November Paw Prints

November Paw Prints
Letters spelling the word thankful with pumpkins, leaves, and acorns surrounding it

Important Dates and Reminders

November 9th –  Picture Retake Day

November 10th -- Veterans Day Assembly at 8:30 am

November 11th -- VETERANS DAY -- NO SCHOOL

November 12th -- 1:15 School Dismissal (End of 1st Trimester)

November 17th -- Fall Sing


TOP FIVE THINGS you can do to make arrivals and dismissals safer and run smoothly?


5. After the “Buses Only” sign is removed, pull forward in the circle drive as far as possible to allow room behind for other cars.

4. Arrive early and encourage your child(ren) to play on the playground until the bell rings.

3. Travel south-bound only on 7th Avenue

2. Make sure your child can exit the car without you getting out to help.  If you do need to get out of the car to help, pull forward toward the cafeteria doors to give the “fast exiters” some room to get around safely



5. Have a meeting space away from the front of the school.

4. Do not stop in the middle of 7th Avenue and call your child over to the car so that they are walking out in front of parked cars.

3. Travel south-bound only on 7th Avenue

2. Do not encourage children to play in the grassy area inside the circle drive while buses are present.


What’s Happening in Third Grade?


3 teachers in emoji costumes standing in the hallway of a school

It’s been a busy start in third grade! The students are learning many new and exciting things, such as Gimkits, addition strategies, cursive, parts of speech, multiplication and more!  

We kicked off the first week of school introducing cursive writing. By winter break students will have learned all the lowercase letters!

In math the students finished the second unit, an introduction to multiplication. In this unit students were introduced to a wide variety of multiplicative situations using several different approaches for solving real world problems. The Bridges approach to multiplication fluency is not through speed, it is focused on being efficient, accurate, and flexible thinkers. 

In addition to studying natural hazards in science, students will create 3D models of homes that may withstand high winds and heavy rains. This will be done with design and computer skills on Tinkercad.

In ELA students have been using the RACES format to write organized responses to questions about what they have read. Students have also practiced many grammar skills and recently learned about abstract nouns.  We have learned about drawing conclusions, cause/effect relationships, and character traits in reading.  

The first two months have been full of learning in third grade!


Picture Retake Day

Picture retake day is November 9th.  If your child was absent or if you would like a second try at a school picture, HR Imaging will be at Copeland the morning of November 9th.  No forms needed, but please let your child’s classroom teacher know that your child should have her/his picture taken when the photographers are at Copeland on the 9th.

American Flag

Veterans Day 2021

Collection for VA Hospital

THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in a donation for the Captain James Lovell Federal Health Care Center (the North Chicago VA's official name since merging with the Navy in 2010).  There are 100 (94 male and 6 female) veterans living in the nursing home that are in need of simple toiletry items.  We have a parent connection to the VA Center (THANK YOU, MRS. SPRINGER!!) who will coordinate the drop off of care packages for the residents. 

Even with the generous donations, WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF:

shampoo, winter hats, and winter gloves


If you can donate any shampoo, winter hats or gloves, please send them in by Wednesday, November 10th.  

American Flag with text that says Veterans Day Honoring all who served

Wednesday, November 10th – Veterans’ Day Assembly

All veterans and active service members are invited to attend a special recognition and assembly on November 10th.  Coffee will be served starting at 7:45 in the Copeland gym lobby.  An assembly will begin at 8:25.  Special guests will be treated to songs and some surprises.  Guests will then be invited to introduce themselves and share a brief story about their service (young student appropriate).  Students in 4th and 5th grade will be in the gym to watch the assembly live.  Students in Grades K-3 who have a family member in attendance will also be in the gym, while all other students in Grades K-3 will be watching through a livestream in their classrooms.  

Please RSVP by Monday, November 8th at 9:00 am for guests by completing this form.  

We currently have 12 guests who have RSVPd.

Fall Sing 2021

The Fall Sing is quickly approaching, and we’re so excited! The 4th and 5th graders will participate in a show entitled “Copeland Pop Fest!” on Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm in the Copeland gymnasium. Attire includes black and/or white on top, and black or jeans on the bottom. Students should arrive at 6:15 pm (no earlier) to meet their teachers in the multi-purpose room. The doors will not be open until 6:15 because we cannot provide proper supervision for the students until that time. Masks are required for all students and guests for this performance. Additionally, please limit guests to 2 per family. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Griffin at We are looking forward to a safe and fun performance!


1st Trimester Report Cards

The first trimester ends on November 16th and report cards will be issued on November 23rd.  As in the past few years, report cards will be made available electronically in the PowerSchool Parent Portal (they are not going home in paper version).

COVID testing in D70

Shield Testing

Parents may consent to asymptomatic weekly Shield testing.  The Shield test is the “spit test” developed by the University of Illinois.  Employees from Passport Health will conduct testing Tuesday mornings at Copeland between 8:30 - 10:30.  Any positive cases (and associated close contacts) will be notified the next day and protocols will be followed.  Students who wish to play basketball must take part in Shield testing.

Test to Stay

When students are identified as potential close contacts, they may qualify for test-to-stay.  If they qualify and with parent consent, Mrs. Beckman will administer a Binax Now test.  If found to be negative, the student can stay and will be tested again on Days 3, 5 and 7.  Both the student who tests positive and the close contact must wear a mask properly in order to qualify for test to stay.