February Paw Prints - 2-25-2019
Important Safety and Traffic Reminders
School arrival and dismissal times are very busy and hectic.  Everyone is encouraged to keep SAFETY in mind as you drive and move around school premises at all times.  Some important safety reminders:
  • Please do not encourage students to cross the street across traffic to enter your car.
  • Please do not double park and encourage students to enter the car at places other than the curb.
  • Never pass a school bus with its red STOP arm extended and red lights flashing.
  • Please only drive SOUTH on 7th Avenue to keep traffic moving smoothly.  
  • Please do not pull into the circle drive while the "bus only" sign is out.  When you do pull into the circle drive, please drive with great caution.  
The staff parking lot should not be used to drop off or pick up students and only for staff parking.  

News from First Grade

First graders had a lot of fun celebrating the 101st day of school.  Everyone enjoyed dressing like a Dalmatian with 101 spots and counting and sorting their 101 items into ten groups.  Everyone also enjoyed writing what life would be like when they were 101 years old.

As the first graders grow as readers they have been hard at work learning new comprehension strategies such as visualizing, wondering, and connecting to the text.  In writing, they have been learning about “telling more” in their stories each week.  They are hard at work writing a beginning, middle and end with details.  We are excited about all the learning and hard work that has been happening in our classrooms.

photo of students in Mrs. Miranda's class
photo of students in Mrs. Schroetter's class
photo of students in Mrs. Bolanowski's class
Copeland Presents Annie
Thanks to the leadership of Mr. Dolinko and Mrs. Griffin, Copeland has its very first Drama Club.  Students are excited to present Annie on Copeland's new stage.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy the show.  

Thursday, February 28th
6:00 pm
Copeland Gym
Annie Flyer
Junior Achievement coming to Copeland
On Friday, March 8th, 44 mothers, fathers, family friends, and even a School Board member will be spending the morning teaching Junior Achievement lessons to every classroom.  Thank you to each and every person who will share this engaging learning experience with our students.  This day proves to be enlightening for our volunteers who get to experience life as a teacher as well as the students who benefit from the meaningful curriculum relating to social studies themes.  

The representative from Junior Achievement will lead a training session for volunteers on Friday, March 1st, from 8:30 - 9:30 in the cafeteria.  If you are unable to attend the training, the materials will be available in the school office after March 1st.  
Basketball Tournament
Coach Crandell, Coach. Sheehy and all of the fourth and fifth grade boys and girls basketball players are excited about the upcoming basketball tournament.  Mrs. Bolanowski and the cheerleaders are excited to cheer for the 5th Grade games.  GO COUGARS!!  Here is the schedule for Copeland games:

Fifth Grade Games at Butterfield
February 25:  3:15 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Butterfield Gold and 5:30 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Adler
February 26:  3:15 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Butterfield Green and 5:30 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Adler
February 27:  3:15 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Rockland and Girls Copeland vs. Butterfield Gold
February 28:  3:15:  Girls Copeland vs. Rockland, 4:00 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Butterfield Green, and 4:45 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Butterfield Gold
March 4:  4:00 Girls Copeland vs. Adler, and 4:45 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Rockland
March 5:  3:15 Girls Copeland vs. Butterfield Green and 6:15 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Copeland Yellow

Fourth Grade Games at Copeland (and Rockland on 3/13)
March 6:  4:00 Girls Copeland vs. Adler and 4:45 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Rockland
March 7:  3:15 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Butterfield Green, 5:30 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Adler
March 11:  3:15 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Rockland, 4:00 Girls Copeland vs. Butterfield Gold
March 12:  3:15 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Butterfield Gold, 4:00 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Butterfield Green and 4:45 Girls Copeland vs. Rockland
March 13 at ROCKLAND:  3:15 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Butterfield Gold and 4:00 Boys Copeland Yellow vs. Adler
March 14:  3:15 Girls Copeland vs. Butterfield Green and 6:15 Boys Copeland Blue vs. Copeland Yellow
Art Effects Art Show March 7th

Art Effects Art Show
Thursday, March 7th
6:0 - 8:00 pm at Cook Memorial Library

Libertyville District 70 Schools and Cook Memorial library are teaming up once again this March to celebrate Youth Art Month.  Volunteers are needed to help make the Art Effects show a success.  Please email either of Copeland's art teachers, Ms. Bernard or Mrs. Brooks, if you are able to help in any of the following ways:

Hand Artwork:  parents are needed to help hang up artwork on Tuesday, March 5th at 3:00 pm at Cook Library
Food Donations:  please let us know if you can donate any nut-free cookies, snacks, etc., to be served at the reception
Water/Paper Donations:  please let us know if you can donate bottled water, napkins, and/or plates for the reception

All donated items can be dropped off at Cook Library the day of the Art Effects show (reception room, lower level). 

Thank you for your help and support as we celebrate art. 

Kathryn Bernard --
Amanda Brooks --
Copeland  Manor Art

One Book, One School

We are now into our third week of our Wishtree One Book One School (OBOS) initiative!  We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Red, the oak tree, Bongo, the crow, and Samar, and her wish.  It has been amazing listening to the kids talk about the characters of the book like they are friends.  The story has already sparked many conversations about kindness and friendship and we are excited to follow these conversations up with activities in school that help us grow in these areas. Remember: the goal of our OBOS is to bring our community together with a shared reading experience.  Don’t forget to check out our Wishtree website (http://copelandobos.weebly.com) to find discussion questions to help guide your talks as you read as a family, as well as an audio version of the story.  We hope you will share your reactions and experience with this program as well.  On the website, you will find links to create a FlipGrid video of your experiences, you can post on Twitter using the hashtag #CopelandOBOS or you can send Mrs. Johnson an email (kjohnson@d70schools.org).  We hope you are enjoying the book and the experience of connecting as a family over a shared story.  Happy reading and happy wishing!

Two teachers standing in front of a bulletin board for Wishtree
Special Gifts Teacher performed Beauty and the Beast
On Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, Special Gifts Theater performed Beauty and the Beast for an adoring audience.  This group of actors and mentors have been rehearsing for months, and their hard work was evident, as were their friendships and smiles.  Special Gifts Theater is a group with a mission to serve youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  They bring a spirit of enthusiasm, creativity, and camaraderie that distinguishes the program, and they had a positive effect on Copeland Manor students and staff.  District 70 and Copeland are proud to offer our facilities for this group that was able to show, not just tell, how young people can model respect and compassion, can be friendly and have fun, with other young people whose appearance may be different or who navigate differently through the world.  Thank you, SGT!  We are already excited about next year and look forward to seeing Madagascar come to life on the stage.  
photo of the cast from Beauty and the Beast
Important Dates/Upcoming Events

Feb. 28 -- Annie performance at CO at 6:00
March 1 -- Trustworthy Day (wear BLUE)
March 1 -- Junior Achievement training 8:30 - 9:15 (cafeteria)
March 1 -- 1:15 Dismissal (end of 2nd trimester)
March 2 -- Fun Fair (10:00 - 2:00)
March 5 -- CFA Meeting (7:00 teacher's lounge)
March 7 -- ArtEffects Reception at Cook Library (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
March 8 -- Junior Achievement in a Day  (morning)
March 13 -- Spring Sing -- Grades 1, 2, 3 at 6:30 at CO
March 20 -- CFA Assembly, "Getting Excited about Science" in the afternoon
March 25 - 29 -- Spring Break!
April 8 - 12 -- Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly PARCC) testing Grades 3-5
April 16 -- Kindergarten Orientation for 19-20 school year 6:30 at CO

Summer School 2019

Libertyville District 70 provides a wonderful summer school experience from June 10th - July 11th.  Summer school is offered for preschool and pre-kindergarten students at Rockland School and all other grades at Highland Middle School.  Class offerings will be posted on the district website on February 28th. Registration will be available online for in-district families starting March 10th.    

March Focus on Trustworthiness

District 70 Shines with Kindness

March 1st begins our in-depth focus of the Pillar of Trustworthiness.  We will continue to highlight this pillar through the month of March.  In each school, teachers will promote the pillar of trustworthiness by identifying and discussing the language and behaviors of a trustworthy individual.  A trustworthy person is honest and truthful.  A trustworthy person has integrity. This means that one has the courage to do what is expected, to speak about what is unexpected, and to try new things even when they are difficult.
On Friday, March 1st, the district will have a Trustworthy Pillar Friday.  In the Character Counts program the color blue is associated with the pillar of trustworthiness.  This Friday, March 1st, we encourage everyone to wear his or her blue to “kick off” celebrating trustworthiness.  Classroom teachers are encouraged to engage their class in meaningful activities that will reinforce the pillar of trustworthiness. 
Steps to follow for being a trustworthy individual:

  • Tell the truth
  • Understand the other person’s point of view
  • Speak out about what you think is wrong or unexpected behavior
  • Willing to do the right thing, even when it is a tough choice
  • Other people will trust you more when you tell the truth
  • Relationships take work to build, but are easy to destroy if you are not trustworthy
  • Think before you give a dishonest answer
  • Honesty is important in building friendships
  • You are in charge and responsible for your actions

Thank you for reinforcing the Character Counts Pillars at home and helping to build a community of character!

                                                ~Your District 70 Character Counts!  Committee

Character Counts at Copeland

Students are so proud when they are caught showing expected behaviors.  They love receiving Cougie Cards.  When they come to the office, their positive behavior is celebrated and reinforced.  These students will join others for Lunch with the Principal in a couple weeks.  It is important to everyone at Copeland that our school is kind, caring and full of students who value learning.  Keep up the great work, Cougies!!

photo of students with Cougie cards
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