November Paw Prints - 11-16-2018
Peeking into Second Grade

News From Second Grade

In November the second graders were busy Pilgrims!  As part of the social studies curriculum second grade participated in a Pilgrim simulation.  For several weeks, the students “lived” the lives of Pilgrims and learned about their hardships and struggles on the Mayflower, as well as in the New World.  Teams of 4 or 5 students sailed the Atlantic Ocean in 6’x3’ “ships” in the classrooms.  After  landing in the New World each team had to write a Compact to establish a government for their colony, build houses, earn a Peace Treaty with the Indians, plant crops, and trade with the Indians. A culminating bartering fair was held following the Pilgrim simulation. Students brought items from home that they were willing trade...Just like in 1620, sometimes their trades were welcome & accepted, yet other times not!  In addition, students learned more about time in 1620 using the website  Please explore the site to learn additional fun facts about the lives of the Pilgrims and their Indian friends.  All had an amazing journey while developing a deeper understanding of why the Pilgrims gave thanks and why we honor them today --just ask any second grader!!

4 students using their imagination to sail to the new country as pilgrams
4 students using their imagination to sail to the new country as pilgrams
Metra Poster Contest

Metra is currently soliciting entries for Metra's 2018-2019 Safety Poster and Essay Contest. This year's theme is “Use Your Senses." The deadline for entries is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Since its launch in 2006, we are proud to say that more than 35,000 students from hundreds of schools throughout northeastern Illinois have participated in the Metra Safety Poster and Essay Contest. We could not be happier that so many students are actively engaged in learning about what they can do to keep themselves safe around trains and railroad tracks.

Please visit the contest website,, to learn more about the contest and the importance of teaching our children how to be safe around trains and railroad tracks.

Marriott Lincolnshire -- All School Field Trip

Each year, Copeland travels as a school to see a production.  This year, students and staff members will ride buses (paid for by CFA!) to the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater to see a production of Shrek! on Wednesday, December 19th.  Permission forms went home in backpack mail.   Please sign and return the permission form, send in $12 for your child's ticket, and return the permission form (it's on green paper) and payment to school if you haven't already done so.  We are very excited to experience the theater together as a school family.

Family Math Night

When:  Thursday, November 29th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Where:  Copeland Multipurpose Room
Who:  All Copeland Families (moms, dads, students, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas -- bring the whole family)
What:  An evening dedicated to Math

Please join us for a celebration of math.  Families will have an opportunity to play age appropriate math games.  No RSVP or fee required.  We hope to see you there!  


CFA Pancake Breakfast and Holiday Shopping -- DECEMBER 1st

Save the Date!!

The CFA-sponsored Pancake Breakfast and holiday shopping is just around the corner on Saturday, Dec. 1st. Doors are open from 8 am until 11 am. You are sure to get into the spirit of the season with a delicious breakfast and shopping for both parents and kids alike. Keep your eyes out for more information on this event in the coming weeks! Your family won't want to miss this Copeland tradition.

Positive Behavior Celebration
With the end of the first trimester, students gathered together -- first as a school, then by grade level -- to celebrate positive choices made thus far.  We also set goals to improve any target behaviors.  The District 70 Character Counts theme and commitment this year is to SHINE WITH KINDNESS.  When we look for the BEST in others, we bring out the BEST in ourselves.  Each of us should be KIND whenever it is possible, and it is always possible.  Our school climate is very important to each student, teacher, parent, and everyone in the community.  We have a positive school behavior plan that is on our website for reference.  Students are rewarded with Cougie Cards and classroom systems and reminded of appropriate behaviors when expectations are not followed.  Minor and Major (Broken Promise) forms are used as communication tools home.  

During Lunch with the Principal today, students shared with Dr. Poelking character traits they've demonstrated that made them proud.  Our Cougars are wonderfully kind and thoughtful.  We do, indeed, SHINE WITH KINDNESS.  

Group of students whose Cougie Cards were drawn
Lunch with the Principal 11-16-28
Students reading during behavior celebration
Students playing games during behavior celebration
students playing games during behavior celebration
4th grade students using chrome books during behavior celebration
5th grade girls playing games during behavior celebration
5th grade boys playing games during behavior celebration
students using chrome books during behavior celebration
5th grade students in art during behavior celebration
students playing games during behavior celebration
kindergarten students building with toys during behavior celebration
kindergarten students dancing with video during behavior celebration
students in the maker space during behavior celebration
Students posing with Dr. Poelking during lunch with the principal
Fall Sing -- Rock and Roll Forever!
Thank you Mrs. Griffin, the Copeland Chrous, and all of the 4th and 5th Grade Students for singing and playing recorders that celebrated rock and roll music.  You sounded beautiful and danced your hearts out.  What a joyful musical evening.  
Mrs. Griffiin and Dr. Schumacher
The Copeland Chorus sings two songs
4th and 5th grade students
students waiting for the fall sing
Mrs Jermakowicz's class waiting to sing
Mrs. Sheehy and two students
students waiting in multipurpose room
parents in the gym at the fall sing
Food Pantry Collection -- CFA Giving Tree
Thank you to everyone who has donated food and items for the Libertyville Food Pantry.  Donations will be accepted through Monday morning, as they will be picked up mid-day on Monday.  Our tree is full of helping hands.  Happy Thanksgiving!!
picture of the tree with names of those who donated items for the Food Pantry
picture of the boxes of donations for the Food Pantry
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