Friday, April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Changes for Crestwood Elementary
At the school board meeting this week the school board approved several changes for the 2016-17 school year.  The Preschool in Lime Springs will not be offered.  This means that Lime Springs/Chester area students wishing to attend preschool will come into the Cresco site for classes.  They will ride the normal bus routes with the other students.  There was also a change in the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Program for next year.  The TK classroom will be moved from the Early Learning Center to the Crestwood Elementary building.  The TK students will also attend full-time just like the kindergarten students.  The board also approved the elimination of a 2nd grade classroom because the incoming student numbers indicate that we will need 3 classrooms rather than 4.  If you have any questions or would like more information about any of these changes please feel free to give me a call 563-547-2300.

Sara Grimm

April is School Library Month

It’s a great time to take a moment to recognize our teacher librarian Denise Shekleton and our library assistant Edna Vandervort and the role they play in supporting learning and teaching in our school. They assist in teaching literacy skills because they understand the reading process and how to reinforce reading skill development at all ages, and more importantly, they open up the world of quality literature to all students. They also teach digital literacy lessons so not only can students use current technology, but also understand what digital citizenship means. They help students become competent information users who know how to find, evaluate and use information effectively. They collaborate with teachers to create lessons and projects that develop skills students need for the future. Lastly, they are behind-the-scene instructional coaches, curriculum developers and “school-wide cheerleaders.” Thank you Denise and Edna for all that you do for the students at Howard-Winn. 
Happy School Library Month!

Preschool 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 PM. 

Please attend the school and time that best fits 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.

3rd & 4th grade vocal concert was amazing

Our Learning This Week.....


Preschoolers have been playing partner and small group math games this week to practice
recognizing how many dots are in a group without counting (1-5), counting up to 20 objects, counting on, making groups of 10, and putting numbers in order 1-9.  They are great mathematicians!

They have been talking about what animals live on the farm and they made a list.  Horses are their class favorite. They created their own book of Old MacDonald Had A Farm and illustrated pictures for it. 

The preschoolers’ journey with recycling continued this week. They kicked off the week by creating boats out of recycled materials. Later in the week they tested them out in water. First, they made sink and float predictions about their boats. After predicting, the preschoolers set their boats to sail in water and practiced their counting skills as they observed them float and sink. 

Celebrating our 100th day in preschool! #AgingBoothApp

Preschool/TK STEM night

Shane from @IPTVeducation was here for Preschool/TK STEM Night

Transitional Kindergarten
Officer Godman and Eddie the Eagle paid a visit to teach the students safety rules. 

Shane Straka from Iowa Public Television shared resources with families as part of our Preschool/Transition Kindergarten family night. IPTV has also provided resources for a literacy buddy program between PK/TK and the 4th grade classrooms. Dan Wardell from IPTV is scheduled to make a stop later this month. We appreciate the support of IPTV! 


Creating an Egg Box Math Game 

Drawing thoughts while listening to the book My School's a Zoo by Stu Smith!

Creating shapes with geoboards.

Learning how to find the median of a set of numbers

Looking for text evidence in the story

In reading students have been working on retelling stories. They discussed how they can use 5 steps like our hand. One is characters, two is setting and three, four and five are the key details from the beginning, middle and end of the story.

2nd graders can use print and online resources to gather information.

Researching for their nonfiction writing pieces

Helping each other learn how to add pictures in Padlet

Thanks to the Howard-Winn Community Schools Foundation for purchasing ZOOB STEM kids for our third grade classes!

3rd graders are loving realistic fiction!

Students are becoming experts on Jamestown. History Rocks!

Working hard on their Jamestown mini-books!

Working hard on equivalent fractions.

All 4th grade sections were able to take a field trip to the Grout Museum in Waterloo. 
Students listened to a presentation entitled "Shells, Scales, and Spines" to go with their life science unit. They were able to touch an Asian tortoise, a Bearded dragon, and an albino Burmese Python. 
"Native Americans" was the second session, it went well with the Iowa History that students have been reading about in class.
The third session was called, "Planet Peek" which went with our 3rd quarter science theme on space.
This picture shows you one of the things we saw!

Students learning about spoken word poetry.

Getting pumped up for 5th grade's annual POETRY SLAM! 

Watching testimonies & reading primary/secondary sources to learn about Kristallnacht

What questions would you ask a Holocaust survivor??

Drop Everything And Read

In celebration of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday, many classrooms in the elementary had a Drop Everything and Read session!


April 22           Preschool Open House
April 22           Kindergarten Round-Up 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Children only
April 22           Current Preschool & Kindergarten students have NO SCHOOL

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