Monday, October 12, 2015

October 9 Preschool and Elementary

PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
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Time with your children is precious. There are many ways that you can make the most of the time that you have with your kids.

1. Put specific times on your calendar each week when you will spend time with your children. During that time, focus your love and attention on your child. 

2. Use car time to talk with your children. There's no phone or television to interfere. No one can get up and leave. And kids know they really have your ear. 

3. Plan to eat at least one meal together as a family each day. 

4. Look for things to do together as a family. Get everyone involved in choosing how to spend your time together. 

5. Try giving children television tickets. Each week, each child gets 20 tickets. Each ticket can be used for 30 minutes of TV time. Any tickets remaining at the end of the week can be cashed in for 25 cents each. Parents can still veto a certain program, of course.


Crestwood Elementary has many programs that are designed to meet students' individual needs. Some of these programs include:

Reading Recovery
This is a highly effective short-term intervention of daily lessons that supplement classroom instruction for low-achieving first graders.

Title 1-Reading Improvement
This is a federally funded program designed to give additional help to those students in the early grades who need to have their basic reading skills reinforced.

Special Education
This describes the education of students who have intellectual, physical, behavioral or emotional disabilities. Special education involves specially designed instruction tailored to the unique needs of each child. The federal law Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) ensures services to children with disabilities. Testing and evaluation data are used 
to determine whether a child is eligible for any of the above mentioned programs.


Teachers and students will not be called during class unless emergencies arise. Students must obtain permission from their teacher before using the telephone. The telephone should be used by students only for letting parents know they are staying after school or whatever their teacher thinks is important. The best time to contact teachers is immediately before and after school. Morning - 8:00-8:15 Afternoon - 3:30-4:00. The Crestwood Elementary phone number is: 563-547-2340.


Children may bring toys only if proper arrangements are made in advance with the classroom teacher. Generally, bringing toys to school is discouraged. There are times, however, when classroom teachers at the primary level may encourage their students to bring toys to share. TOY GUNS, KNIVES AND OTHER LOOK-ALIKE WEAPONS ARE BANNED FROM SCHOOL. BRINGING TOY WEAPONS OR LOOK-ALIKE WEAPONS WILL RESULT IN A MINIMUM OF ONE (1) DAY OF OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION,  AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO ADDITIONAL DISCIPLINARY ACTION.


The Howard-Winneshiek Schools want parents/guardians to feel welcome in our school and to witness the engaging activities taking place in our classrooms. The safety of our students is of utmost importance. All visitors, including parents, are required to report to the office to sign in. A visitor, at the discretion of the principal, may be required to present a photo ID. If you choose to visit your child during class time, the following procedures apply:

• The teacher must be notified at least 24 hours in advance and approve the timeframe in which a parent intends to visit their student’s classroom.

• Parents must sign in through the office. No person, other than the student’s parent/guardian will be allowed to see the student without the parent/guardian’s written permission or the parent/guardian being present.

• Classroom visits or observations are limited to 45 minutes per visit.

• Classroom visits or observations will be permitted as long as their duration and/or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment as determined by the principal.

• This policy does not apply to those who, by law, are permitted to visit with children.

• Younger brothers or sisters are NOT allowed to visit school unless accompanied by their parents. Children who visit alone with one of our students must be similar in age to the student they are visiting and must have teacher permission before doing so. 

• If you plan on eating lunch with your child please notify the office at least 24 hours in advance to allow the cooks to plan food amounts accordingly. 

• If you plan on visiting the school more than once we ask that you complete a background check.

• Remember the first two and the last two weeks are not the best times to visit classes.

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 our learning . . .

Preschool Insect Museum

Almost done!
 Drawings used as plans.
 3D insects made with a variety of art materials.
 “Book Reports” 
o Name of Insect
o What the Insect eats
o Where the Insect lives
o What I like about my Insect…

Preschool-Johnny Appleseed

In celebration of Johnny’s birthday, students created a “cooking pot” for their heads and planted grass-seed around the playground. They thought about planting apple seeds, but became a bit worried after discovering that ALL the apple seeds would turn into apple trees.

Transitional Kindergarten
The first week of October has been a busy one! Students have continued their Bits and Bots STEM study. They were introduced to the vocabulary words input and output. They used color codes to make Ozbot move and change to the corresponding color. Hands on explorations included Color Bug and Bee Bot to practice coding skills. The week started off with a visit from a local fire fighter. All students have been reviewing safety rules for home and school.

What a busy week they are having! The students are definitely showing their school spirit for homecoming dress up days. Tuesday was future career day. We had hunters, farmers, superheroes, race car drivers, football players, princesses, and police officers. Wednesday was crazy hat and sock day. The students definitely enjoyed showing-off their crazy hats and socks.

First Grade
Students are busy with the Daily 5 structure!! They have been choosing three rounds each day this week and have been reading with me during their 4th round daily!! Teachers love reading with each student daily, watching each child independently participate in reading and writing activities, and have structure and consistency to their literacy period each day.

 It's fire prevention week!

Second Grade

They were so excited when their caterpillars and wax worms arrived!

They began their first unit in science, Butterflies and Moths. Students were given cups with larvae from each. They were to use magnifying glasses to notice similarities and differences between the two. You can imagine the fun they had while learning!

Spraying the firehose during their trip to the fire station!

Third Grade
Homecoming week . . . Our future is so bright.... neon yellow was definitely the color of the day throughout the elementary school during neon dress-up day!

Students are continuing to build on the trait of ideas for writing. This week they read and started writing pattern stories. Everyone was excited to try and write a "Fortunately....Unfortunately" pattern book this week. 

Fourth Grade
Students in 4th grade are working on becoming more fluent readers. Each student has a binder filled with fluency passages. Everyday during a Daily 5 choice, he/she is to read into an iPad app called: Showbie. This records the students' voice and he/she then uploads the recording to a fluency folder that teachers have created. The same passage is read for the entire week. It's amazing to see the difference from the beginning of the week until the end!!

They've also been continuing on their journey learning about electricity and circuits.  We may have some future electricians in our midst.

Fifth Grade
Parents and other guest were invited to come to school to kick off the BOOK IT! reading program. BOOK IT! motivates children to read by rewarding their reading accomplishments with praise, recognition and pizza. The program is flexible because goals match reading ability, and fun because achieving a goal is a great reason to celebrate! BOOK IT! was created in 1984 and currently reaches over 14 million students in 38,000 elementary schools annually. The fifth grade students and their guests read together while enjoying snacks and a great book together!

Sixth Grade
Homecoming festivities have been the theme this week. To give the students a game experience at school, the sixth grade decided to have a "game day" on Homecoming Friday with friendly game board competitions. All students could bring board games from home that the students could play in the 6th grade classrooms. It was amazing to see the excitement on the rooms. Many students haven't taken the time to play board games in a long time, so they really enjoyed it. The students could also bring a snack and drink for their game day. It was a very fun day!

Monday, October 12            7:00 School Board Meeting  
Thursday, October 15          Chip Shoppe--Turn in orders
                                             6:30 Parent-Teacher Organization meeting in Discovery Center
Monday, October 19             NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice

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