Friday, September 4, 2015

September 4, 2015

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

Arrival and Dismissal

School begins each day at 8:15. Students who are eating breakfast may begin eating at 7:45. Please do not drop off your child or send them to school until 7:45, as there is no supervision until that time. School is dismissed at 3:20/3:25 each day. Dismissal time may be a bit chaotic with all the parents who pick up children at that time. Please be patient when picking up your children as there are a lot of students coming out of the building at the same time. We ask that you drive slowly through our loop and be on the lookout for children crossing the street. Thank you in advance for your help in making dismissal time safe.

Fall School Pictures

Elementary pictures will be on Tuesday, September 8th.

Cresco PreSchool and Transition Kindergarten pictures will be Thursday, September 10th.

Lime Springs Preschool pictures will be on Friday, September 11th.

How Much Sleep Does my Child Need?

You may be like many other parents, now that school has started and you are trying to get your kids into a routine you are wondering what time they should go to bed.

Every child is a bit different in the amount of sleep that they need, but this chart can be helpful as you think about your child, your bedtime routine, what time they need to get up, and what will help them to wake up ready to go.

Student Teacher

Mrs. Midthus's Third Grade classroom is hosting a student teacher this fall. Mr. Hable is a senior at Upper Iowa University. He is excited to be working with students and watching them grow in their learning. In his free time he enjoy being outside, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends, and playing with his dog. Welcome Mr. Hable!

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

Parent-Teacher Group

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. There will be a planning session on Wednesday, September 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center at the elementary.

Preschool Open House

Preschool students got to bring their parents to their classroom open house this week. During the event, the children got to do many fun activities. They found their name tag in the classroom and decorated it with stickers.

They learned where the bathroom was and washed their hands before they made a special snack that looked like a ladybug. They put their supplies away and returned their parent's homework. They got their picture taken by the teacher.

Transitional Kindergarten

Our transitional kindergarten students started the school year at the same time as our K-12 students. They had the opportunity to get to know their classroom routines and begin learning before the preschool students that they share the building with started school. The students got to know each other, had their first specials, and learned the routines of the new school year. Their teacher, Mrs. Marr, is already gathering baseline data on academics and sharing that information with parents.

Students have been using their pencil boxes during work times. Much of their writing work will be done with a pencil. Holding a pencil at the bottom with a correct grip is something that parents can work on at home. The students are also working on name writing. One of the first skills they will work to master is writing first names. 

Each week students will work on letters. They will practice the Jolly Phonics song, practice writing the letter, and look for the letter in print. Their first letter was S.


Kindergarten has begun their Jolly Phonics program. They have already learned the Jolly Phonics sounds s, a, and t. The Jolly Phonics sound book was sent home to help the students practice at home. This book has the songs for all 42 of the Jolly Phonics sounds. 

They have also been doing "getting to know each other" activities. During centers they decorated owls for "who's in kindergarten". They were also able to go to their play center, LEGOS, Lincoln Logs, writing center, puzzles, and iPads. They are working really hard at learning their new center routine and following the rules.




First Grade

Our first graders have been on a mission to show their teachers what great readers they are. They are reading, reading, reading . . .  They have been working on building their stamina to read for longer periods of time. They have proven to be working hard at it, as their sustained minutes have been steadily increasing.

During math, the students learned a math game called Monster Squeeze. They made number lines and monsters. They pick a number and their partner tries to guess the number. They move their monsters to let their partner know what numbers their number is in between. They also worked on how to work with a partner.

Second Grade

Math activities have been a lot of fun for these students as they work on their skills playing math games with a partner and using dominos for practicing facts.

Third Grade

Bubble Bonanza!  

On Friday, August 28th, third graders enjoyed their first STEM Challenge Day. They participated in a Bubble Bonanza. This STEM curriculum comes from the Engineering is Elementary Program and was purchased through a grant from the Governor’s STEM program. Third graders enjoyed observing and playing with bubbles while studying the engineering process. They learned that engineers ask questions, imagine ideas, make a plan, create a design, and then improve on their design. Students first asked questions and experimented with bubbles to try to find out what bubbles could and couldn’t do. Then teams were challenged to design their own bubble wand out of a variety of materials. Teams then spent time evaluating how their wand worked and making improvements on it.  
Finally each team presented their bubble wand to the class. By the looks of things, we have a lot of future engineers in the third grade!

Fourth Grade

This week was their first "science day" of the year! Students had a blast learning about and creating electrical circuits! But it wasn't just science skills that we were working on... problem solving skills were used all day long! Each science lesson presented a challenge to students. They were then given a selection of materials and had to come up with a group plan, try to create an answer to the challenge using their materials, decide if their plan was correct, and attempt the challenge again if necessary. Although they didn't know it, these kiddos were beginning the scientific method! 
It is awesome to hear how students understand the concepts taught and can explain it in their own words!!!  

Fifth Grade

Our fifth grade classrooms seem to be bursting at the seams with both excitement and students. The energy level of the students as they tackle their learning is fun to watch. They are engaged and active in their learning. The students and teachers are doing a wonderful job with their large class sizes. We have developed an additional resource to help with literacy instruction for our fifth grade students. Mrs. Knobloch, who is one of our JH teachers, will be taking a group of fifth grade students for their literacy block instruction. This will enable us to provide the students with a smaller group for instruction. Mrs. Knobloch has a wide variety of instructional experience that lends itself well to this opportunity. We welcome her as part of our fifth grade team!

Sixth Grade

Our sixth graders have made their transition to the JH wing of the building very smoothly. 
They have been working on getting to know each other and getting to know their teachers. Many students are excited about the opportunity to switch teachers for many subjects.  

They have learned that being responsible is key, as they have to remember to bring all of their supplies to each class and they have to remember their assignment.  

Budgeting their time is also a skill that they are working on, as it is important to get their work completed by the deadline.  
In the few short weeks that we have been in school we have already noticed an improvement in these skills!


Monday, September 7         Labor Day--No School
Tuesday, September 8        1st Day of Preschool
                                            Elementary Pictures
                                            School Board Elections
Wednesday, September 9   Cresco Preschool Pictures
                                            Elementary Parent-Teacher Group meeting @6:30
Thursday, September 10     Cresco Preschool and TK Pictures
                                             4th Grade Field Trip to Hayden Prairie
                                             Special Ed Parent Meeting @7:00
                                             Kessel Kids 25th Anniversary & dedication of Natural           
                                              Open House from 4:00-7:00
Friday, September 11           Fall Fitness Day
                                              Lime Springs Preschool Pictures

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