# Welcome Back!

It’s that time again!  I am so eager to begin our Capstone Year with your energetic scholars.  I feel incredibly fortunate to be back at The Cooper School and with such an amazing group of students. We had a great first week getting to know each other and into the routine of school, while having fun and playing games. This week, Fifth Graders began formal math lessons, investigated black boxes, and enjoyed lunch buddies with 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.

Math

Math is an exciting challenge in 5th Grade!  Throughout the year, your mathematicians will advance their multiplication and division skills, become proficient with fractions, and explore algebra in more depth.  This week, in an effort to deepen their understanding of multiplication, 5th Graders worked with rectangular arrays.  They first created arrays with manipulatives, then named them using number models, and finally defined the terms factor and product in relation to the arrays.

Science

We did our first investigations looking at black boxes and making inferences and predictions about what was inside. A black box is a scientific term referring to any system that cannot be observed and manipulated directly or understood completely.  Some examples of black boxes are atomic nuclei, dinosaurs, the solar system, and so on.  This week, your engineers investigated their own, more literal, black box.  Each box had a marble and a foam shape inside of it.  Your investigators developed a conceptual model of what the inside of the box looked like. They compared their models with their peers and came to a consensus.  Ask your child what they learned through this investigation!

Lunch Buddies

This week we had lunch buddies with 2nd,3rd and 4th Grades. Your scholars are already role models for these younger students. They will be having lunch buddies every week to help younger students learn the ways of The Copper School.  During lunch buddies, students were paired with new friends and encouraged to learn something new about them at lunch.  After we all ate, we enjoyed group games and a scavenger hunt.

Green River Preserve

First up in our exciting Capstone Year is our study trip to Green River Preserve.  The dates for this trip are Tuesday, September 5th -Friday, September 8th. Please send the form and money to school in your student’s folder. Can’t wait to get back to the mountains for a fun-filled adventure.

Important Dates

September 4th– Labor Day-NO school

September 5-8 – Trip to Green River

September 16th– Yard Sale

September 28th -Curriculum Night