The Cooper Comet Parent Newsletter

December 6-10, 2021

Daily Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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


Students must wear two-ply masks when indoors. Mesh masks or those that we can see student lips through do not meet guidelines.

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All Cooper Comet Families are asked to take the California School Parent Survey and to share their thoughts about our school. The survey is open until Friday, December 10.

December Comets Give Back: Canned Food Drive

Our Comet Student Council is organizing a Canned Food Drive to help fill the shelves of our local food pantry, Vaca Fish. Please send in non-perishable food with your child. Cans can also be dropped off in the Vaca Fish barrels outside the MPR or the front office.


Student Council has set a school wide goal to collect 1,000 cans! Last day to drop off cans will be December 8, 2021.

Cooper Comet First Annual "Ten Days Until Winter Break"

Upcoming Important dates

Spirit Days This Week: Student Council will be Counting to look for the class with most participation in Grades K-3 and 4-6.


Monday December 6-Wear Your Favorite Holiday Hat

Tuesday December 7-Wear your Class College Gear/Colors

Wednesday December 8-Wear Your Cozy Sweats/School Appropriate Work Out Wear

Thursday December 9-Wear Blue, White, and/or Sparkles

Friday December 10-Rock your Comet Spirit Wear and school colors (Royal Blue, Black, and White)


December 17: Minimum Day

December 18 - January 2: Winter Break

ELAC Meeting for parents of English Language Learners

Time: Dec 9, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

https://vacavilleusd.zoom.us/j/96828378902?pwd=dFZZZmh0T2FsVlE5OHlWcEFwV2o3UT09


Meeting ID: 968 2837 8902

Passcode: qm2j2K

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The Incredible Cooper PTO Presents: Cookies and Pictures with Santa

Friday, December 10th 3:30-5:00 by the Flag Pole.


Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Vacaville Fire Department.

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Cell phones and Smart Watches

Cell phones and smart watches are recognized as a safety precaution for parents and children. Cell phones and other personal electronic items may not disrupt the educational

program or school activities.


When students arrive at school, all cell phones and smart watches must be turned off and stored in backpacks. Students are NOT to have these items on their person. All listening devices such as Air Pods are also to be put away in backpacks during school hours.


During school hours, students should check with his/her teacher to use the phone in the classroom or the Office. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate an electronic device, the item will be secured in the Office. Devices that are visible or powered on during school hours may be confiscated and held until an adult is available to pick it up in the

office.


Cooper Elementary School assumes no responsibility or liability for these items and may not spend time investigating if these items are lost or reported stolen. The school and the Vacaville Unified School District do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to any electronic equipment or signaling device, including cell phones, that students bring to school.

To all of our families celebrating Hanukkah, we wish you love, light, and peace! Enjoy this read aloud to learn more about the Jewish festival of light!

Meet the Latkes Read Aloud with Author Alan Silberberg | Brightly Storytime Together
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This month we discussed the correlation between screen time and anxiety (next month we will add on to this and talk about depression as well) and interventions to help offset those feelings of anxiety.

Please click this link for a video link from Ghavinn.

It may take a minute for the video to load depending on your phone, computer and WiFi speed.

Covid Wellness Checks Updated

Previously shared references are at the end of the newsletter.
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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

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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Cooper Comets R.I.S.E.

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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.

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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