First quarter came and went as we are rolling along in 2nd quarter very nicely. Our students and staff are in full swing with lots of different activities and projects going on around the school. We had our annual Harvest Party celebration with fun classroom activities and a parade to wrap it up. We had lots of parents helping in the classrooms and lots of wonderful costumes from both staff and students. We are looking forward to the months of December and January with a lot of new activities and musical events from our second graders. Stop on by and see the wonderful art work also being displayed in the hallways from our students who do some awesome work!
Student Recognition - At the end of each month we continue to recognize and celebrate Students of the Month with an all school assembly. We have also started an initiative focusing on recognizing student kindness around the school with a poster in the hallway spelling out the work KIND, where students stand in place of the missing I in the word KIND. Students who are recognized for showing an act of kindness have their picture taken and posted on the Kindness Board, and students also sign the board. The hope is to fill up the kindness board with a lot of different student pictures and names.
Students of the Month - Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen so far this year:
September: Parker Bond, Camden Ferrell, Sawyer Garrabrant, Gretchen Crider, Brock Garrison, Aubrey Camp, Khloe Bernhard, Jesslyn Sprague, Ariel Ramsey, Jaden Leid, Clarissa Pestalitz, Kaelyn Weaver, Logan Duda, Taylor Weaver, Legacy Brazil, Jistun Munsil, Lillian Shephard, Rocco Skiver, Kysen Peters, Emersyn Metheney, Brady Jameson, Branson McGinnis,
October: Bentley Littleton, Kate Baughman, Natalie Stimpert, Mason Dendinger, Michaela Duda, Emerson Biglin, Emmy Brown, Zaedyn Roland, Aleah Thompson, Taylor Lackey, Audrey Willis, Kasen Phillpot, Jack Ramsey, Hayden Culler, Owen Keith, Bella Grant, Lukas Treadway, Kinley Davis, Gabe Gibson, Jeffery Stigall, Presley Keefer.
Data Collection - We continue to work hard to collect individual student data to help us make decisions to support learning. After reviewing first quarter data we are using what we know about students to build supports around reading, writing, and math. Our third graders have taken the first round of state testing in late October and the feedback was very informative. Our third graders now have a better idea of how to navigate state testing using technology, and our teachers have a better sense of student depth of knowledge to help drive instruction in areas that need more support.
Communications - We are staying in communication with families using classroom newsletters and quarterly principal letters home to keep families in the loop of what is going on within the school. We encourage families to call when they have questions so we can support and guide them.
Instructional - We will be taking our Winter NWEA test the first week of December. We will use this student data to provide individual instruction for each student in the area of literacy and mathematics. Having a second set of data points this year will also give us information about how students are growing and the rate of acceleration towards proficiency in each of the subjects.
Financial - We will have our annual Pepperoni Rolls fundraiser sale in the month of January. Stay tuned for more information, and make sure you have a chance to pick up this delicious treat that will help fund our school!
COSI on WHEELS visited Crestview elementary. This supported our Right-to-Read week. The students and teachers had a blast! In this picture is third grade student, Carter Blum.
Devyn Renninger, our new music teacher, has put together some wonderful music programs for you. All programs will take place at Crestview High School Auditorium. The third grade program takes place on December 13, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The first grade program takes place on March 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Teachers of the Month thus far: Kim Ison, Kindergarten; Lisa Walter, Literacy Coach; Kelsy Arnold, Intervention Specialist, and Amy Stine, Physical Education. We also have Students of the Month. They bring their lunch and we have the opportunity to eat together. This is one of my favorite days! Congratulations to the following student who have been chosen so far this year: Leah Ison, Ari Gilliam, Ella Calame, Gabriel Gibson, Brenden Spoerr, Emersyn Metheney, Kailie Nix, Clarice Ramsey, Hannah Young, Casey Cutlip, Hayden Metheney, Katherine Ringler, Braden Smith, Caili Young, Brayden Amert, Jaxon Wallace, Chloe Stigall, Kenna Johnson, Emmy Brown, Jaxon Giampietro, Rocco Skiver, Ben Sandvik, Taylor Weaver, Nick Ramsay, Danika Kingman, Mariah Camp, Alex Cutlip, and Lindsey Bright.
A big thank you to our parent volunteers who have helped with conference night dinners, volunteering during COSI, working with students each week and attending Cougar Community Club meetings at the elementary. The teachers at Crestview Elementary appreciate you! After our break in December, we will kick off with our pepperoni fundraiser. Techers will have a professional development day on January 7 to collaborate with one another while learning through engaging activities. The elementary will host our annual Winterfest—more details to come. Our building continues with the Positive Behavior Intervention Support System (Positive Attitudes, Act Responsibly, Work Hard, Show Respect). This system monitors behavior where students can earn “Cougar Coins” and shop during our Cougar Mart Day. I also have Principal Cougar Coins that I will give out to students with stupendous behavior. Again, I encourage you to write a “shout out” to one of your favorite teachers and it will be placed on the “shout out” board!
We are excited to be continuing a partnership with Faith United Methodist Church. After Christmas break we will be offering a faith-based after school program for K-3 students. Please look for more information coming home with your child. We also continue partnerships with universities to provide their students an opportunity to be involved in
Elementary News... Ms. Kate Hamilton, Principal
Each day the staff at Crestview Elementary identifies classrooms following expectations. Once each class receives 10 Paws for Applause, the class has a choice “reward”. This could include eating lunch in their classroom, having a popcorn party, eating with a teacher or myself. Congratulations to the following top two classrooms per grade level:
Kindergarten: Mrs. Henderson and Mrs. Ison
First Grade: Ms. Bluntschly and Mrs. O’Brien
Second Grade: Mrs. Walter and Mrs. DaHinden
Third Grade: Mrs. Griffith and Mrs. Campbell
We are excited to welcome Grandparents and special guests to Crestview Elementary on February 16. Visitors will enjoy time with students in grades kindergarten and first grade from 9-10:00 a.m., grades second and third from 10-11:00 a.m. You will be receiving more information soon. Please make sure to RSVP so we can prepare accordingly. We look forward to dancing, visiting classrooms. And enjoying a refreshment. Thank you to our Crestview Parents Club
for supporting this day.
Birthday Invitations: We respectfully ask that birthday invitations are not delivered at school unless the entire class will be invited. This will help with disruptions during the day. Thank you!
Please note Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on March 14. Teachers will be in communication with you should a conference be beneficial to your child. Please also feel to request a conference should you have questions.
Our BOOSTER’s program for third grade students will be held at the beginning of March-April. Please look for further information to be sent home in the coming weeks.
Important Upcoming Events:
2017-2018 Assessment Schedule
I have been talking with the students in elementary physical education classes about the importance of the “BIG FOUR”:Hydration (water), Sleep (10 to 11 hours for ages 5 to 10), Food (healthy food in your body), and Exercise (60 minutes per day). Teachers at Crestview are trying to set the expectation of having the students more involved in their own learning. Each child selects a goal and develops a plan with their teacher to help reach the goal.
To help guide children in the inaugural year of this process, I asked each child in 1st through 3rd grade to pick which one of the “BIG FOUR” they believe they need to work on the most. I was shocked to discover that over 41% of the children selected sleep as the one they needed to work on the most! A whopping 69% of children K-3 said they know they do not get enough sleep.
As I spoke with each child to help develop a plan to improve their sleep, I would ask them what they thought the cause was for their lack of sleep. Examples of shared problems include the following: can’t fall asleep/lay awake for a long time, fall asleep but can’t stay asleep, worried about something, sibling in room is keeping them awake, waiting for family member to come home, too cold/hot, playing video games/tablet, watching/hear TV, bad dreams when asleep, concerned about next day/family member, mom/dad/sibling snores, staying up late, hear noises/scared. Plans/Solutions the kids came up with: wish they had a bedtime, if they had a bedtime, wished it was earlier, turn TV/video games off earlier, want to go to bed earlier, wished they didn’t have to be out late, talk to parents about worries, exercise more to get tired, not drink pop, put a pillow over ears.
The conversations prompted me to have an additional discussion with the students about the things that they may do to help them sleep. In addition to the above mentioned tips, we came up with other ideas that might need more parent involvement. They included the following: use of aromatherapy such as lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, and vanilla, white noise machine that plays sounds such as rain or insects in the summer, breathing exercises, bedtime stories, different bedding or pillows, moving head of the bed to the North, eating bananas, almonds, oats and eggs, avoiding cheese, spicy food, and caffeine, lowering the room temperature, wearing socks to bed, listening to music, earplugs to drown out noise/eye mask for lights. It is my hope that we can work together to make sure that the children are getting a good night’s sleep each night. If you have any additional questions or insight please do not hesitate to call me as I welcome your thoughts.
Sources: National Sleep Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, Kids Health.
Our year has seemed to go so fast thus far! During this time, please help us keep our students warm by making sure they have coats, hats, etc. as they arrive to school. If you are missing sweatshirts and other clothing items, then please check our growing lost and found.
October was highlighted by our parent-teacher conferences and our attendance was wonderful. Thank you for your involvement in your child’s education. We also had Right-to-Read Week, Donuts for Dads, Harvest Parties, Book Fair, Touch-A-Truck, and Literacy Night. We also completed our 3rd grade AIR testing. Thank you to our community for your engagement this year! November and December events included: Supporting Veterans Day Program, Pepperoni Roll Fundraiser, Conducting Safety Drills, Math Literacy Night, Ohio Reads Program, Family Intervention Team meeting for administration, prayer meeting for staff, interim reports, new playground equipment installation and music programs. First grade performed on November 16. The Third grade will perform on December 14, 6:30 p.m. at Crestview Elementary. We will, of course, have our Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. Please see the district calendar for more details.
How can I help my child succeed in school?
Stay involved and feel free to contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns. Ask your child about their day and encourage them to talk about their day. Do not talk negatively about your child’s teacher. Read with your child every night, even if it is a short period of time. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep each night and eating healthy. Help your child with work sent home. Teach your child to be kind and respectful. Please make sure your child is at school as much as possible. Our focus the next few months is having a Positive Attitude! POSITIVE ATTITUDES WILL SUCCEED... We communicate positive behavior expectations by being good role models, and promoting positive behaviors often and everywhere! At Crestview Elementary we support these expectations through posters, classroom lessons, videos, activities, class climate, announcements, recognition and reinforcement.