Picture day is Thursday, September 21st.  Portraits will be taken outdoors in a natural setting.  Orders with payment are due on picture day.  Hard copy order forms will be distributed in the next few days.  You can pre-order online now using the link below.  For your convenience, orders placed online are automatically submitted to the photographer so there is no need for your child to turn anything in.  Click Here to View Packages and Order!



KIshikawa8:30 – 8:45
1stCallahan8:45 – 9:00
1stCarey9:00 – 9:15
2ndCampbell9:15 – 9:30
2ndThorpe9:30 – 9:45
RECESS –   10:00 – 10:20
3rdGonzales10:30 – 10:45
4thOrwig/Wooten10:45 – 11:00
5thEdwards11:00 – 11:15
6thPierce11:15 – 11:30
LUNCH –   11:30



COAST’s Safe Routes to School representatives will be on campus to distribute low-cost (high quality) bike safety helmets. California law states that children under 18 must wear a helmet when riding skateboards, scooters, bikes, etc. They will be at Cold Spring School:


Tuesday, October 3rd, after school


Cold Spring School Gazebo


If your child already has a helmet, you can bring your child and the helmet to this event and we will make sure the helmet fits properly.


Helmets require a minimum $10.00 donation. (These helmets sell retail for $40.00) Additional donation is appreciated and goes directly into purchasing more helmets for this program.If parents will not be with their children, we must have the slip below completed and returned to us at the time of the event.  This service is provided to ensure that all children have a safe, quality helmet.




The answer to this question is “Yes!” I am currently collecting contact information (name, email and phone numbers) of community members that would like to receive my weekly bulletin via ParentSquare.If you know of anyone that would like to be added to our “Community Members” ParentSquare group, please have him/her send me a brief email and I would be more than happy to add them.



We are striving to make CSS a waste free campus, and we encourage you to pack your student a waste free lunch!  Please avoid sending lunch items in plastic snack bags, aluminum foil, wrappers, juice boxes and plastic water bottles.  Instead consider using reusable containers and utensils, cloth napkins and reusable water bottles!  And if you do pack non-waste free items, we ask that your student follow the "Pack it in, pack it out" protocol, which means they need to bring that trash back home with them instead of throwing it out at school.Please engage your student in this discussion, having them take ownership is key!  Thank you for making our Earth a cleaner place!



A special thank you to Cold Spring School parent, Matt Gradias, for installing Solar Panels on the roof of our greenhouse!



Our greenhouse is in full swing!  Each morning and lunch recess (and sometimes before and after school too) student gardeners are planting, watering, monitoring, and adjusting conditions in order to grow different plants from seed.  They are learning about optimal seed depth, spacing, and temperature - as well as appreciating that nature operates on her own timeline, and that growing is not an instantaneous process.  


Some thoughts from our STEAM teacher, Jean Gradias, “As a teacher and a parent, I am struck by how invested these kids are in producing plants.  There is no immediate gratification in the process, and there certainly are no flashy colors or graphics.  It is on the opposite end of the entertainment spectrum as screen time.  At the end of recess, the kids' hands are dirty, there is a mess to clean, and the only thing they have to show for their time is the hope that, if they continue to work at it, their efforts just might result in a sprout.  It is a reminder to me that kids are deeply connected to this earth and each other- and with just a little opportunity and encouragement, they can discover the joy of cultivating plants.”


If you have a moment, come on in and see the magic for yourself!  The greenhouse is an incredible gift that our current sixth graders have given to the school, and we welcome all who would like to participate in the adventure!



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:


September 21 – Picture Day


October 2-6 – Pali Camp for (6th Grade)

October 3 – Superintendent/Principal Coffee, 8:30-9:30am

October 4 – National Walk to School Day

October 5 - Mindfulness Parent Workshop, 6-7pm

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 27 – Fall Festival, 12:30

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

October 30 - Writing Parent Workshop, 6-7pm