Friday, May 22, 2015

Grimm 5/22/2015

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
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Change War
The Crestwood and Lime Springs Elementary Schools joined the effort to fight hunger by participating in a change war during the week of May 11-15 for the Meals from the Heartland campaign. We had a competition between each classroom to determine who could raise the most change in one week. The students & staff did a fantastic job raising money for this great cause. An incredible $3,345.82 was raised! GREAT JOB STUDENTS & STAFF! The winning classroom was Mrs. Suckow’s 5th grade who raised $552.59. They were treated to an ice cream party by Superintendent Carver. All money raised will be used to support the Meals from the Heartland packaging event that will take place in Cresco in the fall. Thank you for your help as we work to fight hunger.

The last few weeks in preschool have been busy. It is so hard to believe the year is coming to an end. The students have been finishing assessments and teachers are working on progress reports. Final progress reports and children’s portfolios went home this week. The students were so excited and proud of everything they have done this year. We all are so proud at all of the kids and how much they have learned and grown this year!!

With their STEM Science Kit, they have been discussing wind. Students then used their own wind and created a picture using thinned out paint and a straw to make their picture. Lots of giggles went on while students watched the paint move across the paper.

Teachers brainstormed/planned with the kids what they would like to do during their last week of preschool. They wanted to celebrate a fabulous year and wish everyone a fun and healthy summer vacation! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

The Preschool students in Elma were treated to an end of the year program with student songs, poems, and actions. After the student performance, guests gathered in the cafeteria for a slide show and refreshments. It was an entertaining evening with many smiles and lots of laughter.

Below is Mrs. Tieskoetter’s classroom as they found a dandelion outside and decided to plant the dandelion seeds.  The seeds have sprouted so student were sure to let their parents know they could have some dandelions for their garden.

Things to do at home this summer:
Preschool children brought home a packet to help them practice Jolly Phonics’ letter names and sounds over the summer. Students also benefit from practice counting and identifying numbers, writing first and last name, birthday, phone number, cutting skills, and other Transition Kindergarten/Kindergarten readiness skills. Some ideas for games include: War, Go Fish, King’s Corners, Crazy 8’s, UNO, BINGO, and Shoots and Ladders.

The end of the year has arrived! Students wrapped up several activities these last few weeks. Students had a chance to play with some favorite toys during centers.   Arla came from the Cresco Public Library to share about summer programs. Please check your local library this summer to see what special activities they have planned. One of the best ways to keep student learning moving forward for Kindergarten is to look at books together on a regular basis. Local library programs are also a great chance for you to get your children involved in a group activity. This helps them practice listening skills. The students also met with their 5th grade buddy class for a final time. It has been fun for them getting together this school year!

The kindergarten students went on a field trip to Historic Forestville. They learned about life
long ago and experienced many living and nonliving parts of the community.  They got to walk across the Carnegie Steel Bridge into 1899 Forestville. They explored the Meighen family store, which is filled with original 19th-century merchandise, discovered what was cooking in the kitchen and helped the hired hands with chores in the garden and farm buildings. They had costumed guides who portrayed residents and their daily activities.  For more information check out:

A recent field trip swimming at the Fitness Center was enjoyed by all!

First grade students braved what seemed like Arctic temperatures to attend their spring field trip. Lilly Jensen, Winneshiek County Conservation, led a presentation at Lake Meyer and taught students all about lake habitats. Students observed plants and animals that live in Lake Meyer, went on a hike around the pond, and even dug critters out of the lake including plants, tadpoles, fish, and water bugs!! 

Students also toured the Fish Hatchery to observe both the natural stream habitat and the man-made trout habitat. Students learned that the temperature of Decorah's Trout Stream is consistent all year, making it a perfect habitat for the 3 different types of trout that live in the stream. They were able to observe the different types of trout that live at the Fish Hatchery and fed the fish! Before we left, we made sure to walk across the street and see the Decorah Eagles and their nest! This trip was a perfect culmination of our Lead 21 studies, A Perfect Place to Live and our science unit, Observing an Aquarium. 

The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids
The Best Free Educational Websites for Kids Infographic presents the top website where kids can have fun and learn all at the same time!
PBS Kids – This is a great site for kids of all ages featuring all of your kids favorite characters from PBS!
Random House Kids – Featuring Books, Activities, Games and more all surrounding your favorite Characters from Random House Books! This is a great way to make books come alive for little ones!
Starfall – This is a great website for learning to read. Starfall takes your kids all the way from ABC’s to Learning to Read! There are some fun games and more that surround Phonics, Sounds and putting sounds together in words! This is great for preschoolers learning to read!
The Magic School Bus – There are tons of Great Videos and Games about the Environment & Science. This is a great website for older children who want to learn about weather, geography and more.
Brain Pop – This popular Subscription service also has a Free Content section where you can get learn for Free! This is a great way to give Brain Pop a try and see if you like the format, Again this is great for older children!
Highlights for Kids – My kids LOVE Highlights Magazines, and the website is just as great! There are games, books, crafts and of course Hidden Pictures.
ABCYa – This is another great learning site for kids. There is everything from Counting Games, to Graphing, Patterns and more. Great for learning early math skills. This is one of my Son’s Favorite Free Websites!
National Geographic Kids – This is a great site for exploring our world and learning all you can about the Ocean, Animals, Geography and more! There is a TON of information on this site and also some great videos, Puzzles and quizzes!
Wonderopolis – Similar to the National Geographic Website, this provides fun facts about our world and the animals in our land. So many fun facts to explore!
Fun Brain – Reading, Math, Tic Tac Toe and more are all a part of! Explore tons of new games for kids and learn as you go. They even have fun Mad Libs to help with reading!

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