Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

Dear Parents,
The 2016-17 school year has quickly come to an end and we have so many things to be thankful for! Each student’s accomplishments bring them certain pride for achieving their goals. Thank you for sharing your child with us at Howard-Winn. We believe in our kids and we care about them as individuals. They are what makes Howard-Winn the wonderful place it is. For those of you leaving the elementary at the close of this year, I know that all of us here send your family our warmest regards, wishing your family much happiness and continued success at your next school or at the junior high if you are going into 7th grade. For those of you returning to Crestwood Elementary in August please know that we are excited about continuing to be part of your lives. We’re all doing the work of teaching and learning because we desire to make a difference, one child at a time. So here’s wishing you all a safe and refreshing summer holiday!! 

Summer is a great time to spend time with your kids playing and learning. Summer vacation is fun, but it actually has a negative effect on a child's learning, unless parents are proactive about offering enriching activities to their children. The good news is that you don't have to break the bank or lose your sanity to come up with fun educational activities for your kids this summer. Here are a few things that you can do with your kids:

1. Create a book together- Write and illustrate your own short stories. Kids who are encouraged to imagine their own stories can benefit from writing and illustrating short books. Supply art supplies to your junior author to boost the fun and creativity.
2. Go on a scavenger huntAside from the fact that they're just plain fun, scavenger hunts are challenging and engage a child's critical-thinking skills. Instead of just providing your child with a list of items to find, give him or her a list of clues. This will encourage your child to think about their tasks rather than just compile a bunch of paper clips, crayons or toilet paper rolls.
3. Develop and Perform a puppet showIf you don't have any puppets, that's OK. Your child can make sock puppets and a cardboard puppet show stage as part of the fun. Encourage your child to come up with character traits for each of the puppets, and help him or her to create a play with a beginning, middle, climax and ending.
4. Build a FortThis is a great way to encourage your youngster to use spatial reasoning and geometry skills. You can follow a fort-building guide if you were born without spatial reasoning skills, or you can toss a bunch of supplies out the back door and tell the kids to get after it.
5. Host an at-home science camp- You probably already own everything you need to create a science lab in your home. Go to the Exploratorium website for activity ideas — there are enough science activities available to fill up a whole summer's worth of camp.
6. Teach fractions through cooking- Sitting down to learn fractions is not usually fun, but it can be. There is one area of the house where fractions are consistently used — the kitchen! Teach fractions to your kids while you prepare a recipe together. This website has recipes with fractions to help you on your mission.

It's time to say good-bye,
Our year has come to an end.
We've made more cherished memories
And many more new friends.
We've watched them learn and grow
And change from day to day.
We hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.
So it's with happy memories
We send them out the door.
With great hope and expectations
For what next year holds in store.
Have an awesome summer—
We’ll see you next year!

Thank you for sharing your children with us this year!
Have a Great Summer!

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

Back To School Parent-Teacher Conferences
Howard-Winn will kickoff the 2017-18 school year with Back to School Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, August 23rd.  The P-T conferences will be held from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. for elementary students and parents. Parents will sign up online for an individual conference time that best fits their schedule. Information regarding how to sign up will be mailed out to parents this summer.

The staff is looking forward to this time with parents. Teachers will inform parents and students about grade level standards and curriculum, the daily schedule of the classroom, pupil progress reporting, special programs, the classroom/school behavior plan, classroom expectations and other pertinent information. Parents and students can ask questions and discuss any specific individual concerns with the teacher at this time also. Students will have the opportunity to bring in their classroom supplies, get to know the teacher and become familiar with the room.

Howard-Winn is utilizing these conferences to better connect and build meaningful relationships with parents and students before the school year starts. Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school conferences is a great way to establish that relationship. We will extend this relationship by also providing Parent-Teacher conferences in November and again in February. These conferences are a chance to continue conversations between parents and teachers, and to discuss strategies to help students do their best in class. Meetings between the parents and the teacher also let students know that what goes on in school will be shared at home. Parents are also encouraged to request meetings with teachers, principals, school counselors, or other school staff at any time during the school year if they have questions or concerns.

The first day of school for Howard-Winn students for the 2017-18 school year will be Thursday, August 24th, 2017.

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, May 26: 
Last Day of School
Enjoy your summer

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