Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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


During April there will be classroom assessments and district assessments that occur for students in grades K-6. During this month teachers will continue to assess in the classroom for instructional purposes in reading and math. Through these assessments teachers are able to find out what skills your child has mastered and what skills need to be retaught or reinforced. During the month of April students will also be taking our MAP assessments. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), an online assessment that creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Teachers are able to get assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn within 24 hours of the testing. We then use that instructional data to help guide classroom instruction, and also help us to identify how we can respond to students’ learning needs building-wide during our CADET TIME (intervention/enrichment block). Students in Transitional-Kindergarten through Grade 6 will also be taking the FAST assessment. This assessment gives us data about your child’s literacy skills and is mandated by Iowa Code in order to comply with Iowa’s Early Literacy legislation. You can help at home by talking to your child about the importance of doing their best so that we can determine what they are ready to learn next. Making sure that your child is well-rested and eating a good breakfast before school is also important. Thanks for you help!

Families Routines are key for student’s success in their daily lives! Setting up routines at home for daily activities such as homework, getting dressed, checking backpacks and much more are important so that your child knows what to expect and can do it independently on their own. Kids also thrive on routines that are established that are predictable and they can count on them being there. By setting a nightly backpack/homework routine you could potentially avoid the conflicts that sometimes occur for homework. Kids know what time it occurs daily, have a set spot to do their work and thrive on knowing how much time they need to work…try setting a timer and then positively acknowledging your child when they complete the work! Home/school connection is crucial to your son's/daughter's ongoing progress at school.

Sara Grimm

Preschool Registration Spring Open House 
Our annual Preschool Open House will be on Friday, April 22nd at the Crestwood Preschool Building,1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM OR 4:30-5:30 PM Friday, April 22nd.  The Open House for the Lime Springs/Chester Preschool,120 West Jackson Street, Lime Springs will be on Friday, April 22nd from 11:00 AM – 12:00.  Please attend the school and time that best fit your schedule to fill out district registration paperwork and preschool forms.  Plan on spending about 20 minutes filling out paperwork. This is also an opportunity to talk to and ask the preschool teachers questions. It is up to you if you want to bring your child.  Please bring your child’s most recent physical, immunization record and birth certificate.  (An official document that has your child’s birthdate on it such as a Medicaid insurance card or a passport can be accepted in place of a birth certificate.)

Kindergarten Round-up 
Kindergarten Round-up will be held at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 22nd
from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Children only, Parents do not need to attend.

Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting
There will be a parent meeting for incoming kindergarten parents on Thursday, April 28th at 5:30.  More information will be going home with students.

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.  The classroom that brings in the most redemption items (boxtops, labels for education and milk moola) between now and April 29th, will win a class party.  Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out town & in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

The PTO has worked very hard collecting, sorting, and packaging all of our rewards program labels, boxtops, and milk moola.  With the proceeds that they have raised they have been giving back to our elementary.  Earlier this year they gave each student a brand new book.  This week they purchased a letter cutter for the teachers to use in making projects and letter shapes.  
THANK YOU to the Crestwood Cadet PTO!!

Our Learning This Week.....

This week students observed the animal pelts and predicted which animal they belonged to. There were pictures of the animals on the SMARTboard and after students observed the animal fur then they wrote a tally mark by the picture of the animal they thought it belonged to.

Officer Godman talked about what is “Safe” and what is “Unsafe”. He showed students pictures and asked them to give a thumb up for “Safe” and a thumb down for “Unsafe”. Officer Godman showed students a video about Eddie Eagle that taught them what to do if they see a gun. It has actions and is like a dance. If you see a gun…. STOP Don’t Touch Run Away Tell a Grownup

Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten students drew wind pictures for their weather journals and made windsocks. 

Word hunt for Work on Writing. 

Making geometric shapes with marshmallows and toothpicks! 

"Spinning" real & nonsense short /o/ words in Cadet Time. 

Putting letters together to spell sight words

Working on retelling the story using 5 steps-characters, setting and 3 key details

Word Work: If you know track, then you know stack. 

Five Step Fluency practice. Hoping to improve words per minute. 

 Working hard on fractions and using fraction cards to work on comparing and ordering fractions.

Practicing contractions using multiple senses on carpet, rice and sand.

Using QR codes to get into sites quicker for research

Exploring the properties of magnets

Rockin' our math facts old school!

Comparing Declaration of Independence to a break up letter

Shannon Schmelzer from Cresco Bank and Trust introduces Vault Financial Literacy

Back into the swing of things after Easter but needed a freeze dance break 

Sharing solos in preparation for our contest next week

Literacy groups determining their own definitions of the Holocaust

Working with microscopes- Future scientists in the making

Here is a great graphic with some free learning websites for kids. 
Check them out with your kids:


April 6      District Advisory Meeting
April 7      Elementary Solo & Ensemble Contest
April 11    No School--Teacher Inservice

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