Friday, December 5, 2014

Grimm - 12/4/2014

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
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Cadets for a Claus
Dear Cadet Nation Families,
Tis the season to be jolly! Please help our Howard-Winneshiek families have a very Merry Christmas by joining us in supporting families in need this holiday season. For a one-dollar donation students grades K-8 can wear a hat to school on December 10th. Please have your child give their donation to their classroom teacher on December 10th. The proceeds of this donation will go towards spreading holiday cheer to Cadet families, and celebrating the power of giving!
From all of us at Howard-Winneshiek School District

"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around." ~~   Henry David Thoreau

Giving . . .
The holiday season is a great time to teach your children about giving.  Helping them to see what it is like to help others and make their holiday season brighter.  There are many ways that you can teach them this powerful lesson.

Five Ways to Get Going on Giving
1. Remember the 2 Gs: gratitude and giving.  You can't have one without the other.  They go hand-in-hand. Giving kids a chance to help others is how they learn to appreciate what they have (and children who appreciate what they have are not only happier people, they are less likely to whine and moan for every last item they see in the mall!).

2. Everything you do can help.  Small acts of kindness are forms of giving that send the same message to children as a trip to a soup kitchen. ("Our family cares about others.")

3. Let kids decide how to give.  You may think that helping the homeless or contributing to the fight against cancer are the most important ways to make a difference.  Your 5-year-old may want to donate more money to the zoo so that the lions will have a bigger supper.  The type of giving matters less than the opportunity to empower kids, to let them "own" the act of giving.

4. Be concrete.  Dropping coins into a collection pail can indeed make a difference, but most young children, rooted in concrete thinking, can't understand where the money goes beyond the pail.  Take as many steps into the act of giving as you can.  In other words, although it's easier for you to write a check, it's easier for kids to "see" what they're doing when they buy items to donate with you, then deliver them to a food bank, and put them directly on the shelves.

5. Give non-material gifts.  Making donations is a wonderful way to give, but children can make a valuable contribution just by spending time talking with an elderly neighbor.  Make sure they understand the value of "gifts of time" by asking questions like, "Which do you think meant more, the groceries we delivered today or the nice time we had talking with the woman who needed the food?"  Follow-up chats are an "emotional bookmark."  By marking the moment and talking about it with kids you're helping them to see the value of spending time.  And you're giving them a chance to spend it, to give themselves away."
The cold and flu season continues to impact our students.  If your child experiences any flu-like symptoms, we ask that they stay home from school.  They may return to school 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol.  Teachers are prepared to help students catch up upon their return.

November was a busy month for our preschoolers as they learned a lot about food and nutrition.  In Lime Springs, the students read the story Lunch.  They were able to decide which kinds of fruits and vegetables they liked to eat just like the mouse. They also read the story, It Looked Like Spilt Milk when they were talking about the Dairy group. The students were able to recreate a page of their own for a classroom book.  They made a special mixture (glue and shaving cream) at school to create their cloud shape. The students worked on making their own ‘MyPlate’ while learning about each of the food groups.  They learned that the fruit group helps their body fight diseases, the vegetable group provides their body with vitamins, the protein group helps them grow, the grain group gives their body energy, and the dairy group gives them strong bones, muscles and teeth.  In preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday, they have been doing different activities.  They read a story, sang songs, and talked about things we were thankful for.

Seventeen Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower for their trip to America.  The Mayflower was a big ship, but not big enough.  Many of the Pilgrims were very crowded in the ship.  Along the way the Pilgrims ate salted beef or fish, hard dry biscuits, cheese, and butter.  

Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate.  The wind blew and tossed the ship about.  After 65 days their captain spotted land.  The Pilgrims were excited.  A few of the Pilgrims rowed a small boat ashore to make sure that this new land was safe for the rest of the Pilgrims.  When it was determined that this new land was safe they began to make several trips to land in the small boat.  The Pilgrims were very glad to finally reach land.  Here are some of our kindergarten pilgrims!

First Grade
Children who read more achieve at higher levels in school and on standardized tests.  Yet many children spend fewer than two hours a week reading.  And at the same time, they’re averaging three to four hours a day watching television.  Experts say that kids who spend just 30 minutes a day reading books, magazines and newspapers are more likely to become readers and do better in schools.  If the TV is easy to reach, but books are on a high shelf, you can guess how your kids will spend their time.  Make sure books, magazines and newspapers are easy to get.  Reading in unusual places also adds to the fun.  Look for unusual places children can read.  Our first grade teachers brought parents in this week for our annual Parent Night.  The teachers talked about tools that parents can use to help their children when reading and how to share a book together.  There were lots of smiles as the students displayed their reading talents.

Our 21st Century Kids enjoy learning through a variety of mediums. Here are some websites where your child can go and have fun while learning.     


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