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J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

A Ministry of St. Ambrose Parish

Principal’s Letter

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