Friday, August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents and Students,
The 2016-17 school year will soon be underway.  What an exciting time for the students!


Wow -- I cannot believe the summer has ended and we will soon be starting a new school year. We are looking forward to an exciting year. I hope you have had an enjoyable summer and are ready to send your children back to us well rested and ready for a new school year. August is a time for new beginnings. Unlike people in business and industry, educators have the luxury of a new start each year, and for me the beginning of each school year is a very special time. 

Our mission is to prepare and empower our students to think creatively, serve, contribute and succeed locally and globally. We want all children to learn and succeed in life. You, the families in the communities we serve, enhance the high quality of our school. The school can only take partial credit for our level of student achievement. You have high expectations for the school and your children’s performance, and we applaud those expectations and welcome your involvement. That being said, I would like to congratulate the Preschool and Elementary staff, students, and parents for all of your work making our school the best that it can be! 

If you have been on campus lately you will have noticed the updates to the playground.  The old swings were torn out and replaced, a new play structure was added, as well as some small pieces of equipment.  We have also and a padded surface under this to increase students' safety.  The children that have visited the playground are very excited to use the new structures.

Teaching Staff for 2016-17
There have been a few changes in the elementary. Some teachers have moved classrooms and a few teachers have also moved grade levels. With the start of the new school year we would like to announce the teaching staff assignments for this year. 

Early Childhood Staff
Cresco Preschool:    
Kristi Holthaus
Megan Merkel     
Sally Tieskoetter

Crestwood Elementary Staff

Transition Kindergarten:  Shari Marr
Kindergarten:  Paula Galvin         Julie Franzen        Michelle Timp     
First Grade:      Kris Voves           Casey Rausch      Joellyn Berg
Second Grade: Krista Tuchek      Michelle Ihde        Kelly Buehler
Third Grade:     Melissa Adams    Karen Kuhn          Michelle Midthus 
Fourth Grade:   Katie Mahr           Lorrinda Kisley     Jenny Vsetecka
Fifth Grade:      Becky Bohr          Lois Leifeld           Julie Wilson
Sixth Grade:     Jason Sorenson  Carrie McCarville  Kerry Fretheim
School Social Worker: Denise Headington
Guidance Counselors:   Tiffany McCabe       Doug Sickles
Success Program:        Keith Anderlik
Nurses:    Sheila Halweg         Amy Drees       Diana Huhe
TAG:   Todd Knobloch
Title I: Lynn Murray   Tami Foster             Jan Cray                 MaryEllen Vachta
Special Education:       Marsha McCabe      Mary Watt              Linda Walter  
                                   Stacie VerMeer       Jessica Cummings   Dory Fravel
Library:  Denise Shekleton
Art: Rebecca Ortner
Band: Meghan Ringoen
Music: Schyuler Bieber
PE: Tom Schmauss       Oakleigh Natvig       Keith Slifka   Shelly McAllister

Back to School Conferences

The first opportunity for parents and students to meet the teachers and see their rooms will be Tuesday, August 23rd during our back-to-school conferences.  These conferences are for students in grades TK-Grade 6 and their parents. Please contact the office 563-547-2300 if you have not yet signed up for a conference with your child's teacher.  

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during conferences for book browsing and purchase.

Class Assignments
Each spring, there is considerable discussion about placing children in classes for the next school year. This is a matter that we do not take lightly at our school, and the staff and I spend countless hours in forming well-balanced classes in which all children will have an opportunity to learn and to grow in their academic and social skills.  

It is hoped that a frank review of our procedures for class placement of students will prevent the need for parents to individualize their concerns or make requests for specific teachers.  

When classes are structured, we follow a clear set of guidelines. Classes are formed into deliberate heterogeneous groups with the following in mind:

  • an even boy-girl balance
  • a full range of aptitudes within each class
  • an even proportion of abilities and learning styles across the classes at each grade level
  • an equal number of pupils in each class on a grade level
Once these factors have been considered, teachers begin to build a class of children who show promise of working well together. At this point, attempts are made to match pupil and teacher personality and style. Quite understandably, these decisions are based upon observations made by the teachers during the course of the year. While we welcome your input about your child’s individual learning needs, we trust that you understand that your comments constitute just one of the many factors that we consider in forming classes. The final decision on class placements resides with the school. Thanks for your support.

Classroom Redemption Collection
The Crestwood Cadet PTO continues to sponsor a Classroom Redemption Collection. Students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.  Funds raised from these efforts are used to purchase materials, supplies, and other things for the building and students.  Thanks to the Crestwood Cadet PTO a new laminator was purchased for the teachers to use.  Please be generous in your support for our PTO.


August 23           Back to School Conferences (set up individual conference times by calling                            the office if you have not already done so).
August 24           First Day of School 
September 6      Elementary Pictures   

Northeast Iowa Community College is hosting the 13th Annual Fall Fest on Thursday, September 8, 2016 on the Calmar Campus from 5-8 p.m.!  We are asking that you help spread the word about this exciting event by placing the following information in your school newsletter. Attached is a flyer that can be printed and posted on your community bulletin boards and an JPEG image for any electronic newsletters.
Event description for newsletter:
12th Annual Fall Fest  • Thursday, September 8, 2016  •  5-8 p.m.
Northeast Iowa Community College, Calmar campus

Bring the whole family to a night of fun and community! Enjoy food, inflatables, rides and carnival games for kids of all ages. Musicthroughout the evening. It’s the kick-off to fall you don’t want to miss! Learn more at

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