Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

A $280,000 Gift to Your Child 

Who would turn down such a gift? My guess is not too many parents. This is the monetary
figure associated with the salary difference earned over a lifetime between those that graduate from high school and those that don’t. A little reading help goes a long way. Numerous studies have looked at the effect of parent involvement on literacy. It is crucial that the home and school work together to provide each and every student with the support they need to become successful, life-long readers.

Before grade 4 children learn to read, after that they read to learn. Whether it is math, science, history, or any field of knowledge, students who cannot read well, have a hard time succeeding in school.

Parents can do lots of things at home to encourage reading. A parent who reads just 15 minutes a day to a child from birth provides that child with 456 hours of literacy experiences before they ever enter school. Reading even for a few minutes a day, prepares them to read and encourages a positive attitude toward reading. Children who are read to at home learn to read more easily, have a higher vocabulary and are more likely to develop a love of reading.

Research has also shown that by talking, singing and reading to children, parents are turning on brain cells that are essential for a healthy child. By encouraging babies and young children to communicate, parents are laying the foundation for reading success.

You can create healthy reading environments by having a good supply of reading materials available: newspapers, magazines, books and catalogs. Be a reading role model, children want to be like their parents. If they see you reading daily, both for function and pleasure, they will more likely become avid readers themselves. If children see parents visiting libraries and checking out books, giving and receiving books as gifts, and borrowing and loaning books to friends, they will know their parents place a high value on reading.

Give the gift of reading to your child. It will be a gift that pays out dividends over a lifetime.


Sara Grimm

Are you searching for something to make reading more fun for your child?  Try starting a FAMILY BOOK CLUB.  Starting a family book club can motivate your youngster to read, 
boost her comprehension, and create memories. Each month, let a different person choose a book. Check out library copies, and give everyone enough time to read. Then, hold a meeting with fun discussion ideas like these. 
Cast a movie. Select a character, and ask each person to name an actor for the movie version. Explain why your choice is the perfect one (the actor looks the way you imagined the character, he has played similar roles in the past). 
Share a review. Take turns pretending you’re a radio personality reviewing the book. Summarize the story, tell what you liked or didn’t like, and explain your reasoning. Idea: Interview the other book club members about their opinions. 
Play “Who said it?” Ask each family member to choose five different lines of dialogue from the book and write each line (and the character’s name) on a separate index card. Have your child read one of her cards aloud. The first person to guess which character said the line keeps the card and reads one of her own. When you’ve read them all, the player with the most cards wins.

Looking for some new reading material?  Check these out:
■ The SheepOver (John and Jennifer Churchman)
When an orphaned lamb named Sweet Pea gets sick, her owners help her recover—and write this picture book about her. Based on a true story, the book tells how the Churchmans
threw a “sheepover” party for the lamb and her “friends” to celebrate her good health.
■ Peter’s Chair (Ezra Jack Keats)
Peter is unhappy because his parents are painting his baby furniture pink for his new sister. His little chair isn’t pink yet, so he runs away with it—to the sidewalk in front of his house. There, he discovers he can’t fit in the chair anymore, and he knows just what to do with it.
(Also available in Spanish.)
■ Museum Mayhem (Carolyn Keene)
After an expensive sculpture is smashed to pieces during an art museum field trip, Nancy Drew and her classmates become suspects. Now Nancy must use her detective skills to prove their innocence. Part of the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series.
■ Henry Builds a Cabin (D. B. Johnson)
Author Henry David Thoreau’s love of nature inspired this story. A bear named Henry builds a tiny log cabin in the woods. Like the real-life Henry, the bear believes in living simply. When the other animals tell him to make his home bigger, he shows them how it's fine the way it is.
■ This Side of Wild (Gary Paulsen)
Bears, horses, and dogs are just a few of the animals that have taught award-winning author Gary Paulsen lessons in his life. In this memoir, he shares true stories of animals he
has encountered, what he has learned from them, and how that knowledge has shaped his life and his fiction.
■ Book Scavenger (Jennifer Chambliss Bertman)
After moving around her whole life,12-year-old Emily feels most at home in the online gaming community of Book Scavenger. So she’s excited to move to San Francisco, where the game’s creator lives. But when he is attacked in real life, the game may be over forever—unless Emily and a fellow gamer can unravel the mystery.
■ Geronimo Stilton: Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (Geronimo Stilton)
A mouse named Geronimo is content with his job as a newspaper editor until his sister persuades him to go on a treasure hunt. Geronimo might recover the treasure, but first he’ll have to survive a hurricane, a shipwreck, and his sister. The hilarious first book in the
Geronimo Stilton series.
■ Sports Illustrated Kids Big Book of Why (Sports Illustrated Kids)
Why are left-handed pitchers called southpaws? Why do competitive swimmers use a flip turn at the end of a pool? Readers will find the answers to these questions and many more in this volume. Includes photos of athletes in action.
Source: Reading Connection Newsletter

Band Concert for Grades 5-6-7-8
Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grade students performed in their spring band concert this week.  They did an awesome job!  What talented students we have!

5th Grade Performers

6th Grade Performers

Vocal Concert for First Grade
The 1st grade students performed in a vocal concert on Thursday, March 16. They did a fabulous job and it was fun to see them excitedly singing for the audience. Great Job Kids!

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 . . .
Preschoolers have been talking about plaque on our teeth and how different foods and drinks affect our teeth. We did an experiment with ‘egg’ teeth. We put an egg in pop, milk and acidic “sugar” water to see what they would do to our teeth. The students made predictions of what would happen to each of the ‘egg’ teeth. We checked on them today and noticed the egg in the pop was brown, the egg in milk stayed white and the egg in the “sugar” water was missing the shell. After seeing this we talked about how these things make our teeth happy or sad. During our morning message we also sorted foods by if they were healthy for our teeth or unhealthy. The preschoolers did a great job of recognizing what makes our teeth happy. We also have been using yarn, play dough and blocks to help us learn how to floss and we have been practicing brushing teeth.

With spring around the corner we started talking about rainbows as a part of our STEM. The students were asked how rainbows are made and when do we see rainbows. The students used rainbow peepholes, which is a special lens that bends so we can see the different colors.  We compared how the peepholes looked with the lights on and then with the lights off.

Transitional Kindergarten
There are many different activities and lessons taking place in the Transitional Kindergarten room. We are excited to start the final quarter and practice the many new skills we have learned this year!

Students took pictures of their animal habitat projects. 

Every week the students practice writing letters and words.

Students used engineering skills to solve the problem of how to keep an animal safe. They designed and created structures for a toy animal using different building materials.  

Letters are starting to come together to make words! 
Students are matching sounds to letters and blending them to make words.


Students read the book "Duck for President". They focused on strategies that good readers use when they read. The focus strategy was identifying the problem in the story for the characters and the solution. The children decided that the animals in the story didn't like to do chores. 

We love the story Duck for President by Doreen Cronin!

Sharing our cool cat posters is fun!

Kindergarten readers took the teacher chair and read aloud to classmates.

Recording presentations about our robots.

First Grade

Working on fact & opinion.

We were able to spend our "Cadet" bucks at the Cadet Pride Store, we started our STEM activity today ~ rolling things, and we ended the day with ice cream sandwiches for a student's birthday! What better way to end the week!!

A great way to practice our skills with Contraction Kahoot!!

We have been working on recognizing numbers. We decided if it was greater than >, 
less than <, or equal to = each other when comparing 2 numbers. 
Today we played a game called Kahoot to show what we know.

Practicing <, >, = with Kahoot

Thankful for all our associates and all their help and work with students!

Second Grade

The passion for writing is evident in this 2nd grade room
as students prepare for writing a fairy tale.

We are learning about telling stories with the puppet pals app 
during technology time with Ms. Klenke.

We are busy writing fairy tales!

Third Grade
We designed Fractional Bracelets and made PicCollage of factional parts of each color! 

Getting sticky in math today while learning fractions.

Congrats for earning the 1st gumball machine for knowing your multiplication facts!

We celebrated the conclusion of our Iowa Assessments with a Lego Partner Building Challenge. We have some creative thinkers and builders!

We are finishing up our fictional stories. An important part of the process is peer editing, so we can help our classmates become the best writers they can be.

"Figuring out Fractions" is pretty "sweet"!

Fourth Grade

These students worked super hard to fill in their study guides on the West region. 

Last Friday, 4th grade went on an awesome field trip to the Grout Museum in Waterloo. There were three stations that we attended. The first was an exploration of the Imaginarium to go with STEM. The second was visiting the planetarium to take a "planet peek" after studying our space theme. The last station was titled, "Shells, Scales, and Spines." This went with our life science studied 1st qtr. students had such a great time! 

Fifth Grade

Researching invasive species

Paper Tower Engineers

Students work on building fluency with Zap Reader.
All so focused and ready to grow!

Sixth Grade

Students are finishing up their horror book clubs. They finished reading their stories last week, now they are working in their groups to determine their story mountains. They are determining the books' expositions, inciting incidents, rising actions, climaxes, falling actions, and resolutions. Once they complete their story mountains, they will create storyboards for their graphic novels. They will then use their storyboards to create graphic novels in the Storyboard That app.

Sixth graders "stealing reading" moments...thank you "The Book Whisperer"


We are looking forward to Coach Sloth's author visit this month. 
Students are enjoying Sammy Sloth books in 3D.

Multi age reading learning through after school tutoring 

Sharing the pen!


Friday, March 17                        End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 27                     Report Cards sent home

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