August 8, 2019
ONCE UPON A TIME IN …. MILWAUKEE
Once upon a time, in the year of 2007, a newly appointed, dreamy eyed administrator wondered if her “happily ever after” fairy tale ending would elude her. For years, she muddled through her days, aimlessly searching for a fairy godmother who would dramatically wave her magic wand and transport her to her very own high achieving castle ensconced with cherubic children and exemplary educators.
She dreamed of a faraway land that would transport her to a gilded palace where children delightfully skip while perusing mountains of books, where children treat all with the utmost respect and kindness, and where both children and elders proudly proclaim, “Do the Right Thing!” She longed for a joyful place where teaching and learning is revered and honored.
At long last ….and… in true fairy tale form…. her heart’s desire to rule a school was realized! As the distant sound of trumpets blared, Jennifer L. Doucette was summoned by the town crier who ceremoniously anointed her as the new principal of a “Prince Charming of a school.” After kissing many proverbial “frogs,” she finally found her true love… a majestic fortress perched in an enchanting sleepy Milwaukee neighborhood lined with trees one might see in a forest, bluebirds some insist chirp sweet little nothings in their ears, and field mice trained to inconspicuously sew and clean. The floundering waif cautiously peered up at the imposing facade and melodically read aloud to all her fury forest friends, “James Fenimore Cooper School!” And, it was at that moment, her glass slipper dropped, and she knew her happily ever after had at long last arrived.
And with the wave of a wand and the whisper of, “Bippity. Bobbity. Boo,” a dozen years later, this Cinderella story continues to captivate the hearts of both young and old. The revered HOC (House Of Cooper) magically transformed Cooper’s palace of learning into an award winning, dynamic, world class operation, inspiring others to find their happy endings! There are no moats, no poison apples, no fire breathing dragons, nor any other ferocious obstacles to interfere with Cooper’s well established magic. Cooper boasts of only princesses and princes, kings and queens, who may have begun as tadpoles and toads eager to have their lives enhanced by immersing themselves into the kingdom that promises to provide fantastical social and academic lessons.
So, grab your tiaras and crowns, tame your imposing dragon, polish those apples, hop on your flying unicorn, and settle in for a fairy tale that knows no boundaries or evil stepmothers! Snow White, Prince Charming, Princess Tiana, and even the perennial favorite Cinderella, have nothing on the HOC’s bewitching team of royalty!
HOC parents a.k.a. Kings & Queens, ask yourself one question, “Are you committed to your child’s happily ever after? If so, congratulate yourself for choosing thee #1 K-8 school in the district! Prepare yourself and your family for a magical ride!
AS the head royal administrator of our fine palace, I wish to humbly Welcome You Back to what promises to be the most successful school year ever! Kindly unfurl and peruse the remaining proclamation.
Just a couple of things that I would like to apprise you of:
Our Cooper mission statement is Do the Right Thing! The Cooper staff lives and breathes this simple expectation. I expect nothing but the best from our students as well. I vehemently believe in holding our children accountable and responsible for their learning experience. I promise you, the parent, to continue to uphold the safe, orderly, and inviting learning environment at Cooper. I look forward to nurturing and continuing the strong home-school connection you have already helped to establish.
As we begin our new school year which officially begins for our students on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:35a.m and ends at 2:35p.m. I want to remind you of the procedures we are required to follow regarding visitors to our school. These procedures are part of an ongoing effort to improve the safety and security of our school:
- Use the main entrance on 21st Street. There is a doorbell to the right of the door.
- Report to the office.
- Show some form of identification.
- Sign in on the MPS Visitor Record.
- Wear/display the MPS Visitor pass while in the school.
- If you need to go to a location other than the school office, you will be escorted by a staff member.
- Upon leaving the school, please return your visitors pass to the school office.
As always, we welcome your presence and participation in the life of our learning community. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for our Family Open House/Ice Cream Social! As in the past, Scholastic Reflections, will be onsite to take fall school pictures. Feel free to drop off your child’s school supplies the night of our Open House! It promises to be a great way to kick off another memorable and successful school year. Kindly note the important reminders below. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or concerns at 304-6305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your commitment and support as we work together for the successful learning and well-being of all our children in our school community. I encourage you to stop and see me when you get an opportunity. I anticipate an extraordinary year!
Savor every second of summer!
Jennifer Doucette, Principal
- New Princesses to Join Cooper’s Royalty. We are pleased to introduce Gina Kaisler, former Golda Meir and Elm Creative Arts teacher, to serve in the role of fifth grade teacher, along with Kayla Wilson, former Special Education Resource teacher at Grant, to serve as Cooper’s middle school Special Education Resource teacher. We welcome Ms. Nicole Michalak as the HOC’s newest paraprofessional. Ms. Michalak comes to us from Fairview.
- Supply Lists. The current supply lists for the individual grades are found on Cooper’s website at mpsmke.com/cooper.
- Students’ fees are due. $10.00 for K-4 through 8th grade. Fees will be applied to expenses as follows: 50% toward classroom materials and supplies, 25% toward school expenses (copiers, paper, postage, etc.) and 25% toward technology.
- Cooper Handbooks will be distributed at the Open House/Ice Cream Social. Please take the time to read the updated handbook that addresses everything from teacher contact information, Camp Cooper, behavior expectations, dress code, school calendar, to eighth grade graduation!
- Pick up and drop off procedures will remain the same. Only buses will be permitted to drop off and pick up on 21st Street. Please avoid traveling north on 21st Street. Parents will pick up and drop off only on Abbott. Parents escorting students may park on the south side of Abbott or along the side streets. Please do NOT park in the “No Parking” zone as you may be subjected to being ticketed by the MPD. Parents are expected to turn right or head South on 21st Street. K4 & K5 students will use the NW playground door for drop off and pick up. Thank you for keeping our children safe!