Making a Difference Today for a Better Tomorrow

Week Of March 5 , 2018

100th Day of School

Greetings Colleagues,

This next week marks the 100th day of school and each year this is a big deal. This video features a principal from Kentucky named Jerry Brooks. Next Friday, he will be speaking to the Minnesota Elementary Principals at our annual confernece. What I love about him is that he brings a "Filter" of Humor to our jobs.

As we continue to build relationships and trust, I believe that appropriate humor brings authenticity, which is the prerequisite to trust. Let us laugh and smile together and not let the little things "BUG" us.. as Jerry Brooks Says.

Have a great week!



Monday - Feb. 5

  • DAY 1
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2
  • 5:30 - Title Night

Tuesday - Feb. 6

  • DAY 2
  • Staffing Day
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5

Wednesday - Feb. 7

  • DAY 3
  • Eric gone!
  • 7:30 - Building SD

Thursday - Feb. 8

  • DAY 4
  • Eric gone!
  • 100th Day of School
  • 7:30 - PLC
  • 3:00 - Fun Committee

Friday - Feb. 9

  • DAY 1
  • Eric gone!
  • 7:00 District RtI

Just a reminder to pick out a favorite classroom book, create a quick #30Second Book Talk and place the video in the shared Cold Spring Elementary folder under 30 second book talk 2018. PLEASE get your videos in the folder by February 15, so we can start the voting after President's weekend.


CSE is partnerning with the N.P.K Hero Foundation to raise money for pediatric cancer research and support by offering HERO day! See the message for more information.

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Class of the Week!

Congrats! 1st Grade Asfeld

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Have a class that you have observed meeting and exceeding our Spartan Pledge? You can nominate them here! https://rocori.wufoo.com/forms/csestrong-class-of-the-week-nomination-form/

CSE RPS 2018

Elite 8! Congrats to Peine and Petroski.. the first to reach the Elite 8!




Welcome to the annual RPS tournament. This is an internal 80 person single elimination tournament for fun and bragging rights. Follow your Favorite CSE staff Member's progress here! Remember to report your results to the CSE office!

4th Annual CSE RPS 2018 http://challonge.com/CSERPS2018

Pillars of Literacy

Fill out your team feedback here: https://padlet.com/skansone1/dxgd2y4k7zv0
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CSE Vision 2017

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This is a preview of some of the background work done by our building leadership team. More work and revisions will come from whole staff during upcoming staff meetings. The process followed the organization work in the book "Traction" by Gino Wickman. We have work to share with you about our forecasted future including a 10 year, 3 year, 1 year and 90 day goals. Thank you to the CSE BLT for their inclusive work.. they represented you well!
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February Events

February 23- HERO DAY

February 27- Kindergarten Registration

FEbruary 28- KOO KOO Kangaroo Concert at RHS



Greg Spanier - Feb. 5

Karen Lincoln - Feb. 5

Leah Blonigen - Feb. 6

Sandy Stein - Feb. 6

Kim Schlangen - Feb. 8

Doris Faber - Feb. 9

Kelly Schneider - Feb. 24

1/2 - Scott Knudson - Aug. 4

1/2 - Val Kloeckl - Aug. 8

1/2 - Mary Theis - Aug. 10

1/2 - Kayelee Freeman - Aug. 14

1/2 - Doris Minnerath - Aug. 21

1/2 - Jan Clements - Aug. 24

1/2 - Karen Brettingen - Aug. 31

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

If you are ON CYCLE... you can schedule your PRE/ Observation/ and Post with Loraine

CSE Health and Safety Electronic Forms

Building Safety Request

See something that doesn't seem safe? Fill out the form and submit!

Building Improvement Request

Have some ideas on how to improve our school for staff, students and parents? Fill out the form and make a request!

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

The literacy committee for their work on I love to Read Month!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

Find and Utilize a variety of DATA sources to assess the degree of success in offering a balanced elementary program including intellectual, social and emotional.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Implement strategies to promote oral language development through multiple disciplines.

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Provide opportunities for CSE staff to learn, grow and connect to meet building goals


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Increase awareness and usage of authentic literature that supports cultural competency and character education goals.

#30secondbooktalk is happening again this year at CSE. Get your video in the shared folder by February 15. (Cold Spring Elementary, 30 Second Book Talk 2018 folder)

Mark Feb. 23 on your calendar for our second annual Read-In Day. This year students will be allowed to dress-up as Superheroes to raise money for the Nicholas P. Koenig Hero Foundation. More details will be coming out soon.


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

Provide opportunities for staff to foster human connections; promote positive interactions and a welcoming daily climate.

Check out http://challonge.com/CSERPS2018 to follow the staff to the finals! Let's see if we can finish up this tournament next week. Thanks for playing!

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Create and maintain a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm and inviting for staff, students and parents.

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Connect students in meaningful ways to foster cultural responsiveness and high character interactions.

January's Family Group will have us creating 3D and 2D snowflakes.

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

Create Student Voice and Presence in Promoting Good Behavior in the developmental role of S/E learning.

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Use digital leadership opportunities to tell a positive story about CSE, Foster Choice in Individual PLN and add student voice through technology

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

The Gift of Regie

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By Gail Boushey

February 2, 2018
Issue #499

It appeared amidst the flurry of activity and events during winter break. I sat down, grateful for a few moments to flip through the pages before I had to finish dinner preparations. I opened the cover and smiled. She’s back!

She is an author I have known and loved for many years. Her writing is thought-provoking and action-inducing, encouraging and straightforward, with just-in-time words and ideas distilled to the most important information to be addressed at this moment in time, in our classrooms. Her passion for teaching children and teaching educators permeates the writing.

This is Regie Routman. A teacher. And a teacher of teachers.

Listen as she explains her new book, Literacy Essentials:

This book is a call to action, to be our best selves and do all we can to make an excellent education an actuality for every student.

Her words are motivational and informative, and beautiful music to this teacher’s ears.

What she says works, what she says we need to hear, and what she says gives us knowledge and a path to move forward with our teaching.

Don’t get frustrated; get focused.

It takes more than a few moments to read about the important issues Regie addresses in the text. So now that the flurry of activity has calmed, I am reading deeply, taking notes, devouring and writing down quotes, and pondering her words and ideas even when I am not reading. The study guide paces my reading and reflection This is a book that will cause me to look back through my years of teaching and say to myself, “That book changed me as a teacher.” How do I know? She has done it before.

Reading Essentials: The Specifics You Need to Teach Reading Well; Writing Essentials: Raising Expectations and Results While Simplifying Teaching; Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success; and Conversations: Strategies for Teaching, Learning, and Evaluation are all books that have touched me to the core of my teaching. Her words have become my touchstones.

Expert teaching has always demanded not just content knowledge but also courage, compassion, and common sense. Never underestimate that time and patience can pay off, that change is possible and that you—one caring and knowledgeable teacher—can make an enduring difference in a child’s life. We teachers have always been the keepers of the dream, the providers of hope and inspiration for our students. We must remain so.

The year 2018 may have just begun, but it will forever be remembered as the year of Literacy Essentials and the year I went deeper with my learning and teaching.

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Staff Spotlight

NameZach Johnson

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



3rd Grade Teacher

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love working with the incredible staff and students. Being able to work in my hometown is special.

Favorite Food


Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

"Where the Wild Things Are" - Inspires children to use their imagination.


My hobbies include: hockey, football, coaching, traveling, cooking, chasing my 2 year old daughter around and swing dancing.

Interesting FACTS about ME

I am a CSE alumni. My 3rd grade classroom was the classroom I teach in now.