2023-2024 Back To School Newsletter

Teachers / New E. Cook Staff


School Supply List


You can find your child's 

school supply list HERE:


Calling Students In Late - Out Early - Out Sick

START OF THE DAY:  Students are expected to enter the school at 7:45am (first bell) and will be marked TARDY after 7:50am (second bell).

Any students arriving after second bell (7:50am), they must stop in the office where their attendance and lunch choice will be taken.

If you know that your student will arrive after 7:50am, you can call them in to be marked as EXCUSE.  Failure to call in or make it in the school on time will result in an UNEXCUSED ABSENCE.

STUDENT IS ILL / HAS APPOINTMENT:  If your student is not feeling well or has an appointment please call them in as soon as possible, these absences are EXCUSED.

LEAVING EARLY:   If your student needs to leave for an appointment during the school day, please contact the school office and we can make the teacher aware of it or send an email to teacher and they will share with the office.  We will call the student down when someone gets here to pick up.  Knowing in advance will make the pick up go much quicker.

The office is extremely busy in the morning, so if we cannot answer your call please leave a DETAILED MESSAGE (Name of student, grade/ teacher, and reason for absence).



Your child should stay home if they have any of these symptoms:

  • 100 Degree temp or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Thick mucus from nose
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Undiagnosed rash or open sore
  • Pain that interferes with learning
  • Earache
  • Red, itchy eyes with discharge
  • Sore throat with difficulty swallowing or persistent, productive cough.

This helps prevent the spread of illness to others in school. If your child has any of these symptoms they should stay home and be free from symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.

Does your child need to take a medication at school?
If your child needs to take a medication at school you MUST fill out this form and have it signed by a doctor before any medication can be dispensed.



E Cook Traffic Pattern

Let’s talk about DROP OFF & PICK UP SAFETY.

We understand the the weather is sometimes not favorable, or sometimes we are running late, but it is even more important at those times that we abide by the traffic plan that we have in place for the safety of the students. It becomes very dangerous for students if this plan is not followed.

  • NO parent vehicles should be in the circle drive between 7:30am - 8:00am, this area is reserved for school bus traffic ONLY!

  • Please be very aware of the crosswalk and the Crossing Guard at the corner of Hazel and Bent Avenue.  ALL of our students should be using this crosswalk!!

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

E. Cook PTO

Your E. Cook PTO exists to enhance and enrich the E. Cook School Experience. We work to:

-Embrace & Celebrate our unique identity as a school

-Create & Maintain traditions that add educational and experiential value

-Implement & Promote purposeful literacy and learning initiatives

-Build & Strengthen our school community through meaningful relationships

To make sure you’re up to date on PTO efforts or to get involved, follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ecookpto) and send us an email at ecookpto@gmail.com to sign up for our listserv and periodic emails.”


2023-2024 School Year Calendar


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Community Events


Community Events

Curious about events happening in the Oshkosh community?  Click the Community Upcoming Events picture above to check out the list of events.

Letter From Mr. Ruhl

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Thursday, Aug. 24th  Get To Know You Conferences (See below)
Friday, Sept. 1st

 Group A Kindergarteners Attend This Day
 Group B Kindergarteners Say Home This Day

Monday, Sept. 4th  NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 
Tuesday, Sept. 5th  
Friday, Sept. 22nd  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Dev Day
Wednesday, Oct. 4th Picture Day
Friday, Oct. 13th  NO SCHOOL - Teacher Professional Dev Day
Friday, Oct. 27th  NO SCHOOL
Thursday, Nov. 9th  Picture Retakes
Friday, Nov. 10th  NO SCHOOL- Teacher Professional Dev Day
Wednesday, Nov. 22nd  NO SCHOOL
Thursday, Nov. 23rd  NO SCHOOL -Thanksgiving Break
Friday, Nov. 24th  NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
Friday, Dec. 8th  NO SCHOOL- Teacher Professional Dev Day
Dec. 22nd - Jan. 1st  NO SCHOOL  - Winter Break


School Communications


Here are the following ways we stay in touch with you:

 - Tuesday email Blast:  EVERY Tuesday an email will come out with weekly reminders and important information that families should know)

 - Blue Envelopes: Nearly every week a blue folder will come home with important paperwork that we would like parents to see.  These items could be anything from permission slips, to flyers, to fundraiser information.

 - Classroom Facebook Pages: Some classrooms have Facebook pages.  This information is shared below under Misc. Information.

Get To Know You Conferences


We will hold scheduled Get to Know You Conferences before school even starts.  This is your opportunity to meet your teacher, share information, drop off your school supplies, and just get to know each other before school starts.  An email will be sent out on August 15th confirming your student's teacher/classroom. Conferences will take place on Thursday, August 24th between the hours of 12:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., at a time of your choice.  You can choose to meet in person or do a virtual option. To set up a conference time, please follow the directions below.

In preparation for the Get to Know You Conferences,
please follow these steps:

1-On August 15th you will receive an email from Mrs. Vis / E. Cook with teacher and classroom information.

2-There will also be a link in the email for you to access an online sign up to schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher.

3-If you wish to meet virtually,please email your teacher to set up a time. 

4- You will be receiving a welcome email from your child’s
teacher by Thursday, August 24th. 

5-If you are having difficulty with this process please contact
Mrs. Vis at  (920) 424-0152.

Breakfast In The Classroom / Hot Lunch / Free Fruits & Vegetables

Emmeline Cook is once again eligible for the free breakfast in the classroom, hot lunch and fruits & vegetables program. 

**Please note that milk is included with the breakfast and hot lunch.  Should a student choose to have a milk with their snack their lunch account will be charged $.40 for each time they take a milk.

If your family would like to apply for free or reduced meals for the current school year, please download the instructions and application below.  Completed applications can be returned to your child's school or mailed to the Food Services Office at 375 N Eagle Street Oshkosh, WI 54902.

September Menus:


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Lighted School House

Our Mission:
Lighted School House will empower students socially and academically by providing unique, extended-day learning opportunities in partnership with the school, families, and the community.

A Typical Day:
2:45-5pm- Program Duration 
Healthy Snack and Recess
Academic and Enrichment Hours
5:00-6:00pm- Extended Hours 

Students work with classroom leads or certified teachers on homework assignments during the academic hour and participate in skill-building activities designed to complement their day-school learning. During enrichment hour, students participate in activities that expand on learning in ways that differ from the school day's methods. They often are interactive and project-focused.

The program serves any student that needs a safe and fun place to go after school. Programs are designed to enrich learning experiences in an afterschool setting. 

We cannot guarantee the enrollment of students. Enrollment numbers are determined based on the number of available staff. For more information, please contact the site coordinator. 

Site Coordinator:
Shyann Sheppard
Lighted School House 21st CCLC 
Emmeline Cook

Miscellaneous Information