Friday, October 2, 2015

October 2 Preschool & Elementary

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

Reading Aloud

Reading aloud to children is one of the most important things that you can do to support their language and literacy skills. No matter what their age, reading aloud to them is the key to creating life-long readers. Children who come to school with a large vocabulary and knowledge of words are much more successful. Why is that? If you think about it, in the early years of school, almost all instruction is oral. In kindergarten and first grade, some kids aren’t reading yet, or they are just starting, so it’s all about the teacher talking to the kids. This isn’t just true in reading but in all subjects; the teacher isn’t telling kids to open their textbooks and read chapter three. The teaching is oral and the kids with the largest vocabularies have an advantage because they understand most of what the teacher is saying. The kids with small vocabularies don’t get what is going on from the start, and they’re likely to fall further and further behind as time goes on. You can prepare your child for a more successful school experience by reading aloud to them as often as possible. Many parents find a great way to wrap up the day is by sharing a read-aloud story with their child. Start a lifelong habit with your child today by sharing a book. Read Aloud America has some great book suggestions: 

Parents and students don't forget that there is NO SCHOOL on MONDAY, October 5th.

Some exciting things are happening in music. Recently Mr. Bieber has been
working with 5th and 6th grade students who would like to audition for the OPUS honor choir. This is a huge honor and very few students make it. Mr. Bieber was very impressed to see about 15 students who came in during recess to practice each week as well as using CDs at home to practice. All students coming in had beautiful voices and really improved as singers through this process. Three students really took all the practicing seriously and put in a lot of time. They were the best auditions. They recorded a superb audition and their recordings were submitted to the OPUS judges. The students auditioning were Haley Norby-Sill (5th grade),Chance Carter (6th grade) and Teryn Lukes (5th grade). The students now have to wait to hear back from the judge regarding whether or not they made it. Good Luck!

Money and Other Valuables
There is no reason for elementary students to bring large sums of money, electronic devices or other valuables to school as theft or loss may occur. If a student is found to have in his/her possession a large sum of money or other valuables, parents will be contacted to come to school to pick up the money or valuables. The school is not responsible for damaged, lost or stolen items.
Recess and the Playground
Recess provides a great opportunity for students to get a little exercise, socialize with friends, and run off a little energy. Our goal is for the students to have fun and stay safe. To stay safe we would like to remind everyone of the rules for behavior at recess:

Students are to remain on the play field, blacktop area or playground area during outdoor recess. When the grass or rock area is muddy, the area will be off-limits. Misuse or destruction of playground equipment will not be allowed. Students will have supervised free time in the classroom on days when bad weather prevents outside recess. School staff will supervise the playground beginning at 7:45 a.m. An adult is on the playground during regularly scheduled breaks. The playground is not supervised after school and students are expected to leave for home immediately following dismissal.

1. All students are to go outside unless your teacher gives you permission to stay inside. Students must have written permission from home if they are to stay inside because of illness.

2. All students are to remain within the boundaries of the playground. No student is to leave the playground area without permission from the teacher on duty. Do not play in the parking areas or the street. If a ball rolls into the street, you must tell the teacher on duty.

3. There is no fighting, wrestling, swearing, or rough play on the playground.

4. There is no throwing of snowballs or rocks on school grounds.

5. Do not climb on the fence, backstop, buildings, or trees.

6. Students are required to play within the areas designated by the recess supervisor.

7. Students are not to play elimination, dodge ball, battleball, bumper cars, or any other similar type games.

8. Students are not allowed to bring knives, cigarette lighters, matches, roller skates, roller blades, heelies, scooters, baseballs, softballs, super-balls, or toy guns to school.

9. There is no tackle football allowed on the playgrounds.

10. Students are not to be on top of or outside of the tube slides.

Releasing Student from School
Any student leaving the school at any time other than dismissal time must be released through the office and needs written permission from a parent/guardian before leaving the school. If a child is to leave school in a way other than which he/she is accustomed to, he/she must have written permission. Going home with another student or staying in town are examples of children leaving school other than in the accustomed manner.

Annual Fundraiser
The students brought home this week their Chip Shoppe fundraising envelopes. Money from the fundraiser goes to support field trips and supplies for school. Order forms and money are due back to school by Thursday, October 15th. Any items sold will be delivered to school on Thursday, November 5th from 3:00 to 5:30, so add that date to your schedule to pick up your items.

Thanks for your support!

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

A look at learning . . .


Monday, October 5             No School--Teacher Inservice  
Wednesday, October 7       Fire Drill         6:00 District Advisory Meeting
Friday, October 9                HOMECOMING--10:30 Pep Rally--3 hour early dismissal--


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