Friday, March 20, 2015

Grimm 3/20/2015


PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
sgrimm@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm





OUND-UP FOR PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN
Beginning school is an important event in the life of a child. A good beginning helps stimulate a child’s growth and development and contributes to future success in school. In order to help prepare your child for attending preschool or kindergarten we are holding registration events this spring at the school.

Preschool Registration Spring Open House
Parents who have registered or would like to register their children for the Crestwood or Lime Springs/Chester Preschool Programs for the 2015-2016 school year are invited to attend our Preschool Registration Spring Open House on Friday, April 17th at the Crestwood Preschool Building, 1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. To be age eligible for preschool, a child needs to be 4 years old before September 15th, 2015.  If you have questions, need more information, or are unable to attend, please call the Crestwood Preschool Program 563-547-5424.

Kindergarten Round-up
If your child will be attending Kindergarten next fall they are invited to our Kindergarten Round-Up at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 17th. All children who will be five years of age by September 15, 2015 and are planning to attend kindergarten in the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District next fall are encouraged to attend. The event will last from 8:30-10:00. The children will be in the kindergarten classrooms to play and learn with each other and to help them feel more comfortable in the Crestwood building. This is a student only event; parents are not required to attend. For those students currently attending preschool, our preschool classes that day are canceled, as current preschool children are expected to attend this event. We will have an informational parent meeting for our parents on May 5th at 5:30 p.m. to explain our Kindergarten programming. If parents have any questions please call the Crestwood K-8 office 563-547-2300.





Preschool Program-Wide PBIS
Staff Member Highlight
This week our Preschool Program Wide PBIS staff member highlight is Sally Tieskoetter. Sally does a fantastic job with modeling what expectations she would like her students to follow. This is shown with the positive classroom management she has within her classroom as well as outside of her room. She has implemented the Preschool Cadet Pride Junior tickets and recognizes those students and gives praise to those who are showing how to “Be Kind, Be Safe, and Be Respectful.”



Preschool
The weather is warming and spring is in the air! It has been a long six months of snow pants and boots. Students do go outside when they arrive in the morning. Please continue to send gloves, hats, and coats. The weather could turn colder next week, but students will continue to go outside if it is above zero. Snow pants and boots can stay home unless it gets snowy or cold again.

As dental study has come to a close preschool students can tell you a lot about teeth roots, gums, crowns, and enamel. The preschoolers wrapped up their “egg tooth” experiment by observing what pop, milk, and vinegar (acidic food) do to the hard shell of an egg. They were all shocked to see what vinegar did to the “enamel” of the egg…they all decided they would brush their teeth twice a day to keep their enamel hard!



Recycling is what’s on preschoolers minds now. They started by discussing what they knew about recycling and the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Students have been super excited about the new centers that are out. The sensory bin is full of water beads that are super absorbers and are reusable. With the beads, they have funnels and lots of plastic containers. In the dramatic play center, friends can dress up with vests and hats sorting out newspapers, plastics, cardboard, and aluminum items. The art and writing table is full of recycled items that students have been using to create art/sculptures. Students can decorate a picture frame with changeable pictures and dress up in orange gloves, hat, and a vest to get their picture taken as either trash/recycling girls/boys.  


Students this week also worked VERY hard to think of clever ways to catch the leprechauns. The preschoolers have been practicing their fine motor skills by building leprechaun traps from recycled materials. They planned to trick the leprechauns with their traps decorated in rainbows, shamrocks, and gold. The preschoolers really enjoyed using recyclable materials to make leprechaun traps.



Transitional Kindergarten
All of the students and staff have been excited to have warmer weather to enjoy! They have practiced making weather observations by collecting a daily graph of the weather conditions. So far the graph has a lot of sunny days. They are predicting the whole month will not be sunny. 

Their investigations this week brought thunder and tornadoes to their classroom. Using two plastic bottles and some colored water they created a tornado. Students learned about this weather event and reviewed safety rules. They created thunder using a paper bag. Students learned about the connection between thunder and lightning.

They also read the book Ten Black Dots. Students each received their own set of ten dots to make a picture. They used their imaginations to create unique projects.

Kindergarten

One kindergarten class recently read about a mischievous cat in the book Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward. The students have been rewriting and illustrating their own version of the story. They have also been thinking about how to tell more in their stories by adding to their drawing and writing. Upon completion of their stories the students will share them with others students in the building.






The students have been working on number stories, which can be told with pictures, words, or numbers. Students created their own numbers stories to share with their classmates. The students worked hard creating number stories, drawing pictures to illustrate their stories, and writing corresponding number sentences.







In literacy, they have been studying Life All Around. They have been learning about living and nonliving things. This class went over to Mr. Dennler's classroom at the high school. He set up several stations for them where they were able to view living and preserved slides through a microscope. Some of the slides they viewed included a bee, ladybug, centipede, skin of a snake, water from an aquarium, a pill bug, inside of a bone, and a vinegar eel. 

               






What a great way to practice writing numbers!



First Grade
Is it Battle Ship? Is it I Spy? Is it 20 Questions?? No! It's math!! Kiddos are demonstrating communication skills such as speaking and listening. One student creates a pattern and then describes it to their partner without saying the color or the shape!! The partner must attempt to replicate the pattern!!


K-6 students had the opportunity to attend an opera in the Crestwood High School auditorium. The Des Moines Metro Opera’s Iowa Tour Troupe performed the classic children’s story: “The Billy Goats Gruff” for students on Wednesday.








How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? First graders got to use Lucky Charms cereal for a graphing activity during math class.















THANK YOU TO THE CRESCO KIWANIS
Third grade students were provided another resource to use when in need of looking up the spelling, pronunciation, or the definition of a word – a dictionary. When they need information about United States presidents, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the periodic table of elements, Braille, or countries and continents of the world, they will also know what to do: look in the dictionary.

Courtesy of the Cresco Kiwanis Club, each third grade student from Cresco area schools will have a dictionary of his or her very own to use for years to come. The Kiwanis Club group purchased the books through The Dictionary Project, a national organization that sells dictionaries to service clubs. This shows how much the Kiwanis Club cares about the development of students’ learning.



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