Wow! What a Week! May 8, 2017

Calling All Grandparents

The Cooper School was honored to have grandparents and special friends join us at school for Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday! Our proud singers shared special songs during a lovely Whole School Choir performance. Grandparents and special friends were also invited to join classes for a Morning Meeting just as students participate in, daily. Grandparents and Special Friends were elated to participate in greetings and activities that Kindergarteners enjoy each day. Ask your Kindergartener, Grandparents or Special Friends to tell you all about their big day!

 

It’s Green! It’s Humid! It’s a Rainforest!

Kindergartners have been enjoying our new rainforest study. This week we investigated to find out what is a rainforest? Students practiced locating rainforests of the world using our color-coded biome map. Learning Centers allowed students to further explore our rainforest study. In our art center students illustrated themselves in the rainforest with a black crayon and painted these lovely pictures with watercolor paints. In the imagination station center Kindergarteners had a chance to pack for a trip to the rainforest. Students read rainforest books in our reading center and illustrated rainforest predators on a class chart. Finally, in our science center, students learned about various rainforest animals. Ask your young scientist what they learned about the rainforest this week!

Leadership

We started a great conversation about leaders and leadership this week at TCS. We started by discussing what leaders do and by making a word cloud about how to identify a good leader. Students generated phrases like “never gives up,” “does the right thing,” and “solves problems.” Then we brainstormed a list of people who were leaders to us. The list was fascinating. Students identified peers, siblings, parents, famous people and presidents of the United States going all the way back to George Washington! It was the perfect way to start an ongoing conversation about what it means to be a leader in our community.

Important Dates: 

  • Sunday, May 7th TCS Family Picnic 3:30-5:00
  • Friday, May 12th 3rd Swim Lesson
  • Friday, May 12th Eric Carle Museum @ 2:15
  • Friday, May 19th Last Swim Lesson
  • Monday, May 29th No School
  • Wednesday, June 1st Graduation 11:30 Dismissal
  • Thursday, June 2nd Last Day of School/Field Day 11:30 Dismissal

 

 

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Why I Teach… By: Kelly Porter

I grew up in a family of educators. Therefore even as a young child, I knew I would be an elementary school teacher. I dreamed of teaching in my own classroom one day. I wanted to foster a love of learning by creating a classroom where students would feel free to take risks and accept challenges. My dream became a reality and I began teaching in public schools. I taught with very talented and well-educated instructors….

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