March Paw Prints - 3-9-2018
Upcoming Dates
  • March 26 - April 2:  SPRING BREAK
  • April 3 -- CFA Meeting at 8:30 in the teachers' lounge
  • April 4 -- HMS Band/Jazz Concert at Copeland at 12:30
  • April 6 -- Author visit (Copeland welcomes Sarah Weeks)
  • April 6 -- Parent Input Forms due to office
  • Week of April 9th -- PARCC testing
  • Week of April 16th -- PARCC make-up tests
  • April 17 -- Kindergarten Orientation 6:00 - 7:00 pm
  • April 26 -- Spring Sing 6:30 at Copeland 
  • April 27 -- Teacher Institute -- No Student Attendance
Thank you to the CFA
The CFA has recently purchased new recess equipment, and our students couldn't be happier.  A new metal cart filled with new equipment arrived on the playground just in time for the warmer weather.  New soccer goals will arrive soon and will be installed after spring break.  


recess bin
Highlights from Fifth Grade

What’s happening in 5th grade…

On March 12th, fifth graders took a field trip to The Grove in Glenview, an outdoor nature and history museum.  While we were there we learned about things such as Native American tribes, pioneer life, and we even got to explore in the oak forests and wetland pools! We had hands on experiences all day; scooping creatures from the water, doing chores like the Native Americans, and practicing food preparation like early American pioneers.

In Math, we just wrapped up our unit on dividing multi-digit numbers with decimals.  Next, we move on to operations and multi-step word problems. We will finish out the year working with patterns and coordinate graphs and measurement and geometry.

Our fifth grade scientists recently completed a unit on ecosystems and food webs.  We have been thoroughly enjoying the hands on activities in our new Stem Scopes curriculum.  Students are very excited for our upcoming exploration of earth and space!

We just finished up learning about explorers and their motives for exploration in Social Studies.  Students are excited to show off their projects at open house! Soon we will be studying the first English settlements in America.

6th grade is just around the corner! We are excited for our peer helper visit from Highland on March 21st.  The HMS students tell us all about what it is like at Highland and the 5th graders have the opportunity to ask questions.  Then on May 15th we will go over to Highland and take a tour of the building! This is a great opportunity to check out the 6th grade wing, cafeteria, library and specials classrooms.

Be sure to check out our class Twitter and Weebly websites!

-Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Flader, Mrs. Julian and Mrs. Stermitz                

5th grade trip to Grove
5th Grade trip to Grove
5th Grade trip to Grove
Destination Imagination at Copeland Manor

Congratulations to our Destination Imagination teams on a successful season!

Destination Imagination is a creative problem solving team. Teams work together from October through March on a team challenge and then present the challenge at a regional tournament. This year we had 2 third grade teams. The Creative Cougars included: Lorin, Cora, Kaitlyn, and Finley. Team Bananas included: Elizabeth, Cecilia, Alyssa, Maggie, Eesha, and Jackson. Team Bananas qualified for the state tournament, which will be held on March 24 in DeKalb. Good luck Team Bananas! We also had 2 Kindergarten teams participate in Destination Imagination. Team Blowing Bubbles and The Pink Elephants. These students included: Calder, Kieran, Audra, Megan, Hannah, Katie, Cayden. Logan, Evan, Elijah, and Sasha. -

Many thanks to the D.I. Coaches at Copeland -- Mrs. Morden and Mrs. Crandell

DI Team
DI Team
DI Team
DI Team
Calling Future Cougars -- Kindergarten 2018-2019

A very warm “Cougie” welcome to our future kindergarten students.  Kindergarten is such an important year in your child’s school experience – the 2018-2019 school year promises to be extra special for your child and your family.  To help make the transition go well, we are offering a Kindergarten Orientation to be held at Copeland Manor on Tuesday, April 17th, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  This evening will provide you and your child with an opportunity to meet our current kindergarten teachers and other staff members, as well as learn some general information about the kindergarten program and our school.  For your new Cougar, Copeland spirit items will be available to purchase. 

We will meet together in Copeland’s gymnasium – please enter along the side parking lot through Door 14. After a short presentation by the kindergarten teachers, future kindergarten students will be invited to tour the classrooms and listen to a story in the multipurpose room.  While the children are out of the room, parents will hear more information from the school nurse, as well as from the Copeland Family Association and myself. 

During the orientation, parents will learn about an opportunity to bring your future kindergartener to school in early August for a “kindergarten screening.”   Parents will sign up for a half-hour time that will provide teachers with some general information about your child’s academic and social readiness and will assist us in building balanced class lists.   Students will spend 20-30 minutes away from parents while they work with teachers.  Parents are invited to remain in the school office and complete a parent survey that will share helpful information about your child. 
If you are unable to attend the Orientation, a packet of information will be set aside for you to pick up any time before school begins next August (the school office is closed in July).

We are eager to meet and welcome you to Copeland and look forward to seeing you and your child at Orientation on April 17th.  If you have a neighbor with a kindergarten-age child, please encourage that family to attend and register ASAP.  

PARCC Testing -- Begins April 9th

On Monday, April 9th, students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin the statewide PARCC (Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career) assessments.  Scheduled dates are April 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.   A field test is scheduled for Monday, April 16th.  Fifth grade students will take the Science test on Tuesday, April 17th.  

These state assessments are administered to all students in the spring for Grades 3-8 to determine students' academic achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.  The assessments were created with a focus on the students' ability to apply a broad range of concepts rather than memorizing facts.  In Math, students are asked to reason and apply mathematical principles.  In English Language Arts, (ELA), students are required to read multiple passages and write responses by answering prompts in literary analysis, research and narrative concepts.  Both measure a student's higher level and critical thinking ability.  All Libertyville District 70 students will be assessed via an online assessment tool in lieu of traditional paper and pencil exams. For more information about these statewide assessments, please visit:
Parents can play an important role in getting students ready for testing.  Here are suggestions on how parents can help their children prepare for the assessment:
1. Making sure, if possible, that your child attends school on time each day of testing.
2. Making sure your child gets a good night’s rest the night before testing.
3. Providing breakfast on the mornings of testing.
4. Reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions.
5. Upon finishing, going back and reviewing the questions carefully along with checking to make sure all have been answered.
6. Letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.

Any student who is absent for a test will make up the test upon return to school.  

Early Planning for Next Year

New Family Registration
Registration for all families new to Libertyville is open now and can be accessed on the Copeland and D70 web pages under the "Home" and "New Student Registration" links. Kindergarten Orientation will take place Tuesday, April 16th, at 6:30 pm in the Copeland cafeteria.  Families are encouraged to come together.  Parents will hear general information from current teachers, Dr. Poelking, Mrs. Beckman, and the CFA (Cougie spirit wear will be sold!).  Students will be invited to visit with teachers and staff members to see a kindergarten room and enjoy a short story time.  Parents will remain in the cafeteria.  

Class Sizes
All kindergarten classes will be full-day classes next year.  Class sections are based on student enrollment.  Many factors go into administrative decisions for class sections: number of students, needs of students, practical space issues, etc... Ideal class sizes in Kindergarten through third grade are 23 or less students.  Ideal class sizes in fourth and fifth grade are 26 or less.  In some instances, teacher assistants can be brought in to support larger class sizes. 

Registration for Grades 1-5
Registration for students entering first through fifth grades will be open later this spring   The process will look different this year.  Registration is an annual process – the sooner you register, the sooner we have information that allows us to plan for staffing, space needs, etc.  

Student placement with teachers is a delicate process that involves dialogue with teachers with the goal of creating balanced classrooms.  Teachers use academic, social/ emotional, and other factors to optimize student groupings.  This is a complex process that involves a great deal of confidential information.  Parent requests for teacher placement cannot be accepted and should not be submitted, as we would not be able to consistently grant numerous requests.  If a parent believes he/she has information beyond what is known by teachers that would be important for us to consider for placement related to either academic or social/emotional factors, a form will be available in the school office.  Parent input forms are available for pick up in the school office.  Completed forms need to be returned to the school office by Thursday, April 18th

Save the Date for Spring Sing
Students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades are working hard to prepare for the Spring Sing ("Disney Favorites")  on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30 pm.  The concert will take place at Copeland in the gym.  


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