CSE Mini Spartan Weekly

Your Once-a-Week Update from Cold Spring Elementary

Oct 6th, 2017

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From the Principal's Desk

Greetings from CSE,

I love this school. It is a fantastic place to work each and every day. Students work hard, staff is amazing and the building is beautiful. We are lucky to call this place our school. In times were there is a lot of hate and divisiveness, this is a place of love and inclusiveness.

October is bully prevention month across the United States. At CSE, the theme is "Stand Up for Kindness". This means being an UP stander, and emphasizing the message that it really is "Up to You" to stop the hate and Stand Up for Kindness.

The timing of this campaign is interesting. This week there may have been organic conversations happening in classrooms regarding the events in Las Vegas. Kids and Adults talk. The classroom conversations at CSE have focused on Standing Up for Kindness when kids want to talk about Vegas. Our job is to model kindness and inclusiveness in our conversations and actions that show students the Right way to treat our neighbors.

Our hope is to continue to "Stand Up For Kindness" as partners in Education for Our students and children!

Have a fabulous week!

Dr. Eric Skanson


CSE Weekly Schedule

Monday 10/9

  • DAY 1
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday 10/10

  • DAY 2
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5
  • 8:30 - Grade 5 Kindness Retreat w/Discovery School

Wednesday 10/11

  • DAY 3
  • "Stand Up For Kindness Day" - wear orange!
  • 9:00 - Cold Spring Fire Department present to Grades K-3
  • Kindergarten meet in the Commons
  • Grade 1 meet in the Primary Pod
  • Grade 2 meet in the Center Gym
  • Grade 3 meet in the Cafeteria

Thursday 10/12

  • DAY 4
  • Rockville Fire Dept. here with the Smoke House (no details yet)

Friday 10/13

  • DAY 1
  • 3 hour Early Dismissal

Important Upcoming Dates

10/10 - 5th Grade Kindness Retreat with Discovery Elementary

10/11 - CS Fire Dept. here for K-3 (more details to come)

10/12 - Rockville Fire Dept. here with Smoke Trailer (more details to come)

10/13 - 3 Hour Early Dismissal

10/19 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/20 - NO SCHOOL - MEA Break

10/26 - Picture Retake Day

10/26 - Hearing Screenings (more details to come)



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 Deets from the week.


Explore is a grade 3-5 student Voice and Choice program. Students are able to enroll in "Elective" Type classes four times per year. Explore is designed to let students dabble in different focus areas such as: Career Exploration, Hobbies, Wellness and Performance.

What are some examples?

Each EXPLORE Class focuses on one of the four core areas and meet twice a week for 1/2 hour. This fall we offered:

Wood Working, Team Sports, Newscasting, Coding, Theater, Games with Friends, Magic, Engineering, Claymation, Yoga and Choir. These are just some of the great examples of ways kids get engaged and Explore their future.

Tony Wagner says, "Play leads to Passion and Passion leads to Purpose" Our hope is to let gets find their passion and purpose at CSE! More Questions? What to be involved at a parent? Contact Princpal Skanson (skanosone@rocori.k12.mn.us)

Watch the Video below to see some Real Time Examples!


ROCORI Boosters Brewmaster Dinner



ROCORI Booster Club

Brewmaster’s Dinner

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Social Hour – 5:00pm

6 Course Dinner – 6:00pm

Silent Auction all night

The Great Blue Heron

COST - $45.00

Just an FYI...the ROCORI Booster Club spent over 75K on ROCORI Sports last year. You can purchase tickets through the ROCORI Activities Office or contact: Tanya Leither at: 320-980-2611.

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CSE Host Parent Fall Meeting

Monday, Oct. 9th, 6-7:30pm

601 Red River Avenue North

Cold Spring, MN

The First CSE Host Parent Organizational Meeting is scheduled for Monday Night in the Conference Room!
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REMINDER OF THE WEEK: Early Release day on 10/13

CSE STAFF SPOTLIGHT- Leslie Buttweiller

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Leslie Buttweiller- Special Education


Leslie Buttweiler

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?

This is year 20.


Special Education

What I love most about my job at CSE

Students and colleagues.

Favorite Food


Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

"The Places You'll Go". By Dr Suess


Attending my kids sports activities, reading, spending time on the lake.

Interesting FACTS about ME

This is year: 26
Schools: 7
Districts: 4
Grades I've taught: K - 12+
Current Position: k-5 special education
Longest grade: k-5
Principals: 8
States: MN
Classrooms: 13story.

5th Grade Kindness Retreat

CSE Parents and Community,

Our school believes that to do well in school, students need to feel physically and emotionally safe. In this effort to create a safe and caring culture, we are having a Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat®. This year we are exceptional thrilled to be pairing with Discovery Elementary in Waite Park for a joint Kindness Retreat. Half of our ROCORI 5th Grade will be traveling to Discovery Elementary and half of the Discovery Elementary 5th Grade Students will be coming to Cold Spring. This is made possible through an Achievement and Integration Grant.

Since 1987, Youth Frontiers (YF) – a nonpartisan, nonpro t organization based in Minneapolis – has been facilitating retreats to build positive school communities that help young people realize the importance
of respecting themselves and others. Their vision is to change the way young people treat each other in every hallway, lunch line and classroom of every school in America so that today’s young people make tomorrow’s world better. Last year, YF worked with more than 127,000 students and educators throughout the country. On the Kindness Retreat, the YF Retreat Staff will focus on creating a more positive school community by engaging students in a variety of activities that build students’ empathy skills and teach safe ways to help prevent bullying and unkind behaviors.

This high-energy, interactive retreat is scheduled for October 10th for the 5th grade class and will be held at BOTH DISCOVERY ELEMENTARY AND COLD SPRING ELEMENTARY.

To continue the positive effects of the retreat experience, we believe it’s important for the entire community to be involved in supporting and communicating the messages delivered on the retreat. Because of this, we encourage parents and caregivers to inquire about the retreat experience once the student returns home by asking the following questions:

1. What activities did you find fun?
2. What were the small-group leaders like?
3. What were some of the unkind actions going on at school that you discussed? 4. Have you been affected by the unkind actions?
5. Did you talk about how you as a class can work on that?
6. What was the most important thing you learned?
7. What is one thing you can do tomorrow at school to show kindness?

Visit youthfrontiers.org/kindness-retreat for more information on Youth Frontiers and to watch a video about the Kindness Retreat.


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!

October Lunch Menu

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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.