• Cooper Principal's Message
  • Cooper Chronicles (11-9-21)

    Good afternoon, Tigers.  I hope you and your children had a WONDERFUL digital learning day.  I know our faculty and staff were here in the building planning the next couple weeks of lessons, gathering instructional materials, and making copies for the rest of this week and next.  We thank you for the opportunity to have a day to focus on these very important "teacher tasks".

    I just a few things to mention... first, as we approach Veteran's Day (November 11), I encourage to look at the online padlet we have on our main webpage.  There you'll see how many veterans are represented by our students... great grandfathers, uncles, aunts, fathers, mothers... and I know that not every veteran associated with Cooper ES is listed.  I am grateful for the sacrifice of our veterans and their families for stepping up and supporting taking the oath to defend our constitution against all enemies.  We live in a GREAT nation that is not perfect, but is made up with people with the tenacity, vigor, and drive to make us better and better. Without our military... past, present, and future, we would not be free to challenge the thinking of our nation's leaders, shakers, and movers.  THANK YOU VETERANS!

    View and/or add to the padlet HERE.

    In honor of Veteran's Day on Thursday, let's show our nation's pride and appreciation by wearing Red, White, and Blue.

    PAJAMA DAY... yep, we are having another PJ Day on Friday.  This PJ Day is in support of our United Way Student Campaign.  Please have your child bring $1 to support United Way and wear PJs all day!  But wait... there's more... THIS IS ALSO A STREAK CHALLENGE... each streak will earn 1 point per dollar.  Which streak will win the school's Streak Spirit Banner????  Streak buckets will be at each main entrance... kids drop their $$ in the bucket when they get to school, we count it up, and announce the winner that afternoon.

    Town Hall... Cooper ES, Cooper PTA, and Cooper ES School Council is teaming up to host a Cooper Community Town Hall on Tuesday, November 16 at 6:00 PM in the school's cafeteria.  MASKS ARE MANDATORY.  Come hear a brief introduction to the school, PTA, and School Council, and then we want to hear from you... we want to know how we can more closely partner with you and your family... how we can get better as a school... and how we can best use our resources.  We will have a HARD STOP at 7 PM.  I look forward to seeing you here.

    That's it for now... I wish you a wonderful HUMP DAY tomorrow, and a great ending to this week.

    Until we meet again, be good, stay safe, and be healthy.

    Your VERY PROUD Principal,

    Paul Willis

  • Cooper Chronicles (11-4-21)

    Happy Friday Eve, Tigers!  Can you believe that school is CANCELED tomorrow so people can celebrate the World Champion Braves????

    I don't know if the parents get nearly excited as our staff and students do when there are sudden, unexpected days off, but I hope we can all agree that our kids and staff could use the surprise break. Parents... I wish you the best!

    I honestly THOUGHT that I had shared the Character Pumpkin winner and the Classroom Candy Collections winner on our morning news show last week, but I can't find anyone to corroborate that for me... so I am guessing I probably need to do that... again.

    The winning Character Pumpkin was Mrs. Crawford's 2nd Grade Class... BABY YODA.  This was definitely a favorite!  Overall, the Character Pumpkins brought in over $400 that was used by teachers to buy books for their classrooms.  Congratulations Mrs. Crawford!

    Ms. Dadovic's class won the Candy Collection contest by bringing in 106 lbs of candy!  Ms. Dadovic's class wins the PTA Spirit Trophy and a pizza party for their efforts. Grade level winners are... Ms. Newman, Kindergarten, with 36 lbs; Ms. Simms, 2nd grade, with 45 lbs; Dr. Perrer, 3rd grade, with 43 lbs; Mrs. Pruehs, 4th grade, with 40 lbs; and Mrs. Davis, 5th grade, with 70 lbs!  The BEST news of all... it was ALL handed out at our Trunk or Treat even on 10/30.  Thank you all who donated candy for this wonderful event.

    I won't keep you long... but I do want to wish everyone a wonderful extended weekend.  Be good, stay safe, and take time to celebrate even the smallest of victories and the big ones, too.

    Your VERY PROUD and EXCITED for a BREAK Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (10-29-21)

    Good Friday afternoon, friends.

    A huge thank you goes out to those All Star Families that participated in our Family Literacy Night last night.  Our staff did an amazing job presenting timely information to make that bond between home and school even stronger.  We are truly #BetterTogether.  Unfortunately, I put the wrong Zoom link to my story last night and was really bummed I didn't have anyone attend... until I realized I had made the mistake.  I went ahead and read the book, and I just have to say that I NAILED it!  I recorded it and will get it out to anyone interested in hearing about Mr. Keene and his Fine, Fine School.

    I wanted to remind everyone that tomorrow is our Trunk or Treat event at Cooper from 5 PM- 9 PM.  Our PTA  has lined up quite a few cars for you to visit, and our classrooms collected 340 lbs of candy, and we are very eager to give all of that right back to you :-)

    Next week is our Red Ribbon Week observance.  Red Ribbon Week is a serious but fun way to let everyone know that drugs have no place here.  We'd love for your student to participate with us.  Monday is Put Drugs to Sleep...wear your pajamas to school.  Tuesday is Put a Hat on Drugs... wear a hat for $1.  Wednesday is our Lei Off Drugs day... PTA is supplying leis for everyone, and we encourage everyone to wear Hawaiian styled clothing. **This is Picture Make Up Day and Digital Learner Picture Day.

    Thursday's theme is Team Up Against Drugs... wear your favorite sports team apparel, and Friday is Celebrate Cooper day by wearing your Tiger spirit wear.

    We have a Digital Learning Day coming up on November 9.  I'll be sending out a link to our 2nd-5th grade families to request a Chromebook after this email hits your boxes... please be sure to complete the form by the due date.  Late requests will be honored as we are able to considering staffing concerns and availability.

    I wish you each a very happy, a very safe, and a very relaxing weekend.  Be good!

    Your VERY PROUD and HALLOWEENED OUT Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (10-19-21)

    Good day, Tigers.  I hope you are all having a wonderful day.

    I am attaching a document that your child's teacher may reference during conferences this week.  It will also be referenced in next week's Literacy Night by Mrs. Litt.  It would be helpful to be familiar with each of the actions of all stakeholders for information purposes, but focusing on the Parent/Community Actions woudl be adventageous.

    Gwinnett Literacy Actions for Teachers, Students and Community-English.pdf 

    On another note, we will need to change the calendar for Make Up Picture Day and Picture Day for Digital Learners.  It was originally scheduled for October 26.  We will reschedule to Wednesday, November 3.

    In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to PINK OUT the school on Tuesday, October 26.  So many of our studnet's families and our staff's families have been impacted by Breast Cancer.  Let's show our support by wearing pink! 

    We have a lot of activities and events ongoing and coming up... I'll do my best to communicate those with you using our different communication tools.  Thanks for all your support. 

    Have a TIGERriffic Day!

    P

  • Cooper Chronicles (10-16-2021)

    Happy Saturday, Tigers. For those of you that have games this weekend, I wish you the very best and hope you get the 'W'.  Most of all, I hope you play your very best game.

    **Long Cooper Chronicle Warning**

    Fundraiser Wrap-up... THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your participation and support of our annual PTA Step It Up Fundraiser.  The Cooper Community collected just over $74,000, meaning our STEM programs will get about $3,700 and our PTA will be able to fund all of the planned projects for the school year.  The financial support provided by the Cooper Community never disappoints... thank you all for your help!

    I am hoping that your child has told you all about their STREAK, and for which STREAK they have been selected.  We've been waiting semi-patiently for the right time to get our students involved with Cooper's STREAK initiative, and I am SOOOO excited to get this underway.  As a quick summary, the word STREAK is an interesting word for a group of tigers.  Although all of our staff and students are in eight different STREAKS, we are all TIGERS and will continue to work together to meet our common goals #BETTERTOGETHER.

    The STREAK idea was developed by a small group of staff with the hope of bringing an element of excitement, an opportunity for our staff to get to know other staff outside of their typically 'circle', to create a vertical system of organization for our staff and students to support and uplift each other, and to provide a structure for healthy competition within our school for a number of different purposes.  The names of the each streak was based on our five Tiger Traits (Trust, Integrity, Growth, Effort, and Respect, as well as a couple more character traits such as Friendship, Courage, and Dreamer.  The languages that these character traits were translated to are languages that are represented within our school community.  I can proudly say as your principal that all of our students, at a minimum, are now bilingual :-)

    The eight STREAK names, the language of origin, and which color they are represented by are below:

    Fiducia- Italian for TRUST- Black; Integridad- Filipino for INTEGRITY- Pink; Vekst- Norwegian for GROWTH-Green; Napor- Croatian for EFFORT- Purple; Mahalo- Hawaiian for RESPECT- Royal Blue; Amistad- Spanish for FRIENDSHIP- Red; Isibindi- Zulu for COURAGE- Orange; Reveur- French for DREAMER- Yellow

    I mentioned that healthy competition was one of the reasons why the planning team developed the STREAK program.  The staff have 'competed' in two challenges since the start of the school year.  The first was the first streak to have 100% PTA membership (a longstanding expectation that I have had for staff) and a Name That Flag competition with the countries that are represented by our school community (over 50!).

    The first student & staff STREAK CHALLENGE begins Monday and supports our Great Days of Service project.  Beginning Monday and ending Thursday we will be collecting CANNED FOOD and other non-perishable food items to support our local food bank.  Students and staff will bring in their items and place them on their streak color.  The items will be counted and the winning streak will earn 200 points and bragging rights.  Although this is a streak competition, we area all working together to support our community... #BETTERTOGETHER

    Just a reminder that student/parent/teacher conferences are next week.  Wednesday is an ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING DAY (students learn from home and do not report to the building) and Thursday is an early release day (don't forget to make arrangements for your child getting home safely).  We will begin dismissing students at 12:50 on Thursday.  Conferences are a great opportunity for teachers and parents to focus on their student's progress, to determine what strategies may be needed for academic growth and acceleration, and to determine what other things need to be worked on.  We know that the pandemic has impacted the learning of many of our students and that the recovery period will be YEARS... plural, YEARS.  It is important that we view each other (teachers, parents, students, support people, etc.) as PARTNERS and team members focused on the student.  I ask that you keep the spirit of #BETTERTOGETHER as you meet about your child and always focus on their academic growth and their development as a responsible, contributing member of our society.

    Literacy Week... October 25-29 is our Literacy Week with a few different activities.  Our Book Fair Family Night will be on Tuesday, October 26 from 4:30-6:30 IN THE BUILDING (insert applause).  We welcome you to come to the media center, shop for a great book and fun items, and support our media center all at the same time.  Wink, wink... coming to the Book Fair Family Night could earn your streak some points and you a prize... wink wink. 

    Another wonderful event that will be taking place is our annual Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  Each classroom has been asked to decorate a pumpkin as a book character.  Our students, staff, and parents will VOTE for their favorite pumpkin.  

    Literacy Night will be on Thursday, October 28 and will follow a very similar structure as Math Night.  We are looking for more ALL STAR FAMILIES to put on our WALL OF FAME.  Kids have LOVED seeing their family name on the Wall of Fame from Math Night, and I know they will be looking for their family names for Literacy Night.  The Literacy Night is designed to give families some timely tips and strategies to support literacy in the home... #BETTERTOGETHER

    Calendar Items

    10/18-10/21- Great Days of Service Canned Food Drive and Streak Competition

    10/18- Bus Driver Appreciation Day; 50th Day of School (Kindergarten)

    10/20- Digital Learning Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences

    10/21- Early Release (12:50), Parent/Teacher Conferences

    10/25-10/29- Literacy Week

    10/26- Digital Student Picture Day, Make Up Picture Day; Last day for Halloween Candy Collection Contest (pounds by class) for Trunk or Treat

    10/28- Literacy Night (via Zoom)

    10/30- Trunk or Treat, 5-9 PM

    10/30-11/5- Red Ribbon Week

    Shuwee... that was a LONG one!  Thanks for taking the time to read it.

    Until we are able to meet again, be good, be healthy, and stay safe!

    Your VERY PROUD and #BETTERTOGETHER Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (10-1-21)

    Happy Friday, Tigers!  I hope that you have had a great week and are ready for a wonderful weekend.  I wanted to share a few things with you that will hopefully get us through our upcoming Fall Break, and then some.

    First, I would like to thank everyone that came out to our PTA Fall Festival last Saturday, and a double double thank you for all the PTA Volunteers that made this event so successful.  I had a blast in the dunk tank, and appreciate Mr. Meadows, Mr. Hahn, Mr. Ludke, and Mr. Welsh for being great sports and sharing the dunk tank fun.  It was wonderful to see our campus full of life with smiles, laughter, and kids being kids.  It really makes me long for all the COVID stuff to pass by so we can have even more fun!

    Our STEAM ENGINE fundraiser is chugging right along.  We've given away a mini-fridge stuffed full of cash to Knox in Mrs. Spears class, and an iPad to Dylan in Mrs. Kollinger's class.  We have one more mini-fridge to give away.  Eligible students for the mini-fridge drawing on Monday will be those that have sent 20 or more emails to friends and family... that's it.  So far we have had 646 students participate, so there is still room for more.  The fund raiser ends on October 13.

    Fall Break is right around the corner!  We will have short week next week (M, T, and W).  Fall Break begins Thursday, October 7.  Students return to school on Tuesday, October 12.  The building will be closed over Fall Break. I wish you all a very safe, relaxing, and satisfying Fall Break.  

    Fall Conferences are coming soon as well.  Conferences are Wednesday, October 20 and Thursday, October 21.  Wednesday, October 20 is a Digital Learning Day for all of our students.  On Thursday, students will get out of school 2 hours early.  Don't forget to plan for transportation/child care on these Fall Conference days.  Your child's teacher will be sending out conference sign-up information right after Fall Break.

    **Help Wanted**

    We are currently seeking interested parents to serve as lunch monitors.  This is a paid position for approximately 2.5 hours per day.  If you are interested, apply online using job code 72796.  We do our best to provide our teachers with a duty-free lunch every day and rely on our lunch monitors to help make that happen.  Once you have completed your application, email me and I will share the next steps.

    I would love to have your feedback on the proposed GCPS calendars for the 2022-2023 school year.  Click HERE to go to our web page to view the three proposed calendars and leave us your feedback.  Thanks to everyone that has already left some very valuable feedback.  You may have to hit refresh a time or two to get the pages to fully load...

    Finally, I would like to thank our School Council as we held our first meeting of the year this week.  Ms. Diondra Douse was elected chairperson, Mr. Nevin Miller was elected vice-chairperson, and Ms. Kareen Hussett-Mckoy was elected secretary.  Also on the council are Ms. Dahlia Prophet, Ms. Jaime Watson, Ms. Antionette Brock, Ms. Christina Brown, Mr. James Meadows, and Mr. Antonio McCloud.  I look forward to working with these women and men this year as your representatives to the school council.  Our next meeting will be held on November 4.

    I wish everyone a happy and safe weekend.  If you are doing youth sports this weekend, I hope your team plays the best game possible and gets the 'W'.  Until next time, be good, be safe, and stay healthy!

    Your VERY PROUD and STILL SOGGY Principal,

    Paul

     

  • Cooper Chronicles (9-10-21)

    Good afternoon, Tigers.  I hope you are all doing well and are ready for a beautiful weekend.

    I just wanted to let you know a few things that will make your weekend FANTASTIC...

    How would you like your family to be known as an All Star Family?  Join the school on our Math Night on Thursday, and get your family's name up on the Hall of Fame wall for all of our students to see.  I know that when we are able to partner together to help our children/students, we all come out winners.  Join us for Math Night (via Zoom) and learn a few 'tips and tricks of the trade'.  Our Math Planning Team will have some wonderful activities and ideas just for you that can be used with your child at home.  Having your family's name on the Wall of Fame will be special for the faculty and staff, as well as your student to see.

    All Pro Dad... dads that are already registered as All Pro Dads received an email from James Meadows about the upcoming meeting on Friday, September 17 at 7:30 AM on the blacktop.  If you have never registered or participated with this great organization before, we'd love to have you join us.

    Digital Learning Day... our first DLD is scheduled for Tuesday.  K & 1st will receive work packets on Monday, and 2nd-5th graders will have asynchronous (recordings, tasks/assignments, etc.) instruction.  Teachers will be available for questions via a live Zoom link that they will provide you. 

    PTA Spirit Wear... PTA Spirit Wear... PTA Spirit Wear

    Get your Cooper ES Spirit Wear now... our PTA has some wonderful offerings and have partnered with Chrissy's Creations to make purchasing a breeze.  Visit HERE to go directly to the ordering page.

    Tomorrow marks the 20 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  So many of us can remember EXACTLY where we were when we heard the news... many of our families were in NYC when the attacks happened.  I challenge you to take time to reflect on the events of 9/11 and everything that has happened in our country that directly relates to that fateful day... and remember the families and lives that were so deeply impacted then.  I also challenge you to look for the blessings we have in our lives and give thanks for them.

    I am thankful for you, the Cooper Community, for allowing me the privilege to lead this school.  It is my honor and pleasure to serve you and your family.

    As you enter the weekend, be good, stay safe, and be healthy!

    Your VERY PROUD and PATRIOTIC Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (9-3-21)

    *Long Cooper Chronicle Warning**

    Good afternoon Tigers.  I hope you are all doing well and are looking forward to a well-deserved, three-day, Labor Day weekend.  I am sure that our students and teachers are ready for the extra rest.

    I have a lot of information to share with you and quite a few attachments.  Buckle up and let's go!

    Free and Reduced Price Meals Application

    I am very happy that we are able to offer both breakfast and lunch to ALL of our students at no cost to you.  This is certainly a silver lining in the gray clouds of Covid-19.  However, because of this, Cooper ES and Gwinnett County Public Schools stands to lose out on federal funds tied directly to the number of students we have the qualify for free or reduced price meals.  Additionally, families that qualify are also eligible for other services beyond school meals.  If you think you might qualify, go to THIS WEBSITE to begin the online application process.

    School Council Voting

    We have had several parents that said, "Yes!" when called upon to serve the school through the Cooper Elementary School Council.  Now it is time to select THREE of these volunteers to represent you and our community. Take a few minutes to read these short biographies and then CLICK HERE to vote.  The three individuals receiving the most votes will be elected to the council.  Voting ends on Tuesday, September 7 at noon.

    2021-2023 School Council Bio.pdf 

    Upcoming Dates

    9/6 - Labor Day, School Closed

    9/12 - 9/18 - National Arts in Education Week (big Reflections Push)

    9/14- Digital Learning Day #1, All Students

    9/15 - 10/15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

    9/16 - Math Night, 6:00-7:30 (virtual only)

    9/21 - Fall Picture Day & Fundraiser Kick Off

    9/25 - PTA Fall Festival, 10 AM - 2 PM

    PTA News

    PTA would like to thank you for your attendance and participation in our first General Membership Meeting.  The budget for the 2021-2022 school year was approved.  We are excited to kick-off our annual fundraiser with the Step It UP -  STEAM program.  Keep an eye out for more information on how you can help support Cooper ES PTA and help your child earn some great prizes.

    Reflections, PTA's flagship arts program, is underway.  We will be using the morning announcements to stoke our students' interest.  If you want to get an early start, visit the school's webpage to see the rules and print off an entry form.  All entries are due to the school on October 1.  It is my hope and vision that Cooper ES is VERY WELL represented at our local council level, District 12, and the state.  I can't wait to see the talents of our students shine.  This year's theme is, "I can change the world by...".

    We will host our PTA Fall Festival on Saturday, September 25 from 10 AM - 2 PM.  Our planning committee is looking at fun and games for the whole family, as well as plenty of vendors that will be selling their goods.  It is sure to be a great time, and the planning team was very aware of the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt football game.  If you are a vendor and would like to find out more information about renting space at the Fall Festival, contact the PTA by email PTACooperTigers@gmail.com.  We would love to partner with you.  PTA is always looking for volunteers, so you can use that same email address to let them know you are interested!

    2021 Fall Festival Flyer.pdf 

    Archer Youth Sports Programs

    My child is an Archer Tiger at Harbins ES.  He has played both basketball and baseball through the Archer Athletic Association.  Sports is a great outlet for him, and I appreciate the coaching, mentoring, and friendships he develops with other kids from the other Archer Cluster elementary schools.  I have attached two different flyers, one for Youth Wrestling and the other for a Youth Softball Night.  If either of these programs/events interest you, I would encourage you to check them out.

    2021-2022 Youth-MS Registration Info.pdf          Youth Night 2021 Softball Game Announcement.pdf 

    If you made it to this point in this edition of the Cooper Chronicle, thank a teacher!

    I wish you all a WONDERFUL weekend.  Recharge, reboot, relax... all while staying safe and staying healthy.

    Be good!

    Your VERY PROUD and GRATEFUL Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (8-20-21)

    Happy Friday afternoon friends and families.  I hope you have had a WONDERFUL week and are ready for a wonderful weekend.

    I am pleased to report that after having two full weeks of school under our belt, our car rider processes are balancing out and we aren't having the MEGA lines we had at the beginning of the year.  A huge shout out to Captain Car Rider and the staff out there in the morning and afternoon that make everything work safely and efficiently.

    School Council... we are looking for volunteers to serve on Cooper's School Council.  School Council meets between three and four times per year and is made up of parents, community members, and school staff.  Each elected member serves a two-year term.  If you are interested in serving on Cooper's School Council, please complete this nomination form

    Buses continue to be periodically plagued with woes, though.  Bus Supervisor Tracy Nabers is doing a great job getting our students safely to and from school despite huge challenges and obstacles.  Unfortunately, some of our buses have to 'double-back' for another route which pushes back our pick up and drop off times.  I know Ms. Nabers, her bus drivers, and all of us at Cooper appreciate your patience and understanding.

    Curriculum Night is right around the corner... this Thursday, August 26 will be our VIRTUAL Curriculum Night.  I will send out a Zoom link with an invitation to join us for our PTA General Meeting starting at 6 PM.  This meeting will be followed by your child's Curriculum Night meeting via a link your teacher will send out following the PTA meeting (6:30ish).  We hope you are able to join us for both the PTA General Membership Meeting and your child's Curriculum Night.

    A note from Coach Blair and Coach Larsen... please make sure your child is wearing appropriate shoes when he/she has PE.  Crocs, boots, sandals, and flip flops are not appropriate footwear for physical activity.  Your child will not be able to participate in the scheduled activity if their footwear could cause an injury.

    I know the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, especially the nasty Delta Variant, is concerning to so many.  It concerns me, as well.  Let's make sure we are doing EVERYTHING we can to mitigate the spread... wash hands often, exercise good coughing/sneezing practices, and wear well-fitting masks.  I want to do everything I can to keep kids IN SCHOOL... and it will take ALL of us working together to make it.

    Until we see each other again, stay safe, stay healthy, and BE GOOD!

    Your VERY PROUD Principal,

    Paul

     

  • Cooper Chronicles (8-06-21)

    We made it, Tigers!  We made it through the first three days without any major hick-ups or issues.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience and understanding and we got the 2021-2022 school year officially underway.

    For those folks new to Cooper ES... the Cooper Chronicles  is the main communication tool used for school wide communication.  I try to keep them relatively short and concise, but they occasionally go long.  Keep in mind that you may need to do something with your email application to allow these to come through instead of going to spam or junk mail (which I find very offensive :-)

    Although the official first day of school was Wednesday, August 4, we will welcome our 4th and 5th grade students into the building for the first time on Monday.  We are so glad that they'll be here.  For those parents, it is SOOOOOO important that your child AND teacher knows how they are getting home on those first days in the building.  You can't over communicate this part (as long as all the communication says the same thing).

    Parents of K-3 students that have 4th and 5th graders... if the transportation for your children is changing for Monday like I have heard from many parents, please be sure to let your child know and their teacher.  I anticipate our transportation systems in the afternoon to get much more precise and settled as we have all of our students in the building.

    If you are trying to catch a great deal on back packs now that the big rush of school shopping is done, and you find the PERFECT book bag for your child, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you cut off their transportation tag and SEND IT TO SCHOOL with them so we can reattach it with a zip tie.  In order to ride a GCPS bus, students MUST have a bus tag or bus pass generated from the office.  

    Car Riders... I know it has been really backed up in the morning and afternoon.  We have begun looking into possible solutions, but hesitate to implement any until 1) we have all of our students back, and 2) we see how things settle as time goes on.  Again, I have heard from many parents that their children will begin riding the bus once their older siblings come back to school, so our car rider numbers may decrease a little.  Captain Car Rider, aka James Meadows, told me that we have been averaging about 50 more cars than we have in the past.  That is a lot!  Adjustments will be made as needed.

    The Archer Cluster elementary schools have agreed to have our Curriculum Night on August 26 via Zoom.  We'll send out more information with specific times and how the schedule will look as the plans are finalized.

    Lastly, I want to briefly introduce some of our new staff members that have joined the Cooper Team... Mr. Trey Larsen, PE; Mr. Rob Blair, PE; Mrs. Lynn Thompson, 1st Grade; Ms. Tiffany Dadovic, 1st Grade; Mr. Matt Repak, 4th Grade Teacher; Mrs. Angela Robinson, MoID Teacher; Mrs. Jasmine Jeffries, IRR Teacher; Mrs. Kristi Bridges, IRR Teacher; Ms. Lara Muma, School Counselor; Mrs. Dana Schaeffer, School Clinic Worker; Mrs. Nicole Johnson, Paraprofessional; and Mrs. Kimoy Jackson, Paraprofessional.  We are very excited to welcome these ladies and gentlemen to our staff.

    Thanks again for a great week.  Enjoy your weekend and take time to recharge and refresh.

    Until next time, be good, be safe, and stay healthy.

    Your VERY PROUD and TIRED Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (7-30-21)

    Hello Tigers!  I hope you are all well and are as excited as I am to begin the 2021-2022 school year.

    I wanted to provide some details about Monday's Open House:

    • Masks are required in all GCPS facilities.  We greatly appreciate you helping us ensure our faculty and staff can continue to report of duty, and that we can have our students back in the building!
    • Open House hours are from 8 AM - 11 AM. To limit the number of people in the building AND to accommodate parking, we have divided the time by students last name
      • A-I is from 8 - 9
      • J-Q is from 9 - 10
      • R-Z is from 10-11
      • We must do a hard stop at 11 AM... our staff has a meeting shortly after and must turn items in prior to meeting
    • Feel free to bring your school supplies to leave in the classroom... this may make the first day a bit easier for your student
    • Open House is for ALL students... in person learners AND students that have been opted out of in person learning (digital)
    • The Open House process begins for EVERY ONE in the gym for transportation.  Even DL students... take the opportunity to see when a bus will be running through your neighborhood in the event you switch to in person learning AND/OR for days your child must come for different assessments.
    • In person students that have completed the registration process will then go to their classroom to meet their teacher. 
    • DL students should go to the MEDIA CENTER to pick up any materials/supplies needed.
    • Haven't completed registration? If not, you will complete registration in the MEDIA CENTER. After completing registration, your child will be placed in a class and you can meet their teacher.
    • Medical needs or concerns?  If your child currently has a medical plan, or if you think your child MAY need a medical plan, be sure to stop by the school clinic to get more information and to speak with our clinic worker.
    • Finally, go to the cafeteria to join PTA (get put on the Wall of Fame), check out student clubs, get information from our school nutrition folks, learn about the YMCA program here at Cooper, sign up for All Pro Dads, and TURN IN YOUR RAFFLE TICKET for some cool prizes!

    Condensed version... Monday, 8-11, GYM, CLASSROOM, CAFETERIA, HOME :-)

    I am so excited to see all of you very soon and get this school year underway.

    Until then, be good, be safe, and stay healthy.

    Your VERY PROUD Principal,

    Paul

  • Cooper Chronicles (7-23-21)

    Good morning, Tigers!  I hope you are all doing well and have had a safe, relaxing, and fun-filled summer.  I cannot wait to see your smiling faces soon.

    Our Open House is scheduled for August 2 from 8-11.  To limit the number of people in the building and manage parking, we have broken the times down by alphabet as follows:

    A-I from 8-9

    J-Q from 9-10

    R-Z from 10-11

    Open House is very important for you to attend.  Not only will you be able to meet your child's teacher, you will be able to ensure a smooth start by getting a lot of 'administrivia' taken care of, like TRANSPORTATION (that's a BIGGIE), PTA, School Nutrition, orient yourself to the building, and updating your information like address, phone, email, etc.

    Staggered Start for Students

    Our calendar this year has a staggered start for students.  K & 1 students start IN PERSON learning on August 4th.  2nd-5th grade students will begin Digital Learning on August 4th as well.  Your child's 2nd-5th grade teacher will explain how that works when you come to Open House.

    2nd and 3rd grade students begin IN PERSON learning on August 5th, and 4th and 5th graders begin IN PERSON learning on Monday, August 9.

    If you have opted your child out of IN PERSON learning, you will hear from your child's digital teacher with information about the Digital Open House sometime early next week.  It is important to know that your child is still a Cooper Tiger, and Cooper Elementary School is here to support you and your family.  We invite you to attend the IN PERSON Open House so that you can pick up materials and supplies you will need for your child.  School begins for ALL digital learners on August 4.

    Switching from DIGITAL to IN PERSON Learning

    August 2nd is the absolute last day to OPT OUT of IN PERSON learning.  After August 2, no students will be permitted to move from IP to DL.  However, students may return to IP learning at any time.  If your family makes the decision to return to IN PERSON learning, please contact me (email or phone) and I'll explain the process.  Just a few items would need to be coordinated, but we would welcome your child into the building as soon as humanly possible.

    Technology Needs

    If your child has opted out of in person learning and needs technology support, you will be able to check those items out on August 2nd during our Open House (8-11) by visiting the Media Center.

    If you have a child in the 4th or 5th grades and need technology support for the first few days of school (August 4-6), then you will be able to pick up those items on August 2nd during our Open House (8-11).  You will begin the process in the classroom and end it in the media center.  Your teacher will let you know what to do at Open House. 

    Please note that all devices checked out MUST be returned when your child returns to IN PERSON learning.

    Getting Ready for the School Year

    I posted an article on our W.J. Cooper Elementary School Facebook page that is really geared towards our newest students (K&1).  It's a good read full of great information and ideas.

    One thing that will be of GREAT help is to take care of much of the paperwork required for the school year (handbooks sign offs, attendance protocol sign off, etc.).  You do this through your MyPaymentsPlus account.  You will also be able to make your VOLUNTARY contributions (clinic, supplies, technology) AND join our PTA.  We want to make sure EVERY CHILD is represented by at least one parent/adult member to our school's PTA.

    Did I hear someone say, "Yearbook"?  EVERY YEAR we sell out of yearbooks, and EVERY YEAR we have to tell parents and students "Sorry".  Our yearbook sales will begin no later than TUESDAY, July 27 through MyPaymentsPlus.  Be sure to secure your yearbook early so you won't have to scramble to find one later.

    Breakfast and Lunch

    Breakfast and Lunch will be provided to all students free of charge this year because of the federal grant the state has received.  We are very excited that each and every child can start their day with a nutritious breakfast and sustain their learning day with a nutritious lunch.  Approximately 38% of our students have benefited from the national School Lunch program by receiving free or reduced price meals.  This is an application process.  IT IS STILL VERY IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION PROCESS EVEN WITH NO-COST MEALS THIS YEAR.  School and district funding is impacted by the number of students/families that are eligible for this program.  If you think you qualify, have qualified in the past, or wonder if you do qualify, be sure to go ahead and complete the online application as soon as possible.  It is quick, easy, and fast.  Here is the link to the information page and online application:

    www.gcpsk12.org/Page/24166

     

    I am so excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year.  So much work has been done and is being done RIGHT NOW to make sure we have a wonderful school year.  I look forward to seeing you back in the building and at all of our events we have scheduled this year.  Although we are not completely back to "normal", we are getting close.

    Until I get to see you again, be good, be kind, and be safe.

    Your VERY PROUD and VERY EXCITED Principal,

    Paul

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