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Newsletter! November 2, 2018

4th Grade Archaeologists Dig Site! Please Proceed With Caution!

   

Students dug deeper into learning about ancient civilization on Monday as archaeologists! We set up a grid and drew it to scale. Students measured the area and perimeter. We then excavated “ancient” Grecian and Egyptian artifacts and recorded the data of our findings. The students’ immense precision and focus led them to discover the world of Archeology! Our Fourth Grade archaeologists were able to successfully link current math skills with the excavation process, which created an effective learning environment. They replicated the slow digging motions of excavating to carefully unveil each precious artifact. Gloves were worn and small shovels were used to complete this thrilling dig. Ask your child about their dynamic experience as archaeologists!  

Students will be creating an artifact and conducting research for our Ancient Civilization presentation that will take place on November 14th.

    

 

Happy Howling Halloween!

Q: What do skeletons say before they begin dining?

A: Bone appetit!

    

Halloween was a smashing success! Fourth Graders slithered into class with spooky and creative costumes. The atmosphere was just right for Halloween at TCS. The morning started off with a halloween themed greeting followed by a fun ghoulish game where students had to detect which classmate’s voice they heard while closing their eyes. One of the highlights of the morning was when Fourth Graders partnered with Second Graders for reading buddies. This was a wonderful opportunity for students of different ages to work together. Second Graders were excited to have our class join them in this festive activity. The parade and carnival topped off the day! We really enjoyed seeing the entire school come together and celebrate Halloween the TCS way. Students couldn’t wait to participate in the parade and join in all of the spooky festivities. Ask your child what their favorite halloween costume was.

   

 

Important Dates:

Monday-Tuesday, 11/12-11/13 Conferences- 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, 11/14 Mythology Presentation- 8:00 am

Tuesday, 11/20 ½ Day- Harvest Fest

Wednesday, 11/21-11/23-Thanksgiving Break

 

HalloWeek!

Halloween Carnival

Third Graders were so excited to celebrate Halloween at The Cooper School this week! Fifth Graders organized and ran an amazing Halloween Carnival where our entire school enjoyed many carnival games as well as a spooky haunted house. We loved seeing all of our students’ creativity in their costumes and were so thankful to spend the holiday with you all.

Social Studies

This week, Third Graders continued working on their Community Change Makers projects. Students have expanded on their work by searching for inspirational quotes which  support their activist’s missions, as well as creating timelines of major events in their lives. Students are loving being able to use both books and supervised iPad research to include in their findings.

Reading

Third Graders have been reading nonfiction texts, and using their findings to teach their peers. This week, we partnered up to share the interesting information they had read on their on topic. Students outlined their main idea and collected notes to support their points. Third Graders were so excited to share everything they had learned with a friend!

 

Important Dates:

  • November 12th & 13th – Conferences
  • November 16th – Community Change Makers Presentation (2:00pm)
  • November 20th – Harvest Feast (11:30am Dismissal)
  • November 21st-23rd – Thanksgiving Break

 

Halloween Week!

Make It Fancy!

Second Grade writers worked to make their “How To Books” fancier this week by utilizing a few tips and tricks during Writing Workshop.  They first checked to see if their words were spelled correctly. They combed through their sentences to clear up any confusion within their text and to exchange any dull words for exciting words.  Second Graders also added text features like bold words and added pictures for a completely new look. They finished off their books with considering a number of new titles.

What Two Texts Have In Common

In this week’s Reading Workshop, Second Graders continued their study of nonfiction texts evaluating what two texts have in common! Before reading both books, Second Graders previewed two non-fiction books of the same topic. They analyzed the Table of Contents to see if the headings were similar.  After completing this task they used a post-it note to make notes to document “add-on” facts that each text provided on the similar topic.

Halloween

It was a spooky Wednesday at The Cooper School and our day was filled with delight as Second Grade dressed for the occasion of Halloween! Second Grade took home many best costume awards and even included a few raffle prize winners. We also enjoyed reading Halloween themed books with our Fourth Grade reading buddies.

November 12th & 13th           Conferences (11:30 dismissal)

November 19th                       Publishing Party – How To Books

November 20th                       Harvest Festival (11:30 dismissal)

Spooky Week

Wrapping Up An Exciting Pumpkin Unit

This week, Kindergarten pumpkin experts shared all of their pumpkin knowledge with Kindergarten families during our beautiful Pumpkin Feast! This festive event was truly special for Kindergarteners, as they have been working quite hard to prepare their pumpkin facts, create a unique pumpkin necklace, learn pumpkin songs, and practice speaking in front of an audience. Kindergarten pumpkin experts did a fabulous job sharing all they know about pumpkins! Parents did a lovely job supplying a fabulous spread of pumpkin foods, and we thank you!


Halloween Carnival

Kindergarteners were thrilled to participate in their 1st Annual Halloween Carnival. Kindergarteners lead our costume contest in which they paraded around the backyard showing off their costumes. Kindergarteners were then free to participate in the various Halloween booths that were created by the lovely Fifth Graders. These included a Cake Walk, Haunted House, Tattoos, Face Painting and many more…. TCS students got together at the end and received prizes for their costumes. It was fun for all!

Snap Words

This week kindergartens learned all about snap words.We focused on “the,a,and me”. Kindergartners are able to now point out these words while reading.The importance of snap words are an essential part of learning to read. These words cannot easily be sounded out or illustrated, so it is important that our kindergartners be able to recognize these words.

 

Important Dates

  • Monday, November 12- ½ Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday,November 13- ½ Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 20- ½ Day- Harvest Feast

A Spooky, Spectacular Week!

TCS Halloween Carnival 

We had a magical Halloween at TCS! On the 31st, the entire Cooper School community enjoyed a fantastic Halloween carnival in our backyard organized by the 5th Graders. The carnival is a longstanding, beloved tradition at TCS. The 5th Graders and their families worked tirelessly to transform our backyard into a haunted Halloween forest by creating unique and creative carnival booths and games for younger students to enjoy. Some of the attractions included pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, witch hat ring toss, and spooky face painting. It was such a success and we are so grateful to Miss Erica, our wonderful 5th grade buddies, and their sweet families for giving us something that we will remember for years to come!

 

Preparing for our Insect Presentation

First Graders have been so hard at work putting the finishing touches on everything they want to include in their Insect Museum next week. They have been research, writing, painting, taking photographs, and working on their presentation skills. We are so very proud of them and we know you will be too!

 

Curiosity Abounds! 

One of the things we love most about 1st Graders is how observant and curious they are about their expanding world. We cherish the opportunities for independent and collaborative exploration that happen each and every day and we love creating invitations for them to ask questions.  Many 1st Graders’ discoveries have come out of the nonfiction books they are reading. Ask your children to share some of the exciting facts they have learned and what they’re still wondering about! Cooper School teachers are eager learners as well! We engage and connect with colleagues to share helpful ideas, tidbits, and advice through our morning meetings each and every day, weekly faculty meetings, and monthly grade level planning meetings.  

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday, November 6th       Insect Museum, 8:15-9:15am in the Library

November 12th & 13th         Conferences (11:30 dismissal)  

Tuesday, November 20th    Harvest Festival (11:30 dismissal)

 

Friday News October 26, 2018

Pumpkin Happenings

This week, Kindergarten pumpkin experts examined their pumpkins. Kindergarteners wrote about the outer appearance of the pumpkin and also the inside. In our classroom, students practiced finding interesting ways to sort our pumpkin museum by attributes, observed and illustrated the “Case of the Decomposing Pumpkin”, and conducted exciting experiments to see if pumpkins sink or float in water.

 

Tinkering Minds in Learning Centers

Kindergarteners were introduced to a new “tinkering” learning center in their classroom this week. Our tinkering learning center is filled with many objects, from beads to rubber bands and bottle caps, that are awaiting the bright and unique minds of Kindergarteners.

In this learning center, students create an illustrated plan for the materials they choose to work with. Once students have illustrated their plan, they attempt to build their “plan” and compare it to their tinkered piece. Tinkering activities provide a powerful way to inspire student interest, engagement, and understanding in science and the arts. Student exploration during tinkering supports science learning through providing opportunities to deepen engagement, innovation, and understanding, as well as supporting self-expression through the arts.

 

Publishing Party

On Thursday, Kindergarten authors had a publishing party. Over the last couple of weeks we have been writing stories and narrowing them down to a final piece. Our young authors wrote their own words and illustrated pictures. Kindergarteners have been working so hard on these stories and we were excited to celebrate them and their wonderful achievements! Ask your Kindergartener what was their favorite part about writing a book!

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, October 31st-  Halloween Carnival, 11:30 dismissal
  • Monday, November 12- ½ Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday,November 13- ½ Day- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Tuesday, November 20- ½ Day- Harvest Feast

Flippers and Castles

Flippers

This week in science we started a new investigation about flippers and catapults. Fifth Grade scientists used aluminum balls, corks, and craft sticks to create their own flippers. These were used to test how high, and how far an object would travel depending on different variables that were changed throughout the investigation. Our scientists concluded that the smaller the mass, the further it flew.

 

Movement Tuesdays

During Movement on Tuesday we played Castle Ball, this is a Cooper School favorite! Athletes were split into two groups and each group constructed a “castle”. The opposite team tried to knock down the other teams “castle” to win the game! Fourth and Fifth Grades used a lot of different strategies and teamwork to complete this task. Fun was had by all!

 

 

Long Division

In Math, Fifth Grade has been working on long division. Mathematicians were challenged to solve a problem in two different ways using partial-quotients division. They were also able to complete an area model to show the solution for each division problem. This is difficult work but the Fifth Grade class is definitely rising to the occasion!

Important Dates:

 

October 31st – Halloween Carnival (11:30am Dismissal)

November 5th- Science Fair Presentations

November 12th & 13th – Conferences

November 20th – Harvest Feast (11:30am Dismissal)

November 21st-23rd – Thanksgiving Break

Math is My Motto!

Our Fourth Grade mathematicians will soon be jumping into Unit 3 and tackling fractions and decimals. This unit focuses on three main ideas about fractions: recognizing equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and showing fractions in different ways. Encourage your child to look for everyday uses of fractions in grocery stores, shoe sizes, measuring cups and statistics in newspapers!

 

Community Helpers!

Fourth Grade community leaders have been active in keeping our school grounds clean for the month of October! At the end of each day, five students are assigned to be in charge of cleaning up the playground. We used rakes to clear the wood chips off the sidewalk, put mud kitchen supplies in their proper place, returned equipment on the playground to the shed and finally picked up any trash by the picnic tables. Ask your child to share some ways they have helped clean up our community at school. Go Fourth Grade helpers!

 

Grecian Artists!  

Art is a special time for TCS Fourth Graders in many ways. This week, students channeled their inner Greek artistic side to create Ancient Greek vases. Students drew large symmetrical vases while using black tempera paint in addition to oil pastels.They will etch their design onto these vases. This project was in perfect sync with our current study of Greek Mythology. Students were able to showcase amazing precision while crafting their vases. Ask your child to explain the process of making their vases! You’ll be amazed.  

 

                               Parent Morning Meeting!

     

Important Dates:

Wednesday, 10/31 Halloween Carnival – 11:30 Dismissal

Monday-Tuesday, 11/12-11/13 Conferences- 11:30 Dismissal

Wednesday, 11/14 Mythology Presentation- 8:00 am 

Be The Change

Social Studies Research

Third Graders were so excited to begin some online research this week on our Community Change Makers webpage. Students used iPads to scroll through our online database of biographical web pages. Our class was elated to find all kinds of new information about their selected activist, right at their fingertips!

Grammar Hunt

Students have been building grammar notebooks over the past couple of weeks, with each page devoted to a different grammar rule. This week, students learned how to use our student scholastic magazines for a grammar hunt! Third Graders spent a little while digging through their texts for sentences using “verbs of action” and those using “verbs of being”.

 

Math

Third Grade finished our second math unit this week. Students wrapped up the unit with our Unit 2 Assessment. The unit assessment was followed by a cumulative assessment reviewing all of the math tricks they have learned this school year. We were thrilled to see Third Graders using their math building blocks to show us all that they know.

 

 

Important Dates:

  • October 31st – Halloween Carnival (11:30am Dismissal)
  • November 12th & 13th – Conferences
  • November 16th – Community Change Makers Presentation (2:00pm)
  • November 20th – Harvest Feast (11:30am Dismissal)
  • November 21st-23rd – Thanksgiving Break

Finding Meaning In Words

Hook Your Audience

Second Grade writers set out this week to hook their audience as they began their “How To” books in Writing Workshop.  They determined through their lesson that there are three ways that you can hook your audience to keep reading! The first way is to start with a question. The second way is to tell a fascinating fact! The third way is to describe what you are writing about with bold words!

 

Above: Second Graders continue their study of balance, force, and motion.

Finding Meaning In Words

In this week’s Reading Workshop, Second Graders continued their study of nonfiction texts looking for keywords, but this time they sought challenging keywords! As they read they identified three keywords, and used context clues from the text to deduce what they mean through looking at pictures, reading captions, and using the index and glossary.  

Different Names For Numbers

Mathematicians learned multiple ways to write names for the same number. In a daily math message representing the number 12, scholars used many examples of ways to make this number. One example was the use of roman numerals or tally marks. Another scholar suggested used coins, like pennies and nickels.  Others suggested addition and subtraction problems that we do every day in rocket math exercises. The options were endless!

Reminder: If your child brings a jacket to school, please remember to label the jacket with the child’s name on the inside.    

Important Dates:

October 31st                           Halloween Carnival (11:30 dismissal)

November 1st                        In School Field Trip -12:30 High Touch/High Tech

November 12th & 13th Conferences (11:30 dismissal)  

November 19th                      Publishing Party – How To Books

November 20th                     Harvest Festival (11:30 dismissal)

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Annual Fund Update

Thank you so much to all of you who have so generously donated to the Annual Fund. This year, to my delight, the Silent Auction raised more money than ever before. I wanted to take a moment to let you know exactly where your Silent Auction donation dollars are going…

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