March 1, 2019
Dear Crosby Parents and Guardians,
In February, some of our Crosby students were invited to participate in “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” at Eaton aerospace company in Irvine. This event was part of Engineering week which focuses on inspiring young women to become engineers and sharing knowledge and experience with them to show that it is possible. The girls got a tour of the plant and participated in hands-on activities, and even learned to made their own ice cream with liquid nitrogen! This opportunity got me thinking about ways that all students can be STEM thinkers. With science, technology,engineering, and math jobs in demand, STEM is a hot topic these days. Being a curious, critical, creative thinker who can solve problems will help your child do well in STEM – and in every area of life. Try these ideas:
Wonder out loud
Bring out your child’s natural curiosity by discussing what you’re curious about. (“I wonder why rainbows are curved and not straight.”) Then, your child could experiment to find out. Perhaps they’ll create their own rainbows using a flashlight, a mirror, and a pan of water.
Make a “tinker box”
Your child will use critical thinking skills by tinkering with natural objects and loose parts. In a shoebox, let your child collect items like pebbles, acorns, seeds, straws, rubber bands, and clothespins. They could add new objects as they find them. Maybe they’ll design a “claw machine” that picks up small objects or examine an acorn under a magnifying glass.
Promote problem solving
Treat everyday problems as learning opportunities. Say the TV remove won’t work, even though you just replaced the batteries. Have your child think of solutions and test them. They might check that the batteries are inserted correctly, try batteries that they know are new, or turn of the TV and turn it on again.
Thank you for your continued support of our school and for making Crosby such a special place to learn and grow.
At Crosby, we strive to provide a safe and positive learning environment for our students. We firmly believe that all children are special and have dignity and worth, and ALL children can learn. We follow an educational program that is consistent with current research and effective practice and is aligned with the GGUSD Strategic Plan “The Garden Grove Way.” We emphasize student-teacher interaction, order and purpose, student-centered decisions, an attitude of optimism, enthusiasm, high expectations and teamwork. All Crosby Cougars are encouraged and expected to follow The Crosby Three C’s: Compassion, Consideration, and Cooperation.
We have a wonderful group of caring and committed parents that serve on our Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). All families are welcome and encouraged to join PTA and volunteer in any capacity. Other opportunities for parent involvement include serving on our School Site Council (SSC) and our English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC).
Parent Meetings “Pastries with the Principal” are held approximately every month at Crosby.
- New STEM Lab to provide students with hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and math and new after-school coding and robotics activities.
- Beautiful new flexible seating furniture in our library.
- New College and Career Mentoring Program will pair elementary students with college mentors who will serve as positive role models, provide personalized help with homework, and promote positive self esteem
- After-school tutoring is offered during portions of the school year.
- Enrichment activities include Accelerated Reader program, Art Masters, motivational assemblies and field trips, Photography Club and our Annual Talent Show.
- Our Student Council offers upper grade students exciting leadership opportunities and outstanding community service projects and events.
- We are 1:1 in Chromebooks and iPads for Kindergarten – 6th grade, as well as a full computer lab with 38 stations for student to engage in innovative technology as part of daily instruction.
- We have Academic Awards Assemblies three times a year to celebrate student achievement and improvement a year
- We have a monthly Character Ed celebration called “Student of the Month” that honors students who exemplify “The Crosby Three C’s.”
- Crosby’s safe and welcoming campus has brand new playground equipment and a Buddy Bench to support a fun, welcoming environment to all students.
- Healthy breakfast and lunch served every day
- We are fortunate to continue to have the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove on our campus. They offer a daily after school program for a limited number of students in grades 2nd-6th. If you are interested, please stop by our office to pick up an application for your child or call the Boys and Girls Club at (714) 663-6346.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to the success of our students this year. Please come visit us at our office for any questions, comments, or concerns.