|January Paw Prints - 1-18-2019|
|Important Dates/Upcoming Events|
|Welcome to Copeland!|
2019 has brought 4 new Cougars to Copeland! Please join me in welcoming:
Henry and Raegan in 1st grade
MJ in 4th grade
Liam in 5th grade
We are so glad that you joined the Copeland family.
|News from Copeland's Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment Teacher|
Whole Class Enrichment
|Help wanted in the Copeland Makerspace!|
We are looking for a volunteer to commit to coming in once a week to help organize, restock and inventory the Makerspace. If you are interested in helping maintain this student-centered space, please contact Mrs. Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
|Parent-Teacher Conferences in February|
Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 13th and 14th. Parents can schedule a 15-minute conference with their child's homeroom teacher through PTC Wizard. If a parent registered on the PTC Wizard website in the fall, there is no need to register again. Directions on how to register (for new parents) are available on the Copeland website. The window for scheduling a conference is open through February 6th. After February 6th, please call the school office to schedule a conference.
February 13th -- 5:15 through 8:15 pm
Feburary 14th -- 3:15 through 8:15 pm
February 14th -- Dismissal at 1:15 pm
No School February 15th
Cub Scouts are providing babysitting in the gym during conferences.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conferences.
The 5Essentials Survey is made available to parents at http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/ or through a link on the District 70 website through January 31, 2019.
|News from Mrs. Travelstead -- Tips to Help Your Child with Text Anxiety|
Winter and Spring in schools not only means iffy cold and wet weather, but also signifies the season for group state or other standardized test taking. Group test taking will soon be upon us (second graders will take the CogATs in February and 3-5 th grade will take the Illinois Readiness Assessment (formerly PARCC) in April). This will undoubtedly cause some students to feel worried and, in some cases, anxious. Test anxiety is a type of performance anxiety in which a child fears failure. While some pressure to perform can be a positive motivator, for those who tie their self-worth to the outcome of the test, test taking can prove to be devastating. So, how is a parent to help a child approach testing in a calm, cool and collected manner?
Second, make sure your child gets plenty of good sleep in the days leading up to the test, and especially the night before. Children aged 8, 9,10,or 11 need 10-11 hours of sleep nightly. Extensive research has proven that even one hour less of sleep a night can cause a child to perform two years below their typical capabilities. As well, if they are typically getting one hour less of sleep a night, by Friday they are operating on a five-hour sleep deficit. Think about how that feels to your own body!
Third, make sure your child has a healthy protein-rich breakfast the day of the test and remember to send in a healthy snack as well. The brain needs a lot of energy to focus on a long test like the Illinois Readiness Assessment (PARCC).
Finally, stay calm yourself and do not put undue pressure on how your child should perform. Remember this is a snapshot in time and one test will not define your child, nor will it take away any of their other wonderful qualities that make him/her who they are.
|Character Counts at Copeland|
At Copeland, we are committed to providing students with a safe and happy school environment. Here are three examples of how we promote positive behavior:
Behavior Expectations -- Once each trimester, students revisit the expected behaviors throughout the school. On January 10, students in Grades 2-5 rotated through "expectation stations" to reinforce expected behaviors, while kindergarten and first grade students met together to discuss how to demonstrate positive character in school. Bullying behaviors and conflict resolution were also discussed.
Lunch with the Principal -- Students continue to show pride in their positive behavior. When a student receives a "Cougie Card" for positive behavior, he/she brings their card to the office and proudly reports what was done to earn this recognition. Cards are drawn 12 times each year to join Dr. Poelking for lunch and celebrate their choices.
Character Counts Assembly -- On January 23rd in the morning, students at Copeland will enjoy an assembly titled, "Count on Me" (sponsored by D70 Character Counts Committee). This three-screen program will focus on helping students focus on developing social awareness, have positive social interactions, and handle social conflicts.
|Junior Achievement coming to Copeland|
An early THANK YOU to the 39 people who have volunteered to spend the morning of Friday, March 8th teaching Junior Achievement lessons to our students. Our goal is to have two "guest teachers" in each classroom. We are still in need of a second volunteer in these rooms:
If you are able to give up a half-day (8:15 - 11:15) to be a "guest teacher," please contact the school office. Training is available on Friday morning, March 1st at 8:30 in the cafeteria. This is a wonderful experience for all involved.
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