastic lids, lunch kit plastic film, lunch kit outer wrapper, and lunch kit content packaging

Dairy Tub Brigade

Accepted Waste: Yogurt tubs and lids, sour cream tubs and lids, cheese tubs and lids, cream cheese tubs and lids, butter and margarine tubs and lids, plastic ice cream tubs and lids, whipped topping tubs and lids, pudding tubs and lids, foil tops, and plastic seals.


Energy Bar Wrapper Brigade

Accepted Waste: Foil-lined wrappers from energy bars, granola bars, meal replacement bars, protein bars, diet bars, and wrappers from Clif SHOT, Clif Twisted Fruit, Clif Roks, Clif Bloks, Clif gels, all LÄRABAR® foil- lined wrappers, and all Cascadian Farm® foil-lined bar wrappers.

Entenmann’s Little Bites Pouch Brigade

Accepted Waste: Entenmann’s Little Bites pouches


Accepted Waste: Aluminum drink pouches, plastic drink pouches, drink pouch straws, and drink pouch straw wrappers




Elmer’s® Glue Crew Brigade

Accepted Waste: Elmer’s glue sticks, Elmer’s glue bottles, and Elmer’s glue tops of all sizes

Scotch® Tape Brigade

Accepted Waste: Scotch tape plastic tape dispensers, plastic tape cores




Colgate® Oral Care Brigade

Accepted Waste: Toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrushes, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging, and floss containers


Tom’s of Maine® Natural Care Brigade

Accepted Waste: Toothpaste tubes, toothpaste caps, toothbrushes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles, mouthwash caps, deodorant containers, deodorant caps, and plastic soap wrappers. Please note, aerosol deodorant cans are not accepted.




Diaper Packaging Brigade

How to Ship: No special requirements

Accepted Waste: Plastic diaper packaging, wipes outer plastic packaging, and individual wipes packaging. Please note, rigid tubs will not be accepted.

Solo® Cup Brigade

Accepted Waste: #6 rigid plastic cups

Paired Shoe Brigade

Accepted Waste: Pairs of women’s, men’s, and children’s shoes, which may include athletic sneakers, cleats, flats, high heels, dress shoes, boots, and fashion or casual sneakers



Please see the Parent's Page to access important forms and notices that Ms. Thomas will be referencing on Back to School Night Monday September 23rd, 2013.

Parent's Guides

Please click on your child's grade level to view the Parent's Guide to Student Success based on the Common Core State Standards. 

1st Grade 
2nd Grade 
3rd Grade
4th  Grade 
5th  Grade 
6th  Grade 
7th  Grade 
8th  Grade 





Welcome to Cook-Wissahickon

We are working together with students, parents and community to form a positive learning environment in which students achieve academic and personal success.
Our goal is to maximize our students' potential.  We are developing learning communities to support the diverse needs of our students.