The Cooper School Daily

Springing Into Break with Gusto

Celebration & Cheer for St. Patrick’s Day!

Students were jazzed to discover that some mischievous leprechauns visited The Cooper School over the weekend and left gifts behind for everyone (as well as messes in all the classrooms). We celebrated with a Whole School Morning Meeting focused around the legend of St. Patrick’s Day and a backyard buddy hunt for green bead necklaces. Every green necklace was adorned with a limerick. We learned that limericks are short, humorous forms of poetry that originated in Ireland and students tried their hand writing their own original limericks.

Threads of Friendship

First Graders are currently participating in nineteen days of lunch buddies. At the end of the nineteen days, each student will have had the opportunity to have lunch with every student in the class. So far, this has been a beautiful way for students to bond and connect with peers that they normally don’t eat with or play with. We have enjoyed seeing them make connections and discover things they have in common. We often offer some fun conversation starters, such as, “What superpower would you like to have?” or, “What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?” After lunch, they all reflect on what they have in common.

The Power of Poetry

Last week, our young poets were inspired by nature and art. This week, they brainstormed wonders big and small and wrote poems about wonders. They also wrote what if poems. They started by thinking “What if?” in ways that are serious, sad, happy, and wistful, such as, “What if the sun stopped shining?” or, “What if aliens came down to Earth?” Next, will be poems that end with surprise and poems that give direction. Additionally we have been looking at poems with words that begin and end in digraphs and blends as part of Phonics Word Work.

Important Dates:

Monday, March 25th-Friday, March 29th-TCS Closed for Spring Break

Saturday, April 6th-Spring Planting Party (postponed from 3/16)  

Friday, April 19th-Monday, April 22nd-TCS Closed for April Break