A BIG thank you to Cold Spring School parents, Woody Sears and Christy Peterson, for fitting many of our students with their bike helmet. Thank you, Woddy Sears, for coordinating our Walk to School Day and Mrs. Carey for supporting our Walking School Bus.



The Cold Spring School Foundation will be kicking off our Fall Campaign on Monday, October 9th towards the front of the school.

The Fall Campaign raises funds that are essential to the Specialists programs that include wonderful full-time, credentialed instructors in technology, arts, music/band, STEAM (applied science), library and physical education and the essential tools such as computers, programs, art supplies, books, sports equipment, and many more! These programs are the cornerstone to our top ranking school and are the building blocks for the future. How much do they cost? Approximately $650,000/yr or nearly $4,000 per student.

The Foundation ask is$1,000 per child, which covers ~25% of the cost of all these programs. While they recognize some families will donate more and others less, the goal is 100% participation...whether $100 or $5,000, every dollar counts!

More detailed information will be coming directly from the Foundation beginning Monday, October 9th!I want to thank you in advance for supporting the programs that make our children’s education GREAT!



Our Parent Club presidents will be selling Student/Family Directories before school on Friday, October 6th from 8:00-8:30am outside the front of the school.



Flag football?? Yes, although many of you may not be aware of this, CSS has a team playing in the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation flag football league.We play in the 6th grade Friday division against other schools from Santa Barbara.This has been a part of our school for at least the last 10 years.Our team is a mix of girls and boys from grades 4th-6th.Our first game was last Friday, against Franklin, at the Franklin School field.


The Dolphins defeated Franklin 21- 0 in a high speed physical battle.Our players really worked as a team and coach Orr, coach Goligoski and coach Shennum could not have been more pleased.Franklin kicked off to our Oliver Andrews to begin the game and Oliver raced for a touchdown behind solid blocking.Two more scores went on the board when Dana Whitney scored on a punt return, and later on an interception. The defense held against multiple passes and runs by Franklin, including stopping them on two 4th down goal line stands.Quarterback Jack Goligoski confidently lead the team throughout and helped us score a 1 point and a 2-point conversion.All players gave 100% and were very successful.


Next up is Harding School this Friday at Dwight Murphy Field down by the zoo.Game time is 3:45pm.



The Governing Board recognizes the value of promoting the accessibility of Board members to the public. The Board believes that implementing regular, open-door meetings with community members will contribute to a climate of trust as well as respectful, constructive communication. The Brown Act allows for no more than two Board members to be present together for such open-door meetings. Leslie Kneafsey and Jen Miller, will be available on Friday, October 6th from 8-8:30am in room 11 to meet with any parents or community members. Board members are further restricted from communicating any information received during the community meeting to any other member of the Board outside of a properly called meeting of the Governing Board. Further, no Board actions will be taken nor decisions made during these meetings.

The Purpose of Board Office Hours

•To allow Governing Board members to engage with the community in a setting outside of a Board meeting.

•To facilitate the respectful, constructive communication of community input regarding the District’s educational policy responsibilities and decisions.

Save the Date: Our next School Board Meeting is Monday, October 9th at 6pm in the auditorium.



At the end of this month, on Friday, October 27th, from 2:30-5:30pm, we will transform Cold Spring School's campus into our very own fabulous, old fashioned school carnival for everyone to enjoy - it’s our FALL FESTIVAL!  Come join us in the fun!


Participation: The Fall Festival is a tradition of Cold Springs School and a whole-school participation event where we come together and celebrate the season, our school and community.Over the next week or so, you will receive information from your student's class room parents about your class booth (or station) assignment and a request to volunteer during one of the available time slots.In addition, you will also receive the request for your fine and ghoulish baking skills for either our Bake Sale or the highly popular, Cake Walk.


Ticket Sales:Be sure to pre-purchase your wristbands/tickets for the carnival games and bounce-houses.  Wristband info and forms can be found in the Wednesday Newsletter, through your room parents or in the school office.


Costumes:Because the Fall Festival is traditionally held the Friday before Halloween, students are invited and encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, and most of them do.It’s a lot of fun for the children to show off who they are going to be.


Food:During the Festival, food for purchase will be available and provided by Parent Club.We will be providing a Dad’s BBQ stand.All proceeds will go back to support our students and teachers.


Pumpkin Carvings:The morning of the Fall Festival, we welcome your children to enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest by bringing in their carved pumpkin to be judged by the teachers in 3 different categories.We will be accepting your squash sensations between 8:00-8:30am in the gazebo, the morning of Friday, Oct. 27th.Additional information and admission forms will be available ahead of time.


Help Needed:Day of (pre-carnival), we could also use a few extra hands to set up shade canopies, tables and chairs between 11am - 1pm.  PLEASE EMAIL KARMEN AURELL IF YOU ARE ABLE TO COME HELP - WARNING:It's a lot of fun!


Join our community in celebrating the season and our families!  See you there!


If you have any questions, please feel free to ask your room parent or contact Karmen Aurell personally at or 805-448-2184 (text or calls are welcome).



It’s Fall!We love our Fall Festival & our Fall Sing and October wouldn’t be the same without these dear traditions we know and love.Please mark your calendars & come join us for an informal performance as we share what we’ve been learning in musical class.Fall Sing will be a morning performance only complete with “Witches Brew” and our very own talented CSS musicians!

See you soon music fans!

DATE:Tuesday, October 24th

TIME:(K-2) 8:45-9:15am

TIME:(3-6) 9:30-10am



Please join our school psychologist, Beth Laurie, for a presentation about the Mindful Schools program being implemented at Cold Spring.You will leave learning some mindfulness tools you can build into your day that can benefit both you and your children.The presentation will be on Thursday, October 5th in the Library from 6-7pm.



The Montecito Association is sponsoring a 11x14 poster contest.The winners will win a gift certificate to Toy Crazy.This year’s theme is “Paws and Pick-Up, Keeping Montecito Beautiful”.The posters are due to the Montecito Association Office by Thursday, October 26th.I have attached a flier with more information for those that are interested.



The Santa Barbara County Office of Education (SBCEO) is very excited about celebrating the 65th Annual Breakfast with the Authors to be held at the County Education Office Auditorium onSaturday, October 28. The 13 guest authors/illustrators will speak briefly and be available to personally autograph books for sale by Chaucer’s Book Store following the event.Registration is required. Tickets are $16 and include a delicious catered brunch. Students 12 and older are welcome to attend at a reduced ticket price of $12 each.

I have attached a flyer with more information. Anyone interested can register online at, or go to check out the menu, see which authors are attending, and download additional flyers. Since the event occurs close to Halloween, the SBCEO would like to give attendees the option of dressing up as a favorite author or character from a book.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with famous authors and illustrators of children’s literature from throughout California. Each participant will have the chance to sit with an author or illustrator for breakfast, while they share anecdotes about their work. I have attached the flier to this post with more information.


As we head into the holidays...including ordering of costumes we would love for parents to use Amazon Smile for their purchases. Amazon will donate 0.5% to the Cold Spring School Foundation. Last year we received over $800 to put towards our Specialists Programs. I've attached the instructions. Here is the link: to get signed up.



A Big thank you to the Goligoski's and everyone who attended AhiPalooza 2.0. The fundraiser raised over $500 for the Cold Spring School Foundation.



It is imperative that your child is at school each and every day.I have attached the District Attorney’s letter regarding attendance as well as the SB County CLASS Legal Consequences Handout that outlines the Education code we must follow as a school.Please note that family vacation days are not considered “excused” absences.Click here to read why attendance matters.Thank you for supporting our efforts!



We have four upcoming Parent Education offerings that are listed below.I will send out more information regarding these events in my next newsletter, but I wanted to be sure everyone received these dates in advance in order to save the date.
October 5, 6-7pm, Library:Mindfulness Workshop, presenter Beth Laurie, Cold Spring School Psychologist
October 12, 6-8pm, Auditorium:Parent Engagement and Leadership Workshop, presenter Just Communities
October 30, 6-7pm, Auditorium:Writing Workshop, presenter Literacy Partners in association with the Teacher’s College at Columbia University
November 13, 8:30-9:30am, Auditorium:Cyber Security and Student Data Privacy, The Santa Barbara County Office of Education


Calendar of Events:


October 4 – International Walk to School Day

October 4 – Site Council Meeting, 7:30am, Library

October 5 - Mindfulness Parent Workshop, 6-7pm

October 6 – Office Board Hours, 8-8:30am

October 9 – Cold Spring Board meeting, 6pm

October 10 – Parent Club, 8-9pm

October 12 - Parent Engagement Workshop, 6-8pm

October 14 – Sushi Experience, 6pm

October 18 – Foundation Meeting, 7-8am

October 24 – Fall Sing, 8:45am

October 27 – Early Dismissal,12:30pm

October 27 – Fall Festival, 2:30-5:30pm

October 30 – No School for Students - PD Day for teachers

October 30 - Writing Parent Workshop, 6-7pm



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