Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents,
Birds tweeting, flowers blooming, and warmer temperatures (well at least a few days of warmth) all point to the same fact - summer is coming and we are ready to begin wrapping up another successful school year. The school is buzzing with exciting events and field trips. I hope you have the chance to talk to your child about the fabulous activities and celebrations we have planned to wrap-up the year.

As the students get antsy for the end of the year, this is also a great time for an increased focus on social relationships. I ask that you continue to talk about our school "CADET PRIDE" expectations at home: to be safe, respectful and responsible. We continue to remind students what the behaviors look and sound like at school. Frequent compliments when you see excellent behavior goes a long way to encourage positive behavior choices. Our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) team has learned that for every negative comment that is made to a child, 4 positive comments should be made. It is easy to see the good choices once you start looking for it.

We look forward to ending our school year with a cheer for all the great work we have accomplished. Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Sara Grimm

New Toolkit for Parents

The National PTA has published a Readiness Roadmap Toolkit for Parents and Students

The National Parent Teacher Association, in conjunction with Learning Heroes and Univision, has released the Readiness Roadmap Toolkit, featuring dozens of released items designed to help parents work with their children to ensure they are meeting grade-level standards for success. The portal, designed around the findings of a study of more than 1,300 parents of K-8 students nationwide, has robust guidelines and toolkits that lay out the core competencies expected of students between Kindergarten and 8th Grade.

In addition to rubrics, sample items and other tools for parents to help their children grow and master important concepts in English Language Arts and Math, the Readiness Roadmap has interactive guides for parents to get the most out of parent-teacher conferences, to plan for their child's college years, and much more. The toolkit also has tools to help kids remain focused in the classroom, as well as mentally and physically healthy as they grow.

Last Day of School
Wednesday, May 25th 11:15 dismissal
No Lunch will be served

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!

PBIS Carnival
The elementary students had the opportunity this week to attend a carnival to celebrate their PBIS success this year. The students used the CADET Pride Bucks that they have earned to play games or buy things at the carnival. They had a lot of fun playing the games.

The students also had the opportunity to play age appropriate probability games that were created by the Junior High students. These games were set up in the wrestling room in conjunction with the Cadet Pride Carnival. These games did not cost Cadet Pride Bucks to play. Students were given tokens at the door to use to play the games. These games were created and run by the Junior High students. The Junior High students were very excited to have the elementary students come in and play them. Thanks Mr. Steffen and students for joining in on the PBIS celebration at the Cadet Pride Carnival!

PBIS Cadet Carnival is in full swing

Thank you Cresco Bank & Trust for our prize bags!


Why #RockOneSock?
Crestwood Elementary students and staff joined the effort to bring awareness to the National Missing Children’s Day (May 25, 2016). We joined the effort by having every student Rock one Sock the day of the Cadet Pride Carnival, Wednesday, May 11th to let missing children know that we have not forgotten about them. This was in combination with promoting compassion, empathy, and child safety in our developmental guidance classes. The #RockOneSock challenge was coordinated by Mrs. McCabe our school counselor.  The students loved it.

DARE Graduation

Each and every day students are faced with situations in which they can make a good choice or a bad choice that will impact their lives for years to come. The 5th grade students at Crestwood were given the opportunity to participate in a DARE program this year. We believe that our students are ready to fulfill the DARE mission, they have the good decision-making skills to lead safe and healthy lives. Congratulations to our DARE graduates!

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.  

Back To School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2016-17 school year with Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, August 23rd. The P-T conferences will be held from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for elementary students and parents. Parents will sign up online for an individual conference time that best fits their schedule. Information regarding how to sign-up will be mailed out to parents this summer.

The staff is looking forward to this time with parents. Teachers will inform parents and students about grade level standards and curriculum, the daily schedule of the classroom, pupil progress reporting, special programs, the classroom/school behavior plan, classroom expectations and other pertinent information. Parents and students can ask questions and discuss any specific individual concerns with the teacher at this time also. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their classroom supplies, get to know the teacher and become familiar with the room.

Howard-Winn is utilizing these conferences to better connect and build meaningful relationships with parents and students before the school year starts. Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school conferences is a great way to establish that relationship. We will extend this relationship by also providing Parent-Teacher conferences in November and again in February. These conferences are a chance to continue conversations between parents and teachers, and to discuss strategies to help students do their best in class. Meetings between the parents and the teacher also let students know that what goes on in school will be shared at home. Parents are also encouraged to request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff at any time during the school year if they have questions or concerns.

The first day of school for Howard-Winn students for the 2016-17 school year will be 
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

Our Learning This Week.....

The preschoolers concluded their recycling study by recycling their milk cartons into planting pots. They are starting to learn about growing and planting during the month of May. After the preschoolers recycled their milk carton, they worked to create a “Mr./Mrs. Grass-head” by decorating the milk carton with silly faces and planting grass-seed inside. They will be bringing these home in a few weeks…the preschoolers will then be in charge of giving their grass-head a hair cut each time their family mows the lawn this summer!

Transitional Kindergarten
Students working on letter sounds on the Smartboard

Working on ST Math

Students have been learning about authors and illustrators. 
They practiced their own drawing techniques.


Creating two and three dimensional shapes

Reading during Daily 5 time

Kindergarten enjoying Junior High math games

Did you know a cricket's ear is on its front legs? Wow!

Sharing our favorite books for ABC countdown

Practicing finding the verb in the sentence by popping bubbles 

Sunshine on a rainy day with kindness compliment strips to classmates

Measuring distances around objects and determining perimeter 

Practicing for our vlogs about our book clubs!

Our Spanish mentors teaching us about Cinco De Mayo. 

We absolutely loved this book 4 book clubs, tears and all. We fell in love with Marley!!!

 These 4th grade students had to use their knowledge of the food chain to guess what this "mystery pellet" was! They found some really cool things in their owl pellets!

4th grade students had the opportunity to dig for and find fossils at the Rockford Fossil Pit! 

After their dig, they went inside the nature center for a presentation and hands on exploration!

Students share #STEM projects after their field trip to The Works Museum. 
Jitter bugs & Maze Engineering

Fundraiser money well spent. One student said, "This is the best day of my life!"

Students explore the Cell Labs at the Science Museum of Minnesota testing wheat grass DNA.  How exciting! 

STEM Design before our Nature Center Day!


Finishing up our Ancient Rome stations

Students getting directions before rock climbing!!

More directions . . .

Let the FUN begin!

Congratulations on all of your hard work this year! 
#2020HowardWinn Elementary enjoying a movie at Cresco theatre! 

Combined grades 5-12 mass Band concert!
They played an excellent concert to a full house!


May 16/17      Kindergarten classes to Forestville (1/2 of the classes each day)
May 17          Preschool & Transition Kindergarten to the Nature Center
May 18          Bike Rodeo for 4th & 5th Graders
May 20          Preschool and Transition Kindergarten students last day
May 20          Kindergarten "Informance" at 6:30 in the High School Auditorium
May 20          2nd Grade to Byron
May 20          4th Grade to Burr Oak
May 23          Read and Feed Celebration
May 24          Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd Grades to the Cresco Theatre
May 25          Last Day of School; Dismissal at 11:15

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