CSE Mini Spartan Weekly

Your Once-a-Week Update from Cold Spring Elementary

Dec. 8, 2017

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From the Principal's Desk

Greetings from CSE,

It is the last week before break and all through halls...

Just kidding! I am not nearly that talented as to write an entire poem, but I can tell you there is much excitement in the air. I hope that all of you enjoy your break and enjoy your families and a bit of time away from school. Even though you are away, please find time to continue reading each day and/or night. Books make great gifts! If you are wondering what kids are reading these days, check out this list by the New York Times.


I am looking forward to hosting the 5th annual principal holiday movie party on Thursday. This year we are watching "The Santa Clause"

Please see the opt out notification below if you would like them to not participate in the movie. I have included the Trailer to the classic "The Santa Clause" below.

Happy Holidays! See you in January!

Dr. Eric Skanson

Congrats Trimester 1 Super Spartans!

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Every Trimester CSE recognized a select few that consistently show us what it means to live the SPARTAN Pledge Each and Every Day! Congrats to these students on a Job Well Done! Want to see more of the Trimester Celebration? Click HERE!

CSE Weekly Schedule

Monday 12/18

  • DAY 2
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 1/2 (classes resume Jan. 22)

Tuesday 12/19

  • DAY 3
  • NO Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5 (classes resume Jan. 23)
  • "K" Gingerbread Day
  • 3:00-4:45 -- Grade 5 after school movie w/teacher

Wednesday 12/20

  • DAY 4

Thursday 12/21

  • DAY 1
  • 8:45-10:45 -- Grade K/1/2 Holiday Movie @ Auditorium
  • 12:30-2:30 -- Grade 3/4/5 Holiday Movie @ Auditorium

Friday 12/22

  • DAY 2
  • "K" - Grinch Day
  • "1" - Polar Express Day
  • 1:30-2:45 -- Grade 5 "Cookie Bake-off" - cafeteria
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Students must be picked up by 3:00 p.m. each day. There is no supervision for students after this time. All students not picked up by 3:15 will be brought to KIDSTOP and charged a daily rate.

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Weather Guidelines: Students stay inside if the air temperature is less than 0 degrees or the wind chill is less than -10 degrees. Be prepared with layers of clothing!

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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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Kids Pants Sizes 5-8 Needed for Kindergarten. Please send to the CSE Kindergarten Teachers if you have pants to donate!

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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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Important Upcoming Dates


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. Book Club starts in January!

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


Jan Clements

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?

This is my fifth year at CSE.


Media Specialist

What I love most about my job at CSE

I love seeing every student at CSE. I also love sharing my favorite books with the students and I love when they share their favorite books with me.

Favorite Food

Cold Spring Bakery Frosted Bread

Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

My favorite children's book is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. It is my favorite because when Mrs. Zumwalde and I read it to the students they always ask to hear it again.


I enjoy, reading, quilting, dancing and gardening.

Interesting FACTS about ME

An interesting fact about me is that in my family four of the five people have birthdays on the same day of the week every year

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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About Us

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.