The Cougar Connection
Principal News & Notes November 2022 Issue
Gratitude & Thanks
On behalf of the entire Cold Spring staff, I want to share our sincere gratitude for all your support and partnership and we look forward to this continuation.
Cold Spring Elementary School Website
Cold Spring Elementary Phone Number: 240-740-4390
- November 4th: Student Picture Retakes
- November 7th: Professional Day - No School for Students
- November 8th: No School
- November 15th: PTA Meeting (Virtual)
- November 18th: PTA Donuts with Grownups Event
- November 21st -22nd: Early Release Days
- November 23rd - 25th: Thanksgiving Break
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November Reconciliation & Remembrance Month
Montgomery County Public Schools will observe Remembrance and Reconciliation Month by supporting local Emancipation Day celebrations, providing schools with age-appropriate lessons on local historic African American communities, and virtual changemaker workshops for students and their families in English and Spanish on November 15 - 17, 2022. The goal of the program is to help students learn about Montgomery County’s historic African American communities.
There will be five 15 -minute lessons. The lessons will include the following themes:
Community origin stories
Sense of community
Discrimination that the communities faced and how they challenged it
How current community members and their allies are working to preserve their communities today.
All teachers leading these sessions have received professional learning to ensure lessons humanize African American history and are delivered with cultural competence, care, and compassion. Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) partnered with community members, Montgomery History, and Heritage Montgomery to create the historically accurate lessons. The content does not include graphic images of violence or derogatory language.
MCPS encourages parents and caregivers to talk with their students about the lessons. Below are links to the lessons and a resource to support conversations about race and racism.
2022 Remembrance and Reconciliation Month Lessons
Two of the five lessons focus on how community members and their allies have taken informed action to challenge the problems they faced and are facing today. Grades 3, 4 and 5 students and their parents or caregivers are invited to participate in the elementary changemakers workshop, during which community and student activists will help participants learn how to effectively challenge problems and inequities within their communities on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Register to attend..
These lessons are part of a larger program organized by the Montgomery County Remembrance and Reconciliation Commission who has called for this November to be a month of remembrance and reconciliation. The goal is to help residents grow their understanding of the full history of Montgomery County. The Commission on Remembrance and Reconciliation was established by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights in 2019 to promote a better understanding of its history.
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.
Are You Interested in Supporting Lunch & Recess?
If you would like to volunteer at lunch, recess, or both times, please head to the main office and sign in. You will need your driver's license or photo ID to get a visitor sticker. You will need to wear the sticker while you are volunteering.
The below link is our lunch and recess schedule for the year. Again, we welcome your support!
Principal Coffee & Converstaion Mathematics Presentation
Calling all Cold Spring Student Artists!
Once again, our school will be participating in the National PTA Reflections Arts Program. This Program allows our students to express themselves through their gifts & talents in the ARTS! You may enter your original work in one or more of the following categories: Dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography, and visual arts. Please see attached general guidelines and rules sheet for details. This year's theme is "Show Your Voice". Entries are due December 5th. If you'd like to enter, please send an email to email@example.com and you will receive further instructions. All submissions are digital.
Art Volunteers Needed
Mrs. Bergel, our art teacher, would appreciate parent volunteers to help with the following tasks:
- cutting paper
- mounting projects
- hanging bulletin board displays
- prepping student supplies
If you have some time during your day to help, please email Mrs. Bergel at Shari_L_Bergel@mcpsmd.org. We sincerely appreciate your support for our Art program at Cold Spring ES!
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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!
Ms. Meghane Vaughan, Reading Specialist
I was born in Salem, Massachusetts.
What is your favorite color?
I love the color teal!
What is your favorite food?
I love Thai and Italian food.
What do you love most about Cold Spring?
This is my second year at Cold Spring and I just adore the staff.
What is one interesting fact about you?
I'm a major foodie. I love a good restaurant or home cooked meal.
Click the button to view our lunch/recess schedule, half day schedule, and delayed opening schedule!