The Cooper School Daily

Rebels and Redcoats!

Rebels and Redcoats Study Trip

Fourth Graders went on their “Rebels and Redcoats” study trip. This trip was a walking tour of several buildings downtown that are historically significant to the Revolutionary War. The purpose of “Rebels and Redcoats” was to immerse students in Revolutionary South Carolina. Students enjoyed touring The Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, the Heyward-Washington House and the Powder Magazine. The guides discussed the elements of life in the 1700s and taught our eager students about cartridge rolling, enlistment with quill pens and even an espionage component. Please ask your child about the highlight of the study trip. 

Why We Love Morning Meetings

Our scholars look forward to our Morning Meetings, which serve as an integral part of their curriculum. The meetings are a time to gather at the beginning of the school day, as a whole group, and share unique perspectives on thoughtful objectives. Students count on seeing the classroom morning message on the board, which challenges them to reflect and respond. This week, Fourth Graders shared their thoughts on the benefits of learning a second language and how those skills can enhance one’s life. A highlight from one of our Morning Meetings was hearing students greet one another with a meaningful compliment, in the spirit of embracing gratitude. We re-established the expectations of the classroom, since we are in the middle of the school year, and the exercise encouraged scholars to feel a sense of accountability. Please ask your child about their contributions to Morning Meetings. 

4th Graders are Estimating in Math

Unit 4 has proven to be a welcomed challenge for our mathematicians. Students have been estimating the products of large numbers and then they are asked how they made their estimates. Our class used various methods to solve problems. Some students used front-end estimation, while others found close-to numbers or rounded their numbers. Each approach to a problem, allowed 4th Grade scholars to estimate in a manner that made sense. They learned that some strategies are not as precise as others. Please ask your child about estimating and which mathematical strategy worked best for them. 

Important Dates: 

Wednesday, 12/11 St. Andrew’s Gymnasium Trip (8:30am-9:30am) 

Friday, 12/13 3rd-5th Grade Movie Night (5pm-8pm)

Wednesday, 12/18 St. Andrew’s Gymnasium Trip (8:30am-9:30am) 

Friday, 12/20 Pajama Day (Half Day)

12/21-1/5  Winter Break- No School

Monday, 1/6 School Resumes