Making a Difference Today for a Better Tomorrow

Week Of January 29, 2018




Thank you for a great afternoon on Friday! It was a great example of true collaboration and GREAT teamwork! What is true collaboration? Research says that true collaboration meets four dimensions. It is:

1. Developmental (Grows over time)

2. Environmental ( Great Teams + Great Norms = Great Collaboration)

3. Purposeful (Defined Outcomes)

4. Distinct Leadership (Embedded Leadership Leads)

It was fun to see the District Elementary teams come together! We will be continuing the work over the remainder of the year. Our focus will continue to be literacy, math implementation and Data (Press).

Thanks for all you do!


Monday - Jan. 29

  • DAY 4
  • 7:30 - SAT
  • Faith Formation - Grades 1/2

Tuesday - Jan. 30

  • DAY 1
  • Faith Formation - Grades 3/4/5

Wednesday - Jan. 31

  • DAY 2
  • 7:30 - Teachers Meet (Gr. 3/4/5 & Sped) w/Sam Court

Thursday - February 1

  • DAY 3
  • 7:30 - PLC
  • 3:00 - Spartan Pride/Family Groups

Friday - Jan. 26

  • DAY 4

Class of the Week!

Congrats! Kindergarten Cardinal!

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Have a class that you have observed meeting and exceeding our Spartan Pledge? You can nominate them here! https://rocori.wufoo.com/forms/csestrong-class-of-the-week-nomination-form/

CSE RPS 2018

Sweet Sixteen!

The first six to reach the Sweet Sixteen!

Linz, Piene, Konop, Kramer, McCarney, Bergeson, Petroski



This Monday, we begin the annual RPS tournament. This is an internal 80 person single elimination tournament for fun and bragging rights. Follow your Favorite CSE staff Member's progress here! Remember to report your results to the CSE office!

4th Annual CSE RPS 2018 http://challonge.com/CSERPS2018

Pillars of Literacy

Fill out your team feedback here: https://padlet.com/skansone1/dxgd2y4k7zv0
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CSE Vision 2017

This is a preview of some of the background work done by our building leadership team. More work and revisions will come from whole staff during upcoming staff meetings. The process followed the organization work in the book "Traction" by Gino Wickman. We have work to share with you about our forecasted future including a 10 year, 3 year, 1 year and 90 day goals. Thank you to the CSE BLT for their inclusive work.. they represented you well!
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Loraine Ashfeld - Jan. 2

Aaron Schneider - Jan. 13

Kaylin Diaz - Jan. 14

Irene Klein - Jan. 19

Sharon Posch - Jan. 22

Joyce Baumann - Jan. 23

Nancy Schroeder - Jan. 24

Tom Petroski - Jan. 28

Kim Tadych - Jan. 31

1/2 - Michelle Neu - July 2

1/2 - Cherie Eickhoff - July 10

1/2 - Leslie Buttweiler - July 10

1/2 - Jason Teig - July 11

1/2 - Arin Spindler - July 14

1/2 - Keisha Kramm - July 15

1/2 - Belinda Walsh - July 21

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January 1/2 - NO SCHOOL

January 3 - Classes resume!

January 15 - No Students - District Academy Day

January 26 - 3 Hr. Early Dismissal

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Social Media @ ROCORI

Please consider sending in your information and a few pictures for the Staff Spotlight on the district Facebook page. Here are the steps:

1. Fill out the short survey from this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L2HB359

2. Send 1-4 pictures of yourself to socialmedia@rocori.k12.mn.us

2017-2018 WBWF Goals


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the READING will increase from 54.6% in 2017 to 65% in 2018.


The percentage of all students in grades 3-5 at CSE enrolled by October 1st who score at or above grade level targets as measured by the MATH MCA will increase from 60.4% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What are potential FOCUS areas of Improvements for SLG/PGP?

Time on Text

Close Reading

Oral Vocabulary Usage/Development


Student Targets

Standard Alignment and Deconstruction

If you are ON CYCLE... you can schedule your PRE/ Observation/ and Post with Loraine

CSE Health and Safety Electronic Forms

Building Safety Request

See something that doesn't seem safe? Fill out the form and submit!

Building Improvement Request

Have some ideas on how to improve our school for staff, students and parents? Fill out the form and make a request!

Congrats, Kudos, and Thank You!

The literacy committee for their work on I love to Read Month!

Committee Updates:

Click HERE to access the CSE committee memberships

Why do we have Committee Structure at CSE?

1. To improve decision making process/feedback between staff/administration

2. To Empower Staff to See the Problem/Own the Problem #TOP20

3. Amplify All Voices at CSE

4. Assist in the overall communication and governance at CSE

RtI (Response to Intervention)

Click HERE to access the District RtI Notes

Committee Chair: Jim Meyer

Find and Utilize a variety of DATA sources to assess the degree of success in offering a balanced elementary program including intellectual, social and emotional.

CI (Curriculum and Instruction)

Click HERE to access the District CI Notes

Committee Chair: Joyce Baumann BaumannJ@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3145

Implement strategies to promote oral language development through multiple disciplines.

SD (Staff Development)

Click HERE to access the District SD Notes

Chair: Leslie Buttweiler

Provide opportunities for CSE staff to learn, grow and connect to meet building goals


Chair- Sharon Posch- poschs@rocori.k12.mn.us -Ext 3142

Why: To create a culture of literacy with students, staff, and families

Increase awareness and usage of authentic literature that supports cultural competency and character education goals.

#30secondbooktalk is happening again this year at CSE. Get your video in the shared folder by February 15. (Cold Spring Elementary, 30 Second Book Talk 2018 folder)

Mark Feb. 23 on your calendar for our second annual Read-In Day. This year students will be allowed to dress-up as Superheroes to raise money for the Nicholas P. Koenig Hero Foundation. More details will be coming out soon.


Chair- Rachel McDougall Ext 3129

Provide opportunities for staff to foster human connections; promote positive interactions and a welcoming daily climate.

Check out http://challonge.com/CSERPS2018 to follow the staff to the finals! Let's see if we can finish up this tournament next week. Thanks for playing!

Health, Safety, Building Improvement

Chair- Tom Petroski PetroskiT@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3116

Create and maintain a physical plant feeling that is safe, warm and inviting for staff, students and parents.

Family Groups

Chair- Brian Kothrade KothradeB@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3111

Connect students in meaningful ways to foster cultural responsiveness and high character interactions.

January's Family Group will have us creating 3D and 2D snowflakes.

Spartan Pride

Chair- Dustin Kramer KramerD@rocori.k12.mn.us Ext 3136

Create Student Voice and Presence in Promoting Good Behavior in the developmental role of S/E learning.

Digital Leadership

Chair Greg Spanier SpanierG@rocori.k12.mn.us EXT 3119

Use digital leadership opportunities to tell a positive story about CSE, Foster Choice in Individual PLN and add student voice through technology

Daily 5 Tip of the Week.. from the DAILY CAFE

Perception = Reality

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By Allison Behne

January 26, 2018
Issue #498

Every year, our local high school invites alumni back to share information about their professions on career day. This year, after listening to the speakers, my daughter came home and asked, “When you decided to be a teacher, didn’t it scare you to think you would be accountable for making sure all your students learned everything they needed to? That is a lot of responsibility.”

That was a big question, and I gave her a very honest answer. I told her that no, when I decided to become a teacher, it never once crossed my mind that I would have students I couldn’t reach. Instead, I had a vision of a beautifully decorated classroom full of children excited to be there. I pictured students reading, writing, and creating, guided by my instruction. I envisioned involved parents, collaborative colleagues, and a supportive principal. And, I wanted very much to be a teacher.

I explained to her that a person’s perception often becomes their reality. My perception and attitude are what carried me through college and my first years of teaching. In my first year of teaching

  • I had no idea that my classroom included students whom more experienced teachers had “passed” on having in their classrooms. I would often talk about my amazing group of students . . . and they were.
  • I was elated to have my very own classroom that even had a small library of about 100 books. What a great start! I knew that with time and resources I would beautify that room and expand the library . . . and it happened.
  • I was excited (and a bit nervous) about parent/teacher conferences and the chance to meet with my students’ parents to share growth and develop partnerships in areas of challenge. Working together, I knew we could move children forward . . . and we did.
  • I was surprised by the resources available to enhance instruction. There were so many guides, manuals, and reference books, and the fact that they had not been replaced in years didn’t bother me, because they were resources I could use to help plan lessons.

We don’t know what we don’t know, and when learning or doing anything for the first time, we often begin with a perception that is different from the one we have after years of experience. The wisdom that comes with experience may help us become better at what we do. However, if we aren’t careful, it can also alter our perception and attitude. In the above situation, wisdom and experience might have told me that

  • some students would prove to be a great challenge;
  • my classroom was too small, and the size of my library was pitiful;
  • conferences would be great if parents came and followed through; and
  • the resources were outdated, and the expectations of use were unrealistic.

And, although much of that may be true . . . the attitude it evokes will influence the outcome.

I am thankful for all I have learned since my first days as a teacher, and I also appreciate the innocence I had then. It is good to remember where we came from and use that to help guide us to where we want to go next. Since our perceptions strongly influence our reality, let’s aim to perceive the world around us in a light that is positive and hopeful. Success will surely follow.

Staff Spotlight

Name Doris Faber

How Many Years have you worked at CSE?



head custodian

What I love most about my job at CSE

the kids and the stories they tell

Favorite Food


Favorite Children's Book.. and Why!

Winn Dixie


quilting walking biking