Welcoming the Next Generation of TCS Students
On Monday, February 11th, we welcomed eleven younger siblings of current students, who will join us at TCS next year! 1st Grade had a total of eight younger siblings who visited for the morning in the Kindergarten classroom. 1st Graders and their siblings participated in Morning Meeting together, and enjoyed Centers, Snack, and Outdoor Time. What a treat and a wonderful introduction to TCS for these future students!
All You Need is Love!
On Valentine’s Day, the entire school community gathered at The Circular Church in downtown for our annual Valentine’s Day Choir Performance. Students entertained their parents and families with their vocal stylings as they sang songs about love and friendship! It was definitely a feel good event and we are grateful to Mrs. Hazel and Mr. Bob for working with students to teach them new songs and prepare them to be performance ready! Our hearts are so full!
1st Grade launched Spelling this week! In addition to our Snap Ring words, students are also exploring spelling rules and patterns. This approach helps children spell many words, not just a single word on a spelling list to be memorized. Additionally, spelling is individualized, so students are working in small groups based on their level.
Monday, February 18th- No School
Tuesday, February 19th- Half day (11:30- Dismissal)
Monday, March 4th & Tuesday, March 5th-Half Days/Student Led Conferences
Valentine’s Day Concert
Thank you so much for joining us at The Circular Church on Wednesday for the Valentine’s Day Concert. Your musicians blow me away every time. The talent that is in our class is astounding. Their ability to play instruments, sing solos in front of large crowds with confidence, and harmonize with others is unmatched. You should be very proud of their efforts and accomplishments!
In preparation for the March student-led conferences, your learners have been working hard on the process of assessing their work. During conferences, each student will share with you what their strengths are, what their weaknesses are, and what their interests are in Math, Reading, Writing, and Specials. This week, your students spent time writing about their favorite book. Ask your child what they do really well at school!
This week we started Journalism. To start off this unit, we staged a “newsworthy” scene in the classroom. Students were jolted up from Morning Meeting when the teacher yelled, “There’s an animal in the classroom!” Students were unaware that this was all an act and afterwards were asked to write about the action. Writers were thrilled to turn into reporters this week!
Fourth Graders celebrated friendships in our class by joining forces in a creative activity. Each student made half of a heart with a special design and the goal was to find a friend in the class to match the design. Friends connected together to make one complete heart! Our class has grown together in so many ways and students wanted to showcase their strong bonds by creating these friendship hearts. Please ask your child about the meaning of friendship.
The Benefits of Choir are Something to Sing About!
What a joy it was to hear The Cooper School Choir perform at The Circular Congregational Church, in honor of Valentine’s Day! Fourth Graders have been practicing hard and couldn’t wait to sing for their families and the TCS community. Students have enjoyed rehearsing together since it creates a sense of teamwork and has a positive affect on their well being. The powerful combination of music and education came alive this week. Please ask your child about their experience.
Book Clubs: Historical Fiction Time!
Book clubs are a fan favorite among our 4th Graders and our current theme is WWII. Each book club was assigned one book about the war and are meeting frequently to discuss what they’ve learned from the reading. One book club is diving into, “Behind the Bedroom Wall,” which is about a young girl who finds out that her parents are part of the resistance during the war. The books are full of insightful plots and the conversations between club members are riveting. Please ask your child to discuss with you the book they are reading in their club.
Monday, 2/18 February Break-No School
Tuesday, 2/19 11:30 Dismissal
This week, we celebrated Valentine’s Day on Thursday and it was a beautiful celebration of love and friendship. Students had the opportunity to distribute their compliment books and read all the wonderful compliments they received from their classmates. Our Valentine’s Day celebration concluded with a concert performed at The Circular Congregational Church. They also debuted a lively performance on the recorder. It was a sweet ending to a delightful day!
We also had the pleasure of a visit from Mayor John Tecklenburg on Tuesday. He came to share what a day in the life of a mayor looks like. Second Graders shared details about our Cooper Village project and asked questions pertaining to our challenges, like environmental awareness during our building construction and the professional roles that serve communities.
In preparation for student-led conferences, Second Grade scholars have begun the process of assessing their work. During student-led conferences (March 4th & 5th), each student will discuss their strengths, where they would like to improve, and what interests them. This week, students selected sample work from Math and thought deeply about what it represented. They wrote about what they enjoy, what they excel in, and set goals for the future. Next, scholars reflected on their growth in Reading. They selected a “Just Right” book and wrote reasons why they chose that particular book. Students were pleased to discover their “Just Right” book was no longer a picture book but one with chapters! Stay tuned for student-led conferences coming in March!
Second Graders shopped for their materials to help better prepare their Cooper Village house for a natural disaster such as a hurricane, an earthquake, a flood, or a fire. Students joined back up with their natural disaster group to purchase building materials for their residential home. Each student could only spend a dollar and was forced to make decisions about what would keep their home safe if their natural disaster struck. Students gave strong reasons for buying some materials over others. For example, some students chose to make their house of bricks instead of cement. Everyone in the Hurricane Group chose to put their house on stilts because of the dangers of flooding. While some students in the Fire Group opted for extra long water hoses to wrap around their house, others wanted a smoke detector to warn them of a fire. Second Graders are so excited to present everything they have put together and learned on February 26th at our Cooper Village presentation.
February 18th No School- February Break
February 19th 11:30 Dismissal
February 26th Grand Opening of Cooper Village
March 4th Student Led Conferences Half Day
March 5th Student Led Conferences Half Day
A Visit from the Mayor
This week, Third Graders were fortunate to join Second Grade for a visit from Mayor John Tecklenburg. Students were so excited to ask the Mayor about their concerns for the city. The tables were turned when the Mayor asked students to share the laws they would create if they were in his shoes for the day. Students shared so many insightful changes that they want to see in our community. Second and Third Graders were delighted when Mayor John Tecklenburg said goodbye with a song on the piano.
This week in Reading, Third Graders spent some time digging further into research for their assigned Asian animals. Students began to choose a cause they’d like to research. Third Graders were excited to dive right in and begin formulating their own ideas for ways to help protect such animals as the Bengal Tiger and Giant Pandas . We love getting to see all of the passion and joy students put into their learning!
Third Graders spent the week wrapping up Unit 6 in Math. This week, we spent time introducing the Order of Operations. Students have been so excited to show off their skills in solving multi-step problems. We had so much fun discussing and creating new ways to remind us the order in which we solve complicated math problems! Students also spent much time this week continuing to master their multiplication facts. Wow, have they gotten good!
Valentine’s Day Concert
Loving Kindergarteners spent this special day passing out Valentines, listening to special holiday books, and showing love and kindness to all. The day ended with a beautiful concert at The Circular Church. TCS students sounded angelic as they sang songs together for this delightful occasion. Kindergarteners showed that hard work and focus on performance can really wow a crowd! In front of parents, teachers and friends, students sang festive songs with poise and skill.
Move Up Day
Kindergarteners had so much fun visiting First grade on Friday. Kindergarteners had the opportunity to meet the classroom pet Fireball, they participated in multiple centers, got a tour of the classroom, and so much more!!! Ask your Kindergartener what their favorite part of Move-Up Day was?
Kindergarteners & Self-Assessments
Kindergarteners have been learning the art of evaluating their own learning in each subject area. They have worked hard to take an honest look at how they feel about their learning and rating their feelings in each area. These brave and proud scholars are ready to share all of their hard work with you. They have become 108 days smarter and have so many ways to show you!
Me, Jane and We, First Graders
First and Second Grade students learned about Dr. Jane Goodall, the legendary anthropologist and conservationist, and her wonderful work protecting all living species through an entertaining musical adaption at the Gaillard Center.
Exploring Aboriginal Culture Through Music
On Tuesday, February 6th, we welcomed special guest, Daniel Scruggs, who shared his passion and appreciation for travel and music education with us. First Graders were fascinated by his many relics from all over the globe and by his didgeridoo playing!
Center Time is Mind Building
Our class center time allows students to explore materials in hands-on ways, extend and enhance learning concepts, and to grow in their social skills as they navigate interactions with their peers during this time. Centers are curriculum-based and developed around specific subjects, such as Math or Language Arts or thematic units. Some of our centers this week included Phonics tiles, Lego Math, Snap Word Bingo, a Noun/Verb Sort, and Australian animal research.
Our bright Fifth Graders started taking over Morning Meetings this week in class. This week’s topic was about bullying. Students were engaged in a conversation about what bullying looks like and feels like. Each week there will be a different topic that a Fifth Grader will present for the first 15 minutes of the day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Multiplying fractions is no easy task, but here in Fifth Grade we’re making it fun! Students are loving Kahoot! an online game that allows students to figure out a fraction problem, and then use their iPads to select their answer. This game allows students to use their testing strategies to eliminate answers they know are incorrect with the game’s multiple choice layout, while also learning more about multiplying fractions and using their skills to solve word problems.
This week researchers started diving deep into one explorer from Europe. We are learning all sorts of new things about the challenges that explorers face when leaving their home country to explore the “unknown” before maps were even made. Students are tracking the path of where their explorers have traveled and the materials they’ve picked up along the way. We are excited to present these findings!
Thursday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day concert (1:30 @ The Circular Church)
Monday, February 18th- No School
Tuesday,February 19th- Half day (11:30- Dismissal)
Can you read between the lines?
Sometimes authors don’t use exact words to tell the reader what is happening in a story. Fourth Graders watched a short animated video where characters were interacting without speaking. Students were encouraged to infer what the storyline was about. The next activity was to use strategies to infer a non-fiction text. Students learned how to identify the narrator and answer multiple choice questions. Our scholars are continuing to learn different strategies to interpret stories. Students gained a new strategy for test prep, which will help them reach their goals in the short and long term. Please ask your child to identify a strategy they used to interpret the plot of a story.
It’s all about the Sun, Moon, and Stars!
“Each day of our lives, something utterly wonderful happens that most of us take for granted. The Sun comes up, and the Sun goes down.” We are starting the Sun, Moon, and Stars unit in Science! Our scientists have already started discovering interesting facts about the Sun by identifying its path across the sky and the pivotal role the earth plays as it rotates around the Sun. Their first investigation involved tracking the Sun’s position throughout the day, using cardinal directions on a compass. They learned all about objects in the sky and how people retrieve information about things they discover. Our second investigation of the Sun will involve shadow tracking! Please ask your child how many hours of daylight exists from sunrise to sunset, in Charleston, SC.
Obstacle courses can be FUNctional too!
Fourth Graders were in for a surprise during Movement, when we created an intricate relay race/obstacle course. Two teams were created between 4th and 5th Graders. The mission of the obstacle course was to inspire students to work in teams, showcase Motor Memory, follow multi-step directions, and understand time and space. The course included balls, hula hoops and cones. We had students do the following; dribble the soccer ball around a set of cones, roll a hula hoop around blocks, climb up the play structure and down the slide, take a swing on the swingset and race back to the starting line. Once a team member went down the slide, the next one in line could start their turn. Please ask your child about their experience in the relay/obstacle course.
Thursday, 2/14 Valentine’s Day Concert
Monday, 2/18 February Break-No School
Tuesday, 2/19 11:30 Dismissal
Just about everyone is familiar with the definition of a compliment. A compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. Although students give and receive bits of praise daily, this week Second Graders discussed giving and receiving meaningful compliments. They expressed the sentimental feeling one gets when receiving a genuine compliment. They also realized compliments weren’t just for the recipients, but for them as well. Students discovered that taking the time to admire their classmates’ best qualities built strong relationships and nurtured friendships.
On Tuesday, Will Wingfield, a local Charleston architect joined the class and discussed environmentally friendly commercial buildings. Will gave Second Graders a glimpse into the world of design. He began by explaining the passive and active considerations architects contemplate when designing a building. He concluded his presentation by showing building blueprints which featured intricate details and many hours of thoughtfully planned out design. Will’s message helped students begin the initial design of their commercial buildings in Cooper Village. Using the knowledge they gained from him, students will make decisions about their building’s eco-friendly design.
This week, students worked with their groups to construct their businesses. Second Graders were in charge of all major decisions such as, how the building would look, where the windows would be located, and what colors would be used to paint the exterior. Students were introduced to building materials that could be used to make their structure “green” or environmentally friendly. Some of the materials listed were solar panels, single or triple pane windows, and various installation options. Each material was given a price and, just like in any business, students were given a budget. Scholars had to discuss and compromise with each other on the materials that would best
fit their business and budget.
Wednesday, February 13th Mayor John Techlenburg – Guest Speaker at 8:30 am
Thursday, February 14th Valentine’s Day Concert 1:30-2: 30 pm
Friday, February 15th Valentine’s Day Bake Sale at 2:00 – 2:30 pm
Monday, February 18th No School
Tuesday, February 19st ½ Day – Carl Anderson Visits TCS
Tuesday, February 26th Cooper Village Presentation at 8:30 am