Friday, May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017 Preschool & Elementary

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

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. Teacher 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.

Outstanding Students + Amazing Teachers + Involved Parents = Crestwood Elementary


Sara Grimm

Last Day of School
Friday, May 26th 
full day of school with a normal dismissal

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!

RSVP Reading Buddies

Crestwood Elementary has incorporated the RSVP program into our building to provide our students with more access to adults who can help them practice their reading skills.  RSVP stands for Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  It is the one of the largest volunteer efforts in the Nation.  Our volunteers are coordinated through Northeast Iowa RSVP.  Volunteers complete a background check and are trained before they come into the building.  They can be found working with individual students or small groups.  We have chosen to focus on reading so our volunteers read a lot of books with kids, play literacy games or help the students work on specific areas of reading.  We are very excited to be able to bring this program here.  If you would like more information or are considering volunteering please contact the coordinators at or 1-877-806-0623.

Cadet Carnival

The PBIS team would like to announce that we will be having the second annual Cadet Pride Carnival on Wednesday, May 17th.  Each grade level will have a time slot during the day in which they will have the opportunity to attend the carnival. Students attending the carnival will use their cadet pride bucks to play games and buy snacks at the snack shack.  Students will be given bags to hold prizes.  There will be a movie playing in the corner of the gym, so if students run out of bucks they can watch the movie, and look through their bag of goodies till their time ends.  This is a celebration for expected behaviors and showing Cadet Pride. 
Mrs. McCabe-School Counselor

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 5: 
3rd Grade to Waterloo- All Day
Preschool to Decorah-Culvers, Fish Hatchery, Phelps Park 
Last Day of Programming for Cresco Head Start

Monday, May 8:  
TK through 3rd grade visits to Public Library this week 
7:00 p.m. school Board meeting

Tuesday, May 9:
7:30 All School Band Concert (5-12th)

Wednesday, May 10:
Last day for students to check books out of the library 
4th to Iowa Dairy Story program (NICC Dairy Center)

Thursday, May 11: 
5th grade Nature Center Outdoor Classroom

Friday, May 12: 
4th Grade Field trip to Laura Ingalls Wilder-Burr Oak
Last Day for Title I/Reading Recovery

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