The Cooper School Daily

One Word for 2017

Writing Workshop
First Grade students hit the ground running in 2017 by continuing to create some amazing reviews of books, movies, restaurants, vacation spots, and games. This week they learned how to craft a catchy introduction in order to grab the attention of their readers. Guess what? It’s working! Their opinion pieces are getting more and more persuasive every day!

Mind Up!
We spent some time this week reviewing three important parts of the brain: the prefrontal cortex (the wise leader), the hippocampus (the memory saver), and the amygdala (the security guard). Students had lots of questions about how their brains work, and how different parts of their brains interact. They connected this learning to concrete examples by drawing and labeling some situations in which these three parts of the brain might be activated. For example, if you were walking through a forest and you stumbled upon a hungry bear, your amygdala would activate!

One Word
As we returned from our Winter Vacation and entered 2017 we discussed choosing one word to show how we want to live, learn and play in the New Year! First Graders explored character traits before finding their own unique and fitting words to represent their focus in the New Year. Ask your child what they chose as their One Word for 2017!

Important Dates
•   Thursday, January 12 – Parent Forum, 5:45-6:45pm
•   Monday, January 16 – MLK Jr. Day, No School
•   Monday, January 23 – Study Trip to Charleston Stage
•   Friday, January 27 – Art Walk, 8:00am