Friday, December 4, 2015

December 4 Preschool & Elementary


PK-6 Principal
Sara Grimm
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The Holidays are a time for . . . GIVING!

The holiday season is a great time to teach your children about giving. Helping them to see
what it is like to help others and make their holiday season brighter. There are many ways that you can teach them this powerful lesson.
Five Ways to Get Going on Giving

  1. Remember the 2 Gs: gratitude and giving. You can't have one without the other. They go hand-in-hand. Giving kids a chance to help others is how they learn to appreciate what they have. (Children who appreciate what they have are not only happier people, they are less likely to whine and moan for every last item they see in the mall!)
  2. Everything you do can help.  Small acts of kindness are forms of giving that send the same message to children as a trip to a soup kitchen. ("Our family cares about others.")
  3. Let kids decide how to give. You may think that helping the homeless or contributing to the fight against cancer are the most important ways to make a difference. Your 5-year-old may want to donate more money to the zoo so that the lions will have a bigger supper. The type of giving matters less than the opportunity to empower kids, to let them "own" the act of giving.
  4. Be concrete. Dropping coins into a collection pail can indeed make a difference, but most young children, rooted in concrete thinking, can't understand where the money goes beyond the pail. Take as many steps into the act of giving as you can. In other words, although it's easier for you to write a check, it's easier for kids to "see" what they're doing when they buy items to donate with you, then deliver them to a food bank, and put them directly on the shelves. 
  5. Give non-material gifts. Making donations is a wonderful way to give, but children can make a valuable contribution just by spending time talking with an elderly neighbor. Make sure they understand the value of "gifts of time" by asking questions like, "Which do you think meant more, the groceries we delivered today or the nice time we had talking with the woman who needed the food?" Follow-up chats are an "emotional bookmark." By marking the moment and talking about it with kids you're helping them to see the value of spending time. And you're giving them a chance to spend it, to give themselves away.

Holiday Concerts

The 5th and 6th grade bands are excited to share their music at their Holiday Concert on Thursday, December 10th at 7 p.m. in the Crestwood High School Auditorium.

The 5th grade band can't wait for their big debut! They will be playing short tunes including some holiday melodies you are sure to recognize and a few of their class favorites. They have learned so much in a few short months!

The 6th grade band has been working hard on some festive music to perform. Their favorite is "Diary of a Grumpy Elf" which will be complete with a visit from our special guest, Leon the Elf!

The 5th and 6th grade Christmas vocal concert is set to take place on Monday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. The 5th and 6th graders have been working very hard to put together a program that mimics one of a traditional choral setting with a twist. The music they are performing is all holiday music, but is inspired by holiday films. You should recognize some of these favorites and the kids have a blast singing them. 

The Best Children's Books to Give This Year

Lindsey Moon and Charity Nebbe write a blog and they got recommendations from Kate Rattenborg from Dragonfly Books in Decorah and Barb Stein of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City about the best new books for young readers.

Board books:
Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks
The Napping House Board Book by Audrey Wood
Poetry and Songs and Mother Goose
Sail Away by Ashley Bryan
Snuggle up with Mother Goose by Iona Opie
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
I Wish You More by Amy Krous Rosenthal and Tom Litchenheld
Little Tree by Lauren Long

Picture Books
North Woods Girl by Aimee Bissonette, illustrated by Claudia McGehee
The Turnip by Jan Brett
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! By Todd Tarpley
Felix Stands Tall by Rosemary Wells.
Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter
The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood
The Little Snowplow by Loran Koehler and Jake Parker
A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston, illustrated by Sylvia Long
Big Bear Little Chair by Lizzie Boyd
Welcome Home Bear: a Book of Animal Habitats by Il Sung Na

Transitional Chapter Books
James to the Rescue by Elise Broach
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo
Ruffleclaw by Cornelia Funke
Hilo 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi
Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Decawoo Drive, Volume Two
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and LeUyen Pham
How to Hug an Elephant #6
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection by Stephen Pastis

Chapter books:
The Case of the Missing Moonstone (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, Book 1) by Jordan Stratford and Kelly Murphy
The Bamboo Sword by Magi Preus
Look both ways in the Barrio Blanco by Judith Robbins Rose.
Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Helget

Biography:
Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter by Barbara Herkert
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker by Robbie Robertson
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri and His World of Insects by Mathew Smith

Nonfiction:
I Don’t Like Snakes by Nicola Davies
Finding Winnie: The True Story of The World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick
Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out by Laura Overdeck

Fiction:
The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch

Teens:
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Ash and Bramble by Sarah Prineas

The LaCrosse Children's Theatre

You are never too small to make a big difference. That was the theme this week when the La Crosse Community Theatre brought to the Howard-Winneshiek auditorium stage E. B. White’s story of a little mouse on a big adventure with its Theatre for Young Audiences production of Stuart Little.

The cast included Brianna Herber (Stuart Little), Ken Brown (Mr. Little and others), Stacy Bruemmer (Mrs. Little and others), Ryan Puffer (Snowbell and others) and Amy Anderson (Margalo and others).



THE NED SHOW


On Friday our K-6 students were treated to a school-wide character education program that centered around a 45 minute assembly called The NED Show. NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. NED is simple, relatable and kid-focused.
Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best

After the assembly, our teachers will have access to an extensive collection of resources to incorporate into their character education lessons in the classroom to promote a culture of kindness and excellence at your school. We were amazed at all the things the presenter could do with a YoYo.

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


Classroom Redemption Contest

The Crestwood Cadet PTO is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Contest. The classroom that brings in the most redemption items (boxtops, labels for education and milk moola) between now and January 29th, will win a class party. Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out town & in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.


Our Learning This Week.....

Preschool

In their celebration before Thanksgiving, each student was able to choose to be a Native American or Pilgrim for the  'First Thanksgiving" meal. Hope you all had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving Fun -- Students practiced writing letters in Cool whip (shaving cream) in pie tins, counted and compared Turkeys (worked on more & less), played alphabet Turkey Bingo and made turkeys with playdoh and feathers.


Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten students are getting back into routine after the break. Science investigations continue to focus on states of matter. This week they focused on vocabulary words prediction and absorb.

In December students will extend what they have learned about maps and communities. They will be planning and creating a model of a community.



Kindergarten
Kindergarteners have been working on the theme “What makes a home?” They focused on the question, “Why do we need a home?” They also read the story titled Lunch by Denise Fleming. The children discussed how authors write about things they like to eat. As a class, the children generated a list of their favorite foods. Then from the list the students created their own stories.


First Grade
In math this class worked on measuring. They discussed things they can measure with and they even worked with a partner to measure things in the room with their fingers, hands, feet, and arm spans.



Students worked on reading temperatures and moving temperatures to the correct degree.

Second Grade
Students have begun working on subtraction strategies. They played the game Bump to practice their first strategy, minus 0.

Classes are getting close to publishing their personal narratives in writing! During this unit, students have learned how to focus on a very small moment in their lives, write a story with a beginning (including a catchy introduction sentence), a middle and an end (with a strong concluding sentence) and add interesting details. They held peer conferences with their personal narratives, where they shared their writing with a peer and gave them compliments, questions and suggestions about their writing. Then, each student revised their writing based on the feedback from their peer! What a great way to help them reflect and grow as writers!

Can't beat good partners working cooperatively together, practicing their math skills.



Third Grade

Here students are pictured as they ended the day a bit STICKY as they created their landform islands as part of our study of geography in social studies. They are excited to work on them more now that they have dried.

One class planted a gift. Brooke's grandmother gave the class an Amaryllis Red Lion! Students can't wait to watch it grow, measuring it as it does, and turning into a beautiful red flower. Look on their facebook page for weekly pics of the plant. This will be a fun way to measure as it grows!

Fourth Grade
All I want for Christmas is....... Students in 4C discussed different ways to write and that writing a list is another form of writing. They also were able to use their ipads to see the latest and greatest of popular items they're wanting from Santa.

Fourth grade will be conducting S.T.E.M. activities before winter break. They are in need of toilet paper/paper towel/ gift wrap tubes and cardboard food boxes. They are also looking for some used terra cotta clay pots roughly 4 inch in diameter (give or take). These will be broken and cannot be returned. If you happen to have these items around the house and can help them out, please drop them off in the office.

Students continue working with fractions and decimals! They were able to deepen their understanding using a base ten app. In the app, students use manipulatives on their iPads to represent a fraction. They used longs to represent the denominator, and cubes to represent the numerator. They then turned each fraction into a decimal using their newly learned place values tenths, hundredths and thousandths. They even began building some background knowledge for reducing fractions and making "like" fractions!



Fifth Grade
This class is definitely enjoying their reading. The have the opportunity to participate in "Coffee Talks". Students chose a book to read with a group of classmates. They are assigned some pages to read and the next day they have a "Coffee talk" with their group and the teacher and they discuss the book. The students were very reflective and intuitive, relating many things from the stories to their own lives, doing a bit of research as they read to be more informed, and making predictions about what they thought would happen in the story.

Sixth Grade
These students finished their final book club meeting in 6th grade. It was wonderful to hear the students explain how much they loved reading their novel. Wonderful engagement of students sharing their thoughts and feelings about the novel they were reading.


Have your students been talking about Whole Body Listening? Many of the elementary teachers have been working on helping students focus so that their full attention is on the speaker. Focusing their attention helps students to engage more and enables more powerful learning.




REMINDERS
December 10                 7:00 5th and 6th Grade Band Concert
December 14                 7:00 School Board Meeting in Chester
December 21                 7:30 5th and 6th Grade Vocal Concert
December 22                 Elementary Big Blast

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