CSE Mini Spartan Weekly

Your Once-a-Week Update from Cold Spring Elementary

Dec. 1, 2017

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

From the Principal's Desk

Greetings from CSE,

CSE Families.. thank you for your patience. As some of you may have noticed, there was a delay in receiving the Mini-Spartan Weekly since Fall Break. I was out on leave for three weeks this fall. This fall I had a unique and meaningful week in that I unexpectedly lost my father (Oct. 21) and expectently gained a daughter (Oct. 27). The combination of both the highs and lows have made me extremely reflective and thankful for so many things in my life.

One of the promises that I have made to myself (and my dad) is to spread more of the kindness and compassion that Dan (dad) brought to those around him. Dan was a teacher for 34 years in Crookston, Mn and spent much of that time making sure that students had an experience and a love of learning. Stop me sometime and I would love to tell you more about him and the work that he did.

My hope is that we continue to keep focused on an experience for kids at CSE that Dan would approve. Dad and I often talked about education and the need to focus on engagement, and having fun in learning. Dan's lasting legacy was that of child centered learning. My promise is to continue that experience at CSE.

In addition, we brought a beautiful daughter (Jessa Kennedy) to join our family. She is perfect and a bright spot in difficult times. She is a happy baby and loves to snuggle with mom and dad. She has blessed us in so many ways. Please enjoy some pictures of Jessa and Dad! These are a few of my favorites.

Please help me pay forward the kindness and love by hugging your kids and your Dads. Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Thank you for all of your kindness! You are much appreciated! As the quote so eloquently describes above.. don't wait for happiness.. it is already here.

Dr. Eric Skanson

CSE Weekly Schedule

Weekly Schedule

Monday 12/4

  • DAY 2
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2
  • Conferences

Tuesday 12/5

  • DAY 3
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • Conferences

Wednesday 12/6

  • DAY 4
  • 8:40 - Grades 2/4/5 to see "Wonder" movie

Thursday 12/7

  • DAY 1
  • Conferences

Friday 10/27

  • DAY 2

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Don't Forget! Snack Cart Enrollment is Open for Trimester 2. Return your forms by Dec 1st!

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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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REMINDER OF THE WEEK: 20 Minutes of Reading Nightly Significantly Changes your Child's Academic Success

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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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Wonder Movie Experience grades 2-5


Thanks to a wonderful and generous donation, all students 2-5 have been sponsored to see the movie Wonder at Quarry Cinema on Wednesday Dec 6th, during the school day. Multiple sponsors have paid for buses and tickets to the show.

This movie is based on the New York Times bestseller. WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

This movie is rated PG. If you would like to opt out of this movie for your 2-5th grade student. Please notify the school by filling out the following form or emailing to skansone@rocori.k12.mn.us. FYI, grade three already experienced this movie, so they will use the donation for another experience this year. The concessions will be closed, please do not send money for concessions.

This is an incredible donation by a single donor. We ask that you fulfill the with of Auggie and pay forward the kindness during this holiday season. We have a Toys for Tots box in our office that we would love to see filled with "Kindness" this holiday season.

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Important Upcoming Dates


December 1 – Early Dismissal

December 4/5/7 – Conferences

Decmember 6- Wonder Movie at Quarry Cinema

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


Terri Haakenson

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



Second Grade Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love learning with my students. They bring so much to what I have to offer and the collaboration is always interesting and a learning experience for all of us! I also work with a great group of teachers and staff that help me get through the tough parts!

Favorite Food

Candied Pecan and Apple salad with Chicken at Grizzley's!

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

My Great Aunt Arizona. I like that it gives a glimpse into the past, it is a great discussion afterwards, and it shows us to never give up!


I like to read, quilt, spend time at the lake and with family and friends. I like a well done Classic Car, too!

Interesting FACTS about ME

I like Classic Cars! We have a '66 Chevelle, a '71 and '72 Nova, and a 1931 Model A we affectionately call Miss Annie!

I am an animal fanatic! I have 3 cats and a dog as I'm not allowed any more!!

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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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.