• November 2018

    From The Principal's Desk

    Our first nine weeks of school have gone in the books, and we continue forging ahead with the fantastic learning at Jefferson. So many wonderful opportunities are taking place at the school, and it is because of the support and encouragement of every Cardinal that it has been a success. We greatly appreciate everyone's efforts in helping each child every day, helping ensure the safety of our students by following school procedures, and being a positive voice as we work together to improve our school. None of this could happen without your support!

    Thank you to all for coming to parent-teacher conferences. This is always a great opportunity to work together to help our children always be their best. Thank you so much!

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    Mission Statement

    Coldwater Community Schools provides a supportive and challenging learning environment where every student is prepared to succeed in a global community.

    Vision Statement

    Making a world of difference for our students – Every student...Every way...Every day!

    Veteran's Day

    We had a wonderful celebration to honor our veterans. We were able to raise $92.89 for the Wounded Warrior Project!

    Girls on the Run - Registration Now Open

    Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for girls in grades 3-5. They will meet twice/week for 10 weeks, starting in March. Girls will have fun, make new friends, increase their physical activity levels and learn important life skills. The season ends with a non-competitive 5K event on May 25, 2019.

    • Registration open: Nov. 1-Dec. 16, 2018
    • Early Bird Registration is Nov 1-30; cost is $96
    • December 1-16, cost is $120

    Learn more at girlsontherunofbranchcounty.org or call Phyllis Gillette at 269-420-6042. You may also email Phyllis at phyllis.gillette@girlsontherun.org.

    Bus Conduct

    In recent weeks, there has been more bus misconduct reports than usual. Please be sure to review proper bus behavior with your child. Thank you!

    Great Attendance: An Essential Skill

    In order to learn and grow, students need to be at school. Good attendance in school is not only critical for skill development in students, but it is also establishing good work habits that can be seen throughout life. Michigan State Compulsory Education laws mandate regular and consistent school attendance unless there is a significant medical reason provided to the school. If your child is ill and cannot attend school, please call the Jefferson office at 517-279-5970 by 9 AM. Children also should learn the importance of arriving to school on time. Some of the most important directions of the day occur in the first few minutes. Children who are ready, seated, and waiting for instructions are learning more day by day. Children arriving at school 30 minutes or more after the beginning of the day, 8:35 AM, will be counted as absent for the first half of the day. Likewise, students leaving 30 minutes or more before the end of the day, 3:45 PM, will be counted absent for the last half of the day.

    Students who have 5 or fewer absences for the school year will receive special recognition as part of our Strive For Five Challenge. We want to partner with you, and if we can help please let us know.

    Social Worker's Corner

    We know that friendships at school are an important part of children's school experience. It's also true that getting acquainted and making friends is much easier for some of us than others.

    We will be starting friendship groups for those students who would like more friends and those who are strong in this area and can be role models. This group will meet during school hours and is sure to be fun and rewarding.

    If you do not wish your child to be part of such a group, please let your child's teacher or the main office know.

    Boosters Corner

    The Boosters would like to offer a sincere Thank You to everyone that participated in our fundraiser and buy-out. We are SO appreciative of your continued support. Fundraiser pick-up will be Wednesday, November 14th from 2-3:30 PM and Thursday, November 15th from 9:30-11:30 AM and 2-3:30 PM.

    Want to help? Become friends with ColdwaterCardinals ElementaryBoosters on Facebook or email us at coldwatercardinalselemenboosters@gmail.com to learn more.

    Book Fair Results!

    Thank you to everyone who visited our Scholastic Book Fair! It was a HUGE success! We appreciate all of our volunteers who helped throughout the book fair.

    • Total Sales: $8,068.98
    • Scholastic Dollars earned for the school:

    Teachers will be able to purchase items for their classrooms to benefit our students! We thank you for helping us!

    Cardinal Clubs

    • Nov. 5-15: Painting 101, Basketball, Makers Space, and Kids Yoga
    • Nov. 26-Dec. 6: Sculpture Making, Basketball, Makers Space, and Bell Choir
    • Dec. 10-20: Drawing 101, Volleyball, Makers Space, and Bell Choir
    • Jan. 7-14: Bead Making, Volleyball, Makers Space, and Drum Circle


    This month, the focus for our 2nd Grade students will be hugging a tree. We encourage students to write letters to Xenia.

    Box Tops for Education

    Please send in your Box Tops to support Jefferson! Each month, the box tops will be collected and counted. Thank you for your support!

    Background Checks

    Background checks are required every school year for parents who would like to volunteer in the school or chaperone a school field trip. Forms are available in the office, and if you have a child in more than one building, it will cover you for all buildings throughout the district. All forms must be turned in at least 2 weeks prior to the field trip. If you have questions, please ask Mrs. Cekander.


    Student Absences: Call the office at 517-279-5970 before 9 AM.

    Before School: Please remember that drop off in the morning is at 8 AM. We do not have staff available before 8 AM to supervise. Thank you!

    Student Dismissal: No child may change his/her usual method of transportation home from school without a written note or a phone call from a parent. Please call before 3:15 PM if you are changing their usual method of transportation.  

    Early Release on Friday: Students are dismissed at 2:30 PM.


    • Nov. 14: Hungry Howie's Pizza Night
    • Nov. 16: Popcorn Friday
    • Nov. 21: Half-Day (Dismissal at 12:05 PM)
    • Nov. 22-23: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
    • Dec. 7: Popcorn Friday
    • Dec. 13: Adopt-a-Cop
    • Dec. 21: Records Day - NO SCHOOL
    • Dec. 24-Jan. 4: Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL