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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

November 11, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Today is Veterans Day, the day we honor all men and women who have served in the military. These important branches of the military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. This day allows all of us the opportunity to express our gratitude for the sacrifices these individuals have make to protect our freedom.

2. Friday, November 15, all fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are invited to attend the first Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) gathering in the school gym from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m. Ms. Curry and Ms. Gehrig will lead the PYM this coming Friday in spiritual growth, service to others and friendship activities.   (Please read the vision and objectives in my email dated 11/11/19)

3. Students in kindergarten through third grade will receive a progress report on Thursday, November 14, from their homeroom teacher. Parents and students in grades four through eight (also third grade) will be able to access their progress report by going to www.cosgriff.org, clicking on Parentweb and inputting a family password. Please take time to review this important progress document with your child. He/she has the opportunity to make this a successful second quarter of school with focus and consistent effort. Teachers in all curriculum areas are always willing to arrange a time to meet with students who have questions and concerns regarding assignments, tests, projects, grades, classroom participation, conduct etc.

4. Formal uniform dress attire for students on Mass days has become lax and substandard for students in several grades. Please refer to the Parent.Student Handbook policy 3500, pages 20-24. Formal dress shoes, white, black or navy blue socks, ties and belts are frequently missing from the formal dress attire.

Dennis uniform will spend a day at Cosgriff in the near future to sell ties, socks, and belts to insure that all students have those uniform parts in place. Checkered vans and neon sneakers are not acceptable on formal uniform dress days. Cosgriff sweatshirts are the only sweatshirts permitted at school. Students may wear a parka or heavy coat of choice outside during recess. As stated in the handbook, students are expected to wear white, black or navy colored socks each day to school. Please make sure your child has tucked in his/her shirt before leaving the house each day. Girls will be asked to purchase a new skirt if the length is shorter than two inches above the knee. In addition, nail polish and make-up are not permitted at any time during the school year.  Please read the “Uniform” section of the handbook with your child and if you have questions or concerns contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal bhunt@cosgriff.org. Thank you for your support with this matter.

5. Students, faculty and staff will gather and prepare for the four Sundays of Advent in the gym as follows:

  • First Sunday in Advent, December 1, K-8th grade students will gather on  Tuesday, November 26, 2:55 p.m. (due to the Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • Second Sunday of Advent, December 8, K-8th grade students will gather on Friday, December 6, at 12:55 p.m. in the school gym.
  • Third Sunday in Advent, December 15, K-8th grade students will gather on Friday December 13, at 12:55 p.m.
  • Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 22, K-8th grade students will gather on Friday, December 20, at 11:55. (Dismissal is at 12:15 p.m.)

6. Third and Fourth Grade” Family Night” Activity (See the attached invitation)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Drop off- 2:30, Pick up- 4:30 p.m.

7. Students may wear “nice free dress” on Wednesday, November 13, with a donation of $5.00 or three cans of requested items to fill Thanksgiving baskets for St. Patrick’s Parish. Please place food donations in the classroom

·         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.

8.  FYI, The administration, faculty and staff made good use of the Professional Development Day on Friday, November 8, to increase knowledge and skills in timely and important subject areas. Over 45 faculty members were present for the in-service from 8:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. and earned five Professional Development hours.  The three sessions included:

  • Specific teaching strategies for including and serving Non-English speaking students as well as Best practice recommendations for all students attendIng Cosgriff School.

Presenter, Carolyn Schubach, Asst. Director, Dual Language Immersion

In schools throughout Utah, employed by the Utah State Office of Ed.

  • Active Intruder Training: ‘Run, Hide Fight,” and A.L.I.C.E. Lecture, video and role play scenarios.

Presenter, Sgt. Corey Allinson, Park City Police Dept.

  • Suicide Awareness, and Prevention Training (2 hours required for Utah State license renewal)

Presenter, Dustine McCormack, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

9. All parents are invited to a practice of mindfulness on Wednesday, November 20th, at 8:30 a.m. in the school library. Do you have 10 minutes?  Come for a quick practice of Compassionate Movement. Be out the door by 8:40 on to work, the gym, or whatever else you have going that morning.

Do you have a full hour?  Stay for a continued practice centered around the theme of gratitude. You will learn a practice that will be a gift to you and also easily replicated with your kids/family. We will be done by 9:30.

E-mail DanaLee with questions. D_LO777@hotmail.com

10. COSGRIFF GOLD CLUB ACTIVITY

The “The Tech Savvy Senior” education day is returning for a third time by popular demand, on Thursday, December 5, at 9:00 a.m. in the Cosgriff School library. Great grandparents, grandparents, parishioners, parents, and friends are all invited to bring their Ipad, cell phone, laptop, fit-bit, smart watch or just a friend and take part in this educational and spirited technology training. Guests will enjoy coffee, pastry, conversation and one on one or small group question-answer time, including optional instruction in the computer lab with Jennifer Jamison, technology teacher.

11. Parents, Please Help!! “Tech Savvy Senior” education day needs tech savvy parents as very patient instructors. Please notify Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you would be willing to volunteer your time as a teacher/tutor on December 5, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Your help would be much appreciated.  bhunt@cosgriff.org  or 801-486-6933

12. Starting on November 13th weekly Special Scrip purchases will be made for the holiday season. All orders with payment are due on Wednesdays and will be ready for pick up in the office or at the Scrip table the following Wednesday morning. This schedule will end December 11th. Please email Lindsay Newlin  scrip@cosgriff.org with any questions.

13. Trivia Night is only four days away. If you would like to attend this exciting game night, please go to www.cosgriff.org to sign-up. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. in the church social center. Remember, there will be a prize for the most original and creative table theme and costumes. Contact Angela Patterson with questions patterenti@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

November 4, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

A reminder that Friday, November 8, is a professional development day for faculty and staff. –NO SCHOOL ON THAT DAY. 

1. Homework Club has been cancelled for today, due to the monthly Faculty/Staff meeting.

2. The HSA will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the library, all parents are invited to these meetings.

3. Congratulations to all Cosgriff volleyball teams, coaches and parents for an outstanding season. A special word of appreciation to our coaching staff made up of former students and parents, current parents and friends. Because of your effort and positive influence, the players learned new skills, practiced hard, and won or lost games showing respect and kindness toward others. In addition, volleyball is an exciting, fast moving and a fun sport for so many fifth through eighth grade students.

SEASON WINNERS:

7/8th Grade

1st Place – Cosgriff Orange

2nd Place-Cosgriff Gold

5/6th Grade

1st Place-Cosgriff Green

2nd Place-Cosgriff Gold

TOURNAMENT WINNERS:

7th/8th grade: 

1st place- Cosgriff Green

2nd place- Cosgriff Gold

5th/6th grade:

1st place- Cosgriff Gold

2nd place-Cosgriff Orange

3rd place- Cosgriff Green

4. Much appreciation goes to Mrs. Emily Ellis, Physical Education, middle school Health teacher and Athletic Director for Cosgriff School. This is her first year as A.D., and she has assumed the responsibility of publicizing registration, organizing teams, securing coaches for those teams, scheduling practice times, staffing gym personnel for games and solving conduct related issues as they arise. Thank you Mrs. Ellis for your hard work and dedication to promoting a healthy life style and athletic opportunities for J.E. Cosgriff students.

5. St Patrick’s Church Thanksgiving Baskets Showing compassion and service to others are our top priorities during November. Our annual tradition in November is to prepare and donate Thanksgiving food boxes to St. Patrick’s parish (40 in number) and St. Ambrose parishioners (5 in number) who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. We also provide a $25.00 gift card in each box for the purchase of a frozen or fresh turkey.

6. The November “Family” activity is set for Friday, November 22. Students will fill Thanksgiving boxes and if time permits, students will make Thanksgiving cards for the Veterans Hospital patients.

7. The Student Leadership Council has decided to sell smencils and smens, a favorite from last year. Please watch for this special sale.

Students may wear NICE free dress on Wednesday, November 13, with a donation of $5.00 to be used for grocery gift cards.

8.  Please donate and send these specific items with your child to school. Sturdy cardboard boxes will be in each classroom for placement of food items.

·         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.

9. There will be a prospective drop in tour and meeting on Thursday, November 7, at 9:00 a.m. Please extend an invitation to interested families and encourage them to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org.

10. The Mardi Gras committee will meet today at 2:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center (Extended Day location) and encourages volunteers to join the meeting. Silent and Live Auction solicitation volunteers are needed at this time. Contact Sarah Ross, Mardi Gras Chair, if you would like to help with solicitation, underwriting, program ads, etc. sarah11ross@yahoo.com or 801-554-1064. You may also contact Stacey Dillon, Development Director at sdillon@cosgriff.org.

11. COSGRIFF GOLD CLUB ACTIVITY

The “The Tech Savvy Senior” education day is returning for a third time by popular demand, on Thursday, December 5, at 9:00 a.m. in the Cosgriff School library. Great grandparents, grandparents, parishioners, parents, and friends are all invited to bring their Ipad, cell phone, laptop, fit-bit, smart watch or just a friend and take part in this educational and spirited technology training. Guests will enjoy coffee, pastry, conversation and one on one or small group question-answer time, including optional instruction in the computer lab with Jennifer Jamison, technology teacher.

12. Parents, “Tech Savvy Senior” education day needs tech savvy parents as very patient instructors. Please notify Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you would be willing volunteer your time as a teacher/tutor on December 5, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Your help would be much appreciated.  bhunt@cosgriff.org  or 801-486-6933

13. Please remember that you must complete an online safe environment training and background check before you are able to volunteer at the school. Attached is a document explaining how to create a login and complete the training.  Please contact Trish Cook tcook@cosgriff.org if you are not sure if your certification is still up to date.

14. Coming back to where it all began, Trivia Night 2019 will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.   SAVE THE DATE, Friday, November 15.   Assemble your team of ten or come as a single or a couple and get ready for a night of dinner, games, fun and dancing.   Gift cards and punch cards are needed for the Balloon Blast.  Please turn them into the school office.  Contact Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.  RSVP and register for the evening at www.cosgriff.org.

15. Peer Youth Ministry (PYM) will have a kick-off gathering on Friday, November 15, for all students in fifth through eighth grade. PYM will go from 1:20 -2:20 p.m. in the school gym. (Parent pick-up by 2:25 p.m.)

16. The November Health and Wellness activity for parents will take place on Wednesday, November 20, at 8:30 a.m. in the school library. Mrs. Dana Lee Simon will conduct a special “Mindfulness” activity for parents.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 28, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important messages:

Homework Club will be cancelled on Monday, November 4, due to a faculty meeting.

1. Report cards will go home on Wednesday, October 30. With the beginning of the second quarter of school, all students have settled in to their classroom schedule and understand teacher expectations and routines. Please have a sincere conversation with your child as he/she of sets high and realistic goals for the second quarter of school.

2. Two Important Reminders:  ** Uniform shorts may not be worn during the second and third quarter of school. Only uniform sweatshirts, sweaters and fleece jackets are acceptable in the classroom, with the addition of a non- uniform parka if the weather is cold outside.

** A Student is not eligible to attend practice or play in a CYO athletic game if he/she has a subject grade below a C-. This also includes Drama Club. When the grade moves above a D level, practice and games may resume.

3. Homework Club is going strong. It is available to fourth through eighth grade students Monday –Thursday, from 3:20 to 4:15 p.m. in the school library.  Mr. McCormack and Mrs. Shrum direct this homework period and are available to answer questions, review subject assignments and procedures.

4. The Halloween parade and classroom party will take place Thursday, October 31. Classroom activities will begin around 1:45pm as directed by your child’s teacher. The parade will begin at 2:40pm. Students will be allowed to put on their costume before the classroom activity. Students will be dismissed in their costume. Please remember –no face masks, hoods, blood or gore on costumes. Students will walk around the playground so please make sure his/her costume is conducive to walking and movement. The same costume restrictions apply to parents.

5.   COMPASSION AND STEWARDSHIP ARE THE SCHOOLWIDE VIRTUES FOR NOVEMBER, 2019

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. Compassion requires us to “walk a mile in another person’s moccasins,” as we try to better understand and help our family member, friend, neighbor or stranger in need.

STEWARDSHIP

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace: (1Pt 4:10)

What identifies a steward? Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibility serves as one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. “As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibility, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.” (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2018) Our task is to proclaim and teach, to serve others in need through our specific vocations which we receive from God.

6. St Patrick’s Church Thanksgiving Baskets

Showing compassion and service to others are our top priorities during November. Our annual tradition in November is to prepare and donate Thanksgiving food boxes to St. Patrick’s parish (40 in number) and St. Ambrose parishioners (5 in number) who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. We also provide a $25.00 gift card in each box for the purchase of a frozen or fresh turkey.

7. The November “Family” activity is set for Friday, November 22. We do not have long to donate all that is needed to fill baskets. Students will fill Thanksgiving boxes and make Thanksgiving cards for the Veterans during their school “Family” activity. Students may wear NICE free dress on Wednesday, November 13, with a donation of $5.00 to be used for grocery gift cards.

8. Please donate and send these specific items with your child to school. Sturdy cardboard boxes will be in each classroom for placement of food items.

·         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.

9. SOCIAL SKILL—VOLUNTEERING

The social skill to teach and practice in November is Volunteering. Volunteer is a skill to use when you notice there is work to be done or someone is in need of assistance. Please discuss this important, life-long skill with your child.

10. Coming back to where it all began, Trivia Night 2019 will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  SAVE THE DATE, Friday, November 15.  Assemble your team of ten or come as a single or a couple and get ready for a night of dinner, games, fun and dancing.  Gift cards and punch cards are needed for the Balloon Blast.  Please turn them into the school office.   Contact Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.  RSVP and register for the evening at www.cosgriff.org.

11. A special thank you to the material cutting team who appeared in the library on Wednesday, October 23, to prepare 27 lap blankets for a special “School Family” activity. A special gold star goes to Tim Newlin and John Rallo for sharing their expert material cutting skills. A word of appreciation to Tiffany Wharton for the initial purchase and preparation of the beautiful blankets which will be donated to The INN Between this coming week.

12. A sincere word of appreciation to Kirk and Dana Lee Simon for creating and hosting a very active, fun and meaningful “Third and Fourth Grade Family Activity” on Sunday afternoon, October 27. The theme for the activity matched the school virtue of the month—Justice. The children were actively engaged in several fun and challenging “Justice” oriented games.  Parents, teachers, and students left the Family Activity with a stronger realization that true Christian Justice for all is a virtue that we must always address in the United States and many third world countries with such basics as clean water, food and shelter.

13. The administration joined in an excellent Google Expedition with the sixth grade students last week in the library. Student were using the newly acquired VR technology to put a real life perspective to the daily life of Ancient Egyptians. While students looked into the Virtual Reality goggles to view an Egyptian community during a typical day, Mrs. Newman shared several facts about what students were viewing. For example: the process of building the Great Pyramid, farmers working in the field, irrigation, agriculture, fishing, the importance of the Nile River and many other aspects of this ancient society.  A special Thank you to Mrs. Newman for going the extra mile to educate and inspire students in the core subjects. Her expertise and strong background knowledge makes for challenging and exciting classroom instruction each day.

14. The Google Expedition learning experience would not be possible without the generous support of two former Cosgriff parents and now grandparents—Diane and Dan Henry. The Henrys have supported Cosgriff School over several years either personally or through the Danielle Byron Henry Foundation with the purchase of faculty work room copiers, a new gym score board and basketball standards, text books, Wi Fi installation, school security cameras, door locks, IPads, Chromebooks, to name a few much needed donations. Thank you so very much.

15. Please see the  Volleyball tournament brackets for fifth-sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys and girls for this week and weekend through my letter in renweb.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 21, 2019

Dear Parent,

Please read the following important announcements:

S.O.S. Parents, grandparents, friends are needed Wednesday, October 23, at 8:30 a.m. to prepare individual lap blankets for the “School Family” activity on Friday, October 25. Volunteers are needed to cut slats around the edges of each blanket square. Students will tie these ends together as part of their Friday community service activity and donate them to the The INN Between care facility serving homeless individuals who are in a medical crisis or terminally ill.  Please report to the school library this Wednesday with your sewing/cutting scissors. Email Mrs. Hunt if you have an hour to volunteer. bhunt@cosgriff.org  Coffee and bagels provided!

1. Today begins the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year. Report cards will go home October 30, and students will receive honor roll certificates November 1.

2. During second and third quarter of school, students are expected to wear long pants to school. (no uniform shorts or skinny pants) As cold weather approaches, students may wear their Cosgriff sweatshirt, knit, and fleece vest or sweaters only, during class and at recess. They may wear individual parkas and coats over or instead of the Cosgriff sweatshirt at recess. Please make sure that student arrives at school with the proper cold weather gear—gloves, hats, boots, as needed, in addition to tennis shoes for indoor use and P.E.

3. The First Communion Presentation Mass is Sunday, October 27, at the 11:00 a.m. The Mass is for all second grade students attending Cosgriff School and other schools within the parish. Parents, other family members and friends, please attend this special Mass.

4. Register your second through eighth grade child for CYO girls and boys basketball at www.cosgriff.org. Friday, October 25, is the last day to register for this season.

5. Coming back to where it all began, Trivia Night 2019 will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  SAVE THE DATE, Friday, November 15.  Assemble your team of ten or come as a single or a couple and get ready for a night of dinner, games, fun and dancing.  Gift cards and punch cards are needed for the Balloon Blast.  Please turn them into the school office.  Contact Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.  RSVP and register for the evening at www.cosgriff.org.

6. The Health and Wellness Parent Night (parents only) is Wednesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. The presentation and discussion will be a recap of the student presentation given today on Pornography, Prostitution, Cyber-bullying easy access, and possible traumatic effects and protection of our children ages ten and older.

7. “IF YOU WANT PEACE WORK FOR JUSTICE.” Pope Paul VI

Family Night for 3rd and 4th graders (older and younger siblings are welcome to attend with the family as well) is Sunday, Oct. 27 from 3:30-5:00.  Our school virtue this month is Justice.  Our goals for family night are to have fun but also to foster and put into action the community we want for our children and families. Please email Dana Lee Simon at d_lo777@hotmail.com by Oct 24 to RSVP and get more details on how you can help with this Family Night.

8. Knitters Starting Today:

For the past several years, the fourth grade has knitted hats to donate to the Road Home during the holidays.

Today, October 21, at 12:40, knitters were needed in the fourth grade. If you were unable to attend the first class session, please email Ms. Courtney Sebahar, fourth grade teacher, for a schedule of the next knitting classes.  csebahar@cosgriff.org.

Thank you Ms. Sebahar for carrying on this instructional and compassionate tradition for children and adults in need of a warm hat. Ms. Sebahar stepped into the fourth grade teaching position and has added her own magic touch of high expectations, creative and innovative teaching ideas. Her students are very excited each day as Ms. Sebahar hosts Jeopardy or Connect Four a few favorite math review games, or the hands-on study of weathering, erosion, and volcanos. She serves as middle elementary grade team leader, organizes “School Family” teams and serves as a go to technology expert in the school. Ms. Courtney Sebahar is a star and shines brightly with her fourth graders. She is well respected, hardworking, and a very compassionate faculty member at Cosgriff School. Thank you

9. Officer Nathan Meinzer from the Salt Lake City Police Department will visit the school this week to observe traffic flow, congestion, speed of traffic, stop signs, flashing school lights, and other problems with regard to student safety. We hope to have street safety improvements in place very soon.

10. The Halloween parade and classroom party will take place Thursday, October 31. Classroom activities will begin around 1:45pm as directed by your child’s teacher. The parade will begin at 2:40pm. Students will be allowed to put on their costume before the classroom activity. Students will be dismissed in their costume. Please remember –no face masks, hoods, blood or gore on costumes. Students will walk around the playground so please make sure his/her costume is conducive to walking and movement. The same costume restrictions apply to parents.

11. The theme for Red Ribbon Week, 2019 is “Stay Drug Free.” This theme is a call to action to speak out in support of healthy choices.  The theme is also a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future. The new programs introduced at Cosgriff this year, MindUP, Health and Wellness, and Family Nights advocate healthy and smart choices for students and parents.

12.  Student Leadership Donut Bake Sale –Wednesday, October 23, during lunch time. All proceeds go to The Inn Between. All donuts are $1.00 each. In our School Family activity this coming week, the eighth grade student will speak about Justice/Social Justice and lead the way for their school family to tie the ends of warm lap blankets for those housed at The INN Between.

The Student Leadership Council asks all families to help supply urgently needed items for The Inn Between.  Please drop off all items in front of the school office before October 30.

Coffee, postage stamps, shampoo and body wash—large size

Bed pillows and washable covers

Twin extra-long fitted and top sheets

Triple A & Double A Batteries

Dryer Sheets

Heavy duty winter gloves – Costco has them at a really good price

Lyft & Uber gift cards

Amazon gift cards

Gift cards—McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendys, etc,

Grocery gift cards—Walmart, Smiths, Harmons,etc

Amazon gift cards

    (drop-off all gift cards in the school office) Thank you

13. Mardi Gras Update

We need more live auction items! Tickets, Vacation Homes, Unique Items/Experiences or consider underwriting a live auction item.

-If you are interested in hosting a party board, please contact us no later than Dec 1st.

-We need 400 silent auction items.  If you or someone you know is willing to donate, please bring donations to the main office.

Please contact Sarah Ross at sarah11ross@yahoo.com or 801-554-1062 with any questions or donations. Thanks!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 14, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

  • School will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 17. 
  • Sack lunch will be given out to those who ordered hot lunch on 10/17
  • NO Homework Club on 10/17.
  • Extended Day will end at 5:00 p.m. on 10/17
  • No school on Friday, October 18, due to Fall Recess.

1. Friends for Sight Vision Screening came to Cosgriff today and will return tomorrow to screen pre-school, kindergarten, first, third and fifth grade students. We are very fortunate to have this devoted group of volunteers give their time for the well-being of Cosgriff students.

2. The Fall Family Festival on October 11, was a fun and exciting evening for children and their parents. A sincere THANK YOU to Sarah Ross, Mary Crowther, Gemma Pessina Nativi and their entire extended families for the “perfect” night of games, face painting, picture taking, treats etc. A new addition to the Family Festival was the children friendly Haunted House, created, designed and constructed by Gemma Pessina Nativi. It was a favorite of all who attended the festival. The evening netted $5,161.30 –Thank you to all families who supported the festival.

3. Thank you to Ms. Curry and several seventh grade students for such a fine job hosting the 11:00 a.m. Mass on October 13. Students were well prepared for the readings, prayers of the faithful, greeting parishioners, and presenting the gifts.

4. A note of thanks to Fr. Erik for a very thought provoking and meaningful sermon during the 11:00 a.m. Mass. His application of the gospel made it was incentive for all in attendance to reflect upon their everyday lives in a positive manner.  

5. Fourth, Fifth, Sixth grade choir sang the Mass beautifully under the direction of Mr. Huntzinger. Also, thank you to several parents of seventh grade students for providing donuts, juice and coffee after the 11:00 a.m. Mass.

6.  A word of appreciation goes to Ms. Jill Curry for her sincere efforts with our middle school religion and health/wellness program. These include (but not limited to) Confirmation preparation for eighth grade students, MindUP implementation, Parent night and the third, fourth grade family activities and the soon to start PYM (parish youth ministry) We are fortunate to have such a talented, dedicated and versatile teacher at Cosgriff School. Ms. Curry teaches eighth grade history, fourth, seventh and eighth grade Religion, assists in fifth grade Math, supports the special education team, and seamlessly moves to the gym after school where she offers support with volleyball and basketball. Ms. Curry, thank you so much!

7. Register your second through eighth grade child for CYO girls and boys basketball at www.cosgriff.org. Friday, October 25, is the last day to register for this season.

8. Coming back to where it all began, Trivia Night 2019 will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  SAVE THE DATE, Friday, November 15.  Assemble your team of ten or come as a single or a couple and get ready for a night of dinner, games, fun and dancing.  Gift cards and punch cards are needed for the Balloon Blast.  Please turn them into the school office.  Contact Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.  RSVP and register for the evening at www.cosgriff.org.

9. KNITTERS NEEDED

For the past several years, the fourth grade has knitted hats to donate to the Road Home during the holidays. We will begin this project soon and are in need of your help! Your job will involve helping teach students to do the knit stitch on a round needle and lots and lots of fixing mistakes.

When:

Monday,October 21 — 12:40 – 1:30

Tuesday, October 29 — 8:40 – 9:30

Wednesday, November 6 — 11:00 – 11:50

Thursday, November 14 —  8:40 – 9:30

Tuesday, November 19 — 8:40 – 9:30

Monday, November 25 — 12:40 – 1:30

* more dates will be scheduled through December as needed

Where: Fourth Grade Classroom

Who: If you would like to help or your parent would like to help, please contact Ms. Sebahar.

csebahar@cosgriff.org

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

10.  Please donate URGENT NEED items for The INN Between:  

The Student Leadership Council asks all families to help supply urgently needed items for The Inn Between.  Please drop off all items in front of the school office.

Coffee

Bed pillows and washable covers

Twin extra-long fitted and top sheets

Shampoo – Large size

Body wash – Large size

Triple A & Double A Batteries

Postage Stamps

Dryer Sheets

Heavy duty winter gloves – Costco has them at a really good price

Lyft & Uber gift cards

Amazon gift cards

Gift cards—McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendys, etc,

Grocery gift cards—Walmart, Smiths, Harmons,etc

   (drop-off all gift cards in the school office) Thank you

11.  The monthly Health and Wellness Parent Meeting will be held Wednesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. The topics which will be presented are part of the middle school health and religion curriculum.

All parents with children in toddler through eighth grade are invited and encouraged to attend this one hour presentation, question/answer and discussion.

The topics for this October parent meeting include Cyber-Bullying, Prostitution, Human Trafficking, and Pornography as they relate to young people, including the definition of each, easy student access, availability, safe guards, personal and law related consequences and the critical role you hold with regard to your child’s safety and protection.

Presenters:

The presentation will include required curriculum taught from the following: Benziger Family Life, Religion Program presented by Jill Curry, and Health Education Utah State Core Standards presented by Emily Ellis. In addition to the required standards, current research, child exposure, and law related consequences, will be presented by Chris Burbank, Director of Law Enforcement Engagement for the Center for Policing Equity, and former Chief of Police for SLC. (Possibly another professional will be included in this presentation)

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

HOMEWORK CLUB HAS BEEN CANCELLED AFTER SCHOOL TODAY, DUE TO AN ALL SCHOOL FACULTY MEETING.

1.  Our grandparents and other close friends were delighted and amused with the Grandparent Brunch and all the trimmings stating with our friendly welcoming seventh grade greeters.  The eighth grade served a first class brunch with courtesy and kindness, performed “Twist and Shout,” and cleaned up after the brunch.

Much appreciation to Maryanne and Patrick Emery for such beautiful table decorations from their business, Floral Design and Contribution. Head Chef, Angela Parrish and her talented and skilled kitchen crew assembles a delicious brunch plate for each guest.  A special thank you to our very talented parent, Holly Isaac, the seventh grade, “American Band Stand” choreographer, Zach Downes and Chris Huntzinger for musical accompaniment and Jessica Jamison with the program technological support.

2.  The talented Cosgriff teachers selected a memorable selection of songs and dances from the 50’s and 60’s for the Grandparent Brunch.  Thank you for your dedication and hard work.  As usual, the Cosgriff students stole the show with their heartfelt historical performance.  What a great day!!

3.  The Fall Festival is on October 11 from 6 – 9 pm in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  Food, games, face painting, a haunted house, prizes and more!  The children love this events.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here:  https://signup.com/go/iXSzuWH

Please contact Sarah Ross at sarah11ross@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

4.  J.E. Cosgriff School will host a prospective parent drop in meeting and tour on Wednesday, October 9, at 9:00 am.  Please share this information with friends and all who may be interested in learning more about J.E. Cosgriff School.  Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director for more information.  mkearns@cosgriff.org

5.  Coming back to where it all began, Trivia Night 2019 will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  SAVE THE DATE, Friday, November 15.  Assemble your team of ten or come as a single or a couple and get ready for a night of dinner, games, fun and dancing.  Gift cards and punch cards are needed for the Balloon Blast.  Please turn them into the school office.  Contact Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.  RSVP and register for the evening at www.cosgriff.org.

6.  Some concerned teachers and parents have witnessed students running across the middle of Nevada and Redondo Street after school to jump into a car.  This is a very busy and dangerous time of day for foot traffic in front and on the side of the school.  Please ask your child to stand at the corner by the stop signs, look both ways and then walk carefully across the street to your car.  It is well worth a few extra minutes of your time.

7.  Basketball season is right around the corner for the second through eighth grade boys and girls.  If you know of a man or woman (21 years of age or older) who knows the ame well and would serve as an effective and positive coach, please get n touch with Mrs. Emily Ellis right away.  eellis@cosgriff.orghttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4W8-abAhq_PM07Qd6wQ6YaoJ5j4EF0RTNBUegvc2EtYCnfw/viewform

8.  On Sunday, October 13, the 7th grade students will host the 11:00 am Mass in St. Ambrose Church.  All school families are invited and encouraged to attend this school hosted Mass.   Donuts and coffee will be served.

9.  All fourth, fifth and sixth grade choristers are invited and expected to sing at the 11:00 am Mass on October 13.  It is an honor to be asked and serves as the highest form of prayer and stewardship.   All choristers should plan to meet Mr. Huntzinger at 10:30 am in the Vaughan Center.

10.  Friends for Sight is a 501(c)3  qualified non-profit organization established in 1955 to test children for Amblyopia or Lazy Eye Blindness, which is a vision issue that if not treated early can lead to serious vision problems or blindness.

Fortunately, a simple vision screening performed by certified screeners helps assess visual acuity issues and factors that may indicate Amblyopia.  Over the past 64 years, Friends for Sight has screened over 634,000 preschool children, and we are very fortunate to have the Friends for Sight team at Cosgriff on October 14 and 15 screening our preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd and 5th grade students.  This will be the 14th consecutive year which Friends of Sight has screened students at Cosgriff School.

11  The INN Between

The Inn Between in Salt Lake City provides a home environment that enables adults who are experiencing homelessness to gain access to professional hospice care from State-licensed agencies; undergo life-saving medical treatment; stabilize in preparation for surgery; or recuperate from serious illness.

Prior to The INN Between, no adequate solution existed for housing terminally ill and medically frail homeless people, resulting in an average of 50 deaths on Salt Lake area streets annually.

Mission of The INN Between

The mission of Inn Between is to end the tragic history of vulnerable people dying on the streets of our community by providing a supportive and safe haven for those who have nowhere to live during a medical crisis. 

The Student Council will host a donut bake sale, sell Halloween pops, and Tiger stickers to raise money for The INN Between.

URGENT NEED:  

The Student Leadership Council asks all families to help supply urgently needed items for The Inn Between.  Please drop off all items in front of the school office.

Coffee

Bed pillows and washable covers

Twin extra long fitted and top sheets

Gift cards—McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendys, etc,

Grocery gift cards—Walmart, Smiths, Harmons,etc.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

Dear Parents,Please read a few important notes for today:

1. FORMAL DRESS  is the mandatory attire for tomorrow, October 2, for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. All students should have neatly combed hair, polished shoes, a tie, and a smile for the day.

2. A reminder to please park your car outside of the church parking lot and down the street tomorrow morning, to allow space for our Grandparent Brunch guests. –Thank you,

3. A Correction to a note sent from Angela Patterson, Chair of “Trivia Night.” All tables will seat 10 guests.  

4. Basketball sign-up for students in second through eighth grade is now open. Go to www.cosgriff.org for registration. Scholarships are available, please speak to Mrs. Hunt, Principal. bhunt@cosgriff.org

5. Students who utilize Extended Day before or after school, Monday through Friday are now required to place their cell phones in a bucket for the duration of their stay at E.D.P. Students who violate this requirement will strongly jeopardize their privilege of using this valuable after school service.

6. It has become apparent that several students have forgotten or have never been informed of  the J.E. Cosgriff School Dress Code with regard to nail polish, hair color and length etc. Please read the following section from the Student Handbook Policy 3500 with your child to clarify the school written policy.

The entire updated student handbook is available at www.cosgriff.org.

 Policy 3500–Additional Uniform Regulations

• One small post earring per earlobe permitted. Dangling, hoop or large earrings are not permitted. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings.

• Only religious necklaces are permitted. • Rings and bracelets are not permitted.

• Hair must be their natural color. Lightening, streaking, contrasting is not allowed for boys or girls. Hair length or style should not block vision. Boys’ hair must be cut above the collar, out of the face, above the eyebrows and neatly groomed.

• Nail polish, artificial nails and/or makeup is not permitted.

• Cosgriff sweatshirts, sweaters, sweater vests only may be worn in school. (Students are allowed to wear a parka of their choice over or in place of a school sweatshirt/sweater etc. when at recess or outside) Students must wear only school attire in the classroom.

• Skirts and jumpers must be no shorter than two inches above the crease line at the back of the knee.

• Individual parkas may be worn over uniform sweatshirts.

• Individual parkas can be worn outside during inclement weather.

The principal will have the ultimate decision on uniform policy. It will be at his/her discretion to make any changes to these procedures. Personal Grooming Policy It is the desire of the J. E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School community that we reflect to others a pride we take in ourselves. This pride is exhibited in our appearance. Therefore, neatness, cleanliness, and overall appearance are necessary. If the personal grooming habits of a student become a distraction to the education process or make a statement contrary to the mission and philosophy of the school, the administration will take measures to end the distraction. Students are to mark personal items such as uniforms, lunch boxes, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. with their name and grade. (Questions –please call Mrs. Hunt, Principal  801-486-6933)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

September 30, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Thank you for your interest and excellent attendance at the Parent-Teacher Conferences. It is very encouraging for faculty and staff to meet with parents and students to discuss academic achievement and set goals for future performance and opportunities within the school setting.

2. The 14th annual Grandparent Brunch is Wednesday, October 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with an expected turn-out of 300 or more.  Our guests start arriving around 8:15 a.m. and leave the school grounds after 11:00 a.m. ALL PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PARK DOWN THE STREET, WELL AWAY FROM THE AREA IN FRONT OR ON THE SIDE OF THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT UNTIL AFTER LUNCH RECESS on Wednesday, October 2—THANK YOU.

3. The seventh grade students will serve as greeters at the Grandparent Brunch to open car doors, assist our guests downstairs and help them find a seat in the social center. 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 and to tour the Peace Garden. The seventh grade students will again escort grandparents to their grandchild’s classroom. Please accompany your parent, grandparent, or special family friend to the brunch and school 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 to accompany grandparents to attend this annual event. Thank you for understanding.

4. The Fall Festival is on October 11th from 6-9 pm in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  Food, games, face painting, a haunted house, prizes and more!  The children love this event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here: https://signup.com/go/iXSzuWH

Please contact Sarah Ross at sarah11ross@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

5. Coming back to where it all began, Trivia Night 2019 will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  SAVE THE DATE, Friday November 15th. Assemble your team of ten and get ready for a night of dinner, games, fun and dancing. Gift cards and punch cards are needed for the Balloon Blast. Please turn them into the school office. Contact Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.

6. The eighth grade students in all Catholic Schools will celebrate Mass together on Friday, October 4, at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. This has been a long standing tradition in the Catholic schools. Bishop Solis will be the celebrant of the Mass.

7. We will host a prospective parent drop in meeting and tour on Wednesday, October 9, at 9:00 a.m. Please share this information with friends, and all who may be interested in learning more about J.E. Cosgriff School.  Please contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director for more information.

8.  The Christian Virtues which students will learn more about during the month of October are Justice and Social Justice. Please discuss these life-long virtues at home with your child and the importance of each in our world today.

Justice is that which is proper, fair and correct.  It is a sense of what is right, of what “should” happen.  God is the just judge, whose every judgment is fair and right.   God calls us to be just and fair in all agreements and exchanges with others.  God also calls us to participate in society and to work for the common good of all people.  We are called to be good citizens, both of our nation and our world.  Justice includes fairness, equality, tolerance, loyalty, caring, and understanding.

Social Justice is respect for human life and an inherent respect for human dignity that leads Catholics into action, both locally and globally. Social Justice is an important component of our school wide learning expectations as written in the 2017 accreditation document. It falls under civic responsibility.

9.  SOCIAL SKILLs are attached for students to practice in October and for the rest of their lives! Please discuss and practice at home.

   1. Giving Feedback or Correction, Giving “corrective” feedback is a skill used when you want to tell someone that you are concerned about the way they did or said something to you. There is a respectful way to correct a person, if your name was mispronounced, or a situation was not interpreted correctly.   For example: “Excuse me Mrs. Hunt, my name is Sally not Donna.”  The person who corrects another should use a calm, respectful voice, face the person and look him/her in the eye. Please practice respectful ways of correcting another person, especially when an innocent mistake has been made with a name, assignment, place, or family member.

   2. Interrupting Appropriately– Interrupting is a skill that should be used when you have something very important to say that needs to be said at that moment. Use the following steps: *Wait quietly for the best time,*use polite attention words*say what you need and why,*say “Thank You.”

10.  Student Leadership Council chose The INN Between for the October 2019 community service project.

The INN Between

The Inn Between in Salt Lake City provides a home environment that enables adults who are experiencing homelessness to gain access to professional hospice care from State-licensed agencies; undergo life-saving medical treatment; stabilize in preparation for surgery; or recuperate from serious illness.

Prior to The INN Between, no adequate solution existed for housing terminally ill and medically frail homeless people, resulting in an average of 50 deaths on Salt Lake area streets annually.

Mission of The INN Between

The mission of Inn Between is to end the tragic history of vulnerable people dying on the streets of our community by providing a supportive and safe haven for those who have nowhere to live during a medical crisis. 

The Student Council will host a donut bake sale, sell Halloween pops, and Tiger stickers to raise money for INN Between. Some items are urgently needed and can be dropped off in front of the school office. Coffee, Bed pillows and washable covers, twin extra long fitted and top sheets, gift cards—McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendys, etc, Grocery gift cards—Walmart, Smiths, Harmons,etc.

11. Please note that Monday, October 7, homework club will be cancelled due to an all school faculty meeting.

12. Plan on the HSA meeting, Monday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. in the school library.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

September 23, 2019

Dear Parents, 

Please read the following important announcements:

1. There will be a meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center for all parents whose eighth grader will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in Spring 2020.

2. Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for September 25, and 26, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. for toddler-eighth grade. If convenient, seventh grade students and parents are asked to attend conferences on Wednesday, Sept. 25. To help eliminate waiting in a long line. Go to www.cosgriff.org to sign up for a conference. 

3. If your child will require Extended Day Care after 12:15 p.m. dismissal on Sept 25 or 26, please contact Tammie Cleverly right away to make a reservation. This will allow Mrs. Cleverly the time to adequately staff EDP for a large number of students. tcleverly@cosgriff.org

4. If your child has signed up for hot lunch on September 25 and 26, he/she will receive a sack lunch before dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

5. Homework Club will be cancelled on September 25 and 26. 

6. The Short Core Teachers will be available during Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please see the attachment in my letter through RenWeb.

7. Parents, please welcome Stacey Dillon, our new Development Director for J.E. Cosgriff School. Ms. Dillon grew up in northern California where she attended Catholic Grade school and St. Patrick/St. Vincent High School. She has a degree in communication from Arizona State University. Over the past ten years, Ms. Dillon has had extensive experience in marketing, video production, advertising, event planning and public relations. Please stop to introduce yourself and welcome Stacey Dillon to our school community. She has begun to reach out to chairs of various committees, the School Board and HSA members. sdillon@cosgriff.org

8. The annual Grandparent Brunch is Wednesday, October 2, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with an expected turn-out of 300 or more.  Our guests start arriving around 8:15 a.m. and leave after 11:00 a.m. ALL PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PARK DOWN THE STREET, WELL AWAY FROM THE AREA IN FRONT OR ON THE SIDE OF THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT UNTIL AFTER LUNCH RECESS on Wednesday, October 2—THANK YOU.

9. The seventh grade students will serve as greeters at the Grandparent Brunch to open car doors, assist our guests downstairs and help them find a seat in the social center. 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 and to tour the Peace Garden. Please accompany your parent, grandparent, or special family friend to the brunch and school 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 to accompany grandparents and attend this annual event. Thank you for understanding.

10. The HSA will host a coffee in the parking lot at drop off time on September 25. Please stop for a cup of coffee and a short visit on your way to work. 

11. A very special Thank you to Kirk and Dana Lee Simon, and Jill Curry for hosting a very meaningful and fun Family Activity for students in 3rd and 4th grades and their families. Kirk and Dana so cleverly wove our Catholic teachings into a day of  music, excitement, and old fashion family fun! 

12. The theme for the two hour activity was Respect for ourselves, each other and our family.  Students were excited to be involved in each activity with each other, siblings and parents. They took part in a scavenger hunt, Simon says, relay races, assembling a team puzzle, and ended with a great “dress up” family activity and a special treat from Kirk and Dana Simon. Watch for the next family which will occur in October.  

13. The Fall Festival is on October 11th from 6-9 pm in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  Food, games, face painting, prizes and more!  The kids love this event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here: https://signup.com/go/iXSzuWH

Please contact Sarah Ross at sarah11ross@yahoo.com if you have any questions. 

14. Coming back to where it all began!! Trivia Night in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  SAVE THE DATE: Friday November 15th.  Grab your team of 8, game on and lots of fun.  Please check your wallets for used gift cards and punch cards to donate for Balloon Blast and turn them into the school office!  Please contact: Angela Patterson at patterenti@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to help out with the event.

Thank You, 

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

September 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

Flu shots will be available on Thursday, September 19, from 1:30 to 4:15 p.m in the school library.

1. Sign up right away for Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for September 25 and 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day. Go to www.cosgriff.org.

2. We are asking for seventh grade students and parents to attend conferences on Wednesday, September 25, if possible. Eighth grade would attend on September 26. It is very important for all students to attend their conference either September 25 or 26.

***Homework club will be cancelled on September 25 and 26.

3. If you intend to use EDP on the afternoons of 9/25 and 9/26, please notify Tammie Cleverly ahead of time. This will help to insure adequate staffing for those afternoons. tcleverly@cosgriff.org  801-484-8905.

4. Today was individual picture retake day for students who were absent on August 20, or those who were not happy with their first photograph.

5. The Student Leadership Council has made a commitment to support Catholic Community Services (CCS) with the emergency relief effort for the many individuals and families left homeless and helpless by Hurricane Dorian, which battered and destroyed many areas in the Bahamas.

Please support the following activities to raise money for hurricane Dorian victims.

  • Tiger Tuesday is tomorrow, September 17 and 24. Bring $1.00 to purchase a Cosgriff Tiger sticker. Students may wear the sticker or place it on their favorite notebook.
  • Nice Free Dress with a Hat!Students may wear nice freedress and a hat on Thursday, September 19, with a donation of $10.00. Families with three or more children, may donate $25.00 total.

6. On Thursday, September 12, all parents of 4-8th grade students should have been able to view and print their child’s progress report. Please make sure that you sit with your child and discuss his/her progress and subjects which may need serious attention before the end of the first quarter of school on October 17.

7. Progress reports were not handed out to students in grades kindergarten through third grades. Student progress will be discussed when standard based report cards are handed out during parent-teacher conferences.

ACT results from spring 2019 will also be given to parents with students in fourth through eighth grade.

8. Adventure is calling! The St. Ambrose Cub Scout Pack is now recruiting new cub scouts for the 2019-2020 school year. Cub Scout Pack 3202 is open to all first through fifth grade students.  The first meeting is Monday, September 16, in the St. Ambrose Social Hall at 6:30 p.m.

9. Pack meetings usually occur the second Monday of each month, and a separate Den meeting will be held once per month. For more information, contact Jon Belgique at jon@comtek.com or 801-998-8068.

10.  The Fall Fun Family Festival is on October 11th from 6-9 pm in the St. Ambrose Social Hall with food, games, face painting, prizes, a spook alley, and much more! This has been a fun and popular family activity for many years.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here:  https://signup.com/go/iXSzuWH

11. The parents of eighth grade students are asked to attend a Confirmation introduction meeting September 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.

12. The first 3rd and 4th grade Family Night will be Sunday, September 22, from 3-5pm on the school playground.  Families will explore the virtue of the month (Respect) in a fun and experiential way, so please come dressed to play, as it is the most effective communication for kids.  This is for the whole family so siblings are welcome!  The goal is to learn and have fun.  Please, for planning purposes, RSVP to Dana Lee Simon at d_lo777@hotmail.com by Friday, September 20.

13. The Health and Wellness Committee will be hosting its first Monthly Mindfulness gathering for parents on Wednesday, September 18th, from 7-8 p.m. in the social hall.  Come and explore aspects of the MindUP curriculum which your children are learning and discover how this curriculum may apply and benefit yourself and your family. Meet and visit with other parents and build community and community support at the same time!  Please contact Jill Curry (jcurry@cosgriff.org) or DanaLee Simon (d_lo777@hotmail.com) with any questions.

14. A very positive and effective aspect of J.E. Cosgriff curriculum at all levels is the inordinate number of minutes teachers devote to direct instruction during each school day. Students benefit greatly by being present during direct instruction so as not to miss a key component of the standard or objective of the lesson.

15. Some parents are concerned about the needs of their child with regard to using the bathroom and hydrating (getting a drink of water during the day.) Teachers are working hard to help students regulate these basic needs by reminding them to use the restroom before and after snack, recess and lunch, before and after a short core class (art, p.e., music, choir, violin, computer etc.) A teacher may also say “if it is not an emergency, please wait three minutes until I have finished presenting these important concepts.”

16. Water bottles are kept on the shelf in the classroom and students are encouraged to get a drink during snack time or before and after a change of class. If allowed at a student’s desk, water bottles quickly become toys and a distraction for the student and those around him/her. If for some reason you are concerned about your child’s use of the bathroom or a hydration issue during the day, please call Mrs. Hunt, Principal right away. 801-486-6933.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

September 12, 2019

Dear Parents,

 1. Thank you to Dayna Fenger for serving lunch and cleaning the kitchen this week, we really needed the help.

 2. Thank you to Carol and Franklin Huebel for sorting and folding all of the slightly used uniforms by the gym. It was a time consuming and complicated job!

 3. We are in need of a very kind volunteer (parent/grandparent) to check out library books to students on Thursdays from 10:20 to 10:50 a.m. and/or Tuesdays from 10:50 to 11:25 a.m. Please contact Mrs. Hunt if you are interested and available at one or both of those times. bhunt@cosgriff.org .

 4.  We are in need of a parent/grandparent/ friend of Cosgriff who is fluent in French and would be willing to work along side a kindergarten student in the regular classroom a few hours (mornings preferred) per week. This would be a short term commitment as this students is rapidly learning English.

Please call or email Mrs. Hunt, Principal ASAP  bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

September 9, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please note the following important dates and activities:

1. Homework Club is cancelled today, due to a faculty/staff meeting.

2. First Communion parent meeting tonight at 7:00 in the Vaughn Center for parents of our second grade students.

3. The first School Board meeting has been moved to September 18, 6:30 in the school library.

4. Confirmation parent meeting is Monday, September 16, at 7:00 p.m. in the Vaughan Center.

5. Parent-Teacher Conference (1:00 to 7:00 on September 25 and 26) sign up begins today. We are asking that seventh grade students and their parent attend conferences on Wednesday, 9/25 and eighth grade students and parents attend on 9/26, if possible. This schedule may help alleviate long lines.  Go to www.cosgriff.org to sign up.

6. If you intend to use EDP on the afternoons of 9/25 and 9/26, please notify Tammie Cleverly ahead of time. This will help to insure adequate staffing for those afternoons. tcleverly@cosgriff.org  801-484-8905.

7. Make-up student picture day is Monday, September 16. Students must wear a formal dress top for pictures and bring casual uniform dress as needed. The original picture packet must be turned in to the photographer at the time of picture retake.

8. Thank you to all parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff School who supported the annual Bad in Plaid Golf Tournament, in spite of rain it was a great day of golf and fun.  Robb Farr is the Golf Tournament Master of all time!! Thank you Mr.Farr for another extremely successful and popular tournament. Your back up team—Kassi Mancini, Tim Mancini, Sarah Boyle, Matt Schwobe, Keith Hankins, Ryan Brinkman, Brad Richard, Kelly Farr, Bogdan Petre, Aundrea Brinkman, Mariko Farr, Hollie Wharton, Jake Wharton, Andrea Doubek, Joe Doubek, Kristin Craddock, Bernadette O’Brien, Heather Zang, Tara Haskins, Jay Turcuato, Royce Woodward, Alex Cancio, Sarah Farr, Nicole Jeffreys, Kerry Hankins, Becky Moore, Tiffany Wharton, Meghan Swartz, Jessica Sluder, Kristen Fuoco, Clare Valles, and local businesses who provided prizes to help make our golf tournament exciting and fun.

A special thank you to Chris Hemmersmeier, President and CEO of Jerry Seiner Chevrolet, for the Chevrolet hole in one incentive. Also, a special thank you to Cosgriff parents, Dan and Jessica Sluder for their generous raffle donation, the very popular Traeger Grill.

9. The Student/Parent Handbook has been updated and edited. Please take time to read it and refer to it often during the school year. See the following link. https://cosgriff.org/about-j-e-cosgriff/j-e-cosgriff-handbook/

10. Adventure is calling! The St. Ambrose Cub Scout Pack is now recruiting new cub scouts for the 2019-2020 school year. Cub Scout Pack 3202 is open to all first through fifth grade students.  The first meeting is Monday, September 16, in the St. Ambrose Social Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Pack meetings usually occur the second Monday of each month, and a separate Den meeting will be held once per month. For more information, contact Jon Belgique at jon@comtek.com or 801-998-8068.

11.  The Fall Festival is on October 11th from 6-9 pm in the St. Ambrose Social Hall.  Food, games, face painting, prizes and more!  The children love this event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up here: https://signup.com/go/iXSzuWH

Please contact Sarah Ross at sarah11ross@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

12. The Student Leadership Council for 2019-20:

Talon Grantz, Gus Harmston, Cameron Liddle, Peterson Rooney, Aziza Attallah and Amelia Andrews.

Keon Matinkhah, eighth grade, and Addy Borgmeier, seventh grade are room representatives and have joined the Student Council this year.

13. The Student Leadership Council has made a commitment to CRS emergency relief effort for the many individuals and families left homeless and helpless by Hurricane Dorian, which battered and destroyed many areas in the Bahamas.

  • Catholic Relief Services has requested many needed items. The Student Council will offer the following incentives during the rest of September to raise money for this critical cause.
  • Tiger Tuesdays, September 17 and 24. Bring $1.00 to purchase a Cosgriff tiger sticker. Students may wear the sticker or place it on their favorite notebook.
  • Nice Free Dress with a Hat! Students may wear nice free dress on Thursday, September 19, with a donation of $10.00. Families with three or more children may donate $25.00.

14. The Health and Wellness Committee had its first meeting last Wednesday, September 4th.  One of the things that came out of this meeting was that parent education and support around mindfulness seems desired and important.  To that end, we will be starting Monthly Mindfulness Learning/Practice nights for parents.  All Cosgriff parents are invited.  These gatherings will typically be the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the social hall. Our first gathering will be September 18th.  At each meeting, you can expect to learn a practice of mindfulness that you will be able to use in your day to day life.  We will also be starting Family Nights for 3rd and 4th grade families. (watch for a time and date) A huge thanks to Jill Curry and Kirk Simon for heading up this committee.  There is still room for more people to be involved.  Please get in touch with Jill Curry, jcurry@cosgriff.ortg  or Kirk Simon exchezed@aol.com with questions or attend the next committee meeting on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in the school library.

15. A special thank you to several seventh and eighth grade parents who served soda and chaperoned at the middle school dance. It was a busy night for all. As a result of student dance entrance fees, Cosgriff will send well over $500.00 as a donation to the Utah Food Bank.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

September 3, 2019

 

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Homework Club begins today, 3:20 to 4:10 p.m. in the school library. Students in grades four through eight are eligible to attend this after school study period Monday-Thursday. Homework Club will be cancelled Monday, September 9, due to a faculty meeting.

2. HSA meets this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents are welcome.

3. The Health and Wellness committee will meet Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Kirk Simon and Ms. Jill Curry will chair this new Cosgriff committee. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend to offer suggestions regarding both parent and family activities.

3. There will be a parent drop-in tour on Thursday, September 5, at 9:00 a.m. for prospective families. We have a few openings in toddlers, second and fifth grade. Please share this information with family and friends.

4. The Annual “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament is Sunday, September 8, at Bonneville Golf course. Sign-up right away at www.cosgriff.org  for a great day of fun and support Cosgriff at the same time. Call or email Robb Farr if you have donations, questions or can help in any way. 801-201-5704, robbfarr22@comcast.net

5. Order a customized commemorative brick to be placed in the J.E. Cosgriff Peace Garden. Benches in the garden may also be purchased and named after a loved one, grandchildren, children, parents, etc. Go to www.cosgriff.org to place an order. The fall order will be processed at the end of November.

6.  There will be a short “Grandparent Brunch” volunteer meeting tomorrow morning, 9/4 in the library at 8:20 a.m. This most popular brunch will take place October 2, in the social center. Please offer to work on a committee—table decorations, set up, food prep, serving, clean up etc.

7. Ms. Jill Curry is available for tutoring a few nights after school. Please contact her at jcurry@cosgriff.org

8. J.E. Cosgriff will host the first middle school dance of the year on Friday, September 6, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. All seventh and eighth grade students attending Catholic Schools are welcome to the dance.

9. VOLLEYBALL DILEMMA!—We have 30 plus fifth/sixth grade students who would like to play volleyball this season. We have one person who has offered to coach. We do have a coaching offer from a former student who played volleyball. This young lady must have an assistant who is 21 or older.  Fourteen or fifteen students on a team allows limited playing time for each person. It would be ideal to have three teams. We are so fortunate to have such an interest in volleyball and sports in general.

Please think about this opportunity for yourself, or a former high school or college athlete etc. The seasons begins on Saturday, September 7. A reminder that Mrs. Ellis and Ms. Curry are not coaching or assisting on teams. They will step into practices and offer support with technique and drills. Contact Emily Ellis right away if you are able to help with this coaching dilemma!  eellis@cosgriff.org

10. The parking lot certainly has its challenges at pick-up time each day. As the future crossing guard stands in the street to direct traffic, she requests right hand turns only for ALL who the parking lot. Please obey this request as it keeps the line moving a little faster.

There is a designated cross walk at the north side of the parking lot. If grandparents, nannies etc. pick up your child, inform him/her about the cross walk rules for safety, as several adults and students have been cutting across the moving car area. Please use it yourself, as well.

11. Thank you to all who have served a recess duty. Please be sure to read the playground rules located right next to the volunteer sign-in form in the office. (take a copy of the rules FYI)

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

A few reminders for today.

1. The first  “Health and Wellness” parent meeting will take place Wednesday, September 4, at 7:00 in the school library. Committee Chairs, Kirk Simon and Jill Curry welcome all interested parents who have children in toddler-eighth grade. (parents only at this meeting)

See attachment from email Aug 29th

2. A volleyball coach and assistant are needed for a fifth-sixth grade team, and possibly other teams. If you have had experience playing volley ball, or know someone with solid coaching skills who would be willing to coach, please contact Emily Ellis, Athletic Director right away at eellis@cosgriff.org.  We are not able to compete in CYO athletics without the positive participation of the Cosgriff parent community. Volunteer hours are filled when you coach a team!

Mrs. Ellis and other Cosgriff teachers have been asked not to coach a Cosgriff team or any other Catholic School CYO team by the administration, as it can easily be a conflict of interest for students, teachers and parents. Mrs. Ellis and Ms. Curry will offer a coach’s meeting and clinic before the season is in full swing, sometime the next week or two. Mrs. Ellis and Ms. Curry intend to step into volleyball practices from time to time or when invited to offer tips with technique and winning game strategies.  The first volleyball games are tentatively set for September 14. The game schedule will be sent out as soon as Cosgriff receives it.

3.  Go to www.cosgriff.org to sign-up your winning foursome in Cosgriff’s annual “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament, on Sunday, September 8, at Bonneville Golf Course.  As of today, Robb Farr, Chair, requests, prizes, hole sponsors, and many excited golfers to make it a successful and fun event. Please call Robb at 801-201-5704,  robbfarr22@comcast.net.

4. Labor Day is Monday September 2. There is NO SCHOOL that day.

5. Murray School District Hot Lunch program begins Tuesday, September 3.

6. A special thank you to Ashley Gardner, Rebecca Gray, and Amy Moore for hosting a most welcoming and informative “New Family/Mentor Social.” The Mentor Program at Cosgriff has been a positive avenue for new families to ask questions, make new friends and feel comfortable in the school community. A word of appreciation to all veteran parents who take time to serve as mentors for our new families. Your involvement strengthens communication, support and strong friendships in the parent community.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

August 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements.

No School on Monday, September 2. Labor Day. 

1. Thank you for your attendance at “Back to School” night. The faculty and staff were most appreciative of presence and interest in the direction for the 2019-20 school year.

2. Hot lunch begins on Tuesday, September 3. All orders must be turned in on time, please follow the date designated on the lunch menu.

3. The J.E. Cosgriff “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament is Sunday, September 8. Please support this annual fund raiser and social event.  Robb Farr, Chair requests the help of parents who would be willing to work the day of the tournament. Great raffle prizes are needed as well as donation of donuts, coffee, soda, water, underwriting support. Contact Robb with question and suggestions. Robbfarr22@comcast.net, 801-898-0582.

4.The administration, faculty and staff are working with your children with day to day procedures, social skills, classroom and school-wide rules, and the Christian virtue for August and September—RESPECT for oneself, others and the world around us. Thank you so much for your hard work and support, especially during these first weeks of school.

5. Seventh and Eighth grade Student Leadership Council campaign speeches will take place Thursday, August 29, at 8:30 a.m. in the school gym.

6. Mr. Downes and Mr. Harris would like to invite all students, 4rd through 8th grade to the Instrument Fair, on Wednesday, August 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the new music classroom. 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.

7. The last day for 5th-8th grade boys and girls to sign-up for volley ball is Tuesday, September 3. Register for volleyball at www.cosgriff.org.

8. The New Family/Mentor Meeting and Social is Wednesday, August 28, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the school gym. Please attend this informative and fun gathering to ask questions, learn more about Cosgriff and enjoy the company of fellow parents.

9. A reminder that Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 3, from 3:20 to 4:15pm, in the school library. It is offered Monday through Thursday for students in fourth-eighth grade. 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.

10. If students go to Homework Club and have only a library book to read, he/she will be escorted to Extended Day to read in the Vaughan Center library. This will allow more space for those students in serious need of asking questions, 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 in the regular classroom.  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.     Robert Marsano 2004

11. J.E. Cosgriff School still has a few openings in the toddler program, fifth and sixth grade. Please make recommendations to friends interested in a very good Catholic education.

12.  A Drop in Tour for prospective Cosgriff students has been scheduled for Thursday, September 5, at 9:00 a.m. Please share this information with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. All interested persons should contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director at mkearns@cosgriff.org

13. It is not possible for kindergarten and first grade students to take library science this year from Mrs. Shrum, as she is teaching a middle school Geography course. Both kindergarten teachers would like to plan a short library lesson and book check-out on Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. If you have worked in the library or would like to learn how to check out books and have that time and day available, please contact Mrs. Hunt right away. bhunt@cosgriff.org  This important volunteer work is requested for the 2019-20 school year.

Both first grade classes have availability for library time and book check-out on Monday, Thursday or Friday from 10:20 to 11:40 a.m. Contact Mrs. Hunt if you are available to help.

14. Thank you for your very generous donations of slightly used, clean uniforms over the past several months. While many uniform parts have been taken for good use, it is time to put a temporary HOLD on uniform donations. At a future date, there will be an earnest request from the school Principal. For your generous support.Thank you.

If you have a little time to donate for sorting and straightening uniforms in the lost and found section—please help!

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 19, 2019Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2019-20 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.

Please note the following announcements for the week of August 19-23:

1. Tuesday, August 20 is Individual School Picture Day. All kindergarten-eighth grade students are to wear Formal Uniform Dress to school. Orders can be completed on line at mylifetouch.com.  Our picture day ID number is UM339001Q0.STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO BRING A CHANGE OF SHOES (tennis shoes) IN THEIR BACK FOR P.E. AND RECESS.

2. Wednesday, August 21, is “Back to School Night” for parents of toddler—fifth grade students. The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the social center with a few important announcements. Parents will then be dismissed to the classrooms for a meeting with the homeroom teacher. The homeroom teachers will host two presentations about 25 minutes each, back to back.  (parents only)

**Parents of toddlers will meet in the school library, across from the school gym, after the presentation in the church social center.

3. Thursday, August 22, is “Back to School Night” for parents of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. Please report to St. Ambrose Church social center at 7:00 p.m.   (parents only)

 5. Just a reminder: the Murray School District Hot Lunch Program will begin on Tuesday, September 3. Menu choices and payment forms are listed on the Cosgriff School web page (www.cosgriff.org) Orders and payment are due in the mailbox by the school office by Friday, August 23.

6. Mark your calendar for the first HSA meeting on Tuesday evening, September 3, at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents are welcome to attend the HSA meetings during the school year.

7. Students in grades k-eighth grade are required to wear the school uniform. Boys and Girls uniform shorts may be worn the first and last quarter of the school year. Tuesday and Friday of this week are Formal Dress Days. Please see the student handbook, p 11 and 12, for uniform details.

8. 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. Be sure to send a sack lunch.

9. Mrs. Shrum is in need of two very reliable library parents or grandparents for kindergarten and first grade book check-out on Friday mornings around 10:30 a.m. Please contact Mrs. Shrum if you have the time on Friday to volunteer and willing to learn the library check-out procedures. jshrum@cosgriff.org

10. The J.E. Cosgriff “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament is Sunday, September 8. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register your foursome. Please support this fabulous fundraiser by golfing and/or donating gifts for the raffle. Robb Farr, Chair requests that younger parents, those newer to the school consider volunteering at the golf tournament and encourage others to golf. Please contact Robb with question and suggestions. Robbfarr22@comcast.net, 801-201-5704

11. Noon recess volunteers, please take time to read the Cosgriff Recess Safety Rules located right next to the sign-in form in the office.

12. The morning pre-school team is still in need of two aides to work Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. If you know of a top notch candidate, please ask him or her to contact Mrs. Hunt at bhunt@cosgriff.org or 801-486-6933.

13. Sarah Ross has taken on the responsibility of Mardi Gras Chair for the February 22, 2020 major fundraising event. She has begun to assemble a strong, creative, hardworking team. More help is needed with solicitations, underwriting, advertising etc. Please contact Sarah for more information at 801-554-1062 or sarah11ross@yahoo.com

14. VOLLEYBALL Sign-up for boys and girls in fifth through eighth grade at www.cosgriff.org. The deadline for sign-up is September 3.

Mrs. Ellis and Ms. Curry will host a volleyball clinic this Saturday, August 24, in the school gym. Clinic Schedule: Seventh and Eighth grade—9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  Fifth and Sixth grade—10:45 to 12:00 noon. If you are unsure about playing volleyball, please attend a clinic to try out the game.

Please contact Mrs. Ellis (eellis@cosgriff.org)  if you have had experience playing or coaching volleyball and would like to coach a fifth-sixth grade team.

15, Mark Your Calendar: 1. Wednesday, August 28, beginning and advanced band instrument fair for 4-8th grade in the music room at 5:30 p.m.     2.  New Family -Mentor Night, August  28, 7:00 p.m. in the school gym.   

15. Please see the  annual Asbestos notification emailed to all parents today.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

1. Please see the Life Touch Picture order form in Principal Hunt’s Letter emailed to you 8/16/19 . Individual picture day is Tuesday, August 20. All student in kindergarten-eighth grade are expected to wear FORMAL UNIFORM DRESS. Please make sure you child brings this form with payment for picture day.

2. Murray School District Hot Lunch Order form and payment are due in the mailbox by the school office on Friday, August 23. Hot lunch begins on Tuesday, September 3. Sept menu can be found on our website under parents.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

A few reminders for this week.

1. The Parent MindUP training will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday August 14, in the social center. The presenter must catch an 8:00 p.m. flight–the reason it is earlier.

2. Slightly used uniform parts will located right outside of the gym door today. As of now, we do not need any more used uniforms!! thank you

3. Meet the Teacher is this Friday, August 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Toddler –Eighth grade

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 8, 2019

Dear Parents of Kindergarten Students,

This is a note to clarify the schedule for the first week of school. Kindergarten students will begin school at 8:15 a.m. with dismissal at 12:15 p.m. for the entire week, August 19-23.  All students should bring a sack lunch each day. They will eat at 11:40 a.m. and meet you in the church parking lot at dismissal time, 12:15 p.m.

The homeroom teachers will make an appointment with each family to arrange for a short personal student assessment (the reason for an early dismissal) one afternoon, August 19-23. Kindergarten students are eligible to go to Extended Day Care the first week of school. Please contact Tammie Cleverly, Extended Day Director. t.cleverly@cosgriff.org  to register for EDP.

All students are expected to wear the school uniform beginning the first day of school. On Tuesday, August 20, -school picture day and Friday, August 23, school Mass, all students are expected to wear the Formal Dress Uniform. If you are unsure about the Formal Dress attire, please check the student hand book on the school web site. www.cosgriff.org

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, Suzanne Lacombe at slacombe@cosgriff.org  or Natalie Jenkins at njenkins@cosgriff.org

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

A few questions have come up today that I will respond to in this note.

1. Toddler, pre-school, pre-kindergarten do not wear school uniforms. They should come to school in comfortable clothing and shoes for play. Please go to www.cosgriff.org  to access the student handbook for more information regarding the required uniform dress.

2. The MindUP training and implementation is for all students (toddler-eighth grade) in the school. The training on August 14, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  is for parents and caretakers of all students who attend Cosgriff School. (toddler-eighth grade). (please, no children at the parent training)

3. The special  MindUP “Parent Nights” and  “Family Nights,” which will occur throughout the year include all grades in the school (toddler-eighth grade)

4. You will find the Murray School District hot lunch menu under parent tab on our website. The  copy of the completed menu and payment must be placed in the mail box right outside of the school office by August 23. The Cosgriff hot lunch is available to pre-school students (if they attend Extended Day) through eighth grade. During the school year, the hot lunch menu will always be posted on the school web site at least two weeks before it is due.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

July 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IMPORTANT SUMMER NEWSLETTER:

1. The spring and summer of 2019 have brought anxiety and concern regarding the arrival of the new St. Ambrose Pastor. This note is to reassure you of the purpose and vision of J.E. Cosgriff School under the current administrator and faculty and that the 2019-20 school year will be a continuation of all that J.E. Cosgriff School represents including a solid foundation of love, respect, and kindness for all who are associated with the school and parish. The climate, culture, and tone of openness and acceptance will not be any different this year as it has been in the past.

2. “The Mission of J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School is to guide our students to become respectful, responsible, and productive citizens through quality academic instruction that is grounded in Catholic teachings and tradition.” 

3. The term “students” written in the school mission includes but is not limited to children of different socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, nationalities, abilities, academic strengths and weaknesses, physical, mental and personal identity challenges, from divorced, single, blended, traditional etc..

4. If determined by the administration and faculty team that a prospective student would feel safe, develop socially, emotionally, academically, and spiritually by attending J.E. Cosgriff School and the education offered would be the BEST for the student, then he/she would receive an invitation to attend the school. There is no intent to change this admissions procedure during the 2019-20 school year.

5. J.E. Cosgriff School follows the Utah State Compilation of School Discipline Laws and Regulations, 2018, with regard to student supervision at all times during the day. Teachers are required to respect student privacy when using the restroom, otherwise the classroom teacher must be proactive with supervision. A long time standing non-negotiable for teachers is that  a student may not be left alone in the classroom,  on the play-ground, gym etc. under any circumstances during the day, including lunch and recess.

6. As determined by Bishop Solis, I have earned the privilege and full responsibility of supervising the day to day schedule, the academic curriculum, special activities, personnel, religious education and future operations of Cosgriff School due to past fourteen years of effective and successful administration and supervision at Cosgriff School. All changes to the schedule, class offerings, student activities, field trips, school assemblies, and interactions with visitors must be authorized by the administration. The SAFETY of students is the primary responsibility for all employed by the school.

A side note: The new fenced-in playground has brought about a huge sigh of relief with regard to student safety. What a monumental blessing and addition to the school!

7. Bishop Solis has written a sincere letter to you the parent community regarding the placement of Fr. Erik at St. Ambrose Parish. (see the attached letter) Please know that the Bishop has our very best interest at heart. He trusts Fr. Erik to reach out to the school community in a most positive and Christian manner. The administration has spoken to the Bishop on more than one occasion this past spring and summer. He has asked that the Cosgriff community trust his judgement and decision moving forward. As the school Principal, I ask that you begin the school year with much faith and trust in those responsible for your child’s safety and education.

8. MindUP is a new program for students and parents starting in August 2019.

The mission of MindUP is to foster Children’s well-being through educational programs based on neuroscience and mindful practice.

MindUP was originally designed for students. Many schools that have implemented MindUP report that students and parents greatly benefit from the training and use of the MindUP program.  Training for the entire faculty and staff will take place August 14, during the day. MindUP will be implemented school-wide by all teachers and aides. (see MindUP attachment)

MINDUP – PARENT TRAINING WILL TAKE PLACE ON AUGUST 14, FROM 6:00 TO 8:00 P.M. IN THE SOCIAL HALL. (PARENTS ONLY, PLEASE)

Ms. Jill Curry and Mr. Kirk Simon will team-up to host monthly parent/family evening activities to bring the school community together as we work to promote positive mental health, mindfulness, and well-being for all.

9. All parish and school families are invited to a “Welcome Donut-Coffee Social” to meet Fr. Erik after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. masses on August 11. The faculty and staff will have an opportunity to meet Fr. Erik that evening at a short social.

10. Parents are always our best recruiting team for attracting new families to the school. We have several openings in our toddler program.  Please tell your friends about our great two year old social, emotional and academic opportunity. Parents may choose from a two day (Monday- Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday program, or a four morning per week program. Interested families should contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director.mkearns@cosgriff.org

11. Important Dates to Remember

  • MindUP Parent Training – Wednesday, August 14, 6-8:00 p.m. (parents only)
  • “Meet the Teacher” Toddler-eighth grade, Friday, August 16, 3:30 -4:00 p.m.
  • First Day of School, Monday, August 19, Uniforms required for K-8th grade.
  • Individual Picture Day, Tuesday, August 20, FORMAL UNIFORM DRESS required.
  • Back to School Night—Wednesday, August 21, toddler –fifth grade, 7:00 p.m.  (parents only)
  • Back to School Night— Thursday,August 22, sixth, seventh, eighth grade, 7:00 p.m.(parents only)
  • All School Mass, Friday, August 23, 8:30 a.m.  FORMAL UNIFORM DRESS required

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

June 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to all returning families and new families to J.E. Cosgriff!

Please read the following:

1. Summer Camp 2019 has been educational, experimental and fun for both students and faculty. Students learned about coding, aeronautics, the basics of architecture, art, design, and essential life’s skills like learning how to sew on a button, putting in a zipper, sewing and stuffing a pillow, silk screening, baking cookies, and of course enjoying a deluxe spa day.  Thank you teachers, students and parents for supporting this creative learning program.

If your child is entering third – ninth grade and is interested in a July Coding, and Technology class, please send an email to Alex Khan, owner of Vision Tech LLC., and former Cosgriff student.  akahn@visiontech.10  Classes will be held at Cosgriff School.

2. FACULTY UPDATE:

Mrs. Cindy Hunt will return to Cosgriff in 2019-20 as our eighth grade home room teacher. She will teach eighth grade language arts, facilitate the eighth grade retreat, the Shakespeare play, the Food Bank community service, Junior Achievement,  lead the effort for our eighth grade graduation and bring her positive, ray of sunshine, attitude to school each day. Welcome Back Mrs. Hunt, what a great surprise!

Ms. Jill Curry has decided to remain in Salt Lake City and continue her meaningful and much needed work at Cosgriff School. She will teach eighth, seventh and fourth grade religion, eighth grade American History, lead the way with our Parish Youth Group (PYM), assist the athletic director, and support the special needs program within the school. Wow, how lucky for all our students, faculty and parents to keep our kind and caring Ms. Curry at Cosgriff School.

Mrs. Jennifer Shrum will teach seventh grade World Geography for the 2019-20 school year. Her former as experience as a middle school teacher will greatly benefit our seventh grade students.

3. Student Placement letters for pre-school through second grade should arrive at your home by July 1.

4. With the support of some very generous donors, we will start a new health and wellness program “MindUp” for students, faculty and parents. In addition, we will continue to invite Amy Spratling to meet with students who would benefit from counseling and direction with emotional and social issues.

5.  Thank you to all parents who attended the School Board meeting last evening for your heartfelt and honest concerns that were legitimate and important for all to hear. It is the sincere hope of this administration and faculty that you will decide to keep your child enrolled at Cosgriff School. We will move forward together with a strong united presence and high expectations for the utmost respect and acceptance for all.

6.   Please know that we still have some space in some of our grades at Cosgrff from Toddler through 8th grade.  You are our best recruiters for our school.   Please share with your friends, co-workers, neighbors and family about our school.   They can visit us at www.cosgriff.org or email Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director, mkearns@cosgriff.org.

7. The annual J.E. Cosgriff golf tournament is September 8, at Bonneville Golf Course. Register your foursome at www.cosgriff.org

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal