Friday, May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014 Shirley Sovereign

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PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Shirley Sovereign
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SKYPE:  shirley.sovereign 

Preschool End-of-Year Celebrations
The Lime Springs/Chester program was held on May 22.  Students sang songs with actions in the gym.  Students showed their portfolios to their parents and were able to take them home.  There were 14 students who attended preschool in Lime Springs/Chester this year.  Thank you Mrs. Marr, Ms. Caffrey and Ms. Harkin for a great year! 
Preschool students received their certificates during the program in Lime Springs.
The Cresco Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten program was held on May 28 before a crowd of about 250 parents and grandparents.  Students were featured in a video where they told their name and what they want to be when they grow up.  Students sang, danced and received their certificates.   There were 65 students attending preschool this year in Cresco.  Thank you Mrs. Holthaus, Mrs. Merkel, Mrs. Tieskoetter and Mrs. Vsetecka.  Thanks to preschool associates Mrs. Ferrie, Mrs. Hansmeier, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Bronner, Mrs. Dohlman, Mrs. Brace, and Mrs. Sheehy.  Thanks to Mrs. Serfling who served in Mrs. Merkel's room most of the school year.  
Cresco students singing and dancing the "Tooty Ta" during their program.

Elma's end-of-year celebration was held on May 29.  The students did a great job of singing.  My favorite song was "Pete the Cat."  Thank you to Ms. Burke, the classroom associate, Mrs. Shackleton, and students for a great year!
Elma preschool students posing with their certificates

May 30th will be the last day for all Howard-Winn preschool classes.

Open House Events
Students in grades 1-3 and 5-6 next year were able to visit the Crestwood Elementary and JH on May 27 along with their parents.  There were 60 parents and students who toured the Cresco K-8 building.  Thank you to the teachers who were available during the evening for questions.   Families with students in 4th grade for next year visited the Lime Springs/Chester building at the same time.
Grades K-3 and 5-6 for 2014-2015
Grade 4 for 2014-2015

Camp Read S'more
The last month was filled with activities to promote reading with "Camp Read S'more."  Mrs. Shekleton, Teacher Librarian, organized the events and classroom teachers assisted with the many activities.  These included a walking trip to the public library, keeping a recording sheet of fun places to read, and having special guest speakers such as Angela Bries from the Nature Center.  At the end of "camp", parents were invited in to a "read-n-feed" with their students, with s'mores in a bag as a treat.  There were parents and students reading throughout the school and on the playground for this event on May 23rd.  Students are encouraged to keep the reading going throughout the summer.  

Parents & students in the Discovery Center
Reading outdoors on a beautiful day

State Fair Projects
Mrs. Dory Fravel's students in Lime Springs/Chester completed State Fair projects last week.  These projects were on display in the gym for students and parents.

First Grade Field Trip
Students went on a field trip this week to Lake Meyers and the Decorah Fish Hatchery.  All 1st graders in the district had the chance to combine hands-on science activities with lots of learning and fun.  It was a beautiful, summer-like day and perfect for an end-of-year field trip.

Thank You All!

Most of you know I'll be retiring at the end of this school year.  I want to thank the students and teachers over the years for being such a special part of my life.  Thank you to parents for sharing your children.  They have been a joy to work with, and I will miss them the most.  Thank you to my fellow administrators and to the school board.  Your commitment to kids is extraordinary!  I look forward to watching the district lead the way in education on a global level.  I will be out in the community supporting Howard Winn all the way!  Many are asking me what I'm going to do in retirement.  I think this is the best advice I have I'm going to take it!  



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