Friday, February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

It is our hope that you will find this contract and expectations useful in supporting your child as they work to increase their literacy skills.  Together we can create a positive learning environment for your child and help them to succeed.
Literacy is a focus of our elementary teachers this year.  We have been working hard to develop a system of supports for our learners who struggle with literacy.  The Early Literacy legislation that was put into place statewide has helped to guide our system of supports.  We are again implementing a Reading Contract for Students, Parents, Teachers and Principals.  Students who have been determined to be substantially deficient (meaning that they did not meet our benchmark score on our FAST literacy assessment during two testing periods) will have a reading contract.  Parents will receive this contract during parent-teacher conferences.

This contract recognizes the important roles and responsibilities of the student, parents, teachers and principals in working together to support a student’s progress and success in reading.  As such, we commit to:
●      Respecting school staff, students, parents, administrators and community.
●      Being excited about literacy, reading and learning to read.

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) commit to:
To support my child in learning to read, I will:
●      Invite my child to read with me every day.
●      Stop and ask about the pictures and about what is happening in the story.
●      Read from a variety of children’s books.
●      Talk with my child’s teacher about my child’s reading progress.
●      Discuss stories we have read together.
●      Ask my child questions about what was read.

Student(s) commit to:
In my job of learning to read I will:
●      Go to the library and check out books.
●      Read aloud to my parents.
●      Read aloud to my pets or stuffed animals.
●      Learn new words.

Teacher(s) commit to:
Working with students, I will:
●      Clearly state the goals for reading achievement.
●      Share the high expectations for reading with all participants.
●      Communicate with students our classroom plans for reaching our goals.
●      Share assessments used to monitor children’s progress.
●      Focus on reading and writing.
●      Work toward Parental Involvement as supporting their children’s reading and homework.

Principal(s) commit to:
In my work leading the school, I will:
●      State clearly the goals for reading achievement.
●      Share the high expectations for reading with all participants.
●      Articulate instructional means for attaining our goals.
●      Share assessments used to monitor children’s progress.
●      Focus on reading and writing.
●      Work toward Parental involvement as supporting their children’s reading and homework.

We encourage you to talk to your child's teacher about your concerns
a. Make sure you have written down your concerns before the meeting.
b. Ask the teacher what he/she has observed about your child’s academic
c. Ask questions such as – 
     -Do you think my child is having trouble with reading? 
     -What specific trouble is my child having? 
     -What can I do to help my child at home? 
     -What can be done to help my child in class?
     -How is my child reading compared to other students? 
     -Is my child receiving any additional help in reading? 
     -Do you think my child would benefit from additional help in reading?
d. Work with your child’s teacher to develop a plan for supporting your
child’s reading needs. This may include things you’ll work on at home
but should also include help in school.    

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Sara Grimm

Preschool & Kindergarten Round-Up

Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, and Kindergarten registration for the Howard-Winneshiek Community School District is scheduled for the week of February 29-March 4. 

Preschool – A student entering preschool must be 4 years old on or before September 15, 2016.  Preschool classes will be held at the Cresco Early Childhood Center and Lime Springs/Chester Elementary School for 2016-2017.  Preschool parents (Cresco and Lime Springs) will receive and return preschool packets at a Spring Parent Meeting.  No forms will be mailed out at this time.

Kindergarten – A student entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 15, 2016. Current preschoolers enrolled in a Howard-Winneshiek program will receive kindergarten registration material at Parent Teacher Conferences.  New Kindergarten students to the district will receive their packet by mail after calling the elementary office.

It's time for Preschool and Kindergarten Registration For the 2016-2017 School Year.

Parents may register any time during this week by calling the Cresco Elementary Office and speaking with the secretary – Linda Middlebrook    563-547-2340. 
(Try to call or stop in during the following hours:  9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m.)  

Parents should feel free to contact any of the schools concerning other questions they might have.

"A child without an education is like a bird without wings." ~~ Tibetan Proverb

Crestwood Parent-Teacher Organization
The next meeting for our Crestwood PTO is Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center at the Elem/JH building.  The group will be talking about an upcoming reading event at the elementary.  The PTO is also thinking about starting event recycling and details will be shared regarding upcoming painting parties.  We would love to have anyone attend the meeting who is interested in joining, it is always a good time to get involved with our group.  The PTO is a great way to make connections with the teachers, administrators and other parents.

Global School Play Day

Last week Crestwood Elementary participated in Global School Play Day 2016 (GSPD.) GSPD is celebrated at schools around the world. Students got to spend some time involved in unstructured play.  Our students brought in things to play with on this very special day including card games, board games, Legos, puzzles, dress-up clothes, sports equipment, playdough, arts and crafts, matchbox cars and dolls.  No electronic games or any toys requiring batteries were permitted.  Students enjoyed the play day activities and they learned to appreciate many different types of activities that many haven't taken the time to experience before.


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. This is done so that we are aware of all the people in the building and also so that our staff and students know that you have checked in at the office and that you are ok to be in the building.  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.

Reminder for Parents and Visitors

If you come into the school, our doors are locked. You must ring the doorbell and be buzzed into the building by the office staff. You must check in to the office each time you enter the building. This is required for the safety of our students.

Cold and Flu Season

The cold and flu season is upon us. If your child experiences any flu-like symptoms, we ask that they stay home from school. They may return to school 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol. If your child is vomiting, they need to have been able to keep food down for 12 hours prior to returning to school (so vomiting the night before, no breakfast and returning to school is not acceptable). Teachers are prepared to help students catch up upon their return.                                                          

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.

Parents and students don’t forget there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15th because of the President's Day holiday.

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 and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

Our Learning This Week.....


February 15       No School (President's Day)
February 22       One Hour Early Out/Parent-Teacher Conferences
February 25       One Hour Early Out/Parent-Teacher Conferences

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