Imagine Schools at West Melbourne
October 1, 2020
This month we are talking about Cooperation! Cooperation is about making sure we know how to be on a team or work in a group towards a common goal. Here is the definition we are using:
Cooperation: Working together and helping others.
We want young people to know how to work hard on their own. But, just as important, we want them to know what it looks like to be a part of a really supportive, helpful, empowering team. We will be thinking about the skills needed to work together well and how each of us contributes to a group in big and small ways. We will think about our strengths and our areas of growth. We will take part in fun challenges to put our teamwork to the test and grow, together, toward the common goal of a more helpful, kind, cooperative world!
- Sometimes you just feel like doing things all by yourself. What is something that someone can do to help you to get into the spirit of Cooperation?
- When we are working with others, it can be tough when a teammate is not cooperating. How do you deal with that frustration? What can you say to the teammate to tell them how you feel?
- Talk about a time when you worked on a really effective team. What were the ingredients? What did you contribute? How did they help you?
Questions You Could Ask
- What are some activities where it’s easy for you to practice Cooperation? Which activities make it difficult? Why do you think that is?
- Do you like working together with other people? Can you name some things you do at home that require Cooperation or teamwork?
- Who is someone you love to work with? What makes it easy to Cooperate with them?
For Your Reading
Teaching Children to Cooperate from the PennState Extension
5 Simple Yet Powerful Ways To Get Kids To Cooperate by Erin Leyba
Does your family have a Family Crest? A Family Crest is a coat of arms typically drawn on a shield, unique to your family, to honor your family name. In this challenge, you will work together to research to find out if your family already has a crest. If not, here’s your chance to create your Family Crest. What symbols, words, colors, logo will you use to represent your family, to tell the world who you are and what you stand for?
Using whatever supplies you want, work together to make one. When it’s done, take a picture and send it to other family to see if they want to contribute!
- The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren
This story shows how townspeople can work together with whispers to help a fleeing family during the Holocaust.
- Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life by Bryan R Johnson
Throughout the book, each character learns an important lesson about themselves when faced with a challenge. At the end of the book, you are left with 7 code words from each character’s story that can help to make a life epic! Working together to accomplish a goal takes teamwork and Cooperation.
- Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
In a dusty township in South Africa, Ajani and his friends have earned a brand-new, federation-size soccer ball. They kick. They dribble. They run. They score. These clever boys are football champions! But when a crew of bullies tries to steal their ball, will Ajani and his friends be able to beat them at their own game?
- The Subway Sparrow by Leyla Torrest
An English-speaking girl, a Spanish-speaking man, and a Polish-speaking woman might not be able to converse, but when a sparrow trapped in their subway car needs help, their common concern bridges the language barriers between them.
- Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
When unrelated, strange events start happening, Petra and Calder team up to combine their talents to solve an international scandal
- Teamwork Isn’t My Thing And I Don’t Like To Share by Julia Cook
RJ doesn’t want to cooperate and share at school or at home. Will his soccer coach help him understand why Cooperation is a skill that he’ll need on and off the field?
- Earth Day – Hooray by Stuart J. Murphy
When Ryan, Luke, and Carly decide to collect and recycle cans, they find out that Cooperation pays off as they meet their goal of 5,000 cans to get enough money to beautify the local park.
- That Fruit Is Mine! by Anuska Allepuz
Five elephants learn the power of teamwork from mice that work together to accomplish the goal of getting fruit from a tall tree!
- Red & Yellow’s Noisy Night (The Olive Branch) by Josh Selig
Red and Yellow have to learn how to cooperate with each other and resolve their problem together. Red is playing loud music while Yellow is trying to sleep.
- Frankie by Mary Sullivan
Frankie, the dog, was so excited to be adopted into a new family. When he gets to his new home, he meets Nico. Nico has lived here for a while. See how Nico and Frankie learn to be friends.
- Swimmy by Leo Lionni
The tale of a little fish who finds his purpose when he discovers the need to work together.
- Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Sportsmanship by Howard Binkow
Playing just for the fun of it? Sure thing. In this story, Howard learns the value of working together and cooperating to create a win-win, win or lose.
- Nugget and Darling by Barbara Joosse
When Darling, the new kitten, threatens to get in the middle of Nell and her dog Nugget, will they learn to all get along and become friends?
- Yoga Friends by Mariam Gates
In this treasure, the author invites friends to buddy up and work together as they stretch, relax, and grow through yoga poses.
- The Little Red Hen (Makes A Pizza) by Philemon Sturges
In this version of the age-old fable, the Little Red Hen is about to make a pizza, but will she be able to get any of her friends to help her?
Watch Mrs. Davis announce and celebrate our VPK-2nd Grade Character Winners for Responsibility from the month of September.
Watch Mrs. Davis announce and celebrate our 3rd-6th Grade Character Winners for Responsibility from the month of September.
Mrs. Alaia's Second Grade
Students in Mrs. Alaia's class have been working on their habitat projects.
In music class, students have had the opportunity to explore different instruments, including the piano.
Ms. Tabares' Second Grade
Setting goals to start the school year allows students to work towards something obtainable and feel success and a sense of accomplishment. Ms. Tabares' students documented their Hopes & Dreams to help guide their goal setting.
Mrs. Alaia's Second Grade
Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!!
- Parents will NOT be allowed on campus to shop our Book Fair. BUT here is a link to our Virtual Book Fair IMPORTANT: Make sure to create an account and link it to Imagine Schools at West Melbourne in order for our school to get credit for your purchases. Our Virtual Book Fair opens on October 10th.
- ALL students (even those students in VPK-2) will be required to wear a mask to browse and shop Book Fair.
- Book Fair will only be open to students during scheduled class times. There will not be an opportunity to shop before or after school, or any other times of the day. However, students will have two opportunities throughout Book Fair week to visit.
- It is requested that all purchases please be made with credit card or Scholastic E-Wallet. Watch this video about E-Wallet. Click here to set up a Scholastic E-Wallet for your child. Please be advised that Scholastic has made a change to the E-Wallet program, any money leftover in your child's E-Wallet will be returned in the form of a Scholastic Gift Card that can be used in the Scholastic Online Store.
If you haven't already completed this Google form, please do so. One per family.
Thanks to Donor's Choose and a few generous donations, Mrs. Lasurdo was able to get 2 new iPads to use in Library & Media.
Thanks to your support and generous donations, Mr. William's Donor's Choose project for a NEW 3D printer was fully funded.... and it has ARRIVED!
This year we acquired a new reading curriculum resource for 3-6 grades called Wit & Wisdom. Mrs. Oeder & and Mrs. Crittenden, 5th & 6th grade ELA teachers, got their Donor's Choose projects fully funded and each student will have their own novel to read!
Our Kinder Teachers Enjoy Dressing Up to Match the Books They are Reading. They work so hard to keep their students engaged and learning.
Imagine Schools at West Melbourne’s Annual Notice of Compliance
Notice of Compliance with Title IX Regulation
The School intends to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, which states, in part: “No persons in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving financial assistance....”
As such, the School does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program or activities, and is required by Title IX and its regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. This requirement not to discriminate in the education program or activity extends to admission and employment.
The following person shall be the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for investigating any complaint alleging noncompliance with Title IX.
3355 Imagine Way, West Melbourne, FL 32904
Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours) by using the telephone number or electronic mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations to the School may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator. A specific procedure for grievances related to Title IX issues is set forth as the “Title IX Grievance Procedure.” 34 CFR 106