CSE Mini Spartan Weekly
Your Once-a-Week Update from Cold Spring Elementary
Sept 22, 2017
From the Principal's Desk
Greetings from CSE,
Happy Homecoming! I know many of our parents and families are ROCORI grads and we are thrilled that you continue to choose ROCORI for your growing families.
This week I want to draw attention to a few Items around literacy!
Literacy is most important to us at CSE. We want you, your children and OUR school to be filled with great literacy choices for students to read and experience. In doing so, we use an organizational approach called the DAILY 5. The Daily 5 is a widely popular approach to elementary literacy in school across the United States. The basic idea behind the Daily 5 is that students will experience a Daily Routine of high impact literacy strategies/stations that include:
- Read to Self,
- Work on Writing,
- Read to Someone,
- Listen to Reading, and
- Word Work.
These strategies help give us the structure to engage and learn about your children as literacy consumers and students of growth. All the classrooms are working through these stations as they are launched, grounded and anchored into the daily routines.
This is just one of the STRATEGIES we use to build strong literacy students at CSE!
What can you do to support?
READ, READ, READ! Make sure you have a solid reading routine at home and access to High Quality Literature. In addition, take an interest in your child's literacy choices and learning progression. Tonight, ask them about what they did for Daily 5!
Happy Homecoming and Good Luck Spartans!
Here's to another great #CSESTRONG week at CSE!
Dr. Eric Skanson
REMINDER OF THE WEEK: Ask Your Child about Daily 5!
CSE STAFF SPOTLIGHT
Dustin Kramer Grade 3
How Many Years have you worked at CSE?
3rd Grade Teacher
What I love most about my job at CSE
I love the staff here at CSE! I think we have the best teachers in education and the support staff is exceptional! They always put the kids first and are always willing to lend a hand (or head) when needed.
I love to spend my time outdoors. My favorite things to do are hunting, fishing, and camping. I also stay very busy with sports year round. I coach wrestling and baseball during the spring through the summer. I still love to compete and enjoy playing baseball, softball, and broomball.
Interesting FACTS about ME
My wife and I have two, going on three kids this September. Brayden is now a 5th grader, Brynley is 2.5 years old, and our new baby girl named Brielle.
5th Grade Kindness Retreat
CSE Parents and Community,
Our school believes that to do well in school, students need to feel physically and emotionally safe. In this effort to create a safe and caring culture, we are having a Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat®. This year we are exceptional thrilled to be pairing with Discovery Elementary in Waite Park for a joint Kindness Retreat. Half of our ROCORI 5th Grade will be traveling to Discovery Elementary and half of the Discovery Elementary 5th Grade Students will be coming to Cold Spring. This is made possible through an Achievement and Integration Grant.
Since 1987, Youth Frontiers (YF) – a nonpartisan, nonpro t organization based in Minneapolis – has been facilitating retreats to build positive school communities that help young people realize the importance
of respecting themselves and others. Their vision is to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America so that today’s young people make tomorrow’s world better. Last year, YF worked with more than 127,000 students and educators throughout the country. On the Kindness Retreat, the YF Retreat Staff will focus on creating a more positive school community by engaging students in a variety of activities that build students’ empathy skills and teach safe ways to help prevent bullying and unkind behaviors.
This high-energy, interactive retreat is scheduled for October 10th for the 5th grade class and will be held at BOTH DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY AND COLD SPRING ELEMENTARY.
To continue the positive effects of the retreat experience, we believe it’s important for the entire community to be involved in supporting and communicating the messages delivered on the retreat. Because of this, we encourage parents and caregivers to inquire about the retreat experience once the student returns home by asking the following questions:
1. What activities did you find fun?
2. What were the small-group leaders like?
3. What were some of the unkind actions going on at school that you discussed? 4. Have you been affected by the unkind actions?
5. Did you talk about how you as a class can work on that?
6. What was the most important thing you learned?
7. What is one thing you can do tomorrow at school to show kindness?
Visit youthfrontiers.org/kindness-retreat for more information on Youth Frontiers and to watch a video about the Kindness Retreat.
Important Upcoming Dates
10/6 - Family Group Activity (2:20-2:45)
10/10 - 5th Grade Kindness Retreat with Discovery Elementary
10/11 - CS Fire Dept. here for K-3 (more details to come)
10/12 - Rockville Fire Dept. here with Smoke Trailer (more details to come)
10/13 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal
10/19 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break
10/20 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break
10/26 - Picture Retake Day
10/26 - Hearing Screenings (more details to come)
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: ColdspringPassword: reads
Or visit our website for instant access:
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!