Friday, March 18, 2016

March 18, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

A $280,000 Gift to Your Child 

Who would turn down such a gift? My guess is not too many parents. This is the monetary
figure associated with the salary difference earned over a lifetime between those that graduate from high school and those that don’t. A little reading help goes a long way. Numerous studies have looked at the effect of parent involvement on literacy. It is crucial that the home and school work together to provide each and every student with the support they need to become successful, life-long readers.

Before grade 4 children learn to read, after that they read to learn. Whether it is math, science, history, or any field of knowledge, students who cannot read well, have a hard time succeeding in school.

Parents can do lots of things at home to encourage reading. A parent who reads just 15 minutes a day to a child from birth provides that child with 456 hours of literacy experiences before they ever enter school. Reading even for a few minutes a day, prepares them to read and encourages a positive attitude toward reading. Children who are read to at home learn to read more easily, have a higher vocabulary and are more likely to develop a love of reading.

Research has also shown that by talking, singing and reading to children, parents are turning on brain cells that are essential for a healthy child. By encouraging babies and young children to communicate, parents are laying the foundation for reading success.

You can create healthy reading environments by having a good supply of reading materials available: newspapers, magazines, books and catalogs. Be a reading role model, children want to be like their parents. If they see you reading daily, both for function and pleasure, they will more likely become avid readers themselves. If children see parents visiting libraries and checking out books, giving and receiving books as gifts, and borrowing and loaning books to friends, they will know their parents place a high value on reading.

Give the gift of reading to your child. It will be a gift that pays out dividends over a lifetime.


Sara Grimm

Are you searching for something to make reading more fun for your child?  Try starting a FAMILY BOOK CLUB.  Starting a family book club can motivate your youngster to read, 
boost her comprehension, and create memories. Each month, let a different person choose a book. Check out library copies, and give everyone enough time to read. Then, hold a meeting with fun discussion ideas like these. 
Cast a movie. Select a character, and ask each person to name an actor for the movie version. Explain why your choice is the perfect one (the actor looks the way you imagined the character, he has played similar roles in the past). 
Share a review. Take turns pretending you’re a radio personality reviewing the book. Summarize the story, tell what you liked or didn’t like, and explain your reasoning. Idea: Interview the other book club members about their opinions. 
Play “Who said it?” Ask each family member to choose five different lines of dialogue from the book and write each line (and the character’s name) on a separate index card. Have your child read one of her cards aloud. The first person to guess which character said the line keeps the card and reads one of her own. When you’ve read them all, the player with the most cards wins.

Looking for some new reading material?  Check these out:
The SheepOver (John and Jennifer Churchman)
When an orphaned lamb named Sweet Pea gets sick, her owners help her recover—and write this picture book about her. Based on a true story, the book tells how the Churchmans
threw a “sheepover” party for the lamb and her “friends” to celebrate her good health.
■ Peter’s Chair (Ezra Jack Keats)
Peter is unhappy because his parents are painting his baby furniture pink for his new sister. His little chair isn’t pink yet, so he runs away with it—to the sidewalk in front of his house. There, he discovers he can’t fit in the chair anymore, and he knows just what to do with it.
(Also available in Spanish.)
■ Museum Mayhem (Carolyn Keene)
After an expensive sculpture is smashed to pieces during an art museum field trip, Nancy Drew and her classmates become suspects. Now Nancy must use her detective skills to prove their innocence. Part of the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series.
■ Henry Builds a Cabin (D. B. Johnson)
Author Henry David Thoreau’s love of nature inspired this story. A bear named Henry builds a tiny log cabin in the woods. Like the real-life Henry, the bear believes in living simply. When the other animals tell him to make his home bigger, he shows them how it's fine the way it is.
■ This Side of Wild (Gary Paulsen)
Bears, horses, and dogs are just a few of the animals that have taught award-winning author Gary Paulsen lessons in his life. In this memoir, he shares true stories of animals he
has encountered, what he has learned from them, and how that knowledge has shaped his life and his fiction.
■ Book Scavenger (Jennifer Chambliss Bertman)
After moving around her whole life,12-year-old Emily feels most at home in the online gaming community of Book Scavenger. So she’s excited to move to San Francisco, where the game’s creator lives. But when he is attacked in real life, the game may be over forever—unless Emily and a fellow gamer can unravel the mystery.
■ Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton)
A mouse named Geronimo is content with his job as a newspaper editor until his sister persuades him to go on a treasure hunt. Geronimo might recover the treasure, but first he’ll have to survive a hurricane, a shipwreck, and his sister. The hilarious first book in the
Geronimo Stilton series.
■ Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why (Sports Illustrated Kids)
Why are left-handed pitchers called southpaws? Why do competitive swimmers use a flip turn at the end of a pool? Readers will find the answers to these questions and many more in this volume. Includes photos of athletes in action.
Source: Reading Connection Newsletter

Band Concert for Grades 5-6-7-8
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade students performed in their spring band concert this week.  They did an awesome job!  What talented students we have!

5th Grade Band

6th Grade Band

Congratulations to new 6th Grade Band Karate Black belts!

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.

Our Learning This Week.....

Reading Recovery--Teaching "Behind the glass" in Elkader.

1st and 2nd graders using the AutoRap App to make their own raps in music!

Last night of tutoring. It's game night!

Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten students practice letters, sounds, and words during daily literacy activities. The students are building their independence in applying these skills and enjoy practicing them with a buddy.

The preschoolers have been staying busy learning about dental health. They became very interested in animal teeth after their visit from Angela at the 
Prairie Nature Center. Their Pint Size Science STEM kit had plaster sets of animal teeth for the preschoolers to explore. They enjoyed exploring the difference in shape and size compared to human teeth. While exploring the differences, the preschoolers learned the vocabulary words herbivore (plant eater), carnivore (meat eater) and omnivore (plant/meat eater). Each preschooler had the opportunity to create their very own animal tooth from model magic clay.
These preschoolers in Lime Springs were working on learning more about both numbers and letters.  They were very busy!

Cadet Time fun writing sight words!

Kindergartners design leprechaun traps.

They planned and built then kids recorded each other describing how the traps would catch the leprechaun.

More leprechaun traps.

Kindergarten student practicing her skills.

Green screen creations with kindergarten. Excitement!

We like reading to kindergarteners because they are good listeners.

Learning about oviparous animals!

First Grade

Working on teamwork. Can you build a tower without touching the cups?

Working on peer editing our writing.

Second Grade
Playing "Hit the Target" using basic math facts.

Getting animal facts ready for the Puppet Edu app.

Making Lego scenes for the Lego movie app on our iPads.

Outlining main idea and details during small group reading.

Learned animal facts shared with voice and pictures using Puppet Edu app.

Third Grade
Groups wrapping up book club projects using google Slides. 

Working hard publishing personal narratives using Book Creator.

Students made standardized testing motivation posters.

Fourth Grade
Working with a green screen in 4th grade to do our reports.

Love the giggles! 4th graders listen to/read Gary Paulsen's Liar, Liar Playaway book. 

Fifth Grade

Monday morning mentoring in the Discovery Center.

Meeting with Luther College partners using and Google slides.

Sixth Grade

Recording hurricane scene for The Cay Book Trailer. 
Love it when the weather cooperates.


March 18      End of 3rd Quarter
March 25      No School- Spring Break
March 28      No School- Spring Break         

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