Keeping Up With Cooke-Holiday Edition!

Happy Holidays!

I am proud to share this holiday edition of the newsletter with all of you, our incredible Cooke community! I hope your holidays are filled with good times and special moments with family and friends!

Exciting changes are happening at Cooke as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. In this edition of the newsletter, you’ll find a special, sharable link to our 30th Anniversary Annual Report, a program update from the Cooke Institute (our educational consulting and training program), an invitation to support our 2017-18 Annual Giving Campaign, and dates for upcoming events, like the 2018 Gala, which we hope you’ll attend.

I wish you peace, health and happiness in the New Year!

Lots Happening At Cooke Institute!


Cooke’s Institute’s consulting and training program is in full swing!  We are thrilled that in addition to our renewed school partners, we have several new partner schools this year. In an effort to continually manifest our core principle of sharing our knowledge, we have added 24 professional education consultants this year, providing pre-k  through 8th grade coaching services to hundreds of classrooms across New York City and impacting thousands of students citywide.
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Mark Your Calendar!

Our 2018 Food For Thought chefs tasting benefit will feature talented and noteworthy chefs from some of the most exquisite restaurants in New York City. Guests will experience a menu ranging from savory to sweet, traditional to experimental, local to international–all of which will be paired with delectable wine selections and signature cocktails.

We hope to see you on May 2, 2018 as we celebrate our 30th anniversary and look ahead to a future filled with hope, purpose and promise!

Last Minute Shopping? … We’ve Got You Covered! 

Looking for beautiful, unique gifts that showcase our students’ fabulous artwork? Head over to the Cooke School Store and browse through our collection of student art decorative pillows, playing cards, mugs and coasters. You’ll also find branded t-shirts, backpacks and phone cases (and much more!). These personalized items make lovely gifts for the holidays and throughout the year!


As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we look back at our remarkable journey with gratitude for all of the support that we have received. Looking ahead, we remain focused on building possibilities for our students – now and in the future!

Your support of the 2017-18 Annual Giving Campaign will allow us to continue to create opportunities and change the lives of our students. We invite you to make a gift to commemorate our very special anniversary and support Cooke’s ongoing commitment to special education!

Dates to Remember


  • December 22: Noon Dismissal For All Students 

  • December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018: Cooke will be closed for Winter Break 

  • January 2 : All Students Return From Winter Break 

  • January 4: Grammar School Open House

  • January 15: Cooke will be closed in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day