The Cub's Tale Newsletter

October 2018

Principal's Message

We at Cold Springs School continue to move forward in the new school year. Our one to one initiative has begun and it is exciting to observe how well our students have adjusted to using their Chromebooks in the classroom. Through the use of these devices, our teachers are finding new and different avenues for differentiating their instruction and boosting student engagement in learning. Although still a work in progress, we have made significant improvement in effectively implementing them into lessons and our students seem to be comfortably adjusted when using them. As mentioned in the September bulletin, CSS is back to following a quarterly grading schedule, except for our Preschool. With that said, progress reports were posted for K-3 students as of October 9th and the preschool mid-trimester reports will be out on October 17th. Some of you may not have seen these reports due to the fact that you are not signed on to PowerSchool, our new student information system. If you have not been able to create an account, you can contact our Technology Coach, Michelle Barth at Instructions can also be viewed on the school web page. Remember, another district initiative is to go green by going paperless. Progress Reports and Report Cards will not be distributed in hard copy format. PowerSchool is a means for you to remain current in your child’s progress as well as with important information from school. Cold Springs School will also try to be of assistance by holding a series of parent nights to guide you in logging on, filling out forms and navigating your way through the PowerSchool system. Our first Parent night will be during Parent/Teacher Conferences on November 5th and 6th. Once again we will conduct open sessions where assistance will be available. Please be advised that on October 20th, major roofing work will begin on Cold Springs. I am assured that there will be little interference with our daily routines during this process. This project should last through the remainder of October and into the first week of November, pending any weather delays. Thank you to all who supported our first PTO fundraiser. Remember that pick up for your order is on October 24th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the cafeteria. Our annual fall Book fair is scheduled for November 12-16th, but it will also be open during one evening of conferences. The fall brings many activities in and around Cold Springs School. Please remember that Preschool is hosting their Parent Involvement, “Fall Festival” on October 16 and 17. The week of October 15-19 is School Violence Awareness Week. Students will be taking the anti-bullying pledge during morning announcements and “The Power of One”, an anti-bullying assembly, is planned for students in K-3,on Wednesday, October 17. All staff and students will wear Orange on that day, the color of anti-bullying awareness. We round out the month of October with our Halloween Parade on October 31st beginning at 1:15 PM. As always, you may find information on our school web page and we are always available to answer your questions. Enjoy the long awaited fall weather!

Mrs. Karen Kessler

Principal Cold Springs School

What's Happening Around Cold Springs School

Turn up your volume when listening to the interviews below!

meet our new css staff

Mrs. Sweeney

I teach second grade. This is my fifth year teaching, and all five years have been in second grade! When I am not in school, I am most likely coaching or playing field hockey. I also enjoy reading and walking my dog!

Mr. Grant

I teach 1st grade. My first year as a 1st grade teacher, I've been a substitute teacher and teaching assistant. When I'm not teaching, I bake, see live music and play basketball. I also like to be an all-around decent character.

Our Newsletter Club Staff

Css Clubs

NEWSLETTER CLUB - Our club is a group of 3rd grade students who will assist in producing our online monthly newsletter for CSS. The student reporters will experience interviewing staff, students and teachers, using technology to take videos and providing our community with what is going on at our school.

BOOK CLUB - The book club is open to 2nd grade students who enjoy reading and discussing a great book that is chosen especially for their grade level. Students will be able to discuss the book and give their feelings about the characters, settings, and plot. Moreover, the students will make a craft that reflects the nature of their book for that month. Each book club session also includes a snack that the students can enjoy as they discuss the book.

YEARBOOK CLUB -Yearbook club is working hard to create an exciting yearbook for the 2018-19 school year. Club members are working hard on designing a cover that represents our school theme of, "Choose Kind." Students will be taking photos, choosing backgrounds, borders, clip-art and designing pages using on-line templates. We look forward to creating an amazing yearbook for Cold Springs School.

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Halloween Parade

Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 1:15pm

1194 Market Street

Gloucester City, NJ

Join us for our annual Halloween Parade

as we walk around our school

and show off our costumes!

ELL Corner with Mrs. Ruskoski

Diyas for Diwali

Students from some of Mrs. Ruskoski’s ESL classes made diyas out of flour, water, and salt, to explore the holiday of Diwali. Generally, Diwali falls either in October or November each year depending on the cycle of the moon. The holiday is observed on the fifteenth day of Kartik, the holiest month in the Hindu lunar calendar. The main day of Diwali, is also known as the festival of lights, falls on November 7 this year.
Diwali is one of the biggest festivals and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. Many people use Diyas to help celebrate by lighting them and placing them by the boundaries and entrances to their houses.

Mrs. Roney's Class had a special visit from Sgt. Johnson and Cpl. Johnson from the GCPD

The officers discussed what it takes to be a good citizen. They also shared police stories and assured the students that police officers are your friend! The entire class got to try on the safety vest and one special student got to feel the handcuffs! We'd like to thank the officers for giving us your time! It meant a lot to the students and we learned a lot!

Mrs. Formiglia's class having FUN WITH FUNDATIONS!

Early childhood center at cold springs school

ECC Fall festival - parent involvement

ECC Celebrations of the Arts
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PTO Team members

Nicole Krumenacker - President

Mike Hopkins - Vice President

Paula & Jay Huhn - Treasurer

Lori Seedes - Secretary

Victoria Hopkins - Secretary

PTO contact email -

Book fair

November 12-16


Online ordering will be available!

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