Friday, May 20, 2016

May 20, Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents,
Summer is almost upon us and you may be wondering what activities your child can be involved in that would keep them learning, active, and engaged.  We have some great programs this summer that you may want to be involved in.  In June we will have our annual Wisdom & Wellness Program.  This program offers free organized activities from 9:00-11:00 each day, from June 6-June 30.  Your child can attend whenever their schedule allows. They can also eat a free lunch before they leave.  I have included information below.  

Also this summer we have a free feeding program for children ages 1-18.  Breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00 and Lunch is served from 11:00-1:00.  All meals are served in the Crestwood High School cafeteria.  No registration or identification is required.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this year!
Have a Great Summer!

Sara Grimm

Download forms for Wisdom & Wellness Here

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

Grant Awarded

Thank you to the Howard-Winneshiek Community School Foundation for funding Dory
Fravel's grant request for social thinking materials. Social thinking skills include self-awareness, perspective taking, self-regulation, and organizational systems, and are components necessary to meet personal goals. Instruction in social thinking teaches students strategies to self-regulate their behavior, make good choices, alternatives to problem-solving, and improve peer relationships. Improvement in these areas can narrow the gap between student performance compared to peers. We are excited to receive this grant for materials that would otherwise not be available to students. The materials are interesting and engaging to students, and the skills taught are easy for students to implement. Thank you to the foundation for making this grant possible!
Thank you also for funding Mary Ellen Vachta's grant request for Reading Recovery books for students!

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.

Does Your 4th Grader Want to be in the Band?

Our Learning This Week.....

The preschoolers continued to explore seeds, planting, and growing. Their grass people turned out to be a huge success! The preschoolers have learned that seeds are all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Below the students are giving their grass people a haircut.

Students celebrated their last visit with their 4th Grade buddies.

Transitional Kindergarten

Listening to a presentation at the Nature Center. 

Students learned about different birds they would see on their nature walk.

Eating lunch in the classroom after their field trip.


Partnering with 3rd graders to write our memory books

Look who's blooming in Kindergarten! 

First grade field trip to fish hatchery is a blast even in the rain!

Using base 10 blocks to answer the riddle: What number am I? 

Enjoying ABC countdown with Popcorn and Quiet reading outside

Great lesson from the FFA members

Gallon Guy helps teach capacity.

Practicing Spanish using a link from our HS mentors 

3rd grade putting their heads together to problem solve on

This student made a paper mache whale as part of her passion project 

Always powerful - writing about great books we are reading! 

Genius Hour - making paper

Preschool students playing with our 4th grade buddies 

4th graders study positive & negative space before creating their paper collages 

Kahoot review before a test - we're proud of our scores!

Field trip to the Nature Center (plants, entomology, soil conservation, birding, & bees)

Powerful Learning Today - Creating virtual narratives of children in the Holocaust.

6th grade Red Group cell project winners-
Most Scientific, Most Creative, and Most Attractive

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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