Friday, March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

What Are We Building?

I read a powerful blog post by George Couros that really made me stop and think. Mr. Couros had this story in his blog:

One day a traveller, walking along a lane, came across 3 stonecutters working in a quarry. Each was busy cutting a block of stone. Interested to find out what they were working on, he asked the first stonecutter what he was doing. “I am cutting a stone!” Still no wiser the traveller turned to the second stonecutter and asked him what he was doing. “I am cutting this block of stone to make sure that it’s square, and its dimensions are uniform, so that it will fit exactly in its place in a wall.” A bit closer to finding out what the stonecutters were working on but still unclear, the traveller turned to the third stonecutter. He seemed to be the happiest of the three and when asked what he was doing replied: “I am building a cathedral.”

I began to think about how this story relates to what we are doing at our school each day. Are we so focused on the lesson or skill for the day that we forget to relate it to real life? Are the students able to see a purpose for what they are doing? At the elementary our teachers do a great job of purposefully making these connections for the kids. They help them to see how the things that they are learning about will be useful and they provide experiences daily for the students that imitate real-life. Our classrooms are helping students learn real-world skills and building their ability to become independent, lifelong learners. Education here at Crestwood is not about "teaching stuff". Our teachers work to discover, develop, and expand passions, creativity, and strengths and to prepare our students to succeed in life.

This week I had the opportunity to go to the ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) Conference in Saint Charles, Illinois to present with Mr. Carver, Mrs. Jurgensen, and Mrs. Suckow about the things happening at Howard-Winn.  It was great to have the opportunity to share the awesome things that our teachers and students are doing.  The teachers and students at Howard-Winn are second to none and we should be very proud of the great things that are happening here!


Sara Grimm


Iowa Assessments are coming up starting next week for grades 3-6.  Each teacher is sending specific information for their classroom.  Please make every effort to make sure that your child comes to school well-rested and has eaten a good breakfast.  THANKS!

5th and 6th Grade Bands
(along with the 7-8th Grade Band)
present our
March Concert

Who: 5th and 6th Grade Crestwood and Notre Dame Band Students (along with the 7-8th Grade Band students)

What: 5-8th Grade Band Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14th.  Band students should meet at 7:05.

Where: Crestwood High School Auditorium.  Students should meet in the elementary band room.

What to Wear: Students should wear black and white and dress their best.  No t-shirts, no sweatshirts, no jeans, no tennis shoes, no flip flops.  Recommended dress includes dresses, skirts, slacks, dress shoes, and shirts with collars.


In the case of an emergency or an illness, please contact me by phone or email to let me know as soon as possible before or immediately after the concert.

It is required that all students stay for the entire concert. This is for the benefit of the performers and audience. Students leaving early will be recorded. If there are circumstances resulting in a family needing to depart early, I need to be notified in writing no later than the Friday before the concert. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me: or 547-2300.

Thanks for your help and support!

Meghan Ringoen
Howard-Winneshiek Community School District, Elementary Instrumental Music

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 . . .

Crestwood Elementary Fundraiser
Crestwood Elementary is currently doing a fundraiser to raise money to purchase books for the students to have and keep as their own to encourage summer reading. Contact your favorite student or the Crestwood Elementary office 563-547-2300 and order your Crestwood Cadets tumbler, college tumbler or popcorn.

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


Monday, March 6                        NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice

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

Wednesday, March 8                 Fundraiser Ends

March 7-17                                 Iowa Assessments

Friday, March 10                        4th Grade to Grout Museum 

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