Friday, March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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


As I write this message I feel compelled to start by thanking everyone and celebrating our Crestwood Elementary School community for their hard work in the past few weeks. Students, teachers, and parents worked together to prepare kids to complete end of quarter assessments and to take the Iowa Assessments.  We are proud of our students for working hard to show what they know, and our teachers for meticulously preparing the students by providing high quality classroom experiences throughout the entire school year.   We thank our parents for partnering with us.  Parents involvement is an essential factor in helping our students to be successful in school.  We thank you for your support of our school community and your role in helping our children be prepared for school success.

Please continue to assist us as we begin the last quarter of the school year:
  • Stay in contact with your child's teachers through newsletters, emails, and phone calls
  • Make sure that we have your most current contact information so that we may contact you about your child
  • Communicate with your child's teacher.  A strong cooperative relationship is key to the success of your child
  • Check with your child on a nightly basis to make sure that his/her homework is completed and they are prepared for the next school day
Teaching the "Skills to Learn"!

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

    As we wrap up National Read Aloud Month we continue to stress the importance of reading to your children from birth. 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. LIGHT UP YOUR CHILD’S BRAIN!

Thanks to Steve Anderson for his continuing generosity in donating books about science to the Discovery Center. Here are Mr. Anderson's latest additions. They are greatly appreciated! THANK YOU MR. ANDERSON!

PTO Meeting Rescheduled 
The April PTO meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, April 10th at 5:30 in the Discovery Center.

Tutoring Wraps-Up

Our Tutoring sessions wrapped up this week.  Weather forced us to have many rescheduled dates.  We want to thank our parents, teachers, and student for their flexibility as our calendar changed through the year.  

Wow! Perfect attendance! These students attended tutoring every single night!

A huge THANK YOU to Lynn Murray for being our Tutoring Coordinator again this year!


Preschool Registration Spring Open House 
Our annual Preschool Open House will be on Friday, April 28th at the Crestwood Preschool Building,1135 Canterbury Street, in Cresco from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM OR 4:30-5:30 PM. Please attend the time that best fit your schedule to fill out district registration paperwork and preschool forms.  Plan on spending about 20 minutes filling out paperwork. This is also an opportunity to talk to and ask the preschool teachers questions. It is up to you if you want to bring your child.  Please bring your child’s most recent physical, immunization record and birth certificate.  (An official document that has your child’s birthdate on it such as a Medicaid insurance card or a passport can be accepted in place of a birth certificate.)

Kindergarten Round-up 
Kindergarten Round-up will be held at Crestwood Elementary on Friday, April 28th
from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Children only, Parents do not need to attend.

Kindergarten Parent Informational Meeting
There will be a parent meeting for incoming kindergarten parents on Thursday, April 20th at 5:30.  

Classroom Redemption Collection

The Crestwood Cadet PTO is sponsoring a Classroom Redemption Collection. Be sure to ask friends, neighbors and out of 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 talked about St. Patrick’s Day and how leprechauns like green, gold and rainbows! After reading the story Looking for Leprechauns, some of the students came up with the idea to build traps to catch the leprechauns. The preschoolers were very anxious to get started on their traps and were very creative in making them! There was lots of excitement after students found a note from a little leprechaun!! The leprechaun sent the students on a treasure hunt around their room that led them to the treasure!

Students finished up their teeth study. They read the story What If I had Animal Teeth, after reading the story each student was able to pick an animal tooth that they would like and create it out of modeling clay. They then had to identify what kind of tooth it was and write the animal it belongs to by trying to sounding out the word.

Transitional Kindergarten
Students were excited to have visitors on Monday from the preschool and Head Start!
We will have two more groups visit us over the next few weeks.

The students have been working on social skills all year. Many of the board games they play are cooperative games that have the students working together as a team to accomplish the game goal.

The students are creating books and pictures during their free work times.
They enjoy creating projects for other students, staff, and family members.


Using magnifying glasses to identify the characteristics of a quarter.

Focused on reading! 

We have been reading the book Wodney Wat by Helen Lester. The students have been working on visualizing, retelling, making connections, identifying characters, and stating their opinion. The students have also been working on concepts of print, such as: commas, periods, question marks, quotation marks, etc.

First Grade

What two words are part of the contraction?

Working on our schema. What do we know and what did we learn about frogs?

Looking for text evidence in our comprehension packet. 

Second Grade

Working on measurement in math! We had fun measuring lego towers!

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we read the book "The Luckiest Leprechaun" and then solved some riddles, to open locked boxes, to help Mackenzie O'Shamrock find his gold. A huge thank you to our technology instructor, Ms. Klenke, for setting up this fun and sometimes frustrating activity.

It may not be "March Madness" in the classroom, but a lot was learned about March "mushers". Students chose an actual musher to track and follow on his/her iPad that was a participant in the real live annual sled dog race called the Iditarod in Alaska. Our mentor text was titled Akiak. We have read about and learned new facts and generated opinions about Alaska.

Third Grade

We love meeting in book clubs to enjoy a good book

Students discuss dialogue in writing to hook readers and use mentor sentences as models.

We are so excited to announce that we have pen pals! They are a third grade class from Sumner-Fredricksburg. Their teacher is Mr. Hable and we will be working on mastering the art of letter writing. We are very excited to write back!

Reading our pen pal letters! So excited to write back! 

We also got to go to the Cadet Store to spend their hard earned Cadet Bucks on Friday. Students were able to purchase toys, games, and other activities that they get to take home.

Fourth Grade

Introducing the partial quotients method of division.

Working hard on our biographies and autobiographies in writing.

Fifth Grade

4 Flap Summary = Theme + Topic + Main People + Repeated Words

Students enjoying p.e. class.

Writing conferences in 5th grade.

5th graders peer editing short stories using rubrics.

Sixth Grade

Science vocabulary development. 

Dear Algebra, We are not scared of you!!

Students sharing their explanatory drafts to the class. 


Enjoying an awesome Jolly Phonics lesson with this excited group!

English Language Learners gearing up for state testing!

Building background knowledge about a bionic beak before reading Beauty's New Beak. 

2nd Grade Students study Jasper Johns and choose what and how to make.

Students practice onset-rime with an official game of Chunk Stacker.


Monday, March 27                     Report Cards sent home
Thursday, March 30                   Author Coach Sloth Visit
Friday, March 31                        Paraprofessional's Day  

No comments:

Post a Comment