Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

With the school days coming to a close and summer just around the corner, many families are preparing for the transition from school to summer break. A common challenge for parents is finding ways to keep their children occupied in a fun, safe, and productive way. Whether you will be working through the summer or spending the days with your children, consider the following tips when preparing for summer break.

What You Can Do To Keep Them Busy: Put together a varied schedule in order to keep them moving and interested. The schedule may consist of daily chores, academic projects/lessons, day camps, activities with friends, etc. Another option is to encourage your children to identify some careers that they would be interested in learning more about and help them find opportunities within that career, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or doing odd jobs at a fire station.

Be Accessible: Your children should always be able to reach you. However, having them call every 5 minutes while you are racing against a deadline at work isn’t necessarily ideal for anyone. You may want to think about devising a system with your children about calling. For example: 1. The first phone call (and non-emergency), they can leave a message if you are unavailable. 2. If it is urgent, instruct them to call again immediately following the first call, and you will know to answer it. It is also a good idea to have another person available, such as a neighbor or relative, to be ‘on-call’ in case a situation does arise when your children cannot reach you or vice versa.

Set Ground Rules: Work out a set of rules and safety measures that the entire family understands. For example, no friends over when an adult is not there, don’t answer the door or phone, call before leaving the house, don’t use the stove or oven, and so forth. Also, make sure your children know exactly what steps to take when faced with an emergency and practice role-playing those steps. Depending on their age, you may want to consider enrolling them in a babysitting safety course, which usually covers potential safety and emergency scenarios and will better equip them when situations arise. Finally, when children think of summer, they usually think of fun. Try to gauge their response to their activities and be flexible, if possible, yet provide them with enough safety and structure to help them occupy their days in a fun and productive way.


Take every opportunity to extend your child's learning this summer to avoid the summer slide.  Make reading a habit in your home.  Just 20 minutes of reading can expose children to 10,000 words a day. This would add up to 750,000 words in 75 days of the summer. Not only would students gain word knowledge, but they also would be exposed to ideas and information that serve as the building blocks for more advanced learning. The Iowa
Reading Research Center’s blog offers other ideas for parents to support their children’s literacy:

Sara Grimm

Make reading aloud for at least 15 MINUTES every day as important as breakfast!

5-12 Grade Massed Band Festival

What: 5-12th Grade Massed Band Festival

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10th.  Band students should meet at 7:05.

Where: Crestwood High School Gym.  Students should meet in the elementary band room

If you have any instruments that you would like to donate to our band program we would love to add them to our collection.  We are also accepting donations of cash in order to do necessary repairs on donated instruments which need to be fixed in order to be playable.
Thank you for partnering with us on this opportunity to grow a love of music!

Parents and students don't forget that there is 

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.  

Howard-Winneshiek Program-Wide Early Childhood PBIS Recognized at State Conference
Pictured above: HW teachers Shari Marr & Megan Merkel, Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise, and PBIS cohort partner from Decorah.

The Early Childhood classrooms at Howard-Winneshiek have been implementing Program Wide Early Childhood PBIS for the past two years. This week Megan Merkel and Shari Marr attended the Learning Supports conference in Des Moines. They had the opportunity to attend sessions related to supporting PBIS programs in classrooms/district wide, children's mental health, tools and strategies to use in the classroom to support social and emotional development, and enhancing family and community engagement. Each session included opportunities to network with others from across the state of Iowa working in education. On the first day of the conference Early Childhood programs were able to share information with conference attendees about what they were doing with PBIS in their district. Megan and Shari shared what Howard-Winneshiek preschool and Transition Kindergarten classrooms have accomplished in the past two years. The district was then recognized by the Department of Education during the reception for our participation in Program Wide Early Childhood PBIS.

Dan Wardell at Howard-Winn!

If you have young children, you are probably familiar with Iowa Public Television programming for kids.  IPTV KIDS Clubhouse is an extension of the PBS KIDS on IPTV. Host, Dan Wardell, educates, informs, enriches, and inspires kids around Iowa through his travels to their communities. Howard-Winn was able to host Dan Wardell on Friday, April 29. Dan gave an exciting & enjoyable presentation to our students.

Kindergarten Parent Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our kindergarten parent night on Thursday.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend we are sending home information packets with our current students.  If your student does not yet attend Howard-Winn please stop in or call the school office and we can get you an information packet.

Our Learning This Week.....

Preschool Rockin Recycle Band!

Transitional Kindergarten

Mrs. Marr's TK class coded the Dash robot to play their own musical creations 
using the Xylo App!

The students have been learning about the Earth the past two weeks. They have focused on ways to take care of the Earth. Students have great ideas for ways they can help be caretakers of the Earth.  Their study of people has included making life size paper people. Students cut out pictures of foods and animals they like and added drawings of their families, pets, and favorite toys. As they learned about themselves they have compared that to what they learned about people around the world.


We can read funny books

We share our passions with books

Find seed coat, new plant, and plant food

Working on JiJi ST Math

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

Learning about chicks and incubators from high school students

Using shapes to make other shapes & sharing what we made

Second graders celebrating Earth Day, cleaning up around the school!

Earth Day research

We were busy picking up trash for Earth Day!

ST Math work in 3rd grade

Loving our Spanish lesson today from our mentors! 

Using the Poplet app to organize research

Working on our class timeline

Working on subtracting fractions

Working on Osmo

Using manipulative to help us "see" our math

Circulatory System at Work

Math facts warm-up to get our brains going! 

Cracker experiment to investigate the digestive process 

An investigation into how the digestive system works 

6th graders gathering evidence for Holocaust research paper. 

Creating our Ancient Greek labyrinth mazes

What is a reciprocal anyway? Let me show you!

3D animal cell school science project


May 2             No School--Teacher Inservice
May 2-6          National Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3             Iowa STEM Tour (Lieutenant Governor to tour our schools)
May 4             District Advisory Meeting 6:00 p.m. in the Discovery Center
May 5             3rd Grade Field Trip & 5th Grade Field Trip
May 5             1st and 2nd Grade Music Program at 7:30

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