Important Dates to Remember: 2/8/16 - Report Cards Go Home 2/15/16 - Snow Makeup Day/Regular School Day 2/23/16 - Dr. Seuss Program by Steve Somers 2/25/16 - 3/7/16 Book Fair 2/26/16 - Blue and Gold Day 3/3/16 - Early Dismissal at 12:30, Parent/Teacher Conferences from 2 to 6 PM 3/4/16 - Class Picture Day 3/7/16 - PTO/Read Across America 3/22/16 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Pamplin Park 3/24/16 - Blue and Gold Day 3/25/16 - 4/1/16 No School, Spring Break 4/7/16 - Cople Skate Night from 6 to 8 PM 4/15/16 - No School/Teacher Workday 4/29/16 - Blue and Gold Day 4/29/16 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Rice's Hotel 5/10/16 - PTO/Fine Arts Night 5/12/16 - Cople Skate Night from 6 to 8 PM 5/27/16 - Blue and Gold Day 5/30/16 - No School/Memorial Day 6/3/16 - Last Day of School 6/6/16 - 6/21/16 Extended Session
Cople Problem Solvers Fitness Friday
A survey of Cople Elementary students, in grades three through five, found that a significant portion of afterschool activities involve little movement, such as watching television, texting, surfing the internet, and playing video games. The Cople Community Problem Solvers, “The Fitness Force”, decided this was something they could have a positive impact on changing. So for the 2015-2016 school year, it has been their objective to help Cople students and families lead a healthier lifestyle. Starting in November, students began bringing home a monthly newsletter with daily suggestions of ways they can improve their health. These ideas range from eating a certain amount of fruits and vegetables per day, getting the right amount of sleep, brushing their teeth twice a day, or doing a simple exercise like jumping jacks. Students are challenged to at least try each healthy lifestyle daily challenge with their family. In order to start the New Year off right, the Problem Solvers have introduced Fitness Fridays. During morning announcements, the Cople Problem Solvers lead all students in the entire building through a quick five minute workout. Not only does it invigorate students’ bodies, but it invigorates their minds. Additionally, it adds a little fun and camaraderie to the beginning of the day.
Thank You Exxon Mobil!
Cople Elementary School was fortunate to receive a generous donation of $500 from Exxon Mobil as part of the Educational Alliance program. The Educational Alliance Program is focused on supporting educational programs, specifically in the fields of math and science. Darlene Campbell and Audrey Gongloff of Kinsale Buoy Store presented Principal Sheri Almond with a check on January 6, 2016.
Cople SOL Showcase
Right before Thanksgiving Break, students, teachers, and family and friends from Cople Elementary School all joined together to celebrate at the SOL Showcase. This year’s theme, “Leaving a Trail of Good Instruction,” featured games and activities, trail mix, and take home learning resources for students. After completing a learning exploration throughout the school and sampling tasty snacks, students and families joined the Cople staff for an assembly to honor students who had passed all SOL tests during the 2014-2015 school year. The audience was honored to have Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry share a message about the power of a positive attitude and the role it plays in being successful in life.
Cople Winter Concert
Something about holiday songs, delicious baked goods, and festive artwork sets the perfect tone for this time of year. Cople Elementary School enjoyed its annual Winter Fine Arts Night, featuring a concert by our choir students from grades three to five. Ky’Mia Smith, a fourth grader sang a special solo accompanied by music teacher and choir director, Mrs. Adraine Bibbens. The concert attracted over 300 parents and students to celebrate together. In collaboration with this event, art teacher Mrs. Becky Bowen hosted an art exhibit featuring students in grades three to five. Third grade student Heidy Nicholas won best in show for a 3-D picture of a wintery scene. Baked goodies were also made available by the Cople Problem Solvers to complete the festive atmosphere.
Take Your Legislator to School
Students at Cople Elementary School were fortunate to participate in the “VSBA Take Your Legislator to School” event during the month of November by enjoying visits from both Congressman Wittman and Delegate Ransone. Schools throughout Virginia were encouraged by the Virginia School Boards Association to invite legislators into the school to promote dialogue and help educate our students. Congressman Wittman and Delegate Ransone fielded both personal and professional questions. Students of all ages inquired about issues ranging from favorite sports team, family, their roles as legislators, and their specific contributions to life in the Northern Neck. This opportunity helped to build real-life connections between what students learn in school about the government and how it works. Students were able to hear first-hand how legislators affect the decisions made in our state and federal government. This also promotes school to home connections by fueling discussions between children and parents about the importance of voting and different functions of the government. The students at Cople Elementary School look forward to future opportunities to ask questions and expand on what they are learning in the classroom through our talented local community members.
Each year, 5th grade students at Cople Elementary work with Deputy Wendell to complete the D.A.R.E . program. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) is an international substance abuse prevention education program that seeks to prevent use of controlled drugs, membership in gangs, and violent behavior. Each week, Deputy Wendell shares lessons with the students. To culminate this experience, the students participated in a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony on December 16, 2015. At the ceremony, students pledged to resist peer pressure and remain drug free. Two students, Johan Valencia and Janiyah Gaskins were recognized for their winning essays, which detailed their personal experiences with D.A.R.E. and how the program impacted them and their decision making skills. County Sheriff C.O. Balderson and Commonwealth Attorney Julia Sichol were also in attendance to share their thoughts and encouragement, as well as show support for the students’ commitment. The D.A.R.E. mascot, “Darren the Lion,” was also on hand to congratulate students for graduating from the program.