The Cougar Connection

Principal News & Notes September 2022 Issue

Welcome Back to School

One School, One Community

Happy September Cougar families! We hope the transition to the new school year has been a good one for you. Our staff has loved welcoming your children back and the smiles around the school are just contagious. Thank you for sharing your children with us and we know it is going to be a great year!

This year we will be purposeful, inclusive, and articulate while we frame the year with One School, One Community. Cold Spring is a special place that feels rather traditional, as many students walk to school daily with their families or ride their bikes. We have a strong sense of community and high engagement all around. We are also special because we welcome fourth and fifth grade students from other elementary schools for the Center for Enriched Studies in which students experience a literacy curriculum designed for the highly gifted learner. At times in the past, this has created a school culture that feels like two schools within one. While the curriculum is unique to the students who are in the Center for Enriched Studies, many of our students, kindergarten through fifth grade, are highly able and demonstrate gifted profiles. Our staff recognizes this and we understand it is our job as educators to meet students where they are in order to move them forward. Our Cold Spring staff is thoughtful about lesson planning and we are confident your child with not only grow this year, but experience daily rich and meaningful lessons, gain exposure to complex concepts and topics, demonstrate productive struggle, and practice perseverance and resilience.

Our Approach

This year we will strive to ensure all students feel a sense of home and belonging at Cold Spring. Our staff is committed to fostering this connection. We will utilize a departmentalization model in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in which students will move through different content and different teachers throughout the day. We know this will help our students foster strong relationships with peers and staff members and bring to life One School, One Community.

Giving Thanks

We want to thank our amazing PTA for supporting our transition back to school. Our staff certainly feel the love. The PTA has provided popsicles to students, lunch and dinner for our staff, and our September staff lounge has already been stocked with goodies. We can't thank you enough for showing us such appreciation. Your partnership is incredible!

Monthly Calendar

Cold Spring Elementary School Website

Cold Spring Elementary Phone Number: 240-740-4390

  • September 5th - No School
  • September 8th - PTA Back to School Picnic, 5:30pm
  • September 13th - PTA Meeting, 7pm
  • September 14th - Early Release
  • September 20th - Student Fall Portrait Day & PTA Restaurant Night
  • September 23rd - Principal Coffee & Conversation, Topic: Structured Literacy & Enriched Literacy Curriculum, 9:15am
  • September 26th - No School
  • September 30th - Early Release

Car Rider Safety

Lost & Found Items

Please label your children's items so when they are misplaced, it is easier to locate them. We have lost and found table and coat rack in our All Purpose Room. If your child misplaced their lunchbox, water bottle, coat/jacket, etc. please let us know or ask the main office if you can check this area.
Lunch Menu Choices

Check this document which can also be found on our Cold Spring Website, for daily accurate lunch menu choices. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr. Legarreta.

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Each month we will spotlight members of our stellar Cold Spring Staff. Enjoy reading about each of them and get to know them a little bit better!

Mr. Nate Madden, 4th Grade Teacher

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Where were you born?

I was born in Baltimore City, Maryland.

What is your favorite color(s)?

My favorite colors are dark reds and bright blue-greens.

What is your favorite food?

I love Indian food...I could happily live on samosas for the rest of my life!

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

Cold Spring has a wonderful staff of dedicated professionals and I look forward to coming to work with the kids every day.

What is an interesting fact about you?

I created and currently sell my own coloring book. Also, I created and run an annual March Madness-style tournament of animated movies with my friends.

Ms. Paige Sekerak, Physical Education Teacher

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Where were you born?

I was born right here in MoCo, specifically at Holy Cross Hospital.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is probably gray.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite food would have to be pizza.

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

What I love most about Cold Spring is the sense of comfort I have while I’m here, and that’s thanks to all of the people I get to interact with including staff and students.

What is one interesting fact about you?

One interesting fact about me is that we completely renovated our house and did most of the work ourselves. Pictured is the most recent completion and my favorite space because we did everything from framing and drywall to flooring and wallpaper.

Ms. Kira Mikkelsen, Kindergarten Teacher

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Where were you born?

I was born in Minnesota.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is blue.

What is your favorite food?

I love mashed potatoes.

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

I love our wonderful and generous families, and our collaborative and supportive Admin!

What is one interesting fact about you?

I am a dog mom to two wonderful "puppies", a frog mom of 5, and a fish mom of many!

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Whose Class Will Win?

Join the PTA!! The class with the highest percentage of PTA Memberships by October 16th, will win a pizza party!

Have You Got the SPIRIT?

Spirit wear sales are open for a limited time!

Early Release & Delayed Opening Schedules

Click the button to view our lunch/recess schedule, half day schedule, and delayed opening schedule!