Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

With the school days coming to a close and summer just around the corner, many families are preparing for the transition from school to summer break. A common challenge for parents is finding ways to keep their children occupied in a fun, safe, and productive way. Whether you will be working through the summer or spending the days with your children, consider the following tips when preparing for summer break.

What You Can Do To Keep Them Busy: Put together a varied schedule in order to keep them moving and interested. The schedule may consist of daily chores, academic projects/lessons, day camps, activities with friends, etc. Another option is to encourage your children to identify some careers that they would be interested in learning more about and help them find opportunities within that career, such as volunteering at an animal shelter or doing odd jobs at a fire station.

Be Accessible: Your children should always be able to reach you. However, having them call every 5 minutes while you are racing against a deadline at work isn’t necessarily ideal for anyone. You may want to think about devising a system with your children about calling. For example: 1. The first phone call (and non-emergency), they can leave a message if you are unavailable. 2. If it is urgent, instruct them to call again immediately following the first call, and you will know to answer it. It is also a good idea to have another person available, such as a neighbor or relative, to be ‘on-call’ in case a situation does arise when your children cannot reach you or vice versa.

Set Ground Rules: Work out a set of rules and safety measures that the entire family understands. For example, no friends over when an adult is not there, don’t answer the door or phone, call before leaving the house, don’t use the stove or oven, and so forth. Also, make sure your children know exactly what steps to take when faced with an emergency and practice role-playing those steps. Depending on their age, you may want to consider enrolling them in a babysitting safety course, which usually covers potential safety and emergency scenarios and will better equip them when situations arise. Finally, when children think of summer, they usually think of fun. Try to gauge their response to their activities and be flexible, if possible, yet provide them with enough safety and structure to help them occupy their days in a fun and productive way.


Take every opportunity to extend your child's learning this summer to avoid the summer slide.  Make reading a habit in your home.  Just 20 minutes of reading can expose children to 10,000 words a day. This would add up to 750,000 words in 75 days of the summer. Not only would students gain word knowledge, but they also would be exposed to ideas and information that serve as the building blocks for more advanced learning. The Iowa
Reading Research Center’s blog offers other ideas for parents to support their children’s literacy:

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

Make reading aloud for at least 15 MINUTES every day as important as breakfast!

5-12 Grade Massed Band Festival

What: 5-12th Grade Massed Band Festival

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9th.  Band students should meet at 7:05.

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

If you have any instruments that you would like to donate to our band program we would love to add them to our collection.  We are also accepting donations of cash in order to do necessary repairs on donated instruments which need to be fixed in order to be playable.
Thank you for partnering with us on this opportunity to grow a love of music!

Parents and students don't forget that there is 

Kindergarten Parent Night for Incoming Kindergarten Students

Thank you to all of the parents that attended our kindergarten parent night on Thursday.  If you did not have the opportunity to attend we are sending home information packets with our current students.  If your student does not yet attend Howard-Winn please stop in or call the school office and we can get you an information packet.

Crestwood Students were entertained & educated with an EXTREME SCIENCE assembly last Friday in the high school auditorium.  Science Wizard David Hagerman led the students on a wild journey through different fields of science. His show tickled our funny bones and educated at the same time. He demonstrated various instruments of fun and demonstrated the science behind many things we take for granted in our everyday lives.  The show was awesome for students to see and learn:
  • Gyroscopes explained a curious balancing act
  • Slime oozed from polymers
  • Crystals caused water to “vanish”
  • Students also saw the world's largest ball made of recycled Styrofoam cups
  • Electricity was utilized for a shocking experience

5th Grade Vocal Concert

The 5th Grade students and Mr. Bieber put on an awesome show on Monday, April 24th.  The students definitely have some talent and displayed a love of music.


Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO Family Fun Night at A&W/Long John Silver's!  We had a great turnout and it was a lot of fun!

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

A little of our learning this week in pictures . . .


Friday, April 28              Preschool Open House 11:30-12:30 and 4:30-5:30
Friday, April 28              Kindergarten Round-Up 8:30-10:30
Monday, May 1              NO SCHOOL--Teacher Inservice
Tuesday, May 2             2nd Grade to Oxbow Park
Wednesday, May 3       One Kindergarten Class and TK to Forestville
Thursday, May 4           Two Kindergarten Classes to Forestville
                                      6th Grade to Prairie Hill Nature Center
Friday, May 5                3rd Grade to Waterloo

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