The Cougar Connection

Principal News & Notes March 2023 Issue

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There is No Place for Hate-Bias at Cold Spring: A Message from Principal Hambrecht

MCPS has recently communicated an overwhelming number of hate-bias incidents that have occurred in our county and throughout individual school communities. As your Principal and the leader of Cold Spring Elementary School, I want to share that any acts of racism, anti semitism, hate, or bias will not be tolerated in our school. I support the messaging of Dr. McKnight and our school system that there is no room for hate or bias. We strive daily to be including and welcoming of everyone in our diverse and vibrant community. Our differences are celebrated and make us stronger. Together, we must speak out against all acts of hate and racism.

I want to share transparently, the actions that will occur if hate crosses our school doors. First, the hate-bias incident will be thoroughly investigated by administration and reported to MCPS Central Office. Parent contact will be made for all parties and consequences that are in alignment to our MCPS Student Code of Conduct will be administered. Administration will work with the MCPS Office of Student Support and Well-Being to identify appropriate responses for the victim so healing can begin. A parent/guardian re-entry meeting will occur for all parties. Finally, a letter to our community will be sent sharing what occurred and the actions taken.

I want to also elevate the work we are doing as a school to continue to ensure our practices around inclusivity and diversity are embedded in our daily interactions and learning. Our school has recently received the Anti-Racist Audit Survey results and will be analyzing the data in our Instructional Leadership Team and then as a full school team. We will also be sharing our data with you shortly after. The below MCPS website will provide context regarding the completed audit.

All students must feel safe within our walls to thrive. My staff and I remain highly committed to this!

I hope you stand with us and support the above message and actions as we are "One School, One Community." If you need any resources or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Coming Up at Cold Spring

Cold Spring Elementary School Website

Cold Spring Elementary Phone Number: 240-740-4390

  • March 3rd - Early Release
  • March 7th - PTA Meeting
  • March 8-9th - Grade 5 MISA Testing
  • March 10th - Classic Photography Group and Candid Photos, PTA Talent Show
  • March 15th - Early Release
  • March 17th - Kindergarten Early Bird Special, PTA Read-A-Thon
  • March 21st - Grade 5 Family Life Q & A Session
  • March 24th - Cold Spring Career Day
  • March 27th - Spirit Day: Dress Like the Career You Want to Have Day
  • March 28th-29th - Hearing & Vision Screening
  • March 28th- Grade 3 Field Trip to Audobon Naturalist Society
  • March 30th - Grade 5 Field Trip to Mr. Vernon
  • March 31st - Professional Day End of Marking Period 3

Spring Testing

March is here and so is testing! Our students will be engaged in the following assessments over the course of the next three months:

  • MISA (5): March 6 - March 24
  • MCAP ELA & MCAP Math (3-5): April 17 - May 26
  • Math MAP-P (K-2): May 1 - June 2
  • MAP-R & MAP-M (3-5): April 24 - May 26
  • ELA Dibels (K-2): April 25 - May 26

Mr. Legarreta and Ms. Potasznik work together to support our assessment calendar and implementation. Please reach out to them with any questions.

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Cold Spring Talent Show

The Cold Spring Talent Show is Friday, March 10th

Come watch the talent show, Friday, March 10th at 6 pm. We recommend eating dinner before the show, however snacks and drinks will be sold (bring cash).

Click HERE for more details!

Cold Spring is Excited for Career Day!

A huge THANK YOU to Ms. Loren Felsher for organizing what is going to be a very exciting Career Day for our students on March 24th. Thank you to all our parents/guardians who have volunteered time to come in and speak about your work. We are all excited for this great experience for our students.

Following Career Day on March 27th, we will have a school-wide spirit day titled, "Dress Like the Career You Want to Have!" We encourage all our students to participate and have fun.

Lost & Found Items

We have MANY lost and found items at school. Please make sure to come in and take a look or have your student look for any lost items. We have gone through the items and returned any that were labeled with student names. It is strongly suggested to label your children's clothing, lunch box, and water bottles. This is very helpful when things go missing.

We will be donating any left over clothing to our Cash for Clothing Bin within the next week. Please come and check for your things!

Spring Cleaning?

Please remember that our school benefits from your donations to the Cash for Clothing bin located in front of Cold Spring ES. Every little bit helps and we appreciate your consideration as you begin Spring cleaning at home.
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. Nichole Sugar, 5th Grade Teacher

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Where were you born?

Maryland. I've lived in the state of Maryland my entire life
What is your favorite color?

I love purple!
What is your favorite food?

Hmmm that's a hard one. I love pasta in all it's forms.
What do you love most about Cold Spring?

There are so many amazing things about cold spring. I love the people! I've been lucky enough to work with so many of the teams; so I've been able to get to know so many staff members. They're all wonderful.
What is one interesting fact about you?

I love to skydive, but am terrified to try bungee jumping.

Ms. Sabrina Goldberg, English for Speakers of Other Languages Teacher

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Where were you born?

I grew up in Potomac and have lived here all my life.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite colors are pink and black.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite savory food is any type of Greek food and my favorite dessert is tiramisu.

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

I love that Cold Spring is a small school which really gives me the opportunity to really get to know my students and support them in such small groups. I also love how supportive the community, teachers, and administration are of one another.

What is one interesting fact about you?

Teaching is truly my family business. Since I teach at two schools I also get to work with my sister who is the art teacher at my other school, Wayside, and my oldest daughter is a first year art teacher right down the street at Ritchie Park!

Ms. Alex Hohenhaus, 4th Grade Teacher

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Where were you born?

Sacramento, California. Go Kings! Light the beam!

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite food?

Anything involving potatoes

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

The staff! Everyone cares about their students and each other. We laugh a lot!

What is one interesting fact about you?

My favorite animal is sharks, and when I studied abroad in South Africa, I went cage diving with great white sharks!