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J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School, in Salt Lake City, Utah, is accredited for preschool through 8th grade by the Western Catholic Education Association.

A Ministry of St. Ambrose Parish

Principal’s Letter

May 22, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

Summer School begins on Monday, June 5, 9:00 to noon for pre-school student through seventh grade. A fun, exciting, and educational schedule is in the works for each week of June. Student will learn about the evolution of flight and aviation, the history and wonders of Egypt, master artists, original art designs, and Geology research. All will be packed into four short weeks, Monday thru Thursday with each week having a different theme.  Students will also have P.E., dance and computer technology as part of their weekly schedule. Please remember that students may attend one to four weeks of summer school, depending on your summer schedule.  Extended Day will be offered each day of summer school from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. Please sign up this week to ensure sufficient faculty for summer school and staffing for Extended Day. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade student may access their summer reading list by going to the Cosgriff website. Call or email Mrs. Hunt, Principal for questions regarding Summer School and financial aid.  bhunt@cosgriff.org    801-486-6933.  Go to www.cosgriff.org  or stop in the office to obtain a summer school packet and registration form.

The eighth grade class graduated on Friday, May 19. It was very meaningful, and a joyful evening for all who attended the graduation. Thank you to Mrs. Cindy Hunt, eighth grade homeroom teacher for planning and preparing this important event. Thank you to the parents for providing a top notch reception and dance for families of the graduates.

Much appreciation goes to Kristin Cowan, Kori Hazel and other seventh grade parents for hosting the eighth grade brunch after the farewell mass. It was a delightful tribute to our eighth grade students. The seventh grade students were polite and professional as they served brunch to the graduating class. .

Fine Arts Celebration

Thank you to Ms. Lindsay Frei for her exceptional work in organizing the art gallery and decorating the halls with impressive student art for the Fine Arts Celebration on May 11. Much thanks goes to Carina Clark for assisting Ms. Frei with the Fine Arts Celebration and several other projects this past year. Congratulations to Diane Lee, Lauren Camp, Randi Green, Leslie Keddington, Courtney Mamani, Angie Dilks, Heather Burns and Clare Gottschall for a delightful display of art projects produced by our very own toddlers and pre-school students.

Mr. Downes, Mr. Harris, Mr. Huntzinger, Mrs. Carter, Mrs. Hazel, Mrs. Lacombe and Mrs. Cindy Hunt were instrumental in a brilliant student performances featuring violins, Orff Instruments, choir, dance, drama and the school orchestra at the Fine Arts Celebration.

The 2017 Tiger Trot was fun and a great success once again this year.  Several families weathered the rain to participate in this exciting event. Congratulations to Tiger Trot winners, Boys division– Joey Craddock, 1st place, Thomas Van de Kamp, 2nd place, Vincent Bonacci, third place. Girls division—Rene Craddock 1st place, Julianna Hodge 2nd place, Mia Giovanniello, 3rd place.  Much appreciation goes to Nikki Whye, Monte Still, Brian McCloud, Danielle Jefferies, Sarah Boyle, Mike Hobert, Aura Boscan, Sue Lane, Angie Dilks, Gillian D’Alessandro, Amelia Rinehart, Bonnie Kittrell, Christine Satorre, and Eric Jacobsen for putting this special event together for the Cosgriff families.  A special thank-you to Kristine Alexakos for the hot, delicious coffee.

On Thursday, May 25, students in grades K-7 will enjoy Field Day. Students may wear a free dress top with uniform short/pants and tennis shoes to school. Student may bring a hat to wear at Field Day and should put sunscreen on before coming to school.

The 2017 J.E. Cosgriff Honor Assembly will take place in the school gym on Friday, May 26 at 10:30am.  Students will sit on the benches and folding chairs will be set up for parent. The church will be closed for renovation on that day. This is a FORMAL DRESS day.

SCHOOL DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY, MAY 26 IS 12:15PM. EXTENDED DAY CLOSES AT 4:00PM, MAY 26, THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.

Sometime during the summer a special music room will be built for our students. The lawn area directly west of the pre-school play ground will be the location. Hopefully, band/orchestra practice will take place in our new addition, along with music and violin classes. This new music room is made possible by the generous donations from Maureen McCarthey, Terry Stephens, and North Star Construction Co.

Thank you,

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

 

 

May 15, 2017

Parents,

Please read the following important messages and reminders:

1. We have 10 openings in our 3 and 4 year old pre-school class for the 2017-18 school year. J.E. Cosgriff has a fully accredited pre-school with highly qualified teachers who are certified in early childhood education. Please ask interested parents to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director, to find out more about Cosgriff School.  mkearns@cosgriff.org  801-486-3197.  Thank you.

2. Thank you to all parents who were so thoughtful and kind during Teacher Appreciation Week. The faculty and staff felt pampered and honored to receive all the lovely notes, gifts and meals.

3. Congratulations to all eighth grade students who received the sacrament of Confirmation on May 12. It was a very sacred and special occasion for both students and their sponsors.

4. THURSDAY, MAY 18, WILL BE THE LAST DAY OF HOMEWORK CLUB FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. 

5. Thank you to all Cosgriff families for supporting the Chipotle restaurant fundraiser. Our school netted $2,140.00 because of your generous support.

6. here are openings in summer school for all grades. Please support our summer program by signing-up your child for one to four weeks of learning and fun. Go to www.cosgriff.org for a registration form. Turn it in to the office right away. Students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade may sign up for a guided reading/literature group each morning from 9:00 to 10:00am. These groups will be facilitated by one of our teachers or reading team. Students will have the opportunity to read, discuss and complete the assignments for the assigned summer reading books

7. The eighth grade farewell Mass is Wednesday, May 17, at 10:00am, with a brunch to follow. All students should wear FORMAL DRESS uniform.

8. Students may wear nice free dress on Friday, May 19, with a donation of two wish list items for Crossroads Urban Center (baby formula, baby wipes, disposable diapers, pull-ups, shampoo, lotion, sun screen, rice cereal, and jars of baby food) Students may also donate $5.00 in support of this community service.

9. The eighth grade graduation ceremony is Friday, May 19, at 7:00pm. You are welcome to attend this traditional Catholic School ceremony.

10. The Tiger Trot will take place Sunday, May 21, at Sugarhouse Park. Warm up will begin at 8:30. This is fun and exercise for the whole family.

11. Judge Memorial Catholic High School has a great summer program for students of all ages. Please see the following link for more info JMCHS Sports Camps 2017
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

May 8, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

Congratulations to all Second grade students who received their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 7, at the 11:00 Mass. It was a very memorable day for the students, their families and the  St. Ambrose community.  A special thank-you to the following individuals, who in many ways helped with Religious preparation, classroom teaching, and special activities to enhance the importance of the sacrament for second grade.  THANK-YOU to  Fr. Andrzej, Debbie Hogan, Sam Weyher, Courtney Sebahar, Jill Curry, Chris Huntzinger,  parents of second grade students, the fifth and eighth grade students, Charity Van Maren, Tammie Cleverly, and Sue Patillo.

May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please take time to write a note to your child’s teacher(s) just to say thank-you for the love, care and honest effort he/she offers each day of the school year.

Thank you to all families who supported the Cosgriff Chipotle Night. With your support, Cosgriff was awarded a check for $2,141.50

Parents, Grandparents, and Friends,

Save the date and plan on attending the Fine Arts Celebration on Thursday, May 11, starting at 6:00pm in the church for kindergarten thru eighth grade students, family and friends. The evening will begin at 6:00pm in the gym for Toddlers, Pre-school and Pre-K students and their families.

FORMAL DRESS IS REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS—THIRD THRU EIGHTH GRADE

Immediately following the student performances in the church, all guests will be invited to browse through the Cosgriff Art Gallery on the main floor of the school. All guests are invited to view both art exhibits—pre school in the gym and  K-8th grade on the main floor of the school.

Summer School sign-up is in progress now. Students may attend one to four weeks 9 am-12:00 noon, MondayThursday during the month of June. An excited team of teachers will offer challenging and fun weekly themes for pre-school thru seventh grade. Extended Day is available from noon to 4:00pm.

Remember, students entering six, seventh or eighth grade may join a guided reading literature group each morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, to read, discuss and complete the written assignment for the required summer reading books. Go to wwwcosgriff.org to obtain and download the summer school information packet and reading requirements for middle school students.

Summer school will also include P.E from Mr. McCloud, music and movement from Amy Schelble, and some students will receive additional reading, writing and math support from Mrs. Bonacci and her expert team.

Please turn all summer school applications in to the front office. ASAP. Some financial aid is available—contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

The Christ the King Track Meet is Saturday, May 13, at the Judge High School track. The Meet will begin and all athletes should report at 8:30am for check-in. Participants will be assigned a coach according to grade level, as follows:

Group 1: Kindergarten and First Grade

Group 2: Second Grade

Group 3: Third Grade

Group 4: Fourth Grade

Group 5: Fifth and Sixth Grade

Group 6: Seventh and Eighth Grade

There will be three field events and three track events going on simultaneously. Each group will rotate through the six events.

We ask that the parents enjoy the events from the stands and cheer on the athletes.

Please come and cheer on the Cosgriff Track Club, as students have worked very hard and have had a lot of fun.

Thank you to Mr. Chris Huntzinger, for hosting a very useful and informative Faith Formation class series for the faculty/staff and other interested persons. Sharing his in-depth knowledge of Catholic Church teachings, and traditions. He helped all who attended his talks to acquire solid facts and become familiar with  outside readings and resources to strengthen Religion instruction on all grade levels.

The community service project “Crossroads Urban Center” Baby Shower is in great need of items to fill the wish list. There has been a plea on local television for baby formula, as many homeless shelters are out of that much needed item.

There are two student incentives for this project during the month of May.

  1. Students may wear nice free dress tomorrow, Tuesday, May 9, with a donation of two wish list items or $5.00.
  2. Students will be given two raffle tickets for a “Summer Fun Basket” with a donation of two wish list items or $5.00 any day in May. (Raffle basket drawing will take place on May 25)

Please Help! As of today, May 8, we do not have one donation for Crossroads Urban Center. Students may place donations in the boxes in front of the office. Thank you

Wish List

Baby Formula—regular and soy based

Rice Cereal, bottled baby food

Disposable diapers of all sizes, including pull-ups

Baby wipes

Baby Soap, shampoo, lotion, sun screen

 

If you have not turned in your family volunteer hours for the 2016-17 school year, please do so as soon as possible.  Each family is asked to volunteer 20 hours per family per year.  (10 hours for families who are only in the Toddler-Pre-Kindergarten programs.)  Turn in your hours by email to smcaward@yahoo.com.  Include family last name, estimate of dates or months of service and quick description.  Go ahead and list your upcoming May hours, too.   Thank you for all your volunteer hours.  Cosgriff students and faculty appreciate all your time and talent!

 

St. Ambrose Vacation Bible Camp will be held June 23, 24, 25 at Camp Kostopulos. Registration forms are in the Church, Vaughan Center, Cosgriff School and on the parish website at www.stambroseslc.com (click on the VBC picture to get to the registration form).  Sign up for a week end of faith activities and outdoor fun. For more information contact Charity Van Maren at 801-4859324 or cvanmaren@xmission.com.

Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

May 1, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

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

2. Please Note: the updated 2017-18 school calendar at www.cosgriff.org

3. Thank you to our kindergarten parents for a delicious faculty lunch, last week. All teachers and staff so enjoyed your creative menu.

4. NOTE THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT DATES AND ACTIVITIES:

  1. May 4, Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00am
  2. May 5, Books and Bagels, 7:30 am. Read a book with your child in the gym and enjoy a bagel.
  3. May 6, First Communion Practice 9:30am
  4. May 7, First Holy Communion, 11:00 Mass
  5. May 10, Prospective Parent Drop in Tour, 9:00am
  6. May 11, Fine Arts Celebration, Starts at 6:00pm in the church, performance by grades 3-8.

Toddler, pre-school and pre-k art gallery tour begins at 6:00pm in the gym.

Kindergarten thru eighth grade art gallery tour begins immediately following

the church performance.

  1. May 12, May Crowning at 8:30am

5. RESPONSIBILITY is our Christian virtue for the month of May. It is certainly appropriate in May as we have less than one month of school in the 2016-17 school year and so much to accomplish.  Responsibility requires a person to be committed to a task or cause. A responsible person is a dependable person and can be counted on to follow through or complete a task at school, at home or in the community.  As we approach the end of the fourth quarter, students should be strongly encouraged to accept the responsibility of completing the required course work in all academic subjects and setting high performance and assessment expectations for themselves. Parents, please take responsibility for keeping study and homework time sacred during the next four weeks.

6. Students should also be reminded to demonstrate responsibility by attending weekly Sunday Mass, as they work to strengthen their faith, and relationship with God.

7. The community service project which the Student Council has chosen to support again this year along with St. Ambrose parishioners is a “Baby Shower” for The Crossroads Urban Center. Specific baby items are needed year round for homeless and single mothers.

Please donate the following items and place them in front of the school office until the last day of school.

*Baby formula-including soy base

*Rice cereal and bottled baby food. (expired food cannot be accepted)

* Disposable diapers of all sizes

* 3 pack 9z. baby bottles

* Baby wipes

* Baby soap, shampoo, lotion

Anytime during the month of May, students may bring in two wish list items or $5.00 and receive two opportunity tickets for a “Summer Fun” basket drawing.  The drawing will take place May 25.

8. Parent contacts and referrals are greatly needed to help with enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. Please reach out to interested family and friends right away and inform them that we have opening in the following grades for the 2017-18 school year.

Toddler, MondayWednesday

Pre-school (3 and 4 year olds)

Third Grade

Sixth Grade

Please ask interested parents to email or call Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org  801-486-3197  Ex: 424

9. Room parents are still needed for the 2017-18 all grades except Eighth and MondayWednesday Toddler. Please notify Mrs. Hunt, Principal, if you would consider this important volunteer position for the 2017-18 school year.  bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

10. Congratulations to Mrs. Suzanne Lacombe, drama club director for creating an incredible opportunity for fifth, sixth, seventh and a few fourth grade students, to enrich their lives and build self- confidence by participating in “Beauty and the Beast.” It was a true expression of talent and love for drama as each student sang, danced and acted to their potential during each of the four performances. Thank you Mrs. Lacombe and all students who in some way brought “Beauty and the Beast” to life for the Cosgriff community. BRAVO!!

Sincere appreciation goes to the many parents who worked endless hours to support the Drama Club performance over the past several months.  Thank you to Claire Donnelly, Tiffany Wharton, and Patricia Nord for designing and sewing such brilliant props and costumes, they were definitely of professional quality.  Holly Isaac takes the first prize for dance choreography—It was a true taste of Broadway in the lively song and dance numbers. Michelle McDonough, assistant parent director supported Mrs. Lacombe throughout the rehearsal and production process with on an off stage challenges. Much appreciation goes to Chris Huntzinger for his choral instruction and direction. Many parents and faculty members gave of their time to provide meals, and rehearsal supervision. Thanks to all for a fabulous performance.

11. The St. Ambrose invite parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff to advertise in the business directory on the back of the weekly Sunday bulletin. Advertisements in the bulletin make it possible for the bulletin to be printed at little or no cost to the parish. The bulletin is the primary means of communication for the parish. Please email Rebecca Little in the parish office, if you are interested in advertising in the Sunday bulletin. paroff@lmission.com  801-485-5610.

12. All parents are invited to the “Prom” on Friday, May 5, 8:00 -11:00pm in the social hall.  Come dressed to Party Like it is 1990! Join in on a fun night of dancing, photo booth pictures, and mingling with the best parents in town. Some late night snacks will be served; but don’t forget to BYOB.

To buy tickets go to:

https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2017/PartyBoardsAdPaymentsandCashDonations/tabid/810899/Default.aspx

13. All Cosgriff families are invited to attend the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, May 7, when our second grade students from Cosgriff and the St. Ambrose parish receive their First Holy Communion.  The Fourth, fifth, sixth grade choir is invited and expected to sing this special Mass. Choristers should report to the Vaughan Center at 10:30am.

14. Earn money for J.E. Cosgriff School by shopping at Fresh Market and Dan’s and using your PLUS card.  Link your Phone number to our school and Cosgriff will receive a percentage of your purchases.

You must re-enroll each school year beginning on May 1.

Three easy ways to register your plus account

  1. Sign-up online at freshmarketstores.com/plus.html
  2. Sign-up in-store and designate your school.
  3. Email djefferies@cosgriff.org and we will register for you.

15. Register now for Tiger Trot on May21st.  Make sure to register online at cosgriff.org by May 5 to receive a free Sport Tek race Tee in the size of your choice

16. Save the Date: May 5, between 5:00and 9:00pm, take your family to Chipolte Restaurant for a delicious Mexican dinner. 50% of all dinners will be donated back to Cosgriff School.

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Thank you,

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

 

 

April 24, 2017

Dear Parents.

Please read the following important messages.

1. As written to all parents on Friday, 4/21, all families should have received an email notice through Ren Web regarding the 2017-18 Online enrollment for your child.  If you have not received this email, please email Maggie Kearns immediately. mkearns@cosgriff.orgThe deadline to complete enrollment isFriday, April 28, 2017. After the deadline, a $50.00 late fee per child will be automatically assessed the family.

2. The second and eighth grade students both take part in a special religious retreat this week in preparation to receive the sacraments of Holy Eucharist (2nd grade) and Confirmation (8th grade). God Bless our students and their families during this very special and holy time.

Second grade student will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 7 during the 11:00am Mass

The eighth grade students will be Confirmed on Friday, May 12, at 7:00pm

3. J.E. Cosgriff Drama Club under the direction of Mrs. Suzanne Lacombe will present “Beauty and the Beast” this week. Be sure to plan on attending one of the four performances. Thursday, April 27, 1:00 or 7:00pm and Friday, April 28, 10:00am or 7:00pm. All performances will be held in the church social center.

4. Mrs. Lacombe is in dire need of a kind, talented person to video tape the Thursday, April 27, 7:00pm performance of the play. Please contact her right away. slacombe@cosgriff.org

5. Room parents for the 2017-18 school year are needed in ALL grades except eighth grade. Please take this opportunity to serve your 20 volunteer hours assisting the classroom teacher. Your new ideas are needed to keep Cosgriff moving in a positive direction. Please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you would like to sign-up. bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

6. Please return the CRS rice bowls to the school. Each Cosgriff student had the opportunity to make a donation in support of families in poor countries who need water, food, clothing and education.

7. Save the Date: May 5, between 5:00and f9:00pm, take your family to Chipolte Restaurant for a delicious Mexican dinner. 50% of all dinners will be donated back to Cosgriff School.

8. Cosgriff families have been asked to partner with Hillside Rehabilitation Center. The project is “Take My Hand, Tell Me Your Story.” Families are asked to spend an hour with an elderly resident just to ask questions and become better acquainted with this special person. The purpose is to provide company for a senior who might otherwise be alone. CALC families are needed April 30 and May 4. Use the attached Sign-up genius to reserve a date for your visit.

9. SPRING CALC ACTIVITY FOR COSGRIFF FAMILIES: Cosgriff families will be asked to partner with Hillside Rehabilitation Center. The project is titled “Take My Hand, Tell Me Your Story.” Families will be asked to spend an hour with an elderly resident just to visit and ask questions and become better acquainted with this special person. Maybe for an hour or so the senior resident will have company, feel connected, special and put aside the feeling of being alone. It is the hope of the CALC committee that Cosgriff students come away from the visit knowing much about the life and important events of their special friend who lives at the Hillside Rehabilitation Center.  Go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa9ac29abfa7-spring to sign up.

 

10.    1990’S PARTY BOARD TICKETS ON SALE

When: Friday, May 5, from 8-11 pm

Where: St. Ambrose Social Hall

Come dressed to Party Like it is 1999! Join us for a fun night of dancing, photo booth pictures and mingling with the best parents in town. Some late night snacks will be served and don’t forget BYOB!

To buy tickets go to :

https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2017/PartyBoardsAdPaymentsandCashDonations/tabid/810899/Default.aspx

 

11. As you register for the 2017-18 school year and once again make a significant financial and time commitment to J.E. Cosgriff Catholic School, please take a few minutes to read the following statistics regarding the short and long term benefits of Catholic education.

https://ace.nd.edu/catholic-school-advantage/catholic-school-advantage-fact-sheet
Thank you,

Betsy Hunt, Principal

 

 

April 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1.The updated 2017-18 school calendar is on the Cosgriff website. Please make note of open dates when planning family vacations. www.cosgriff.org Thank you.

2. Bishop Oscar Solis celebrated Mass with the students on April 11, and then paid a visit to Cosgriff School. Our students, (your children) were polite and well prepared for his questions, and humorous comments. It turned out to be a great day and Bishop Solis won the hearts of students, faculty and staff. We hope he will visit again, soon.

3. All families should have received an email notice through Ren Web regarding the 2017-18 registration for your child. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Cowan kcowan@cosgriff.org or Maggie Kearns mkearns@cosgriff.org

4. Save the Date: The fifth, sixth, seventh grade Drama Club will perform “Beauty and the Beast” on April 27, 1:00 and 7:00pm; April 28, 10:00am and 7:00pm. All Cosgriff families and friends are invited to this fabulous production. Mrs. Suzanne Lacombe, also our kindergarten teacher, is the director of the play.

5. Chris Huntzinger will teach his third Faith Formation class to the faculty and staff on Wednesday, April 19, from 3:30 to 4:30pm in the eighth grade classroom.  Parents are welcome to attend this presentation.

6. Room Parents are needed for the 2017-18 school year in all grades. Please take advantage of this opportunity to assist in the classroom and other school activities. Parent ideas and involvement are essential to the success of Cosgriff School. Contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal, to sign up for this important position. 801-486-6933   bhunt@cosgriff.org.

7. Summer School registration is underway. Please look over the summer school packet on the school website. Sign your child up for one to four weeks of learning and fun. www.cosgriff.org.

8. Mrs. Lacombe is in need of a parent who would be willing to video the Thursday night performance of “Beauty and the Beast.” The date is April 27, from 6:45 to approximately 8:30 pm. Please contact Mrs. Lacombe right away. slacombe@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933 Ex:410

9. Junior Golf for students ages 5-10 begins on Thursday, April 20, right after school. Students are to meet in the gym. Sign-up at www.cosgriff.org

On Wednesday, April 19, students may wear nice free dress with an animal print on a shirt, skirt, pants etc. and a $5.00 donation to Paws for Life. The mission of Paws for Life is to minimize the homeless dog and cat population through community education and low cost medical and immunization services. It is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding forever homes for dogs, cats and horses that may have been surrendered or found as strays.

10. Save the Date: May 5, between 5:00 and 9:00pm, take your family to Chipolte Restaurant for a delicious dinner. 50% of the proceeds from all dinners will be donated back to Cosgriff School.

11. SPRING CALC ACTIVITY FOR COSGRIFF FAMILIES: Cosgriff families will be asked to partner with Hillside Rehabilitation Center. The project is titled “Take My Hand, Tell Me Your Story.” Families will be asked to spend an hour with an elderly resident just to visit and ask questions to become better acquainted with this special person. Maybe for an hour or so the senior resident will have company, feel connected, special and put aside the feeling of being alone. It is the hope of the CALC committee that Cosgriff students come away from the visit knowing much about the life and important events of their special Hillside Rehab. Center friend. Go to: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4fa9ac29abfa7-spring to sign up.

12. Please return the CRS rice bowl to school this week. Hopefully, each student had the opportunity to make a donation for children in another country who need food, water and other basic necessities.

13. Braden Green, husband of Randi Green will graduate from the Univ. of Utah with an MHA from the Eccles School of Business and an MPA from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in May 2017. He is actively looking for a job opportunity in an entry level health care consulting, or hospital administration. Please contact him right away if you are aware of job openings in the above areas or have contacts with individuals who may offer Braden a job opportunity in the healthcare profession.  We want our fabulous toddler teacher and her husband to stay in Utah!! Thank you. bradenjgreen@gmail.com435-232-2444.
Thank you,

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

 

 

April 10, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Students will be dismissed from school at 3:15pm on Wednesday, April 12, for a short Easter vacation. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 18.

2. Homework club has been cancelled on Wednesday, April 12.

3. Bishop Solis is our guest celebrant for the school Mass at 8:30am, tomorrow, April 11. All parents and friends are invited to Mass. FORMAL DRESS IS REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS.

4. You are encouraged to attend the Easter services beginning on Holy Thursday and ending with Easter Mass on Sunday, April 16.  Please check the J.E. Cosgriff facebook and St. Ambrose website for specific times of each Holy Week service.

5. All students will participate in Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, April 12 at 1:00pm.

6. 2017-18 school year enrollment will begin soon for all students.  You will receive an email inviting you to create an account on Ren/Web/ParentsWeb before enrolling your child. PLEASE take a moment this week to review the following link: http://cosgriff.org/file/2017/03/RenWeb-Intro-Cosgriff-Update-D.pdf Please refer back to it before asking questions you might have during this new enrollment process. This week, there are details about how the tuition payment methods work and what to expect when you are enrolling on line. Check back frequently.

7. A special note of recognition to the seventh and eighth grade students who competed in the state Mock Trial competition. Our talented and hardworking team was well prepared and competed four times and received outstanding scores.  A special thank you to Martina Gehrig, teacher and manager/coach for her organization and positive attitude with the team. Michael Petrogeorge and Terry Rooney, the courageous attorney coaches worked very hard to teach the students about the law and necessary skills needed to try a case in court. The attorney coaches were an essential component of this opportunity for our students and emphasized both legal and public speaking strategies when the students met to practice.  Much appreciation goes to many parents for driving the student to practice and the actual Mock Trials competitions. It was a win-win for all involved in this outstanding learning opportunity.

8. Please take time to read through the Summer School packet and sign your child up for one to four weeks of learning and fun. Go to www.cosgriff.org to locate the packet. Extended Day is offered every day after summer school until 4:00pm.

9. Plan your last week in April around our school performance of “Beauty and the Beast.” Be sure to attend one or more performances with your child. Thursday, April 27, 1:00 and 7:00pm, Friday, April 28, 10:00am and 7:00pm in the social center.

10. SAVE THE DATE: THURSDAY, MAY 11, FINE ARTS CELEBRATION, BEGINNING AT 6:00PM IN THE CHURCH.

11. Plan on eating dinner at Chipotle Restaurant on May 5, between 5:00 and 9:00pm. J.E. Cosgriff School will receive ½ of all proceeds collected from that day and time.

12. Junior Golf for students ages 5-10 will begin on Thursday, April 20. The class will go from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Go to www.cosgriff.org under upcoming events for flyer info.

13. Braden Green, husband of our fabulous toddler teacher, Randi, is just finishing an MHA and MPA degree at the University of Utah. He would very much like the opportunity to gain experience in an entry level position in healthcare administration, healthcare consulting etc. If you are in this field, know of a possible opening or have an idea for employment, please email or call Braden as he would very much appreciate an opportunity to apply and interview for a position in the very near future.  435-232-2444bradenjgreen@gmail.com

Thank you,

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

 

 

April 3, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1.There will be an HSA meeting this evening at 7:00pm in the library. All interested parents are welcome to attend this meeting.

2. Please consider signing up to be a Room Parent for the 2017-18 school year. Fathers and/or mothers are needed for this important job. Please notify Betsy Hunt if you are interested or have questions about the job description or time commitment. bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

3. J.E.Cosgriff will host a drop-in tour for prospective students on Wednesday, April 5, at 9:00am. Your students referrals are needed and much appreciated.  Contact Maggie Kearns, (mkearns@cosgriff.org) Admissions Director for more information.

4. Thank you to our third grade students for hosting the Sunday Mass and parents for hosting a coffee and donut social after Mass. A special thank you to Mr. Huntzinger and the 3, 4, 5th grade choir for a beautiful performance during Mass.

5. Bishop Oscar Solis will say Mass for J.E. Cosgriff students on Tuesday, April 11, at 8:30am. All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to Mass. Class work will continue as usual, after Mass.

6. The third through eighth grade will receive the sacrament of reconciliation this week as part of Lent and  preparation for Easter Sunday.

7. FORGIVENESS is the Christian virtue which students will discuss at length during April and especially during the remainder of the Lenten Season. Forgiveness falls under the umbrella of Mercy. It is asking pardon or absolution for hurting another person. When we wrong someone, we seek his or her forgiveness in order for the relationship to be restored. It is important to remember that forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven. Instead, it is an act of love, mercy and grace.

8. MAKING AN APOLOGY is the social skill which students will discuss and hopefully use the rest of their lives.

9. The Student Leadership Council has chosen Paws for Life as the service project for April 2017. Paws for Life has the mission to minimize the homeless dog and cat population through community education and low cost medical and immunization services.  It is a volunteer run organization that is dedicated to finding forever homes for dogs, cats and horses that may have been surrendered or found as strays.

10. On Wednesday, April 19, students may wear nice free dress with an animal picture or print on shirts, pants, skirts etc.. with a donation of $5.00.

11. The Track Club begins today, April 3. Please be sure to read the directives for parents and students if you have signed your child up for this after school activity.  If you have a back ground in track and field and have an available afternoon—Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, from 3:30 to 4:30, please contact Brian McCloud right away.  (bmccloud@cosgriff.org)  An important goal of the Track Club is to make sure that students of all ages learn the proper technique connected with running a short or long distance as a member of the track club. Parents or friends of Cosgriff who have had this training would be very helpful to the program. Thank you.

12. After School Junior Golf for students 5 to 10 years of age will begin on Thursday, April 20 thru May 10. Sign-up forms will be available in the school office starting Tuesday. You may also fill out the application on line starting 4/4 and turn it into the office. Nate Olson, head golf coach for Judge Memorial High School will teach this golf clinic.

13. Enrollment into the 2017-18 school year will begin soon for returning students.  Stay tuned the next couple of weeks to see an email inviting you to create an account in RenWeb/ParentsWeb before enrolling your children.  Please see the link for more information.  That link will have periodic updates.  Check back frequently.  http://cosgriff.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/RenWeb-Intro-Cosgriff-Update-A.pdf

Thank you,

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

 

 

March 30, 2017

The enrollment period for the 2017-18 school year is about to begin.  Thank you for choosing J.E. Cosgriff for your children’s education.

Tuition rates have been set by the Salt Lake Diocese and Cosgriff for the 2017-2018 school year.

They are as follows:

Toddler:  $2,200

Preschool: $3,500

Pre-K: $4,440

K-8 Catholic: $5,540

K-8 Non-Catholic:  $6,925

Enrollment fees will be $200 per for Toddler, Preschool and PreKindergarten and $400 per student K-8.  In addition, 8th grade will have a $100 graduation fee.

 

When you enroll your students through ParentsWeb during the third week of April, you will also be picking a tuition payment plan through FACTS.  This year, you will have more payment plan options and more payment method options to choose from.

 

If your child is a recipient of financial aid, you will receive an email before the enrollment period begins.  It will contain the amount of aid you will receive.  This should assist you in making your tuition payment plan decisions.  Prepaid amounts, credits, discounts, aid will be entered into your FACTS account AFTER you have finished the enrollment process.  You will receive notification when credits are posted.

 

Note that there will automatically be a late fee charged if enrollment is not complete by midnight, Friday, April 28, 2017.

 

Please review the updated link at www.cosgriff.org  for more information.   The link will be continuously updated with information and tips about the enrollment period.  Thank you for your patience during this enrollment time.

 

Thank you,

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

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following announcements:

1.  A special note of thanks to all parents who attended Parent-Teacher Conferences, last week. It is such a positive and important part of your child’s education. The National Education Association (NEA) research over many years clearly indicates that regardless of family background and income, students with involved parents are more likely to:

 

  1. Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher level programs.
  2. Be promoted, pass their classes and earn credits.
  3. Attend school regularly.
  4. Have better social skills, show improved behavior and adapt well to school.
  5. Graduate and go on to postsecondary education.

 

2. Much appreciation to Kori Hazel, Kristin Cowan and other parents of our seventh grade students. The faculty and staff enjoyed a delicious “Barbeque” lunch with all of the trimmings during parent-teacher conference week. The lunch served also as dinner for many teachers who worked a late shift on conference night. Thank you!!

3. There are several after school activities for students to attend, including homework club, Spanish homework club, track, drama rehearsal, extended day etc.. Please make sure your child understands that he/she is not to leave the campus to go to McDonalds or Fresh Market at any time after school. Students are expected to report directly to their specific location by 3:20pm. A student may lose the privilege of attending extra-curricular activities, if he/she disobeys this directive.  For safety purposes, the administration, faculty and staff must know where students are at all times while attending after school activities.

4. Students may wear nice “Free Dress” on Wednesday, March 29 with a $5.00 donation for “Project Hope 4 Kids.” This non-profit organization works hard with refugees in Europe to provide both academic and art education for young children.

5. Twenty eight of our seventh and eighth grade student were invited to compete in the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair last week. Congratulations to all who were part of this stringent competition with students from six public school districts, charter and Catholic schools.  In addition, six of our students, Marley Rosello, Jack Saber, Alyssa Bardugon, Lily Sibthorp, Lauren Cook, and  Matylda Blaszczak  advanced to the Broadcom MASTERS, the national science fair competition in Washington D.C. Thank you to Mr. Jim Larson for his masterful teaching and words of encouragement which he offers to all of his students. Go to: SLVSEF 2017 awards to see the attached results as our students won awards in several categories.

6. The Cosgriff Tiger Track Club begins on Monday, April 3. See www.cosgriff.org for the schedule and registration materials. Please sign up right away to ensure for supervision and coaches. Email Brian McCloud with questions. bmccloud@cosgriff.org Registration will close on Thursday, March 30 at 3:00pm.

7. It is time to sign up for our annual Tiger Trot, which will take place Sunday, May 21, at Sugarhouse Park. Please go to www.cosgriff.org to register the whole family for this exciting race.

8. Students have been asked to continue to fill their Catholic Relief Service (CRS) rice bowl until after Easter. Lent is a special time of prayer, fasting, and giving for people of all ages. Students at Cosgriff School are encouraged to give up a special treat or toy and use the money to fill their rice bowl. Or perhaps they could offer to help with extra household jobs to earn money for their rice bowl collection. Students will be asked to turn in the rice bowl the week of April 24.

9. The third grade students attending Cosgriff and those in the parish will host the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, April 2. The third, fourth, fifth grade choir will sing at the Mass. All who attend may enjoy a donut/coffee social after the Mass.

10. Summer School will begin on Monday, June 5. 9:00am to 12:00 noon. It will continue each week, Monday thru Thursday, ending on June 29. Students are invited to attend one or all four weeks of Summer School as each week there will be a new, exciting theme. The major goal of Summer School is to review, extend and enrich core subjects from the previous year, such as reading, writing, math, and science, while offering exciting learning adventures and different topics each week. Extended Day will be available from 12:00 to 4:00pm each day. Check the Summer School packet and register right away. Go to www.cosgriff.org for more information. Scholarships are available by contacting Mrs. Hunt, Principal, bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933.  If you are interested in tutoring for your child during the summer outside of Summer School hours, please contact Mrs. Hunt.

11. Students going into sixth, seventh and eighth grade in August 2017 will have required reading over the summer. Please notice in the Summer School packet information regarding the opportunity for your child to join a guided reading/literature group in June. A reading teacher will facilitate group reading, discussion, questions and encourage assignment completion.

12. As mentioned in last week’s notes, we will be moving to RenWeb as our new school management system for re-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year.  New vocabulary through this system will include “ParentWeb” (the portal through which you will sign in), “re-enrollment” (in place of the word “registration”), and “FACTS” (the area to access tuition and incidental billing accounts.)  While we have used FACTS for grant and aid applications in the past years, we will also use them for our management of your tuition payment accounts.  It will be integrated with ParentsWeb with one log in.  With FACTS, you will have a few more options with tuition payment plans and reviewing your account at your convenience.

13. The Youth Group met last evening with much enthusiasm and energy. This will be the last meeting for the 2016-17 school year. It has been a great Youth Group beginning for Cosgriff middle school students and those in the parish. Much appreciation goes to Fr. Andrzej, Jill Curry and Martina Gehrig for starting the Youth Group this year. The students attended Mass together, ate dinner, engaged in a community service project and then enjoyed a fun athletic or craft activity. Thank you to all parents for your support. Watch for the first Youth Group meeting in the Fall of 2017.

14. A very dear friend of our Cosgriff Community, Dean Betenes died on Sunday, March 26. He was a kind and caring man who helped our school and families on countless occasions by making coffee for our special events and much more.  He was a model parishioner as he took on several responsibilities over the years, such as Diocesan Development Drive Director, Minister of caring/homebound/bereavement, and “Senior” lunch director to mention a few of his many duties. Dean will be greatly missed by the administration, teachers, parents and students of Cosgriff School. Your prayers are requested for Dean Betenes.

Thank you,

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

 

 

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