Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11, 2015 - Preschool & Elementary

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

Today was our fall fitness celebration at Howard-Winneshiek. All K-12 students attended an
assembly in the high school gym. The assembly served to remind students about healthy choices. Exercise was also a theme of the day and elementary students were excited to "Bounce" on inflatables for their exercise. They were also treated to a healthy snack of water and watermelon.

All classes begin promptly at 8:15 a.m. in the morning. Students who arrive at school other than by bus should not arrive before 7:45 a.m. There is no supervision on school grounds until 7:45 a.m. For safety purposes, all entries to the school are locked at 8:30. After 8:30 visitors need to enter the main doors by the office and check in with the office secretary.

Arriving to school safely is very important. If your child is walking to school, they should use crosswalks when crossing streets. If your child is riding a bike to and from school, please remind them to ride with the traffic on the right hand side of the road. Bicycles should be walked across the street at all stoplights on the way to and from school. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, please drive your car up to the curb on the right side so the children will not be running between or in front of cars or across the street.

Students also need to remember to stay on the sidewalks after being dropped off at school. Do not race the bus or car to the corner and do not run on the area between the sidewalk and the road or the area on the other side of the yellow line.

All classes end between 3:20-3:25 in the afternoon. Parents who are picking up their child should wait outside the building for their children to be dismissed. Please do not disrupt the classrooms by going to their classroom door.

Notes from parents are required if the student is doing something after school which is a change from normal plans. Students will not be allowed to do anything different without the office being notified by the parent or guardian. This includes having your child picked up by someone who doesn’t normally pick them up, walking home with a friend, or riding the bus home with someone. This policy is to protect your child and to keep them safe.

Home-made Treats

Birthday treats may be brought to school, but because of food allergies all treats must be
pre-packaged and not home-made. Treats must all be 

The Howard-Winneshiek School Board adopted the following guidelines to preschool through 12th grade students for any type of food brought to school to share.
-Pre-packed, commercially prepared foods and bakery items are acceptable with an ingredient label on it.
-Properly washed fresh fruits and vegetables may be served.
-Non-food items are a suggestion for distribution at class parties, celebrations, etc.
-Classroom food preparation is allowed under supervision of the classroom teacher. 
If you send birthday treats, please make sure there are enough for the entire class. Suckers should not be sent due to safety reasons. Please do not send gum, as gum chewing is prohibited in elementary. Further, it is important to be respectful and observant of any student allergies and restrictions in sharing treats. 

In order to prevent hurt feelings, birthday invitations are not to be distributed at school unless each student is invited (all boys or all girls depending on the sex of the birthday child). The school recommends that overnight parties for students take place on non-school nights.

                                                 REMINDER . . .

We are a nut-free school. Do not send any peanut or other nut products to school with your child.

Bicycles may be ridden to school in the fall and spring. It is the parents' responsibility to make sure their children understand and obey the traffic safety rules. Bikes are to be walked on and off the school grounds and parked in or near the bike stands. Riding of bikes during recess is not permitted. We noticed that many students are not following bike safety rules when riding. Please review the rules with your child at home.

Students who have good attendance records are most likely to achieve high grades, enjoy school life to a greater degree, and have more employment opportunities after leaving school. The patterns of responsibility and self-discipline of regular attendance and promptness may be established for life by attention given them during the years of 
school attendance.

Parents must call the school each day if their child is going to be absent or tardy. If parents do not call, the school will attempt to contact the parents. Parents/guardians are encouraged to call prior to 8:00 a.m. to report absences. We do have an answering machine on at all hours to take your messages.

The school nurse, social worker, guidance counselor, and/or other community human resource personnel may receive referrals of students who have an unusually high rate of absenteeism. Students with questionable attendance records may also be referred to the County Attorney. If a student misses over half of the morning or over half of the afternoon (time wise) he/she is counted absent for that half day. 

ST Math
Have your children been talking about JiJi the penguin? She has entertained the students on screen while they work on their math and the students have amazed us with their math skills! This instructional software is designed to help all students reach math proficiency through self-paced, visual, mastery-based objectives. It is closely aligned to state and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and integrates with our core instruction. 
Topics Covered include:

Counting and Numbers
Understanding Addition and Subtraction
Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To
Foundations of Place Value
Shapes and Position
Sorting and Classifying
1st Grade
Addition and Subtraction
Place Value Concepts
Comparing Numbers
Equal Shares and Partitioning
Creating Composite Shapes
Measurement Concepts
2nd Grade
Place Value Bundles
Addition and Subtraction Situations
The Number Line
Equal Shares and Partitioning
Time and Money
Composing and Decomposing Numbers
3rd Grade
Multiplication and Division Situations and Relationships
Rounding and Place Value
Concepts of Area and Perimeter
Volume, Weight and Time
Number Patterns
4th Grade
Extending Place Value
Fraction Addition and Subtraction
Patterns in Number and Shape
Comparing and Rounding
Angles, Lines and Symmetry
Fractions and Decimal Notation
5th Grade
The Place Value System
Operations with Whole Numbers and Decimals
Fraction Multiplication and Division
The Coordinate Plane
Patterns and Relationships
Comparing and Rounding Decimals
6th Grade
Proportional Relationships
Fraction Division
Properties of Operations
Negative Numbers
Coordinates and Distances
Decimal Operations

The program currently serves over 800,000 students and 31,000 teachers in 2,500 schools across 40 states. 

School Concerts
Our elementary school concerts for the year have been planned, so mark your calendars--we hope to see you there!

December 21    5th/6th grade Christmas concert     7:00     High School Auditorium

March 31           3rd/4th grade concert     7:00     High School Auditorium

April 14             1st/2nd grade concert     7:00     High School Auditorium

May 5                Kindergarten performance     7:00     High School Auditorium

May 20              Elementary Talent show     7:00     High School Auditorium

Do you like working with children and helping them learn? Do you enjoy working in a high-energy, creative learning/working environment? If your answer is "YES" we need you!

Howard-Winn is looking for substitute teachers and associates to work in our classrooms. In the absence of the regular classroom teacher or associate you would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills that are required for curriculum lessons and providing meaningful instruction for our students in their classrooms. If interested please submit a letter of application and a resume to: Superintendent, 1000 Schroder Drive, Cresco, IA 52136

If you are a parent of a Crestwood Elementary School student we would like to invite you to be a part of a new Parent-Teacher Group that is forming this fall. If you would like to participate contact Kelly at (563) 387-7358 or

Monday, September 14   School Board Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 18      Grandparents Day for Kindergarten 2:30 p.m.
                                         Borlaug Fall Inspire Day for 5th grade

Sunday, September 20    Borlaug Meal Packaging Event

Monday, September 21    Teacher Inservice--No School  

Here's what we've been up to this week . . .

Kindergarten Science topic this week was the life cycle of the butterfly. The children learned the cycle: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. They are really looking forward to watching their final monarch caterpillar change into a beautiful butterfly. It is currently in the chrysalis stage. Emily our girl monarch butterfly emerged during resting time on Thursday. It was an exciting time in the classroom.

No comments:

Post a Comment