Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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


Here's how we are celebrating . . .


Would you like your child to be more responsible, hardworking, and persistent? Raising responsible kids is a challenge. You want your child to clean her room, but it’s a disaster. You ask your child to put his clothes into the hamper, but instead they’re strewn all over his room. How can you get your child to take responsibility when he or she refuses to accept it?

Tips for all parents...
• Know that teaching kids responsibility takes a long time. Don’t expect sudden miracles. Continue to talk and teach about responsibility as your child grows.
• Make sure your child feels the consequences of not taking responsibility (instead of you feeling the consequences). For example, if your child refuses to place his clothes in the hamper to be washed, leave them on the floor of his room. Shut the door. Don’t wash the clothes. When your child panics about not having clean clothes, show him the way to the washer and dryer.
• Resist the temptation to rescue your kids when they suffer the consequences of not taking responsibility. If your teenager calls from the library in the middle of winter wanting a ride home because she’s cold and she didn’t wear a coat, empathize with her situation, but don’t bail her out (unless, of course, it could be a life threatening situation). Something as simple as a walk in cold, brisk weather can teach a child the benefits of wearing a coat in the winter.
• Talk less. Kids often refuse to take responsibility because they know their parents will keep reminding them to do so. Be clear that you’ll give ONE reminder, and then it’s up to them.
• Lead by example. Remember that lessons in responsibility always start with you! If your child hears you saying one thing and then doing the opposite, your kids will be more likely to follow your example rather than follow your command.

For parents with children ages birth to 5
• Break responsibilities into small, easy-to-do tasks that are age appropriate for young children. For example, keep a laundry basket or bucket handy for your child to place his or her toys in when picking them up off the floor.
• Be responsible together. For example, everyone in the family can help to set the table. You can set the dishes, glasses, and breakable items, while your child places a napkin next to each plate. Older preschoolers can learn how to place knives, forks, and spoons.
• Monitor young children when they’re practicing responsibility. You can help to keep them on task and keep them focused from distractions.

For parents with children ages 6–9
• Consider having time-frames for responsibilities. For example, maybe you say that kids can’t watch TV until they’ve picked up their room or completed their homework first. They’re more likely to get their responsibilities done if they know they get to do something that they really want to do afterward.
• Let kids be kids, but also expect them to take responsibility for their age. It can be a tricky balance, but there is a balance between too many and no responsibilities.
• Talk about how important responsibilities are. For example, ask your kids: “If I didn’t take the responsibility of cooking dinner, what would happen? What if someone didn’t take out the garbage for a month?”

For parents with children ages 10–15
• Focus on kids actions—not their reactions—to responsibility. Some will complain every step of the way, but will finish their responsibilities, while others will say, “I’m getting to it” but never complete the task at hand.
• If you’re wary of the tension in your home around trying to get your teenager to take responsibility, take a time out and take some time for yourself.
• Consider having a “family responsibility time” where everyone needs to be home to complete his or her responsibilities. Some families find that Saturday mornings are a good time.Don’t allow anyone to leave until all the responsibilities are done—and done well.
• Slowly increase your child’s responsibilities as he or she ages. Many kids at this age can begin to mow lawns, baby sit, and perform other responsibilities. Teach them how to handle responsibilities well, monitor them, and let them gradually master their skills.
Source: Parent Further


Sara Grimm

A huge thank you to Girl Scouts from Troop 75 for offering free babysitting during our Parent-Teacher Conferences this week. Many parents appreciated this free service and the kids had a lot of fun!

What Does the Research Say about iPads in the Classroom?

iPads are a hit with students and teachers here at Crestwood, as well as many other schools. But do they really have an impact on our instruction and our student learning? The research says YES! Several recent studies have all supported the use of iPads to enhance the classroom experience and learning.

  • Research says that iPads can improve classroom learning
  • Research says iPads improve student engagement
  • Research says that iPads have the potential to level the playing field for all students
Source: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

Classroom Redemption Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection. Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out town and in town relatives to start collecting on your behalf.

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

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

The preschoolers are enjoying their new study on dental health. The students have learned some new vocabulary words about teeth. Students explored using different kinds of teeth by taking bites of a soft banana and hard carrot. Did you know that we use our incisors to bite through soft foods like bananas and our canines to bite through hard foods like carrots? Students used their molars to chew all kinds of food into little pieces to make swallowing easier for their bodies.  

Their dramatic-play center has transformed into a dentist office. The preschoolers are busy practicing their writing skills by answering the phone and scheduling dental appointments in the appointment book. These classroom dentists have mastered their counting by discovering that each preschool friend has 20 teeth.

Transitional Kindergarten

Students practiced graphing skills. It gave them the opportunity to make predictions and talk about collecting data. One of the students asked, “What is data?” This led to further discussions about what kinds of things we can collect data on and what we can use data for. This class graph was about pets. 

The students have enjoyed making music with an app they practiced using in music class. 
It has become a class favorite!

Their study of animals continues. This week the focus turned toward habitats. After learning about different habitats through books and recording information in their science journals, students had the chance to practice classifying animals they cut out of magazines onto habitat posters. 


Working at literacy stations

Students are always working hard!

First Grade

Students have been learning about the MOON!! They have realized that many of the things they THOUGHT were true are not!  Such as.... The moon DOES NOT change size, shape, or color!! The moon DOES NOT "come out at night." The moon DOES NOT give off light and is NOT as big as the sun!!

These Oreos really helped us learn about the phases of the moon.

Learning about orbits and lighting.

Students went on an adventure. Mr. Knobloch took them to the indoor planetarium in the library. They talked about how stars are always there but we cannot always see them. They looked at different stars that would be in our sky.

We love working with our OSMOS!

Second Grade

Testing out a new Smart TV.  This is COOL!

Third Grade
Some of our friends are learning a new reading strategy called 
"Mark it up" as they practice ways to increase comprehension.

Batter Up: Time to play some Baseball Multiplication!

We LOVE working with our classroom RSVP volunteers. They read with students and talk about their reading. We are excited to have the RSVP program here at Crestwood Elementary. A big thank you to all the retired volunteers that are helping in the classrooms.

Fourth Grade

Students spent some valuable time finding the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text. They discussed how sometimes the main idea is stated in a sentence, while other times they have to figure it out for themselves. 

Students are working very hard in literacy.  AMAZING book club presentations by students! They read the book, Invisible Stanley, and worked together to create an iMovie trailer to present to the class. 

Fifth Grade

These scientists are making observations and 
recording their notes to compare with their colleagues.

Chemical reactions--what is happening . . .

It's a STEM challenge and these ladies are all in! 

Working with money

Creative writing is an opportunity to get down some great story ideas!

Sixth Grade

Love our book club discussions

Partners working together to monitor one another's fluency


Students read contraction on the car, 
then find 2 words that make up the contraction on the tires.

Students learning about Jump Rope For Heart

Building background knowledge before reading about Gertrude Ederle, 
1st woman to swim the English Channel.

Tell Us What You Think . . . 
Your voice is important to us as Howard-Winn begins to take the next steps forward. 
Our school district has requested a Needs Assessment Survey be conducted by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). This electronic online survey is designed to help us assess our strengths and areas of needed improvement, with a focus on improving student achievement. 
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February 27-March 3                  READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK

Monday, February 27                  March Madness Fundraiser (tumblers & popcorn) 

Tuesday, February 28                 NO SCHOOL (HW in State Basketball Tournament) 

Monday, March 6                        NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice

Tuesday, March 7                       PTO meeting 6:30 in Discovery Center

March 7-17                                 Iowa Assessments

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