End of School Year 2020 - 5-28-2020
Updates for the 2020-21 School Year

Staffing -- Changes for next year at this point include:
Due to enrollment numbers, we will have three (from four) sections in 5th grade and four (from three) sections of 1st grade in the fall.  Mrs. Julian will move from 5th grade to teach 1st grade next year.  The 1st grade team is excited to welcome Mrs. Julian who began her teaching career in 1st grade where she taught for 10 years.  Mrs. Negovetich is moving to full-time interventionist.  Mrs. Simonsen will be teaching first grade at Rockland School, and Ms. Van Roeyen will move to full-time at Butterfield School next year.  We will miss Mrs. Simonsen and Ms. Van Roeyen very much, but we are so happy that they will remain in D70.  We welcome Ms. Blahnik in a new math intervention position (shared with Rockland School).  New hires for next year include a new special education teacher, Mrs. Kelsey Waggoner, and speech language pathologist (shared with Butterfield School), Ms. Maddy Smith.  These two awesome special educators will be excellent additions to an already excellent team.  

We wish Mrs. Conn a happy retirement after 20 years working as a paraeducator at Copeland Manor.  Mrs. Conn has supported many students and classrooms over her years -- always with great skill and compassion.  You will be missed -- enjoy your well-earned retirement, Mrs. Conn!!!

We also send our deepest congratulations and gratitude to Mr. Vipond who has accepted a position as Director of Technology in Grayslake District 46.  Mr. Vipond has been a true leader in our district and a tremendous asset to Copeland Manor.  We all benefited greatly from his work during construction, technology implementations, and planning for remote learning.  We will miss his warmth and talent very much.  

Registration for all families is open now and can be accessed on the Copeland and D70 web pages under the "Home" and "New Student Registration" links.  Registration is an annual process – the sooner you register, the sooner we have information that allows us to plan for staffing, space needs, etc.  

Incoming Kindergarten Students
As we were unable to invite families to the annual Kindergarten Orientation in April, a recording is available that introduces families to our kindergarten team, the Copeland Family Association, our school nurse, and office staff.  This recording can be accessed from the Copeland web page.  

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. 

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.  

Copeland Year End Plans
Friday, May 29th -- Virtual field trip to Lambs Farm.  
Join us for an all school virtual field trip to Lambs Farm on May 29th at noon where a member of their staff will take us on a tour and tell us all about some of their furry friends!  It will be a 30 minute live stream. They need to be logged to their D70 Google account to view the live stream.  No sign up.  This is the link: https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/493d6afd-e2c3-4ff4-9529-6f0b96d8f6e3

Friday, May 29th -- Class Meetings to transition to next school year
Students in kindergarten through 4th grade will hear recordings from next year's teachers to help with the transition to the next grade level.  The purpose of these recordings is to get students excited about moving up to their next grade level.  

STEAM Days -- June 1, 2, and 3
For the last three days of school, Copeland teachers have collaboratively created six engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) lessons for each of the morning and afternoons of June 1, 2 and 3.  Schedule for the days:

Monday, June 1 in the morning:  Sound

Monday, June 1 in the afternoon:  Water

Tuesday, June 2 in the morning:  Mindset

Tuesday, June 2 in the afternoon:  Food

Wednesday, June 3 in the morning:  Entertainment/sports

Wednesday, June 3 in the afternoon:  Animals

Here is a list of materials that you hopefully already have around the house to facilitate the activities:

  • Balloons
  • String
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic Bags
  • Craft sticks
  • Styrofoam and/or sand
  • Popcorn
  • Milk
  • Food coloring
  • Paper towels
  • Clear cups
  • Spaghetti noodles
  • Marshmallows
  • White bread
  • Stick Pretzels
  • Sugar
  • Little paint brushes
  • Binder clip
  • Measuring cups
  • Bucket with a strong handle
  • Tape
  • Pipe cleaners
All of Copeland teachers have collaboratively planned engaging learning days that will make a wonderful transition to the summer.  The classroom teachers will be communicating menus of activities and highlighting activities during classroom meets.  The purpose of this email is to provide a general introduction to the plan for the final days of school.

June 4th – No school for teacher professional development

Exchange of Student Materials -- Friday, June 5th

What is happening on June 5th? 

We understand that many families live close to school,
but for safety reasons, we ask that you drive through in a car.

Device drop off: Please place your device AND charger in the clear plastic bag along with a piece of paper with your child’s name and class (ex: 1S or 4J)

  • iPads: All kindergarten and first grade student iPads need to be returned to school.

  • Chromebooks: With the exception of students enrolled in summer school, all 2nd – 5th grade chrome books need to be returned to school.

Student belonging pick up: Every student has a bag filled with supplies, work, and other materials that were left behind before the school went to remote learning. Please pick up your child’s belongings. 

Classroom material drop off:  If your child has any classroom materials (book bags, novels, etc.) at home, please return those as well.  Please put these materials in a box marked with your child’s name and class.  

Library book drop off: Please return all materials checked out prior to the school changing to remote learning.

 Summer library book bags pick up: For those families that made arrangements with Mrs. Johnson, please pick up your book bags. Unfortunately, no additional requests can be granted.   

Medications: Any remaining medications in the office (emails were sent to families from Mrs. Beckman) should be picked up. 

**Unfortunately, this is not an opportunity to talk with staff members.   We ask that all family members stay inside your car and keep conversations with staff members to a minimum to keep the line moving along.  
** If you have anything else to give to a teacher, you can drop off items marked with the teacher name to the front vestibule of school.  You can place items on a bench.  The vestibule is open each Monday - Friday until 2:00 pm.  

Directions for Exchange of Materials on June 5th

 **In order to expedite the process of collecting and distributing items to every Copeland student, please read through these directions carefully and plan accordingly for June 5th. 

Prior to arrival at school, please:

1) Place each device and charger in a plastic bag with child’s name and class clearly marked

2) Write your family name, student(s) name(s), and class name (ex:  5J or KAl) on a piece of paper

3) Place any materials that you are returning in your trunk or backseat to allow a staff member to retrieve them easily ?

What time on June 5th:

Suggested arrival times – Going by the first letter of the student’s last name:

 9:00 – 10:00: Families with last name A-E

10:00 – 11:00: Families with last name F-J

11:00 – 12:00: Families with last name K-N

12:00 – 1:00: Families with last name O-S

1:00 – 2:00: Families with last name T-Z


Device and school material (library books, classroom book bags, etc.) drop off and student belonging pick up:  Staff parking lot

Summer book bags (for those that already made requests): Front circle drive

Medication pick up: Front circle drive

At a time within in your designated hour, please follow these driving directions:

  • Please only drive southbound on 7th Avenue.
  • Turn into the staff parking (gym side of the building)
  • First stop:  Check in with a staff member who will collect the paper with your family information.
  • Second stop: Wait for direction to an option station.
  • Third stop: When directed, proceed to an option station and open your trunk. A masked staff member will take materials to be returned out of your car and put materials to be distributed into your car.
  • Turn right out of the parking lot onto 7th Avenue.
  • If you need to pick up a book bag with library books for summer reading (prearranged with Mrs. Johnson) or medication (received an email from Mrs. Beckman), proceed to the front circle.
  • If not – have a great summer!!!!

**Families are welcome to pick up/drop off materials on the behalf of other families.  
**if families are unable to come to school on June 5th, please contact Dr. Poelking to schedule a alternate time. 

5th Grade Drive-Thru Celebration -- June 3rd

5th Grade Drive-thru Celebration - June 3, 12:00-1:00

We invite fifth-grade families to drive through the circle drive between 12:00-1:00 on June 3rd.  This would be a little break between Copeland STEAM activities that day.  Fifth-grade teachers will be spaced out around the circle.  Student cars will pause to receive a bag of goodies, including 5th-grade certificates, from their gloved/masked teacher.  

We understand that many families live close to school, but in order to respect social distancing, we ask that you drive through in a car.  As you come through the circle, please do not get out of your cars so that we can adhere to social distancing guidelines.  We are very excited to see fifth graders on June 3rd, however, if you are unable to “drive-thru” on this day, we will put student bags in with their things for June 5th pick-up.

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