Cook Elementary School


Cook Cougars Newsletter #6


We hope everyone had a restful and safe holiday. We are happy to see everyone back at school. It will be a busy term, filled with great learning and engaging activities for everyone. Often in the New Year we feel a sense of optimism. The New Year is a time to set goals and make a “fresh start.”



What is Optimism?

Optimism is a way of seeing life hopefully and having an expectation of success and well-being.  Optimism correlates strongly with good health and effective coping strategies. Optimism is a learned trait and, if practiced, can become a way of thinking.

Why Practice Optimism?

Choosing to view life optimistically can increase our brain capacity; it relaxes our amygdala, creates chemical balance in our brains, and allows our prefrontal cortex to take charge. Practicing optimism also makes it easier to learn – optimistic thinkers prime their brains to be ready to focus and make more room for new information to be absorbed and new ideas to stretch their wings.  Socially, practicing optimism allows students to strengthen their perspective-taking skills and accept viewpoints different from their own, as well as connect with other people.

Optimism: A Learned Skill for Success

The research is clear – attitude matters!  Students who are generally optimistic enjoy better physical health, have more success at school, flourish in relationships, and are more well equipped to handle stress in their lives.  Brain research has confirmed that optimism is more a learned trait than a genetic one.  We can train our brain to have an optimistic perspective



Mrs. Sarah Loat will be leaving Cook after five years of being Principal at Cook on February 1st, 2021. She is being moved to Blair Elementary School. It is common practice for administrators to move to different schools, and this year some of the school movements are occurring on February 1st. We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Carolyn Latu, an experienced principal to Cook. Mrs. Latu is coming from Westwind Elementary School. I know the Cook community will make her feel welcome!



Being at Cook School has been a wonderful experience and a true highlight in my career. I have always believed in the importance of children learning how to be caring and kind problem solvers in the world. The students at Cook develop compassion, curiosity, collaborative skills, communication skills, and problem-solving skills, along with content skills on a daily basis.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Cook School for their hard work and dedication to the community and their passion for teaching and learning. I would like to thank the parents in the community for the trust they show us each day, for the support they provide for their children and for the connections they make with the school. Finally, I would like to thank the students at Cook School for their hard work, their inclusiveness and their kind hearts. It has been a busy and exciting five years here at Cook and I will miss you all very much!


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Fri, 2021/01/29 - 9:19am