Friday, September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents and Students,
Read Aloud
Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive
skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success. Research shows that the more words parents use when speaking to an 8-month-old infant, the greater the size of their child's vocabulary at age 3. The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life. Reading aloud is a proven technique to help children cope during times of stress or tragedy.

Our elementary school guidance counselor, Mrs. Tiffany McCabe, is available to meet with students, parents, and teachers in their school. The counselor helps in the development of academic, personal, and social growth of the student and meets with students in classrooms, small groups, and on an individual basis.

Our guidance counselor is here to help children: 
  • understand themselves and others
  • to prevent problems from developing
  • to identify children with special needs
  • to provide crisis intervention
  • to develop personalized programs for students
  • to provide guidance related information and activities
  • to coordinate or facilitate efforts of the psychologist, social workers, parents and other care givers, teachers, students and administration
During the regularly scheduled classroom guidance times, the counselor provides age appropriate information and activities to all children in the areas of:
  • learning skills
  • self concept
  • personal safety
  • friendship/social skills
  • cooperation
  • alcohol and other drug information
  • making choices and understanding the consequences of various choices
  • feelings
  • career awareness
Individual and small group counseling can help children understand, accept and express feelings, develop social skills, make better choices, develop problem solving skills, and better understand how to deal with the problems and changes that life presents. Small groups are formed as needs arise. Some typical issues that can be addressed in counseling are: 
  • problems with unhappiness, anger and other feelings, social/friendship 
  • concerns, frequent school absences, classroom academic or behavior 
  • concerns, and coping with family issues such as drug and alcohol 
  • problems, violence, illness, death, absent parent, separation, divorce, or any other areas of concern.
Parents and other care givers are encouraged to call the counselor with any questions or concerns they have about their child, as well as any parenting questions or concerns they may have.


Join us on Thursday, October 6th, for “Stomp Out Bullying!” We are making a statement against bullying and cyberbullying to help stomp out bullying. We’re asking all students and adults to participate. By wearing a BLUE SHIRT in commitment to making that the day, bullying prevention is heard around Howard-Winn. School District!

Preschool Teachers Awarded Grants
Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative for Early Childhood announced this week the Farm to Early Childhood Mini Grant Awards. The Mini-Grant Awards are for $100 and will be used to support Farm to Early Education in the classroom. The awards will be used in a variety of ways to connect preschool age children to where their food comes from and introducing healthy eating habits.

Three Howard-Winneshiek preschool teachers were among those receiving the $100 awards. Congratulations to Sally Tieskoetter, Megan Merkel, and 
Kristi Holthaus,.

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, substitutes would be helping students to learn subject matter and/or skills  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 continues to sponsor a Classroom Redemption Collection. Students are encouraged to ask friends, neighbors and out of town and in town relatives to start collecting on their behalf.  Funds raised from these efforts are used to purchase materials, supplies, and other things for the building and students.  Please be generous in your support for our PTO.

Here's what we've been up to this week . . .


October 3           No School (Teacher Inservice)
October 5           6:00 District Advisory Meeting in Elem/JH Discovery Center
October 6           Cherrydale Fundraising Kick Off (sales close on October 20)
                           STOMP OUT BULLYING (wear Blue)
October 7           Fall Fitness Day
                           Grade 1 Field Trip to Children's Museum

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