Friday, April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Teacher Appreciation Day

Howard-Winneshiek Preschools and Crestwood Elementary have tremendous staff members. From our support staff to our teachers we have some of the most dedicated and caring individuals around. 

Tuesday, May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day!  This is a great time to reflect on how fortunate we are to have our awesome teachers who not only deliver excellent instruction, but also provide a safe and happy learning environment for our students. Our teachers are not only excellent instructors, but they also serve as cheerleaders, counselors, coaches, and mentors. I want to thank our wonderful teachers for the hours they spend outside of the school, the passion that they have for this incredible job, and their dedication to our fantastic students!  I am extremely lucky to work with these professionals! 

Please take a moment to thank your child's teacher for making your child's learning environment the best that it can be.

Sara Grimm

Enrollment guidelines for Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

If you are the parent of a 4-year-old we would like to invite you to enroll your child in our preschool program in Cresco. This is not a mandatory program, but it will help provide your child with learning experiences that will prepare them for a more successful learning experience when they reach Kindergarten. If your child will be age 5 by September 15 they are of compulsory attendance age and you must enroll them in either our Transitional Kindergarten Program or our Kindergarten Program. The only exception to this is if a parent notifies the district, in writing, of their intent to withdraw the child from the school district. If you have questions or need more information we invite you to call us at (563) 547-2340.

It's Kindergarten Round-up! #2020HowardWinn

Arrival and Dismissal

School begins each day at 8:15. Students who are eating breakfast may begin eating at 7:45. Please do not drop off your child or send them to school until 7:45, as there is no supervision until that time. School is dismissed at 3:20/3:25 each day. Dismissal time may be a bit chaotic with all the parents who pick up children at that time. Please be patient when picking up your children as there are a lot of students coming out of the building at the same time. We ask that you drive slowly through our loop and be on the lookout for children crossing the street. Thank you in advance for your help in making dismissal time safe.

Emergency Drills

Fire drills, tornado drills, and lock down drills are conducted several times during the year. For fire drills each class has an escape route to an outside area a safe distance from the building. During tornado drills each classroom goes to a designated area within the building. Children are moved to these designated areas in a safe, quiet and orderly manner. 

Teachers conduct practice sessions under guidelines developed for their building before building-wide drills are conducted. We will be conducting emergency drills (fire, tornado, and evacuation) soon, so please discuss this with your child. 

Planning ahead is important in most of the activities that we do. Planning ahead is also important for emergency situations. At Crestwood Elementary we have developed an emergency evacuation plan that will be implemented in emergency situations. In an actual emergency, students may be forced out of the school quickly without jackets, hats, boots, or mittens. Having a pre-arranged location and plan available will do several things to reduce the trauma of an emergency evacuation.

The emergency plan will proceed in the following steps:

1. The school building will be evacuated as soon as the emergency situation occurs such as: fire, bomb threat, etc.

2. Students will be escorted by staff members to emergency locations.

3. District administration and local emergency responders will be advised of the emergency situation.

4. Students will be assembled at the first available emergency location.

5. Bus transportation will be arranged through the district transportation director's office.

 6. Parents will be able to pick up students in person.

Field Trips

Various classroom teachers throughout the school year schedule field trips. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips in advance of the scheduled trip date. Teachers may ask a few parents to accompany the class to act as chaperones. Each student must have a field trip permission form completed and signed by his/her parents before participating in these trips. Students will conduct themselves on these trips in the same manner as in the classroom.

Parents and students don't forget that there is NO SCHOOL on MONDAY, May 2nd.

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.

Our Learning This Week.....

The preschoolers continued their journey with recycling. They created paper airplanes out of recycled paper. They had lots of fun flying the airplanes and measuring the distance of their flight. During this adventure the students practiced their counting, one-to-one correspondence, and standardized and non-standardized forms of measurement. The preschoolers wanted to continue working on their flying skills, so they took their recycled paper airplanes home! 

Hawkeye Sanitation came to visit the students with the garbage truck. The preschoolers were amazed at how the garbage truck could pick up the school’s dumpster and compact the trash. 

Getting some fresh air and exercise at LS Preschool 

Transitional Kindergarten
The students made paper people over the past few weeks. They included objects and drawings that represent their likes and facts about themselves. 

The Early Childhood Development Center classrooms were able to buy books after receiving a grant from the Howard-Winneshiek Community Schools Foundation.  These books will be used to start an onsite library. We are so THANKFUL!


We have been doing a lot of testing to show what we know.

Students created worlds to decorate their earth day Fareway bags.

Thanks to a Farm Bureau grant the new digital incubator is set up & ready

Look at our garden! It is growing!

Is it a seed?

Showing what we know with assessments

Roll, Read, Highlight and PRACTICE those sight words!

R-controlled vowels

Creating a PicKid collage to show our 3-D shape search around the room

Davis, our latest Gold Trophy Reader.  200 books!  Way to go, Davis!

After a long day of hard work!  Notice, they're still smiling! 

Searching facts and poems of famous poets. 

Enjoying some poetry as part of our genre study.

A fun STEM activity...make a car and move it across the table without touching it.

Test tips, goal setting, comfy with iPad--we're ready for Reading MAP tests

Working on research for our nonfiction books.

Spanish students helping us learn some Spanish words 

Students created earth day bags for Fareway.  Go to Fareway on 4/22 to get yours 

4th graders helping 1st grade use KeystoneAEA's iClipart to find images for a presentation. 

We're excited to show responsibility with iPads going home! 
Proud to show off homework to peers. 

A little math work . . .

These students are fully concentrating while trying to win the game Hidden Treasure

MAPs testing -- we're Rocking the Math test  

Working on passion projects!

Is it an alien spaceship? No but it will take you to outer space! The planetarium is here! 

Reading in the planetarium under the stars. 

A huge shout out to Mr. Ferrie and his construction class for building playground equipment shelves for our recess equipment shed.


April 28           5:30-7:00 Kindergarten Parent Night
April 29           2:15 5th Grade Poetry Slam
May 2             No School--Teacher Inservice

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