Friday, September 18, 2015

September 18, 2015 Preschool & Elementary

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

Crestwood Elementary is a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) school. PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Each year the classroom teachers teach, model and practice our school expectations with their students. The students are expected to display Caring, Respectful, Responsible, and Trustworthy behavior. Students showing these traits are showing CADET PRIDE. Crestwood Elementary School is committed to maintaining a favorable academic atmosphere. Teachers are expected to create a positive learning climate for students in their classrooms and to maintain proper order. Students are expected to behave in the classroom in such a manner that allows teachers to effectively carry out their lesson plans and students to participate in classroom learning activities. Students are also expected to abide by all rules of behavior established by the school and the classroom teachers. We expect all students to be well-behaved. Your teachers, principal, and parents want you to play fairly, share with others, obey the rules, and do all of your work. Emphasis shall be placed upon the growth of the ability for the student to discipline himself/herself. 

The behavior expected from students at school is a combination of common courtesy and safety considerations. There are only a few special areas which require the application of very specific rules. The following types of conduct are never permissible.

 1. Fighting
 2. Defiance of school staff
 3. The use of profanity
 4. Refusal to prepare assignments or to participate in class
 5. Possession of weapons or other dangerous objects
 6. Possession or use of tobacco
 7. Possession or use of any controlled substance
 8. Gambling
 9. Vandalism

•No gum or candy in school unless it is a birthday or party treat.

The use of cell phones and electronic devices will be allowed during the school day for instructional purposes under the supervision of teachers in the classroom. Cell phones should remain in backpacks unless the student has been given permission from the teacher to use it. If a parent wishes to have their student use a cell phone to contact them, this needs to be done before or after school hours or with permission from a teacher or coach. Students found to use electronic devices inappropriately, shall be subject to disciplinary action, and in cases where a law may be violated, law enforcement 
may be contacted. Students need to remember that whatever they put on a personal electronic device could end up anywhere so they need to use the devices appropriately. Devices operated inappropriately shall be confiscated until a parent/guardian is contacted.

It is very important that every student maintain an up-to-date address and telephone number record 
at the school office. Notify the school immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number during the school year, or if you change places of employment.

Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Some limits are imposed related to health, safety, cleanliness, indecency, and/or the disruption of the educational process. 

Shoes must be worn in and around school at all times. Hats are not to be worn by students in the classroom unless the teacher has given permission. Students should remember that they will be going outside for recess year round, weather permitting. We hope that parents will send their children adequately dressed for outside play during the cold months with boots that can be removed or changed when entering the building. Additional clothing for this period should include hats with gloves or mittens and snow pants. Teachers will make every effort to ensure that the children wear clothing brought to school outside for recesses. 

Clothing that becomes a classroom or recess distraction is prohibited. Any clothing that 
causes damage or excessive maintenance to school property should not be worn. We DO NOT allow any shirts with alcohol, smoking or INAPPROPRIATE slogans on them. A student coming with such a shirt will be asked to turn it inside out or parents will be contacted. Students wearing articles of clothing or accessories that hinder the educational process will be required to change.

Substitute Teachers and Associates Needed
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

The Preschool students are excited to have started school and have already been very busy learning. Preschool for many students is their first experience in school, so they have been busy learning some of the basics: how to sit on the carpet and listen to the teacher, how to listen to a book while the teacher is reading, how to take part in a class discussion, and how to line up and walk down the hall in a line. They have also been busy learning how to share and play with others at centers and how the play on the playground. They have been very busy!

Transitional Kindergarten
The students have been excited that they now have “neighbors” in our hallways! The preschool joined the TK kids at the Crestwood Early Childhood Center. The TK students have been great models and helpers for these new students. They took pride in
being able to help the new preschool
students with the routines and rules.
Their science study on insects has included
looking for insects outdoors, recognizing the
differences between insects and spiders,
and learning to identify the parts of an insect
body. Students learned that insects have a
head, thorax, and abdomen.

The kindergarten students have been working really hard on their math skills. A new component of our math program this year is ST Math. ST Math is a math software program that includes game puzzles that start off simple and get more challenging as the students progress. As you can see they work really hard to learn the skill and help JiJi move across the gameboard.


First Grade
In math student have learned the rules for exploration. They learned how to share materials,
work together, and communicate with each 
other. They rotated through centers trying some of their math tools. They explored geoboards and made designs, pattern blocks and made different patterns and designs, built with base 10 blocks, and did ST math. They did a great job!

Second Grade
Second graders had a great time celebrating creativity today for International Dot Day! "The 
Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe." Ask your kids to tell you about the story and sing you the song they learned!

Third Grade
Plant and Animal Populations is their first topic of study in science. They have planted plants, observed a mystery object, and now are waiting (as patiently as they can) for some animal/plant visitors to their classrooms. Stay tuned . . .

Fourth Grade
It's test time already--yes we've been in school long enough to already be taking tests. Here is what one class of 4th graders saw as they entered their room . . . 
They have already moved on to their next unit. They are working with rounding numbers and talking about place value and how these two concepts go hand-in-hand.   

Fifth Grade
The Fifth Graders had an awesome time at the Borlaug Farm. They were very busy with many different activities:

1)  Food Packaging - helping out others who are hungry!
2) Insect Zoo!
3) Water Rocks!
4) Doughnuts into Spinning Wheels!
5) LUNCH - sack lunch from school:)
6) Norman's One-Room School House!
7) Iowa Floods!
8) Walking the Path (prairie fields)!
9) Renewable Future! 

There were many other schools enjoying this exciting time with them: Notre Dame, South-Winn, Osage, and more!

Sixth Grade
Sixth grade students have a planner this year to record any homework assignments or upcoming events. Parents help keep the students aware of homework as they ask to see the planner and help them to keep track of any assignments that are due. Sixth grade students are showing they are responsible and have been bringing their iPads home every night. The expectation is that the students charge their iPads at home at night so they will be ready for school the next day. Teachers recommend that the students find a safe place to charge their iPad and to check that the iPad is charging. Teachers have also talked to the students about how their devices are a learning tool.  

They should not be using the device for other purposes. Digital Citizenship is also a topic that the students will continue to learn a lot about this year.

Monday, September 21        No School--Teacher Inservice
Thursday, September 24     6th Grade Environmental Day Field Trip

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