Friday, March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

March is National Read Aloud Month. Research shows that reading aloud with children is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare a child for reading and learning. Reading aloud to your child at least 15 minutes a day starting at birth can help your child start successfully on their learning journey. Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher. Some important tips to help:
1.  Get excited. Your enthusiasm will get your child excited too. 
2.  Read with expression. Go ahead and use funny voices or make sound effects. Your child will love it. 
3.  Point to the pictures and talk about them. Compare things to your child and their life.
4.  Kids can be squirmy. Have them help hold the book, it will keep them more interested.
5.  Let your child turn the pages, run your finger under the words as you read occasionally, this will give your child a sense of how books work. 
6.  Talk about the pictures. This will help your child learn more about the story. 
7.  Make reading a habit by incorporating it into your everyday routine. This will help your child see the value of reading for pleasure and enjoyment. 
8.  Build your home library. Read lots of different books to your child, but be prepared some will probably become favorites and you will get to read them over and over.
9.  Enjoy the time with your child.

    Do you read to your kids?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends daily reading aloud from birth to grow vocabulary and promote healthy brain development. Despite widespread agreement among parents that reading aloud has an “extremely positive” impact on brain development, a new survey conducted by YouGov for the non-profit Read Aloud 15 MINUTES found that fewer than half of parents (46%) read aloud with their children every day, and only 34% do so for at least 15 minutes.

    Even among those who do read aloud daily, few begin from birth — as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. And while six in 10 (62%) parents have received the advice to read aloud to their children 15 minutes every day starting from birth, only 8% actually do.

    We believe that we will see a drastic change in school readiness and school achievement if children are read to more often and given opportunities to read at home. Students are exposed to many different types of books and authors at school and we are working to build a strong home reading connection for our students.

    To learn more or to participate in March Read Aloud Month, visit

    Rock On CADETS!

    Sara Grimm

    How Much Sleep Does my Child Need?

    You may be like many other parents, you want to make sure that your child is well rested and ready for school each day.  We do have students that come to school very tired and consequently fall asleep during class or aren't able to fully participate or understand the activities in the classroom because they are tired.  You may be wondering what time your child should go to bed.

    Every child is a bit different in the amount of sleep that they need, but this chart can be helpful as you think about your child, your bedtime routine, what time they need to get up, and what will help them to wake up ready to go.

    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 really enjoying their Farm to Preschool experiences. Below they are pictured after trying yogurt. They up-cycled their empty yogurt containers into art projects. Look at how big their potato plant from December is getting!

    Thank you City of Cresco Snow Removal Crew! A front end loader and a dump truck with a snowplow visited our school. Students got to observe the front end loader scrape snow in the school parking lot and dump it into the dump truck. They got to walk around the machinery and take a closer look at how it works. They wrote/drew in their journals about what they observed and learned. They measured with how long the snowplow blade was and how long the truck was!

    What we learned…Robots!
    We had the OZOBOT in our classroom and we got to program it.  We learned that the sensors can “see” lines and colors and it can follow lines drawn with marker and lines printed on paper from computer.  Each student in a small group took turns using red, blue, and/or green markers to color in empty boxes along a black path. Then we put OZOBOT on the path to figure out the output of the different colors. We figured out what color combinations made OZOBOT’s output slow down and which color combinations made the output go “TURBO” (speed up). We also figured out that its output was the light changing to the color of the line it was following.

    OSMO Numbers and Tangrams have also been in preschool classrooms. We love the Keystone Lending Library for having materials like this available for check out!

    Transitional Kindergarten

    Students are working on social skills using the "We Thinkers!" materials from Social Thinking. This week our lesson was on thoughts and feelings. 
    Our brain is our thought maker and our heart is our feelings keeper. 

    Students use magnetic builders to explore shapes. 

    Working on words during Cadet Time. 


    Students learning about the constellations inside the planetarium from Mr. Knobloch!

    Learning to identify the problem in a story for the characters. 

    Last week students finished reading the book Ice Bear by Nicola Davies. They worked on visualizing, making connections, writing about information that was learned, inferring, and stating opinion. They also worked on cvc blending, segmenting, rhyming, identifying long and short vowels.  
    Kindergarten sure is a busy place!

    First Grade

    Students had a lot of fun celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday last week!

    Second Grade

    Our current literacy book: "Akiak." This book is about the Iditarod Sled Dog Race that takes place in Alaska. The actual race began this week. The second graders picked a musher to follow throughout the race.

    Learning about Alaska!

    Third Grade
    It is Dr. Seuss' birthday! The power of reading is amazing. We enjoyed a visit from Amy Bollman today as our Dr. Seuss guest reader. A big thank you to the PTO who also presented each elementary student with their very own book to keep and a snack to enjoy. One of our favorite parts of the day was time just for fun spent on the Seussville website!

    Encouragement from mom and dad helps us ROCK our IA Assessments!

    3rd grade built a nest that would hold "Horton" AND not let the egg break. 
    Students decided they need more cushion on top of the egg. 

    A UNI education student was at Howard-Winn last week.  
    Here she is embedding technology into her fraction lesson!

    Each student got to design a bracelet in math class. Then they worked to determine the fraction of each color on the bracelets they made. As a reward for their hard work, students got to bring the bracelets.

    Fourth Grade

    Spring Training has begun! Fourth Grade students prepared for Iowa Assessments with a baseball-themed test prep unit! Students worked on creating their very own playbook, which will help choose the perfect "play" or strategy to pull off a big win during their Iowa Assessment testing! Teachers are going to set these players up for success and give them the BEST opportunity possible to show what they can do!

    A peek into 4th Grade literacy rounds!

    Fifth Grade

    This is what a classroom looks like using @Lyrics2learn! They love it!

    This class shows their muscle and strong work ethic before taking Iowa Assessments. 
    They have been strong workers and thinkers!

    Some 5th Grade moments . . .

    Sixth Grade

    Discussing our horror book club reading. . .

    This Book Club has great ideas and thoughts!

    When you reach "That Moment" in your book!
    Engaged, Excited, & Having FUN!

    Read Across America: We enjoyed Skyping with a school in California in the library with Mrs. Shekleton. We also enjoyed our Read-A-Thon in our classrooms. We even had special guests stop by to surprise us with new books. 
    There is nothing greater than the gift of a book.


    Thank you to the PTO for bringing us a new book to keep! 
    They also brought us snacks and juice, all for Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

    The American Legion was here Tuesday to present awards for essays! 

    Elementary students were excited to watch the JH musical Aladdin Jr
    This was a wonderful production!  Thank you Mr. Bieber and JH Cast!

    Kindergarten & 1st Grade students Skype with @LauraMurrayBook 
    about the Gingerbread Man adventures

    5th & 6th graders are creating STEM activities for younger learners 
    to go along with a Dr. Seuss book

    Congratulations to our Ag in the Classroom Grant winners!

    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. 
    All responses are anonymous and we "Thank you" in advance for your participation.

    Click the link below to start the survey


    March 7-17                                 Iowa Assessments

    Friday, March 10                        4th Grade to Grout Museum 

    Monday, March 13                     7:00 School Board Meeting

    Tuesday, March 14                    7:30 Grades 5-6-7-8 Band Concert in the H.S. Auditorium

    Friday, March 17                        End of 3rd Quarter

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