The Cougar Connection

Principal News & Notes February 2023 Issue

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A Message from Principal Hambrecht

As we start the third quarter marking period of the school year, students will continue to engage in MCPS MAP testing and WIDA testing. We look forward to another great quarter of student growth and learning. Many of our students have made a tremendous amount of progress so far this year and we continue to be so proud of their hard work!

We hit the ground running with our 5th grade Chorus Concert and our Advanced Instrumental Showcase. Thank you Ms. Sugar and Mr. Poet for all your work. Our students performed beautifully and we were happy to fill our All Purpose Room with families.

We also held our first Lunar New Year Assembly. Our gratitude to Ms. Sugar for organizing this school wide event in which our own students performed. We are proud to celebrate the rich school culture at Cold Spring and this was a true example of just that. We look forward to making this an annual assembly for our students.

Soon we look forward to celebrating friendship with our traditional Valentine's Day classroom parties. Please make sure to review communication from your class room parents as they are working alongside our teachers to plan some fun for our students.

Please remember that school begins at 9:00am. Our first bell rings at 8:53am for students to enter the building and prepare for their day. The colder temperatures bring an increase in car riders so please plan accordingly and help your child get to school on time.

Monthly Calendar

Cold Spring Elementary School Website

Cold Spring Elementary Phone Number: 240-740-4390

  • February 2nd - Lunar New Year Assembly
  • February 6th - 10th Happy School Counselor's Week to Ms. Felsher!
  • February 7th - PTA Meeting
  • February 14th - Classroom Valentine Parties
  • February 16th - Grade 5 Field Trip to Politics & Prose, Kids Heart Challenge Assembly
  • February 17th - Principal Coffee & Conversation
  • February 20th - N0 School
  • February 24th - PTA Donuts with Grownups

Celebrate Black History Month

Learning About Black History Month

Click here to learn how the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History

Click here to visit and learn more about the National Museum of African American History. Its mission is Empowering people to create a just and compassionate future by exploring, preserving, and sharing the complexity of our past.

Documentary: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Click here to view a trailer for the 2022 feature documentary that delves deep into civil rights icon Rosa Parks' historic work and her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Through interviews with those who knew her, powerful archival footage and her own words, the film tells the story of Parks' extensive organizing, radical politics and lifelong dedication to activism.

The Yearbook Chairs Need Your Help

We Need Your Photos!

Yearbook Photo Submissions

The yearbook committee is looking for photos from the first day of school and field trips. Please follow this link to submit your pics and follow the instructions to complete your upload. Select the appropriate folder in the left column and choose "candid photos" when prompted. While it would be helpful to know who's in the photos (our goal is equal representation among all students), that info isn't necessary to complete the upload.

We will try to include as many photos as possible, but we are somewhat limited by the size and design of the yearbook. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at and

Cold Spring Green Team Continues to Make an Impact

Mascara Wand Collection

Help our Green Team by donating all old mascara wands! Find out all details HERE and help our Earth!

Inclement Weather Reminders

Sign Up for Weather Alerts with MCPS

MCPS offers numerous ways to learn about potential school closures, delayed openings and early dismissals when there is inclement weather. These include:

  • Connect- Ed System Email and Text Messages- Please make sure we have your correct emergency contact information.

  • Alert MCPS and MCPS Alerta (Spanish)- Receive text messages or emails from MCPS during weather-related emergencies and other major events that impact school system operations. Subscribe to AlertMCPS here.

  • MCPS Home Page-

  • MCPS cable channels Comcast 34 (1071 HD), Verizon 36 or RCN 89

Technology Readiness

All MCPS Schools received information about expectations to communicate to families with proactively preparing schools and students with necessary technology in case of an emergency closure. While MCPS is preparing as a district, please note that this is NOT a shift to virtual instruction on inclement weather days at this time.

Devices will be prepared centrally and will be delivered to schools checked out to the scholars through ServiceNow. Once received, and checked out devices will go home in the scholar's backpack.

Additionally, if any family is in need of a MiFi device please complete the Student MiFi Request Collection Form on behalf of the family.

Again, we thank you for following up proactively as needed.

Early Release & Delayed Opening Schedules

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

We LOVE our Volunteers!

Montgomery County Public Schools requires school volunteers and partnership agencies to complete

certain compliance measures in order to volunteer within our school district.

● Online Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect Training via their myMCPS Classroom/Canvas


● Background check (dependent upon the type of volunteer service, per the Volunteers regulation

and FAQ)

● COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation - Beginning September 20, 2021, volunteers will be required to

upload their Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination to remain on the volunteer roster.

Please review the Volunteer/Contractor Vaccination Attestation Update for details on this process.

Building entrance is not allowed unless your name is listed on the MCPS approved Volunteer List.

Please do not bring your documents to the main office and ask for entrance. These documents are to be

uploaded for MCPS to approve and update the Volunteer list daily.

Are You Interested in Supporting Lunch & Recess?

Lunch and recess is a time where our students can enjoy social conversation and play. This is the one part of their day where there is a bit less structure and they can relax. We would love to have your support if you are available during this time.

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!

2022-2023 Lunch & Recess Schedule

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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.

Cold Spring Family Handbook

Click here to read through important MCPS policies and school procedures.

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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. Andrea Shin, 1st Grade Teacher

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Where were you born?

Takoma Park, MD

What is your favorite color?

Blue and pink

What is your favorite food?

Beef chow fun with wide rice noodles

What do you love most about Cold Spring?

The amazing community of students, staff, and families

What is one interesting fact about you?

I love making things by hand including pinatas, cake pops, scarves, and huge paper flowers.

Ms. Christine Little, Media Center Specialist

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Where were you born?
Cincinnati, Ohio
What is your favorite color?

Mint Green

What is your favorite food?

Cheeseburger & French Fries
What do you love most about Cold Spring?

I love that the students at Cold Spring love to read and get excited about the books in our library. I enjoy getting to know the students through their interests & book choices. I also appreciate all the support from our parent community to help encourage reading through fun events like the Book Fair, Storybook Pumpkins and our recent Book Swap.
What is one interesting fact about you?

I am a graduate of MCPS and actually got my first teaching job at the elementary school I attended. I got to teach 3rd grade with some of my old teachers who were still teaching there. (Brown Station ES)