CSE Mini Spartan Weekly

Your Once-a-Week Update from Cold Spring Elementary

Dec. 8, 2017

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From the Principal's Desk

Greetings from CSE,

Plaid Tidings to you from CSE! This time of year is often filled with so many busy activities. Staff and Students are busy planning holiday activities and plans. The staff has been incredibly busy with Math, Reading, Science and Social.. not to mention the very important subjects of Music, Art, Phy Ed and Media. We have a unique opportunity at CSE to make sure that our students receive a well rounded and appropriate mix of Arts and Academics. In fact, we take pride in nurturing the growth of all our students in Social, Emotional and Intellectual Growth.

Some of the activities we have coming at school in the next few weeks include an awesome Kindergarten and 1st Grade Holiday Music program! The students have been working hard in preparing an outstanding show for you! In addition, students will be coming to spend around 2 hours with me on the 21st for the Principal Holiday Party! We will watch a movie together and then end with a small treat! Please see the opt out notification below if you would like them to not participate in the movie. I have included the Trailer to the classic "The Santa Clause" below.

Please note that our outside recess guidelines are as follows:

Inside if the Air Temp is < 0 or if the Wind Child is less than -10. This means students will be going outside quite a bit for morning and afternoon recess.

This week will go fast! Take some time this week to read with you kids! Just 20 minutes a day changes the trajectory of your child's Future!

Dr. Eric Skanson

CSE Weekly Schedule

  • Monday 12/11

    • DAY 1
    • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

    Tuesday 12/12

    • DAY 2
    • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
    • 6:00 - "K" Holiday Concert @ Auditorium
    • 6:45 - "1" Holiday Concert @ Auditorium

    Wednesday 12/13

    • DAY 3

    Thursday 12/14

    • DAY 4

    Friday 12/15

    • DAY 1
    • 7:00 - Dist. CI
    • 1:30 - Trimester Celebration
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Thank you to our WONDER sponsor for the opportunity for all our 2-5 students to see the movie Wonder at Quarry Cinema! Don't forget to pay it forward!

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Cell Phones are not allowed in common areas. They are to remain in backpacks or at the teachers desks throughout the day.

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Kids Pants Sizes 5-8 Needed for Kindergarten. Please send to the CSE Kindergarten Teachers if you have pants to donate!

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Have an address change? Phone Number Change? Keep your records updated through the CSE school office (320)-685-4952

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Important Upcoming Dates


December 12 – Grade K/1 Concert @ RHS Auditorium

December 15 – Trimester 1 Celebration @ 1:30 PM

December 19 – “K” Gingerbread Day

December 21 – Holiday Movie for students @ RSH Auditorium (Schedule TBD)

December 22 – “K” Grinch Day

School Resumes: Jan 3

No School: MLK Jan 15

Early Release: Jan 26

Principal Book Club FEATURE

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Mr. Skanson will be beginning Principal Book Club with the 5th Graders. This selection highlights the journeys of three young kids and their "Refugee" Story. Want to know more about it? Want to encourage your students to participate? You can Pick up Refugee at the Scholastic Book Fair next week!

New opening at Cold Spring Elementary as a MN Reading Corps tutor. Serve three days a week!!!

Cold Spring Elementary is looking for someone to join the students 3-days per week to work with them on prescribed Literacy Activities! Tutors receive extensive training and support from onsite coaches. They are paid a living allowance, given federal student loan forbearance, and are eligible for an education award of $1,230 at the end of their service. Tutors 55 or older may gift the award to a child or grandchild.

Learn how you can get involved by visiting MinnesotaReadingCorps.org. The position starts in January and continues through June. Flexible on which days you would serve in this position. Six hours during each of the three days for a total of 18 hours a week. Send questions to abby.fragodt@servetogrow.org or call 320-247-5516.



What is the Deets? The Deets is a the student lead CSE Weekly Newscast. The Deets is part of the Explore program at CSE!

Here are some of the Deetsfrom the week.

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Staff Spotlight


Jordan Kramm

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



Art Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

What I love most about my job is the opportunity to explore new possibilities through multiple mediums. To have a chance to get messy and have fun with all the students at CSE is truly a rewarding experience. The kids here have so much to offer to myself and each other that there is never a dull moment. This keeps things exciting and fresh. You just never know whats coming next.

Favorite Food

Steak with blue cheese on top

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

My favorite children's book author would have to be Dr. Suess because of his wonderful imagination. His books are always so much fun to read and look through. 2nd in line to Dr. Suess would have to be Herve' Tullet, this author has created a lot of fun interactive books that I have been using to teach color mixing with kindergarten. This has been a lot of fun also as the kids think the book is magic!


My hobbies include making art, building projects around the house, hiking, being outside, or on the lake, and gardening/flowers.

Interesting FACTS about ME

When I was in middle school I made it in the Annandale newspaper for spearing a carp that was 7 lbs shy of the state record. The paper was titled, boy captures carp, with a full size picture of me trying to lift the fish off the ground. Apparently, there wasn't much to talk about that week in the paper, because they gave me a pretty good size spread. lol
There is a lot more to the story, so if your interested just ask. The picture below is not me, but it is somewhat similar in comparison as the carp was much bigger than I was.

Tumble Books

Dear Parents!

Our School has a subscription to TumbleBookLibrary, and your family can access it from home! It’s unlimited, and it’s FREE for you to use from home!

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of e-books for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading!

There are over 280 animated, talking picture books! The site also features Spanish and French books, read-along chapter books, non-fiction books, quizzes, and exciting games and puzzles!

We hope that you will get the chance to check out the collections with your child! Below is all the information you’ll need to login to the collection:


Username: Coldspring

Password: reads

Or visit our website for instant access:

________ http://asp.tumblebooks.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=13

You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile phone! All you need is an internet connection. There are no downloads: books are streamed right to your device at the click of a button.

Happy Tumbling, everyone!

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About Us

We are a 500 student public elementary school in the ROCORI school district. We are passionate about students, learning and especially literacy. Our students job is to be successful and it is our drive and passion to help them be successful.