Friday, March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

March is National Read Aloud Month. Research shows that reading aloud with children is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning. Reading aloud to your child at least 15 minutes a day starting at birth can help your child start successfully on their learning journey. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Some important tips to help:
1.  Get excited. Your enthusiasm will get your child excited too. 
2.  Read with expression. Go ahead and use funny voices or make sound effects. Your child will love it. 
3.  Point to the pictures and talk about them. Compare things to your child and their life.
4.  Kids can be squirmy. Have them help hold the book, it will keep them more interested.
5.  Let your child turn the pages, run your finger under the words as you read occasionally, this will give your child a sense of how books work. 
6.  Talk about the pictures. This will help your child learn more about the story. 
7.  Make reading a habit by incorporating it into your everyday routine. This will help your child see the value of reading for pleasure and enjoyment. 
8.  Build your home library. Read lots of different books to your child, but be prepared some will probably become favorites and you will get to read them over and over.
9.  Enjoy the time with your child.

Do you read to your kids?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends daily reading aloud from birth to grow vocabulary and promote healthy brain development. Despite widespread agreement among parents that reading aloud has an “extremely positive” impact on brain development, a new survey conducted by YouGov for the non-profit Read Aloud 15 MINUTES found that fewer than half of parents (46%) read aloud with their children every day, and only 34% do so for at least 15 minutes.

Even among those who do read aloud daily, few begin from birth — as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. And while six in 10 (62%) parents have received the advice to read aloud to their children 15 minutes every day starting from birth, only 8% actually do.

We believe that we will see a drastic change in school readiness and school achievement if children are read to more often and given opportunities to read at home.  Students are exposed to many different types of books and authors at school and we are working to build a strong home reading connection for our students.

To learn more or to participate in March Read Aloud Month, visit


Sara Grimm

How Much Sleep Does my Child Need?

You may be like many other parents, you want to make sure that your child is well rested and ready for school each day.  We do have students that come to school very tired and consequently fall asleep during class or aren't able to fully participate or understand the activities in the classroom because they are tired.  You may be wondering what time your child should go to bed.

Every child is a bit different in the amount of sleep that they need, but this chart can be helpful as you think about your child, your bedtime routine, what time they need to get up, and what will help them to wake up ready to go.

UNI Education Summit
The Howard-Winn Teacher Leaders (Heather Suckow, Kelly Sorenson, and Kim Kerian) and members of the admin team attended the Necessary Connectedness Summit at the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, March 10th.  The Education Summit provided a venue and an opportunity for discussions and interactions to take place to advance public education in the State of Iowa. The Summit program this year focused on four strands: literacy, teacher leadership, STEM, and diversity. 

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 is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection.  Students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.


Iowa Assessments will be wrapping up next week. Please make every effort to make sure that your child comes to school well-rested and has eaten a good breakfast.  THANKS!

Our Learning This Week.....

Transitional Kindergarten
Transitional Kindergarten students will revisit some of the topics they studied in preschool and learn new concepts. Transition Kindergarten students are excited to see signs of spring and say good-bye to snow pants! Students in this picture are inspecting bugs. We predict we will see more bugs soon. The students have completed their STEM study Classifying Creatures. Our next unit will focus on weather. 

Students were very excited that Sixth grade students visited several days to share books with them. 

Reading ROCKS with a Dr.Seuss book read by the public librarian 

Preschoolers had an exciting dental experiment taking place in the classroom. The preschoolers were anxiously waiting to see what pop, milk, and vinegar (acidic sugar food) would do to the hard shell of an egg (like our teeth). They placed an egg in each of the above liquids and checked the results towards the end of the week. The preschoolers completed a journal page with their predictions and the actual results. They were all shocked to see what vinegar did to the “enamel” of the egg. The preschooler couldn't believe that the egg was so squishy…they all decided they would brush their teeth twice a day to keep their enamel hard!  Preschoolers also celebrated Read Across America Week by wearing jammies to school.  This picture shows them as they scan QR codes that took them to a Dr. Seuss book!

Reading with our 5th grade mentors.

Really focused on STmath

We can write words in Kindergarten!

First Grade

First Grade Parent Night--celebrating by reading books with our families!

Creating a Popplet to share our Famous American research 

Long and Short Vowel practice!! 

Practicing our math facts using fact triangles.

Second Grade

Using Seesaw to read and learn about the life of Dr. Seuss.

Organizing our ideas for nonfiction writing about lions using popplet.

Introducing multiplication using arrays.

Preparing veggie/ham roll ups with our high school Food and Fitness team.

Third Grade
Adding the finishing touches to our book club projects using Google Slides

Collaborating to do a project for book clubs using Google Slides 

We got new glasses! It's great to see what is happening at #2020howardwinn

Fourth Grade
The power of collaboration

Students have been working hard on their "Spring Training goals" to prep for Iowa Assessments. Get plenty of rest, perseverance, read all of the directions, eat a healthy breakfast, and eliminate answers that you know are incorrect are some strategies that students have been working on this week as they take the assessments.
4th grade students are coming to the realization that the writing process is a true PROCESS! They have been hammering out their biographies since the middle of January and are finally getting close to finishing our peer edits and completing a final draft!

Fifth Grade

The parents of our 5th graders are amazing! The notes of encouragement for the Iowa Assessments they wrote were so wonderful and special! The kinds of words they shared surely made the students feel extra love and support! The support from home was amazing! 
Sixth Grade

STEM activity--Testing how many textbooks their group's Greek columns can support

Up to 21 books! The columns are weakening in the middle.

Step 1 to create virtual reality book trailer- Students use Tellagami to create talking characters. 

Upcoming Events of Note . . .
Helping Services for Northeast Iowa is providing a Positive Solutions for Families March 21st, 28th, & April 4th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Cresco Public Library. Free Daycare and Free Light Meal Available. To register call or text Jazmon at 563-380-1300 or email

Helping Services for Northeast Iowa is inviting families with young children through 3rd grade to attend Howard County Mini Prom on Tuesday, April 5th from 5:30-9:00 pm at the Cresco Fitness Center. Photo Booth with provided dress up items, Snacks, Giveaways, and a DJ!


March 7-18                     Iowa Assessments
March 14                        7:00 School Board Meeting
March 15                        7:30 Grades 5-6-7-8 Band Concert in the H.S. Auditorium
March 18                        End of 3rd Quarter

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