Crestwood Elementary School

Sage School Committee to hold volunteer reorganization meeting

February 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Sage School Committee will hold a brief re-organizational meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Crestwood Elementary School, 6350 Courtland Dr., Rockford. The purpose of this meeting is to restart and reorganize the campaign regarding the Sage School restoration. All are invited to attend. Needed are a variety of volunteers for publicity, grounds, construction, fundraising, and more. No special talent is required, just a desire to be part of history. Please RSVP to Not familiar with the Sage School? The Sage School is a 1870s-era one-room schoolhouse now located on the grounds of Crestwood Elementary School in Rockford. In 2001, Crestwood teacher Judy Grifhorst purchased the schoolhouse—which was then located at the corner of Belding Road and Courtland Drive—for $1 and donated the building to Rockford Public Schools. After an extensive private fundraising campaign, the building was moved to its current location on August 17, 2001. In the following years, the exterior was secured and restored. The interior has been gutted, and awaits restoration. The mission of the restoration group is to preserve a piece of Michigan history by restoring the 1870s Sage School to its original condition. Upon preservation, the schoolhouse will be used as an educational site to teach Rockford students and the community at large about life in the past and rural education. Although owned by Rockford Public Schools, all work on the schoolhouse has been completed using private donations, grants and a variety of fundraising programs. More information can be found at the Sage School’s website at

Students experience wild lesson in classroom

November 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

by BETH ALTENA Joe Rogers considered the cliffs of Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula his office for over 20 years, and in that time he has listened to the howls of wolves in the blackness of night and seen eagles hatch and fledge. This semester he brought some of that wildness to Rockford with a visit to Crestwood Elementary School where he told the students tales of the injured animals he uses for educational purposes. Rogers, who along with wife Barb, brought from carrying cases a variety of birds who have been injured beyond rehabilitation to a life in the wild. To a wide-eyed audience he explained how some injuries occurred—some accidental, some through human bad behavior. Mostly he described the unique qualities of the birds he cares for. “Do you know how to spot a mouse from up in the air, catch it with your toes and eat it whole?” he asked one student. “She does,” he stated, pointing to one of the teachers. Rogers told kids how birds like owls swallow their food complete to keep any insects away from their feathers. They then spit out a “pellet” of bones and other indigestible parts of rodent or other prey. Rogers Wildlife Recovery Association has been researching and rehabilitating wild animals since 1974. The “living animal’ wildlife presentations are models for other organizations and are a great hit for children and adults. Rogers believes wildlife and people can only coexist through a greater understanding of wildlife by people. “Many of the problems concerning wildlife are not fully understood,” Rogers stated. “Our work in rehabilitation offers unique and almost endless opportunities for scientific research to better understand our wildlife.” In addition to raptors, such as hawks, owls, falcons and eagles, the Wildlife Recovery Association has cared for cougar, bear, bobcats, coyote and more. In cooperation with state and federal law enforcement agencies, the organization has held animals as evidence during legal proceedings. Rogers has a unique, fast-paced presentation that keeps youngsters and adults in attendance paying attention and guessing what’s coming next. He brought a chicken to Crestwood so kids could feel and see a bird with plumage similar to that of a baby turkey vulture. An adult turkey vulture showed the strength of […]

Local Boy Scouts attend 9/11 Remembrance Salute

October 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Cub Scouts from Pack 3285 at Crestwood Elementary School took part in the 9/11 Remembrance Salute at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in downtown Grand Rapids. This year over 3,500 Scouts took part in the salute. “We had a wonderful turnout this year, in spite of the rainy weather,” according to Ryan Kreisch, Eagle Spirit District Executive. “The number of participants continues to increase every year.” Each year since 2002, the salute is held to honor those who lost their lives and those who gave so much love and help following the terrorism attack on September 11, 2001. The sun-up-to-sun-down salute conducted by Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, law enforcement, area fire services, EMS, active military, veterans and citizens is the only memorial held in the nation for the entire day.

Education Blackboard — May 13, 2010

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

School Beat A Mother’s Day Dedication by DOUG HOOGERLAND, Principal Crestwood Elementary School There are some pretty demanding careers out there these days, and some of them pay big bucks. They require years of education and special licenses. When we think of some of the most specialized or top-paying jobs, we might consider a CEO of a large company, a neurosurgeon, or a Supreme Court judge. Some of us wouldn’t trade what we do for the difficulty of what they do. But when I think about the most challenging, demanding, and often thankless job out there, it is the unpaid job of a mom caregiver to a child. Yes, a mom does choose that unpaid role, whether as a biological mom, an adoptive mom, a step-mom, a foster mom, or a care-giving relative. But that certainly doesn’t make it an easy role, and it is often one for which there is little in the way of a direct “thank you.” It is a job that will daily throw obstacles and new experiences at you with the implicit expectation that you moms will know what to do and you will do it. You are responsible for your own training in this area; no one will check up to see if you’ve renewed your “mom” certificate. But, still, you do your best with what you know and what you have. Moms amaze me every day with what they are innately capable of. I do consider myself a pretty good dad, but it has been pointed out to me (nicely) that I am NOT a good mom. And it’s true. I can roughhouse, tease, joke, go on bike rides, play games and I will usually remember to do whatever I write down in my planner to do. But moms? They remember all of that in addition to things like remembering to feed the kids (before they are beyond starving!), putting on sunscreen (before they burn!), brushing teeth (before noon), clean sheets (regularly!), bed time (before they are too cranky to go to bed!), homework, and all of the other little unpredictables that happen each day. In most cases, who do kids want when they are sick? Who do they go to for a bandage even when there is […]

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