Thank you for supporting the Fall Campaign! I can hardly believe that we are fast approaching 100% parent participation! What a gem of a school community!!!!! I am also EXTREMELY grateful that the Foundation voted to fund the following special requests from our Specialist Programs during this morning’s Foundation Board meeting:

-- Computers: 20 - Macbook Airs for 3rd grade students plus cases and AppleCare - $12,000. Parents are funding 50% of the cost. Current computers are 11 years old
-- Video Cameras: 3 digital video cameras for Grades 2-6 to make digital stories and short movies & for the 6th grade movie project $660

-- 3D printer and film: $3,000 -
-- Consumables and materials: $5,000

-- School Instruments: for band, so that students who can’t afford to rent have an option to borrow a sax/clarinet/trumpet and to have 2 of each instrument: $3000
-- New Mixer Board: for auditorium $2650
-- Costumes: for Spring Sing Motown Theme: $300

-- Throwing Wheels for Ceramics: 6 throw wheels $3,000
-- Set of table top easels: $312
-- Set of new smocks: $360
-- High quality canvases and frames for student art: $425
-- Blank canvas banners for events: $300

Total: $31,307

On behalf of the teachers and myself I want to say, "THANK YOU!! for making these donations possible as they enhance our children’s educational experience. I feel extremely honored and humbled to have your support!"

Today, we conducted an earthquake drill during recess. During our morning assembly, I reviewed with students ahead of time what to expect and about how to duck, cover, and hold on.Please take some time to speak with your family about safety this week regarding your plan at home for an earthquake, fire, or other emergency? I have included a one minute video on how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” properly during an earthquake. 


CSS DOLPHINS 26, Cleveland Dolphins 8

Another hard fought victory for the Cold Spring Dolphins flag football team.The coach for the opposing side noted after the game that his team needed more speed, and Cold Spring just had too much speed.We knew Cleveland had a lot of strength and size, and that they would mostly run the ball with tough blocking. Our defense was just too quick to the ball and pulled flags well. Dolphin scoring included a touchdown run/sweep by Dana Whitney, a TD pass from Michael Ferrarin to Jacob Sturm, a speedy short run by Oliver Andrews, and a pass from Jack Goligoski across the middle of the end zone to Dana Whitney.Jack caught a pass from Dana for a two-point conversion to top off the last score. This week the team faces Adelante, Friday at Dwight Murphy field, 3:45.

Highlights by: Coach Orr


With last year’s rains, the annual Cold Spring School Pumpkin Party is back!  Everyone is welcome to 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

Pumpkin Party Details

Date: Saturday, October 28

Time: 4pm – 6pm(ish)

Location:  640 Cowles Road

BYOT (Bring your own carving tools!)


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 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, 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.


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 visit this 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 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