January Paw Prints - 1-29-2020
Important Dates/Upcoming Events


  • January 30:  CFA Guys Night 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the multipurpose room/gym

  • February 4, 5, 6:  CogAT Testing for 2nd grade students

  • February 4:  CFA Meeting, 9:00 am in the teachers' lounge

  • February 4:  Group pictures 

  • February 4:  Band Concert, 7:00 at Butterfield

  • February 6:  Orchestra Concert 6:30 at Copeland

  • February 13:  Valentine classroom parties 10:30 - 11:15 

  • February 13:  Dismissal for all students at 1:15 pm (buses will run regular routes at dismissal)

  • February 14:  NO SCHOOL

  • February 17:  NO SCHOOL

  • February 19:  CFA Girls' Night 6:00 - 8:00 in the cafeteria

  • March 3:  CFA Meeting 7:00 pm

  • March 7:  CFA Fun Fair 10:00 - 2:00

  • March 11:  Spring Sing 6:30 at Copeland (Grades 1, 2, 3)

  • March 13:  Junior Achievement -- 8:15 - 11:15 (thank you, GUEST TEACHERS)

  • March 23 - 27:  Spring Break

February Parent-Teacher Conference Information

Parent-teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, February 12th and 13th.  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 7th.  After February 7th, please call the school office to schedule a conference.  

Conference Information:
February 12th -- 5:15 through 8:15 pm
Feburary 13th -- 3:15 through 8:15 pm

February 13th --  Dismissal at 1:15 pm
No School February 14th and Monday, February 17th

Cub Scouts are providing babysitting in the gym during conferences.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conferences.

Six Flags Reading Program at Copeland

Copeland Manor is registered for the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program again this year! With this program, students in Kindergarten - 6th Grade (must be 13 years old or younger) can earn a free ticket to Six Flags by reading or being read to for at least 6 hours and logging their reading time. There are some changes to the program this year, so please read below for important information/changes: 

  • NEW THIS YEAR – Student Reading Logs will NOT be returned to the school. Parents MUST register their students ONLINE using the instructions on the reading log flyer sent home and log their hours online in their account. Our school will be able to monitor student registrations, but only parents and guardians will be able to register their students for this program. 

  • EXTRA REWARDS – Using the online reading logs, students will have the opportunity to earn extra rewards by reading MORE than 6 hours which may include discounts on tickets for additional family members, Season Passes, and memberships. 

  • DEADLINE – Please register your student and enter their reading log information by Thursday, April 16th. Mrs. Johnson will have to approve all registrations on Friday, April 17th by the end of the school day and once she does this she will be unable to accept any late reading logs/registrations. To ensure your student gets their free ticket, please ensure everything is entered in the parent portal by Thursday, April 16th.   

We look forward to having lots of students earn free tickets to Great America this year by reading (or being read to) for 6 hours or more between now and April 16th! 

Peek into Fourth Grade

As the fourth graders settle into the second half of the school year, they are hard at work on their social studies state fair inquiry projects. The state fair projects are part of our study of the regions of the United States. The students are being introduced to the research process during whole class lessons during which time we research information related to our home state of Illinois. Building off of lessons introduced by Mrs. Johnson in the learning center, the fourth graders are practicing using online databases from Cook Memorial Library. After working together to research Illinois, students have time to use the databases to research their selected states. In addition to the online databases, the fourth graders also practice checking websites for reliability to help them with their research. Books and online encyclopedias are also at their disposal to help them gather information. They are using their researched information to write informative paragraphs about historical people, events, national parks and other topics unique to their states. The fourth graders are learning how to present their information on tri-fold posters and within ABC informational text state books. If that isn’t enough, they are also learning how to use NoodleTools, an online citation software subscription, to cite their sources. It’s exciting to see the fourth graders so eager to work on their state projects! We look forward to “Touring the States” with our Copeland Community later this spring.

Mrs. Jermakowicz's class
Mrs. Hay's class
Mrs. Sheehy's class
ALADDIN Kids -- Libertyville Smash Review
Many thanks go to the Drama Club, with Mr. Dolinko and Mrs. Griffin leading the way, for a wonderful presentation of Aladdin Kids.  The seats were full of appreciative theater-goers on Friday, January 24th.  Thanks also goes to Mr. Vipond for working with the CFA to procure new microphones.  We are so grateful to have a Drama Club at Copeland Manor School.  
Magic Carpet
Tech Crew
Dr. Schumacher
Teachers/Coaches for Aladdin
Testing -- CogAT (2nd Grade) and ACCESS (EL students)

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Second grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) starting on Tuesday, February 4th.  In Libertyville District 70, the CogAT will guide efforts to adapt instruction to the needs and abilities of students identify students whose predicted levels of academic achievement differ markedly from observed levels of achievement, and measure cognitive development to help identify academically talented students.  CogAT results will be mailed to parents in March. 

ACCESS Test for English Learners (EL)

Our EL students are currently taking the yearly state-mandated ACCESS test.  This test assesses their ability to listen, speak, read and write in English. This takes place over four separate testing sessions.  This test determines whether your child is eligible to be dismissed from English Language support service and also helps determine the amount of English Language support your child will receive during the next school year.  We will send the scores home when we receive them in August. 
EL families: Please save the date for our EL International Feast on March 19 at 6:30 at Butterfield School.

5Essentials Survey

This is a reminder that District 70 is asking parents/guardians to complete the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) 5Essentials Survey to share your thoughts and impressions regarding the school(s) your child(ren) are enrolled in before the survey closes in less than a month. 

Your voice is important and can be heard through this survey. Results of your feedback will be shared with the schools in a Parent Report only if at least 20 percent of parents at each school take the survey. At this time, none of our schools have reached the 20 percent point; however, we are confident that we will meet this criterion with your help.

The survey is open through February 14, 2020 and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Pursuant to ISBE and 5Essentials administration guidelines, parents/guardians who have more than one child who attends the same school may elect to participate multiple times (e.g. completing a separate survey for each child in their family).   ISBE and 5Essentials also recommend that parents who have children enrolled in multiple schools participate in the survey for each school. Pursuant to these same guidelines, only one parent per household may participate in the survey.

Your feedback will be completely anonymous and is used for school and district improvement efforts.  

A note from Mrs. Beckman, School Nurse
We are right in the middle of cold and flu season.  Here are some common sense reminders for remaining healthy:
  • Get plenty of sleep and eat healthy meals
  • Wash hands often 
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbows 
If your child is not feeling well, and has a temperature over 99.8, he/she should remain home until fever-free for 24 hours.  
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