Friday, February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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


Here's how we are celebrating . . .


Would you like your child to be more responsible, hardworking, and persistent? Raising responsible kids is a challenge. You want your child to clean her room, but it’s a disaster. You ask your child to put his clothes into the hamper, but instead they’re strewn all over his room. How can you get your child to take responsibility when he or she refuses to accept it?

Tips for all parents...
• Know that teaching kids responsibility takes a long time. Don’t expect sudden miracles. Continue to talk and teach about responsibility as your child grows.
• Make sure your child feels the consequences of not taking responsibility (instead of you feeling the consequences). For example, if your child refuses to place his clothes in the hamper to be washed, leave them on the floor of his room. Shut the door. Don’t wash the clothes. When your child panics about not having clean clothes, show him the way to the washer and dryer.
• Resist the temptation to rescue your kids when they suffer the consequences of not taking responsibility. If your teenager calls from the library in the middle of winter wanting a ride home because she’s cold and she didn’t wear a coat, empathize with her situation, but don’t bail her out (unless, of course, it could be a life threatening situation). Something as simple as a walk in cold, brisk weather can teach a child the benefits of wearing a coat in the winter.
• Talk less. Kids often refuse to take responsibility because they know their parents will keep reminding them to do so. Be clear that you’ll give ONE reminder, and then it’s up to them.
• Lead by example. Remember that lessons in responsibility always start with you! If your child hears you saying one thing and then doing the opposite, your kids will be more likely to follow your example rather than follow your command.

For parents with children ages birth to 5
• Break responsibilities into small, easy-to-do tasks that are age appropriate for young children. For example, keep a laundry basket or bucket handy for your child to place his or her toys in when picking them up off the floor.
• Be responsible together. For example, everyone in the family can help to set the table. You can set the dishes, glasses, and breakable items, while your child places a napkin next to each plate. Older preschoolers can learn how to place knives, forks, and spoons.
• Monitor young children when they’re practicing responsibility. You can help to keep them on task and keep them focused from distractions.

For parents with children ages 6–9
• Consider having time-frames for responsibilities. For example, maybe you say that kids can’t watch TV until they’ve picked up their room or completed their homework first. They’re more likely to get their responsibilities done if they know they get to do something that they really want to do afterward.
• Let kids be kids, but also expect them to take responsibility for their age. It can be a tricky balance, but there is a balance between too many and no responsibilities.
• Talk about how important responsibilities are. For example, ask your kids: “If I didn’t take the responsibility of cooking dinner, what would happen? What if someone didn’t take out the garbage for a month?”

For parents with children ages 10–15
• Focus on kids actions—not their reactions—to responsibility. Some will complain every step of the way, but will finish their responsibilities, while others will say, “I’m getting to it” but never complete the task at hand.
• If you’re wary of the tension in your home around trying to get your teenager to take responsibility, take a time out and take some time for yourself.
• Consider having a “family responsibility time” where everyone needs to be home to complete his or her responsibilities. Some families find that Saturday mornings are a good time.Don’t allow anyone to leave until all the responsibilities are done—and done well.
• Slowly increase your child’s responsibilities as he or she ages. Many kids at this age can begin to mow lawns, baby sit, and perform other responsibilities. Teach them how to handle responsibilities well, monitor them, and let them gradually master their skills.
Source: Parent Further


What Does the Research Say about iPads in the Classroom?

iPads are a hit with students and teachers here at Crestwood, as well as many other schools. But do they really have an impact on our instruction and our student learning? The research says YES! Several recent studies have all supported the use of iPads to enhance the classroom experience and learning.

  • Research says that iPads can improve classroom learning
  • Research says iPads improve student engagement
  • Research says that iPads have the potential to level the playing field for all students
Source: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

Crestwood Parent-Teacher Organization
Our Crestwood PTO met on Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Center at the Elem/JH building.  The group is talking about an upcoming reading event at the elementary.  If you would like to be a part of this event please contact Kelly Olson Jessen at (563) 387-7358 or

We would love to have anyone attend tour PTO 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.  The next meeting is on Tuesday, March  at 6:30 p.m.

A huge thank you to Girl Scouts from Troop 75 for offering free babysitting during our Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. Many parents appreciated this free service and the kids had a lot of fun!


Preschool & Kindergarten Round-Up
Preschool 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 materials 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.  

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 Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO sponsored a Classroom Redemption Collection. Congratulations to Mrs. Mahr's classroom for taking 1st place in the contest.

The PTO is still collecting things so be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

Our Learning This Week.....

The preschoolers are enjoying their new study on dental health. The students have learned some new vocabulary words about teeth. Students explored using these different kinds of teeth by taking bites of a soft banana and hard carrot. Students were also excited to visit the real dentist’s office (Oak Creek Dental).

Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten students check out fossils with magnifying glasses. Students sorted fossils into categories using classification charts. 

Talking about how to make our writing neat in Kindergarten 

Guest Reader in KD

Sledding Fun

First Grade
Working on turnaround facts today in 1st grade

Learning the difference between math facts and math problems 

Author Skype with Deborah Guarino author of Is Your Mama A Llama?

Second Grade
Fabulous fairy tale plays to show off our fluency and expression skills! 

Shopping at the Cadet Pride Store with money they've made by reading their books each night.

Third Grade
Working on portfolios for student-led conferences

Using Google slides for student portfolios--practicing our presentations

Testing bridge design as part force and motion unit

Exploring where to put the fulcrum while learning about the lever, a simple machine 

Fourth Grade
Using Kahoot to do a mid-unit review of the Southwest region of the United States!

This future paleontologist has a passion for rocks!

Fifth Grade
Guest reader today in 5th grade talking about poetry 

Officer Hollenbeck with our 5th grade discussing risks and consequences in DARE class

5B Cadets using to chat with their Luther College Literacy partners

Sixth Grade
Future Cities- The world will be in good hands when students take over. 

Winning Chariot Team, but all chariots and crews are true champions who created fantastic machines.

Cadet Power
K-1 students accessed read aloud links in the library website and enjoyed listening to reading. 

Reading Rocks!

It's time for our Cadet Store--it pays to be great! 

Using Doodle Buddy in music class to identify notes and their place on the staff 

Music Bingo Smartboard Style! 


Wednesday, March 2     6:00 District Advisory Meeting in Discovery Center
Thursday, March 3         5:30 1st Grade Parent Night
Monday, March 7           No School--Teacher Inservice
Tuesday, March 8          PTO meeting 6:30 in Discovery Center
March 7-18                     Iowa Assessments

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