The Cooper Comet Parent Newsletter

October 25-29, 2021

Daily Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mask Update: Masks are OPTIONAL outside/when dropping off students and required indoors.

Note From Your Administrators

Dear Comet Families,


This week is Red Ribbon and Harvest Week! We are so excited to celebrate with our community and our annual Cooper Trunk or Treat this Friday night from 5:00-7:00 pm. PTO requests candy donations. Please drop donations off in the front office or send in with your student. Each day this week our entire school will be learning about the importance of living healthy and taking good care of our bodies as appropriate for each grade level. We'd love to have all our Comets join in the daily dress up day fun!


Here's to a great week!


Mrs. Chizauskie and Mrs. Pinto

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Red Ribbon Week - October 25 - 29, 2021

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985. In memory of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, parents and youth across the U.S. began wearing red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the dangerous consequences of drugs. This year marks the Red Ribbon campaign’s 36th year, and it has touched millions of people around the world.

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Red Ribbon Week Theme: Our Dreams, Our Future

At Cooper, We celebrate being Drug Free and MAKING GOOD CHOICES through a week of Spirit Days:

Monday 10/25 - Follow Your Dreams, Don’t Do Drugs (Pajama day)

Tuesday 10/26 - My Future’s Bright, No Drugs in Sight (Wear college/career shirts & sunglasses)

Wednesday 10/27 - Proud to Be Drug Free (Wear red)

Thursday 10/28 - Team Up Against Drugs (Wear your favorite team jersey)

Friday 10/29 - Drugs Are Scary (Wear your Halloween costume or School Colors)


Each student choosing to wear a costume during school on Friday will need to submit the attached Halloween contract and follow all guidelines. If a costume is worn to school outside of these guidelines, parents will be contacted to bring a change of clothes. During Trunk or Treat that evening, we welcome students to add the accessories and face make up for school appropriate costumes. Teachers have distributed the contracts in class for return.

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Beyond the Bell Registration is NOW OPEN!

Cooper Comets in Grades 4-6 May enroll in one of two classes: Drama or Hip Hop Dance. Both classes will be offered for students in Grades 1-3 in January.


Please go to the Cooper Website HERE and click on the Beyond the Bell Photo to enroll your student today. All students will be placed on a waitlist and notified of enrollment based on space available. Classes will be 45-minutes right after school and more information will be coming home in the next few weeks. There will be no cost to families to participate. There are limited spaces.


Students already participating in the After-school Program with TGIF will receive the same enrichment activities with TGIF and should not sign up for these programs separately.

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Comets Give Back Opportunity

Our 6th grade teacher, Ros Atherton, is organizing an opportunity that we'd like to extend to our Comet Families at home. On November 5, she will be delivering hand made cards of gratitude that will be delivered directly to local Veterans. Hand made cards with notes of appreciation touch the hearts of those who sacrificed for us. Each of our classes will be making cards in school, and we'd love for families to participate as well. If your family would like to make and send in cards for our Veterans please drop them off in the office or send them in with your student no later than the morning of November 5.

Fall Picture Information

We expect the Fall Picture packages to arrive to the teacher's classrooms the week of October 25th.

Picture Re-Take and Make-Up Day - Monday, November 1, 2021

For Picture Makeup Day ordering online, you will be able to go to www.excelphotographers.com on or after October 27th: click on “Order Your Portraits”, find Cooper School (Bursting Stars, colorful logo) and click on “View Gallery”.

The Gallery Password is COOPF21.

Online orders are accepted until 48 hours after picture day. After that, the gallery will close so that we can process, print and deliver the packages and school service items on time (about 20 school days). Parents will have another opportunity to order after the packages have been delivered.

Gallery Password: COOPF21

Parents should place a separate order for each student.

Upcoming Important dates

November 11: Veterans Day

November 12: Minimum Day

November 15-19: Minimum Days (Parent Conferences)

November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break

ELAC/DELAC Covid Information Meeting in Spanish

COVID Presentation to ELAC/DELAC in Spanish

When: Wednesday Oct 27th

Time : 7:00-8:00

Where: Zoom

https://vacavilleusd.zoom.us/j/93310813874?pwd=WWxEK05KcVdialFEVW9TeHZFWGV0UT09

Meeting ID: 933 1081 3874

Passcode: fZsxD8

Solano County Library Resources

Below are a few things the Library is promoting. All you need is a FREE library card through any of the Solano County locations:

Free Virtual Homework Help with your Library Card: https://lhh.tutor.com/Landing.aspx

Board Games, Musical Instruments, Video Games: https://solanolibrary.com/catalog/special-collections/

Fall Reading Challenge for K-6th Grade: https://solanolibrary.com/services/fall-reading-challenge/

Halloween Events: https://solanolibrary.com/HALLOWEEN-EVENTS/

Teen Writing Contest: https://solanolibrary.com/teens/teen-writing-contest/

Hoopla Digital- Movies, TV Shows, eBooks, Audiobooks: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

Freegal Music- Access to Thousands of Songs: https://solanolibrary.freegalmusic.com/home

Attendance

We are noticing a rise in absences not connected to Covid or student illness. When your student has medical symptoms we do ask that you keep them home and notify Chantal in the front office (see Wellness Checklist below). However, we ask that you make every effort to schedule appointments and fun experiences for holiday breaks, after school, early release Wednesdays and weekends. Even 10 minutes of lost instruction daily has a dramatic impact on academic and social-emotional performance and students. Thank you for partnering with us.

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4th Graders: FREE State & National Park Passes

4th graders can get FREE passes to California State Parks and US National Parks! To get your passes, click on the links below:


State Parks: https://www.parks.ca.gov/AdventurePass

National Parks: https://everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm

Christmas Wish 2021

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The Christmas Wish Program serves Vacaville families in need during the holiday season. Please sign-up online at https://www.vacavillechristmaswish.org/ or by calling 707-469-6608.


If you are interested in donating to this wonderful local program, please visit https://www.vacavillechristmaswish.org/, and hit the “DONATE” button. Donations are accepted year-round, but are requested on or before November 3, 2021 to help in determining how many children can be served this year.

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October is A.D.H.D. Awareness Month and we'll be sharing videos and resources throughout the month to honor the creativity of those that learn differently and have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder!

Cooper Comets R.I.S.E.

Thank you for continuing to talk with your children about being safe, respectful and responsible - and to remind them to talk with an adult IMMEDIATELY if there is an issue at school. When school staff take time to notify you of situations with your children, please help your child accept responsibility for their decisions. Some of our Comets are demonstrating through their behaviors that they are looking for attention while also learning how to play again. When they make a poor choice, the supervising adults provide opportunities for reteaching which may include a consequence. We notice that some of our youngest Comets are telling quite different tales at home and it's resulting in students having difficulty accepting responsibility for their choices. We will continue to reach out to families when situations arise and ask for your support and trust in return.

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Substitutes Always Needed

If you're looking for flexible, part-time work during the school day, consider becoming a substitute! Help is always needed!
Substitute Instructional Assistants

We are always looking for substitute Paraprofessionals! Apply if you have any of the following: an associates degree (or higher), 48 or more college units, a completed paraeducator course, or a passing paraeducator test!

Substitute and Permanent Cooper Student Monitors

We are always looking for substitute Student Monitors! Perfect for anyone who cares about kids and enjoys spending time outside at recess!

Cooper Student Safety

Parking Lot for Staff ONLY!

The parking lot is for staff only. We request you to not come through the loop unless you have a special permit from the front office. This applies to Kinder pick up time as well.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up -Valet Lane On Christine Drive

THE SAFETY OF OUR COMETS IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN.


Please help us by following these simple procedures every day!


Patience is key. School dismisses at 2:20 and 2:25. This means students arrive to the Valet Zone at 2:25 and 2:30 at the earliest. If you want to know a secret to easier pick up---arrive 5-10 minutes after your student has been dismissed. They will be waiting for you and traffic will move smoothly. Our students are watching our behavior and learning!


*Consider Valet lane like an unloading/loading zone at the airport. You MAY NOT leave your vehicle unattended or arrive 10 minutes early and park. This zone is for active loading/unloading ONLY.


*Please pull forward all the way to end of the zone. We are asking all our Comets to wait in a supervised area and will not release them to get in the car until you are in the safe zone.


*Double parking is unsafe and we will not release students to a double parked car.


*We are noticing this week that quite a few cars are making u-turns in front of Cooper. That is a double yellow line and an illegal move. Fortunately, if you proceed down Christine Drive you can make right or left turns in the neighborhood that are legal, safe, and a good example for our students.


*Please do not park in any crosswalk. This prevents students/adults from crossing safely.


*Please use crosswalks to retrieve your children from school. It is worth the extra minutes to model appropriate choices so that our students will independently make the same safe choices.


*Remember, the best kept secret. Arrive to school 10 minutes after your student dismissal bell rings in grades 2-6 for the smoothest pick up after school.


The greatest challenge to school pick up is the families that arrive prior to the bell ringing and clog up the valet zone.

Cooper PTO

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Our Cooper Family is so blessed to have such an amazing PTO Board planning exciting events and opportunities for us this year. YOU can play an important role by joining our PTO--click the button below-- to join. We have a new logo this year and our Spirit Wear is already flying off the shelves. Please click the button below to place your online order.
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Friday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m.

A flier was sent home this week with information for Trunk or Treat. Please stop by the front office for a copy of the flier if you did not receive it.

Current Totals=16 Staff and 216 Students If you aren't on the list, please join today!

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Covid-19 Wellness Checks

Do NOT send your student to school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:


  • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • (Persistent) cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or abdominal pain
  • Runny nose, congestion, itchy or red eyes, or chills



Please alert us if your child has any of these symptoms or has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

VUSD Covid Testing Center

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The Vacaville Unified School District COVID-19 Testing Center located at 621 S. Orchard Avenue is now open to all VUSD students. It is open on all school days from 7am - 4:15pm.


  • To register for the VUSD Testing Center, click here.
  • To verify your child's COVID-19 vaccination (if old enough to receive one), click here.



VUSD COVID-19 Testing Center Information

Address: 621 S. Orchard Avenue

Hours of Operation: 7:00 am - 4:15 pm

Phone Number: (707) 454-3505

Email Address: covidinfo@vacavilleusd.org

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