The Cub's Tale Newsletter

January 2019

Principal’s Message

The Cold Springs Family would like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

As we prepared to close out 2018, we did so with many activities. The month of December is always a busy time, with this year being no exception. Second and Third Grade students from Ms. Kumple’s class walked to GHS to participate in the Hour of Code. Crazy Hair Day was the Spirit Day for this month. Students arrived with many unusual hairstyles and colors on this day. Lions International was here the following week for free eye screenings for all students; student members of the Leo Club from GHS were also here to assist. In all, over 800 students were screened.

Third Grade students in Ms. S. MacDonald’s, Ms. Widen’s, MS. Formiglia’s and Ms. Uhlendorf’s classes entertained students, family and friends with their performance of “Toys: The Night They Come Alive” on Wednesday evening, December 12. The cafetorium was filled with family and friends and everyone seemed to enjoy the program. Our thanks to Mrs. Linda Lorenz, for her music direction and Mrs. Donna Glinos, (with the help of CSS students) for their art decorations. Congratulations on a fine performance!

Our PTO sponsored and ran Santa’s Secret Shop. Students from every class, Preschool through Grade Three were able to participate and do some holiday shopping for friends and family. Santa visited the entire school on Wednesday and Thursday the following week. Mid marking period ended on the 14th. Teachers updated their grades at that time. Once again, I remind all parents to routinely review your child’s grades on the parent portal of Power School.

While returning to a new year, we look forward to many more special events and activities.

The CSS PTO will be selling merchandise books for their fundraiser this month. This will begin on January 2 and run through through January 15. On Thursday, January 17, class pictures will be taken by LifeTouch Photographers. January’s Spirit Day follows on the 18th. We are introducing a new theme this year, Disney Day. All students and staff are encourage to dress as their favorite Disney Character. Also on this day, Preschool students will be treated to the Yosi Music Assembly. Kindergarten Parent Involvement is scheduled for January 22-25. Kindergarten students will invite a VIP to visit with them in their classroom. Kindergarten students will also be presented with an assembly program, “The Magic of Reading” on Wednesday, January 23.

As always with special events, more detailed information will be provided as we approach these dates.

Take a look at our NEW School Sign! We are very appreciative of having this new sign installed, making it possible to keep everyone up to speed on many more important notifications.

Please remember that school will be closed on January 21 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work.

The second marking period comes to a close on January 29, 2019. Final grades for this marking period will be posted shortly after.

The Positive Character trait for January is: Friendship

As we move into a new year, I look forward to working with you and am appreciative of your support on behalf of our students.

Mrs. Karen Kessler, Principal

Cold Springs School

Ocean and Ruth Interview with Ms. Kearney


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"Pollyanna, Gingerbread houses, and Santa...oh my!" Room 206 enjoyed all of their holiday activities."

Mrs. Roney, Mrs. Fox-Fuchs and Mrs. Kains Classrooms

They joined together for the Holiday Festivities and had a VERY special visitor!!


The Book Club made Christmas crafts for a nursing home after reading the book Wednesday Surprise about an elderly woman.


Gloucester City Helping Hands

Please help the Gloucester City Helping Hand by donating to our food drive. Students can bring in items from January 22nd -February 8th. We will also have a collection table at conferences. Needed items are as follows: peanut butter, jelly, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, baby food, powdered milk, canned soups or vegetables. Thank you so much for any help you can provide! If you have any questions please contact Ms. Kumpel at
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News From Mrs. Gurcsik

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2019. Preschool and kindergarten classes are preparing for several upcoming activities like Valentine’s Day and the 100th day of school.

Our upcoming preschool VIP days are during the week of January 28th. Parents are invited to visit the classroom and have lunch with their child on those days. An invite was emailed to you from the teacher via google forms. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can have enough lunches prepared. Remember only ONE guest per student please. Yosi will be here on January 18th to sing songs with all preschool children for a “pajama party”. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas. It is also a Disney spirit day. Students can wear Disney pajamas if they choose.

All Kindergarten students will participate in the “Magic of Reading” program on January 23rd. Children will smile and laugh as they participate in an interactive show filled with magic and comedy. Our upcoming kindergarten VIP days are on January 22nd, 24th, and 25th. An invite was emailed to you via google forms. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can have enough lunches prepared. Remember only ONE guest per student please. Parents are invited to visit the classroom and have lunch with their child on those days. During a visit from Mother Goose on February 21st, kindergarten students will be able to act out traditional nursery rhymes.

Remember to check our website frequently for important dates and events. You can access our district calendar as well as our monthly school calendar. If you would like to receive reminders and updates from Mrs. Gurcsik please click the appropriate link and following the directions to join Mrs. Gurcsik’s group.

Kindergarten Remind Code

Preschool Remind Code

It is important to remember that anytime you visit the school, you must bring a photo ID with you. In an effort to keep our students and our school safe, all visitors who wish to enter the building are required to have a photo ID.

The students have been working hard on their writing. We have some young authors and illustrators here. Take a look at all of our writing hanging in the hallways when you visit.

Norell Gurcsik

EC Director/Assistant Principal

ECC Book Recommendations

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

PTO Team members

Nicole Krumenacker - President

Mike Hopkins - Vice President

Paula & Jay Huhn - Treasurer

Lori Seedes - Secretary

Victoria Hopkins - Secretary

PTO contact email:

*********PTO UPCOMING EVENTS***********

Pat's Pizza, Gloucester City Fundraiser

January 23rd, 2019
11-1 pm - teacher orders
5 - 8 pm - all orders if you mention CSS
(pick up and delivery)


Our Newsletter Club Staff

Peer Buddies Activity

Mrs. Fox/Mrs. Kain and Mrs. Formigilia/Mrs. Bonner's students enjoyed spending Holiday time with their "Peer Buddies" creating reindeer sandwiches.