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J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

A Ministry of St. Ambrose Parish

Principal’s Letter

March 20, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important notes:

Students will receive their report card on Wednesday, March 22, for the third quarter of school.

Parent Teacher Conferences are this week. Wednesday, March 22 from 3:45 to 7:00pm, Thursday, March 23, from 12:45 to 7:00pm.

Students may wear uniform shorts for the fourth quarter of school. Please make sure shorts are not shorter than two inches above the knee. If student

As mentioned in the Principal’s letter on March 14, we have a few openings in the 3-4 year old/pre -school class (four mornings per week) and a few in the third grade class for the 2017-18 school year. Encourage interested families to contact Maggie Kearns, Admission’s Director, right away to get the times and days of our informal information meetings and school tours. mkearns@cosgriff.org , 801-486-3197.

This year Mrs. Lacombe’s drama club will be performing “Beauty and the Beast” on April 27, 28.  This coming Friday, March 24, at 10:00am, Mrs. Lacombe is in need of parent volunteers who can assist with transporting and assembling a large set from the Sandy Arts Guild (9150 South 150 West), a large warehouse behind the Sandy Public Works building. A few pick-up trucks and a large flat-bed trailer are needed to transport larger pieces of the set to the social center.  Please email Mrs. Lacombe right away if you are able to help with this project. slacombe@cosgriff.org

J.E.Cosgriff along with the other Catholic Schools in the diocese will be implementing a new school management system, Ren Web starting this spring or in the Fall of 2017. As part of Ren Web, you will be introduced to a new registration procedure in a few weeks. For more information, refer to the homepage of our school website. www.cosgriff.org or click on attachment below.

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 3:45 to 7:00pm, and Thursday, March 23, from 12:45 to 7:00pm. (School dismissal at 12:15). Conferences for students in seventh and eighth grade will be held in the school gym. Students with last names starting with N-Z are asked, if possible, to meet with teachers on 3/22, and students with last names starting with A-M are asked to meet on 3/23. All middle school appointments are first come first serve basis.  It is very important that parents and in most cases student attend the conferences. Please do not let the request for your presence on a specific day or night stop you from attending a conference.

Students in toddler through sixth grade will be scheduled for a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate grade below to make an appointment. Parents with more than one child in toddler through sixth grade are asked NOT to schedule appointments back to back. Allow at least one slot in between as a buffer. Sign up on the following links:

Mrs. Green/Toddlers:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs 

 

Ms. Camp Preschool/Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscamppreschool 

 

Mrs. Lee Preschool/Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs1 

 

Mrs. Lacombe Kindergarten:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs2 

 

Mrs. Jenkins Kindergarten:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs3 

 

Mrs. Commagere 1st Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs4 

 

Ms. Li 1st Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msli1st 

 

Mr. Weyher 2nd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrweyher 

 

Ms. Sebahar 2nd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mssebahar 

 

Mrs. Drees 3rd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs5 

 

Ms. Gale 4th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msgale 

 

Ms. Curry 5th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscurry 

 

Mrs. Newman 6th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs6

 

The schedule for the “Specials,” religion and foreign language teachers is as follows:

Jennifer Shrum, March 23, 12:45 to 3:00pm

Brian McCloud, March 23, 12:45 to 5:30pm

Martina Gehrig, March 22, 3:45 to 5:00pm     March 23, 12:45 to 3:15pm

Jo Ellen Millard, March 22, 3:45 to 7:00pm     March 23, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Tom Harris, March 23, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Debbie Hogan, March 23, 1:00 to 2:00pm

Meg Garfield, March 23, 5:00 to 7:00pm

Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal
J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

 

 

March 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please note a few announcements over your spring vacation:

1. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 18, beginning at 10:00am. The Catholic Diocese entry is number 14 and J.E. Cosgriff is number 15. On the day of the parade, inquire at the registration table, 400 West and 200 North for the location of parade entries. Please arrive at the parade by 9:00amand look for Darlene Bledsoe, (801-403-7583) along with the Cosgriff banner and tiger.  Bishop Solis has been named Grand Marshall of the parade. His entry number is 5. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all Cosgriff families.

2. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 3:45 to 7:00pm, and Thursday, March 23, from 12:45 to 7:00pm. (School dismissal at 12:15). Conferences for students in seventh and eighth grade will be held in the school gym. Students with last names starting with N-Z are asked, if possible, to meet with teachers on 3/22, and students with last names starting with A-M are asked to meet on 3/23. All middle school appointments are first come first serve basis.  It is very important that parents and in most cases student attend the conferences. Please do not let the request for your presence on a specific day or night stop you from attending a conference.

Students in toddler through sixth grade will be scheduled for a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate grade below to make an appointment. Parents with more than one child in toddler through sixth grade are asked NOT to schedule appointments back to back. Allow at least one slot in between as a buffer. Sign up on the following links:

Mrs. Green/Toddlers:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs 

 

Ms. Camp Preschool/Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscamppreschool 

 

Mrs. Lee Preschool/Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs1 

 

Mrs. Lacombe Kindergarten:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs2 

 

Mrs. Jenkins Kindergarten:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs3 

 

Mrs. Commagere 1st Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs4 

 

Ms. Li 1st Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msli1st 

 

Mr. Weyher 2nd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrweyher 

 

Ms. Sebahar 2nd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mssebahar 

 

Mrs. Drees 3rd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs5 

 

Ms. Gale 4th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msgale 

 

Ms. Curry 5th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscurry 

 

Mrs. Newman 6th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs6

 

The schedule for the “Specials,” religion and foreign language teachers is as follows:

Jennifer Shrum, March 23, 12:45 to 3:00pm

Brian McCloud, March 23, 12:45 to 5:30pm

Martina Gehrig, March 22, 3:45 to 5:00pm     March 23, 12:45 to 3:15pm

Jo Ellen Millard, March 22, 3:45 to 7:00pm     March 23, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Tom Harris, March 23, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Debbie Hogan, March 23, 1:00 to 2:00pm

Meg Garfield, March 23, 5:00 to 7:00pm

4. The parent community at Cosgriff has been our strongest form of publicity and communication with regards to student openings in the school. Please keep up the great work by telling family and friends that we have a few available places for the 2017-18 school year in our 3rd grade and pre-school program. The 3-4 year olds (pre-school) students attend school four mornings per week with the option of extended day in the afternoons. There will be an information meeting on Monday, March 20 at 9:00am. Also, on April 5 and May 10. For more immediate information call or email Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. 801-486-3197 Ex424   mkearns@cosgriff.org
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal
J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

 

 

March 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information for this week.

1.The HSA meeting is this evening at 7:00pm in the school library.

2. “Science Night” for students in kindergarten thru fifth grade is tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7, from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the classrooms. All families are invited to attend this scientific evening. Students may wear free nice dress.

3. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 3:45 to 7:00pm, and Thursday, March 23, from 12:45 to 7:00pm. (School dismissal at 12:15). Conferences for students in seventh and eighth grade will be held in the school gym. Students with last names starting with N-Z are asked, if possible, to meet with teachers on 3/22, and students with last names starting with A-M are asked to meet on 3/23. All middle school appointments are first come first serve basis.  It is very important that parents and in most cases student attend the conferences. Please do not let the request for your presence on a specific day or night stop you from attending a conference.

The schedule for our “Specials” teachers will be available by Thursday, March 9,

Students in toddler through sixth grade will be scheduled for a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate grade below to make an appointment. Parents with more than one child in toddler through sixth grade are asked NOT to schedule appointments back to back. Allow at least one slot in between as a buffer. Sign up on the following links:

Mrs. Green/Toddlers:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs 

Ms. Camp Preschool/Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscamppreschool 

Mrs. Lee Preschool/Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs1 

Mrs. Lacombe Kindergarten:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs2 

Mrs. Jenkins Kindergarten:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs3 

Mrs. Commagere 1st Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs4 

Ms. Li 1st Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msli1st 

Mr. Weyher 2nd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrweyher 

Ms. Sebahar 2nd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mssebahar 

Mrs. Drees 3rd Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs5 

Ms. Gale 4th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msgale 

Ms. Curry 5th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscurry 

Mrs. Newman 6th Grade:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs6

 

4. The Student Council will sponsor a bake sale on Wednesday, March 8, during lunch time. The sixth grade students will be asked to furnish the STORE BOUGHT (no nuts) cookies, cupcakes and donuts for the sale. Most items are .50 cents. All proceeds will be donated to “Project Hope 4 Kids.” This is a humanitarian organization working in Greece to provide art therapy programs for refugee children who have entered that country.

5. All students were given a Catholic Relief Service rice bowl to take home and try to fill will coins and dollars during Lent.  The Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten Faith-in-Action Program has been part of the Catholic School Lent giving tradition for many years. The students are reminded that during lent, they have the opportunity to help others who are in need of food, just by putting pennies, nickels and dimes in their rice bowl each day. Students will be asked to return the rice bowl box after Easter Sunday.

6. For families who received an acceptance letter or waiting list letter regarding new siblings, today is the deadline for returning the response letter that was enclosed with the acceptance or waiting list letter dated February 27, 2017

7. Today, March 6, is the deadline for filing an application for tuition assistance through the FACTS program.  Complete an online application at https://online.factsmgt.com

8. Friday, March 10, is a Professional Educator Day for the Faculty and Staff. This begins the spring vacation for Cosgriff School. Classes will resume on Monday, March 20.

9. The HSA is sponsoring a “Coffee” before school in the parking lot on Thursday, March 9. Please stop and have a cup of hot coffee.

10. Congratulations to our boys and girls UCAA basketball teams. Cosgriff School took home the gold and silver this year. In addition, outstanding sportsmanship awards were given to our students for respectful conduct on and off the court. Much appreciation goes to Mr. Brian McCloud and Mr. Brett Allen our two athletic directors, for their effort in organizing teams, gym time, parent meetings, game schedules, etc.. A special thank you to all parents who took the time to coach a team, drive to practice and games, cheer the team on and make UCAA sports a positive and memorable experience for their children.

Sportsmanship Award—Fifth grade boys, coached by Buff Harmston. This team was recognized for encouraging and cheering on their own team and the opposing team, as well.

1st Place –Fourth grade girls, led by Coach Saber/McDonough

1st Place –Fifth grade girls, led by Coach Allen/Bouillon/Valentine

2nd Place—Third grade boys Green team, led by Coach Rasmussen/Bland/Haddadin.

2nd Place—Sixth grade girls, led by Coach Farr/Haskins/Locke.

 

11. The St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place Saturday, March 18, beginning at 9:00am. Several Cosgriff families will be out of town that week-end due to vacations and a basketball tournament in Idaho. Bishop Solis will be the Grand Marshall of the parade. The Catholic Schools have been invited to walk behind his car. We will have a large banner, our tiger mascot and hopefully some enthusiastic families walking close to the Bishop’s motorcade. You may wish to have wagons and strollers for your small children as we will not have a float in the parade this year. Watch for more details and a parade numberfor Cosgriff School later in the week.

12. UPCOMING EVENTS—MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

** Track Club sign-up will take place the end of March.

** Summer School information for June will be available March 27.
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal
J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

 

 

February 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

Note the schedule and activities for this week.

   ** Monday, February 27, Acceptance/Waitlist letters sent to families

   ** Tuesday, February 28, “Fat Tuesday,” Bingo for students, school “Family” activity.

   ** Wednesday, March 1, Ash Wednesday, FORMAL DRESS, Mass at 9:00am

  ** Thursday, March 2, FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT, 6:00 to 7:00pm Kindergarten thru Fifth Grade

  ** Friday, March 3, No Mass, Students may wear informal uniform dress

                                      Stations of the Cross, 6:00pm fish fry to follow. 

  **Monday, March 6, last day for baseball sign-up. Register at www.cosgriff.org

1. It is our goal to make Catholic education a possibility for all families who want to attend. Need based tuition assistance is available for qualifying families. Need is determined by the FACTS assistance program.  Tuition assistance is then calculated on a family by family basis.  All families applying for tuition assistance must apply through FACTS. To apply for tuition assistance, complete an online application at https://online.factsmgt.com by March 6, 2017.

2. Fr. Andrzej would like to invite all Cosgriff families to Stations of the Cross on Friday, March 3, at 6:00pm. Immediately following will be a fish fry in the social center.

**Please note Friday, March 10th Stations of the Cross at 6:00pm followed by a Soup Supper hosted by 8th grade students who will be receiving conformation in the spring.

3. Congratulations to Mrs. Cindy Hunt, eighth grade homeroom teacher, Mrs. Kori Hazel, play director and all eighth grade students for their outstanding performance of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” The play was an overwhelming success and enjoyed by all who attended a performance. It was very clear that the eighth grade students dedicated much time and effort rehearsing “Twelfth Night” as it was extremely polished and professionally executed. A special thank you to Claire Donnelly for designing and sewing such elegant and authentic costumes, and Ann Owsley, for her tireless efforts in providing props and designing and painting sets.

4. The “Arts” at Cosgriff School provide a variety of opportunities for our students to discover their gifts, talents and passion for a fine art form. We are always so appreciative of Terry Stephens, our friend and benefactor, who generously donates $10,000 each year to Cosgriff for the purpose of developing and enriching the “Arts” in the lives of all students.

5. FYI, the basketball play-off games begin tonight. There is an entrance fee at the door for spectators. $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for children over the age of five.

6. On Sunday, March 5, the fourth grade class will host the 11:00am Mass and donut/coffee social after Mass. The fourth, fifth, sixth grade choir is greatly needed to sing at the Mass. All choristers should report to the Vaughan Center at 10:30am.

7. The Christian virtue for March is WISDOM, which is an important virtue for making good decisions. Wisdom is a type of knowing that involves the ability to discern the truth as well as the best course of action. Other words for wisdom might be insight and good sense. When you are wise you follow your conscience and often use courage and perseverance in trying to do the right thing.

8. As the holy season of LENT begins on Ash Wednesday, students will be encouraged to make wise choices at home and at school. Lent is the time to offer support and kindness to others and use a strong will to make wise choices.

9. The Social Skill which students will discuss and practice in March is “REPORTING BEHAVIOR.” Reporting behavior is a skill used to let an adult know about a harmful, dangerous or upsetting situation.  A student must decide if the situation is harmful or dangerous, approach a helping adult and calmly describe what has been done, heard or seen.

10. The Student Leadership Council has decided to support “Project Hope 4 Kids,” as the community service for March. Project Hope 4 Kids is a humanitarian organization working to provide refugee children in Greece art therapy programs, English lessons and other necessary supplies. Cosgriff students will work hard to raise money for art supplies and other life necessities.  The Sixth grade will be asked to provide the baked goods for a bake sale on Wednesday, March 8, and students may wear “Free Dress” on Wednesday, March 29, with a $5.00 donation. Thank you for your generous support.

11. SAVE THE DATE: “INSIDER SERIES” WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 9:30AM, PALMER DE PAULIS WILL BE OUR GUEST.

12. SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, FOR OUR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.

13. Thank you to Jill Curry and Martina Gehrig, for hosting Youth Group on Sunday, 2/26. Several students attended mass, enjoyed pizza and conversation, completed a service project and ended the evening with Mr. McCloud and Mr. Allen engaged in a fun athletic activity in the gym. A strong advantage of our Youth Group is that our Cosgriff students have the opportunity to meet Catholic students who attend other schools in the area, as Youth Group is open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade student in the parish.

Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

February 21, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

Please see www.cosgriff.org for the starting date, fall break, and vacation dates for the 2017-18 school year.

1. Plan to attend the eighth grade presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Students will perform Thursday, February 23 at 10:00am, 1:00pmand Friday, February 24 at 7:00pm. This promises to be an excellent performance under the direction of Mrs. Kori Hazel and Mrs. Cindy Hunt.  Please support the arts in our school, as our talented eighth grade students have worked very hard to prepare for their part in the play. Family and friends are welcome all fine arts performances.

2. Pam March, owner of Every Blooming Thing is our special guest for the “Insider Series” talk on Wednesday, Feb 22 at 9:30am, in the school library. Pam will discuss the beauty of fresh flowers, how they brighten a home and one’s heart. Pam will present some easy ways to arrange flowers as she encourages the audience to draw upon their own creativity with fresh flowers and plant arrangements. GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO ENJOY COFFEE, A PASTRY AND THIS ENLIGHTENING PRESENTATION.

3. PARENT REMINDER: All faculty and staff are more than willing to meet with parents who are concerned about their child’s grades, behavior etc. Please schedule a parent/teacher conference before or after school by appointment as this insures time for the teacher to prepare for the conference. Teachers have a minimal amount of time before school, to prepare for the day. Please refrain from dropping by to visit a teacher, before school for a short conversation unless you are picking up or dropping off academic work for your sick child. Thank-you for this courtesy and know that the faculty and staff welcome your communication throughout the year.

4. A special thank-you to parents of our sixth grade students for a delicious faculty lunch on February 16. It is always a welcome treat for the faculty and staff.

5. Much appreciation goes to Mrs. Debbie Hogan, our second grade religion teacher. She has established an annual tradition for second grade students who will receive First Holy Communion. Today, students participated in a reconciliation activity center retreat. Fr. Andrzej taught the “Confession” center, while parent volunteers helped with other activities.  On April 25, students will participate in a retreat in preparation for Holy Eucharist. The retreat centers were meaningful for all students. Also, thank you to our fifth grade students under the direction of Ms. Curry for presenting a reading from the bible.
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal
J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

 

 

February 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

No School on President’s Day –February 20.

1. Class pictures will be taken on Tuesday, February 14, beginning at 8:30am. All student are required to wear FORMAL DRESS on that day.

2. The Diocesan Science Fair took Place on Saturday, February 11, where all Catholic schools in the diocese competed in several different categories.  Congratulations and thank you to all students who devoted most of the day participating in this competition. Once again, our Cosgriff students excelled in all categories including the top award of the day, “Young Scientist” award. Congratulations to Nicolette Miller, recipient of this top award. Look for names of other winners and honorable mentions within the next few days.

3. On Wednesday, February 15, at 9:00am, Cosgriff will host another informal information meeting and school tour for prospective students and parents. Thank you for your personal referrals and positive input you have shared with prospective families in the community. Please notify friends and family regarding the meeting on Wednesday. Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director with questions. mkearns@cosgriff.org

4. Several parents who attended the presentation given by Dr. Doug Goldsmith on parenting strategies have asked if there are other opportunities to attend parenting lectures. Please see the information below as it should be another excellent talk hosted by the Children’s Center

The “Good Enough” Parent

Date: March 2, 2017

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am

Location: The Children’s Center 350 South 400 East

It is a stressful time to be a parent. Many wonder, am I doing everything I need to be doing for my child? What piece of parenting advice should I follow to help my child? No parent can meet every single need of a child from the child’s point of view. If this were true, the toddler temper tantrum would not exist. Most experts agree that striving for this type of perfection is a sure path to disaster. Come to The Children’s Center to learn how to focus on things that are worth fighting for and things we should learn to let go or accept less than perfection. Learn the tools to accept yourself as a “Good Enough” parent, and to put into practice suggestions to help your children accept failure – ours and theirs!

Space is limited. Please RSVP to: mburchett@tccslc.org or 801-578-2326.

5. It is our goal to make Catholic education a possibility for all families who want to attend. Need based tuition assistance is available for qualifying families. Need is determined by the FACTS assistance program. Tuition assistance is then calculated on a family by family basis.

All families applying for tuition assistance must apply through FACTS. To apply for tuition assistance, complete an online application at https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/46BCG

Because financial aid is limited, it is important to submit your application and other required forms by March 6, 2017

6. Turn in your Box Tops for our next deadline is February 24. Let’s take Box Tops to a new level and help J.E.Cosgriff purchase additional equipment and supplies. Please turn Box Tops in to the office.

7. SAVE THE DATE: March 2, 6:00 to 7:00pm, kIndergarten thru fifth grade students invite you to “Family Science Night.”

8. The eighth grade students will perform the famous William Shakespeare play “Twelfth Night” on Thursday, February 23, at 10:00am and 1:00pm, and Friday, February 24, at 7:00pm. All Cosgriff families and other parish families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend this famous play. The performances will be held in St. Ambrose Church social center.

9. Attention all grandparents, parishioners, parents and friends of J.E.Cosgriff School. The Gold Club “Insider Series” will take place on Wednesday, February 22, at 9:30am in the Cosgriff School library.

Pam March, owner of “Every Blooming Thing” will be our special guest for the morning. Her presentation will include the art of arranging flowers, and how flowers brighten up your home and heart.

10. The sixth, seventh, eighth grade Youth Group will meet for Mass, dinner, conversation, community service and a fun activity on Sunday, February 26. Students will meet in the church gathering space at 4:50pm with parent pick-up at 7:00pm by the school gym door. (All participants should wear tennis shoes)

11. The final net total for our Mardi Gras is over $150,000. A note of sincere appreciation goes to all who helped in any way to make this such a successful fund raiser.

A special thank you to the following sponsors:

Jason and Kristin Cowan and Spark Solutions Group

Glenn and Evelyne Boschetto and Cortina Partners

The Turpin Family and Intercon/Westwood Design

Greg and Jennifer Baker and TraskBritt

Herman and Lauri Franks

Conway MacKenzie

Greg and Tara Ross and NorthStar

The Giovanniello Family and The Smart Clinic

Tiffany and Rawl Wharton

Rich and Bridget Romano

Jim and Herminone Klekas

 

12. Please watch for upcoming information regarding Cosgriff Summer School/Camp, June 5-29. Monday –Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00noon, for incoming pre-school thru sixth/seventh grade. (Extended Day is available after summer school, each day until 4:00pm)

 PLEASE NOTE, THE PRIMARY GOALS OF SUMMER SCHOOL: Summer school allows teachers to review and reinforce core standards from the previous school year in such subjects as reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. On the pre-school level, teachers teach and review letter names and sounds, shapes, colors, number recognition and counting, along with art and story time.

A different “Adventure” theme is introduced each week of summer school. This allows the teacher to create an exciting and educational curriculum with engaging hands-on activities using the classroom and great outdoors. Summer school also allows our special needs team to work one on one for 30 to 40 minutes per day with students who did not quite make benchmark and would greatly benefit from more explicit instruction in reading and math. Summer school is academic, creative, hands on and provides a fun, educational way to spend the month of June. Art, Dance and P.E. classes are woven in the day during the four weeks.

Students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade have required reading over the summer. These students are welcome to join in a literature group to read and discuss their required books each day of Summer School. The literature group is directed by a certified teacher or an assistant trained in reading instruction.  During the month of July, the school undergoes cleaning and repair to get ready for the beginning of a new school year in August.  Questions about summer school, please call Mrs. Hunt, Principal at 801-486-6933bhunt@cosgriff.org
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

February 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information:

There is an HSA meeting this evening at 7:00pm in the school library.

2017-18 SCHOOL CALENDAR DATES

August 16, First Day of School

October 20, Fall Break  (one day)

November 22-26, Thanksgiving Vacation

December 21-January 2, 2018   Christmas Vacation

March 29-April 8, 2018 Spring/Easter Vacation

May 25, Last day of School

 

1. Catholic School’s Week was a very positive experience for students, faculty, parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff School. Thank-you for participating in all activities and making this week one to remember.

2. Once again, the J.E. Cosgriff seventh and eighth grade Science Fair brought to light the incredible talent, hard work, and interest in learning on the part of the students. It also reflected the dedication and guidance of their teacher, Mr. Jim Larson, a master at his profession. Thank you to all who participated in the Science Fair; all students deserve recognition for their creative, educational project and oral presentation. Congratulations to the winners and best of luck to those who will venture on to the Diocesan Science Fair on February 11. See list below:

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3. The Science Fair is always an opportunity to express much gratitude to all faculty and staff. These intense Science Fair projects require excellent reading, writing and math skills, scientific knowledge, oral presentation training, as well as the ability to create and construct a visual display of information. These critical skill are learned over several years of schooling starting with our toddlers. Thank you to an incredible team of teachers and staff for their hard work and effort in teaching required core standards every day, all year long.

4.The 2017 Mardi Gras was a tremendous success. Thank-you so very much to all who attended the event, donated or purchased live and silent auction prizes, purchased opportunity tickets, program ads, hosted a party board, or supported this key fund raiser in any number of ways.

5. There is still an opportunity to purchase a party board space. Go to www.cosgriff.org for more specific information.

6. The Mardi Gras planning team worked endless hours to create a perfect venue for fun and fundraising as we draw near to reaching our annual fund raising goal for 2016-17. Much appreciation goes to Marni Andrews and Erin Freeman, co-chairs, and other key volunteers– Kassi Mancini, Susanne Silon, Kate Smith, Kori Hazel, Lindsay Newlin, Courtney Belgique, Claire Donnelly, Raquel Austin, Sarah Boyle, Molly Duberow, David Drees, Gillian D’Alessandro, Danielle Jeffreys, Bernie Jo Marlow, Deborah Corder, Nikki Whye, Alicia and Cole Sloan, Sheri Ann and Brandon Norlund, in addition to many other parents and faculty volunteers.

7. Music makes the party! Much appreciation to our very own music and band teacher, Zach Downes and his band for providing fabulous dance music for the Mardi Gras.

8. The Hot Lunch evaluation meeting will take place on Thursday, February 9, after drop off in the library. Contact Evelyne Boschetto with questions. exae@hotmail.com

9. The Christian virtue which students will discuss and practice during February is LOVE. The Virtue of Love includes kindness (going out of ones way to be nice to someone) and cooperation (working together for the common good or lending a helping hand) which help strengthen our love of God and man. Students will practice the social skill “Working Together” as they move through the school day and hopefully for the rest of their lives.

10. The community service project which the Student Leadership Council has chosen for the month of February is the American Heart Association. Students will jump rope and shoot hoops for a healthy heart during P.E. class this month. The Student Council will sponsor a heart lollipop sale and a raffle to raise money for this very important organization. Facts to remember: The American Heart Association is the nation’s leader in CPR training as well as providing healthy lifestyle information and researched based treatment guidelines for health care professionals.

11. On Sunday, February 12, the fifth grade class has been asked to host the 11:00pm Mass and provide a donut/juice social after Mass. The fourth, fifth, and sixth grade choir will have the opportunity to sing this special Mass. All choristers should meet Mr. Huntzinger in the Vaughan Center at 10:30am.

12. A prospective parent/student drop-in information meeting and tour is set for Wednesday, February 15, at 9:00am. If you know families who may be interested in Cosgriff School, please let them know about this meeting.

13. Much appreciation goes to the many parents who refer “new students” to Cosgriff School. Most of our referrals come from you, the parents, as opposed to local advertising. Thank you for your positive support in presenting our school as a viable education choice in our community. .

14. When a student must leave during the school day for a dental or doctor’s appointment and is able to return before the school day is over, it is necessary for a parent to personally check the student back in school by buzzing in the front door and reporting to the front office. Drive by pick-up or drop-off are not allowed at Cosgriff School.  Two parking places are reserved at all times directly in front of the school for this purpose. Thank-you for helping to keep our students safe.

15. SAVE THE DATE: Gold Club, parents, parishioners, and friends – Join the Insider Series presentation with Pam March, Owner of “Every Blooming Thing.” She will be our guest on February 22, 9:30am in the Library. Pam will present some fabulous flower arranging ideas, and speak about the beauty and of fresh flowers in the home and much more.
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

1. Welcome to Catholic Schools Week! This is a very special time for all students attending Catholic Schools across the country. Please help us celebrate this week as we remember and pay tribute to all religious and lay persons who have made tremendous strides over the years by offering an excellent academic education grounded in Catholic values and tradition.

 

Please take time to read some outstanding facts about our Catholic Schools:

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School lunch orders for the parent/grandparent lunch on 2/1/17 are due now. All orders need to be turned in by 8:00am tomorrow January 31st. Click on the following link for order form: Menu 1

2. We kicked off Catholic School Week with the annual traditional Spaghetti Dinner. Thank you to Tiffany Wharton, Becky Moore and Courtney Belgique, our committee chairs (a kind grandparent, Dick Herold) and all other parents and student volunteers who helped set-up, serve and clean up at the dinner. A special word of appreciation goes to our long time Spaghetti Dinner head chef—Michael Hilton. His children are in high school, but once again, he utilized his expert cooking skills, and joined the committee to create a delicious dinner and a great night for all.

3. Please note the calendar of events for Catholic Schools Week January 30 –February 3.

**MONDAY, JANUARY 30, Deacon Bill Trentman, Director of Religious Education at Judge High School, will speak to students in kindergarten thru eighth grade about the many benefits of attending Cosgriff and receiving a Catholic education.

**TUESDAY, JANUARY 31,

The annual seventh and eighth grade SCIENCE FAIR judging competition is at 10:00am in the Social Center. The award ceremony will take place at 6:00pm that evening.

GRUPA DANZANTE AZTECA will speak and perform for kindergarten-eighth grade as part of

Catholic Schools Week multicultural awareness and education. 2:00pm

FORMAL INFORMATION MEETING AND SCHOOL TOUR  7:00pm, in the school library, for

prospective parents and students interested in Cosgriff for the 2017-18 school year.

**WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, Parent/Grandparent visit Cosgriff classrooms 10:30 to 11:45am

Lunch with students. Please be seated according to the first letter of the last name.

11:45— J through R         12:05 — S through Z        12:20 — A through I

School lunch orders for the parent/grandparent lunch on 2/1/17 are due now. All orders need to be turned in by 8:00am tomorrow January 31st. Click on the following link for order form: Menu 1

**THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, Nice Free Dress for all studnets who bring in $20 worth of opportunity tickets that day. ($30 total for a family of 2 or more)

**FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3,

All School Mass at 8:30am

Second Friday of the Ski Program.

ANNUAL MARDI GRAS, 6:00PM AT LITTLE AMERICA.

  

4. Mardi Gras, Buy your seats or a table for the Mardi Gras at www.cosgriff.org.

For preview of live auction items and Party Boards go to: https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2017/tabid/810887/Default.aspx.

5. A word of appreciation to all parents who were able to take time and listen Dr. Douglas Goldsmith speak about raising resilient children and more.

Dr. Goldsmith made mention of the useful research, articles and book written by Dr. Carol Dweck, Psychologist at Stanford University regarding “fixed” and “growth’ mindset. A few articles have been send to parents over the past few years about her groundbreaking research. Please read the attached article for more information: Growth Mindset

6. Thank you to the parents of the fifth grade students for providing a delicious faculty lunch last week. Also, for your kind help with the lunch recess duty during the month of January.

7. Amidst all of the activities this week, note that your child will bring home a mid-quarter progress report.  Please take time to review all grades including conduct. It is an important time for your student to focus on his/her effort in all academic classes and respectful behavior in and outside of the classroom.

8. A few kind parents are needed to help host the second formal “Information Meeting” for prospective students and parents who are interested in learning more about Cosgriff for the 2017-18 school year. Call or email Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you are available Tuesday, January 31, from 7:15 to 8:15pm. The meeting will take place in the school library. bhunt@cosgriff.org801-486-6933  Thank you.

9. Finally, a word of condolence goes to our dear Cindy Barker.  Her mother, Edith Tunforss died on Friday, January 27. Please keep Mrs. Barker and her family in your prayers during this sad and difficult time.

Thank you, Betsy Hunt

 

January 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important letter:

1. Returning Student Application Deadline was Friday, January 20. Contact Maggie Kearns, mkearns@cosgriff.org  Admissions Director and/or send in the required information right away. Reapplication link: http://cosgriff.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Reapplication-Form-2017-18.pdf

2. A student in the school has been diagnosed with Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease with another suspected case. This disease can be transmitted through direct contact with unwashed hands or a surface containing traces of the virus. Young children have the greatest risk of getting Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease. Symptoms begin to develop three to seven days after the initial infection. This period is known as the incubation period. When symptoms do appear, you or your child may experience a fever, a poor appetite, a sore throat, a headache, irritability, painful, red blisters in the mouth, a red rash on the hands and the soles of the feet. In most cases, the infection will go away without treatment in 7-10 days. Check with your doctor for further treatment.

3. Every week is filled with important learning activities and events at Cosgriff School. Please pay close attention to each day through February 3. Thank You.

**THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, Parent Information Night. 7:00pm in the social center

Dr. Douglas Goldsmith, “Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times”

Students may wear a crazy hat or crazy hair on Thursday, January 26, with the sale of 20 opportunity tickets. All students are asked to help make the $10,000 goal with opportunity tickets.

**FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, All School Mass at 8:30am, Formal Dress.  First day of Ski Program

**SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 6:00pm Annual Spaghetti Dinner, in the church social center. All Cosgriff and Parish families are invited and asked to pay $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family with five or more.

**Catholic Schools Week—January 30 –February 3.

**MONDAY, JANUARY 30, Deacon Bill Trentman, Director of Religious Education at Judge High School, will speak to students in kindergarten thru eighth grade about the many benefits of attending Cosgriff and receiving a Catholic education.

**TUESDAY, JANUARY 31,

  1. The annual seventh and eighth grade SCIENCE FAIR judging competition

is at 10:00am in the Social Center. The award ceremony will take place at 6:00pm that evening.

  1.  2. GRUPA DANZANTE AZTECA will speak and perform for kindergarten-eighth grade as part of

Catholic Schools Week multicultural awareness and education. 2:00pm

  1. FORMAL INFORMATION MEETING AND SCHOOL TOUR  7:00pm, in the school library, for

prospective parents and students interested in Cosgriff for the 2017-18 school year.

**WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, Parent/Grandparent visit Cosgriff classrooms 10:30 to 11:45am

Lunch with students. Please be seated according to the first letter of the last name.

11:45— J-R, 12:05 –S-Z, 12:20 — A-I

School lunch orders for the parent/grandparent lunch on 2/1/17 are due today, January 23. Click on the following link for order form: Menu 1

**FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, All School Mass at 8:30am, Second Friday of the Ski Program.

     ANNUAL MARDI GRAS, 6:00PM AT LITTLE AMERICA.

 

4. Buy your seats or a table for the Mardi Gras at www.cosgriff.org.

For preview of live auction items and Party Boards go to: https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2017/tabid/810887/Default.aspx.

Watch for live auction items and those fabulous Party Boards to go live at www.cosgriff.org on Wednesday, January 25, at 8:30am.

5. Kindergarten students won the extra Computer class with Mrs. Larsen for selling the most opportunity tickets last week. Great job!!

6. During the next two weeks, all loose ends for the Mardi Gras must be pulled together. Please call or email Marnie Andrews to offer your assistance, either for preparation or to volunteer the night of the event. Most importantly, please attend Mardi Gras and invite guests who will generously support Cosgriff School. hmandrews@gmail.com    801-750-5976

7. Parents of Fourth-Seventh grade students whose child may be interested in attending the Teton Science School July 28-August 1 of this year, please attend a meeting on February 2 at 7:00pm, in the Vaughan Center.  Sign-up deadline is February 6. Contact Eric Jacobsen as soon as possible to add your child’s name to the Teton Science School list. The administration encourages student to participate in in Teton Science School, however; it is not a school sanctioned activity.

(ericjaccobsen@xmission.com_ 801-419-4683,

Facebook information— https://www.facebook.com/TetonCosgriff/

 

 

January 17, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information:

1.Wednesday, January 18, the Student Council will host a bake sale in support of our “Souper Bowl of Caring” service project for January. Most baked goods will be .50 per item.

2.2017-18 returning student re-application is due Friday, January 20.  Please email Maggie Kearns at mkearns@cogriff.org with any questions.  http://cosgriff.org/file/2012/06/Reapplication-Form-2017-18.pdf

3.Last week, the kindergarten class sold the most Mardi Gras opportunity tickets. Congratulations to these students; they will enjoy an extra P.E. class with Mr. McCloud. The incentive for the grade which sells the most opportunity tickets this week is an extra special computer class with Mrs. Larsen.

4.The Youth Group Mass and service activity will take place Sunday, January 22. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade participants are asked to attend 5:00pmmass and then enjoy pizza, conversation, a visit with Fr. Andrzej, Ms. Curry, Ms. Gehrig and then participate in a service project.  Parent pick-up is at 7:00pm by the gym door.

5.Catholic Schools Week begins Saturday, January 28 with our annual Spaghetti dinner in the church social center, beginning at 6:00pm after the 5:00pmmass. Admission is $5.00 per person or $20.00 for a family of 5 or more. All school and other parish families are welcome to attend this fun event.

6.The second formal Information and Tour meeting for parents of prospective new students is Tuesday, January 31, at 7:00pm in the school library. Parent support with recommending potential families to Cosgriff is welcome and appreciated.

7.As part of Catholic Schools Week, parents and grandparents are invited to school for a visit and lunch on Wednesday, February 1. Visitors are welcome to go into student classrooms beginning at 10:30am.  Lunch begins at 11:45am.

8.Please note: Student lunch times are scheduled according to the first letter of the student’s last name.

11:45 am              J-R

12:05 pm              S-Z

12:20 pm              A-I

9.Parents and grandparents who would like to order a hot pizza school lunch on February 1, may do so by filling out a hot lunch form and sending it in to the school office with cash or check made out to Cosgriff School Lunch, by Monday, January 23. Go to Menu 1 for lunch order form.

10.Baseball registration has opened up for the Catholic Youth Baseball League. Boys and girls ages 5-12 who register by February will receive a $20.00 discount from registration fees. The deadline for baseball signup is March 11, 2017. To register for baseball, go to www.cosgriff.org

11.Once a month, our “School Families” meet to complete a community service project, visit and hopefully become friends. This week our “Families” have a special assignment.  They will write a “Welcome to Utah” letter to our new Bishop. Student will also invite Bishop Solis to visit J.E. Cosgriff School. Each family will submit one letter–39 letters in all. Students will also take time to write the reason why they love going to a Catholic School, specifically Cosgriff School.  You will be able to read these reason while visiting the school during Catholic Schools Week. Just look for paper hearts hanging on the hall.

12.Please put together your tables for Mardi Gras at www.cosgriff.org. Ask friends and family to attend this important and fun event. There will be fabulous silent and live auction items as well as party board opportunities. We depend on our Cosgriff parents to invite guests and fill the room with generous individuals who will support our main fundraiser of the year. Please contact Marnie Andrews if you have an idea or access to a great live auction prize. We are in need of a few fabulous items which will draw interest and bidding from the crowd. hmandrews@gmail.com   or 801-750-5976

13.It is once again time to turn in your Box Tops for our next deposit deadline.  Help us reach new heights with the Box Tops collection.  Money received from Box Tops gives us the opportunity to get additional items for both students and faculty.  Just send them in with your children and have them turn it in to the message/mail box that gets picked up daily by our 5th graders!

14.Mr. Larson still needs 11 volunteer judges for the 7th and 8th grade science fair. The 2017 Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in the basement (Social Center) of St. Ambrose Church located at 2315 Redondo Avenue in Salt Lake City. Judges will report at 10:00 am. Judging will conclude at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be provided.

 

The website and login identifications for online judge registration is as follows (username and password are the same):

 

www.sciencefairtools.com

Username: cosgriff2017

Password: cosgriff2017

 

Phone numbers must be entered without dashes or parenthesis; ex) 8014863197. Please rank your category preferences. The project category preference ranking must be provided in order to use the software, however, I cannot guarantee that judges will be matched with their categorical preferences.

 

15.Ralph and Vera Conner, Mike Miller, Mary Jane Jensby, Dixie Smith, and Lorie Gonzales are devoted STAR tutors at Cosgriff School. These outstanding volunteers come to school two times per week and work one-on-one in reading and math with students who greatly benefit from the extra academic instruction. We are so fortunate to have this fabulous team of grandparents, parishioners and friends who are devoted to the students attending Cosgriff School.—Thank-You so much.

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information:

1. The HSA meeting is this evening at 7:00pm in the school library.

2. Returning Student application form for the 2017-18 school year, click on the following link reapplication-form-2017-18.  Please return the completed form and payment to the school office no later than January 20, 2017.

3. The School Board meeting is Wednesday, January 11, at 6:30pm in the school library.

4. Kindergarten Night for all parents (only) of kindergarten students is Thursday, January 12, at 6:00pm in the school library.

5. SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, January 26, at 7:00pm in the church social center. Dr. Doug Goldsmith will speak to parents about “RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN IN UNCERTAIN TIMES; PARENTING STRATEGIES FOR TODAY’S FAMILIES.”

6. Students may wear free “Spirit” dress on Thursday, January 12, with the donation of four cans of food or $5.00. ($15.00 donation for a family with four or more children) This donation is in support of our community service project for January- Souper Bowl of Caring. We will make a canned food and monetary donation to the Utah Food Bank at the end of January.  Thank you.

7. All students received their Mardi Gras “OPPORTUNITY TICKETS” today.  The grade which sells the most tickets by Friday, January 13, will receive an extra P.E. class from Mr. McCloud. Please read the bright orange flyer which goes along with your child’s opportunity tickets. It clearly defines incentive prizes for the students over the next few weeks and the deadline for sale of opportunity tickets.

8. Please put together your tables for Mardi Gras at www.cosgriff.org. Ask friends and family to attend this important and fun event. There will be fabulous silent and live auction items as well as party board opportunities. We depend on our Cosgriff parents to invite guests and fill the room with generous individuals who will support our main fundraiser of the year. Please contact Marnie Andrews if you have an idea or access to a great live auction prize. We are in need of a few fabulous items which will draw interest and bidding from the crowd. hmandrews@gmail.com   or 801-750-5976

9. Mr. Larson, Assistant Principal, and seventh/eighth grade math and science teacher is in need of judges for the seventh, eighth grade Science Fair. The Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in the basement (social center) of St. Ambrose Church located at 2315 Redondo Ave. Judges will report at 10:00am. Judging will conclude at 12:15pm. Lunch will be provided.

To website and login information for online judge registration is as follows (username and password are the same):

www.sciencefairtools.com

Username: cosgriff2017

Password: cosgriff2017

Phone numbers must be entered without dashes or parenthesis: (ex:8014863197) Please rank your category and preferences. The project category preference must be provided in order to use the software, however, there is no guarantee that judges will be matched with their categorical preference. Please contact Jim Larson with questions. jlarson@cosgriff.org  801-486-3197-school, 801-718-0255-cell

10. Students in toddler through second grade receive new books in a special “Take Home” book bag each week. A very dedicated and steadfast team of volunteers work diligently on Monday mornings to make sure this happens. Much gratitude and appreciation goes to Kori Hazel, Deborah Holly and Chanteel Ballard for graciously donating their time every Monday morning over the past four years.

11. SAVE THE DATE: FEBRUARY 22, 9:30am, in the school library. Gold Club members, parents, friends and parishioners and those interested in the next Insider Series presentation. Pam Marsh, owner of “Every Blooming Thing,” will share her talents in a special presentation to discuss the beauty of fresh flowers, arranging them to brighten your home. This will be a hands on demonstration with a chance to win a fresh floral arrangement.
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year! Please read the following:

1. Today is the first day of the third quarter of school. Report cards from second quarter go home Thursday, January 5 A short honor assemble will take place immediately after the 8:30am Mass on January 6, in the church.

2. A special word of gratitude to many parents for your generosity with gift cards and checks for others in need during the holidays. It made all the difference for many families.

3.The first formal Information Meeting and School Tour for prospective 2017-18 families will take place January 8, from 12:00 to 2:00pm. The meeting will begin in the library and conclude with a school tour. Seventh and Eighth grade student ambassadors will be asked to walk our guests to specific locations throughout the school. In addition, Cosgriff parents with students in different grade levels are needed to answer individual questions and positively promote Cosgriff School.

4. A second formal Information Meeting and School Tour is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00 to 8:30pm. Please email Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you are available to co-host either Information meeting and tour, bhunt@cosgriff.org.

5. Parents of Kindergarten students, please mark your calendar for “Kindergarten Night.” January 12, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:30pm in the school library. (Parents Only)

6. The J.E. Cosgriff community service project for January 2017 is the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” All Diocesan Catholic schools will support this important project by collecting and donating cans of food and/or money for the Utah Food Bank. Each grade will choose a favorite professional football team to cheer on in January. The Student Leadership Council has earmarked two special opportunities for students to make a donation. Thursday, January 12 is Free Spirit dress day. Students may wear spirit wear from their favorite team with a donation of 4 cans of food or $5.00.  The Seventh grade students will be asked to sponsor a bake sale on Wednesday, January 18. Most items will be marked at 50 cents each.

7. The Utah Food Bank has a Wish List. They request the following items, if possible: peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, canned stews, chili, boxed meals, macaroni and cheese, pasta.

8. The Christian virtues which students will learn more about, discuss, and recognize in others in January are GENEROSITY  and FRIENDLINESS.  A generous individual or student does not hesitate to share time, knowledge, materials or kind words or even canned food with a person in need and does so in a friendly manner. A generous person feels compassion and is sensitive to the needs of others.

9. The social skill which teachers will emphasize and reteach in January is LISTENING.  When one is listening to another, he/she looks at the speaker, allows the speaker to finish and shows genuine interest in what the other person has to say. Good listening is important to learn at an early age and use throughout our lives.

10. Doug Goldsmith, Director of the Children’s Center, has kindly agreed to host a parent information night.  He will speak on January 26, at 7:00pm in the Church Social Center. The title of Mr. Goldsmith’s talk is “Raising Resilient Children in Uncertain Times; Parenting Strategies for Today’s Families.”   Dr. Goldsmith conducted a very informative and timely professional development day with the faculty and staff in November, 2016. The entire faculty believe that his presentation will be extremely useful and enlightening for parents as well. (PARENTS ONLY, PLEASE)

A word of gratitude to all students and parents for the lovely cards and gifts given to me over the holiday. I was truly touched by your kind thoughts and messages.

Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal