Message from Mrs. Ish - On Sunday, February 11th, there will be a reception at the Santa Barbara Zoo, beginning at 4:00 PM to honor Pasta. This is open to all friends, families and community members - Pasta's family will be there.  It will be informal - an opportunity to share your thoughts and love and to spend time together.  We are working on having food available, but that is not for sure at this point.  This is what we DO know.....

1.  If you come, please try to wear your Cold Spring School gear.  (Many friends from Vons and Toyota will also be there, wearing their respective shirts.)  This will add to our community spirit, and help the family identify their friends.

2.  We plan to have a memory station - where families/friends can write a memory of Pasta (or any member of his family), draw a picture or share a thought.  We plan to have paper and supplies at the zoo, as well as Team Westmont helping with the facilitation.  It would be AWESOME, if you would bring a photo of your family to include on a page that you create, so that they have a picture to associate with the memory.  If you aren't able to attend on Sunday yet would like to contribute, plan on the size of the paper being 8.5 x 11, and you can deliver it to me any time next week.

Thank you again for your wonderful thoughts and good wishes, if you have any questions, please let me know.  It continues to be such a pleasure and privilege to be a part of this community.



The Bucket Brigade is doing a big push this weekend to clear out some properties and get people back home. There is an orientation at 8:30am both Saturday and Sunday and the cleanup is going to 2:30pm.  I’ve attached the waiver that needs to be filled out by every volunteer. It’s helpful to fill out the form and email it to teafirerelief@gmail.com with a subject line of “VOLUNTEER SUNDAY” (or Saturday) prior to showing up to volunteer. Volunteers meeting at Lower Manning Park. Wear boots, thick pants, long sleeve shirt (masks and gloves will be provided but bring them if you have them).


Our sixth-grade students will have their art on display at “Here’s the Scoop” during the month of February!  Please come and see these colorful chalk pastel drawings inspired by pop artist Wayne Thiebaud. Location: 1187 Coast Village Road


Morrison & Foerster LLP have created a handbook that I have attached to this post to help the people and organizations affected by the wildfires, mudslides, and related disasters. This handbook provides an overview of some issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires, mudslides, and related disasters that hit Southern California in December 2017 and January 2018. This handbook can also be viewed online atwww.mofo.com/socal-disasters


Counselors from CALM will be available on the Cold Spring campus to provide crisis and ongoing counseling support for students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  CALM’s mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. If you are interested in having your child(ren) receive some additional emotional support at school or would like more information, please contact Christine Walker, LMFT, at cwalker@calm4kids.org or (805) 364-3095.


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.org or (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) 563-8820 or email info@hospiceofsb.org for more information.


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!


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.


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 began February 6 and runs through February 8! The book fair is open before school, during lunch recess and after school. Much gratitude to Christy Peterson for coordinating this year’s Book Fair for our students!


Our students benefitted from learning from Harlem Globetrotter, Orlando El Gato Melendez, regarding how to be a leader when faced with a bullying situation during this morning’s assembly.Many thanks to the parents who captured the attached photos and memories!



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!


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. Gregg Peterson and Kathy Davidson will be available on Monday, February 12th 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.
*Our next School Board Meeting is Monday, February 12th at 6pm in the auditorium.


In person help for disaster assistance is still available at the Calvary Chapel located at 1 North Calle Cesar Chavez, Santa Barbara, CAA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), jointly operated by the State of California’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers residents affected by the December wildfires and flooding, mudflows, and debris flows directly related to the wildfires resources for disaster assistance.

New Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday except Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until further notice.


Representatives from FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other agencies will staff the center. Residents of any of the designated counties – Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura – can seek help at the Santa Barbara DRC. 

Before visiting a DRC, survivors are encouraged to apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585. Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may call 800-621-3362.  The toll-free numbers are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, seven days a week.

Applicants should have the following information at hand:

  • Social Security number.
  • Address of the damaged primary residence.
  • Description of the damage.
  • Information about insurance coverage.
  • A current contact telephone number.
  • An address where they can receive mail.
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds.

Residents of the designated counties can find the closest DRC by going online at fema.gov/drcor texting 43362 with the message DRC and their ZIP Code. Standard message and data rates apply. 

For more information on California recovery, visit the disaster web page atwww.fema.gov/disaster/4353, Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/femaregion9 andWildfireRecovery.org.


“Come help locally-owned businesses on Coast Village Road recover from the Thomas Fire and Mudslides by spending your money on Saturday, February 10th from 2:30pm-6pm! A Cash Mob is a group of people who assemble to make purchases at local businesses. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community. They are a form of flash mob, and are inspired by them. We will be starting in the Montecito Bank & Trust and Sotheby's parking lot to raffle off dozens of $50 gift cards and working our way down to the end of Coast Village Road and shopping at businesses along the way. Once you're done shopping, enjoy a meal with friends and family. It's free for everyone to participate and we encourage everyone to invite their friends and clients. The larger the group, the larger the impact! BUY LOCAL!


As recovery continues in the Montecito community, it is important for the public to understand the risks associated with future storms in the area and what to do when evacuation orders are issued. Debris removal from private property is a priority and critical to assisting homeowners and renters in returning to their homes and regaining normalcy.

To provide information on future storm risks, evacuation information and debris removal, the County is holding a community meeting on Thursday, February 8 at 6 p.m. at Montecito Union School, 385 San Ysidro Rd. Representatives from various agencies will be available for questions after presentations. FEMA representatives will be in attendance to assist community members with long-term recovery needs. Spanish and ASL interpretation will be available.

This community meeting will be broadcast live on KEYT Channel 3 and streamed online by KSBY, on the County’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/CSBTV20) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/countyofsb).

As of February 5, the Local Recovery and Assistance Center transitioned to a smaller Disaster Recovery Center staffed by state and federal agencies to aid with long-term recovery. The Disaster Recovery Center is located at 1 N. Calle Cesar Chavez in Santa Barbara.

For questions related to recovery resources, the community can call the Public Information Line at 833-688-5551.



February 6-8th - Book Fair

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

February 10th – Coast Village Cash Mob, 2:30-6pm

February 11th - Pasta’s Celebration of Life, SB Zoo, 4pm

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