The Cooper School Daily

Lean on me…

When you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on…
For it won’t be long
Till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on
Please swallow your pride
If I have things you need to borrow
For no one can fill
Those of your needs that you won’t let show
You just call on me brother when you need a hand
We all need somebody to lean on
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand
We all need somebody to lean on
-Bill Withers

My daughter came to visit this week. I walked out and witnessed her embraced by her new classmates that she will be with for the rest of her career at TCS. Seeing her smiling and playing with children she just met solidified why The Cooper School is a special learning environment. It’s a home away from home. Students here are not only learning how to learn, but learning how to live to be empathetic humans that accept people for who they are.

As the year gets closer to wrapping up, relationships are closer than ever. Teachers are helping out other teachers, middle schoolers are playing with kindergarten students, class pets are being taken care of like they are personal pets…I could go on and on and on! We are here to lean on each other. Not just student to student, student to teacher, teacher to teacher, but TCS to you…parents. xoxo
Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science:
Fifth Grade worked hard in the chemistry lab this week! They created their own molecules and compounds using elements (stickers) to visualize atomic makeup of common substances. They compared and contrasted physical and chemical changes. Fifth Graders also experimented with solutes that they found in the backyard to create solutions and considered whether they created mixtures or not. Next week, we will begin to wrap up this last science unit and explore solubility and how to break apart mixtures.

What’s up in Math?
Fifth Graders have been working with powers of ten this week. We have identified patterns for multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, etc. We used a tool for metric conversions and students were able to convert meters to centimeters, kilometers to meters, and millimeters to centimeters. We worked with “moving the decimal” and how that alters the size of the number without changing the actual numbers. We used metric conversions to compare distances and then compared against an average. Students are developing number sense around exponents, decimals, and performing operations with powers of 10.

What’s happening in ELA:
I am excited to say that we have completed The Thief of Always novel! The ending had some unexpected twists. Make sure you ask your students all about how the story concluded. Your students should be finishing up their own fantasy novels between this week and next week. Please make sure they read over this long weekend.

This week in grammar, students worked on possessive nouns and helping verbs. They will have a quiz on this concept on August 20th. Please make sure they review Weeks 9 & 10 to prepare for their grammar quiz. We have also reviewed parts of speech using a Bingo game. In grammar next week, your students will work on “apostrophe with contractions” and “indentation: when to start new paragraphs.” We will also begin editing our writing so that we can work on the middle school version of “Pass It On” called “Spread the Word.” Finally, students will be given a template to complete their fantasy book report project.

Important Dates:
April 15 & 18: April Break
April 28: TCS Gala