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J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School

A Ministry of St. Ambrose Parish

Principal’s Letter

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