October Paw Prints

October Paw Prints

Important Dates and Reminders

October 5th –  CFA Meeting at 9:00 am in the teachers’ lounge

October 7th -- Variety Show 6:30 in the gym (limit 4 quests per family)

October 13th -- Conferences 5:15 - 8:15 pm

October 14th -- Early dismissal (1:15) and Conferences 3:15 - 8:15 pm

October 15th -- NO SCHOOL

October 28th -- Halloween Read In 6:30 - 7:15 pm

October 29th -- Halloween celebrations in the afternoon

Picture Orders Due

HR Imaging school picture envelopes need to be returned to the office by October 7th.  Picture retake day is November 9th.  If your child will have her/his picture retaken, there is no need to return the order form.

Copeland Staff Service Committee is gathering donations to help

Fill a Heart 4 Kids

October 4th through14th

Fill a Heart for Kids with hearts


Donations can be dropped off in the lobby outside the Copeland front office.  Please consider donating any of  the following items:

  • Candy (NO NUTS): Peppermint Patties, 3 Musketeers, Mounds, Mike and Ikes, Hersheys, M & M’s, Skittles, Swedish Fish, Twizzlers

  • Pretzels

  • Chips

  • Fruit Snacks

  • Halloween Stickers

  • Cheeze balls or popcorn

  • Nut-free cookies

  • Nut-free granola bars

  • Rice Crisp Treats

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.


Binax Now Drive-Up Testing

When a student is symptomatic and with parent consent, you may call the school office to schedule a time with Mrs. Beckman to administer a Binax Now test.  She will meet you in the front circle to administer the test.  The results will be available in 15-20 minutes.


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.  One of the qualifying factors is whether or not the student wears a mask consistently inside school.  

Helpful Information from Mrs. Travelstead and Mrs. Cukier

Parent Teacher Conferences

Submitted by, Lindsey Cukier, School Psychologist and Gwen Travelstead, School Social Worker

Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) are right around the corner, October 13th and 14th.  As a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. You and your child’s school have something in common: You both want your child to learn, do well, and be successful both in the classroom and socially as well.

Like all good conversations, Parent–Teacher Conferences are best when both teacher and parent talk and listen. The conference is a time for you to learn about your child’s progress in school both academically and socially.  Make sure to come with a list of questions so that you don’t forget anything, keeping in mind the duration of conferences is 15 minutes. Some questions could be:

Does my child seem to enjoy school?; Does my child participate in class?; Is my child kind and caring toward others?; How does my child handle re-directions or corrections?; Does my child seem to give his/her best effort?  

It is also a time for the teacher to learn about what your child is like at home. When you tell the teacher about your child’s skills, strengths, interests, needs, and dreams, the teacher can help build rapport with your child, ultimately increasing a child’s desire to improve. 

The teacher will likely have work samples that you can look at as another means of gauging your child’s performance.  As well, they may be able to share with you something humorous that happened at school that may make you laugh.


October is National Bully Awareness Month and Monday, October 4th is Wear a Blue Shirt Day.  At school, when an incident occurs, we attempt to determine if the event involves BULLYING, CONFLICT, or MEAN BEHAVIOR.  While the definition of bullying has evolved, the current definition of bullying includes these components:

  • The action is intentional

  • There is often an imbalance of power.

  • The action is repeated frequently and over time

  • The action is intended to harm

Normal Friendship Problems Bullying
Fighting only happens some of the time. The bullying happens a lot or repeatedly
Sometimes the action is an accident The bully is trying to hurt someone - the action is with intent
Both children feel bad about what they did The victim feels really bad but the bully doesn't
Both children want to solve the problem and make amends The bully doesn’t seem to care



The window for scheduling a conference will close on Friday, October 8th.  After that date, please call the school office to schedule a conference with your child's classroom teacher. 

Conferences are a wonderful time to meet and exchange student strengths and set goals.  Teachers are excited to share work products and stories, but they are also excited to hear from parents about their goals and stories about their children.  Amazing things happen when home and school partner together.  

  • Wednesday, October 13th:  5:15 – 8:15 pm

  • Thursday, October 14th:  3:15 – 8:15 pm
    Early Dismissal Thursday, October 14th at 1:15 pm

  • Note:  No School on Friday, October 15th

Conferences are 15-minutes in length.  Please be respectful by arriving on time and ending the conference at the scheduled time.

Girl Scouts will be providing babysitting services in the gym on Wednesday, October 13th between 5:15 and 8:15 pm.  Boy Scouts will provide babysitting in the gym on Thursday, October 14th between 5:00 and 8:00 pm. Babysitting during these times is for children ages 3 and older. Please do not send children with any food or toys. Thank you to the Scouts!!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be OPEN in the multipurpose room (THANK YOU, CFA!!) 

Halloween Read In

Thursday, October 28th from 6:30 – 7:15 pm

A stack of books with a white pumpkin on top

Copeland School will be hosting its annual Halloween Read-in.  Students are invited to come dressed in pajamas or costumes if they would like. Also remember your face mask for this event.  Please enter the school through the staff parking lot doors at 6:30.  Students will be assigned to groups by teachers and sent directly to a classroom to hear Halloween stories.  Parents, please come into the multipurpose room to pick up children by 7:15 pm.

Sign ups this year are through a  google form. This form must be submitted by Monday Oct 25th in order for your child to join the fun (sorry, no drop-ins). If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Johnson at kjohnson@d70schools.org

Halloween at Copeland Manor

We will celebrate Halloween at school on Friday, October 29th in the afternoon

  • Everyone is invited to enjoy the Spooky Stroll.  This parade of costumes begins at 12:45.  Students will line up on the blacktop in their class lines.  The parade route will be determined the morning of Halloween (weather permitting) and communicated via email to the parent community. 

  • Thank you to the FOUR parents who have made arrangements to plan and attend a party in each room.  As classrooms are not 6 feet apart, no food will be served at the parties.  

  • Students should not wear costumes to school.  Children can change after lunch.  Teachers and staff members will help students change. 

  • If your child is leaving for lunch, please send a note to your child’s teacher.  Lunch is from 11:25 – 12:05. 

  • No weapons or weapon look-alikes are permitted at school.