The famous storyteller Michael Katz will be telling stories on Thursday, February 1st from 6-7pm in the auditorium.  Parents are invited to drop off or stay with their child.  Light snacks will be provided.



Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and the California Department of Insurance (CDI) invite consumers impacted by the recent wildfires, mudslides and other related events to attend an informative insurance workshop on Saturday, February 3rd from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Santa Barbara City College – West Campus in the Fe Bland Forum – Business Communication Building.  Click HERE for more information.



If you are interested in helping remove buckets of mud from individual homes or you need volunteers to help remove mud from your home, you can sign-up to volunteer or receive support by sending an email to  Enter “volunteer” in the subject line if you are willing to volunteer or “dig out” if you need some volunteers to come to your home.  


A counselor from Hospice of Santa Barbara, Melissa Axell, will be on campus Mondays from 8:30-12:30pm to provide bereavement counseling services to students.  If you are interested in having your child receive services at Cold Spring School, please contact her atmaxell@hospiceofsb.orgor (805) 563-8820 x199. In addition to school based services, Hospice of Santa Barbara offers no-cost, comprehensive bereavement support to students and their families at the Riviera office, located at 2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100, right behind the Riviera Theater.  Services may include individual, couples or family counseling, support groups, and workshops.  Please call(805) 563-8820or emailinfo@hospiceofsb.orgfor more information.



Your Choice Restaurant is donating 100% of tonight’s net proceeds to the Sutthithepa Family.  This is a great opportunity for us to support our Cold Spring family and be together!


Axxess is selling gift certificates for businesses in Montecito and Summerland. Your purchase of a gift certificate provides immediate cash flow for the business TODAY – when they need our support most.These certificates are available to everyone (not just Axxess Members) so please tell your friends.As a thank you from the business, most of the certificates include an extra 10% or more in value.Check out the list HERE.  They are adding more each day!



Our next school site council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th at 7:30am in the Library.


LCAP Needs Assessment Survey Input - Parents, Staff and Students

Science Pilot Update

LCAP Timeline and Plan



The new date and location for our Science Fair is Tuesday, February 20th at the SB Zoo from 4-6:00pm.  This year’s theme is Conservation, Animals and Ecosystems.  We are very grateful to the SB Zoo for giving us this venue free of charge as well as not charging our families an entrance fee.  I have attached to this post the informational fliers that went out earlier this week.



This school year Cold Spring School is taking a more structured look into two NGSS-aligned science curriculums, STEMscopes and Amplify Science, as the district anticipates making an informed decision about adoption when the CA Department of Education provides their approved list of materials in the Fall of 2018.


The first curriculum CSSD piloted was STEMscopes, which teachers employed from August through January.  STEMscopes is a program developed by researchers at Rice University, in conjunction with expert teachers; it is widely used across the country by over 3.5 million students. The key components of STEMscopes that led us to select this program are its focus on using inquiry to guide instruction, the content connections to real- world phenomena, and the strength of its performance-based assessments.  In addition, it is a program that was built from the Next Generation Science Standards.  Therefore, it is truly aligned - not adapted - to the new expectations for science instruction.  STEMscopes is primarily a digital-platform, with optional teacher hardcopy books of reading, investigations, and assessments. Students have access to login to their student accounts in order to complete readings, answer questions, and complete assessments, as assigned by classroom teachers.  However, the majority of STEMscopes investigations and lessons are through hands-on activities and challenges.


The second curriculum CSSD is piloting during the 2017-2018 school year is Amplify Science.Teachers completed their professional learning last week in preparation for Monday’s launch. Amplify Science is another digitally-based, NGSS-aligned curriculum developed by researchers at the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. Like STEMscopes, Amplify Science has been field tested by teachers to ensure it is pedagogically sounds, while providing engaging content. Key components of Amplify that have led us to further investigate this program are its construction around the NGSS, its multi-modal approach to learning (involving investigation, communication, and writing), and its strong ties to literacy.  Amplify Science provides well-integrated opportunities for cross- over between science and ELA, and supports the philosophy that science teaching is not intended to be delivered in isolation of other subjects - but through them. This builds students’ conceptual frameworks and yields lasting knowledge versus memorized content.


Much gratitude to the Cold Spring School Foundation for funding the professional development, 3D Printers and cost of materials.  As well as to Dr. Jean Gradias for her leadership in supporting the teachers with the delivery of the Next Generation Science Standards and the pilot curriculum.

Current Amplify Science Units of Study

Kindergarten:  Needs of Plants and Animals
1st Grade: Spinning Earth
2nd Grade: Properties of Materials
3rd Grade: Balancing Forces 
4th Grade: Energy Conversions 
5th Grade: Ecosystem Restoration
6th Grade: Microbiome; Metabolism; Metabolism Engineering Internship  




Dr. Gradias and Ms. Stark have been working with our grade six students the past week on weather models.  Initially, students studied different storm trackers to determine the probability (as a fraction and percent) of a hurricane making landfall in the Gulf Coast.Students then created vector line drawings of states at risk and imported these into a cad program and printed 3D models of their state.  This lesson incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).A TRUE STEAM lesson!


Physical focus is hosting a Healing Concert on Saturday, February 10th from 12:00pm-4:00pm.  Food and drinks will be provided with lots of raffle prizes.  The concert event is FREE for all attendees but they will have a donation option as well as raffle tickets to support both Cold Spring School and Montecito Union School.


The 2018 Cold Spring Book Fair starts February 6, 2018!  The theme is “LOVE of Reading!”

For new families, the book fair is an opportunity for kids, parents, teachers and staff to shop our own mini-book shop set up in the auditorium.  Parent Club, which sponsors the event, will earn a percentage of the sales, which is used to buy more books for the library and classroom libraries and/or pay for artist in residents.  It's a win-win.  The book fair will be open before school, during lunch recess and after school.


I want to encourage parents to join my next principal’s coffee on Tuesday, February 6th at 8:30am in the auditorium.  I will be sharing how our Community Funded structure works to support our district/school and the fiscal impact we are projecting for the 2018-2019 school year.  I will be asking parents for input in creating a priority needs survey that will be sent to all families, staff and students in February.  These results will be used to prioritize our 2018-2019 budget.



We would like to encourage all families to join their child before school for a FREE pancake breakfast on Valentine’s Day.  The Dads of the school will be serving up breakfast out of the Gazebo with Mark Gonzales and Brett Grube from 7:00am.  I can’t think of a better way to send our children off to school than with a full belly and lots of love!


Peabody Charter School would like to invite Cold Spring School families to their used book drive... offering our families the opportunity to accept books of their choosing for FREE.
What: Free books at Peabody Charter
When: Thursday, Feb 1 from 4:30-6pm
Where: Peabody Charter School Multi-Purpose Building


On behalf of the teachers, staff, parents and students at Cold Spring School we would like Thank the many organizations and individuals that have played an essential role in supporting our school community over the past few weeks.  During this time of struggle, we have found great comfort in each other’s arms and love.  Our hope is that we will continue to lean upon each other and our neighbors for strength as we realize our lives will be forever changed.  We know an event like the one we are going through can either destroy our community or it can bring us closer together.  Therefore, we are very grateful to the many individuals that have held us up during this difficult time and continue to hold us up. Their support has given us all the strength and the power to become stronger and even more united.  We have a long road to recovery but we are grateful to be on the right path thanks to the wonderful support we continue to receive!  

Much Gratitude to the Cold Spring School Crisis Responders

Cold Spring School District Governance Board

Jennifer Miller (President)

Gregg Peterson (Vice-President)

Kim Ferrarin

Leslie Kneafsey

Kathy Davidson

Calderon Law - Cold Spring School Attorney
Yuri Calderon

Cold Spring School Parent Club and Foundation Presidents

Erin Goligoski (Parent Club)

Renee Dektor (Parent Club)

Ali and Eric Schiller (Foundation)

Cold Spring School Psychologist – Crisis Response Leader to the CSS Superintendent

Beth Laurie

Hope School District Psychologists

Erin Galbraith

Susan Nielsen

Santa Barbara County Education Office Psychologists & Therapists

Benito Carreon

Jane Galbraith

Mia Lum

Department of Behavioral Wellness

Suzanne Grimmesey

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Lauren Berlin

Psychologist (and Cold Spring Parent)

Brooke Sears

Santa Barbara Response Network

Lena Aguilar

Rebeca Ambrosio

Celeste Andersen

Sara Bazan

Miya Barnett

Alexandra Bristow

Jina Carvalho

Jessica Cooper

Melissa Cordero

Erin Dowdy

Alma Esquivel

Lisa Firestone

Sara Firestone

Andrea Gurney

Clayton Hartmann

Jocellyn Juanillo

Maryam Kia-Keating

Anna Kokotovic

Karen Lehman

Liz May

Molly McDonald

Kristi Miller

Deirdre Rainer

Angela Vigna

Patricia Zadeh

The Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management – Communication and Support

Rob Lewin (Director, County Office of Emergency Management)

Eric Peterson (Fire Chief, Santa Barbara County)

Dave Zaniboni (PIO, Santa Barbara County Fire)

Sheriff Bill Brown (Santa Barbara County)

Kevin Taylor (Deputy Fire Chief, Montecito Fire District)

Tom Fayram (Deputy Director, Santa Barbara County Flood Control District)

Van Do-Reynoso (Director, Santa Barbara County Public Health Department)

Kimberly Coley (Executive Director, American Red Cross)

Ron Werft (President and CEO), and Dr. Brett Wilson (Emergency Department Director, Cottage Health)

Brian Uhl (Emergency Manager)

Montecito Water District

And the Entire TEAM

Santa Barbara County Education Office - Communication

Susan Salcido (Superintendent)

Ellen Barger (Assistant Superintendent)

Carpinteria Unified School District - Transportation

Diana Rigby (Superintendent)

Santa Barbara Unified School District – Communication and Facilities

Cary Matsuoka (Superintendent)

Lito Garcia (SBJHS Principal)

Montecito Union – Communication

Anthony Ranii (Superintendent)

Santa Barbara County Education Office Human Resources – CSS Office Support

Tracie Cordero

Diana Macias

Santa Barbara County Education Office Special Education

Cathy Breen (Assistant Superintendent)

Rachel Fauver (Special Education Coordinator)

Local Churches and Organizations – Support for Families

Montecito Covenant Church

New Life Church

Ocean Hills Covenant Church

Westmont College

Village Properties


Partners in Education

Advanced Veterinary Specialists

Hospice of Santa Barbara

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SBCSAR) Team

Physical Focus

Cold Spring School Parent Volunteers


Alan and Kanlaya Keyser

Fundraising and Donations

Eric Greenspan and Angela Rust

Movement and Support

Daven and Kasper Allison - Physical Focus

Understanding Your Insurance Policy Information Night

Clay Aurell


Jenna and Derek Galkin

Cold Spring School Teacher/Staff Volunteers

Search and Recovery Team

CSS Teachers and Staff

Transportation for Staff

Joel Orr

Heather Shennum

Facilities Enhancements

Augustine Rada

*We also want to thank the many individuals that are not listed above who supported our families with housing, food, laundry, gift cards, water to shower, furniture, bedding and emotional support.  



February 1st – Michael Katz Storytelling, 6-7pm, auditorium

February 6-8th - Book Fair

February 6th – Superintendent/Principal’s coffee, Auditorium, 8:30am

February 7th – School Site Council, Library, 7:30am

February 10th – Fundraiser Concert at Physical Focus, 12-4:00pm

February 12th – Open Board Hours, 8-8:30am, rm. 11

February 12th – CSS Governance Board Meeting, auditorium, 6:00pm

February 13th – Parent Club Meeting, 8am

February 14th – Valentine’s Day – Dads Pancake Breakfast, Gazebo, 7:00am

February 16th and 19th – No School, President’s Holiday

February 20th - Science Fair – SB Zoo, 4-6pm

February 21st – CSS Foundation Meeting, 7am