Friday, September 26, 2014

Grimm September 26th, 2014

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm

It has been a great start to the school year.  The students are all adjusting well to their new grade levels, their new teachers, and for many of their new buildings.  I have been seeing lots of excited students and interesting classroom activities.  I would like to extend a warm welcome to all parents and students who are new to our school.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me, any office staff, or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
We have a wonderful group of professionals working at Howard-Winn.  I look forward to working with them, all of our parents, and the community to continue bringing the quality education that you expect from the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District to our students.

The elementary students (Grades 1-6) will be taking MAP tests (Measures of Academic Progress) during the next few weeks of school.  Your child will not be testing every day, but rather will take one test a day with a break in between.  Your child’s teacher will let you know when your child will be testing.  All students take Reading and Mathematics tests and the Fourth Grade students take the Science test.  Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP computerized adaptive assessments are the tools that make it possible by providing your child’s teacher with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs, one child at a time.

Check out this website
Bedtime Math - Fun Math Activities for Parents To Do With Their Kids
Bedtime Math ( is a great site on which you can locate fun mathematics activities for elementary school and middle school students. The activities are designed for students to do at home with their parents. The Bedtime Math activities incorporate common household objects. Today's lesson has a new lesson posted each day, for example a lesson about mixing and sharing milkshakes.

In addition to the written math lessons Bedtime Math has a few math videos that you may want to check out. 

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. ~Anatole France

Look What We Learned  After exploring several bugs at the Discovery Center, the preschoolers have become very curious about caterpillars and butterflies! This week they learned that a caterpillar turns into a butterfly by eating lots of food, building a cocoon, and resting inside the cocoon for 14 days. They read Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and worked on their patterning skills to create a colorful caterpillar necklace. The preschoolers also enjoyed creating caterpillars out of Play Doh, painting a butterfly, and scanning QR codes with the iPad to watch the caterpillar/butterfly metamorphosis process.  
They welcomed the cooler temperatures by making homemade applesauce. The preschoolers stayed very busy cutting up apples and adding the secret ingredients (sugar and cinnamon)!
Preschool Bug Movie ...check it out!

One of the most exciting things in kindergarten is learning about letters and words and learning to read.  Kindergarten students have learned that there are 3 ways to read a book: 1.They can read the pictures, 2.They can retell the story using their memory of the story and the pictures, and 3.They can read the words. Here are some pictures of kindergarteners building stamina for Read to Someone.
All Kindergarten classrooms have been working hard to learn these expectations for their Daily 5 routines.

First Grade
Here are some of our 1st grade students working on their math skills.  They are practicing comparing numbers with 10 frames by playing 10 Frames Top It.

Another 1st grade class introduced their "Fact Strategy Wall." This is where they develop and add strategies to help learn addition and subtraction facts. So far they have learned strategies to add +0 and +1. They also learned that it is faster and easier to add when they begin with the biggest number first and then count on their second number! Here are some pictures of them practicing:

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