• May 2019

    From The Principal's Desk

    It is the last monthly newsletter of the year, bittersweet to say the least. It has been such a fantastic school year, and I am proud of every student, the hard work and enthusiasm each has shown for learning and being the best he/she can be. It is a wonderful time to be a Coldwater Cardinal!

    We still have a lot of instruction to cover these final days. May is a very busy time at Jefferson. Our grade levels will be showing off their talents and their learning, as well as attending many field trips. Please watch the class newsletters for dates and activities.

    Congratulations to our 3rd Grade for a fabulous couple of years. We wish them best of luck at Lakeland Elementary next year!

    I am excited for the end of the year events, but also very excited to look ahead at next school year. Our school will continue its tradition of excellence in the 2019-20 school year!

    As always, my door is open and I welcome your feedback. Thank you for all you do for our students!

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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!

    ELL News

    It is well known that many children experience learning loss over the summer. Please encourage your child to read aloud every day. This will help them retain their reading and speaking skills.

    Have a safe and wonderful summer vacation!!!

    End-Of-Year Reminders

    Please take time to check our lost and found for any items your student may be missing. If your child has medication in the office, please make arrangements to pick it up by 1 PM on Thursday, June 6.

    Final report cards will be mailed out the week of June 3-7.

    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.

    Tips for a Successful Summer Break

    Summer vacation can be a fun, relaxing time. However, for some kids - and their parents - long days and lack of structure can spell d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r. Read on for ways to have a fun, safe, relaxing break.

    1. Don’t ditch the schedule. Keeping some structure is important and makes it easier to stay organized and to transition back to school.
    2. Keep bed and wake-up times consistent with a regular sleep schedule.
    3. Maintain regular meal times as much as possible to avoid meltdowns and keep life predictable.
    4. Keep summer fun-and productive-by scheduling activities your kids enjoy. Sleep away camps, day camps, sports teams, parks
    5. programs, summer vacation bible school, and the library all provide low cost or no cost activities for children.
    6. Maintain a semi-structured schedule for family activities: Monday movies, Tuesday park, etc. This way the whole family knows what to expect and plan for.
    7. Set goals: learn to ride a bike, play music, dance or read a series of fun kids books to keep up on reading skills.
    8. Follow you child's lead for finding fun and relaxation. Just remember this DOES NOT mean video games 24/7!

    Have a safe and happy summer! Ms. Myers

    Cardinal Club Summer Lit Camp for 3rd Grade Students

    Just a reminder to those parents who received letters about our camp. This is to improve your reading skills and participate in activities like soccer, painting, and makers space. This is run from June 3-7, June 10-14, and August 5-9th from 9 AM-12 PM Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Please return your permission slip by Friday, May 17 to participate. This is an invite camp only by based on student needs!

    Celebration of Learning & Art Show

    Save the date! On Monday, May 13th from 5-6 PM, we will be having a Celebration of Learning event. In connection with our Kids Read Now summer reading program, students will share with you their learning over the course of the year. Students will receive their first 3 books for the summer reading program. There will also be an art show. You don't want to miss this event!

    Boosters Corner

    Please plan on joining us for our last meeting on Thursday, May 23 at 4:30 PM at Jefferson Elementary.

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

    Ask Challenge Questions

    As you are reading a story you can think about things you don't agree with and begin a challenge. It can be about something the characters did or something your child said about the story. Think of a question you can ask to get your child to say more about their idea or to make them defend their thinking. Questions can help a conversation grow and to help push your student to think more deeply about the stories and their ideas. You could ask, "Why do you think...?" or "Can you explain what gave you that idea?" You could simply say, "I disagree because..." Ask them questions to keep the conversation about their book alive.

    Remember to keep reading over the summer!

    Kids Read Now Summer Reading Program and the Branch District Library's Summer Reading Program

    We are excited to offer Kids Read Now to our students. This month, your child will have the opportunity to choose 9 books to have sent to them over the summer. The opportunity to select books of interest will be a motivator to read throughout the summer. Teachers will provide you with information about Kids Read Now at our Celebration of Learning on May 13th from 5-6 PM. Please come and hear about this great program and see the learning that has taken place throughout this school year! It will be FUN!!!!

    The Kids Read Now program complements Branch District Library's Summer Reading Program. We would like to encourage students' participation in both programs. Books read in the Kids Read Now program will count toward the Library's reading logs to get great prizes like Fair tickets, grand prizes, and other cool stuff. For more information about the Library's program. call 517-278-2341 Ext. 198. They will also have a booth at the Learning Celebration on May 13th for further questions.

    Jefferson Reminders

    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.

    Fourth Marking Period: March 18-May 31, 2019.


    • May 13: 2nd Grade (Barnes, Decker, Foulk, and Johnson) to Kalamazoo Valley Museum
    • May 13: Celebration of Learning Night, 5-6 PM
    • May 14: 2nd Grade (Felts, Hoard, Madden, and Redman) to Kalamazoo Valley Museum
    • May 14: 3rd Grade M-STEP Testing
    • May 20: Bachler/Mencke to Aquatic Center, 9:15 AM; Felts/Madden to Aquatic Center, 11 AM
    • May 21: Kotas/O'Neill to Aquatic Center, 9:15 AM; Decker/Johnson to Aquatic Center, 11 AM
    • May 23: 3rd Grade (Britton, Fondren, Supianoski, and Welker) to Sauder Village
    • May 27: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
    • May 28: Barnes/Foulk to Aquatic Center, 9:15 AM; Hoard/Redman to Aquatic Center, 11 AM
    • May 29: Britton/Welker to Aquatic Center, 9:15 AM; Fondren/Supianoski to Aquatic Center, 11 AM
    • May 29: Field Day - 2nd Grade, 10:30 AM-12 PM; 3rd Grade, 2-3:30 PM
    • May 30: 3rd Grade (Bachler, Kotas, Mencke, & O'Neill) to Sauder Village
    • May 31: Last Day of School – dismiss at 12:05 PM