Friday, March 4, 2016

March 4, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

What Are We Building?

I read a powerful blog post by George Couros this week that really made me stop and think. Mr. Couros had this story in his blog:

One day a traveller, walking along a lane, came across 3 stonecutters working in a quarry. Each was busy cutting a block of stone. Interested to find out what they were working on, he asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. “I am cutting a stone!” Still no wiser the traveller turned to the second stonecutter and asked him what he was doing. “I am cutting this block of stone to make sure that it’s square, and its dimensions are uniform, so that it will fit exactly in its place in a wall.” A bit closer to finding out what the stonecutters were working on but still unclear, the traveller turned to the third stonecutter. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing replied: “I am building a cathedral.”

I began to think about how this story relates to what we are doing at our school each day. Are we so focused on the lesson or skill for the day that we forget to relate it to real life? Are the students able to see a purpose for what they are doing? At the elementary our teachers do a great job of purposefully making these connections for the kids. They help them to see how the things that they are learning about will be useful and they provide experiences daily for the students that imitate real-life. Our classrooms are helping students learn real-world skills and building their ability to become independent, lifelong learners. Education here at Crestwood is not about "teaching stuff". Our teachers work to discover, develop, and expand passions, creativity, and strengths and to prepare our students to succeed in life.


Sara Grimm

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 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 are coming up starting next week.  Each teacher is sending specific information for their classroom, but here is some general information.  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.....

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

Transition Kindergarten student buddy readers celebrated Read Across America by sharing books together, listening to 6th grade readers, and doing special activities. 

Reading with our 5th grade mentors

High school students came into the elementary classrooms as guest readers 
What amazing CADETS!!!

We also had our food and fitness friends come and play a game. 

Buddy Reading

It's Read Across America Week!

WACKY WEDNESDAY!!! What crazy students!! 
Wearing their clothes, not only inside out but backwards! 

We also got to listen to Dr. Seuss books on our iPads, we read a nonfiction book about Dr. Seuss and recorded facts about his life, we drew our own Cat in the Hat and we even got to watch the Cat in the Hat! 

Some buddy reading, eating treats, and enjoying our brand-new books!

Special readers from the high school came over to read to the kids.  They also answered questions from the students about high school, their elementary memories, reading, and sportsmanship. 

Reading ROCKS with preschool and 6th grade buddies 

4th graders have been working hard on their "Spring Training goals" to prep themselves for Iowa Assessments in the upcoming weeks. Get plenty of rest, perseverance, read all of the directions, eat a healthy breakfast, and eliminate answers that I know are incorrect are just some strategies that we've learned about.

Guest readers from the high school!

We held a "Camp out and Read" day in Title I. Students read Dr. Seuss books inside a tent while eating S'more goldfish crackers.  The lights were turned off and students read using flashlights with night noises in the background (think crickets). 
The kids were so excited to go camping with many Dr. Seuss stuffed animal characters, too.  


The Cat and the Hat came to visit the elementary students and delivered new books and snacks to every class! Wow! A HUGE thank you to the PTO for organizing this! 
We really appreciated it!


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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