The Cougar Connection

Principal News & Notes January 2023 Issue

Happy New Year to You and Yours

Happy New Year, Cougars! I'd like to share one of my favorite poems with you in hopes that it brings you inspiration for the year ahead.


One tree can start a forest;

One smile can begin a friendship;

One hand can lift a soul;

One word can frame a goal;

One candle can wipe out darkness;

One laugh can conquer gloom;

One hope can raise your spirits;

One touch can show you care;

One life can make the difference,

be that One today.

~Author Unknown

Monthly Calendar

Cold Spring Elementary School Website

Cold Spring Elementary Phone Number: 240-740-4390

  • January 2nd - Winter Break
  • January 9th - Frost Middle School Visit (Grade 5)
  • January 10th - PTA Meeting
  • January 13th - Cold Spring Spelling Bee
  • January 16th - No School
  • January 20th - PTA Restaurant Night
  • January 26th - Cold Spring Read-A-Thon
  • January 27th - No School, Professional Day
  • January 31st - Cold Spring Advanced Instrumental & 5th Grade Chorus Concert

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Curriculum Updates & Celebrations

Last year brought many new curriculum opportunities for our teachers and students at Cold Spring. I am so proud of our staff for the learning and growing they have accomplished this past year, and I am eager to keep up the momentum as your children are reaping high benefits through their diligent efforts.

I am delighted to share that the structured literacy approach in our primary grades has been extremely effective. Our youngest Cougars are building strong foundational reading skills that will support them as they continue to grow and encounter complex texts. During my visits to classrooms, our students are using syllabication and other strategies to support their phonemic awareness and decoding of words. They are so happy to demonstrate these skills! This structured literacy approach, along with an emphasis on small group instruction is truly providing our students with a solid literacy foundation.

Our upper grade students have been engaged in our Pilot Enriched Literacy Curriculum and I am proud to share their tremendous achievements. Not only is this curriculum more engaging for students, but it also encourages them to apply their higher level critical thinking skills. In fact, our Fall MAP scores in Grades 3-5 outperform county schools by an average of 20% with our fourth graders meeting or exceeding learning targets at 96%! As I walk through our upper hall, students are actively engaged in literacy circles and discussing texts that excite them. They are quick to share various perspectives and are learning that it is okay to have differing viewpoints. These are skills that they will carry with them as learners and thinkers!

Our Mathematics curriculum remains strong and will continue to be implemented throughout the remainder of the year. Creating designated time for small group instruction will remain a focus where students have the opportunity for re-teaching or enrichment tasks. Our goal is always to meet students at their current level and build upon the skills they have mastered.

As we progress throughout the academic year, we will continue our efforts to meet our school theme of "One School, One Community". In the Fall, we prioritized time for grade level team building, daily class meetings, and models to promote the integration of all students in order to develop a stronger school community. These initiatives are an absolute priority as we stay committed to ensuring that all students develop a strong affinity for learning and a genuine sense of belonging within our school community.

Early Release & Delayed Opening Schedules

Click the button to view our lunch/recess schedule, half day schedule, and delayed opening schedule!

We LOVE our Volunteers!

Montgomery County Public Schools requires school volunteers and partnership agencies to complete

certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.

● Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training via their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas


● Background check (dependent upon the type of volunteer service, per the Volunteers regulation

and FAQ)

● COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation - Beginning September 20, 2021, volunteers will be required to

upload their Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination to remain on the volunteer roster.

Please review the Volunteer/Contractor Vaccination Attestation Update for details on this process.

Building entrance is not allowed unless your name is listed on the MCPS approved Volunteer List.

Please do not bring your documents to the main office and ask for entrance. These documents are to be

uploaded for MCPS to approve and update the Volunteer list daily.

Are You Interested in Supporting Lunch & Recess?

Lunch and recess is a time where our students can enjoy social conversation and play. This is the one part of their day where there is a bit less structure and they can relax. We would love to have your support if you are available during this time.

If you would like to volunteer at lunch, recess, or both times, please head to the main office and sign in. You will need your driver's license or photo ID to get a visitor sticker. You will need to wear the sticker while you are volunteering.

The below link is our lunch and recess schedule for the year. Again, we welcome your support!

2022-2023 Lunch & Recess Schedule

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Lunch Menu Choices

Check this document which can also be found on our Cold Spring Website, for daily accurate lunch menu choices. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr. Legarreta.

Cold Spring Family Handbook

Click here to read through important MCPS policies and school procedures.

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Each month we will spotlight members of our stellar Cold Spring Staff. Enjoy reading about each of them and get to know them a little bit better!

Ms.Judy Potasznik, Staff Development Teacher

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Where were you born?

I was born in Newark, New Jersey.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is Crayola burnt sienna (+turquoise +purple +green).

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food is Haagen Daz Swiss chocolate almond ice cream right out of the container.

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

I love that we truly operate as a community, celebrating one another and lifting each other up when needed.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I just became a grandma for the first time! Maybe the whole world already knows this, but it is earth moving for me.