With last year’s rains, the annual Cold Spring School Pumpkin Party is back!  Please join us for snacks, drinks & pumpkin decorating at the Grube Family Pumpkin Patch.  Cost is $40 per family and all proceeds will go to the Cold Spring School Foundation in support of our specialist programs.  Use this link to sign up through Gesture.  Please feel free to email Jennie Grube with any questionsjenniegrube@gmail.com

Pumpkin Party Details

Date: Saturday, October 28

Time: 4pm – 6pm(ish)

Location:  640 Cowles Road

BYOT (Bring your own carving tools!)



The Cold Spring School Foundation kicked off our Fall Campaign on Monday, October 9th towards the front of the school with GREAT success thanks to the generous parents at CCS!I want to personally thank every family that has contributed to our campaign!Our school community is a great example of what can get accomplish when united under one goal which is giving our children the very best in education!Our goal is 100% parent participation and I believe we will accomplish this goal as we give within our means.


On Wednesday, October 11th our Chorus students will perform at the Pianos on State Street.The exact Location is in front of Marshalls Department Store (corner of State and Canon Perdido) from 3:00 - 3:20pm.  On Wednesday, October 18th our Band students will perform a Band Concert in the CSS Gazebo at CSS during lunch recess at 11:30am.


It was a rough outing last Friday against a very physical Harding School flag football team.Our players were shoved around quite a bit, and one player took a stiff arm to the nose (not allowed). Our Dolphins played solid flag football and remained composed and determined.The Cold Spring Dolphins were victorious in a 12-0 thrilling win.Our 6th graders returned from PALI outdoor camp in time to join the team.

CSS used their favorite play to strike first.Michael Ferrarin came from the wide receiver slot to take the end around hand-off from just behind quarterback Jack Goligoski. To Harding, it looked like a run, until Michael slowed and launched a sideline deep pass to a streaking Jacob Sturm.Later in the game, Dana Whitney intercepted at the goal line and returned the catch for a touchdown, running and dodging the entire length of the field.Other highlights included a deep end zone corner pass from Jack to Michael, and one referee signaled “touchdown.” The other ref overruled that call and said it was bobbled. Later, Jack Goligoski took a turn on defense and intercepted a pass to stop a Harding TD.The offensive line, and our top defense as well as all subs, also need to be acknowledged.The line included Nicholas Boller at center (super steady hikes are crucial). James Chapman, Griffin Garfield, and Michael Ferrarin were our tough guards. Super subs on the line included Christian Mendes and Aiden Kneafsey.Michael and Griffin were also our wide receivers.Oliver Andrews and Dana Whitney were our running backs along with Paige Galkin, Jack Alzina, and Evryn Kneafsey.Our strong defense had Michael Ferrarin and Jacob Sturm as defensive ends.Griffin Garfield was our anchor at linebacker.He was aided by Scarlet McToldridge, and super subs Jack Alzina, Paige Galkin, and Evryn Kneafsey. Oliver Andrews came in on “D” and subbed at multiple spots along with Jack G. In this game, the pass rushers dominated again, chasing down the running backs and the quarterback and pulling their flag for the sack.William Covington, Aiden Kneafsey, and Nicholas Boller were outstanding along with James Chapman and Evryn Kneafsey, too.Dana Whitney was our safety and kept a tight lid on their passing attack.

This week, we will see the return of top pass rusher Cole Miller, along with the Ausweger twins, Kevin and Ava bringing their skills to multiple positions.So, bring on Cleveland School this Friday down at Dwight Murphy Field. 3:45.


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 atkaurell@gmail.com 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





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
http://sbceo.org/s/REG2017BWA, or go tohttp://sbceo.org/s/2016BWAto 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.


We are hosting a FUN and FESTIVE Mom's Night onSaturday, November 4, 2017, and we want you to JOIN US!  The event will feature a specialty cocktail making class hosted by Top Shelf Events.  A variety of delicious mexican food will complement the evening's beverages.  This is the perfect time for moms to get together before the holidays to learn how to craft the perfect cocktail...and it promises to be very delicious and a lot of fun!!

This is going to be such a festive get together for all - and if you are interested in joining us, you still can!  Please visitthis link to purchase your ticket.

You can see the attached flyer for more details.  Proceeds for this event go to the Foundation to support our awesome school!  Sign up if you can, and join us for a great night out!  We can't wait to see you there!



All children are encouraged to bring their carved or decorated Jack O’Lantern to the Gazebo from 8:00-8:25am on October 27th to be judged.The three categories are:Precious Pumpkin, Scary Squash and Jolly Jack.An official entry form must be attached to be eligible (see form attached to this post).



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 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

NEW DATE!!!! November 13, 1-3pm, Auditorium:Parent Engagement and Leadership Workshop, presenter Just Communities and Dr. Alzina.

Calendar of Events:


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