The Cooper School

The Cooper School is a private, independent, non-sectarian school that values the participation of families from diverse backgrounds. The Cooper School offers an exceptional holistic education for children grades K-5.

Operating as usual

08/30/2021

In Centers, Kindergartners used several objects (puff balls, stones, & erasers) to help develop their fine motor skills, and build automaticity in alphabet recognition.

In Centers, Kindergartners used several objects (puff balls, stones, & erasers) to help develop their fine motor skills, and build automaticity in alphabet recognition.

08/27/2021

6th graders created rock layers with clay to see how time impacts geologic layering on our earth 🌍 ⛰

6th graders created rock layers with clay to see how time impacts geologic layering on our earth 🌍 ⛰

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/26/2021

This week, 5th graders have been identifying minerals using Mohs Hardness Scale, and other physical properties. Before exploring these concepts, our budding geologists began hypothesizing how some local landforms may have taken shape.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/25/2021

Fourth Grade Mathematicians have been working on finding missing side lengths, or factors of rectangles using the give area. Today, they put their newfound factor knowledge to the test while playing 5 in a Row in Math!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/25/2021

Third graders have been learning about the physics of sound by doing the Drop Challenge. By testing the sounds of different objects dropping, students are exploring the properties of sound and how different objects make different noises.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/24/2021

Second graders welcomed a leopard gecko as their new class pet! They decided to name him Henry 🦎

08/23/2021

In their Morning Meeting, Kindergartners celebrated their first days of school by reflecting on the parts that were their favorite!

In their Morning Meeting, Kindergartners celebrated their first days of school by reflecting on the parts that were their favorite!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/20/2021

Today was the first day of Specials for the school year! In Art class today, students in each grade created Heart Maps to reflect what is important to them. Our young artists will refer to these Heart Maps throughout the year for inspiration.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/19/2021

A shining sunny day with smiles just as bright ☀️ what a great day to learn and play!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/18/2021

Happy First Day of School! The school has been buzzing today with the sounds of friendships budding, collaboration, breathing exercises, and pencils tapping across the page. What a wonderful, rainy day it’s been!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/17/2021

🎶 TCS tote bags were hung by the classrooms with care, in expectation that our students would soon be there 🎶 It’s Back to School Day, and we are having a blast welcoming our parents and students back to campus to see their classrooms, and meet their teachers (… and class pets!) The first day of the school year is tomorrow, and we are beyond ready to have an amazing academic year.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/16/2021

Tomorrow is our Back to School Meet & Greet! TCS Parents, keep an eye out for our Uniform Resale table on campus. You will be able to purchase gently used uniforms with cash or Venmo. We can’t wait to see everyone!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/12/2021

Ms. Franci, Ms. Subhadra, and Ms. Anne Wil got to have a much closer look today at our new play structure. After a few more finishing touches, our new playground will be ready to provide smiles, joy, fun and play for our students (and our faculty members, too!) Thank you to the @avlplaygrounds team (Pictured: Nate, Tommy, and Andres) for partnering with us, and to our community of dedicated supporters for coming together to make this stunning play structure a reality!

Timeline Photos 08/11/2021

Our first day of school is exactly one week from today and we are so excited! 🥳

Now that school is almost upon us, how can you get your child to say more than “good” when you ask them about their day? Here are some questions you can use to get the conversation started with your child, so you can learn more about what they are up to all day at TCS:

- Tell me one new thing you learned today. Was it easy for you, or was it challenging?
- Who did you play with on the playground today? What game did you play?
- What was your Morning Meeting about today (for Elementary students), or What did you talk about in Advisory (for Middle Schoolers)?
- What made you laugh today?
- Tell me about a time you felt confident in school today?
- What part of school went by the fastest today?
- Do you have a favorite spot in your classroom? Tell me about it.
- What is your read aloud right now? Are you enjoying it?
- What was your apple (favorite part of the day in TCS speak) and your orange (thing you are looking forward to) today?
- Tell me the best part of the day today.

Our first day of school is exactly one week from today and we are so excited! 🥳

Now that school is almost upon us, how can you get your child to say more than “good” when you ask them about their day? Here are some questions you can use to get the conversation started with your child, so you can learn more about what they are up to all day at TCS:

- Tell me one new thing you learned today. Was it easy for you, or was it challenging?
- Who did you play with on the playground today? What game did you play?
- What was your Morning Meeting about today (for Elementary students), or What did you talk about in Advisory (for Middle Schoolers)?
- What made you laugh today?
- Tell me about a time you felt confident in school today?
- What part of school went by the fastest today?
- Do you have a favorite spot in your classroom? Tell me about it.
- What is your read aloud right now? Are you enjoying it?
- What was your apple (favorite part of the day in TCS speak) and your orange (thing you are looking forward to) today?
- Tell me the best part of the day today.

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/10/2021

It’s teacher week! Our teachers are back on campus this week, working hard to prepare their classrooms for a bright school year ahead. We can’t wait to start seeing our students and families so very soon!

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/06/2021

Our library is set-up, and ready to welcome our students! Tell us what your family has been reading this summer in the comments 📚

Timeline Photos 08/04/2021

We are only two weeks away from the first day of school! Is your child getting ready to join TCS for Kindergarten? Here are some tips to make the transition to “big kid” school as smooth as possible!

- Create morning and bedtime routines. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep, and practice the new morning routine before the big day.
- Start phasing out nap. Students will have rest time, but if your child still naps, rest time might be an adjustment. Start shortening nap time by a few minutes each day.
- Play games that help your child practice following one and two step directions.
- Help your child practice asking for help. Explain that the teacher is always there to help if there’s a problem, and that it’s okay to ask.
- Remind your child of all their strengths! Explain that kindergarten is all about trying new things and working to get better at old things. Help your child remember all their past accomplishments and successes!
- Check in with how your child is feeling. Ask things like, “What do you want to know about kindergarten? Should we talk about what the day might look like?”

We are only two weeks away from the first day of school! Is your child getting ready to join TCS for Kindergarten? Here are some tips to make the transition to “big kid” school as smooth as possible!

- Create morning and bedtime routines. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep, and practice the new morning routine before the big day.
- Start phasing out nap. Students will have rest time, but if your child still naps, rest time might be an adjustment. Start shortening nap time by a few minutes each day.
- Play games that help your child practice following one and two step directions.
- Help your child practice asking for help. Explain that the teacher is always there to help if there’s a problem, and that it’s okay to ask.
- Remind your child of all their strengths! Explain that kindergarten is all about trying new things and working to get better at old things. Help your child remember all their past accomplishments and successes!
- Check in with how your child is feeling. Ask things like, “What do you want to know about kindergarten? Should we talk about what the day might look like?”

Photos from The Cooper School's post 08/02/2021

Check out the progress being made on our new play structure and swing set! How fun!! @avlplaygrounds

Photos from The Cooper School's post 07/30/2021

The photos are rolling in of Cooper kid excitement… and we’re excited, too! The first day of school is right around the corner. How do you plan on spending your last weeks of summer? Let us know in the comments!

Timeline Photos 07/30/2021

Summer Reading Spotlight — Faculty Edition! 📚

This summer Kayla Sewell, Director of Advancement, has dived into reading “Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School” by Carla Shalaby.

In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young "troublemakers," challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children―Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus― “Troublemakers” allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem.

Summer Reading Spotlight — Faculty Edition! 📚

This summer Kayla Sewell, Director of Advancement, has dived into reading “Troublemakers: Lessons in Freedom from Young Children at School” by Carla Shalaby.

In this dazzling debut, Carla Shalaby, a former elementary school teacher, explores the everyday lives of four young "troublemakers," challenging the ways we identify and understand so-called problem children. Time and again, we make seemingly endless efforts to moderate, punish, and even medicate our children, when we should instead be concerned with transforming the very nature of our institutions, systems, and structures, large and small. Through delicately crafted portraits of these memorable children―Zora, Lucas, Sean, and Marcus― “Troublemakers” allows us to see school through the eyes of those who know firsthand what it means to be labeled a problem.

07/29/2021

Cooper kids unite! 🦸 This week TCS staff delivered yard signs to new families joining our school community. We can’t wait to welcome new and returning faces alike!

Cooper kids unite! 🦸 This week TCS staff delivered yard signs to new families joining our school community. We can’t wait to welcome new and returning faces alike!

Timeline Photos 07/28/2021

Make Your Own… Shadow Art! ☀️

Shadow art is a fun STEAM activity that is sure to inspire your little ones, and teach them about light and shadows. The best time of day to do it? Whenever the sun is out and casting shadows, or use a flashlight inside!

You’ll need:
- Paper
- Crayon or colored pencil or pencil or marker
- Your child’s favorite toys!
- A flashlight (for inside) or a sunny area outside

Instructions:
1. Start this craft by having your kids line up a few of their favorite toys.
2. Next, get the craft ready by putting a piece of white paper on the ground behind each toy. If you’re outside, challenge your child to trace the shadow on the paper before the sun moves. If you’re inside, reduce the light sources in your room, and turn on your flashlight. Work with your child to position the light from the flashlight across their toys to make a shadow they’d like to trace.
3. Your child has now made their own coloring sheets. Happy coloring!

TIP: Let your child explore where they can and cannot position themselves while tracing shadows. What happens when they get between the light source and the paper?

Make Your Own… Shadow Art! ☀️

Shadow art is a fun STEAM activity that is sure to inspire your little ones, and teach them about light and shadows. The best time of day to do it? Whenever the sun is out and casting shadows, or use a flashlight inside!

You’ll need:
- Paper
- Crayon or colored pencil or pencil or marker
- Your child’s favorite toys!
- A flashlight (for inside) or a sunny area outside

Instructions:
1. Start this craft by having your kids line up a few of their favorite toys.
2. Next, get the craft ready by putting a piece of white paper on the ground behind each toy. If you’re outside, challenge your child to trace the shadow on the paper before the sun moves. If you’re inside, reduce the light sources in your room, and turn on your flashlight. Work with your child to position the light from the flashlight across their toys to make a shadow they’d like to trace.
3. Your child has now made their own coloring sheets. Happy coloring!

TIP: Let your child explore where they can and cannot position themselves while tracing shadows. What happens when they get between the light source and the paper?

07/27/2021

Playground update!

Playground update! We’re well on our way to a new play structure. Asheville Playgrounds has been hard at work. We are so thankful to our community for making this all-natural, regionally sourced playground a reality for our students! Thank you!

Timeline Photos 07/26/2021

Summer Reading Spotlight! 📚🔦

Here are three books we love this week…

* “Dog Driven” by Terry Lynn Johnson, author of “Ice Dogs", comes a riveting adventure about a musher who sets out to prove her impaired vision won’t hold her back from competing in a rigorous sled race through the Canadian wilderness.

* “Weird Little Robots” by Carolyn Crimi follows two science-savvy girls who create an entire robot world, not expecting their robots to come alive, and soon find out that life may be a bit more magical than they thought. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all on its own.

* "Beverly, Right Here” by Kate DiCamillo tells the story of Beverly, a tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted teen who will break your heart and put it back together again. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn't want anyone to depend on her, but despite her best efforts, she can't help forming connections with those around her — and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.

Summer Reading Spotlight! 📚🔦

Here are three books we love this week…

* “Dog Driven” by Terry Lynn Johnson, author of “Ice Dogs", comes a riveting adventure about a musher who sets out to prove her impaired vision won’t hold her back from competing in a rigorous sled race through the Canadian wilderness.

* “Weird Little Robots” by Carolyn Crimi follows two science-savvy girls who create an entire robot world, not expecting their robots to come alive, and soon find out that life may be a bit more magical than they thought. Quirky and wonderful, this illustrated chapter book from Carolyn Crimi shows that making your own space and a true friend in the world is a kind of magic all on its own.

* "Beverly, Right Here” by Kate DiCamillo tells the story of Beverly, a tough-talking, inescapably tenderhearted teen who will break your heart and put it back together again. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she definitely doesn't want anyone to depend on her, but despite her best efforts, she can't help forming connections with those around her — and gradually, she learns to see herself through their eyes.

Timeline Photos 07/23/2021

Summer Reading Spotlight — Faculty Edition! 📚

This summer Kelly Porter, Assistant Head of School, has been reading “Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World” by Deborah Reber.

Today millions of kids are stuck in a world that doesn’t embrace who they really are. They are the one in five “differently wired” children with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neurodifferences, and their challenges are many. And for the parents who love them, the challenges are just as numerous, as they struggle to find the right school, the right support, the right path. “Differently Wired” is a revolutionary book — a how-to, a manifesto, and a reassuring companion for parents who can so often feel that they have no place to turn.

Summer Reading Spotlight — Faculty Edition! 📚

This summer Kelly Porter, Assistant Head of School, has been reading “Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World” by Deborah Reber.

Today millions of kids are stuck in a world that doesn’t embrace who they really are. They are the one in five “differently wired” children with ADHD, dyslexia, giftedness, autism, anxiety, or other neurodifferences, and their challenges are many. And for the parents who love them, the challenges are just as numerous, as they struggle to find the right school, the right support, the right path. “Differently Wired” is a revolutionary book — a how-to, a manifesto, and a reassuring companion for parents who can so often feel that they have no place to turn.

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