The Cooper School Daily


‘A Light Exists in Spring‘
-Emily Dickinson

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period –
When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels…

Happy Spring Break Everybody!

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science:
Fifth Grade students wrapped up their study about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine this week. We discussed what’s happening to the displaced people trying to find safety due to the invasion of their country. We also discussed some of the main reasons Putin has invaded Ukraine. To summarize and conclude the study, the Fifth Graders researched three reliable news sources describing the situation between Russia and Ukraine. They analyzed what major developments have occurred in the past month, as well how the situation has improved or worsened. They also contemplated what the United States and the international community has done to address this issue. Overall, everyone agrees that it is complicated and we hope to help Ukraine however we can. When we get back from break, we will begin our Chemistry unit.

What’s up in Math?
Today, students were assessed on multiplication of decimals. We have done plenty of practice using examples from the book and games on our computers. Students know the list of steps and are working on mastering multiplying decimals. After Spring Break, we will look at division of decimals, and I expect students will catch on fairly quickly. Please practice their multiplication facts with them over Spring Break as we are using those daily again. I hope everyone has a happy Spring Break!

What’s happening in ELA:
This week, Fifth Graders have worked on the following concepts: how to track and analyze multiple problems and plotlines; weighing, evaluating, and ranking main characters; working with as an educational resource for studying their vocabulary words. Many of the Fifth Grade students are intrigued with the plot of The Thief of Always. It is a very interesting book and you should ask your kids to tell you about what is happening in the story. After Spring Break, your students will delve into using apostrophes to show ownership and continue reading their fantasy books. Please make sure they take time to read for pleasure over the break.

Important Dates:
March 28 – April 1: Spring Break