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EDUCATE IGNITE INSPIRE 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

March 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

All lunch orders and payment for April are due Wednesday, March 20.

1.Today begins the Fourth Quarter of the 2018-19 school year. Students will receive their report cards for the third quarter on Thursday, March 20, and Honor Roll certificates on Friday, March 21.

2.Students may wear the uniform short starting this week. Please make sure shorts are only two inches above the knee or longer. Students are expected to wear a navy blue or black belt with shorts or long pants. Students will always be expected to wear long pants on Formal Dress days.

3.Homework Club has been cancelled today, 3/18 due to an all school faculty meeting. The faculty meeting was moved up one week due to Science Night scheduled for next week.

4.The Student Council will sponsor a Bake Sale on Wednesday, March 20, in support of Nuzzles and Co. a non-profit organization located in Summit County, Utah. The mission of Nuzzles and Co. is to provide a loving, nurturing place for dogs and cats where they can get healthy, and learn positive behaviors until a permanent home is found for them. Nuzzles and Co. works to educate people on the humane treatment of animals.

The money raised from the bake sale will help with health care, food, shelter, and obedience training before adoption takes place. Students will also be invited to wear nice Free Dress on Wednesday, March 27, with a $5.00 donation to Nuzzles and Co.

5 Save the date for Science Night, Wednesday, March 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for families of students in kindergarten thru fifth grade. All are welcome to learn from students in their specific grades. Students may wear nice free dress at Science Night.

6. Congratulations to the following nine students for receiving 1st,2nd, 3rd or 4th place in the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair. Colleen MacWilliams, Ava Sibthorp, Kevin Pernich, Calixte Viollet, Isabel Fowler, Ava DiNardo, Addison Conner, Michael Donnelly, and Cameron Liddle. Four students were recommended for the Broadcom MASTERS, a national science fair competition in Washington D.C. Colleen MacWilliams, Ava Sibthorp, Isabel Fowler, and Michael Donnelly. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

Congratulations to Mr. Jim Larson, middle school science and math teacher, for his hard work, dedication and time spent with each student in preparation for the science fair and the core subjects of science and math education. A special note of thank to former teachers of these students for building a solid foundation in all required subjects. Finally, much appreciation to all parents who sacrifice so much to afford their child many educational and character building opportunities.

7. Cosgriff Summer Camp 19, will be offered for pre-school thru eighth grade students starting in June.  Plan your summer around an exciting Cosgriff Summer Camp 19 Adventure.

Camp takes place June 3-27, Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00 noon. Grades two thru eight will have the opportunity to register for a week long themed camp. Get ready to sign up for an exciting week or more for Coding, Girl Power, High School Writing Prep, Sports, Sewing, Space Study, Magic Math, Artistic Creations , Gardening, Fashion Design, The Chemistry of Cooking   and much more. Please watch for a Camp brochure and registration form by March 30. Children going into pre-school, kindergarten and first grade will stay in the same classroom, with the same teachers and enjoy different weekly themes.

8. Each day after Summer Camp, Extended Day will be offered from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. A separate registration for Extended Day will be available prior to Summer Camp 19.

9. CODING CLASS:  STARTS MARCH 26, FOR 5,6,7, 8TH GRADE STUDENTS.

 Description:

Class: “Learn to Code!” Hosted by Coded (www.codedcamp.com)

Grades: 5rd Grade – 8th Grade

Dates: Tuesdays – March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23

Time: 3:20pm – 4:30pm

Location: J.E. Cosgriff Computer Lab

Tuition: $100.00 per student

Coding Class is an after school program designed to provide students with hands-on experience building mobile apps and websites. Coded teaches you the fundamentals of being a developer while learning code, logic, math, and problem-solving skills. Students will receive personalized instruction and collaborate with their peers. This camp builds confidence and creativity while teaching students to think like a programmer. Come make new friends and learn the language of the future! This information can also be found on the school website. 

 Please use this link to enroll your student: https://goo.gl/forms/DU1Z1JU6SqmdUNVC2

10. GIRLS ON THE RUN STARTS THIS WEEK!!
You can still register girls from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade at www.girlsontherunutah.org
We will meet on Thursday, March 21 from 3:15 to 5:15pm.
If you have any questions, please contact gpnativi@yahoo.com or call 801-209-7735

11. SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 6, for family BINGO beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the school gym. The Student Leadership Council will sponsor this activity as a service project for the Diocesan Development Drive (DDD) and Catholic Relief Services, (CRS)

12. Students in grades one thru six may sign up for Junior Golf starting April 24. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register  your child for golf classes.

Thank You,

Mrs.Hunt, Principal

 

March 7, 2019

A few important reminders:

1. School lunch orders for April are available at www.cosgriff.org  All orders are due by March 20.

2. Track Club registration for second-thru eighth grade is now open. Register at www.cosgriff.org

3. It is still possible to sign up for a fun party board activity. Go to www.cosgriff.org

4. Save the date for a Lenten retreat with Fr. Joshua on March 30. 8:30 to 12:00 noon.

5. Please watch for a message next week regarding the time and meeting place for Cosgriff families to join the St. Patrick’s parade on Saturday, March 17.

6. Cosgriff Summer Camp 19will be offered for pre-school thru eighth grade students starting in June.  Plan your summer around an exciting camp experience. Camp takes place June 3-27, Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00 noon.Sign up for exciting classes such as Coding, Girl Power, High School Writing Prep, Sports, Sewing, Space Study, Magic Math,  Cooking, Gardening and much more.  Extended Day will be offered from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. Registration will be available by the end of March.

7. Coding Class beginning March 26, for 5,6,7,8th grade students.

Coded After School Program Description:

Class: “Learn to Code!” Hosted by Coded (www.codedcamp.com)

Grades: 5rd Grade – 8th Grade

Dates: Tuesdays – March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23

Time: 3:20pm – 4:30pm

Location: J.E. Cosgriff Computer Lab

Tuition: $100.00 per student

Coded After School Program is a coding program designed to provide students with hands-on experience building mobile apps and websites. Coded teaches you the fundamentals of being a developer while learning code, logic, math, and problem-solving skills. Students will receive personalized instruction and collaborate with their peers. This camp builds confidence and creativity while teaching students to think like a programmer. Come make new friends and learn the language of the future! This information can also be found on the school website. 


Please use this link to enroll your student: 
https://goo.gl/forms/DU1Z1JU6SqmdUNVC2

Have a Fun and Safe Spring Vacation,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

March 4, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

**Ash Wednesday is March 6. Students will attend the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Formal Dress is required on that day.

** March 7, is the last day of the third quarter of school. School will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. for “Spring Vacation.” Classes will resume on Monday, March 18. No Homework Club on March 7.

**Save the date: Science Night (K-5th grade) Wednesday, March 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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

2. The girls and boys who played CYO basketball had an exciting, fun and successful season. Thank you to Mr. McCloud, Mrs. Ellis, and all parents who coached, drove to practice, supervised the gym and made this a win-win experience for our students. Congratulations to our first and second place teams. Your team trophy will be added to the J.E. Cosgriff trophy case with much pride.

FIRST PLACE:

Ambrose 3rd grade girls

Ambrose 4th grade girls

Ambrose 5th grade girls

Ambrose Gold 5th grade boys

SECOND PLACE:

Ambrose 7th grade boys

3. THE “GREATEST SHOW” Mardi Gras was a tremendous success. All who attended were thrilled with the live and silent auction, décor, dinner, music etc. A word of sincere appreciation to parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff for many outstanding live and silent auction donation prizes and matching gifts.

The Mardi Gras committee devoted countless hours of work and planning to execute this most important fundraising event. A special thank you to Marnie Andrews, Chair for her leadership and sharing her time, incredible talents, contacts and organizational skills to create a prize winning event. Brought back by popular demand were class art projects Robin Harmston, Cosgriff Art Instructor worked with each class to design and produce a master piece. Thank you, Mrs.Harmston for countless hours of volunteer work and inspiring students to feel confident with their “Best” effort in art class.

Much appreciation to the strong auction team of parent volunteers who worked diligently for several months.This list includes Elizabeth Weyher, Jared Boyd, Claire Donnelly, Kate Smith, Mellanie Thorum, Bernie Jo Marlowe, Staci Mihalopoulos, Hadley Saber, Zachary Hildebrand, Scott McAward, Paul and Heather Simonson, Maria Willmarth, Ashley Gardner, Niki Whye and many more  parents who helped with set up, the night of the event, and with clean up.

Our outstanding Cosgriff staff deserves recognition for their over and above efforts with the Mardi Gras. Much thanks to Kassi Mancini, Danielle Jefferies, Sarah Boyle, Jessica Jamison, (Computer instructor), Raquel Austin, Maggie Kearns, Heather Burns, Cindy Barker. In addition, Suzanne and Chris Lacombe, Diane Lee, Lauren Swaner, Caroline Cheeseman, Beth Walz and Logan Dunn jumped into action as volunteers.

4. THE SEASON OF LENT

The days between Ash Wednesday and Easter are conventionally referred to as the season of Lent. These 40 days invite us to seek conversion—a change of heart—and repentance—a turning away from sin and seeking a closer relationship with God. The traditional disciplines of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Increased attention to prayer draws us closer to God. Fasting is a reminder that our physical satisfaction isn’t our highest value, and almsgiving is the act of sacrificing something of ourselves for the good of others.

5. CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES

All students will be 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. CHRISTIAN VIRTUE—WISDOM

The Christian Virtue for March is Wisdom: Making good decisions. Thomas Aquinas considered wisdom to be the father of all virtues. Wisdom is a type of knowing that involves the ability to discern the truth and make a good choice, as well as the best course of action. Other words for wisdom might be insight and good sense.

During Lent, and always encourage students to make WISE choices and decisions at school and home. Lent is a time to support another person, show kindness and do the right thing in spite of peer pressure. Wise decisions are made with courage and strong will.

7. Community Service

The Student Leadership Council has chosen Nuzzles and Co. a non-profit organization located in Summit County, Utah as the Cosgriff community service project for March.

The Nuzzles and Co. mission is to protect animals, to provide a loving, nurturing place where they can get healthy and learn positive behaviors, and then to find a loving home for each one of them. Nuzzle and Co. works to educate people on the humane treatment of animals.

Students will work to raise money to support the many necessities for both dogs and cats who require health care, food, shelter and obedience training before adoption takes place.

Watch for a bake sale on March 20, and Free Dress on March 27.

 8.   GIRLS ON THE RUN

Registration for GIRLS ON THE RUN is open.

Last day to register is March 12

To register, go to:

www.girlsontherunutah.org

Click on REGISTER NOW at the top of the page

Select Spring 2019 Program.

Select JE COSGRIFF under Site/School*.

If you have any question about registration please contact:

Gemma Pessina gpnativi@yahoo.com.

Volunteers are needed to help with Girls on the Run. Please go to http://signup.com/go/cMpKgCY .

You don’t have to be a runner!

If you have any question please contact: Gemma Pessina gpnativi@yahoo.com.

9. OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR FOR 2018-19 –MS. JILL CURRY

Friday, March 8, is Professional Development Day for all educators in the Diocese of Salt Lake. A special feature of the day is to recognize an outstanding educator in each school who is selected by their fellow coleagues. Our outstanding educator for the 2018-19 school year is Ms. Jill Curry.

The learning environment in Ms. Curry’s classroom is comfortable and positive, with a strong level of confidence radiating from her fifth grade students. Each year, she quickly establishes a classroom culture of safety, warmth, and order. She takes time to get to know each of her students personally and offers support with individual challenges while celebrating their successes and accomplishments.

Ms. Curry is a strong leader and an outstanding role model for Catholic and non-Catholic teachers alike. Jill Curry is truly an Outstanding Educator and well deserving of this prestigious diocesan award.

10. Ski lessons ended Friday, March 1. This truly has been a very well organized, safe and efficient year of ski lessons. A tremendous amount of gratitude goes to Monte Still, and Val Rasmussen for taking on this project and organizing every aspect to perfection.  Additional thanks goes to Mark McGill and Tyler Dickman for helping with this great ski experience for Cosgriff students.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

 

February 25, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

NO HOMEWORK CLUB TODAY, 2/25

1. Thank you to students and parents for your attendance and participation at Parent Teacher Conferences. Classroom teachers were very appreciative of your interest and support.

2. Thank you to the parents of our sixth grade students for a delicious faculty lunch during one of the long parent teacher conference days.

3. Watch for an exciting and fun filled 2019 Summer Camp. June 3-27, Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, pre-school thru eighth grade. Campers will sign up for a different theme each week with loads of fun, excitement and learning. Watch for the following: arts, sports, science and physics, history, drama, cooking, crafts, creative writing, space, virtual reality, coding, future leaders, natural wonders, robotics, video production, web design, green thumbs-gardening, fashion design, architecture, cheer camp, movin and groovin dance, engineering, and much more. Pre-school and kindergarten campers will stay put in their classrooms while themes change weekly.

Extended Day will be offered each day from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. during Summer Camp. Students must bring their lunch.

4. The Mardi Gras dinner and auction is Saturday, March 2, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Salt Lake City Marriott, City Creek. Purchase tickets on line or at the door.  Please ask friends and support our largest and very important fundraiser. Preview live auction items, party boards, (Party boards go on sale Tuesday, February 26) and purchase a golden ticket for $100.00 atwww.cosgriff.org

Volunteers are needed before, during and after the Mardi Gras. Please sign up on the following website.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4AAAA722A3FB6-mardi

Winner of the golden Mardi Gras ticket will choose one of the following:
** All that Jazz: 4 Toyota Club Tickets to Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards, Friday, March 29th, 2019, includes dinner and parking passes, and one-night stay at Marriott Downtown at City Creek

** PARK CITY GOLF GET-AWAY: 3 nights in Park City at 3-bedroom Park Avenue Condo,with 4 rounds of golf at the Park City Golf Course

** $2000 Tuition Discount receive $2000 off the 2019-20 tuition for one J.E. Cosgriff student.

5. FREE DRESS on Wednesday 2/27 for all students who bring in $20 worth of opportunity tickets.
It is a wide open race for a grade which sells the most tickets to earn a delicious lunch at Crown Burger! Tickets must be turned in by Friday, March 1, to count toward the class prizes. 

6. Please read the following: “The Flu, A Guide for Parents”
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2018.pdf

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

February 19, 2019

Dear Parents,

A few reminders for today:

An unusually high number of teachers, staff and student have been out of school due to Influenza, ear and throat infection, bronchitis, high fever etc. Please make sure that your child is healthy before sending him/her to school, Whatever is going around seems to be very contagious.  Thank you. 

1. School dismissal on February 20 and 21, is at 12:15 a.m. due to parent teacher conferences. Students who have ordered a Murray School District will receive a sack lunch on those days.

2. Notify Tammie Cleverly tcleverly@cosgriff.org if you are in need of Extended Day care for your child during parent teacher conferences and you do not use the service every day.

3. Homework Club will be cancelled on  February 20, 21, and Monday, February 25.

4. Kindergarten turned in the most tickets last week. Kindergarten wins the extra computer class!
This Thursday 2/21 all students who bring in $10 worth of tickets can wear a spirit shirt and crazy socks.

5. Thank you to Fr. Joshua for teaching a very meaningful and relevant Faith Formation class to the faculty, parents and parishioners, on “Mariology,” (basic truths about Mary, our Blessed Mother.)

6.  Registration for GIRLS ON THE RUN 2019 SPRING PROGRAM is open!!! (we have spots for 25 girls)

For girls 3rd to 5th grade only.

To register go to:      www.girlsontherunutah.org

Click on REGISTER NOW at the top of the page on the green banner

Click on the REGISTER NOW under Spring 2019 Program. You can also see all the details of the program here.

You then will be taken to the registration where you should pick JE COSGRIFF under Site/School*.

If you have any question about registration please contact Gemma Pessina gpnativi@yahoo.com.

** Volunteers to help with Girls on the Run.  We need volunteers to keep our girls safe while we work out, please go to http://signup.com/go/cMpKgCY.  You don’t have to be a runner!

7. Please purchase your Mardi Gras tickets at www.cosgriff.org. The entire Cosgriff community is welcome and strongly encouraged to participate in one or several aspects of the Mardi Gras. Your attendance is most important, a silent auction or underwriting donation, or volunteer the day and/or evening of the Mardi Gras are a few ways which you will be able to do your part as a parent. Please reach out to Marnie Andrews, Auction Chair hmandrews@gmail.com or Danielle Jefferies, Development Director djefferies@cosgriff.org to offer you support for this major Cosgriff FUNdraising event.

Sign up to volunteer at the Mardi on the following link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4AAAA722A3FB6-mardi

8. Donation items are still needed for the Fourth Street Clinic in down town Salt Lake City.

Fourth Street Clinic helps homeless Utahns improve their health and quality of life by providing high-quality health care and support services.

The following Fourth Street Clinic “Wish List” items are requested from all Cosgriff families. Please place items in boxes in front of the school office.

Double or triple A batteries, lemon or regular scented wipes. Smaller size sturdy back packs. Hanes medium size men’s tee shirts, Bees Chap-stick, Cetaphil unscented lotion, 7 day pill planner, Nalgene 4oz. wide mouth water bottle, Flex and Go folding cane.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

February 13, 2019,

Dear Parents,

Please read the following information:

**Valentine lollipops will be sold for $1.00 tomorrow, Valentine’s Day. All proceeds will be donated to the 4th Street Clinic. 

**The eighth grade performance of William Shakespeare’s famous play, “As You Like It” will be tomorrow, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the church social center. All Cosgriff families are welcome to the performance.

1. Tammy Cleverly’s email address was incorrect in the February 11, Principal’s letter.  It is tcleverly@cosgriff.org. If you need extended day for your child during Parent Teacher Conferences, please notify Mrs. Cleverly, especially if you usually do not use the service.

3.  All parents, parishioners and middle school students are invited to attend a special Faith Formation class on Friday, February 15, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the fifth grade classroom. This class will be taught by Fr. Joshua and the topic is TheBlessed Mother and Her Significant Role in the Catholic Church.  This will serve as required Faith Formation hours for teachers and others who attend the talk. Please just check in the office as you come into the school.

4. The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a free throw contest for boys and girls ages 9 to 14. The contest will be on Sunday, February 24 from 12:00 to 1:00 in the school gym. Sign in at the gym on the 24th. The contest is free for participants and there will be prizes of a new basketball for each age division. Questions please contact Paul Simonson. pslmonson@hotmail.com

5. During the past few weeks, the administration has become aware of some community members who have questions regarding the validity and effectiveness of Power Hour.  Some individuals have inquired about “Power Hour” and what it provides academically for students in kindergarten thru fifth grade. Questions have been asked such as: Is it worth the extra teaching staff, time, and money? Please read the following for clarification:

What is Power Hour? (It is not a health bar or exercise class)

Power Hour is a fancy name for a 45 minute block of focused small group instruction in reading, writing, and spelling. “Small group instruction goes back to the late 1800’s when educators became aware of the wide differences among students at the same grade level. Reading and math groups within classrooms became common as teachers felt it necessary to reteach or reinforce a certain academic skill.  (Barr and Dreeben, 1991) Differentiating instruction is a key purpose of small group instruction.

 Please read how “Power Hour” works at Cosgriff.

Reading in Small Groups

A student’s specific reading level is determined with the use of DIBELS,(now know as Acadience) This is a set of procedures and measures developed at the University of Oregon for assessing literacy development in students from kindergarten through sixth grade. In addition the University of Utah Reading Clinic rate, accuracy and words per minute criteria.

Five or six students reading on the same level are placed in a small group. The assigned teacher prepares a Guided Reading lesson and teaches specific comprehension, vocabulary and higher level thinking skills each day for 15 to 20 minutes. Progress monitoring is an ongoing assessment used by the teacher to determine if growth is taking place in reading. Students then rotate to a spelling or writing small group.

The reading room (across from the fifth grade) was started at Cosgriff about 12 years ago with our first few sets of leveled readers.  The reading room now contains many single subject and sets of leveled reading books with a wide variety of topics, genres etc. (Please feel free to browse in the Reading Room)

Spelling and Writing in Small Groups

“Words Their Way” is formal word study where students develop a general knowledge of English and Spelling. This researched based program is used to teach a systematic spelling Power Hour center. Students are assessed prior to grouping for “Words Their Way” in order to determine their skill based starting level.

The Power Hour writing groups learn and practice proper writing mechanics, sentence and paragraph structure, proper grammar usage and much more. “Step Up to Writing” a researched based program provide guided lessons and ideas for the teacher. The lessons and materials for spelling and writing are stored in the Reading Room.

Power Hour is taught by a combination of regular classroom and special needs teachers. Also, highly trained reading aids teach in the program. Raquel Austin is the lead Reading Coach for Cosgriff. She obtained many hours of training and professional development before accepting the challenge of the Reading Coach and Director of the Power Hour literacy block.

Power Hour does not take the place of regular classroom Language Arts instruction. In fact, it strengthens classroom instruction and student learning in fluency, spelling, writing, comprehension, vocabulary, and word solving strategies. The regular classroom teacher directs the writing and reading portion of Power Hour groups with specific lesson plans for the Power Hour teacher.

Power Hour is a win–win at Cosgriff School. Please call or email Mrs. Austin or Mrs. Hunt to take a closer look at Power Hour in action between 8:30 and 12:00 noon, Monday thru Thursday. You are invited for an information tour of the reading room any time of day. Seeing is believing, so please see and learn more about Power Hour.

Mrs. Raquel Austin,  raustin@cosgriff.org

Mrs. Hunt bhunt@cosgriff.org

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

 

February 11, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

Class pictures will be taken tomorrow, February 12. All students are expected to wear FORMAL DRESS. The order form and payment ($10.00) are due tomorrow.  The picture day ID is UM558003G0. mylifetouch.com.   

1. Parent-Teacher Conferences are February 20 and 21, from 12:45 to 7:00 each day. Go to www.cosgriff.org to sign up. Teachers of P.E. Computer, Latin, Spanish, Music, Choir, Violin, Art, Special Needs and Library Science have specific days and times which they will be available during the conferences. Take the opportunity to speak to these teachers about your child’s progress as these courses are an important component of the required core curriculum.

1. Mrs Trapp, 2/20, 12:45 to 2:30, 2/21, 1:30 to 7:00 p.m. (Lang. Arts 7th)

2. Mrs. Maier, 2/20 and 2/21, 12:50 to 4:00 p.m. (Spanish, 7,8th)

3. Ms. Jamison, 2/20 and 2/21, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Comp. Tech. K-8th)

4. Mr. Huntzinger, 2/21, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Choir, K-6th)

5. Mr. Downes, 2/20, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Music, K-8th)

6. Mrs. Shrum, 2/20 and 2/21, 12:45 to 3:00 p.m. (Lib. Science K-6th)

7. Mr. McCormack, 2/20 and 2/21, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Spanish, Pre-K – 3rd)

8. Mrs. Ellis, 2/21, 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. (P.E. K-8th, Health, 7th and 8th)

9. Mrs. Millard, 2/20, 12:30 to 4:30,   2/21, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Latin, 4,5,6th)

10. Mr. Harris, 2/21, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Violin 3,4,5th)

11. Mrs. Harmston, 2/20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (Art, K-8th)

2. Homework Club will be cancelled on February 20 and 21.

3. Tammie Cleverly requests that if you are in need of child care on February 20 and/or 21please call in advance for a reservation, as she would like to make sure to have enough staff on hand for a larger group of students. tcleverly@cosgriff.org

3. Plan to attend the eighth grade presentation of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Students will perform Wednesday, February 13, at 10:00am, 1:00pm and Thursday, February 14, at 7:00pm. This promises to be an excellent performance under the direction of Mrs. Kori Hazel with assistance from Ms. Martina Gehrig. 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.  Parents who have children in younger grades are especially encouraged to attend this classic Shakespeare play. All Cosgriff families and friends are welcome to all fine arts performances.

4. Thank you to our fourth grade students for hosting the 11:00 Sunday Mass on Feb. 10, and their parents for providing refreshments at the coffee/donut social after Mass.

5. Congratulations to all seventh and eighth grade students who took the time and made the effort to participate in the Diocesan Science Fair.  J.E.Cosgriff was very well represented and several students were recipients of outstanding awards. Click Here For Results

6. A special thank you to Mr. Jim Larson, for taking extra time with students in preparation for the fair. He provides a solid background in science and math education which has inspired students to ask scientific questions, and pursue  challenging and authentic research. A sincere word of appreciation to teachers on all grade levels for their direct and solid instruction over the years in all areas of language arts, public speaking, science, mathematics, technology, liberal arts, etc.. Many aspects of a student’s prior knowledge are required to produce an innovative and well-constructed project.

7. GIRLS ON THE RUN.

2019 SPRING PROGRAM

MARCH 21 – JUNE 1

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!! (we have spots for 25 girls)

For girls 3rd to 5th grade.

Cost of Registration is $195 and includes:

*10 sessions conducted by certified GOTR volunteer coaches

*Curriculum and lesson materials

*A healthy snack at each sessions

*Official GOTR T-shirt and water bottle

*5K Registration fee

*5K Medal

*Post 5k celebration

Meetings are THURSDAYs from 3:15 to 5:15pm.  Our first practice will be, March 21 (total of 10 meetings, no meetings on April 18).  Once you register, you will receive more information about the rest of the events.

To register go to:      www.girlsontherunutah.org

Click on REGISTER NOW at the top of the page on the green banner.

Click on the REGISTER NOW under Spring 2019 Program. You can also see all the details of the program here.

You then will be taken to the registration where you should pick JE COSGRIFF under Site/School*.

If you have any question about registration please contact Gemma Pessina gpnativi@yahoo.com.

Parents you are welcome to register to volunteer to help us keep our girls safe while we workout, please go to http://signup.com/go/cMpKgCY.  You don’t have to be a runner!

8. Calling All Saint Ambrose/Cosgriff families!

Have you been missing out on emails or mailings from the Parish?

The St. Ambrose parish office may need to update your contact information!

Please take a moment to fill out the contact information card located at the end of each pew and place it in the offering basket at Mass. You may also click on this attachment and email to the parish office or print and return with your student. We are collecting this information during the month of February and updating our databases to serve you better. If you are not a member of the parish, and wish to join, please fill out a registration form and/or contact the office. Thank you for your help with this important project!

9. Need Volunteer Hours?

Did you know that you can earn volunteer hours at Cosgriff by serving in the weekend Masses at St. Ambrose as an Extraordinary Minister, a Lector, a Greeter, singing in the Choir or serving as a Cantor? The training is provided by the Parish (Extraordinary Ministers do need to take a class from the Diocese at a later date

If you are interested, please contact Chris Huntzinger 801-209-3387 or chuntzinger@cosgriff.org for more information. Please respond before February 28. Thank you.

10. Congratulations to the second grade for selling the most Mardi Gras tickets last week. As a reward and incentive they will participate in an extra P.E. class with Mrs. Ellis. This week, the class which sells the most tickets will receive an extra computer class with Ms. Jamison.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

February 4, 2019,

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

We are so very fortunate to welcome Bishop Oscar Solis to Cosgriff on Friday, February 8. He will celebrate our school Mass at 8:30 a.m. and then visit students in their classrooms.  All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to Mass with Bishop Solis.

The monthly HSA meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents are invited to attend the meeting. If you have a particular topic for discussion, please contact Scott McAward, President, smcward@sa.utah.edu

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place February 20 and 21 Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on both days to allow for sufficient parent conference times. (No Homework Club on both days) The Middle School sign up changed last year and was successful in eliminating long lines which accommodated more conferences. Parents of seventh and eighth grade students please sign up for a block of time. Five to ten families may sign up depending on the length of time allotted to a specific block. All “Special” teachers including foreign language will be available for a conference in the school gym.

Sign up for parent teacher conferences at www.cosgriff.org

3. Progress reports will go home on Thursday, February 7. Please talk to your child about his/her progress in working hard to complete a successful third quarter of school. Just a reminder: a student is ineligible to play sports, participate in drama etc. If he/she currently has a D or lower grade in a class. All grades must be a C or above for a student to participate in extracurricular Cosgriff activities.

4. Congratulations to Mr. Larson and science fair participants from the seventh and eighth grade. Several students will participate in the Diocesan Science Fair on February 9 at Juan Diego Catholic High School.

Congratulation to the following Cosgriff Science Fair winners CLICK HERE.

5. The fourth grade students attending Cosgriff and those in the parish have been asked to host the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, February 10. All fourth grade students are asked to report to church at 10:30 in their Sunday best dress, to greet parishioners and prepare for Mass. The fourth, fifth, sixth grade liturgical choir is expected to participate in this special class hosted Mass. All fourth grade students who do not have a direct part in the Mass are asked to sing in the choir. A donut, juice and coffee social will follow Mass.

6. The annual Mardi Gras will take place on Saturday, March 2, at the Marriott Hotel beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please go to the school website to purchase a ticket and join this great evening of support and fun. Please invite family, friends and neighbors to our annual Gala event. We are still in great need of underwriting donations to offset the many expenses of the event. Please contact Danielle Jefferies, Development Director with a much needed generous donation.

7. The Mardi Gras opportunity tickets will go home with your child today. Please refer to the attached link for ticket sale deadlines and incentive prizes for students.
https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2019/OpportunityTicketsPrizes/tabid/1004243/Default.aspx

8. Class Pictures will be taken Tuesday, February 12. All students are expected to wear FORMAL DRESS to school that day. Life touch picture selection and payment form goes home today with your child. You can also pay on line at mylifetouch.com.  Our picture ID is UM558003G0.

Whether you pay by check, cash or on line, the picture form and payment are due on picture day, February 12.

9. Cosgriff will host a prospective parent drop in meeting and tour on tomorrow February 5, and February 11, at 9:00 a.m. Please direct all interested families to Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director.mkearns@cosgriff.org

10. The famous eighth grade Shakespeare play “As You Like It” will be performed on February 13, in the church social center at 10:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. Also on February 14 at 7:00 p.m. All Cosgriff families and friends are invited to this masterpiece performance.

11. The Student Leadership Council will sell Valentine heart and lips lollipops on Wednesday, February 6, for $1.00 each. All proceeds will be donated to the Fourth Street Clinic, a health clinic in down town SLC which provides health care to homeless Utahans. The following is a list of Wish List items we are collecting in February to donate to the Fourth Street Clinic in addition to a monetary donation. Please place all items in front of the school office.

Double or triple A batteries, lemon or regular scented wipes. Smaller size sturdy back packs. Hanes medium size men’s tee shirts, Bees Chap-stick, Cetaphil unscented lotion, 7 day pill planner, Nalgene 4oz. wide mouth water bottle, Flex and Go folding cane.

12. The fifth grade Girl Scout troop is working on a year-long Take Action project designed to make an impact in the community. The area the girls choose as important to them is environmental awareness and impact. This month they are focusing on air quality. They researched the issue, wrote letters and made informational posters and fact sheets with keychains. The girl scouts ask that car motors are turned off in the parking lot before and after school if you must wait longer than one minute.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

January 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1. Homework Club has been cancelled today, due to an all faculty and staff meeting after school.

2. In true Italian style, the Spaghetti Dinner was well attended, fun for the whole family with a delicious dinner. Much gratitude to Becky Moore, Tiffany Wharton, Bob Parenti, Dick Herald and many other helpful parent volunteers. Thanks to all for a great kick off activity for “Catholic Schools Week.”

3. Much appreciation goes to the parents of sixth grade students for supporting the Souper Bowl of Caring donut sale. There were plenty of donuts for everyone.

4. Thank you to parents of our fifth grade students for a delicious faculty lunch on 1/24. Faculty lunch is always a special treat and enjoyed by all.

5. Student Handbook Policy 4510

Student participation in all special after school activities including volleyball, basketball, drama, track club, band/orchestra, Jacob’s Ladder, Liturgical Dance etc. requires no lower than a C grade in all core subjects. If a student receives a D or lower grade, he/she will be ineligible to practice and/or play a game until the grade has been raised to a C or better. Please support and discuss this policy with your child at home. It is in place to emphasize the importance of the high academic expectations and standards in place at Cosgriff School and to send a strong message to all students that high academic performance along with strong character formation are critical priorities at Cosgriff School.

As of this morning, several student were informed by the administration that they were ineligible for CYO sports, drama, mock trial, etc. until all grades were a C status or better. Thank you for your support with this important directive. If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal. 801-486-6933 bhunt@cosgriff.org

6. Wednesday, January 30, Catholic Schools Week, Parent and Grandparent are invited to visit classrooms starting at 10:30 am. School lunch begins at 11: 30 am.

7. Please note below the approximate time and order when students will be dismissed for lunch.  Students with last names beginning:

L-Q will be dismissed for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

R-Z will be dismissed for lunch at 11:50 a.m.

A-K will be dismissed for lunch at 12: 10 p.m.

Recess for all students will conclude at 12:50 p.m.

 Please plan on about 15 minutes for your lunch and visit as other families will need to be seated.

8. 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.

9. The Student Leadership Council has chosen The Fourth Street Clinic, 409 West 400 South, SLC as the schoolwide community service project for February 2019.

The mission of The Fourth Street Clinic:

Fourth Street Clinic helps homeless Utahans improve their health and quality of life by providing high-quality health care and support services.

For many homeless Utahans, Fourth Street Clinic is their first and only chance at a diagnosis and on-going treatment. By increasing homeless Utahans access to primary care, Fourth Street Clinic is a major partner in ending homelessness, promoting community health, and achieving across-the-board health care savings. Some of the many services are dental, primary medical care, pharmacy services, acute care, laboratory testing etc..

10. Please donate one or two of the following Fourth Street Clinic “Wish List” items. Please place items in boxes in front of the school office.

Double or triple A batteries, lemon or regular scented wipes. Smaller size sturdy back packs. Hanes medium size men’s tee shirts, Bees chap-stick, Cetaphil unscented lotion, 7 day pill planner, Nalgene 4oz. wide mouth water bottle, Flex and Go folding cane.

11. The administration and admissions are working to support parents who may be interested in a three-day afternoon toddler program or a two day morning program in the future. Please take a minute to fill out the attached survey to offer your suggestions and ideas for a more user friendly toddler program at Cosgriff.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJKPHC8

12. Please inform neighbors and friends of the prospective parent drop-in meeting and tour Thursday, January 31, and Wednesday, February 6, at 9:00a.m.  Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org with questions.

13. Student group texts/chats have become a problem in early elementary and up. Students have been teased with very unkind and inappropriate language. Please check your child’s cell phone messages and apps to help with this potentially serious problem.  16 Students participating in the ski program will be asked to keep their cell phones in a back pack until the bus pulls up in the Cosgriff parking lot at 5:00 p.m. It is an important social skill to learn how to converse and get to know the person sitting next to you on a bus. Thank you

14. Fifth grade Girl Scout Troop 326 is working on a year-long Take Action project to improve awareness of issues which negatively impact our environment. This month the girls are focusing on air quality and would like to remind Cosgriff families to “turn your key, be idle free” in our parking lot during drop off and pick up. Idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine.

15. Finally, the attendance and participation at the 5th grade class hosted Mass and the Parish Youth Ministry activity this past week end were very disappointing. A significant part of Catholic School education and formation are participation in Mass and Catholic youth community building. Much time and effort from Fr. Joshua, Mr. Huntzinger, Ms. Gehrig, Ms. Curry and the Religious Education team were devoted to the preparation of Mass, choir and PYM planning. Please make a concerted effort to support the fourth grade class hosted Mass on February 10, and Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) possibly after school on February 22 or Sunday February 24. Thank you for your support.

16. Admission Information

Thank you for re-enrolling your children in J.E. Cosgriff for the 2019-20 school year.  Many parents have found that when they go to their ParentsWeb account and click the Enrollment/ReEnrollment button, a message appears that says, “A new window has opened to Online Enrollment.”  Then nothing.  This means your pop up blocker is on.  Please look to the upper right hand side of your address line and perhaps you will see a computer monitor icon with a red X on it.  Click that and allow the RenWeb page to open.  Many of you will get a different notification that there is a pop up blocker to attend to.

For parents wanting access to their FACTS payments for tax purposes and various other reasons, you can print that information out from your FACTS account.  Once you are on your FACTS account and you see “Hello Parent”, click the upper right hand corner where it says “View Details” in the box “Payment Plan and Billing.”  On the next page you can either click the blue box, “View Payment Summary” and print out summaries by academic year or by calendar year OR click the fourth tab over “Payments Made” under the blue “View Payment Summary” and again choose your date range.  You can “expand” that detail also.

For parents applying for FACTS Grant and Aid, while you have an account for FACTS Tuition Management, the Grant and Aid portion is NOT integrated.  Therefore, unless you have applied to FACTS Grant and Aid before and have an account already, you will need to set one up.

17. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place February 20, and 21. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on both day to allow for sufficient parent conference times. (No Homework Club on Both Days) The Middle School sign up has changed to hopefully avoid long lines and accommodate more conferences. Parents of seventh and eighth grade students will sign up for a block of time. Five to ten families may sign up depending on the length of time allotted to a specific block. All “Special” teachers will be available for a conference in the school gym. Please note in the next Principal’s letter their designated times.

18. Sign up times and days for Parent Teacher Conferences, February 20, 21

Mrs. Green Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs30

Mrs. Lee Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs31

Mrs. Swaner Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs32

Mrs. Jenkins Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs33

Mrs. Lacombe Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs34

Mrs. Commagere Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs35

Mrs. Dunn Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs36

Ms. Sebahar Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mssebahar4

Mr. Weyher Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrweyher3

Mrs. Drees Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs37

Ms. Gale Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-msgale4

Ms. Curry Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscurry4

Mrs. Newman Spring 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs38

7th Grade Wednesday February 20, 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-7thgrade2

8th grade Thursday, February 21, 2019

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-8thgrade3

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 22, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important reminders and messages:

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

1. Wednesday, January 23, All Murray school lunch orders and payments for February 2019 are due. Lunch order forms can be found at www.cosgriff.org or in front of the school office. Please deposit orders/payment in the mailbox in front of the school office.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK– CLASSROOM VISIT AND SCHOOL LUNCH

2. Wednesday, January 30, Catholic Schools Week, Parents and Grandparents are invited to  visit classrooms starting at 10:30 am and then join children and grandchildren for lunch beginning at 11: 30 am.

3. All parents and grandparents are invited to lunch on January 30 after classroom visits. Murray School District has offered a special school lunch for students, parents and grandparents. The lunch menu on Wednesday, January 30 is pepperoni pizza, fruit and salad for $2.50. Order forms are available at www.cosgriff.org or in front of the office.

4. Please Note: students who have paid for school lunch for Wednesday, January 30, will not need to pay for pizza lunch that day. The lunches will be switched that week. On 1/29 students will have a breakfast lunch and on Wednesday, 1/30 pizza will be serve

Approximate time and order when students will be dismissed for lunch.  Students with last names beginning:

L-Q will be dismissed for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

R-Z will be dismissed for lunch at 11:50 a.m.

A-K will be dismissed for lunch at 12: 10 p.m.

Recess for all students will conclude at 12:50 p.m.

 Please plan on about 15 minutes for your lunch and visit as other families will need to be seated.

5. Lunch orders for the special Catholic School Week Parent/Grandparent Lunch on January 30, are due tomorrow, Wednesday morning, January 23 the latest. The lunch menu on Wednesday, January 30 is pepperoni pizza, fruit and salad for $2.50. Order forms are available at www.cosgriff.org or in front of the office.

6. Wednesday, January 23, is a special DONUT BAKE SALE ($1.00 each) The Bake Sale will be sponsored by the Student Leadership Council in support of the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” This diocesan wide service project helps to fill the shelves at the Utah Food Bank and feed a child or adult in Utah who goes without a meal on any given day.

7. The sixth grade has been asked to supply (store bought and nut free) donuts, to be sold at the Bake Sale. All donuts should be dropped off in the school kitchen before school on Wednesday.

8.  Friday, January 25, is the First day of the Ski Program for 3rd-8th grade students. Much gratitude goes to Monte Still, Valerie Rasmussen for organizing this great recreational and healthy outing for Cosgriff Students. Also, thank you to all parents who are making an effort and sacrifice for their child to participate in the Ski Program.

9. Saturday, January 26, Spaghetti Dinner, 6:00-8:00 pm (after the 5:00 pm Mass) The annual Parish/School Spaghetti Dinner, will be held in the church social center to kick of Catholic Schools Week. All are welcome to enjoy a delicious dinner and dancing to a D.J. The dinner is $5.00 per person or $25.00 for a family with more than four members.

10. Tuesday, January 29, Annual 7,8th grade Science Fair, in the social center. Judging will take place from 10:00 to 12:30. Award will be announced at 6:00 p.m. that evening in the social center.

11. On Wednesday, January 30, at 9:00 a.m., there will be an Information Meeting and School Tour for parents interested knowing more about J.E. Cosgriff School. For the 2019-20 school year. Please ask all interestedfamilies to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org

12. Important note from Maggie Kearns, Admission Director. Thank you to the many families who have already re-enrolled  your child for the 2019-20 academic year.  If you missed the December email inviting you to re-enroll, you can access the packet through ParentsWeb.https://jec-ut.client.renweb.com/pw/?SchoolCode=JEC.   Go to “Family Information” and then “Re-Enrollment/Enrollment”.  Some of you have started but not completely submitted your packets.  Of course, that is okay.  Just be sure to do it by Friday, February 8, 2019. If you didn’t get an auto-reply email about the submission, please go back through ParentsWeb and check your packet status. The deadline to apply for FACTS is Friday, March 8, 2019

13. All students have been asked to sell opportunity tickets in support of the Mardi Gras fundraiser on March 2. The grade that sells the most tickets will enjoy a special lunch at Crown Burger. (Watch for these tickets next week) The Mardi Gras is the largest fundraiser of the year and we ask all families to participate in one way or another. If possible, attend the auction and encourage friends and family to join you. If you cannot attend the event, send in a donation to help underwrite the expenses of the auction, purchase an ad in the program, or donate a great prize to be sold at the event. The net profit from the auction is greatly needed to help with Cosgriff upkeep and repairs, academic and religious programs, teacher professional development, technology, the arts, sports, student financial aid and much more.

14. Please contact Marnie Andrews, Chair at hmandrews@gmail.com  or Danielle Jefferies, Development director djefferies@cosgriff.org  if would like to volunteer and get involved in this important fundraising event. Maria Willmarth is serving as chair of our live auction. Please send her a note if you have an idea for a fabulous live auction item. maria.willmarth@gmail.com

15. Signup page for volunteers to help with GIRLS ON THE RUN  is open!!!. Signup as many time as you would like. http://signup.com/go/cMpKgCY

Girls on the Run is for all girls from 3rd grade to 5th grade. Meetings will be on Thursdays from 3:15 to 5:15pm from March to June 1 when we will be having our 5k.

Registration for this event will open soon, once it opens, we will send out the link to register and we will have flyers available at the office to register this way too.

If you have any questions please contact Gemma Pessina gpnativi@yahoo.com

Please read a few  additional items left out of today’s letter.

16. All families are asked to volunteer at least 20 hours each school year. (pre-k and younger =10 hours).  The volunteer hours served directly to St. Ambrose Church will  be counted as part of your 20 hours at Cosgriff. For example: decorating the church for Christmas or Easter, serving as a greeter or lector, hosting the coffee social on Sunday, shoveling snow outside the church,  setting up for a funeral luncheon, etc. You are asked to report all volunteer hours for school and church on ParentWeb. Please know that your support and good works are very much needed and appreciated.

17. On Sunday, January 27, the Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) will gather for the 11:00 a.m. Mass. After Mass, all sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grade students are invited for lunch and conversation in the school gym. Fr. Joshua will  lead the group in faith formation, the rosary, song, dance, community service and fun. Parent of middle school students are invited to PYM as a participant or just to observe. Parent pick-up is at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. Ms. Curry and Ms. Gehrig assist Fr. Joshua during all PYM meetings.

18. The fifth grade students will host the the 11:00 a.m.  Mass on Sunday, January 27, and a coffee/donut social after Mass. Fourth, fifth, and  sixth grade choristers are invited and expected to attend and sing at Mass. All Cosgriff families are urged to participate in this special Mass on Sunday.

19. Watch for the 2019-20 tuition rates set by the Catholic Diocese. Thank you to all families who have registered for next year.

20. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place February 20 and 21. Sign-up for conferences begin next week.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

*

January 14, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 21. It is a national holiday.—NO SCHOOL

1. A reconciliation meeting for parents of second grade students will take place tonight, 1/14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.

2. Students may wear a free “Spirit” top tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15, with a donation of four cans of food or $5.00, for the Utah Food Bank. All Catholic Schools are supporting the Souper Bowl of Caring, food collection during January. The Utah Food Bank is in great need of protein canned food, such as peanut butter, tuna, canned stew, chili, macaroni and cheese and canned fruit. Place donations in front of the school office.

3. Re-enrollment for the 2019-20 academic year has begun. One parent in each family has received an email inviting you to re-enroll your children.  Deadline is Friday, February 8.  As mentioned before, we are still waiting for tuition-related information from the Diocese and will pass it along as soon as we can. The deadline to submit a financial aid FACTS application is March 8. Thank you for your patience and support if Cosgriff.

4. A prospective parent “Drop in Meeting and Tour” will take place Wednesday, January 16 at 9:00 a.m. Parent connections and support are greatly needed to help maintain and increase our enrollment for the 2019-20 school year. Questions, please contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director mkearns@cosgriff.org

5. Mrs. Dunn is available to tutor 3rd-8th grade students before and after school, Tuesday through Thursday. Tutoring can be in math, writing, reading and study skills to support academic success.

Morning times are 30 minutes (7:30-8:00)

Afternoon times are 60 minutes (3:20-4:20)

Please contact Logan Dunn at ldunn@cosgriff.org

6. Mr. Larson is asking for your help as he needs eleven more judges for  the 7th and 8th grade Cosgriff science fair. The Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 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.

Online registration for judges is now open at the following site:

http://www.sciencefairtools.com/site/login

Username: cosjudge2019

Password: cosjudgereg2019

7. Catholic School’s Week is January 28 thru February 2. On Wednesday, January 30, Parents and Grandparents are invited to visit classrooms beginning at 10:30 am and then enjoy lunch in the gym, starting at 11:30 am. Students with last names beginning with R- Z will be dismissed for lunch first and with other student following about every 15 minutes.  Murray School District is offering pepperoni pizza, salad, fruit and milk for $2.50. Please see the order form at www.cosgriff.org  under the hot lunch tab, or pick an order form on the table in front of the office. All orders and payment are due by Tuesday, January 22. Please place orders in the mailbox in front of the office. Please note that students who order hot lunch will receive the “Breakfast” lunch on Tuesday, January 29, and the “Pizza” lunch on January 30. The lunch for these two days has been switched to accommodate the special parent luncheon.   

8. Girls on the run is back to J.E. Cosgriff.
Do you want to be part of teaching our girls healthy habits, self-esteem, compassion, competence and kindness? Then be part of our team. We are looking for a head coach and parent volunteers that can inspire our girls.  We will meet once a week for 2 hrs, starting March 11 to June 1 when we will be part of a 5 k in Sugar House.  For more information contact Gemma Pessina, gpnativi@yahoo.com

9. Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) meeting is set planned for Sunday, January 27, beginning with the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Sixth thru ninth grade students are invited to sit together during Mass. After Mass, student will go to the school gym where they will enjoy lunch and conversation, and participate in the holy rosary, faith formation, a community service project, games, music, song, dance and fun. Please bring a rosary Parent pick-up is at 2:30 p.m in the gym. Questions, please contact Jill Curry, jcurry@cosgriff.org  or Martina Gehrig, mgehrig@cosgriff.org

10. All parents of current kindergarten students are invited to “Kindergarten Night,” Thursday, January 24, 6:00 p.m. in the library. (Parents Only) Kindergarten Night is for current kindergarten parents–only.

11. The annual parish/school Family Spaghetti Dinner will take place Saturday, January 26, in St. Ambrose social center beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm. A delicious spaghetti dinner will cost $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. A   D.J. will also join the party for dancing and fun. Wine will not be sold at the dinner and BYOB is discouraged as this is a family oriented activity.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

January 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

A special note of gratitude for your many thoughtful Christmas cards and gifts given to the administration, faculty and staff. Your kindness and generosity were appreciated so very much.  Also, thank you to several parents who donated gift cards for other families who needed extra support this past holiday season. Your donations made such a positive difference for several appreciative families.

**The deadline to sign up for the ski program is tomorrow, January 8. Seven more participants are needed to make this activity possible with bus service. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register your third thru eighth grade student.  Ski dates are January 25, February 1, 8, 22, March 1. Questions, please call Valerie Rasmussen at 801-949-5728.

Parent chaperones are needed to ride the bus for each ski outing. Please use the following link to sign up. Parent chaperones will receive a free Snowbird Day Pass (for that day only) while students are in lessons.

http://signup.com/go/xeCkvTk

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

1. The monthly HSA meeting is this evening at 7:00 p.m in the library. All are welcome to offer input and suggestions. Please contact Scott McAward, President if you would like to propose a topic for discussion at the meeting.smcaward@sa.utah.edu

2. Report cards for the second quarter of school will go home on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  A short honor assembly will take place immediately following the 8:30am mass on January 11, in the church.

3. Parents of second grade students, please choose between one of two second grade reconciliation parents meetings. Sunday, January 13, at 9:45 a.m. or Monday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. Both will take place in the Vaughan Center.

4. The J.E. Cosgriff community service project for January 2019 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 to 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.

Tuesday, January 15, is FREE SPIRIT DRESS TOP DAY. Students may wear a spirit top from their favorite team with a donation of four cans of food or $5.00.  The Sixth grade students will be asked to sponsor a DONUT BAKE SALE on Wednesday, January 23. Each donut will sell for $1.00. Students may bring in extra cans of protein food any day in January to help the one out of five men, women and children in Utah who go without even one meal in a day.

THE UTAH FOOD BANK HAS A WISH LIST: HIGH PRIORITY REQUESTS ARE PEANUT BUTTER, CANNED TUNA, CANNED FRUIT, CANNED STEWS, CHILI, BOXED MEALS, MACARONI AND CHEESE, PASTA.

All food items are to be placed in boxes outside of the school office. 

6. 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.

7. The SOCIAL SKILLS which teachers will review and emphasize in January and for the rest of the year pertain to “Courtesy” and “Proper Etiquette.” These skills include saying “please” and “thank-you,” acknowledging a person with direct eye contact when passing in the hall. When called upon by a teacher or another adult, respond with a “Yes, Mr. Larson” (not “huh” or “what”), shake hands when meeting a person, use the term “excuse me” as needed, and watch for the opportunity to hold a door open for another person.

8. Mardi Gras tickets are now on sale for this fantastic March 2, fund raiser. Please purchase individual tickets or a table for 10 at www.cosgriff.org

9.  SAVE THE DATE: The annual school/parish Spaghetti Dinner will take place in the church social center on Saturday, January 26, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Enjoy delicious food and a DJ.

10. We will have two Drop in Tours In January for prospective parents—January 16 and January 31 at 9 am.  Please share this information with any family, friends, co-workers, parish members who might be looking for a preschool program or K-8.

11. Re-enrollment for the 2019-20 academic year has begun. One parent in each family has received an email inviting you to re-enroll your children.  Deadline is Friday, February 8.  As mentioned before, we are still waiting for tuition-related information from the Diocese and will pass it along as soon as we can.  Thank you for your patience and support if Cosgriff.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

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December 31, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. On this last day of 2018, I would like to personally thank you and your children for such kind notes and very generous  Christmas gifts. Your thoughtfulness meant so much to me.

2. Re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 year is about to begin.  Please watch for an email from Maggie Kearns in Admission with information on how to re-enroll and enroll new siblings.  At this time tuition rates for 2019-2020 have not been announced by the Diocese, but we will forward that information as soon as it is available.

3. Please welcome Rhett Tenney to Cosgriff School, as our eighth grade Social Studies teacher. Mr. Tenney has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Masters in Western Civilization. Mr. Tenney, his wife, Sandy, and their three children just recently moved from Arizona where he taught high school English, sophomore History and Literature. Please welcome Mr.Tenney to Cosgriff School.

4. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register third thru eighth grade students for the ski program.

Happy and Healthy New Years!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

December 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following notes:

1. Thank you for your attendance at the Christmas Concert. Your children did their very best to provide a meaningful top notch performance. Much appreciation to Fr. Joshua, Mr. Downes, Mr. Harris, Mr. Huntzinger, Ms. Barkey, the entire faculty and staff, the students and of course, you the parents for your continued sacrifice and support of J.E.Cosgriff School.

2. School will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m on Friday, December 21, for Christmas vacation. No homework club that day and Extended Day will close at 5:00 p.m. School will resume on January 7, 2019, the first day of the third quarter of school.

3. The second quarter of the school year ends on Friday, January 21. All examinations, class projects and assignments must be completed by the last day of the second quarter. Late work will not be accepted after December 21. Students will receive report cards on January 9, 2019. An honor assembly will take place on Friday, January 11, in the church after the 8:30 a.m. school Mass.

4. Christmas Videos will be available for pick up in the office on Thursday, December 20. If you did not purchase a copy but would like to do so, email Scott McAward. smcaward@sa.utah.edu

5. Val Rasmussen and Monte Still have so kindly agreed to lead and direct the ski program for the 2019 season. Go to www.cosgriff.org fro information and registration. DEADLINE IS TUESDAY JANUARY 8th, 2019.

6. Thank you for your generous donations of clothing and hygiene products for St. Patrick’s Church. Students in grades K-8 tied thirty new warm blankets during their school “Family” activity on Friday, December 14. These blankets and a monetary gift will be sent to The Road Home, a shelter for homeless men, women, and children. The sale of smencils allow the school to send monetary donations.

7. The Student Leadership Council will be hosting a Super Smencil Sale on Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week. All Smencils and Smens will be sold for just $1.00.  What a deal! Holiday lollipops will also go on sale for just .50 cents each. Pre-school parent, watch for the smencil sale before at drop off and pick up this week. These are all great stocking stuffers.

8. The administration is still accepting gift cards for some Cosgriff and St. Ambrose families who would greatly benefit from a little extra help this Christmas season. Please turn these gift card into the office. Thank you for your generosity.

9. A special word of deepest gratitude to all parents for your gifts of time, talent and treasure. J.E. Cosgriff School shines because you believe and support the mission and vision of the school.

10. As the administrator of the school, I would like to sincerely thank the many parents who have generously volunteered their time and energy for the benefit of Cosgriff School with new parent socials, family, and classroom activities. In addition to preparing quilts for service activities, fundraising, sports, recess, volunteer reading, drama, and a special thank you to the kind person who folds clothing on the lost and found table.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

December 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

Homework Club has been cancelled tonight after school due to Faculty Meeting and on Thursday, December 13, due to the Christmas Program.

1. Help Wanted Immediately: St. Ambrose parish is in need of a reliable and fit individual who is interested in a flexible part time job. A person is needed to shovel snow and salt the sidewalk, around the church, rectory, and Vaughan Center. It may be necessary for this individual to shovel before the 7:00 a.m. weekly Mass, early Sunday mornings, during the day or evening depending on the snow and ice accumulation and scheduled church services. This is an hourly position with a pay of $25 – $30 per hour. Please contact Kim Marron at the church office if you are interested or have someone in mind for this important job.   801-485-5610.

2. Mr. Huntzinger is in need of a few more individuals who are able to help assemble artificial Christmas trees and/or assist with decorating the church for this Holy Season of Christmas. If you are available for even an hour beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 14, please meet Mr. Huntzinger in the church. chuntzinger@cosgriff.org Thank you.

3. Smencils, smens and crayons will go on sale starting Tuesday, December 11, for $2.00 each. Christmas Star lollipops will be sold for $1.00. The sale will continue on Wednesday, December 12, as well. The Student Leadership Council will donate  proceeds from these sales to St. Patrick’s Church and The Road Home to help provide clothing, hygiene products and blankets for those in need.

4. Thursday, December 13 is the all school (except toddlers) Christmas Program beginning at 7:00 pm. Students should report to school at 6:45 p.m. or the time directed by their homeroom teacher. Eighth grade students will be asked to set up instruments, chairs etc. and then stay a few minutes after the performance to put them away.   The church doors will open at 6:30 pm. Formal Uniform Dress is a requirement for all students kindergarten-eighth grade.

The church remodel was needed and is beautiful. Unfortunately we lost seating in the church. Please be thoughtful and move to the middle of the pews for seating. You may order a video of the Christmas Program in the back of the church on the evening of the performance. Representatives from the HSA will be on hand to take your orders and payment. ( check, credit card or cash) CD’s will be available for pick up before the Christmas vacation.

5.   Fr. Joshua has a special request of guests who attend the Christmas Program. He wants us to be conscious all the time that the church is a unique place of worship, and therefore we give the most appropriate behavior inside it. Also, keep in mind that our children look up to us. Values are not taught they are caught. Thank you.

A note of sincere gratitude to Fr. Joshua. Yesterday, he hosted the Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) from noon to 2:30. Students were actively engaged in Mass,  prayer, song, dance, faith formation, community service and enjoyed lunch and conversation. It was a wonderful and meaningful way for our sixth thru ninth grade youth to spend an afternoon. Thank You, Fr. Joshua.

6. Friday, December 21, is the last day of the second quarter of school. All exams and projects must be completed by that day. Report cards will go home on Wednesday, January 9.  A student honor assembly will take place on Friday, January 11, in the church immediately following the 8:30 am all school Mass.

7. Parents of kindergarten students, please save the date: Thursday, January 17 at 6:00 pm, in the school library, for “Kindergarten Night.” It is an important night of instruction and learning for parents. Plan on attending this professional development meeting. PLEASE, NO CHILDREN.

8. A note from Lindsay Newlin: Wednesday, December 12, is the last day to place a SCRIP order before Christmas vacation. The cards will be ready for pick up on December 17. Don’t forget to check out the teachers’ wish list on www.cosgriff.org. If you have any SCRIP questions, please do not hesitate to email Lindsay Newlin.  scrip@cosgriff.org

9. Watch for Mardi Gras ticket sale starting January 1. Fabulous live and silent auction items are needed for the auction. Contact Danielle Jefferies at djefferies@cosgriff.org if you have a great donation or would like to help solicit for donations and get those volunteer hours out of the way.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

December 6, 2018

Dear Parents,

A few more important notes for this week:

1. Back by popular demand, the annual Christmas Program will be recorded again this year.  You may purchase a copy for $20 on DVD or USB at the program at the back of the church, before, during and after the Christmas program on Dec, 13. Check made out to “Cosgriff HSA”,  cash, credit card will be accepted. Completed videos will be available approximately a week after the program.

2.A Cosgriff Drop In Tour for potential new families for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled for Monday, December 10, at 9:00 a.m. Please share the recent Facebook post with your friends who would like to visit Cosgriff School. Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director with questions. mkearns@cosgriff.org.

3. The Murray School lunch menu for January 2019 is available on the school web page and in front of the school office. Orders and payment are due in the mailbox by the office no later than Thursday, December 20.  

4. Homework Club has been cancelled on Monday, December 10, due to an all school faculty meeting.

5. Visit the Sugar House Santa Shack for pictures with Santa! (2234 So. Highland Dr.) Cosgriff will receive $5.00 from each $20.00 photo session. Make sure to bring the attached flyer so that Cosgriff will get credit.  Pets are welcome!

6. Thank you to the many parents who have been stepping up and covering recess duty.  A special thank you to Michelle McDonough for taking the place of Mrs. Hunt during the past week or two.

When the snow falls, the new playground may be slick and hard to navigate. This is our first winter, and we are all learning how to best keep the students safe. Please remember if you are on recess duty, there is no rough horse play or throwing of snowballs!!

7. All families are invited to the Sunday, December 9, 11:00 a.m. sixth grade hosted Mass. All 4, 5, 6th grade students are welcome and very much needed to participate in choir on Sunday. A donut/juice/coffee social will follow Mass.

8. The Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) will meet on Sunday, December 9, beginning with 11:00 a.m. Mass. Fr. Joshua, Ms. Curry and Ms.Gehrig invite students in 6, 7, 8 and 9th grade to this faith-filled fun afternoon. Parent pick up is at 2:30 p.m in the school gym.

Sincerely,

Mrs.Hunt, Principal

December 3, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important messages:

  1. The HSA will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All interested parents are welcome to attend the meeting.

    1. Cosgriff families are invited to the sixth grade class hosted Mass on Sunday, December 9, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are invited and encouraged to sing in the choir during that Mass. Students should report to church at 10:30 a.m. All families are invited for a donut and coffee social after Mass.

    1. The annual Christmas Program is Thursday, December 13, beginning at 7:00 p.m.in the church. Doors open for seating at 6:00 p.m. Students are to report to their teacher in the school or social center at 6:45 p.m. FORMAL DRESS is a requirement for the program, with the exception of pre school, and the first grade Nativity cast .Please note: girls may wear long pants, along with a shirt and tie. If girls wear the uniform skirt, they should wear white, navy blue or black knee socks or tights as part of the formal dress attire.

  1. The Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) will meet Sunday, December 9, starting with the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth grade students in the parish are invited for Mass, prayer, faith formation, lunch, community service, song, dance and fun. Parent pick-up is 2:30 pm. in the social center.

    1. The end of the second quarter of school is December 21. Students have projects, assessments and several other academic responsibilities to complete in the next few weeks. Please assist your child in maintaining focus to school related requirements and end of quarter responsibilities.

    1. Collecting winter clothing and  small size hygiene products for adults in St. Patrick’s Parish and making a blanket donation to The Road Home are the Student Leadership Council projects for December. Students may wear crazy Christmas socks and hats on Wednesday, December 5, with a donation of two new or clean and slightly used,adult clothing items such as a sweat-shirt, sweat pants, sweater, socks, hat, gloves, flannel or thermal shirts, slippers,or three small size hygiene products, such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, lotion, deodorant etc. Students may also donate $5.00 in place of clothing or hygiene products.

    1. Gift of the Drummer is taking place at St. Ambrose during all Masses for the next two weeks.  If you are interested in participating, you can visit the church right after drop off on Friday (before the school Mass) to choose a child to provide $80-$90 of clothing for this Christmas Season. Gifts must be returned to the church or parish office by December 16th. Contact Elaina Yenchek with questions about this service project.

    1. Basketball season is under way in all Catholic Schools. A few reminders for coaches, players, parents:  1.Students may enter the gym with the designated coach for practice. Parents and players should wait outside the gym until the coach arrives. 2. Players should show up for practice shortly before practice begins.3. Students may not wait in the school hall unsupervised for an extended length of time. 4. Rough or disrespectful play prior, during or after practice will not be tolerated. 5. Players and coaches must respect the gym, restrooms, and area outside of the gym. All trash should be picked up, toilets flushed, and paper towels thrown in the trash can. Thank you to Mr. McCloud, Mrs. Ellis, Mr. Kahn, Mr. Allen, and the many parents who make this great CYO/UCAA athletic experience possible for our students.The faculty meeting scheduled for today has been changed to Monday, December 10. Homework Club will be available today, and cancelled on December 10.

  1. As parents are trying to make a decision regarding the best school option for their child for the 2019-20 school year, requests have been made for “transcripts” from the school office. Please know that you as parents have the necessary information required to apply to another school — ACT results and current report cards. The report cards are easily accessible on ParentsWeb. If you decide to place your child in a different school for next year, then it is the responsibility of that school to request from us a copy of your child’s transcripts, which consist of standardized testing results, current, and past grades, in addition to other information which may support a solid education for your child moving forward.The front office will not be able to fulfill your request.

  1. Start and end dates for the 2019-20 school year, in addition to some vacation days can be found on the homepage of website site under QUICK LINKS. www.cosgriff.org  Work on the full calendar will begin in January of 2019.

  1. Re-enrollment for the 2019-20 school year will begin while you are on Christmas break.  The deadline to re-enroll your child is Friday, February 8, 2019.  This gives families the option to enroll in the calendar year 2018 or 2019!  You will receive an email from Admissions, Maggie Kearns, inviting you to enroll.  We anticipate that tuition rates will come from the diocese sometime in January.  We will keep you informed of any and all changes the diocese makes with regards to 2019-20 tuition.  If you have a child in your family who will be joining their sibling and us at Cosgriff, you will need to fill out an Online Application. https://cosgriff.org/admissions/prospective-studentsonline-application/  Enrollment fees will remain unchanged at $100 for preschooler and $400 for K-8.  Graduation fees will be $150 for 8th graders.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

November 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Thank you to several families who were able to make a donation for a washer/dryer to help a family in our school community. This family is truly thankful for your kindness and generosity.

2.  We will host a drop in tour for potential new families tomorrow,  November 27, at 9:00 a.m. Please notify interested friends and others who may want to know more about J.E. Cosgriff School. Now is the time for new families to tour schools and apply.  Interested families are asked to contact Maggie Kearns, Admission Director.  mkearns@cosgriff.org.

3. A special “Thank You” to Fr. Joshua for personally taking the time to hear confession for all students in third through eighth grade. He has set several hours aside this week for that purpose.

4. The Advent prayer service begins this week with a slight change. Students will meet in the gym on Friday, November 30 at 12:50 p.m. before the First Sunday in Advent, and will continue to meet on December 7, 14, and 21.  Students will learn about the significance of each Sunday in Advent before it occurs and worldwide traditions of this special season.

5. The Christian virtue of MERCY will be our spoken about frequently in all classrooms during the month of December. Compassion, forgiveness, patience, gentleness and kindness more specifically defineMERCY. We as Christians are called upon to watch-over and support others who are less fortunate or just need a friend. The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy will once again this month, be discussed in all grade levels. Please model and recognize the virtue of MERCY with your own child.

6. The Social Skill which requires constant “reminding” here at school is “INTERRUPTING APPROPRIATELY.” The steps to this life social skill are simple: 1. Wait quietly for the best time. (This is the hardest part of the skill.) 2. Use polite attention words. 3. Say what you need and why. 4. Say, “Thank-you.”

7. The Student Leadership Council asks all families to contribute slightly used or new warm adult clothing and a small bag of hygiene products for adults and elderly in St. Patrick Parish for the December Service Project. Please send warm shirts, warm ups, socks, pants, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, in any or all adult sizes, including plus sizes.   Hygiene kits should contain a few of the following: shampoo, rinse, razors, deodorant, comb, brush, soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush or wipes.  In addition, during the school “Family” activity on December 14, students will tie blankets which will be donated to The Road Home.

Please note the following days for schoolwide special giving:

** On Wednesday, December 5, students will be allowed to wear crazy Christmas hats and socks with a donation of two clothing items, five small hygiene items or $5.00 in cash.  All students should place their clothing and hygiene donations in the marked containers in front of the office.

** On Wednesday, December 19, student in pre school through eighth grade will be able to purchase smencils/smens–$2.00 each. Middle school students will have the opportunity to purchase smens first. Christmas star lollipops will also be sold for –$1.00 each

8. The annual Mardi Gras is Saturday, March 2. Please use the holidays as a time to procure some fabulous items for our live auction. For example: Tickets to NBA games, tennis or golf tournaments, Broadway shows, car or horse races, golf trips, vacation homes or hotel reservations, fine art, exquisite jewelry, a family vacation etc. We must look to our parents, grandparents, and friends of Cosgriff to kindly locate and possibly donate spectacular auction items. If you can help with a live auction donation, please contact Danielle Jefferies, Development Director.  Djefferies@cosgriff.org right away. 801-486-3197.

9. #GivingTuesday is tomorrow, November 27.  J.E. Cosgriff is participating in this global giving moment.  Take a moment to share our Instagram and Facebook posts of the opportunity to give a little more on this day of giving!

10. Save the Date: sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grade students are invited and encouraged to attend Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) on Sunday, December 9, beginning with the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Participants will enjoy lunch, prayer, faith formation, games and a special community service Christmas project. Pick up is at 2:30 p.m.

11. Please note that the Cosgriff Principal will be MIA for a week or so due to a minor body part replacement and tune up. Your children are in excellent hands, and school will run smoothly with our Assistant Principal, Mr. Larson, and strong teacher leaders at the helm. Please do not hesitate to send an email to me in case of a problem or concern. Thank you for understanding.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

November 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Progress Reports were sent home on Thursday, November 15. A goal setting conversation with your child would be beneficial to reassess academic priorities during the busy month of December. The second quarter of school ends on December 21.

2. Homework Club has been cancelled on Tuesday, November 20, due to the beginning of the Thanksgiving vacation.

3. Extended Day will end at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20.

4. Thank you for your generosity with Thanksgiving food items and gift cards. During our school “Family” activity, the students were able to fill fifty boxes with food. A Thanksgiving dinner box along with a $25.00 grocery card will be given to 45 families in St. Patrick’s parish and 5 families at St. Ambrose. In addition, approximately seventy-five original Thanksgiving cards will be delivered this week to the Veteran’s Hospital. Many students wrote sentences expressing their gratitude to the Veterans for protecting our country, keeping them safe, and complimenting their courage and hard work.

5. Reminder: All students are to enter the school building from the north or south east doors. Only students who arrive late, should buzz in through the front school doors and report directly to the office.

6. The students who attend J.E.Cosgriff School are very fortunate to run, jump and play each day on a new enclosed playground. With the new playground has come an extra burst of energy and movement with all grade levels. Students are often reminded not to run or play tag on the play equipment, watch for other students when running, or use caution when throwing or kicking a ball. Several students have been accidently pushed over, hit with a ball, etc.  Attached to this letter you will find some basic playground rules written for the purpose of keeping all students safe, including the administration. There will be copies of these common sense procedures and rules by the volunteer check in form in the office. Thank you for taking time to read the rules and volunteer at recess duty.

7. The Parish Youth Ministry (PMA) under the direction of Ms. Curry, Ms. Gehrig and Fr. Joshua will meet on Sunday, December 9, beginning with a celebration of the 11:00 Mass.They will pray the rosary, enjoy pizza and treats, complete a community service project, participate in a faith formation talk and hopefully, sing and dance.

Students in grades six, seven, eight and nine are invited and encouraged to participate in this meaningful and fun day. Parent pick up is scheduled between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m.

8. There will be a Drop in Tour on Tuesday, November 27 and Monday, December 10, at 9:00 a.m. These tours are a great opportunity for potential new families to visit the school while it is in session. RSVP to Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org

9. Spread the word! Giving Tuesday is November 27. A perfect day for grandparents, parents, friends of Cosgriff to support our school.

10. The 2019-20 online school application is now available.

11. Thank you to the parents of our third grade class for a delicious faculty lunch on November 15.

12. A family within our school community is making a move to Magna, Utah, in order to accommodate five children in a little larger and more doable living situation. The family has a used washer which still works. They are in desperate need of a clothes dryer. If you would like to contribute money toward this much needed appliance, please write a check made out to J.E.Cosgriff School which indicates that the gift is earmarked for a ”new dryer” and send it to the office right away in care of Mrs. Hunt. With much hope and a little luck this special family will receive a new dryer in December.

Thank you for the kindness and compassion which you extend to each other. We truly have a caring and loving school community.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

November 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

1. Veterans Day, an official United States public holiday is observed annually on November 11. Today, November 12, we celebrate Veterans Day as a Federal Holiday.  It is a privilege to honor all who have courageously served our country in the United States Military. As part of our school “Family” activity, students design hand-made Thanksgiving cards, which will include a special letter of thanks. These cards will be delivered to the Veteran’s Hospital in time for Thanksgiving.

2. Progress reports will be sent home Thursday, November 15. Review your child’s progress with goals for the remainder of the quarter. During this busy holiday season, it is very important to encourage your child to stay focused and devote ample time to academic learning. RenWeb is a reliable resource for you and your child when checking assignments and grades.

3. J. E.Cosgriff school is hosting two prospective parent “Drop In” tours in December.

Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 27, 9:00 a.m.

Please reach out to your friends and acquaintances who may be interested in learning more about J.E. Cosgriff for the 2019-20 school year.  Parents are our most visible and positive source of publicity—thank you.

4. This coming Friday, November 16, school “Families” will meet to fill at least 45 food boxes with all the necessary foods for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Members of St. Patrick’s Parish will pick up these boxes along with a $25.00 gift card (for the purchase of a turkey) for each box. Five or more boxes have been requested for families in St. Ambrose parish.

Please make a personal or family sacrifice this week to purchase food items needed in your child’s grade. The Student Leadership Council will sell “Smencils” (smelly pencils) and crayons on Tuesday andThursday. The price for each “Smencil” is $2.00

           All food items should be placed in the classroom (not by the office)

     PLEASE DONATE THE FOLLOWING FOODS

Toddler, pre-school and pre-k–canned fruit

·         Kindergarten—canned vegetables

·         First Grade—packaged stuffing

·         Second Grade—packaged flake potatoes

·         Third Grade—bread or muffin mix

·         Fourth Grade—boxed desserts (cake, jello, pudding)

·         Fifth Grade—gravy mix, chicken broth

·         Sixth Grade—olives, pickles, cranberry relish

·         Seventh Grade—extra canned fruit, vegetables, potatoes, relish

·         Eighth Grade—50 sturdy boxes for packing dinners.

5. A family in our school community is in great need of a slightly used or new washer and dryer. There are five children in the family so these appliances would be used almost daily. Please contact Mrs. Hunt right away if you are able to help.  801-486-6933  bhunt@cosgriff.org

6. Please join Marni Andrews, Mardi Gras, chair for a special question and answer meeting tomorrowNovember 13, right after drop off in the school library. Marni would like to offer a more detailed explanation regarding the different Mardi Gras committees, in hopes that you would choose to sign up and help with this important fundraiser.   (coffee included)

7. A special request: If you have had experience working at an auction using mobile devices for bidding, please share your experience with the auction committee. Please email or call Danielle Jefferies, as soon as possible djefferies@cosgriff.org    801-486-3197 ex: 424, with your feedback, pro or con. Your input is valuable and needed for the auction committee. If you have time, please stop in the librarytomorrow after drop off to share your experience using mobile bidding.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

November 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, DUE TO A TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY.

Last evening, our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade Youth Group worked to rake leaves, enjoy donuts and hot chocolate, prepare for Mass, sing and dance with Fr. Joshua, celebrate Mass as a group ending with a final song,  “Tell the World of His Love.” It was a very uplifting, and positive experience for all. Thank you Ms. Curry, Ms. Gehrig, Mrs. Walz and Fr. Joshua. 

1. There is an HSA meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents are always invited to attend these meetings. If you have a topic for discussion, please contact Scott McAward, President atsmcaward@sa.utah.edu

2. A sincere “thank you” to Maria Willmarth and Aundrea Brinkman for chairing the Scholastic Book Fair this year. Also much gratitude goes to our librarian, Jennifer Shrum, and many other parents who devoted much time and energy setting up, working the fair and closing it down.  A book fair would not work without kind and generous parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff who willingly support our much needed fundraising projects.
3. Trivia Night, a favorite parent game night was once again a tremendous success and fun for all who attended this lively event. Much appreciation goes to Angela Patterson, chair, Jim and Carol Guilkey,­­­­­­ Marci Young Cancio, Mark Patterson, Jen and Mike Cook, Staci Mihalopoulous, Carlie Wheat, Mike and Candace Varanakis, Kim Kvarfordt, Heather Shotwell, Maria Santilian, Mariko Farr, Bogdann Petre, Ali Bond, Suzanne Silon, Meaghan Swartz and Danielle Jefferies.

Trivia Night was held in the Judge High School cafeteria. Thank you to Patrick Lambert, Principal for allowing Cosgriff to host this parent event at a fun and different venue.

4. Sunday, November 11, at 11:00 a.m. is the Inscription Mass for eighth grade students who attend Cosgriff School and other schools within the parish and plan to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in Spring 2019.  The fourth, fifth, sixth grade choir is invited to sing at this special Mass.

PARENT MEETING AND SCHOOL TOURS

5. On November 11, at 12:00 noon (immediately following Mass) Cosgriff School will host a short INFORMATION MEETING in the school library followed by a SCHOOL TOUR. This is an excellent opportunity for families with children, toddler thru eighth grade to learn more about the school, ask questions and speak to teachers, parents and current students. Refreshments will be served.

Please note: There is an informal drop-in meeting and school tour at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, and Wednesday November 14. All interested parents are invited to attend this morning meeting in addition to or in place of November 11.

6. As you the parents continue to be our BEST form of P.R. for Cosgriff, please tell other potential parents/families to accept the invitation next Sunday and noon or November 14, to learn more about the great Catholic and Liberal Arts education at Cosgriff School.

**Parents are needed to help host the information meeting/tour on November 11, at noon. Please contact Mrs. Hunt if you are available to speak to potential parents about Cosgriff School. bhunt@cosgriff.org   801-486-6933. Thank you.

7. We are in need of a few families to join the Hankins family to rake and bag leaves at the home of some very dear parishioners, Jim and Claire Stanley. They live at 2826 Imperial St. Please contact Kerry Hankins ASAP to offer your help.  kerryhankins@hotmail.com   Thank you in advance for your kind service.

8. It has become a school tradition that during the month of November, our community service outreach is to provide the basic food items and a few trimmings to complete a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for at least 40 parishioners in St. Patrick’s Parish, located at  400 South 1000 West.  Each grade will be asked to collect different Thanksgiving food items during the month. These items may be brought to school and placed in a box inside the student’s classroom. On November 16, the “School Families” will assemble a gift box of assorted foods. A $25.00 gift card from Fresh Market will go along with each box and all will be picked up by a team from St. Patrick Church. Some families in St. Ambrose are given a gift box and card as well. If time allows, students will make Happy Thanksgiving cards for patients at the Veterans hospital.

***Please feel free to purchase a few extra $25.00 gift cards to Fresh Market and turn them into the office no later than November 16. They will go to a family in need for the purchase of a Thanksgiving Turkey.

  1. Please purchase the following needed food items according to your child’s grade level. He/she are asked to deliver the food items to school and place them in the special food boxes in their classroom. All needs to happen by November 16.

Please donate the following according to your child’s grade:

  1. Toddler, pre-school and pre-k–canned fruit
  2. Kindergarten—canned vegetables
  3. First Grade—packaged stuffing
  4. Second Grade—packaged flake potatoes
  5. Third Grade—bread or muffin mix
  6. Fourth Grade—boxed desserts (cake, jello, pudding)
  7. Fifth Grade—gravy mix, chicken broth
  8. Sixth Grade—olives, pickles, cranberry relish
  9. Seventh Grade—extra canned fruit, vegetables, potatoes, relish
  10. Eighth Grade—45-50 sturdy boxes with lids for packing dinners.

9. The students learn more about two important virtues during the month of November.    COMPASSION. Compassion calls us to pay close attention to the feelings, troubles, hardships, and challenges of another person and then take action to help in a respectful way. STEWARDSHIP. Christian stewards receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, and share them lovingly in justice with others,

10. The Social Skill which students will learn, review and practice is VOLUNTEERING. Volunteering is a skill to use when you notice work that needs to be done or someone in need of assistance.

11. Just a friendly reminder that weekly Shop with Scrip Orders will start taking place Nov 14 to Dec 12. Place your Christmas gift giving and shopping orders in right away. An order placed by Wednesday will be available the following Wednesday. After the New Year it will go back to once a month ordering. If you have any questions please contact Lindsay at scrip@cosgriff.org.

12 Last but not least, Our Cosgriff Volleyball teams were polished and very successful at the tournament on Saturday, November 3. The final playoffs were between Cosgriff teams with very close match-ups and competition. A very special thank-you to Mr. Brian McCloud, Athletic Director, for coordinating all Volleyball coaches, staff and games. Also, thank you to Jill Curry, and Emily Ellis for their positive attidude, hard work coaching and spending extra time to teach necessary skills to the players

Our sports leagues would not exist without the many parents who coach, car pool, get their children to practice and cheer at the games. Thank you.

Regular Season Volleyball Results.

Brian, McCloud Athletic Director.

5th/6th

1st Place- Cosgriff White

3rd Place- Cosgriff Gold

7th/8th

1st Place- Cosgriff Gold

3rd Place- Cosgriff Green

Tournament:

5th/6th

1st Place- Cosgriff Gold

2nd Place- Cosgriff White

7th/8th

1st place-Cosgriff Gold

2nd place- Cosgriff Green

A special thank you to our devoted current and former parent, teacher and student coaches. Their excellent teaching and coaching made all the difference in our volleyball teams skill set, positive attitude, and morale.

Thank you to the following:

5th/6th

Mark and Ava Isaac- Cosgriff White

Amy and Marley Rosello- Cosgriff Gold

Bree Murphy and Lauren Cook- Cosgriff Green

Jim Sibthorp and Kyle Smith- Cosgriff Orange

7th/8th

Jill Curry and Emily Ellis- Cosgriff Black

Michelle Gose- Cosgriff Gold

Katie Crandall- Cosgriff Green

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

October 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

All Cosgriff students will attend Mass at 9:00 a.m. on All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1, 2018. Students are expected to wear FORMAL DRESS to school on that day.

Checkered Vans and colored sneakers are not considered formal dress shoes. There are many nice casual and inexpensive, leather shoes available on line or in the stores. All students, boys and girls kindergarten-eighth grade are expected and required to wear formal dress shoes, a tie and belt as needed on Formal Dress Days. (Casual shoes may be worn at recess following Mass)

1. Report cards for kindergarten and first grade students will go home today. Report cards for all other grades will be sent home tomorrow, 1/30. So sorry for the inconvenience, we have been challenged by the RenWeb format. Please take time to sit with your child to review academic grades, conduct and goals for quarter two. If you have questions regarding the report card, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

2. A heart-felt thank you to Sarah Ross and Gemma Pessina, for their hard work in planning and organizing hosting another fabulous Fall Fun Family Festival. Much gratitude to many parents, Christino and Felix Padillo, along with current and former students of Cosgriff for their help with throughout the evening.

3. The Scholastic Book Fair is well underway. Please know that books and other gift items may be purchased Monday, 1/29 thru Thursday 11/1 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 11/2 until 2:30 p.m. Please encourage family and friends to shop at the Book Fair as the proceeds help Cosgriff with many new books and teaching materials. 

4. The Halloween parties and parade will take place on Wednesday, October 31. Parties will begin around 1:30 p.m. and the parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Please do not park in the church parking lot after 11:00 a.m. as it will be part of the parade route.

5. Halloween costumes may not include face masks, hoods, plastic weapons or signs of blood and gore.

6. Homework Club has been cancelled on Wednesday, October 31.

7. The Student Leadership Council will sell skeleton and pumpkin lollipops for .50 cents each again tomorrow, as part of the all school community service project to collect money for Catholic Community Services in Raleigh North Carolina in support of recent hurricane victims who are in great need of clean water, food, clothing, shelter, and certainly our prayers.

8. Trivia Night for parents only is Saturday, November 3, in the Judge Memorial Cafeteria. Please assemble a highly intelligent, fun group of friends to meet at 5:30 for a night of many laughs, and great prizes.

9. During the parent meeting on October 15, parents asked the professional panel for reading material and resources. Dr. Kirk Simon has recommended the following: “The Family Virtues Guide” by Linda Kavelin Popov, and “On Grief and Grieving” by E. Kubler Ross and D. Kesler.

10. Save the Date: All middle school students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades are invited to a Youth Group gathering and yard clean-up activity on Sunday, November 4, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Students are asked to bring a rake to Youth Group that day.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

October 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

A very special thank you to all parents who were able to attend the parent meeting on October 15. It was an hour of caring, faith-filled questions, answers, and discussion. Much appreciation goes to our panel of experts, Kirk Simon, Rachele McCarthey, Kyle Smith, Scott McAward, Amy Spratling, and Fr. Joshua Santos who shared their time and knowledge to answer parent questions and offer support to the School and Church community.  

1. Homework club has been cancelled today, 10/22, due to a full faculty/staff meeting right after school.

2. The Scholastic Book Fair begins Thursday of this week in the school library. Please invite grandparents neighbors and friends to support Cosgriff and choose from a great selection of books for all ages.

Your volunteer help is greatly needed before, during and after the Book Fair. See below:

We need volunteers to work on cash registers and to help with wish lists on October 30th, 31st and November 1st. Please volunteer if you are able. We can’t run a book fair if we are short staffed and this event relies entirely on volunteers. It is an event that the students love and gets them excited about reading. Sign up link:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5aa2ca6fd0-jecosgriff

Thank you!! Maria Willmarth 801-949-1254; maria.willmarth@gmail.com

3. The second grade First Communion Presentation Mass is Sunday, October 28, at 11:00 a.m. All families are invited to celebrate the presentation J.E. Cosgriff First Communicants and those who attend other schools and are members of St. Ambrose Parish.

4. All lunch orders and payment for November are due Tuesday, October 23, (the latest). Please place orders and payment in the mailbox by the office.

5. Trivia Night for parents is Saturday, November 3. Go to www.cosgriff.org  to reserve a table. Hurry as there are only a few tables left.  Trivia Night will be held in the Judge High School cafeteria. The JMHS book store will be open for business from 5-6:00 p.m. in order to accommodate your holiday shopping.

6. Halloween lollipops will be sold again this week on Wednesday, October 24, for $1.00 each. All donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services in the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh North Carolina to help the recent hurricane victims. Thank you to all eighth grade parents for donating donuts in support of the eighth grade bake sale last week.

7. The annual Halloween Parade will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Parents are asked to park on the street after 11:00a.m. to allow for the construction of a parade route in the parking lot. Students may bring a costume to school to wear during an afternoon party beginning around 1:30-1:45pm as directed by the classroom teacher.   Students and parents may not wear face masks, hoods, carry a plastic weapon or wear a costume with blood or frightful symbols.

8. If your child is having a difficult time deciding on a costume, Fr. Joshua has recommended some Catholic and easy to assemble costumes depicting a friar, sister, pope, priest, saint etc. See my email letter through RenWeb.

9. Basketball sign-up for second thru eighth grade boys and girls for the 2018-19 season closes on Friday, October 26 at 1:15 p.m. go to www.cosgrif.org for an application. Those in need of financial aid, please contact Mrs. Hunt, bhunt@cosgriff.org 801-486-6933.

10. The construction of the new Cosgriff Music Room will begin this coming week. Please watch children at all time, as there will be large trucks and heavy equipment on Redondo Ave for excavation and clean-up. Maureen McCarthey, Terence Stephens and North Star Builders have generously supported the expansion of this larger room for music classes and instrument lesson.  We are all most grateful.

11. The Fall Fun Family Festival is Friday, October 26, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the church social center. This is a traditional family and community activity for the St.Ambrose Community where children and adults are sure to enjoy exciting games, and refreshments. Sarah Ross is in great need of middle school and high school student volunteers and parents to set up and operate the games and activity booths. Please email Mrs. Ross if you are available to help. sarah11ross@yahoo.com

12. Save the Date: All middle school students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades are invited to a Youth Group gathering and yard clean-up activity on Sunday, November 4, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Students are asked to bring a rake to Youth Group that day.

13. Many exciting sports are encouraged and allowed on our new playground area. One sport that is not sanctioned is skateboarding, because of the damage to the sport court surface and danger of injury.   Several skateboarders were asked to leave the playground over the week end. “No Skateboarding” signs will go up in the near future and possibly a combination lock for the gates. Parents, if you are in the parking lot and witness skate boarders in action, please ask them to stop and leave the premises.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

October 15, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

All parents are invited to attend a school/parish question and answer, community building meeting this evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the church social center. 

Parent Meeting Objectives: 

First, to allow parents the opportunity to obtain information from professionals on how to respond to sensitive questions and comments from their children regarding the absence of Fr. Andrzej.

Second, to discuss personal feelings of sadness, loss, concern, and confusion. Also, how to work together as compassionate parents and parishioners. 

Under no circumstance will personal issues regarding Fr. Andrzej be discussed tonight. The only reason his name will be brought up this evening is to ask the community to pray for him during these challenging times. This parent meeting has been organized as a result of parents asking for ways to communicate with their children and address their own personal feelings. This will not be a venue to pass judgement or engage in negative comments about anyone!! Please read and remember the following biblical quote:

John.8. [1] Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. … But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. [7] So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her”

John.8 – Bible, King James Version

1.  Fall Break begins at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, and includes Friday, October 19.

2. Extended Day will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18.

3. Homework Club has been cancelled on October 18, due to Fall Break, and Monday, October 22 due to a faculty/staff meeting.

4. Thursday, October 18, marks the end of the first quarter of school. This will be a busy week for students with testing, presentations, and other projects due by Thursday.

5. Report cards will go home on October 29, 2018

6. During the second and third quarter of school, uniform shorts may NOT be worn to school. Students are expected to wear long pants with belts. Girls may continue to wear the uniform skirt, jumper or long pants. Uniform pants must be purchased through Dennis Uniform or Lands End.  “Skinny” pants may not be worn as uniform attire.

7. Many students in kindergarten thru eighth grade have chosen to wear “free” style sweatshirts to school in place of the green Cosgriff sweatshirt, fleece jacket or sweater which are part of the required uniform.

Students will be asked to remove the “Free” style sweat shirts, light jackets etc. with a possible consequence of picking them up from the school Principal in late May 2019. In extremely cold weather, all students may wear a winter parka of choice over or instead of a sweatshirt. Students are encouraged to wear gloves, and a hat to keep warm.

8. As winter approaches, please make sure your child wears sturdy play shoes on casual uniform dress days and brings play shoes to change into, on Formal Dress days.

9. A late, yet important word of gratitude to the ambitious Grandparent Brunch Team for set-up, decoration, cooking and clean-up. Scott McAward, Kate Smith Meagan Swartz, Agata Golcz-McGill, Courtney Belgique, Jill Conner, Becky Fowler, Amanda Conner, and Natacha Violett, wrapped silver, set up tables, and cooked and plated well over 300 delicious meals. A special thank you to seventh and  eighth grade students who worked hard and represented Cosgriff so well as greeters, guides, servers and the clean-up crew. Classroom teachers, Mr. Huntzinger and Mr. Downes are to be acknowledged for the excellent student entertainment.

10. Thank you to Maryanne Emery, Andrea Sline, Meagan Swartz and Claire Stoecker for the creative and beautiful center piece arrangements. Please note that all flowers and design services were donated by Curated Design, curated.design.floral@gmail.com, owned by Maryanne Emery. Please support Curated Design as your holiday and special event florist choice.

11. The Student Leadership Council and eighth grade class will sponsor a DONUT bake sale on Wednesday, October 17, during lunch time. The proceeds from this sale will be sent to the Catholic Charities Mission of the Diocese of North Carolina in support of recent hurricane victims. Donut Price–$1.00 each.

12. The deadline for basketball sign-up is October 26, at 1:15 p.m. Register at www.cosgriff.org. Email Brian McCloud with questions. Contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal if your child is in need financial assistance with basketball fees. bhunt@cosgriff.org.  801-486-6933.

13. Trivia Night is November 3Gather your table of friends and sign up at www.cosgriff.org.

14. The J.E. Cosgriff Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the school library, from October 26th -November 1st. Volunteers are needed to help with Wish Lists and to work at the cash registers. If you sign up to volunteer for2 or more cashier slotsyou will receive a$10 Scholastic Gift Cardto be used for the purchase of books at the Book Fair! Please use the link below to sign up as a volunteer.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5aa2ca6fd0-jecosgriff

Maria Willmarth’s contact information:

maria.willmarth@gmail.com         801-949-1254

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt Principal

October 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. All families are invited to the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, October 14. The Seventh grade will host the Mass and fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are invited and encouraged to sing in the choir. Choristers should report to the Vaughan Center at 10:30 a.m. All families are invited to a donut, juice and coffee social directly following Mass.

2. Your help is needed to alert and invite prospective Cosgriff families of a Cosgriff School drop-in Information meeting and tour at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10. All interested persons are asked to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director at mkearns@cosgriff.org

3. The J.E. Cosgriff Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the school library, from October 26th -November 1st. Volunteers are needed to help with Wish Lists and to work at the cash registers. If you sign up to volunteer for2 or more cashier slotsyou will receive a$10 Scholastic Gift Cardto be used for the purchase of books at the Book Fair! Please use the link below to sign up as a volunteer.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5aa2ca6fd0-jecosgriff

Maria Willmarth’s contact information:

maria.willmarth@gmail.com

801-949-1254

4. Trivia Night is just around the corner. Ask your best friends to join you on November 3, for a fun and entertaining evening. Go to www.cosgriff for sign-up and details.

5. Parents of second thru eighth grade boys and girls, sign your child up for CYO basketball. Go to www.cosgriff.org  and sign-up by November 1.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

October 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information:

1. The monthly HSA meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents are invited to attend these meetings. Please email Scott McAward at smcaward@sa.utah.edu if you would like to bring up a topic for discussion at an HSA meeting.

A special thank you to the parents of our eighth grade for a delicious lunch during parent teacher conference week. DASKS Greek Grill provided a fabulous lunch for all to enjoy. 

2. The annual Grandparent Brunch is Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with an expected turn-out of 300 or more.  Our guests start arriving around 8:15am and leave after 11:00am. ALL PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PARK DOWN THE STREET, WELL AWAY FROM THE AREA BY THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT UNTIL AFTER LUNCH RECESS—thank you. The seventh grade students will serve as greeters and assist our guests downstairs as necessary. A few grandparents have a difficult time walking a long distance and/or use a walker or cane. Please note that Grandparents and close family friends are our special guests for the day! After the brunch, grandparents will be invited into the school to visit their grandchild’s classroom. You may accompany your parent to the brunch and classroom visit, if he/she must otherwise attend the activities alone. Thank you to all parents for understanding that there is not enough seating space or food for all parents and grandparents to attend this annual event.

3. Thank you to all students and parents who took the time and made the effort to participate in Parent- Teacher Conferences.   Conferences serve as a meaningful mid-quarter check point for students to review academic goals and conduct. The end of the first quarter is October 18.

 A note from Ms. Gale, Fourth Grade Teacher
4. For the past several years, the fourth grade has knitted hats to donate to the Road Home at Christmas time. We will be beginning this project soon and are in need of your help! Your job will involve helping to teach students to do the knit stitch on a round needle and lots and lots of fixing mistakes.

When:

Wednesday, Oct. 10– 2:10-3:00

Tuesday, Oct. 16– 2:10- 3:00

Wednesday, Oct. 24– 2:10- 3:00

Monday, Oct. 29— 2:10-3:00

Thursday, Nov. 8—11:10-12:00

Wednesday, Nov. 14– 2:10-3:00

Monday, Nov. 19— 2:10-3:00

*More dates will be scheduled through December

Where: Fourth Grade Classroom

If you would like to help, please contact Ms. Gale.

mgale@cosgriff.org or 801-483-3197

*We are also accepting yarn donations and needle donations (US Size 8, 16 inch round needles)

5. J.E.Cosgriff School will host the Scholastic Book Fair again this year, in the school library, from October 26-November 2. Maria Wilmarth, Aundrea Brinkman and Jennifer Shrum book fair chairpersons need your help. Volunteers are needed to help with Wish Lists and to work at the cash registers. If you sign up to volunteer for 2 or more cashier slots you will receive a $10 Scholastic Gift Card to be used for the purchase of books at the Book Fair! Please use the link below to sign up as a volunteer.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5aa2ca6fd0-jecosgriff

Maria Willmarth’s contact information:

maria.willmarth@gmail.com

801-949-1254

6. Trivia Night tickets are now on sale. Go to www.cosgriff.org to purchase a ticket. Gather your table of “smart” friends for a fun and brainy night.

7. The Christian virtues which students will discuss and practice in October (and hopefully every day) are JUSTICE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.  JUSTICE is that which is proper, fair and correct. It is knowing what is right and what should happen. God calls us to be fair, participate in society and work for the common good of all people—as good citizens. SOCIAL JUSTICE is living in the world as a good steward. The concept of learning ways to help others at home, school and in the broader community and learning the many ways to give back are an important part of the school vision. Please converse with your child about Social Justice and the ongoing privilege and need of doing good in the world.

8. The Student Leadership Council has chosen Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina as the school wide community service project for October. As faculty, students and parents we are asked to assist in performing the Corporal Works of Mercy with Catholic Charities. Many families in Raleigh are still in need of drinking water, food, shelter and a safe harbor. The eighth grade students will sponsor a “Donut” bake sale on Wednesday, October 17. Those delicious sweet and sour Halloween lollipops will be sold for $1.00 each starting on Tuesday, October 23.

9. During October, students will learn and practice two very important social skills: Interrupting  Appropriately and Giving Feedback or Correction.

10. Please take advantage of ParentsWeb to access your child’s grade information, link to FACTS, update parent volunteer hours and use the family directory.  The link is on our home page.  Our district code is JEC-UT.  If you have forgotten your password, you can click to have it reset.  If you still have trouble logging in, please email Maggie Kearns at mkearns@cosgriff.org.

11. It’s that time of year to turn in your Box Tops and Coca cola product plastic bottle caps.  Help us reach new Box Tops numbers with our next submission!

12. It is time for second thru eighth grade students to sign up for Catholic Youth League basketball. This is an opportunity for students of all skill levels to have fun and experience basketball in a positive way. Go to www.cosgriff to access a registration form. Please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal if your child is in need of a scholarship to participate in the Catholic Youth League. 

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Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

September 24, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. A Parent only Confirmation meeting will take place tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.

2. Please note a 12:15 p.m. dismissal on September 26 and 27, due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Please make sure you have made a conference appointment with your child’s homeroom teacher for one of those days. Seventh and Eighth grade teachers and all “Specials” teachers will be located in the school gym for the conferences.

If possible, seventh grade students and their parents are asked to attend conferences on Thursday, September 26 between 12:45 and 7:00 p.m.

3. The “Specials” schedule for conferences is as follows:

Latin, Mrs. Millard, 9/26, 1:00-5:00 p.m.           9/27, 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Choir, Mr. Huntzinger, 9/26, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Computer, Ms. Jamison, 9/26 12:45-1:45           9/27, 12:45-1:45

Art, Mrs. Harmston, 9/26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Physical Education, Mrs. Ellis, 9/27, 2:00-4:30 p.m.

Library, Mrs. Shrum, 9/26, 1:00-3:00 p.m.          9/27, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Music, Mr. Downes, 9/26, 12:45-3:30 p.m.

Violin, Mr. Harris, 9/27, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Spanish, Mrs. Meier,  9/26,  1:00 – 3:00,               9/27, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Mr. McCormack,  9/26,  1:00 5:00          9/27, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

5. Homework Club will be cancelled on Wednesday, September 26, and Thursday, September 27, due to Parent Teacher Conferences.

6. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students from Cosgriff including public school parishioners are invited to Youth GroupSunday, September 30.  All participants will begin by meeting in church at 4:50 p.m. to celebrate Mass together. After Mass, all will enjoy pizza, conversation and an athletic activity on the new playground. Parent pick-up is at 7:15 p.m.   Youth Group is a perfect opportunity for middle school students to pray together, enjoy a meal and conversation, serve those in need by completing community service projects and develop lasting friendships. Mrs. Jill Curry and Ms. Martina Gehrig direct the Youth Group. Fr. Joshua will visit on Sunday after Mass.

7. Students may wear NICE free dress on Wednesday, September 26, with a donation of $3.00 or more for dollars for “The Children’s Center.”

8. On Friday, September 28, our “School Families” will meet for the first time. An eighth grade student will lead a group of kindergarten-seventh grade students in creating a “School Family” crest. The crest will represent student beliefs and interests and will be named after a Catholic saint who stood for justice, and fair treatment for all in his/her life time. Our” School Families” will meet monthly throughout the school year to participate in a community service project and form friendships across the grades. Much appreciation goes to Courtney Sebahar, Marsha Newman, and Alma Camp for organizing the “Student Family” project for the school.

9. A sincere note of gratitude goes to Ashley Gardner and Rebecca Gray for helping all of our new families to feel welcome to Cosgriff, especially with children in toddler and pre-school classes. Summer picnics at the park, parent socials, and coffee at the school have given new parents the opportunity to become acquainted with other parents. A special thank you to Amy Paulos for organizing the most recent pre-school parent mixer. It was a great turn out and a fun social event for all parents.

10. If you are in need of a few volunteer hours, there is a pile of clothes stacked on a table by the gym that would love to be separated and folded. Please contact Mrs. Hunt if you are available to help.  bhunt@cosgriff.org 801-486-6933

11. It is time to register your “Trivia Night” team of twelve guests for Saturday night, November 3. Go to www.cosgriff.org.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt Principal

September 17, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

HELP!! Tech savvy parents are needed on Wednesday, September 19, from 9:15 a.m. until 10:30 ish..  Senior members of our school and parish community are invited to the school library for coffee and a computer, cell phone, Ipad crash technology course. Please email Mrs. Hunt right away, if you are available to teach at “Tech Savvy Seniors” this Wednesday.   bhunt@cosgriff.org Thank-you.

1. A reminder that homework club has been cancelled today due to an all faculty/staff faculty meeting.

2. Please sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences which will take place Wednesday, September 26, 12:45 to 7:00 and Thursday, September 27, 12:45 to 7:00 p.m. Go to www.cosgriff.org for a direct sign-up link.

3. Murray School lunch orders and payment are due by Friday, September 21, in the lunch mailbox by the school office.

4. Extended Day becomes very crowded on Conferences days. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as possible so that Mrs. Cleverly has time to secure adequate supervision for all studentstcleverly@cosgriff.org   801-484-8905.

5. The Student Leadership Council has decided to support The Children’s Center as a community service project for the remainder of September. The Council has asked each grade level which includes toddler thru eighth grade to donate specific items from The Children’s Center WISH LIST. Some grades may donate a few clean and slightly used clothing items, other needed items must be new and store bought.

Your child took home a flyer with specific requests for his/her grade level. Please go to the Cosgriff web page if you did not receive the WISH LIST request sheet. CLICK HERE FOR WISH LIST

All items should be placed in a collection box by the front office. The toddler, pre-school and pre-kindergarten drop off boxes are downstairs by each classroom.

5. Tuesday, September 18, students may wear “crazy socks” and a “crazy hat” with a donation of two or more Children’s Center WISH LIST items. We have only two weeks to offer our full school support for the Children’s Center. Thank you.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

September 10, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important notes:

Fr. Andrzej has taken a personal leave of absence for one month. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Fr. Joshua Santos will serve in his place for this four week time period.  Fr. Santos is from the Los Angeles Diocese, so please welcome him to our church and school community. 

1. All parents of toddlers, pre-school and pre-k are invited to a short morning coffee break after 8:30 a.m. drop off on Wednesday, September 12. Coffee will be served on the south pre-school playground. Siblings welcome.

2. Thank you to Robb Farr and his fabulous “Bad in Plaid” golf committee and many generous sponsors for another very successful and fun golf tournament.

3. Progress Reports will be sent home on Thursday, September 13. Please take time to review with your child his/her commitment to working hard each day by turning in homework on time, preparing for class projects, quizzes and tests in addition to following procedures and rules with classroom behavior and courtesy.

4. The annual Pastoral Congress is Saturday, September 15 at Juan Diego High School. All faculty, staff and parent community are invited to this important conference presentation lead by Bishop Oscar Solis.

5. Make-up and retake individual picture day is Monday, September 17. Students should wear Formal Dress attire for their picture. If retake photos are needed, your child must turn in the original packet of pictures to get free retakes.

6. Watch for Parent Teacher Conference sign-up coming this week. The conferences are Wednesday, September 26 and Thursday, September 27, from 12:45 to 7:00 pm.

7. There is a First Communion Parent meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.   Parents only.

8. There will be no Homework Club on Monday, September 17, due to an all school faculty/staff meeting.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

September 4, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1. There is an HSA meeting at 7:00 p.m. this evening in the school library. Room parents and all interested parents are encouraged to attend the meeting. If you have a concern or special topic for discussion, please contact Scott McAward, President. smcaward@sa.utah.edu

There will be a PROSPECTIVE PARENT DROP IN MEETING AND TOUR on Thursday, September 6, at 9:00 a.m. Please encourage families who would like to know more about Cosgriff School to attend the meeting and/or contact Maggie Kearns, Admission Director,   mkearns@cosgriff.org

2.  Homework Club begins today for students in fourth thru eighth grade. Students may attend Homework Club Monday thru Thursday from 3:20 to 4:15 p.m. This is an extra period for students who would benefit from assistance or time to complete assignments, projects, questions, test preparation etc.  At least two of our faculty members will supervise and assist students at Homework Club. Mrs. Millard will be available at Homework Club on Wednesdays to answer questions and offer support for Latin students.

Homework Club is not meant for casual reading, visiting and socializing. Your child will be asked to check into Extended Day if his/her intentions are not academically related. Upon dismissal of Homework Club at4:15 p.m., a teacher will wait outside until 4:20 p.m. for parent pick-up. After that time, students will be directed to check into Extended Day.

3. Congratulations to the 2018-19 Student Leadership Council. The following students were elected by their peers to lead and represent J.E. Cosgriff School for the year. Lanee Farr, Addison Conner, Marco Crosswhite, Sam Daskalakis, Jack Gose, and Gus Harmston. Lanee Farr will serve as President of the Student Leadership Council.

4. The Cosgriff School Board meets for the first time this year on Wednesday, September 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. Welcome to the following new School Board members: Dan Burns, Dr. Chris Hill, Jenny Sherman, Jennifer Zalla, and Bernie Jo Marlowe. Mr. Bob Parenti will serve as Board Chair for the 2018-19 school year.

5. Bishop Solis encourages all faculty, parents, parishioners, and friends to attend the Pastoral Congress, September 15 at Juan Diego Catholic High School. In addition, the Catholic Youth Conference for teens ages 13 -17 will be held on September 15, at St. John the Baptist School, from 8:30 to 4:30. All young people are encouraged to take part in the Youth Conference.

6. Thank you in advance to all who purchased a foursome in the “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament, which will take place on Sunday, September 9 at Bonneville Golf Course. The foursomes are sold out!! Please contact Robb Farr if you would like to make an underwriting donation or donate a great raffle prize. robbfarr22@comcast.net

7. The annual Grandparent Brunch will take place October 3, at 9:00 a.m. in the church social center. Grandparents should receive an invitation within the next two weeks RSVP to Danielle Jefferies.djefferies@cosgriff.org

8. The new and improved playground has increased student energy and enthusiasm at every recess. A new sports court surface with basketball and four square lines will be added close to the middle of September.   Please encourage all who use the playground to respect the fence, gates, equipment, grass, cement, and garden space. We are very fortunate to have acquired a state of the art playground, outdoor classroom with garden boxes and a peace/prayer garden complete with a beautiful fountain.

9. Each grade has adopted a garden box and will soon plant a variety of herbs, flowers, and other plants indigenous to Utah. The garden use aligns closely with the NGSS Science Standards and other subjects as well.

10. Parents of second grade students, mark your calendar for the First Communion parent meeting on Monday, September 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 27, 2018

Dear Parents,

The administration, faculty and staff are working with your children on day to day procedures, social skills, classroom, school-wide rules, and presenting RESPECT, our Christian virtue for August and September. Thank you so much for your hard work and support, especially during these first weeks of school.

Seventh and Eighth grade Student Leadership Council campaign speeches will take place Thursday, August 30, at 8:30 a.m. in the school gym. 

The first fire drill of the year with toddler thru eighth grade went smoothly today. We will continue to practice at least one drill per month including an intruder drill, school lockdown drill, chemical spill, earthquake, missing student, and additional fire drills throughout the year. 

Please notice in front of the office there is a small statue of Saint Martin de Porres, our patron saint for the year. Saint Martin was teased and treated very poorly because of his socio economic status, mixed-race and the color of his skin. He stands out as a strong role model for our school community appreciate and respect each other’s unique differences, talents, and challenges. We are all God’s children and deserve the utmost respect and acceptance as we navigate through life.

Please Read the Following:

  1. Mr. Downes and Mr. Harris would like to invite all students, 4rd through 8th grade to the Instrument Fair on Wednesday, August 29, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school gym. This is a hands-on way for interested students to sample a few musical instruments, ask questions and hopefully select one that will be a perfect fit to play in the school band. We are in great need of new musicians to replace several of the outgoing eighth grade students from last year. All 4th -8th grade student are encouraged to attend the fair.
  2. The last day for 5th-8th grade boys and girls to sign-up for volley ball is tomorrowAugust 28.
  3. A short coaches’ volleyball clinic and meeting will take place on August 28 from 6:30 to 8:00 in the gym.
  4. The New Family/Mentor meeting and social is Wednesday, August 29, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. (Parents only)
  5. A reminder that Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 4, from 3:20 to 4:15pm, in the school library. Homework Club does not take the place of Extended Day. It is an organized and formal period for students who would like to ask questions, complete homework, research a topic in the library or study for a test. Mrs. Millard will be present at homework club on Wednesdays for the purpose of answering student questions for her fourth, fifth, sixth grade Latin classes. Mrs. Maier will assist seventh and eighth grade student on Wednesdays as needed.

If students go to Homework Club and have only a book to read, he/she will be escorted to Extended Day to read in the Vaughan Center library. This will allow more space and attention for those students in serious need of completing assignments, reviewing for tests, researching a topic and generally receiving more attention from the directors of Homework Club. Student conduct is expected to be respectful and quiet with the same types of rules and procedures as the regular school day.  Please note that parents are to be prompt in picking up students after homework club at 4:15pm. After a five minute grace period, students will be escorted to Extended Day.

There is not a fee or charge to attend Homework Club. Educational research strongly indicates that students who attend to academic study for a longer period of time each day learn more information in core subjects and earn better grades in school. 

6. Adventure is calling all first grade boys. The St. Ambrose Cub Scout Pack is now recruiting new Tiger Cub Scouts for the 2018-19 school year. The first meeting will be Monday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Ambrose Social Hall. Pack meetings usually occur the second Monday of each month and a separate Den meeting will also be held once a month. For more information, contact Jon Belgique,   Cubmaster, at jon@comtek.com or 801-998-8068. (Text ok)

7. Please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you are available to work MondayThursday from 11:40 to 12:45, and Friday11:00 to 12:00 noon, in the lunch room/gym to help set up lunch and check-off names as student walk through the hot lunch line. This job will begin on September 4bhunt@cosgriff.org   801-486-6933

8. GRANDPARENTS, PARENTS, FRIENDS OF COSGRIFF AND ALL INTERESTED ST. AMBROSE PARISHIONERS: You are welcome to a second “Tech Savvy Training” on Wednesday, September 19, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the school library and computer lab.  Bring your cell phone, lap top, ipad, chrome book, and a friend. This educational and fun class sponsored by the “Gold Club” will allow you to ask questions, learn new programs and become more efficient with the use of your tech devices. The instructors are our very own tech savvy “patient” parents.   Enjoy coffee, a sweet roll, technology training and a laugh, during this first “Gold Club” activity of the year. (Instructors for “Tech Savvy Training” are needed—please contact Mrs. Hunt, bhunt@cosgriff.org  if you are available to teach on September 19, from 9:00 to about 10:30 a.m.

9. Thank you to all parents who have served recess duty so far this year. The students are very active, getting familiar with the new equipment and comfortable with the field and play area. All students would benefit from being watched closely. If possible, please come on time 12:00 noon and refrain from using your cell phone while on recess duty, as all eyes should be on the students. Thank you.

10. The J.E. Cosgriff “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament is Sunday, September 9. Please support this fabulous fund raiser by donating gifts for the raffle or assisting in underwriting the event. Contact Robb Farr, Chair with question and suggestions. Robbfarr22@comcast.net,801-898-0582.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

1. Thank you for your attendance at “Back to School” night. The faculty and staff were excited to meet with you and share pertinent information about the 2018-19 school year.

2. All Murray School District lunch orders and payments are due by Friday, August 24. Order forms are at www.cosgriff.org or in front of the school office. Please place completed forms with payment in the mail box in front of the office. Murray school lunch will begin on September 4.

We are in need of a patient adult to sit in the lunch room and check off names of students as they come through the line for hot lunch. This person would work Monday thru Friday11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noonon Friday. The list of students would be prepared for you by Deborah Holly. If you are interested in all or a few consistent days per week, please notify Mrs. Hunt right away. This is a salaried position.    bhunt@cosgriff.org   801-486-6933

3. Tuesday, August 21, is individual student picture day, FORMAL UNIFORM DRESS is required for all students K-8TH grade. A completed picture form and payment are due on picture day.

4. On Tuesday, August 21, please take time to attend a Mardi Gras committee formation meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the school library across from the gym. This brief meeting is for any and all interested parents. Please support the Mardi Gras, and know that Marnie Andrews, Chair hmandrews@gmail.com would love to hear from you.

5. J.E. Cosgriff students are certainly enjoying the new playground. It has an exciting and energetic feel to it and has something to offer for students of all ages at Cosgriff. A sport court surface will soon be placed on the basketball court, along with lines drawn for four square enthusiasts. The new playground includes special exercise equipment and a walking track for adults/senior members of the parish.

6. Once again, much appreciation goes to the E.L Wiegand Foundation, The ALSAM Foundation, North Star Builders, GSBS Architects, and Fr. Andrzej for allowing some of the funds from the Cosgriff twelve year savings account to be used for the project.

FYI, the new music room construction will begin in the very near future.

7. Volleyball sign-up is underway for boys and girls in fifth thru eighth grade. Go to www.cosgriff.org to sign your child up for this exciting coed sport. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, August 31.

8. As of August 21, Cosgriff has a full faculty and staff, all openings have been filled. We have a few available places for seventh grade students. Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director for more information. mkearns@cosgriff.org.

9. All of the planter boxes on the east side of the school have been adopted by grades k-8th. This will be an exciting year for students to learn the art and science of horticulture.

10. The J.E. Cosgriff “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament is Sunday, September 9. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register your foursome. Please support this fabulous fund raiser by golfing and/or donating gifts for the raffle.  Contact Robb Farr, Chair with question and suggestions. Robbfarr22@comcast.net,801-898-0582.

11. On Friday, August 17, All Catholic schools received a special message from Bishop Oscar Solis on the “Call to Forgiveness, Prayer and Healing.” In the statement he asked all parishes and Catholic Schools to have a day of prayer and penance for the sins committed by our priests, bishops and other church leaders. The Cosgriff students will attend Mass at 8:30 that day and all parents are invited and encouraged to attend this Mass. In addition, Catholics are asked to pray during the day for these special intentions.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 13, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year.  The faculty, staff and administration were very excited to meet and greet your children today. The students came to school full of energy with smiles on their faces and ready to begin a new school year.

Change of location: “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” will begin in the school gym for parents of toddler-5th grade on Wednesday, August 15, starting at 7:00 p.m. and parents of 6,7,8th grade students on Thursday, August 16, starting at 7:00 p.m.

On this first day of the 2018-19 school year, students were excited to meet the teacher and visit with their classmates. They were also overjoyed with the new playground area. It is a tremendous improvement which will hopefully increase student safety, physical fitness and fun. The outdoor classroom and garden boxes on the east side of the school will provide hands-on activities for students as they learn the science of horticulture and physically plant and care for an outdoor garden. It will also be a nice change-of-pace classroom for other subjects during the school day. The Peace Garden, just south of the outdoor classroom is just that! It is a beautiful setting to spend a peaceful moment for relaxation, reflection and prayer.

Much appreciation to the E.L.Wiegand Foundation, the ALSAM Foundation, other private donors, the entire North Star Builders team, Lucky Dog Recreation, and GSBS Architectural d

Design.

The construction of the music room located on the south east side of the rectory will be under way in the very near future. North Star Builders will construct this much needed music space for the school and parish. The generous donations from Maureen McCarthey and Terry Stephens have made this much needed space possible.

Please note the following announcements for the week of August 13-17:

1. Just a reminder: the Murray School District Hot Lunch Program will begin on Tuesday, September 4. Menu choices and payment forms will be placed on the Cosgriff web page and by the office in the near future.

2. Student in grades K-eighth grade are required to wear the school uniform. Uniform shorts may be worn the first and last quarter of the school year.

3. Kindergarten will attend school each day this week from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. This will allow time for individual student assessments in the afternoon.

4. Wednesday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother. All students, in kindergarten thru eighth grade will attend a special Mass at 9:00 a.m. Students are expected to wear FORMAL DRESS for the day. Please refer to the Student Handbook, policy 3400. This will serve as our Mass for the week. Students may wear casual or regular uniform dress on Friday, August 17.

5. A note from Robb Farr, Golf Tournament Chair. 

The Bad in Plaid Golf Tournament is around the corner and we are still looking for tournament sponsors and volunteers to support our first Fundraiser of the school year.  The format will be a Four Person Scramble on Sunday September 9th at Bonneville Golf Course.

Build your foursome now.  Cost will be $125 per golfer and hole sponsorships start at $200.

The tournament sold out last year and sponsorships are starting to roll in, so please secure your spot ASAP.

The webpage is live on Cosgriff.org.

Please contact Robb Farr with questions at robbfarr22@comcast.net or 801-201-5704.

Thanks to all who have contributed in past years, whether with time or money.  We couldn’t make this such a fun event without such a great Cosgriff Community!

Cheers!

6. Individual picture day is Tuesday, August 21. All students, kindergarten through eighth grade are to wear FORMAL dress for pictures. Picture purchase packets will be sent home today or tomorrow. Please make sure they are filled out with payment by picture day.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

A few reminders:

1. Tomorrow, August 10, is “Meet the Teacher” day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

2. The playground is close to completion. Please note that all children and adults are to stay off of the playground tomorrow. Also, watch out for large trucks and other vehicles in the parking lot.

3. If you have changed your telephone number or address this past summer, please email the updated information to Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director.  mkearns@cosgriff.org.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 1, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following announcements and reminders regarding the 2018-19 school year. 

1. The eighth grade class is in need of one room parent. If you are interested, please call or email Mrs. Hunt right away. bhunt@cosgriff.org, 801-486-6933.

2. New Faculty/Staff Additions for the 2018-19 School Year

**. Ms. Jessica Jamison has joined the faculty to teach Computer Technology and to serve as our Technology Specialist.

**  Mrs. Logan Dunn will teach first grade

** Ms. Samantha Partyka will serve as the third grade assistant and work with Mrs. Drees.

** Mr. Jordan McCormack will teach pre-k thru third grade Spanish.

** Ms. Clair Cook will assist Mrs. Randi Green in the toddler program.

**Mrs. Michelle Roboch Trapp will return to Cosgriff this year and teach seventh grade language arts.

All families are invited to attend “Meet the Teacher” on FridayAugust 10, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

3. The HSA Cosgriff family picnic scheduled for Friday, August 10, has been cancelled. Watch for an HSA activity in the near future.

4. The Murray District hot lunch program will begin Tuesday, September 4. Please watch for a menu and order form at www.cosgriff.org or in front of the school office.

5. Girls and boys may wear a green or white collared polo shirt on casual uniform dress days. The light blue button down shirt is the only shirt option for older students on formal dress days.

6  Deborah Holly, our faithful Murray lunch program coordinator had to step down from her position for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in working Monday thru Thursday from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 to 12:15 p.m. please call or email Mrs. Hunt right away. This job requires coordination with Murray District and consistency in a work schedule. bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933.

7. A complete Cosgriff calendar can be found at www.cosgriff.org. Please refer to it for important upcoming dates, such as:

The first day of school, August 13, Back to School Night, August 15 & 16,  Feast of the Assumption, all school Mass, August 15, 9:00 a.m.

The clean and slightly used uniforms will be outside by the gym door from 8:00 to 2:00 p.m. for the rest of this week.—yours for the taking!

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

July 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

Just a few reminders for the upcoming week.

1. All clean and slightly used uniforms will be placed outside by the gym doors each day this week and the week of July 23-27, from 9:00 to noon. Please come by school and help yourself to uniform parts which will fit our child. –No Charge–yours for the taking.

2. Tuesday, July 17, at 7:00 p.m. all available parents, grandparents who are new to the school or veterans are asked to be present at a short Mardi Gras–“creative idea” meeting in the school library. Marnie Andrews and Erin Freeman have worked so very hard for several years as co-chairs for this important fundraiser. Innovative thoughts, new voices and volunteers are  critically needed to increase the net proceeds of the Mardi Gras.  If you cannot be present, but have thoughts and ideas to share, please call or email Marnie Andrews right away. 801-750-5976 or hmandrews@gmail.com

3. The annual newsletter should be in your mailbox this coming week. You may also go to www.cosgriff.org to read all about our fabulous 2017-18 school year.

Thank you very much,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

July 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information as you continue to enjoy a fun, exciting and safe summer.

The updated school calendar as of July 3, can be downloaded at www.cosgriff.org  Check the calendar for upcoming events in August including “Meet the Teacher” August 10, and The First Day of School, August 13.

1. As we move into the 2017-18 school year, it is anticipated that our budget will be very tight and a bit on the red side. Teacher salaries were raised for the 2018-19 school year, to match 80% of public school teachers in the Granite School District This modest salary increase has been a long time coming and is necessary to retain our excellent teaching staff and attract highly qualified teachers to Cosgriff School. 

Our primary fund raiser for the year is the Mardi Gras, scheduled for March 2, 2019. We are in need of new ideas, volunteers, creative ways of increasing interest, attendance, obtaining fabulous auction items, and raising more money! New and returning parents are invited to a much needed “Brainstorming” gathering on Tuesday, July 17, at 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place in the school library or possibly in the new peace garden on the east side of the school if available. Enter through doors by the gym. 

Thank you

2. Much appreciation goes to Ashley Gardner and Rebecca Gray for assigning mentors with our new, incoming Cosgriff families.  Thank you to the veteran families for accepting this responsibility with kindness and support as you welcome a new family to Cosgriff School.

3. We have a few opening in our Tuesday, Thursday Toddler program and in our Seventh Grade. Please share this information with friends and others in the community who may be interested in learning more about Cosgriff School for their child. Interested parents are welcome to call or email Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director, mkearns@cosgriff.org. 801-486-3197 Ext: 424 or Mrs. Hunt, Principal at  bhunt@cosgriff.org. 801-486-6933. Please encourage prospective parents to go to www.cosgriff.org to learn more about Cosgriff School.

4. Clean and slightly used uniforms will be available to families for the taking from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on July 9,10,11,12,16,17,18. Racks will be outside by the gym door. It would be very helpful if a few parents had time to sort the uniforms, hang them up and box-up those that we cannot use. Please call Mrs. Hunt if you are available anytime to help with this volunteer work.  bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933.

5. Several grades are still in need of a Room Parent to volunteer for the 2018-19 school year. New parents to the school are welcome to serve as a Room Parent. Two Room Parents serve in all grades except toddler, where one parent is sufficient. One Room Parent will be asked to serve as the lead Room Parent and communicate directly and regularly with the homeroom teacher. Room Parent jobs are secure for parents who requested the position in Spring. A list will be sent out in the near future and homeroom teachers will contact you as well.

Please contact Mrs. Hunt right away if you are interested in one of the following Room Parent positions that have not been filled. bhunt@cosgriff.org    801-486-6933

Feel free to call with “job description” questions, before signing up as a room parent. 

Toddler (Mrs. Green) –Tuesday, Thursday; one parent needed

Pre-School (Mrs. Camp-Swaner) one parent needed

Pre-School (Mrs. Lee); two parents needed

Pre-Kindergarten (Mrs. Camp-Swaner); one parent needed

Pre-Kindergarten (Mrs. Lee); one parent needed

Kindergarten (Mrs. Jenkins); one parent needed

First Grade (Mrs. Logan); one parent needed

First Grade (Mrs. Commagere); one parent needed

Second Grade (Mr. Weyher); two parents needed

Second Grade (Ms. Sebahar); two parents needed

Third Grade (Mrs. Drees); two parents needed

Fourth Grade (Ms. Gale); two parents needed

Fifth Grade (Ms. Curry); two parents needed

Sixth Grade (Mrs. Newman); one parent needed.

Seventh Grade (Mr. Larson); two parents needed.

Eighth Grade (Ms. Gerhig); two parents needed.

6. To access a student’s school supply lists, go to www.cosgriff.org

7. North Star Builders is working fast and furiously to complete our new, safe playground, classroom garden and music room before the first day of school. Much appreciation goes to Phil Winston, Greg Ross and their entire construction team. Also, thank you to Phil Winston, GSBS Architects, the E.L Wiegand Foundation and the ALSAM Foundation for their generous donations to the playground and classroom garden project.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal