Friday, April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Get Outside
Spring is finally here and the snow is gone! Now is an excellent time to get outside and take advantage of the nicer weather. Mother Nature is a great teacher and getting kids outside to learn and play is good for their brains and their bodies. Getting kids out in nature is more essential today given that children are spending nearly 8 hours a day using entertainment media and only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own. We are at risk of losing an entire generation’s appreciation for how nature works and what it needs to remain healthy and productive.

“Fresh air, exercise, and creative exploration are just a few of the benefits children can experience when they spend time outdoors. Encouraging children to be active while outdoors is important for their physical, cognitive, and social development. By fostering more opportunities for outdoor learning, we will help the next generation grow and develop as they build an appreciation for nature at an early age.”

Dr. Courtney Crim, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Trinity University

This website has some great resources to make your experience outside a learning adventure--In your own backyard

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 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.

Our Learning This Week.....


One preschooler class discovered a mysterious “muddy” shoe print in their dramatic-play center. The preschoolers turned into detectives trying to figure out who left the mysterious “muddy” shoe print. They built their math skills by generating a suspect list, examining shoe patterns, and measuring shoe sizes (standardized and non-standardized) to solve the mystery.

Students kicked off their study of garbage and recycling by thinking of ways to reuse garbage items in their classroom. The show, Sid the Science Kid, had an informational episode about recycling. After watching a short clip they learned a new vocabulary word, landfill. The preschoolers are concerned about all of the garbage their classroom is sending to the landfill. They are working to find ways to recycle “garbage” items in their classroom. One great idea was to sculpture and dry-out our “used” play-dough. 

Transitional Kindergarten
Transition Kindergarten and 4th grade reading buddy pairs working on activities together. 

Students created letter sounds books. They will take them home to practice Jolly Phonics sounds.


Revisiting properties...and teamwork!

Reporting about viviparous animals!

Building science vocabulary

Adding and subtracting facts with small numbers.

Enjoying having a high school Food & Fitness friend come & play soccer at recess 

Rainy day indoor recess. Can we get it to balance and not fall? 

Inventing a snake chasing hat! 

Eating goat cheese in library? Of course when you're researching products we get from farm animals!

Using pattern blocks to help understand fractions. 

Amelia Earhart STEM airplane challenge!

Student cars using various simple machines to wrap up our unit! Then we raced them down a ramp!

Science fun! Can you lift the paper clip & make it dance without touching it?

Using Padlet to share our new learning with others

Selecting new book for book clubs

Preschool & 4th grade partners working on Martha Speaks Program from IPTV.

We took some time to play a game of Scoot! The game focused on prefixes, suffixes, homophones, and context clues. 

Working on creating a fractions of a set. We used pennies to help with visualizing sets and dividing them into equal groups.

Students practice being confident with speech and actions in DARE class

Students paint still life studies after studying Impressionists 

We learned a new game called Fraction Capture today. Which smiling student will win?


We are live, people! Voyage of the Frog in 6th grade.

Analyzing primary and secondary documents on the Holocaust 

Teaching primary sources from Echoes and Reflections to learn about Kristallnacht. 

Trying to visualize customary measurements and conversions!

Good old books to teach literary elements.  Plot will never go away! 


April 11           No School--Teacher Inservice
April 11           7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting
April 12-22     MAPs Testing
April 12          6:00-7:00 Preschool/TK Family STEM Night
April 12          6:30 Parent-Teacher Organization Meeting (Discovery Center)
April 14          7:30 Grades 3 & 4 Music Concert (High School Auditorium)

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