Friday, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014 Greg.Adams

Greg Adams

Grade 2-6 Principal 

(Crestwood, Elma, Lime Springs/Chester)
Twitter  @GregAAdams7     #2020HowardWinn


May 26- Memorial Day
May 27- Crestwood & Lime Springs Open Houses/Parents' Night for next year's students.
June 3- Last student day. 
Report cards & testing results will be found in your child's backpack in one envelope.
June 4- Last official teacher day.
August 21- 1st student day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Looking ahead...District Redesign
We now know that all 4th grade students will be educated in Lime Springs beginning next fall. Now the conversation turns to the logistics of making this happen. 

The intent will be that the teaching and learning at Lime Springs will follow the same model with the same supports available to all other grade levels in the district. We also are working at determining the model that best serves our 6th grade students. 

Transportation plans are still being developed and will be shared once complete.

Open Houses...Students to Lime Springs/Chester Elementary...Parents and students are invited to Crestwood and Lime Springs/Chester Elementary in the evenings. 

Dear parents, friends and families,
Your 3rd grader will be traveling to Lime Springs Elementary on Tuesday, May 27th during the school day. The purpose of this day is to explore our new school, meet the 4th grade team of teachers, and become familiar with our new classmates. Your child will leave Cresco at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Cresco at 2:30 p.m. Buses will be provided and sack lunches will be served.

During this time, students will be touring the building, exploring the playground and gym, meeting the teachers, and participating in activities to help adjust in the transition.  Our goal is to ease tension and worry brought on by the adjustment.  We are excited for our day and hope you are too!

The current fourth grade teachers are Kevin Carter, Dory Fravel, Kirstin Kerian, Lorrinda Kisley, and an additional position is being advertised. During the day, students will be randomly divided into groups, rotating between four different stations. Mr. Carter will be with the students playing games on the playground and in the gym. Mrs. Fravel will be giving building tours, Mrs. Kisley will be working with the students to create artwork to hang up in the fall, and Miss Kerian will be holding a scavenger hunt in the library! As noted, sack lunches will be served at 11:00 a.m.

We are very eager to start our fourth grade journey and hope you are, too! We want our students to feel as welcome and comfortable next year as possible.

That same night, Tuesday, May 27th from 6:00pm-7:30pm, we will hold an open house and ice cream social for parents, friends, and families to come explore Lime Springs Elementary

 Who: Future 4th graders and their friends and family
When: Tuesday, May 27th from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Lime Springs Elementary: Gym

Crestwood Elementary Open House
Parents and students of Lime Springs and Elma are invited to attend an open house at Crestwood Elementary. Come take a building tour, visit classrooms, and meet teachers. Enjoy an ice cream sundae! Come and spend the evening.
Date:  Tuesday, May 27       
Time:  6:00-7:00 p.m.
Classroom assignments will be determined soon.

New Teachers!
We are in the process of interviewing for Special Education, Spanish, and Dean of Students/Activities Director. It is exciting to meet our applicants to see their desire to teach and to share our vision for the Howard-Winneshiek CSD. 

The following have been approved to join our team next school year. Welcome!
  • PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning- Sara Grimm
  • Elementary/Junior High Vocal Music Instructor- Schyler Bieber
  • Elementary Band Instructor- Meghan Ringeon
  • High School Science Instructor- Ben Hanson
  • High School Special Education Instructor- Alicia Martin
  • High School Special Education Pending-
Room Assignments
Crestwood Elementary classrooms may be found in different areas of the building. Rooms will be arranged during the summer so that grade-level groups are located near each other. See the diagrams below.

Summer Learning Tips for Elementary School Students

Have you ever stopped to think about ways to help your child get better prepared for the start of the new school year—by practicing the skills that he or she has learned during the summer months? Well, now is the time! You've already got a list of summer reading books from your child's teacher to keep the juices flowing. But what about all those other subjects your child will have to jump back into come back-to-school time—science, math, history and social studies? This list can help you keep your young child learning during your quality time together this summer. Show them how easy and fun it can be to explore and learn more about the world that's right at their fingertips! Summer Learning-Children with Learning Disabilities

Science and Math

Turn simple activities into science experiments.

  • Encourage hypothesizing by asking lots of open-ended questions during everyday activities, like taking a bath. (What will happen when you put different objects in water—soap, a sock, a shampoo bottle. Which ones will float? Which ones will sink? Why or why not?)
  • Bring a bird or tree identification book along with you when you go for a walk through the park and ask your child to identify what he or she sees.
  • Grow a houseplant together. Water the plant with your child, and have your child choose a place in the house with plenty of sunshine for it to live. As it grows, show your child how to remove dead leaves, fertilize and re-pot the plant.

Make the most out of a trip to the museum.

  • Ask questions about what you see to increase your child's scientific vocabulary. (What does the botanical garden look like? In which part of the world can these gems or minerals be found? What dinosaur is the biggest?)
  • Create at-home, hands-on projects to accompany your experience in the museum. (After a trip to the aviation museum, help your child put together an inexpensive model airplane.)
  • Go on a treasure hunt! Make a scavenger hunt out of your visit by creating a list of “Treasure” to find (e.g., a precious gem, an image or diorama of a foreign land or earlier time, a fossil), and work together to check off the list.

Practice estimating skills around the house.

  • Ask your child to estimate the weight of common objects in the house (e.g., a can of beans, the family cat, a stack of books), then have your child weigh them to see how close his or her guess was to the actual weight.
  • For an added challenge, practice converting pounds to ounces and other units of measurement.
  • Color code measuring cups and spoons, marking the ¼ teaspoon and ¼ cup red, and the ½ teaspoon and ½ cup blue. Adding visual clues can help them to identify similar measurements and fractions. The next time you're in the kitchen, have your child help you measure out the ingredients by using these tools.

Use money to teach your child about math—and budgeting!

  • Do you give your children allowance? Working with them to spend even a very small amount of money in a store can help them practice addition and subtraction (not to mention responsible spending habits!).
  • Cook dinner or make a special dish for the family or an elderly neighbor. Ask your child to pick his favorite recipe to make and buy the items together in the grocery store. Challenge older children to do the math to double the recipe (and the budget) to serve your family as well!
  • Teach your older child about tipping in restaurants. Many stationary stores sell charts that can help you and your child figure our how much to tip your server. Explain how and why you tip different people (e.g., waiters, bellhops, etc.), and when your child is old enough, practice calculating the tip.

Explore and learn online!

  • PBS Zoom Science offers hands-on activities for kids in a variety of areas from life to chemical science.
  • Brainy Kids offers a variety of activities to learn about the brain. This is a great site with games and activities for students in grades 3-9.
  • Science Monster contains activities, lessons, and games for students, grades 6 and up.
  • Fun Brain offers a variety of games and activities to help with learning math facts.

History and Social Studies

Travel the world, starting in your own town!

  • Visit historical sites in your town. Check your town's visitor center or look online for undiscovered historical or cultural treasures nearby.
  • Before eating at an ethnic restaurant or shop, have your child locate the country that you will “visit” on a map. (You can visit Italy, India and China all in one week!)
  • Practice reading maps with your child. Map simple routes on local maps, like how to get to the closest grocery store, and then have your child follow the route on the map with his or her finger as you drive. Give your older child an address and have them map the route online and be in charge of navigating the route along the way.

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