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J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

A Ministry of St. Ambrose Parish

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Principal’s Letter

November 28, 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome back from your Thanksgiving Holiday. Please read the following:

1. Students began the day with our all school Advent prayer. We will pray together for the next three Mondays in observance of the season of Advent.

2. Congratulations to Mrs. Norlund!! Mrs. Norlund and her husband, Brandon are the proud parents of their new baby girl, Lucia who was born on Thursday, November 24. We wish them the very best with their new family addition.  We are fortunate to have Mrs. Larsen substituting for Mrs. Norlund until January 2017.

3. Students have approximately three and a half weeks left in the second quarter of school for this year. Please support your child with ample time for homework, test and project preparation, and a good night’s rest. The end of the quarter is December 22.

4. Sunday, December 4, the sixth grade students will host the 11:00am mass. Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grade are expected to sing in the choir for this special mass. All students should report to church by 10:30am. Choristers will go directly to the Vaughan Center at that time. All school families are invited and encouraged to attend this class hosted mass.

5. Students are required to wear the Cosgriff sweatshirt, vest or sweater as a first outer layer of clothing over a shirt. The second layer is a parka or very heavy jacket. Please make sure this rule is observed. Thank you.

6. The HSA is sponsoring a sweatshirt and tee shirt sale just in time for holiday giving. An order form was sent home to all families and additional forms are in the school office. All orders are due Dec 1. Email Sarah Farr with questions sarahfarr04@hotmail.com

7. Mrs. Larsen, our substitute Computer teacher will host a homework time after school on Thursdays from 3:20 to 4:00pm. Students who do not complete work during class will have the opportunity to finish all assignments during that time.

8. Fr. Andrzej would like all parents to know that part of Redondo Ave. will be closed on 11/30 and 12/1 for under-ground pipe repair work.

9. The Student Council service project for December 2016 is two-fold. One, to continue our support of St. Patrick’s parish. Many young children and elderly men and women (who are often forgotten this time of year) are in great need of warm clothing and other necessities. You are asked to donate new or slightly used (clean) warm-ups/sweat suits in all sizes, (small to XL for adults), gloves, hats, sweaters, socks, coats, snow pants, boots, long sleeve shirts, and other warm clothing. Smaller size new containers of hygiene essentials are greatly needed, such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shaving cream, wipes, deodorant etc. Second, The Road Home, a social service agency that assists individuals and families who are homeless in Salt Lake City is in great need of new or slightly used, clean blankets.  Please place all items in front of the office. Thank you.

10. During December, faculty and staff will focus on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The Works of Mercy include all that we hope to do with and for family and friends and those in our community who we may not know, but who are in desperate need of our kindness, love and support.

11. Please make sure your child comes prepared with proper winter clothing for recess each day. Unless there is a harsh storm or extremely cold temperatures, students will go outside to play each day.

12. We will host an information meeting and tour for prospective parents on Wednesday, November 30 AND Thursday, December 1 at 9:00am. Please notify families who are interested in learning more about J.E.Cosgriff School. We believe that current parents are our strongest advocates and best form of advertising for Cosgriff School.  Questions, please contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org.

13. Mardi Gras 2017 is still in need of underwriting support. The hotel, liquor, decorations will equal approximately $25,000. Please support our largest fundraiser of the year and know that all proceeds go directly toward your child’s education.  Purchase individual tickets and tables at www.cosgriff.org.
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

November 21, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please note the following announcements for this short week of school.

1. School will be dismissed Tuesday, November 22 at 3:15pm for our Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

2. The next four Mondays, students will start the day in the gym at 8:15am with an Advent prayer and hymn. This is in observance of the season of Advent, which officially begins Sunday, November 27.

3. Homework Club will be cancelled on Tuesday, November 22.  Students may still attend Extended Day until 6:00pm.

4. HSA FUNDRAISER! Please watch for a flyer/order form in your child’s back pack for Cosgriff Tiger “Spirit” tee shirts. Orders must be placed by December 1.

5. Fr. Andrzej would like to notify all families that part of Redondo Ave by the school will be closed on Nov 30, and December 1, due to underground pipe replacement and repair.

6. A special Thank-you to the parents of our third grade class for providing a delicious lunch for the faculty and staff. It is always such a treat to have a hot lunch during a long work day.

7. The “Insider Series” guest speaker, Marguerite Henderson was a hit with all who were in attendance on Tuesday, November 15. Marguerite demonstrated creative ways to decorate a holiday platter with fruit, vegetables and nuts in addition to meat and cheese. She offered many helpful entertaining tips as she prepared her appetizers. Please watch for the next guest speaker in January 2017.

8. Please notify families who would like to learn more about J.E. Cosgriff School. There will be an information meeting and tour on Wednesday, November 30, at 9:00am.  Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions director for more information.  mkearns@cosgriff.org

9. Because of your generosity and kindness, the “School Families” packed 50 Thanksgiving boxes of food for St. Patrick and St. Ambrose parishes on Nov, 18.The boxes of food and grocery gift cards were given to the respective churches on 11/18. Much appreciation goes to Jason Boyle, the teachers. especially Mr. Jim Larson and the eighth grade students for moving and sorting many food items.

10. A word of thanks for donating your left over Halloween candy. Some local charities right in SLC were thrilled to receive a box of treats. Todd Hopkins willingly delivered the candy to The Good Samaritan Program, Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Community Services, and the Salvation Army.

11. The second “Youth Group” activity took place on Sunday, November 20. Over 50 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who attend Cosgriff and those who participate in the Religious Education Program at St. Ambrose parish were in attendance.  These eager young people raked leaves around the church and school and neighboring homes in the area. They then met in the social center for hot chocolate, donuts and conversation.  Fr. Andrzej spoke to the group about Sunday’s gospel and ending The Year of Mercy. At 5:00pm they attended Mass to end their day together. A special thank-you to Jill Curry and Martina Gehrig for their leadership in forming the Youth Group and directing the monthly activities. At last night’s event Mr. Allen, Mr. McCloud, Ms. Li, Mrs. Commagere, and Ms. Frei, supported the leaf raking service project and worked with groups of students. Jerry Burchett, Confirmation director for the Religious Education Program was on hand to help as well.

12. Mrs. Beth Walz kindly supplied the donuts and hot chocolate for the Youth Group after the leaves were raked and bagged. Thank-You to all for your enthusiasm and support.  Watch for information about the next Youth Group activity on January 22, 2017.

13. There are many reasons the administration is “Thankful” during this season and all year long. At any given time of day, one will witness parents and/or grandparents assisting in classrooms, the reading room, in music, art, dance, computer drama rehearsal, sports practice, at recess, in an HSA meeting, coaching, assisting with fund-raisers, office work, community service, classroom parties—and the list goes on and on!!. Much appreciation to all who make time and take time to continue to strengthen the foundation of J.E. Cosgriff School. Your gifts of time and energy are priceless and never go unnoticed by one older, Italian Principal.  Happy Thanksgiving.

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

November 14, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements.

1. Student Progress Reports will be sent home on Thursday, November 17. Please review this report with your child and if necessary, assist him/her in setting strong, realistic goals for the remainder of the second quarter of school.

2. A meeting and school tour for parents of prospective students will take place tomorrow, November 15 at 9:00am. Word of mouth is the best source of advertising for Cosgriff School. Please invite friends and family who would like to know more about the curriculum and programs. For more information, contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org

3. Marguerite Henderson will be our Grandparent, “Insider Series” guest tomorrow, November 15, at 9:30 in the school library. Join the fun for this fabulous holiday entertaining demonstration. Marguerite is a well-known chef and author in Utah. This promises to be a lively, fun and useful presentation. Parents, grandparents and friends are invited to the class.

4. The sixth, seventh, eighth grade “Youth Group” will meet on Sunday, November 20, at 3:30 in the church parking lot. This ambitious group will come prepared to rake leaves for neighbors who live close to the church as they come together to serve the community. If you know of someone who may appreciate assistance with raking leaves and yard clean-up, please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal right away. 801-486-6933 or bhunt@cosgriff.org

5. On Friday, November 18, Cosgriff “School Families” will assemble boxes of Thanksgiving food items to be given to St.Patrick’s and St.Ambrose Parishioners. We try to assemble over 40 boxes of food. As of now, we are in great need of specific requested items from every grade level.  Please read the attached list and send in food items to support this important service project.

Toddler and Pre-School–canned fruit

Kindergarten—canned vegetables

First Grade—packaged stuffing

Second Grade—packaged flaked potatoes

Third Grade—bread or muffin mix

Fourth Grade—boxed dessert (cake or pudding)

Fifth Grade—gravy mix, chicken broth

Sixth Grade—olives, pickles, cranberry relish

Seventh Grade—extra canned fruit, vegetables or cranberry relish

Eighth Grade–45 sturdy boxes for packing dinners.

 

6. The Student Council and eighth grade students will host a bake sale on Wednesday, November 16, to help with the purchase of $25 grocery gift cards. (Most bake sale items will be $.50 each.)  These Fresh Market gift cards will be given to families in St. Patrick’s and St. Ambrose parish for the purchase of a fresh or frozen turkey. The gift card will go along with the box of Thanksgiving food items.

7. Students may wear a sports “Spirit” top on Thursday, November 17, with a donation of three food items or $3.00. Uniform bottoms are required. Thank you for your generous donations throughout the month. Many individuals and families benefit greatly from your support throughout the year.

8. Mardi Gras Headquarters is up and running. Go to www.cosgriff.org to discover the latest happenings with the February 3, 2017 Mardi Gras.

9. Letters requesting underwriting support for this main fundraiser of the year were sent out last week. The Mardi Gras committee is hoping to raise $25,000 which will pay the necessary expenses before the night of the event. Thank-you for your support with this important request.

10. The Boy Scouts will sponsor Turkey Bingo in the social center, November 18 at 6:30pm. Please support the scouts for a night of fun and prizes.

11. The Community Action League of Cosgriff (CALC) is offering great volunteer opportunities this year. The first activity is the “Fall Clean-up” for elderly or homebound parishioners. Spend time getting to know other Cosgriff families while teaching your own child first-hand the importance of community service, in the school, parish and larger community. Use the sign-up genius link to find a day and time that works best for you. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FA9AC29ABFA7-fall

Thank you,

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

 

November 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1. The HSA meeting is tonight, at 7:00pm in the library. All interested parents are welcome.

2. NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 11, as it is a Professional Development Day for teachers.

3. Sunday, November 13, at 11:00am is the Inscription Mass for our eighth grade students who will receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the spring. Eighth grade students who attend Cosgriff and public school will host this special Mass. A coffee/donut reception will follow Mass.  The fourth, fifth and sixth grade student choir is expected to sing at Mass. Please make sure your chorister arrives at 10:30am and reports to the Vaughan Center.

4. Trivia Night was a great success. It continues to be an exciting and “on the edge of your seat” event for all in attendance.  Much appreciation goes to Nikki Whye, Chair, and her committee Jim Guilkey, Maria Santillan, Heather Burns, Kerry Hankins, Angie Dilks, Claire Donnelly, Angela Patterson, Breda O’Keeffe, Carol Butler, Ali Bond, Gillian D’Alessandro, Kate Smith, Nicole Jeffreys, Kori Hazel, Sarah Boyle, Kassi Mancini and a very ambitious clean-up crew Eric Jacobsen, Keith Hankins, Ryan Donnelly and other kind parents who volunteered their time.

Much appreciation goes to the following individuals and businesses for donating prizes in support of Trivia Night.—Paul-Thomas Jewelers, University of Utah Gymnastic Program, Brian Patnode, the Trivia Night Committee, Claire and Ryan Donnelly, and Amy Powell Royer.

5. The “Extra Candy” donations have been piling up in our third grade classroom. These boxes will soon be sent to our troops overseas. Please turn all extra candy in to the third grade classroom by November 10. Veteran’s Day is November 11 and students will learn more about our Country’s courageous men and women who have served to preserve our liberty and safety as our gift is sent to those who are currently serving our country.

6. Students may wear “Nice Free Dress” on Thursday, November 10, with a donation of $5.00 for grocery gift cards or four cans, boxes, or jars of class requested food items for our St.Patrick’s and St.Ambrose Thanksgiving service project in November. Please refer to the following list of items which your child has been asked to donate depending on his/her grade level.

Toddler and Pre-School–canned fruit

Kindergarten—canned vegetables

First Grade—packaged stuffing

Second Grade—packaged flaked potatoes

Third Grade—bread or muffin mix

Fourth Grade—boxed dessert (cake or pudding)

Fifth Grade—gravy mix, chicken broth

Sixth Grade—olives, pickles, cranberry relish

Seventh Grade—extra canned fruit, vegetables or cranberry relish

Eighth Grade–45 sturdy boxes for packing dinners.

 

7. Cosgriff took home the GOLD!! Congratulations to all fifth–eighth grade students who participated in volleyball this fall. It was an incredible learning experience for all those who joined a team. The volleyball season ended with several winning teams coming from Cosgriff School. This success does not happen by accident. Students worked diligently in practice to improve their form, plays and strength. In addition, students were determined to play hard and also exhibited good sportsmanship. A most encouraging aspect of our sports program is the parent involvement and commitment. Much appreciation goes to the many parents who took the time out of their busy schedule to coach a team. This is a true testament to how parents model and teach skills and good sportsmanship on and off the court.

Much appreciation goes to Jill Curry, for sharing her athletic talents with so many of our volleyball players. Mrs. Curry, an accomplished athlete and former volleyball player, took time to attend practices and offer tips to improve foot work, form, serves etc. with students on all grade levels.   Our two athletic directors, Brian McCloud and Brett Allen also deserve a special thank you for directing the volleyball league and stepping in to coach and teach as needed.

Tournament Champions

5th/6th Grade Division

7th/8th Grade Division

1st Place – League

Cosgriff Green 5th/6th

Cosgriff Orange 7th/8th

2nd Place – League

Cosgriff Gold 5th/6th

Cosgriff Green 7th/8th

Cosgriff Gold 7th/8th

3rd Place – League          

Cosgriff Black 5th/6th

 

8. The Youth Group will meet together on Sunday, November 20, at 3:30pm in the St. Ambrose parking lot. All sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students from Cosgriff and those in the parish attending public or other schools  are invited to rake and bag leaves, enjoy hot chocolate, take part in a discussion led by Fr. Andrzej, Martina Gehrig and Jill Curry, and finally, end the meeting with Mass at 5:00pm

9. “Kidding Around Yoga” begins today, November 7 at 3:30 for students in kindergarten-second grades. This exciting new class will be offered again in January so be sure to watch for registration. Contact Sarah Bly with questions. sbly@cosgriff.org

10. Fr. Andrzej is excited to offer an informal “get together” for parishioners who want to ask questions and discuss issues of faith, morality, church and culture on Friday, November 11, at 7:00pm in the Vaughan Center. Light refreshments will be served. If you would like to share your favorite “finger food,” please bring some with you.

11. The Community Action League of Cosgriff (CALC) is offering great volunteer opportunities this year. The first activity is the “Fall Clean-up” for elderly or homebound parishioners. Spend time getting to know other Cosgriff families while teaching your own child first-hand the importance of community service, in the school, parish and larger community. Use the sign-up genius link to find a day and time that works best for you. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FA9AC29ABFA7-fall

12. Chris Huntzinger, Music and Liturgy Director will offer a special question and answer presentation on November 19 and 20 for curious parishioners. Have you ever sat in Mass and wondered why we do some of the things we do, or asked what is Liturgy and where does it come from? If you answered “yes,” please attend a short presentation offered after every mass on November 19 and 20.  Mr. Huntzinger will talk through the parts of the Mass to provide better understanding of the liturgy and the direct correlation to the Eucharist and our faith in God.

13. SCOUT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Order fresh Christmas wreaths from the Scouts after Masses on November 12 and 13. Wreaths will be delivered to your home by the beginning of December. Scout Troop 202 will host Turkey Bingo on Friday, November 18, 6:30pm in the social center.

Thank you,

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

 

 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Dear Parents,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  Please read the following:

1.  Tomorrow, November 1, is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. Kindergarten – 8th grade students will attend mass at 8:30am, and FORMAL DRESS is required. We will not celebrate Mass on Friday, November 4.  Students may wear regular uniform dress on that day.

2.  We will continue the 3rd Grade tradition of collecting extra Halloween candy and sending it to our troops in a few weeks. Please ask your child to place the candy in special boxes in the 3rd grade classroom.  Thank you.

3.  Thank you to all parents who attended the Parent-Teacher Conferences. It is not always convenient to take time off of work or wait if conferences are running late. Your attendance is important to your child and the teacher. It is a primary way of communicating with the school on behalf of your child’s academic, emotional and social progress.

4. A special word of appreciation to parents of our second grade students for providing a delicious lunch for all teachers on October 27. Conferences days are long, and a plentiful lunch was a welcome treat for all who stayed to meet with parents and students.  Thank you.

5.  A drop-in information meeting and school tour is scheduled for Thursday, November 3, at 9:00am in the library. Please reach out to prospective parents who may be interested in J.E. Cosgriff School for the 2017-18 school year. Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions, for more information.  mkearns@cosgriff.org

6.  The School Board meeting is Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 in the school library.

7.  A word of thanks to all families for your generous donations during the month of October in support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Mr. Larson was a good sport and is certainly our King of the Kilt. We were able to donate $1557 from J.E.Cosgriff School.

8.  It has become a tradition that during the month of November, our community service outreach supports families in St. Patrick’s Parish on 400 South 1000 West.  Each grade level will be asked to collect different Thanksgiving dinner food items during the month. In addition, the Student Council will sponsor money raising activities for the purchase of grocery store gift cards. On November 18, “School Families” will assemble the different food items in boxes. These boxes along with a gift card for a frozen/fresh turkey will be given to over 45 families in St. Patrick’s Parish.  Some families in St. Ambrose Parish are served as well.

The following activities will help with the purchase of grocery gift cards.

*** Thursday, November 10— “Free” nice student dress with a $5.00 donation

*** Wednesday, November 16–Bake Sale at lunch time. (most items $.50)

Please purchase and send in the following items according to your child’s grade level. Food items will be accepted every day until November 18. Donation boxes will be available in all classrooms.

Toddler and Pre-School–canned fruit

Kindergarten—canned vegetables

First Grade—packaged stuffing

Second Grade—packaged flaked potatoes

Third Grade—bread or muffin mix

Fourth Grade—boxed dessert (cake or pudding)

Fifth Grade—gravy mix, chicken broth

Sixth Grade—olives, pickles, cranberry relish

Seventh Grade—extra canned fruit, vegetables or cranberry relish

Eighth Grade–45 sturdy boxes for packing dinners.

 

9.  The Character Virtues which students will continue to learn about and practice during November are COMPASSION AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.  Compassion calls us to pay close attention to the feelings, troubles, hardships and challenges of another person and then take action to help in a respectful way. Social Justice is the act of being a good steward for those in need of food, clothing, and kindness. Showing compassion and service to others is a top priority during the month of November.

10.  Darlene Bledsoe and her sons will move into a temporary home this coming week. Unfortunately, most of her household items are still in the home where a fire took place in September. Please reach out to Darlene with household items and possibly furniture.  Call her directly at 801-403-7583, gotdarlene@gmail.com  Gift cards are also still needed; please turn them into the school office.

11.  Trivia Night is Friday, November 46:00pm. Sign up right away and participate in this fun and exciting parent night out.  www.cosgriff.org

12.  Several parents expressed concern over class size as indicated on the 2016 Accreditation Parent Survey. This is a legitimate concern for parents and students. The existing tuition rate would not support the current Catholic school teacher salaries if there were 20 to 25 students in the higher level classes.

Please note some of the strategies used to reach all students during the learning/teaching process:  Support staff from our special needs team, reading teachers and regular classroom teachers team up and assist each other during Math, English, Writing, Science etc. Individual and small group instruction often occurs after a direct instruction lesson. This time allows students the opportunity to ask questions, practice or for re-teaching to take place as needed. Our certified teaching staff host homework club and often works one on one with students in attendance. Most teachers host a special study night for students— elementary and middle school math, Latin, and Spanish.  Violin class is divided in half allowing time for small group instruction.  In addition, some very willing and skilled parents assist with writing and technology on a regular basis.

The administration feels very confident with the professional skill set of the present faculty. Research over the years continues to strongly suggest that an extremely competent classroom teacher is the best predictor of student learning, understanding and academic success regardless of the class size.

Thank you for your honest input on the parent questionnaire. Your suggestions and comments are taken very seriously by the administration and faculty in all aspects of student performance and school culture.

13.  The Community Action League of Cosgriff (CALC) is offering great volunteer opportunities this year. The first activity is the “Fall Clean-up” for elderly or homebound parishioners. Spend time getting to know other Cosgriff families while teaching your own child first-hand the importance of community service, in the school, parish and larger community. Use the sign-up genius link to find a day and time that works best for you. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FA9AC29ABFA7-fall

 


Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

October 24, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please note the following important activities and meetings from October 24-31.

1. Monday, October 24, King’s English “Book Talk” 6:30pm, in the school library. Parents, grandparents, and friends are welcome to attend this lively presentation. The book sale is from 11:30am to 4:00pm and 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

2. Tuesday, October 25, the Student Council will sponsor a Halloween lollipop sale, $1.00 each. This is the final faculty, staff, and student effort to secure Mr. Larson’s reign as “King of the Kilt,” in support of the Ronald McDonald House charity community service project for October. Vote for Mr. Larson atwww.cosgriff.org

3. Wednesday, October 26, Parent-Teacher conferences from 3:45 to 7:00pm. King’s English book sale, 11:30 to 7:00pm.  NO HOMEWORK CLUB; however, EDP is as usual.

4. Thursday, October 27, School dismissal at 12:15pm. Parent-Teacher conferences from 12:45 to 7:00pm. The King’s English book sale, 11:30 to 7:00pm. School sack lunches are available that day. NO HOMEWORK CLUB; however, EDP is as usual.

5. A reminder that toddler thru sixth grade conferences will take place in their respective classrooms. Today is the last day to sign up for conferences through Sign-Up Genius see, Principal Letter dated 10/10/16 on the Cosgriff website.  After today, contact the homeroom teacher directly to make an appointment. Seventh and eighth grade, foreign language and all “Specials” conferences will take place in the school gym. Seventh and eighth grade students with last names beginning with A-M are asked to attend conferences on 10/26, and students with last name beginning with N-Z are asked to attend on 10/27, if possible, to help reduce long lines.

6. Friday, October 28, Cosgriff school mass at 8:30am.(FORMAL DRESS)  King’s English Book sale, 11:30 to 1:30pm. Middle School Dance at Our Lady of Lourdes, 6:30 to 9:00pm.  “School Family” activity. Cosgriff students in kindergarten through 8th grade will tie soft lap blankets to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House as a kind gesture to comfort children and parents during their stay in Salt Lake City. (A special thank-you to Claire Donnelly for preparing 37 blankets for this special activity.)

7. Saturday, October 29, King’s English book sale, 4:30 to 7:00pm.

8. Sunday, October 30, First Communion Presentation Mass for the second grade students at 11:00am. King’s English book sale from 8:00am to 1:30pm.

9. Monday, October 31, Students will celebrate Halloween with a classroom party at 1:30 and take part in the Halloween parade at 2:40pm. Students will parade around round the grass field and a portion of the parking lot. All parents are asked to park outside of the church lot or only in the first row closest to the west parking lot fence. Students and parents may not wear face masks, hoods, carry a plastic weapon or wear a costume with blood or gore on it.

10. Tuesday, November 1, All Saints Day, a Holy day of obligation. Student will attend mass at 8:30am. Formal dress is required on that day. Friday, November 4 is a regular dress day as students will not celebrate Mass.

11. “Notify Now” is our emergency alert system which has been in place for five years. Tomorrow, October 25, this system will be tested sometime during the school day. All families should receive a test text, email or voice mail on a mobile or home phone. If at the end of the day you have not received a test message on any of the above, please notify Maggie Kearns, mkearns@cosgriff.org, in Admissions by email with updated information.  No need to let us know that you did receive it.  We have reports that will tell us.

12. Thank you to several families for sending smaller snacks to school with your child. Students are eating snack earlier in the morning, which allows more time between snack and lunch. Also, thank you to parents for packing a slightly smaller lunch (half instead of a whole sandwich) with fruit, chips etc. especially for younger students.  Students have been allowed a few more minutes to eat lunch and encouraged to take a few more bites!!

13. The faculty and staff want to recognize a student’s birthday whenever possible. We have had an influx of donuts to celebrate student birthdays. In order to keep snacks and lunch “healthy,” the faculty voted to send birthday treats home at the end of the day in a plastic sandwich bag. Please feel free to send your child’s birthday treat for each student in an individual plastic/sandwich bag. If that is not possible we will gladly do this at school.  Book marks, erasers, and pencils, also make great birthday celebration gifts for a class.

14. UCAA basketball sign-ups for second thru eighth grade boys and girls is under way right now. Sign-up at www.cosgriff.org. Last day to sign-up is November 3, 2016. If you have questions, please email Brian McCloud at bmccloud@cosgriff.org.

15. There are only a few weeks left to organize your winning Trivia Night team. This exciting event is November 4, starting at 6:00pm in the church social center. All parents are encouraged to sign-up at www.cosgriff.org.

16. Keep sending in those Box Tops for Education labels!

Thank you, Betsy Hunt

Principal

 

 

October 17, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please read the following announcements:

1. This is a three day school week due to our Fall Break on October 20, 21.

2. The first quarter report cards will go home with students Wednesday, October 19. Please review and discuss all grades with your child. The report card is due back at school with your signature, on Monday, October 24.

3. Students may wear “Crazy Hair” tomorrow, October 18, with a $3.00 donation for our community service project, The Ronald McDonald House. All donations will help to buy votes for Mr. Larson, our hopeful and future “King of the Kilts.” Please read more on www.cosgriff.org and vote for Mr. Larson. Students may not use colored spray or dye as part of their crazy hair style.

4. Thank you to the many sixth, seventh, and eighth grade public and Catholic school students in St. Ambrose parish who attended the first “Youth Group” meeting of the 2016-17 school year. Approximately 60 participants met to celebrate the Sunday 5:00pm Mass together. They took part in a discussion regarding the gospel, homily and general mass experience; then enjoyed pizza, conversation and a fun activity in the gym before ending the evening at7:15pm. Fr. Andrzej joined the group after Mass and led a discussion reflecting on the purpose of prayer, the theme he chose for his homily on Sunday.

Much gratitude goes to our two Youth Group teacher- leaders, Jill Curry, fifth grade teacher and seventh/eighth grade religion teacher, also, Martina Gehrig, reading, special needs, third and sixth grade religion teacher at Cosgriff School, for organizing this important activity for the youth of our parish. A special thanks goes to Brian McCloud and Brett Allen for organizing a fun athletic activity in the gym which ended the Youth Group meeting.

The primary goal of the 2016-17 Youth group is to increase and renew Faith Formation and pastoral practice with adolescents, through prayer, Mass attendance, serving others in need, and enjoying recreational/sports activities together.

The next Youth Group meeting will take place November 20, when members will be asked to rake leaves for elderly parishioners, enjoy a snack and attend Mass together. More details to follow.

5. Our annual King’s English Book Fair begins on Monday, October 24 with a parent book talk in the school library at 6:00pm. (appetizers included) Please support Cosgriff by shopping at the Book Fair, October 24 -29, and invite friends and family to do so as well. Every book sold helps Cosgriff School.

Please take a moment to volunteer at the King’s English Book Fair at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa8aa2ea1f94-2016

6. Parent-Teacher conferences are Wednesday, October 26, 3:45 to 7:00pm and Thursday, October 27, 12:45 to 7:00pm. A reminder that all conferences for Toddler through sixth grade students will be held in their respective classrooms and conferences for seventh and eighth grade students will be held in the gym. In addition, all foreign language, and “Specials” teachers will be available in the gym during the two day conferences. Students will be dismissed on 10/27 at 12:15pm to accommodate conference times. Sign up for Toddler-6th grade conferences at www.cosgriff.org

7. HOMEWORK CLUB WILL BE CANCELLED ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, DUE TO CONFERENCES.

8. EXTENDED DAY WILL OPERATE AS USUAL DURING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES.

9. UCAA basketball sign-up for second through eighth grade boys and girls basketball is under way right now at www.cosgriff.org. Questions or interest in coaching a team -please contact Brian McCloud at bmcloud@cosgriff.org or Brett Allen at ballen@judgememorial.com   Last day to sign up is November 3.

10. Policy #4510 in the Cosgriff Student Handbook found at www.cosgriff.org, states the following. “Student participation in all after school activities including volleyball, basketball, drama, track club, band, etc. require no lower than a C grade in all core subjects. If a student receives a D grade or lower at any time during a quarter, he/she is ineligible practice or play in a game until the grade is raised to a C grade. All questions or discussion regarding this policy should be directed to the administration.  Please discuss this important policy with your child.

11. A reminder that during the second and third quarter of school, all students are to wear long pants as opposed to shorts. All uniform clothing must be purchased at Dennis Uniform or Lands End as these two retail options comply with the color and style of uniform pant and shirt required at Cosgriff.

12. Gather your team and join Trivia Night, Friday November 4, at 5:30 in the social center. Admission is $25.00 per person for an evening of fun and laughs. Singles or couples without a set table are encouraged to sign-up, as you will be placed with a table of winners! Register on line atwww.cosgriff.org. Questions, contact Nikki Whye at nwhye@cosgriff.org

13. The annual Halloween student parade will take place on October 31, at 2:40pm. The students will walk around the grass field and then circle around a portion of the parking lot. Students will enjoy a short classroom party around 1:30pm, as directed by the classroom teacher. Students and/or parents may not wear hoods,  face masks, carry a plastic weapon or wear a costume with blood or gore on it.

14. Turn in all your Box Tops for Education labels as soon as possible for our fall deadline.  Also, please see the link on our Facebook page to “Double our Box Tops”.
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

October 10, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information.

1. This is the last week of the first quarter of school. Students in the middle and upper grades will have end of quarter testing and final assignments due byOctober 13. Please encourage your child to stay focused and prepared for the end of the quarter.

2. Beginning October 17, the second quarter of school, student are to wear long pants—shorts are allowed in the first and fourth quarter of the school year.

3. Cosgriff parents, faculty, staff and students rolled out the red carpet for grandparents on October 5. A special word of appreciation goes to a fabulous parent team for organizing our annual brunch. Grandparents commented on the clever decorations and delicious brunch. As always, much thanks goes to our faculty and staff for providing creative and exciting entertainment. The eighth grade students were courteous and kind as they served brunch to over 300 eager grandparents. Thanks to all for another successful Grandparent Brunch. Several parents requested a video of the student performance. Hopefully next year, homeroom teachers will arrange a video of a dress rehearsal and all acts will be combined to send to grandparents who were unable to attend the performance.

4. The Fall Fun Family Festival was a very popular and well attended event on October 7. Our key planner and chair, Heather Simonson performed magic with fun games, activities, prizes, food, and drinks for this great community building party. A special thank you to Paul Simonson, Shauna and Michael Durrant Stacey Dunn, Chris Johnson, Cathy Valerio, Teresa Matthews, Gemma Pessina Natavi, Victor Dinardo and several other hard working volunteers. A special thanks to Kate Cañas and Sam Haddadin for food donations, Chuck-a-Rama for 300 kids meal cards, Chick-Fil-A for discount sandwich cards and Uinta Brewery for a great discount on beer. Much appreciation goes to Cristino and students who set-up, worked at the event and cleaned the social hall at the end of the event.

5. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 3:45 to 7:00pm, and Thursday, October 27, 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 A-M are asked, if possible, to meet with teachers on 10/26, and students with last names starting with N-Z are asked to meet on 10/27.

“Specials” teachers and some religion teachers will also meet parents in the gym on a first come first serve basis. The schedule is as follows:

Meg Garfield, 10/27, 12:45 -2:00pm and 5:00 -7:00pm.

Zach Downes, 10/26, 3:00 -6:00.

Debbie Hogan, 10/27, 1:00 – 2:00

Sheri Ann Norlund, 10/27, 12:30-3:00

Brian McCloud, 10/26, 4:407:00, 10/27, 12:45 – 7:00.

JoEllen Millard, 10/26, 3:45-7:00, 10/27, 1:00-4:00

Martina Gehrig, 10/27, 12:45-5:30.

Lindsay Frei, 10/26, 3:45-5:30, 10/27, 12:45-2:30

Students in toddler through sixth grade will be scheduled for a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate 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:

Toddler~Preschool~Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-toddlerpreschool
Kindergarten~1st~2nd:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-kindergarten1st

 

3rd & 4th:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-3rdgrade

 

5th & 6th:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-5thgrade

 

6. Flu shots will be available at Cosgriff on Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Please enter through the school office to ask for the exact location to receive a flu shot. All students must be accompanied by a parent.  Please bring your insurance card.  Check with your insurance to see if Fresh Market flu shots are covered.  If so, the shot will be automatically billed to your insurance.  If your insurance does not cover the shot, please make checks payable to “Fresh Market” for $27.99 per shot. If you don’t want to run it through your insurance, please make checks payable to “Fresh Market” for $27.99 per shot.  Flu mist is not available.

7. Register your son or daughter right away for UCAA basketball 2016 season. Sign-up is open until November 3. Go to www.cosgriff.org for second-eighth grade sign-up. Contact Brian McCloud (bmccloud@cosgriff.org) or Brett Allen, ballen@judgememorial.com  if you have questions or interested in coaching a team.

8. As mentioned in the principal’s letter last week, Darlene Bledsoe, a parent in our school community had the misfortune of a fire taking place in her home. Darlene and her sons will be living in a hotel for a few months. If possible, please offer support with the purchase of gift cards for everyday living. Food, school supplies etc. (Target, Fresh Market, Old Navy, Smiths, Visa to name a few) Please drop off your support donations in the school office. Thank you so much.

9. The fourth grade will begin their annual knitting project on October 10, from 2:00 to 3:00pm. If you knit and would be willing to teach a fourth grade student this great skill, please email Megan Gale, fourth grade teacher right away. mgale@cosgriff.org

10. Please take a moment to sign-up on the following link to volunteer at the King’s English Book Fair which will take place October 23 -29, in the school library. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4fa8aa2ea1f94-2016

11. Gather your team of ten and join Trivia Night, Friday, November 4 at 5:30 pm, in the Church Social Center. Admission: $25.00 per person. Bring your dinner and drinks to share with your table guests. Singles or couples without a complete table of guests are welcome and will be placed with a table of winners!! Register on line at www.cosgriff.org  Email Nikki Whye with questions nwhye@cosgriff.org

12. The Scouts will be selling fresh holiday wreaths again this year after mass starting in early November. Wreaths will arrive the first part of December and will be delivered to your door.  Please plan on supporting the St. Ambrose Boy Scouts.

13. Please see the  information below regarding the new Youth Group for 6th, 7th and 8th grade. The Goal for the 2016-17 Youth Group is to increase and renew Faith Formation and pastoral practice with adolescents, through prayer, Mass attendance, serving others in need and recreational/sports activities.

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October 3, 2016


Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information.

1. Please take note: the Grandparent Brunch is Wednesday, October 5, and the average number of guests is 300 or more. All parents are asked to park down the street and well away from the church, school etc.. Please DO NOT PARK in the church parking lot until after the lunch recess. A few grandparents have a difficult time walking a long distance and/or use walkers and canes. In addition, they are our guests for the day!

2. The HSA meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the school library. All interested parents are invited to attend this meeting.

3. Basketball sign-ups for the UCAA 2016 season, begin today, 10/3 and end on November 3. Go to www.cosgriff.org and sign-up right away.

4. We are now very concerned about pick-up after school on Nevada and Redondo Streets. Please insist that your child cross at the corner to get to your car if you are waiting across the street from the school. A few teachers have observed students running in the middle of the street. Please drive slowly and watch for students from Cosgriff and Hillside Middle School.

5. Student pick-up time after school is 3:15-3:20 on Monday –Thursday, and 1:15 to 1:20 on Friday. The teachers who stand outside are on duty to help keep students safe and facilitate pick-up. Please do not engage in a long conversation or conference with teachers before or after school in the parking lot. It is a time to greet parents only. The faculty would be willing to arrange a conference with a parent privately before or after school, as needed.

6. As several parents are already aware, Darlene Bledsoe, a parent in our school community, had the misfortune a fire taking place in her home in September. She is living in a hotel for a few months with her two sons, Mitch and James. Insurance pays for the basic damage in her home, but there are day to day needs which are becoming expensive. If possible, please offer support for the Bledsoe family with the purchase of gift cards for everyday living and school supplies, food, clothing etc.  (Target, Fresh Market, Old Navy, Smiths, Restaurant gift cards, and Dans to name a few) Please drop off your support donations in the school office. Thank-You

7. Join in the fun on Friday, October 7, for the “Fall Fun Family Festival” from 6:00 to 9:00pm in the church social center. Admission is free with games and activities such as a photo booth, cookie decorating, carnival games, cake walk, and face painting, along with food and drinks. Tickets for these activities will be sold as you enter the social center. Heather Simonson is still in great need of volunteers to set-up, work the event and help with clean-up. Contact Heather athdsimmonson@hotmail.com 801-831-3856.

8. The fourth grade students will soon begin their annual community service knitting project. Volunteer parent/grandparent knitters are needed to teach students the basics of knitting. Please email or call Megan Gale, fourth grade teacher if you would be available to help the following days and times. mgale@cosgriff.org   801-486-3197  ex:415

Monday, October 10, 2:00 to 3:00pm

Wednesday, October 12, 12:40 to 1:40pm

Tuesday, October 18, 2:10 to 3:00pm

Wednesday, October 26, 12:40 to 1:30pm

 

9. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on Wednesday, October 26, 3:45 to 7:00pm, and Thursday, October 27, 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 A-M are asked, if possible, to meet with teachers on 10/26, and students with last names starting with N-Z are asked to meet on 10/27.

“Specials” teachers and some religion teachers will also meet parents in the gym on a first come first serve basis. The Schedule is as follows:

Meg Garfield, 10/27, 12:45 -2:00pm and 5:00 -7:00.

Zach Downes, 1/26, 3:00 -6:00.

Mrs. Debbie Hogan, 10/27, 1:00 – 2:00

Sheri Ann Norlund, 10/27, 12:30-3:00

Brian McCloud, 10/26, 4:40 – 7:00, 10/27, 12:45 – 7:00.

JoEllen Millard, 10/26, 3:45-7:00, 10/27, 1:00-4:00

Martina Gehrig, 10/27, 12:45-5:30.

Lindsay Frei, 10/26, 3:45-5:30, 10/27, 12:45-2:30

Students in toddler through sixth grade will be scheduled for a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate 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:

Toddler~Preschool~Pre-K:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-toddlerpreschool
Kindergarten~1st~2nd:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-kindergarten1st

 

3rd & 4th:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-3rdgrade

 

5th & 6th:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-5thgrade

 

10. The Seventh Grade students will host the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, October 9. All fourth, fifth and sixth grade students have been asked to sing the Mass on that day. They should report to Mr. Huntzinger at 10:30 in the scout room.  A donut, coffee social will follow Mass in the church social center.  Please help build our church and school community by attending Mass, especially the school hosted Masses.

11. The Christian virtues which students will learn more about and discuss in depth during October are Justice and Social Justice. Justice is that which is proper, fair and correct. It is knowing what is right and what should happen. God calls us to be just and fair, participate in society and work for the common good of all people—as good citizens.

Social Justice is living in the world as a good steward. The concept of learning ways to give back, and help those in need in the immediate and broader community is part of the school vision for all students. Students work hard in monthly service projects and recognize the need close to home within our own parish community.

12. The Community Service project which The Student Leadership Council chose for October is the Ronald McDonald House. The mission is to “Think globally, act locally, to provide resources for children and their families.” This year, our very own Jim Larson was asked to “McDazzle” everyone by having his picture taken on a special calendar as our own “Man in a Kilt.” Please cast your vote for Mr. Larson in hopes that he will be named “King of the Kilts.” Each vote can  be cast for a donation of $25.00, voting is open October 1-31st. and all votes (charitable gifts) are tax deductible.  We are so proud and grateful to have Mr. Larson stepping forward in a kilt for this worthy cause.  Your generous donation will support more than 3500 Intermountain families of seriously ill or injured children to have a home away from home at the Ronald McDonald House. Cast your vote at:

http://goodmenrmhc.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1047088&supid=440254466

Students may wear crazy socks to school on Tuesday, October 11, with a $3.00 donation for the Ronald McDonald House. Students at Cosgriff will work to raise money for this important cause as well as make small lap comforters at the end of the month as an added wish list donation.

13. Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students who attend Cosgriff and others who are in St. Ambrose parish are welcome to join the upcoming “Youth Group.” The Youth Group will be a great way for our young people to come together and attend Mass, serve others, make new friends, socialize, and take part in special games and sports. Jill Curry and Martina Gehrig, two of our dedicated teachers, will direct and host the Youth Group. Please read the attached flyer for the specific time and day of our first Youth Group meeting. Please see attachment.

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September 26, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important letter.

1.  Congratulations to our athletic seventh and eighth grade students who rallied together to defeat the “Super Star” faculty team at softball. The purpose for this challenging softball game was to raise money in support of research and treatment for ALS, a debilitating disease of the muscular system.  The Student Leadership Council sponsored this fund raising event and sold over $400.00 of snacks and water for this important community service project.

2.  Parents, please refer to pages 10, 11, 12 in the Student Handbook found at www.cosgriff.org. In the handbook you will find explicit directives with regard to formal dress wear. All students, grades K-8, are required to wear leather dress shoes (Merrill shoes are acceptable) on formal dress days. Vans, dark tennis shoe, boots are not acceptable attire. Please purchase dress shoes for your child to wear each Friday of the month. Students are to wear white, black or navy blue socks each day to school. Ankle, mid-calf or knee socks are acceptable. Several girls are wearing high top tennis shoes these days. The sock must be a few inches above any kind or shoe worn to school. Parents have two options for the purchase of school uniforms, Dennis Uniforms and Lands End. Old Navy type uniforms do not provide the correct type or color uniform required by the school. The used uniform rack is always filled with available uniform parts. Infractions of this rule warrant a possible referral and a call home to request proper school uniform attire.  Student may always bring a change of shoes for recess on formal dress days.

3.  Isabella Di Nardo, a graduate of Cosgriff and a student of Judge Memorial Catholic School, won a place as a semifinalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places her among the top 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the United States.

4.  J.E.Cosgriff has recently started our accreditation process under the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA).  This process takes place every six years and is a very worthwhile experience for us and an opportunity to improve as a school.  Our parents are very valuable and knowledgeable stakeholders of Cosgriff, and your suggestions are important for improvements and growth in the future.  Please fill out the following questionnaire right away and submit as directed. Thank you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdYheK3WjRCN1TtusZdOgur2Tiey19jmEOt9rkj2pJW-Hjeqg/viewform

 

5.  A special “thank you” to parents of our eighth grade class for hosting a delicious lunch for our faculty and staff. It is always such a treat to enjoy such a first class meal during the school week.

6.  Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Wednesday October 26, from 3:45pm to 7:00pm and Thursday, October 27 from 12:45pm to 7:00pm(School dismissal at 12:15pm). Conferences for students in seventh and eighth grades will be held in the school gym.  Students with last names starting with A-M are asked, if possible, to meet with teachers on 10/26, and students with last names starting with N-Z are asked to meet on 10/27.

Specials Teachers have responded with their availability for Conferences days. (Not all teachers are listed today) All “Special” teachers will be located in the school gym and meet with students and parents on a first come first serve basis. Their schedule is as follows:

Meg Garfield—October 27, 12:45 -2:00 and 5:00 to 7:00pm

Sheri Ann Norlund—October 27, 12:30 to 3:00pm

Brian McCloud—October 26, 4:40 to 7:00, October 12:45 to 7:00pm

JoEllen Millard—October 26, 3:45 to 7:00pm, October 27, 1:00 to 4:00pm

Martina Gehrig, October 27, 12:45 to 5:30pm

Lindsay Frei, October 26, 3:45 to 5:30pm    October 27, 12:45 to 2:30pm

All middle school and specials teachers will be located in the school gym and meet with students and parents on a first come first serve basis.

Students in Toddler through Sixth grade will be scheduled for a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate link below to make an appointment. Parents with more than one child in toddler –sixth grade, please do not schedule appointments back to back. Allow at least one slot in between as a buffer—thank you.

Toddler~Preschool~Pre-K:

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

Kindergarten~1st~2nd:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-kindergarten1st

 

3rd & 4th:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-3rdgrade

 

5th & 6th:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-5thgrade

 

 

7.  Ms. Frei, our Art teacher, will offer a Studio Hour after school on Tuesdays from 3:20pm to 4:30pm. This extra study time will be available for students in grades four through eight who are in need of completing an art assignment.

8.  Judge High School is hosting a presentation geared towards parents for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. All Cosgriff Parents are invited to attend this presentation. There is no cost to attend this important presentation.

What: “More Than Sad” A program that teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems. Initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.

When and Where: Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00pm in the auditorium at Judge Memorial High School, 650 So. 1100 E.

9.  Power Hour will begin on Monday, September 26, for students in kindergarten through fifth Grade. This 45 to 50 minute block of language arts time allows students the opportunity to learn critical skills in reading, writing and spelling in a small group setting (5 to 6 students in a group). Power Hour is only one component of the Language Arts curriculum each day. Student reading levels are monitored, checked and advanced as the reader becomes stronger in comprehension, vocabulary recognition and fluency.

10.  Take Home Book Bags will begin on Monday, September 26. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade will arrive home each Monday/Thursday with two or three books in a plastic bag. Students will be asked to read each book at least two or three times to you, or another relative. These books will be on your child’s Independent Level for reading. This means that your child should know almost every word in the book and read it to you fluently, smoothly or how he/she speaks naturally. The student should bring the book bag to school each Monday for exchange of books. Please Read With Your Child Every Night!

11.  Please make sure your child’s grandparents received an invitation to THE GRANDPARENT BRUNCH STARTING AT 9:00AM ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2016, IN THE SOCIAL CENTER AT ST. AMBROSE CHURCH. The administration, faculty and students hope to provide a day of entertainment, fine dining and make every grandparent, great grandparent or close family friend feel very important and loved. Our turnout at the brunch in the past few years has been over 300 guests. Unfortunately, there is not enough space to accommodate grandparents and parents of our children.  However, if your parent must come by him or herself, or need assistance in getting in the social center, please do accompany that special person.

12.  The Grandparent/Gold Club has taken a slightly new direction this year. We will begin a new “Gold Club Insider Series” on October 12 at 9:00am in the school library. The purposes are as follows:  1) to promote learning, conversation and common interests among its members and other friends; 2) to learn more about the educational programs at Cosgriff School; 3) to make new friends and acquaintances.   On October 12, a short presentation will be given about the purpose of Pre-school and then a special guest speaker will use the rest of the time to inform, entertain, teach etc…Please go tohttp://cosgriff.org/cosgriff-gold-club/  for more details.

Our first Insider Series guest is the Renaissance man himself—Frank Layden!! He will speak to our group on October 12 about Catholic Education, being a grandparent, sports and how to keep fun in your life.   Make sure Grandparents attend this speaker series. (Parents can sneak in too.) Come and enjoy coffee, pastry and few laughs with Frank.

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13.  Girls on the Run has been in place at Cosgriff School for seven years and must have parent support to continue. Two to three co-coaches are needed to coach third, fourth and fifth grade girls. The program begins February 20 –May 20, ending with a 5k race in Sugar House Park on May 20. You do not have to be a runner to coach, just be an advocate of healthy living and support our hard working team.  Please contact Elizabeth MacWilliams for further information. escottmac@comcast.net.

14.  Mark your calendar for the J.E.Cosgriff and St. Ambrose Fall Festival, Friday, October 7, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00pm in the St. Ambrose Social Center. Please see the Cosgriff website for more information. Heather Simonson is in great need of volunteers to set-up, work at the Fall Festival and clean up. Sign up on the school web site to volunteer. Call or email Heather with questions or to offer your support. hdsimmonson@hotmail.com. 801-831-3856

15.  In past years, U of U football and basketball season tickets were made available to our faculty and staff by a very generous donor. Teachers were thrilled to attend at least a few games per year. This resource is no longer available to the faculty. If you have those priceless season tickets and choose not to attend a specific games, please call or email Mrs. Hunt, Principal, if you would be willing to allow a faculty or staff member to sit in your seats for a game or two. bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

16.  Trivia Night is November 4. This is a fun game night for parents.  Just organize a group of friends and reserve a table at www.cosgriff.org.

Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

September 19, 2016

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1. Progress reports were sent home on Thursday, September 15. Hopefully, you have found time to have a discussion with your child regarding his/her academic progress with regard to classroom performance, homework, and tests, as well as his/her conduct in all subjects including “Specials” classes.  Please work with your child to set high and realistic goals for the remainder of the first quarter of school, ending on October 13, including completing all homework assignments and turning them in on time, or in a timely manner if absent. Please help your child keep a strong focus on the importance of school attendance, effort, performance and positive attitude.

2. Homework Club is available Monday through Thursday 3:20 to 4:15pm, for students in fourth through eighth grade. Ms. Gehrig, Mrs. Jenkins, Ms. Frei coordinate Homework Club. Students are invited to ask questions, complete assignments, and prepare for test during this “Bonus” study period at the end of the day.

3. The Student Leadership Council would like to invite all Cosgriff Families to their community service softball game in support of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease. This treacherous disease causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately, respiratory failure. The seventh and eighth grade students will challenge the faculty to a softball game on Sunday, September 25, from 1:00 to 3:00pm, at Herman Franks Field, 1371 South 700 East. The Student Council will sell snacks, hot dogs, water and soda. Please come for fun and to support this important cause and of course your favorite team!

4. Gather your team of ten and join us for Trivia Night, Friday, November 4th at 5:30 PM, in the Church Social Hall. Admission: $25.00 per person. Bring food (not dessert) and drinks (alcohol is OK) to share with your table. Please join us for this annual event. Go to www.cosgriff.org for more information.

5. Watch for a Parent Survey on Thursday, September 22, in support of our 2016-17 Accreditation process. Please fill it out and just send as directed. Thank you in advance for your participation.

 

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal