Friday, March 20, 2015

Terese Jurgensen - March 19, 2015

The Big Blast!
Crestwood Elementary had a BIG Week!
We had a phenomenal week at Crestwood Elementary. On Wednesday, Schuyler Bieber, our elementary music teacher, brought a cultural experience to our K-6 students by inviting the Des Moines Metro Opera to our school. For most of us, it was our first experience in hearing an opera and the opera was an anti-bullying message and the story of "The Billy Goats Gruff." On Thursday, Mrs. Ringoen, our band instructor, presented our 5th - 8th grade band concert. It was phenomenal. For Friday, our 3rd, 5th, & 6th grade students met and heard an inspirational message from Mallory Gosch's, Uncle Ricardo who is a professional football player with the NFL. Our fourth grade students visited the Nature Center and last, but certainly not least, we had our BIG BLAST fun day from our sales with the Chip Shoppe this fall! It was an inspirational week! 

Friday, March 20th - 
First Day of Spring & International "Be Happy" Day!

3rd Grade Students excited for the Blast!

Big Blast!
Each fall, Crestwood has a fundraiser to help with our class field trips. As a reward for our school, the Chip Shoppe Company hosts a day of fun for all of our students' efforts! Thank you everyone, for making our fundraiser a success!

Third & Fourth Grade Experience the Opera!

The K-6th grade students voiced they really enjoyed the opera of "The Billy Goats Gruff" we had on Wednesday, March 18th. The 3rd and 4th graders had an additional opportunity to meet personally with the opera singers and learn more of what opera is all about as well as other types of music from jazz to classical. It is fun to listen to Haley, one of the fourth grade students share about her experience. 

"Be a True Friend" was the Opera Message!

Developing Young Writers~
I was home this week and my son, Samuel, was working on a story he has been working on over the course of the last several months. He loves to read and write ~ He actually does it for fun! He told me when I was home, "Mom ~ make sure you tell the kids you work with to learn how to write! Not only learn to write, but to love it!" My kids did a lot of writing when they were very little, and I thought I would share out great, fun ideas and strategies for your children to do at home. I see writing and penmanship as a struggle here at Crestwood Elementary. As we, parents and teaching staff, partner together, we will build the writing skills of our students!

Ideas for parents: how to help your child become a stronger writer

Before getting started
Provide a place
It's important for your child to have a good place to write, such as a desk or table with a smooth, flat surface. It's also crucial to have good lighting.
Provide the materials
Provide plenty of paper (lined and unlined) and things to write with, including pencils, pens, and crayons.
Talk with your child as much as possible about her ideas and impressions, and encourage her to describe people and events to you.

Activities for young children

Encourage the child to draw and to discuss her drawings
Ask your child questions about her drawings such as:

"What is the boy doing?"

"Does the house look like ours?"

"Can you tell a story about this picture?"

Show an interest in, and ask questions about, the things your child says, draws, and may try to write.
Ask your child to tell you simple stories as you write them down
Copy the story as your child tells it, without making changes. Ask her to clarify anything you don't understand.
Encourage your child to write her name
Practice writing her name with her, and point out the letters in her name when you see them in other places (on signs, in stores, etc.). She may start by only writing the first few letters of her name, but soon the rest will follow.
Use games
There are numerous games and puzzles that help children with spelling while increasing their vocabulary. Some of these may include crossword puzzles, word games, anagrams, and cryptograms designed especially for children. Flash cards are fun to use too, and they're easy to make at home.
Turn your child's writing into books
Paste her drawings and writings on pieces of construction paper. For each book, make a cover out of heavier paper or cardboard, and add special art, a title, and her name as author. Punch holes in the pages and cover, and bind the book together with yarn or ribbon.


5th Grade Band Students!    

Junior High Band - Excellent!

Thank you Mrs. Ringeon & Mr. Dobbs for teaching our students to make beautiful music!

Have an excellent week!
Mrs. Jurgensen

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