September Paw Prints - 9-28-2020
Reopening Schools

Last Monday evening, the Board of Education heard from the Superintendent’s Reopening Advisory Committee and a plan was laid out for our elementary students to return to school in a hybrid model. Dr. Barbini emailed the community on Friday with an update.  Please take note of these dates as we phase in our elementary hybrid model:

October 26th – Kindergarten and First Grade
November 2nd – Second and Third Grade
November 9th – Fourth and Fifth Grade

For families who are not comfortable sending their child(ren) back to school, a remote option will be available.  Dr. Barbini will be sharing a plan for the hybrid model after meeting again with the advisory teams this coming week.  

Picture Day -- September 29th
District 70 is very happy to return to using HR Imaging for school photographs.  
Save the Date:  Copeland Picture Day is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH

Copeland Manor is excited to schedule an alternative Picture Day for the 2020-21 school year.  Students are invited to come to Copeland on Tuesday, September 29th to sit for a school picture.  In order to do this safely (and quickly), 30-minute sessions have been scheduled to limit the number of students here at one time.  Three different sites will be utilized for pictures.  Composite pictures will be put together (individual pictures grouped) rather than class or group photos this year.  All safety guidelines will be followed (masks, 6-foot separations, symptom checks, thorough cleaning, etc.) to which we are now accustomed.  

Parents/drivers should pull up in the circle drive.  Students will exit the car and go to his/her grade level door. 
   Kindergarten and 1st Graders go through the front door
   2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders go to the cafeteria


Please arrive during your scheduled 30-minute time slot.  Parents/drivers are asked to stay in their cars.   We expect this to be a quick adventure.  Here is the schedule for last names of families:

8:30 - 9:00:  Last names A-B
9:00 - 9:30:  Last names C-E
9:30 - 10:00:  Last names F-G
10:00-10:30:  Last names H-J
10:30-11:00:  Last names K-L

12:00 - 12:30:  Last names M-N
12:30-1:00:  Last names O-R
1:00-1:30:  Last names S
1:30-2:00:  Last names T-V
2:00-2:30:  Last names W-X
2:30-3:00:  Last names Y-Z
Fall Conferences -- October 21 and 22

Parent-teacher conferences take place twice each year -- once in October and once in February.  The October conferences will be held October 17th from 5:15 – 8:15 and 18th from 3:15 – 8:15.  Conferences are scheduled in 15-minute time slots with homeroom teachers only.  If you would like to meet with a teacher other than your child’s homeroom teacher, please contact him/her directly.  At this time, we are planning on virtual conferences.  In this case, the classroom teacher will send parents an invitation to the conference once they are all scheduled.   

In order to schedule a conference, parents need to register and then schedule through a website called PTC Wizard.   When you log on to PTC Wizard, click on "Fall Conferences."  

The registration window is open now through October 9th.  After October 9th, conferences will need to be scheduled by calling the school office.  The directions for registering and scheduling as well as a link to the website can be found on the Copeland website under the “Parent” tab and “Parent-Teacher Conferences.”

Please call the school office if you have any questions or problems registering and scheduling a conference with your child’s teacher. 

Welcome Mrs. Hoch
Copeland extends  a warm welcome to Mrs. Eileen Hoch (prounounced 'hoke").  Mrs. Hoch is our new office administrative assistant.  We wish Mrs. Dina Lepczynski well in her adventure in the business world and thank her for for her excellent service to the Copeland community for the last two years.  We will miss you, Mrs. Lepczynski!  
Picture of Eileen Hoch
Important Dates/Upcoming Events

Friday, September 25th -- NO SCHOOL (Remote Learning Planning Day)
Monday, September 28th -- NO SCHOOL 
Tuesday, September 29th -- Picture Day (see below for details)
Tuesday, October 6th -- CFA Meeting 7:00 pm (virtual meeting)

A few notes from the Copeland Family Association

Directories will go on sale next Monday morning, September 21st.  This year, we will have an online ordering option only. Directories will be $5 each.  

Spiritwear is in!  If you chose delivery, Kate Luxon or Holland Burton will be dropping them off on your steps soon!

If you received a new family sign, kindly return the sign and stake to the school on your next visit (so that we caln welcome new families next year!) You may leave it in the vestibule outside of the front office.  

A note from Mrs. Morden, GTE Teacher

Gifted, Talented and Enrichment

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with so many children in District 70 through enrichment and gifted services this year!   As every child is unique and special, District 70's Gifted, Talented, and Enrichment (GTE) program is designed to focus on the varying levels of needs of our students. As GTE teachers, we are able to service and enrich students at different ability levels, for divergent interest areas, and across curricular areas.  

Enrichment services for 1st through 5th grade  include mathematics and reading.  Groups are formed based on collected data. In math enrichment, we will pull out small groups of students who have demonstrated a need to extend their thinking.  The activities are aligned with our mathematics program and the Common Core Standards, and are meant to challenge children beyond grade-level expectations.  Math groups change with each unit and are responsive to student needs.  Reading enrichment sessions will also begin for students in grades 1-5 who demonstrate a need for enrichment beyond grade-level.  As flexibility is important and best practice, we look at the data throughout the year and reassess the groups.

For a complete scope of the enrichment and gifted services offered, please visit the resources on the District 70 Curriculum website. 

District 70 GTE Resource Teachers

Social Emotional Recommendation from Mrs. Travelstead

From Mrs. Travelstead, Copeland School Social Worker:

As parents and teachers, we know many of our students are struggling with social connectedness, especially during this difficult time. The CoronaVirus Pandemic has made friendship extra complicated for kids. Many are feeling lonely, anxious, and upset, wondering, “Will I even have any friends when this is over?”  This practical and funny and FREE ebook, Growing Friendships during the CoronaVirus Pandemic , by Eileen Kennedy-Moore, helps children ages 6–9 navigate the challenges of social distancing and friendship maintenance/building. With relatable cartoons and gentle humor, it explains fun ways to connect with friends, what to do when friends don’t respond to messages, and some low-contact ways to get together with friends as social distancing eases up a bit.

Special Gifts Theater in 2020-2021
Libertyville School District 70 has been proud to partner with Special Gifts Theatre in the past as a way to provide a positive experience for students with special needs and increase empathy through a mentorship program. 

This year's Special Gifts Theatre's annual 5k fundraiser is both virtual and adaptable....meaning you can participate on your schedule with an activity that suits you! Run, walk, dance, swim, golf, hike, hop, skip, swing, bike, paddle, sail, roll, scoot - you can even hula hoop if you choose! 

Although this ongoing pandemic impacts all of us, SGT has found a way to look in a different direction to raise funds--yet keep our annual tradition to host a 5k. 
Luckily, our "super-powers" are adaptability and creativity!
And remember, your generosity helps to foster self-confidence, social and language skills, both on and off the stage, for all of our SGT students who have disabilities!
Will you support SGT by signing up today to be a fundraiser for this year's SGT Virtual 5k.....Your Way?

When: October 1-18, 2020
Pick a day - pick a time that is most convenient to you.
Where: Anywhere you choose
(yes, really! - you choose!)
Fun for the Whole Family!
How: Sign-Up as an individual, start a team, join a team, or to make a donation!

**Donations will go TWICE as far! Currently, we have a generous donor matching all donations made up to $5,000! 
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