Principally Speaking

Cold Spring Elementary - Celebrating 20 Years!

What's My Sentence?

Well, parents, we have made it through the first five days of school, and your kids have done well! Only 179 days to go, but who's counting:)

We are looking forward to a great year here at Cold Spring, and this year should be more special than ever since it is our 20th anniversary. Speaking of our anniversary, this summer I was introduced to a video called "Two Questions That Can Change Your Life." Feel free to watch it by clicking on this link...

As I contemplated this video and thought about Cold Spring's 20th Anniversary, I began to wonder what Cold Spring's sentence would be? What is it that we want you and your kids to remember about Cold Spring twenty years from now. Here are some that I landed on...

Cold Spring challenged me to think critically.

Cold Spring showed me how to care for others.

Cold Spring taught me to ask questions.

Cold Spring teachers knew me and cared about my individuals needs.

There are many more sentences I could share that I hope would also characterize Cold Spring Elementary School, but as I think about what I hope would be the defining sentence of Cold Spring, it is this...

Cold Spring challenged me to grow in many ways, and I left there with many wonderful memories!

If your child can confidently say this after his/her time at Cold Spring, I believe we have accomplished what we have set out to do.

We look forward to working with you and your children this year, and we hope this is your best year ever at Cold Spring!

Volunteer Certifications

By now you have all likely heard that there is new legislation surrounding clearances (now known as certifications) for school volunteers. I am writing to you in an attempt to clarify the district’s expectations and to let you know how we at Cold Spring are going to try to help those of you who want to get your certifications.

I have been receiving questions about whether all volunteers need certifications. The answer is no.

If you want to be considered for field trips, or if you are going to be a volunteer who is working with students on a regular basis, you will need certifications. If you only volunteer occasionally for activities such as class parties, Field Day, and other such activities, you will not need certifications.

Volunteers will now need 3 certifications.

1. Criminal History Certification (required of ALL volunteers – this is now free for volunteers)

2. Child Abuse Certification (required of ALL volunteers - this is now free for volunteers)

3. FBI Fingerprint certification – if you have lived in PA for the past 10 years consecutively, you do not need to get this certification. You can simply sign the affidavit and have it notarized. If you have not lived in PA for the past 10 years consecutively, you must get this certification.

You can access all of the information for obtaining your certifications by clicking on this link…

Volunteers must have their clearances on file with the CBSD Human Resources Department prior to starting volunteer work. The new Pennsylvania State mandate does allow until July 1, 2016 to obtain background checks. However, in the best interest of the safety and security of our students, we are asking volunteers to comply with submitting background checks prior to volunteering in the 2015-2016 school year.

In an attempt to help you with the notary portion of this process, the H&S Association will have a Notary present at our Family Fun Night on Friday, September 25th. Simply bring all of your certifications with you that night, we will notarize them for you, and we will even deliver them to the school district Administration Center for you.

Speaking of our Family Fun Night, here is a link to explain all the fun activities we will have going that night.

We hope to see you there.


Mr. Finger

Important Dates to Remember

September 7th: No School (Labor Day)
September 8th: Back to School Night @ 5:45 PM (Grades 1 & 4), Back to School Night @ 7:00 PM (Grades 2 & 3)
September 10th: Back to School Night @ 5:45PM (Grades 5 & 6)
September 11th: 6th Grade Kickball & Water Ice (6th Graders)
September 14th: No School (Rosh Hashanah)
September 19th: Mother/Someone Special & Son event @ 6:30PM
September 23rd: No School (Yom Kippur)
September 25th: Family Fun Night