March Paw Prints - 3-22-2019
Important Dates/Upcoming Events
  • March 25 - March 29:  SPRING BREAK
  • April 2 -- CFA Meeting at 8:30 in the teachers' lounge
  • April 4 -- CFA BINGO Night 6:00 pm
  • Week of April 8th -- IRA testing Grades 3, 4, 5
  • April 16 -- Kindergarten Orientation 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • April 19 -- No Student Attendance
  • April 22 -- Institute Day - No Student Attendance
  • April 25 -- Open House 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Character Counts at Copeland
Students at Copeland show great character, and they get so excited to earn Cougie Cards.  We celebrate all of our students when they are kind, caring, respectful, responsible, trustworthy citizens.  

To celebrate second semester positive behavior, classrooms worked together with the buddies to create blankets for Project Linus and write kindness letters that connect to the themes from Wishtree.
A note from Mrs. Beckman, School Nurse
Dental Forms are due May 15, 2019, for all current Kindergarten and 2nd Grade students. 
The form should be from an exam dated after November 15, 2017.
Contact Nora Beckman, Copeland Manor School Nurse, if you have any questions:  847-362-0240
Art Effects Art Show Celebrated Copeland Artists

Congratulations! The following students’ artwork has been selected to represent Copeland Manor School during March -- designated Youth Art Month.  Their artwork is displayed at Cook Memorial Library for the D70 Art Effects Show.  All artwork will be on display through the month of March.  Stop by and check out their work!

Elle Desiron
Dylan Obispo
Davis Brown
Layla Lovinger
Ella Raab
Adelyn Grosvenor
Josh Anderson
Maggie Munkvold
Deborah Anderson 
Logan Guild
Noah Scarborough
Margaret Taylor
Aly Mastracchio
Greyson Dunn
Alyssa Brandt
Grayson Wolak
Soleil Trobec
Fernanda Hernandez
Mattie Swearingin
Katelyn Nakanishi
Alexandra Biggerstaff
Emmett Bongle
Grace Kong
Anwen Torok
Max Forkner
Elle Knight
Kate Backhus
Jon Garrison
Meredith Booth
Thomas Chudy
Sam Gaiden
Abby Neff
Nina Hernandez
Claire Evans
Lucas Murphy
Kait Andersen

Ms. Bernard and Mrs. Brooks
Copeland Manor Art Teachers

One Book, One School Updates

Wishtree is in full swing, and wouldn’t it make a great story to continue reading on a car or plane trip over Spring Break?  The kids are really getting into the story!  They have been working on projects related to the book such as designing new homes in case Red gets cut down, and reaching out to people who they think may need a friend.  Discussion questions and the reading schedule is posted on the OBOS website for your reference.  There is also lots of discussion from students as they pass by our bulletin board each Monday.  The board changes each week to reflect what is happening in the story and the kids love to pick out details and discuss.  The big hit in the past two weeks has been our whole-school Wishtree Breakout!  We are working together as a school to solve clues related to the story.  The answers to these clues open locks on a box.  If we can get all the locks off the box, we can save Red from being cut down! Participation in this event has been huge and students have stepped up their close reading skills in order to find answers to clues in the story.  Thank you so much for the commitment of your family time to this book.  The kids are so engaged, and we hope this continues to be a meaningful activity for our community as a whole. Please make sure you read up to chapter 35 by the time we are back in school after break.  Happy reading!

Illinois Assessment of Readiness Assessments -- Grades 3, 4, 5

On Monday, April 8th, students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will begin the statewide Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) assessments.  Scheduled dates are April 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12. (5th grade has an extra science test on April 5th).  This collection of 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. For more information about these statewide assessments, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website.

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. Make sure, if possible, that your child attends school on time each day of testing.
2. Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest the night before testing.
3. Provide breakfast on the mornings of testing.
4. Remind 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. Let your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.

The school will do everything possible to maximize a peaceful learning environment and minimize interruptions during testing.  

Kindergarten and New Student Registration is Open

2019-2020 Kindergarten Registration Now Open!

Save the Date -- Kindergarten Orientation at Copeland

Tuesday, April 16th 
6:30 - 7:30 
Copeland Gym

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 17th, at 6:00 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 in April.  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

Playground Lunch Supervisors Needed
Interested in working as a D70 employee and serving your school as a lunchtime supervisor?  Immediate positions are available Monday through Friday (11:15 - 12:15).  Please contact Dr. Poelking for information.  
Community Celebration of Dr. Schumacher

Retirement Celebration for Dr. Guy Schumacher
Wednesday, May 29th at 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm, Butterfield School
Please join us for an open house celebrating and honoring Dr. Guy Schumacher
Come one, come all!
Welcome students, parents, teachers, staff members,
co-workers, board members, business leaders and community members

Summer School 2019
The catalog of classes is posted and registration is open.
Getting Excited about Science Assembly
Thank you to the CFA for bringing "Getting Excited about Science" to our students this week.  
Another Great Year of Junior Achievement
Thank you to ALL the volunteers for delivering another great year of Junior Achievement lessons for all of our students on March 8th!!!  We are so grateful.  
Spring Sing
Another awesome Spring Sing!  The students in Grades 1, 2, and 3 sang, danced, played the recorder, and delivered excellent speaking parts to an adoring audience on March 13th.  Special thanks to Mrs. Griffin for another super evening.  
Another Amazing Season of Basketball and Cheerleading
Great job, Cougars!  
Great job, Coaches!
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