Friday, March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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


During April there will be classroom assessments and district assessments that occur for students in grades TK-6. During this month teachers will continue to assess in the classroom for instructional purposes in reading and math. Through these assessments teachers are able to find out what skills your child has mastered and what skills need to be retaught or reinforced. During the month of April students will also be taking our MAP assessments. Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), an online assessment that creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level. Teachers are able to get assessment data—and essential information about what each student knows and is ready to learn within 24 hours of the testing. We then use that instructional data to help guide classroom instruction, and also help us to identify how we can respond to students’ learning needs building-wide during our CADET TIME (intervention/enrichment block). Students in Transitional-Kindergarten through Grade 6 will also be taking the FAST assessment in early May. This assessment gives us data about your child’s literacy skills and is mandated by Iowa Code in order to comply with Iowa’s Early Literacy legislation. You can help at home by talking to your child about the importance of doing their best so that we can determine what they are ready to learn next. Making sure that your child is well-rested and eating a good breakfast before school is also important. Thanks for you help!

Families Routines are key for student’s success in their daily lives! Setting up routines at home for daily activities such as homework, getting dressed, checking backpacks and much more are important so that your child knows what to expect and can do it independently on their own. Kids also thrive on routines that are established that are predictable and they can count on them being there. By setting a nightly backpack/homework routine you could potentially avoid the conflicts that sometimes occur for homework. Kids know what time it occurs daily, have a set spot to do their work and thrive on knowing how much time they need to work…try setting a timer and then positively acknowledging your child when they complete the work! Home/school connection is crucial to your son's/daughter's ongoing progress at school.

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

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


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 PMPlease attend the time that best fits 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 . . .
It was an exciting week as the preschoolers discovered a mysterious “muddy” shoe print in their dramatic-play center. The preschoolers turned into detectives trying to figure out who left the mysterious “muddy” shoe print. They built their math skills by generating a suspect list, examining shoe patterns, and measuring shoe sizes (standardized and non-standardized) to solve the mystery.

Students kicked off their study of garbage and recycling by thinking of ways to reuse garbage items in their classroom. The show, Sid the Science Kid, had an informational episode about recycling. After watching a short clip students learned a new vocabulary word, landfill. The preschoolers are concerned about all of the garbage their classroom is sending to the landfill. They are working to find ways to recycle “garbage” items in their classroom. One great idea was to sculpture and dry-out their “used” play-dough.

Busy ladies doing lots of cooking and experimenting in preschool

Transitional Kindergarten
The students are getting ready to start a new unit of study focused on how food is grown and the process of getting food from where it grows to our homes. We have been collecting data, generating questions, and exploring through play to kick off the study.

This week students practiced letters and sounds in a variety of ways,
including puzzles and writing on their iPads.

Reading words is a new skill the students are excited to try out.


Creative use of broken hula hoops. Great teamwork and always thinking.

Students love reading to a friend!

Practicing addition and subtraction problems using dice.

First Grade

Parts of a book in 1st grade

Researching frogs for guided reading using Britannica.

1st graders busy with Daily 4 math rounds. 

Math with Someone -- Busy 1st graders!

Second Grade

Money in 2nd grade

Grains are good for you. Fun learning with our Food/Fitness team.

Third Grade

Working on math playground

Fraction work!

Exploring equivalent fractions in math!

Modeling equivalent fractions

Fourth Grade

Working on biographies in 4th grade

Working on comparative and superlative adjectives

Fifth Grade

5th grade STEM designs to connect to Dr Seuss book. 
Lots of thought & reflection while working. Impressed with their thinking!

Finding a comfy space to read & discuss in 5th grade

This student couldn't wait to show her teacher her shirt.
What a great shirt!

5th graders sharing their learning with an instructional coach. Excited learning!

Students creating poems using partners and rhyme pattern :AABB

Sixth Grade
What really is an exponent??

The day has finally's publishing day for our explanatory pieces!

Recording their explanatory pieces into a voice note in Showbie. 
One last way to check their grammar!

1st grade Butter Makers after reading The Fun Club Goes to the Dairy Farm!

Books bring out emotions. Student said, "I am so angry but also intrigued."

Students use food coloring and water to mix colors "like scientists!"

Rainy Days mean the learning starts early, before school in the hallways

Students enjoyed a visit from author Coach Sloth!

Sunrise over Crestwood Elementary: always looking forward to another GREAT day


Friday, March 31                        Paraprofessional's Day 
Monday, April 3                          No School--Teacher Inservice
Tuesday, April 4                         National School Librarian Day
Thursday, April 6                        Elementary Solo & Ensemble Contest 

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