April Paw Prints - 4-26-2019
One Book, One School Wrap Up

It has been an amazing experience to read and discuss one book with the whole school and Copeland community. The students had some great discussions about Wishtree, enjoyed the bulletin board art of Mrs. Fry and worked very hard to save Red by solving Breakout Clues.  Due to the students' stellar sleuthing skills, they removed all 7 locks and saved Red the Wishtree from being cut down.  Red was so grateful that he decided to give each of your families a gift of a potential future Wishtree.  Coming home this week is a tree seedling from the Arbor Day Foundation.  Please follow directions on the sheet which accompanies the seedling to try and get your tree in the ground as soon as possible.  Red hopes that this tree will bring your family many years of happiness and love.

Lastly, I hope that you will spend some time to give constructive and honest feedback about our first ever One Book One School Event.  The hope is that our school will be able to participate in these whole school book clubs every other year.  Your feedback is anonymous and invaluable to the process. Please take 3 minutes to fill out the survey form which will guide the planning for our next One Book One School event.  Thank you so much and happy reading!

Mrs. Johnson
Copeland Manor Learning Center Director

The interactive bulletin board in the office vestibule tells the story of the Wishtree
What's Happening in Fifth Grade

On April 15th, 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 learn about local ecosystems! We had hands on experiences all day; we made rope, ground corn and learned how to start a fire with a bow drill.  We did chores like the pioneers, we observed many creatures and learned about their habitats, and we played games that the Native American children from this area enjoyed.

In Math, we just wrapped up our unit on dividing multi-digit numbers with decimals.  We moved onto order of operations and multi-step word problems. We will finish out the year working with patterns, coordinate graphs, 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 Stem Scopes curriculum.  Students are very excited for our upcoming exploration of earth and space!

In Social Studies, we just finished up learning about Native Americans, explorers and their motives for exploration.  Students are excited to show off their projects at Open House! We are currently learning about the first English settlements in America.

6th grade is just around the corner! We recently had a visit from Highland peer helpers.  The HMS students told us all about what it is like at Highland and the 5th graders had the opportunity to ask questions.  On May 14th 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 pages!

Picture of fifth grade teachers
Important Dates/Upcoming Events
The end of the school year brings MANY special events at Copeland
  • May 7th -- CFA Meeting 7:00 pm
  • May 7th, 8th and 9th -- STAR Testing
  • May 8th -- Chorus Concert at Butterfield School 6:00 pm
  • May 9th -- Orchestra concert at Copeland 6:30 pm
  • May 10th -- ArtFest
  • May 14th -- 5th Grade Students field trip to Highland Middle School for tour
  • May 14th -- Beginning Band Concert at Highland Middle School 7:00 pm
  • May 16th -- Intermediate Band Concert at Highland Middle School 7:00 pm
  • May 17th -- Student Council Bike to School Day
  • May 22nd -- Nora Friends Night at Copeland 6:00 - 8:00 pm
  • May 24th -- Roll Up Day (students visit next year's grade) and Early Dismissal (1:15 student dismissal)
  • May 27th -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
  • May 29th -- Dr. Schumacher's Retirement Community Celebration at Butterfield School (3:15 - 5:15)
  • May 30th -- Field Day
  • June 3rd -- Kindergarten celebration 10:45 am
  • June 3rd -- Third Trimester Behavior Celebration -- Hot Ground Gym coming to Copeland in the afternoon!
  • June 4th -- Fifth Grade Picnic 11:00 am - 2:45 pm
  • June 5th -- Last Day of the School Year, Awards Assembly 8:30 am (5th grade parents invited)
Erin's Law Presentations

Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) requires schools to implement an age-appropriate assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for all grade levels.   For more information about Erin’s Law, please use link  http://erinslaw.org/ .

Counselors from The Zacharias Center assist many Lake County elementary districts in the implementation of this law.  These counselors will be collaborating with our elementary social workers to provide lessons in grades kindergarten through five (K-5).  Participation in this program will help reduce a child’s vulnerability to unsafe situations by teaching the following concepts:

·       Safety rules at home and school

·       Assertiveness strategies

·       How to utilize peer support

·       Distinguishing safe from unsafe touching, and

·       Identifying trusted adults in the school, community, and home.

Classroom sessions will occur in Grades 1, 3 and 5 at Copeland on April 30th and May 1st and 2nd.  Classroom sessions will not exceed 45 minutes in length, and your child’s classroom teacher and building social worker will both participate. The program is presented in a single classroom session.                      

If you do not wish to have your child participate in this program, please send a note to your child’s teacher and we will arrange for alternate activities during the presentation.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Poelking, Mrs. Travelstead, or the Director of Special Services, Dr. Otto.  

Recess Supervisors Needed

Need a part-time job?
Do you enjoy being around children at play?

Join our team of recess supervisors who take care of students during their lunch recess.  

Shift:  11:15 - 12:15 

Interested?  Inquire in the front office.  

Highland Middle School Band Tour
What a treat to have the Highland Middle School Band tour each elementary school.  It was so much fun to welcome them into our gym and enjoy their music.  Way to go, Hornets!
picture of HMS concert band
picture of HMS concert band
picture of HMS Jazz Band
Open House 2019 is in the History Book
Thank you to all of the families who came out to tour classrooms, check out the Wishtree culminating events, visit the music room, see art work displayed in the multipurpose room, and enjoy the company of fellow Copeland families.  

During the opening gathering in the gym, appreciation was extended to the outgoing CFA Board and all of the volunteers who add so much to each student's Copeland experience.  Thank you to the new CFA Executive Board for taking on these important roles for next year:

President:  Michelle Sieks
1st Vice President:  Amy Neff
2nd Vice President:  Holland Burton
Treasurer:  Joanne Messinger
Secretary:  Elliott Hillback

Also during the opening gathering, Dr. Guy Schumacher, Superintendent of Schools, was recognized for his years of service to our community.  Dr. Schumacher is retiring after this school year.  Mr. Hillback shared gratitude from the parents, and Dr. Poelking presented him with a dedication of the Schumacher Stage.  The stage was built under his leadership and vision to provide students with an opportunity to celebrate creativity.    A community celebration is planned for Wednesday, May 29th, at Butterfield School from 3:15 - 5:15.  All are invited.  
picture of classroom during open house
Picture of 3C during Open House
Picture of parents looking at student art work in the multipurpose room during open house
picture of Open House
Picture of Dr. Schumacher kneeling down next to the plaque dedicating the stage to him
Returning Student Registration Open

The returning student registration system is now open.

All parents whose residency has been verified received an email with instructions on how to register. Families have been contacted via email if their residency could not be verified.

Please follow the registration instructions carefully. If you did not see the email, please check your spam and junk mail folders. 

Early childhood registration notification emails will be sent soon.

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