Friday, November 14, 2014

Grimm 11/14/2014

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

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Time to Get Your Game On!
The teachers have been working to prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences next week. Have you been preparing also? Our role at school is to partner with you in educating your child. This is a team sport. We need each other to be part of the same team in order to be successful. We have a game plan, but we need you to play an active role. When you come to Parent-Teacher conferences there’s one important question you need to ask your child’s teacher. How can I best help YOU help MY child?

We want to collaborate to help your child learn in the best environment possible. You and your student are definitely the players, and the teacher is the coach. Listen actively, and let the teacher guide you. In the end, your willingness to be a team player will go a long way to fostering a great learning experience for everyone involved! We would love to talk to you about any questions that you have, and we will be sharing information such as:
  1. Your child’s strengths and learning opportunities
  2. Your child’s behavior and their learning style
  3. How we document your child’s performance and ability with their work samples 
  4. How you can help at home to better support your child’s learning

Parent-Teacher Conferences are an opportunity for us to strengthen our game plan. We will use this time to feature strengths, concerns and issues, and schedule follow-up meetings as needed to work on detailed actions. Game ON!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week. If you have not scheduled an appointment time please call the elementary office at 563-547-2300.
Reminder:  Nov. 17 & 20 Parent/Teacher Conferences 1 hr. early dismissal

"There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt

In honor of National Young Readers Week, I had the opportunity to share why I love reading and to read a bit from one of my favorite books.

Never a dull moment in Mr. Bieber's music class! Learning about form with William Tell!

Some preschool classrooms have been learning about health and nutrition and some are learning about communities and community helpers. As part of these studies all of the preschool classrooms took a trip to the hospital to tour an ambulance and to Fareway to learn about things in a grocery store. When touring the ambulance the students were able to go inside the back and see the different tools and materials they use when they go on calls. They were also able to see all the controls in the front. They also showed the students the lights and different sirens the ambulance has. At Fareway the students learned about the different types of foods in the store and saw the freezers, refrigerators, and other storage places for the food and products. They also learned about some of the tools in the store like the cardboard baler used to recycle boxes. Another thing students were able to see and learn about was how the checkout works when you go pay for your groceries. 

Students in the ambulance seeing how the different tools and equipment work.

Students at Fareway learning how the scale works in the produce section.

Happy Veterans Day from Crestwood kindergarteners!

In math, kindergarteners have been busy working on one-to-one correspondence, number relationships, and number recognition. The students learned how to play "Domino Concentration" to reinforce these skills.

First Grade
Many of our elementary classrooms, including our first grade classrooms, are using "Daily 5" during our literacy block. Daily 5 is a structure for completing meaningful literacy tasks. Children are able to choose things like: 1. Read to Self; 2. Work on Writing; 3. Word Work; 4. Listen to Reading; and 5. Read to Someone.

While the students are completing their literacy tasks, the teacher is meeting with small groups and conferencing with individual students. Daily 5 is how we schedule our literacy block. "CAFE" is what we study during this time. CAFE is an acronym for the four major components of reading. 
They are:
C for Comprehension
A for Accuracy
F for Fluency
E for Expanding Vocabulary

The children will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers.

Daily 5 "Read to Self"

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