Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
SKYPE:  saramarleygrimm


Welcome back to school! I hope that you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. The students and parents that have stopped in the office over the last several weeks have been excited and ready to start back-to-school. Part of the back-to-school process includes establishing routines for school. Things like getting your child to bed on time to ensure that they are well rested and ready to begin each day. It is also important that your child eats a good breakfast. For many of them it seems like an eternity until they eat lunch, so providing a good breakfast will help sustain them. We do serve breakfast here at school if that is an option that would be beneficial for your family. Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:10.

Communication is vitally important to the success of any school. I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have any questions regarding things that are happening in your child’s classroom or the school. We are here to help make your child’s learning experience the best that it can possibly be.

Even though the students have been on a break for several weeks, the teachers have been working very hard getting ready for the students to return for another year of growing and learning together. Over the summer the teachers have been working on their literacy and math curriculum to ensure that we are teaching the skills and strategies regarding the Iowa Core/Common Core curriculum. We are excited about the activities and lessons that we will be implementing in our elementary classrooms.

Be a Partner in Your Child’s Education
Your participation in your child’s education is very important. As they say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We welcome your involvement to help make this a great experience for everyone. To become a partner in your child’s education:
  • Volunteer in class. Chaperone field trips. Volunteer to help the teacher by doing things at home such as cutting out laminating or helping to make centers material.
  • Attend back-to-school conferences and parent-teacher conferences throughout the year.
  • Read every handout and paper your child brings home or email that is sent from the teacher or the school. Looking in their book bag and your inbox for communication from the school is important.
  • Make school a priority. Schedule appointments and vacations outside of school hours.
  • Make sure that your child attends school regularly. If they are not here they can’t learn and will miss out on vital learning and experiences. 
  • Expect your child to succeed in school. Children try hard to meet their parent’s expectations.
  • Respect homework. Sit with your child as he or she does their work. Show them that you take it seriously. 
  • Speak up. If there’s a problem at school, talk to your child’s teacher immediately. Work together to find a solution. 
  • Show and tell your child often that you love them. 
  • Celebrate! Your child is learning more every day!
We are excited to partner with you this year to provide your child the best learning opportunities. Best of luck to you in the upcoming school year!

School Office
The school office is open each school day from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Please drop by or call 563-547-2300, if the office staff can be of assistance. Our secretaries are Linda Middlebrook and Sharon Ollendieck.

Change of Address/Phone Number
To ensure your child's safety, the school must have accurate information--and be able to reach parents/guardians quickly--in the event of an emergency. Please report any changes of phone number(s) and/or address(es) to the school office immediately. Having current contact information is very important.
Bus Riding Expectation 

Be Safe 
Be Respectful 
Be Responsible 

Be safe and walk getting on and off the bus.
Be respectful of others and keep hands and feet to yourself.
Be respectful with your conversations practicing positive behavior toward others.
Give the bus driver your full cooperation as they transport our students safely. 
Be responsible and safe by remaining seated while the bus is in motion. 
Be responsible by keeping your belongings in backpacks. 
Help each other to make the bus riding experience an enjoyable experience for everyone.

Crestwood Elementary strives to create a safe environment. We embrace Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) a system of behavior expectations that encourages students rather than being punitive. Crestwood defines student expectations for:
Bathroom Behavior
Hallway Behavior
Classroom Behavior
Lunchroom Behavior
Gym Behavior
Playground Behavior
                      Bus Behavior

Did You Know . . .
Parents Right to Request Information 
The No Child Left Behind Act gives parents, whose child attends a Title I school, the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers. We can assure you that all of our teachers are Highly Qualified under the guidelines of The No Child Left Behind Act. To request information you may contact: Robyn Lane, Human Resources, 563-547-2762.

Congratulations to Mr. Knobloch

Congratulations to Mr. Todd Knobloch, who was selected for the IMPACT Program at the University of Northern Iowa. Since August 2000, the Science Center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (The STORM Project) has been actively engaged in curriculum development designed to meet the National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Mr. Knobloch received training during a summer workshop which focused on the integration of science, math, and technology. He learned teaching techniques for topics such as: air quality, weather analysis and forecasting. The training also included opportunities to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. He will now integrate what he learned into his GAT (Gifted And Talented) teaching at Howard-Winneshiek. Congratulations Mr. Knobloch for being selected to participate in this training!

Here's what's happening in the classroom . . .
Working on our iPads

Transitioning back to school is hard work!

Launching our new ST Math Program in Second Grade

Kindergarten friends reading in our tent     
Learning to find a good book
Using our reading bags and our friends to become good readers 
Learning how to read with a partner

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