November 2019 Newsletter

A Message From Mr. Ruhl:

Greetings Emmeline Cook Families!

Winter Reminders....ALREADY!!

As the temperature drops, the traffic numbers at E. Cook always seem to increase.  Please use the following guidelines for efficient parking / drop off.

Our traffic plan states:

  • cars should pull all the way up to the turn around on Hazel before letting their children out, particularly on indoor recess days. This allows more cars to use the limited drop-off space and move along more quickly.

  • pull all the way up to the circle when letting your child out. Preparing for a smooth and efficient departure

  • if you have to come in please make every attempt to park off of Hazel to allow other parents to make quick drop-offs or pick-ups. (Traffic will be monitored closely by law enforcement and tickets could potentially be issued)

  • no parent vehicles should be in the circle drop off after 7:30.  This area is reserved for bus traffic. 

  • please be very aware of the dangerous crosswalk at the corner of Hazel and Bent Ave.  The majority of our students cross at that intersection. 

Keep in mind when dropping off your students that ANY temperature above 10 degrees will result in outside recess. Take every precaution with your students be prepared with appropriate winter clothing. Continue to monitor local news outlets and your family access messages for weather and travel updates.  

Mike Ruhl

From The PTO

Friday, November 15th, 2019

Get your quarters ready....It's popcorn time!

(Or you can use 10 Cougar Paws) Limit 2 bags per student.




Theme: Highlight & Celebrate Our Unique Identity As A School

Thursday, November 21st - 6pm - 7pm in the Media Center

Topics to include:

 - Open Forum Q&A with Mr. Ruhl

 - Sister school partnership with Kalangu School in Zambia

*Babysitting available in the gym w/ snacks provided

(If you have ideas about what you'd like to discuss, please fill out this form: HERE or contact us at


 - Movie Night - 

  • Doors open at 6:00pm - Movies starts at 6:30pm
  • Bring a comfy blanket, pillow, folding chair...or even come in your PJ's! (Please note that we have a limited number of mats, so feel free to bring your own comfy seating, bean bags or sleeping bags)
  • CONCESSIONS will be for sale including pizza and nachos!





October Social Skills Focus:

Students learned to identify what makes them special and unique, recognize the similarities and differences with their classmates and understood that they are apart of a diverse community where their uniqueness is recognized and appreciated!  They created their own piece to the 'Inclusion Quilt' by drawing/writing about what makes us special and unique. This will be put up in the hallway. Watch for it!  

October PBIS Raffle Winners:  

Jayceon Fleming, Kindergarten,  was chosen to be our Halloween Parade Line Leader! He took his job very seriously and lead the parade with confidence!n Great job Jayceon!

And 6 lucky students,  won a pumpkin painting activity.   

Logan Sanders, 2nd Grade Rashad Brooks, 2nd Grade
Kong Cheng Lor, 1st Grade Sopie Jepsen, 4th Grade
Eh Da Soe, 3rd Grade Eva Meri, 4th Grade


Social Skills Tip of the Month:

When your child is upset, frustrated or sad have them try to use a coping strategy that they have learned about in school.  Here is a list of some strategies they could use or try at home:

 - Draw or color

 - Listen to music

 - Write about it

 - Hug or squeeze a stuffed animal or pillow

 - Read a book

 - Move away from what is making you upset 

 - Take deep breaths

 - Talk to someone

 - Exercise (run or walk)

 - Take a break and come back to it in 5 minutes

November Raffle:

VIP Fancy Lunch - Thanksgiving themed - (4) students from K-2 and (4) students from 3-5 will each get to bring a friend. Students will eat their own lunch, and we will provide a special dessert.

Looking Ahead:



November 11th

Veteran's Day

November 12th

4th Grade Field Trip (Oshkosh Youth Symphany)

November 13th

  • Early Release (12:30pm)

  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences(by teacher request only) (3-5:30pm)

November 14th 3rd Grade  - Edenbrook Visit (Ruedinger)
November 15th Popcorn Day

November 21st

  • 3rd Grade - Edenbrook Visit (Devermann)
  • PTO Parent/Community Workshop (6-7pm)
November 22nd Family Movie Night  (6pm)                   (Dora and the Lost City of Gold)
November 27th - 29th
NO SCHOOL -Thanksgiving Break
December 2nd
Holiday Concert @ Alberta Kimball Hall (6pm)
December 11th
Early Release (12:30pm)
December 23rd - January 1st
NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
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Honoring Our Veteran's

We would like to take time to thank all those who have or are currently serving our country.  Specifically we would like to highlight Mr. Everett Zellmer, our breakfast server, and Andrew Wallace, a former gym teacher here at Emmeline Cook.

Mr. Everett Zellmer:

Served our country from 1969-1971 in the Navy Reserves.  Ev was in the Vietnam War and was also in the Color Guard.  Most recently, Ev was chosen for the Honor Flight to visit the Washington DC memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends. He truly appreciated the opportunity. 
On Monday, November 11th, during Monday Morning Meeting the whole school honored Ev with a special thank you.  A flag was made from each of the 259 student's fingerprints.  Ev also lead the entire school in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thank you Ev for your service to our country!


Mr. Andrew Wallace:

 Andrew joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard and felt honored to serve his country. Andrew was killed by a roadside bomb Sept. 26, 2005, in Iraq during a tour of duty.   Andrew was loved by his students at Emmeline Cook Elementary School and Oshkosh North High School, where he was a coach and teacher of adaptive phy ed. The children at Emmeline Cook held an assembly before Andrew's deployment and created a scrapbook of cards wishing him well. After September 26, 2005, Oshkosh North honored Andrew's commitment with a Wrestling award and Emmeline Cook dedicated a flag pole in his memory. The Andrew Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund awards a graduating senior from both Ripon High School and Oshkosh North High School with a scholarship to pursue higher education in the field of teaching.

Please click HERE for more information on the Sergeant Andrew Wallace Scholarship Fund.

Holiday Concert

When: December 2nd, 2019, 6pm - 8pm

Where: Alberta Kimball Hall @ Oshkosh West HS           (375 N. Eagle St.)

Note From Mrs. Byrom:

Can you believe it’s winter concert time again?  We have been practicing since the beginning of October!  Soon I will start singing the songs in my dreams:)  The kids can wear festive attire for the concert.  Some kids dress up a lot and others a little. Either is fine.  The students should arrive between 6:10-6:15. Their teachers may not be there until 6:15 and will sit with them in the back of the auditorium.  When facing the stage, kindergarteners will meet their teachers on the right side of the auditorium along the wall. They will sing first and then we will have an opportunity for you to meet them as they get off the stage.  They can sit with you for the rest of the evening. All other students will sit down in their seats with their teachers at the back of the auditorium after they sing. There is no special attire this year but there will be some soloists and students introducing songs.  I will send out individual emails to those parents. You may want them to dress up a little more but it is NOT required. Also, if anyone has a dog costume that would fit a 3rd grader that we could borrow please send me an email at

Thank you

Debbie Byrom                  

Crossing Guard Needed

Calling all parents....grandparents or E. Cook Neighbors....We are looking for someone to help by being a Crossing Guard a couple mornings a week.  This is a volunteer position and and does not required to be EVERY day.  You would be needed from 7:20am - 7:50am on either Monday's, Tuesday's, Thursday's or Friday's.  Volunteer for 1 day a week or a combination of any of the days. If you or someone you know is interested in helping keep our students safe while crossing the street, please call the office at 920-424-0152.

Miscellaneous Information

7:30am -  Playground Supervision Starts

7:40am -  First Bell Rings (students enter building at this time)

7:45am -  Second Bell Rings (students should be in their classroom at this time)

7:46 am - 7:54am - Students who arrive late will be marked TARDY

7:55am & after -  Students will be marked UNEXCUSED, unless:

  • A parent has called with the reason for the student’s tardiness

  • A parent has walked the student in to the Office

11:20 am - 11:40 am: 

  • Recess for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Lunch for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade


11:40am - 12:10pm:

  • Lunch for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades
  • Recess for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade

2:45pm - End of the day bell rings (students need to be picked up immediately, they may not wait at the playground)

Early Release Dates: (End of the day bell rings at 12:30pm)

  • November 13, 2019

  • December 11, 2019

  • January 8, 2020

  • February 12, 2020

  • March 11, 2020

  • April 8, 2020

  • May 13, 2020

During this time of year Mother Nature sure does like to confuse us Wisconsinites and we just never know what type of clothing to wear for outdoors.  Here are some guidelines that we follow:

  • If the temperature is BELOW 50° -  A COAT IS REQUIRED
  • If the temperature is BETWEEN 50° - 60° - LONG SLEEVES ARE REQUIRED
  • If the temperature is ABOVE 60° - NO COATS ARE REQUIRED

We have decided to try and help students remember these guidelines by posting these signs at the recess doors.