Friday, May 29, 2015

Grimm 5/29/2015


PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm

sgrimm@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm

The 2014-15 school year has come quickly to an end and we have so many things to be thankful for! Each student’s accomplishments bring them certain pride for achieving their goals. Thank you for sharing your child with us at Howard-Winn. We believe in our kids and we care about them as individuals. They are what makes Howard-Winn the wonderful place it is. For those of you leaving the elementary at the close of this year, I know that all of us here send your family our warmest regards, wishing your family much happiness and continued success at your next school or at the junior high if you are going into 7th grade. For those of you returning to Crestwood Elementary in August please know that we are excited about continuing to be part of your lives. We’re all doing the work of teaching and learning because we desire to make a difference, one child at a time. So here’s wishing you all a safe and refreshing summer holiday!! 
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR CHILD WITH US! 


Summer is a great time to spend time with your kids playing and learning. Summer vacation is fun, but it actually has a negative effect on a child's learning, unless parents are proactive about offering enriching activities to their children. The good news is that you don't have to break the bank or lose your sanity to come up with fun educational activities for your kids this summer. Here are a few things that you can do with your kids:



1. Create a book together- write and illustrate your own short stories. Kids who are encouraged to imagine their own stories can benefit from writing and illustrating short books. Supply art supplies to your junior author to boost the fun and creativity.
2. Go on a scavenger hunt- Aside from the fact that they're just plain fun, scavenger hunts are challenging and engage a child's critical-thinking skills. Instead of just providing your child with a list of items to find, give him or her a list of clues. This will encourage your child to think about their tasks rather than just compile a bunch of paper clips, crayons or toilet paper rolls.
3. Develop and Perform a puppet show- If you don't have any puppets, that's OK. Your child can make sock puppets and a cardboard puppet show stage as part of the fun. Encourage your child to come up with character traits for each of the puppets, and help him or her to create a play with a beginning, middle, climax and ending.
4. Build a Fort- This is a great way to encourage your youngster to use spatial reasoning and geometry skills. You can follow a fort-building guide if you were born without spatial reasoning skills, or you can toss a bunch of supplies out the back door and tell the kids to get after it.
5. Host an at-home science camp- You probably already own everything you need to create a science lab in your home. Go to the Exploratorium website for activity ideas — there are enough science activities available to fill up a whole summer's worth of camp.
6. Teach fractions through cooking- Sitting down to learn fractions is not usually fun, but it can be. There is one area of the house where fractions are consistently used — the kitchen! Teach fractions to your kids while you prepare a recipe together. This website has recipes with fractions to help you on your mission.


It's time to say good-bye,
Our year has come to an end.
We've made more cherished memories
And many more new friends.
We've watched them learn and grow
And change from day to day.
We hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.
So it's with happy memories
We send them out the door.
With great hope and expectations
For what next year holds in store.
Have an awesome summer—
We’ll see you next year!



Enjoy your day!  ~Mrs. Sara Grimm, Principal

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