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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

Dear Parents,

Please read the following invitation for an online parent meeting just for you. It will be hosted by the Health and Wellness Committee on Wednesday, April 8, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thank You,  Mrs. Hunt, Principal

April 3, 2020

Dear J.E. Cosgriff Parent Community,

We are writing to lend our support through the unprecedented time we are all living through.  The pandemic, with all of its uncertainties, and the earthquake felt by so many in Salt Lake has left us unsteady and off kilter. I have spoken to many people who are struggling with sadness, fear and anxiety.  In times like these there is great comfort in coming together and sharing community, but that is not easily possible in a world of social distancing.   In an effort to forge some of this contact and support we are offering a town hall meeting on Wednesday April 8th at 8:00pm for one hour.  I will include the zoom information at the end of this letter.

This meeting is for parents about parents.  We know you all are struggling with home schooling and with your kids being home all day, but we wanted to focus on all of you during this hour.   Subsequent meetings will be offered that can address issues and questions you may have related to your kids.   During Wednesday’s meeting we will start by discussing what you may be experiencing then open the meeting for reflection and sharing and coming together.  We will then end with a brief mindfulness exercise to center us.

Please join us as we come together as a community

Colleen Sandor and Kirk Simon

To find the zoom room number for this call see Principal Hunt’s email.

 

April 2, 2020

Dear Parents,

It was great to check in and have a brief conversation with several of you last weekend. It was obvious to me that you are really working hard to support the core standards and online education which your children are participating in each day. In addition, thank you for the many compliments directed toward our highly motivated and skilled faculty/staff and their incredible efforts to provide a comprehensive education along with their personal and loving interaction with each student.

Please read the following:

1. Parent education and support are on the way. Beginning next Tuesday or Wednesday evening, the Health and Wellness team will offer their first zoom conversation with and for parents. Our team of professional psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers will be on hand for a general discussion of the following: self-care for parents, navigating your own career during this time, addressing realistic and unrealistic expectations as parents, perception of these times and impact on your children, and answering your child’s questions about Covid-19.

2. The Health and Wellness team will address your questions, and take requests for future topics and discussion. In addition, there is always a silver lining to the struggles and challenges in our lives. You will have the opportunity to share the positives with regard to family relationships and express gratitude for each day of good health and other blessings during the Covid-19 pandemic.

PLEASE KEEP WATCH, A SPECIFIC TIME AND DAY FOR THE ONLINE PARENT MEETING WILL BE SENT OUT SOON.

3. A note of clarification for parents of fourth through eighth grade students with computer/technology grades. You will not see weekly or bi weekly computer grades entered on google classroom. The computer grade will be determined at the end of the fourth quarter with input from home room and short core teachers. The computer grade which a student receives will be based on his/her application of technology skills based on core standards from the first three quarters of school. Also, participation in online discussions, completion and submission of assignments and assessments throughout the fourth quarter.

4. Students on all grade levels will not receive a grade for Library Science as it is included in the language arts grade.

5. Please send an email to Jessica Jamison, jjamison@cosgriff.org if your child is having continuous problems with his/her chrome book. Ms. Jamison is in charge of these resources and will work to replace or repair the chrome book.

6. Just a few items to keep in mind these days as a teacher/parent.

  • Remain calm and reassuring. (easier said than done)
  • Make yourself available to listen and talk.
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma
  • Pay close attention to what your child sees or hears on television, radio, or online.
  • Provide information that is honest and accurate.
  • Exercise often, and just play with your child.
  • Take a deep breath over and over again during the day.
  • Notice the buds on the trees and blooming flowers.
  • Stop and watch the beauty of the sunset.
  • Pray to God for spiritual strength and patience when you are alone and pray with your family. Repeat!

Thank you for your generous gift card donations for Cosgriff families and those at Kearns St. Ann’s School. Many families were very appreciative of your kindness.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

March 26, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the note from Superintendent, Mark Longe, as he relays an update on school closure directed by Bishop Solis. CLICK HERE

It is important for you to remember that all faculty and staff will continue their proactive approach and support regarding online schooling. They depend on your input and student participation as we move through the fourth quarter of school.

Please read the second attachment (in your email) as it a child’s version of  “the Examen,” a method for young people to review their day in the presence of God. Set a time aside each day – the dinner table, family activity time before bed, etc. (Thank you, Kirk Simon for this “Examen.””

A reminder about Grab and Go on Monday, March 30, from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. Mark your calendar for hopefully the last Grab and Go on Monday, April 20.

Sincerely, and may God bless you and your family,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

March 25, 2020

Dear Parents,

A few important  items for you today:

1. The faculty and staff participated in a Zoom faculty meeting this morning, with much energy and enthusiasm.

2. Many comment were made by faculty members as to your ongoing participation and hard work with online student learning support. Thank you

3. A few requests for “Grab and Go” packet/book retrieval on Monday, March 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

**All packets, books, materials  including “take home” leveled books will be placed on the student’s homeroom desk.

** Please leave library books, written and art assignments which are due, on the student homeroom desk.

** Each teacher will have a designated bin for leveled “take home” books, please deposit books there.

** Kindergarten – third grade will find a new take home leveled book bag on his/her desk to take home. (Read each book out loud two or three times for enjoyment and fluency practice)

** Take books and other materials which teachers have left on the individual desk.

** Three doors will be propped open, the main office door, the school door by the gym, and the north-west teacher parking lot door.

** Please use the door closest to your child’s homeroom classroom and try not to touch anything to and from your destination.

** Do not stop to converse with students, parents, custodians etc.. move quickly in and out of the school.

** Mrs. Hunt will have your SCRIP in her office, if you did not pick it up on March 16. Please sign for your SCRIP and exit quickly.

4. SCRIP will not be ordered for the month of April. Your account will not be charged for this monthly purchase. You will be notified regarding May. (Thank you for participating in the SCRIP program)

5. Mark Long, Superintendent hosted a Zoom Principal’s meeting on Monday, March 23. Please note some directives for our Catholic Schools as we move through the fourth quarter of school.

   **  As of 3/23 our schools will remain closed until April 20, You will be notified right away, if the return dated is extended.

**  Catholic School teachers have been directed to continue to introduce and teach the remaining core standards for the 2019-20 school year.

**  Each teacher is responsible for teaching the required grade level core curriculum, including Religion, and issue a grade determined by student understanding, assignments, participation and work completion.

**   Each student is responsible for his/her best effort in learning the required course work for a specific grade level

**   Students will be asked  to learn new concepts, ask questions, complete teacher directed assignments, and submit these assignments ON TIME.

**   Students in grades 4-8 will receive a letter grade for core subjects at the end of the fourth quarter. K- 3rd grade will receive a Standard Based report card.

**   Report Cards, honor certificates, will be given out on May 29. Plans for eighth grade students will be forthcoming.

**   Teachers are a text, email or phone call away to offer clarification and further explanation of a concept or assignment.

**   Principals and teachers were asked to be proactive even with home/online learning and take their jobs very seriously.

6. The ACT standardized test has been cancelled for the 2019-2020 year.

7. All Catholic schools will observe Easter vacation from April 9-19. Students will not receive online instruction, homework etc. This is your time as a family to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ and enjoy spring, an Easter egg hunt, a hike, picnic etc.

8. Please know that Fr. Erik, the Principal, faculty and staff are so very appreciative of your hard work and support with online instruction and all that you are doing to keep your family positive and healthy.

9.  As we go from day to day we must trust in God’s presence and our strong faith, hope, love and prayers for the health and safety of our family and all neighbors near and far.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

March 19, 2020

Dear Parents,

We may need to form a new support group called “Covid-19 Parent Sanity Group.” Just kidding, as there has been so much positive feedback from you, and your child over the past week regarding teacher led programs, and direct communication. The faculty continues to share innovative ideas, technology, and materials for your child’s learning and understanding of grade appropriate core standards with plenty of enrichment and fun. Please continue to check on line for these resources and be sure to share your positive feedback.

If the Cosgriff School closure should continue into April. We are anticipating another “Grab and Go” of printed materials from student desks on Monday, March 30. The format for quick, quiet and speedy pickup will be the same as March 16.

Below is a list of possible homeschooling ideas as you establish a routine for your family.

1. Recognize that all of you are excellent care givers, chauffeurs, part time homework support, coaches, bread winners, and now an official “Home School Teacher.”  As your child would say, “just take a few deep breaths.”

2. Realize that social interaction with peers will be limited for a while, so when the classroom teacher schedules teleconferences, Skype, or video chats make sure your child is ready to participate.

3. Make a daily schedule and display it prominently so that everyone in the family knows, what’s coming, when and for how long it will last. Be sure to include prayer, snack, lunch, recess, stretch and breathing time, along with math, reading, writing, vocabulary, English grammar, Latin, Spanish, science, social studies, music, art etc…

4. You can depend on our Special Needs team and other instructors who normally provide additional differentiated instruction and course work during the regular school day for your child. These teachers have already and will continue to provide more explicit instruction online and with packets of materials.

5. Downtime or time for your child to work on projects quietly and independently is just as important as active time inside or outside. This time encourages exploration and can help reduce friction.

6. Art is an important part of education and homeschooling provides you with the opportunity to get creative with crafts. Amanda Kingloff, founder of Projectkid.com suggests getting creative with different art projects every week. Kingloff recommends using many items which you have around the house, such as buttons, ribbons, fabric swatches, jars etc.

7. Accept your Limits! Your child is not the only one required to work from home in the immediate future. Many of you have been asked to do the same thing with your job and must balance homeschooling with your own day-to-day responsibilities at work. Rely on older siblings, switch off with your partner and know that the work your child has been assigned requires some teaching, independent practice and he/she will receive immediate feedback from IXL, Vocabulary.Com and other online programs.

8.  Just do your best whether you are a stay at home mom/dad, a working professional or teacher. We are all in this together and there is no map for this journey that we are on.

9.  Be sure to pray, breathe and enjoy this time together, as your child will grow-up in the blink of an eye.

By the way, there has been such a demand from parents for “behavior referral” forms that we are out of them at Cosgriff. Please share your innovative ideas for classroom management with each other!!

God Bless You and Your Family.

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

March 15, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important message:

1. The school doors will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to allow all families to pick up packets, books, and other materials for two weeks of on-line learning and home study.

2. The school doors will be propped open to eliminate continual touching, the spread of germs, and possible contamination of door handles. Please be respectful of others by going immediately to your child’s desk, pick up the materials for him/her which have been placed on top of the desk and exit the building promptly. Most teachers will not be present during this packet pick up time

3. The east side front door, north-west teacher entrance, and the gym door will be propped open. Please use the entrance closest to your child’s classroom.

4. Nothing replaces direct instruction for solid student learning and understanding. The faculty and staff will continue to work very hard over the next two weeks to provide meaningful core standard on-line instruction, practice, projects, and reading material for your child each day.

5. Advise upper elementary and middle school students to watch for due dates of certain assignments. Several assignments may be due before students return to school on April 1.

6. Please remind your son or daughter that they are welcome to email the teachers directly with questions and clarification of assignments.

7. The school office will be closed tomorrow, however, SCRIP orders may be picked up from the school Principal at her office.

8. Third quarter report cards will be emailed to parents on March 25. Students will receive a hard copy upon their return to school. All grades entered after March 19, will be averaged as part of the fourth quarter of school.

9. I am available at any time to address concerns and answer your questions. Please do not hesitate to email or call directly. bhunt@cosgriff.org 801-486-6933.

 God bless all students, parents, grandparents, faculty/staff, and keep all families safe and healthy as the days go by. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. The faculty and staff had a very productive meeting this morning. The purposes for the meeting were to reaffirm our commitment to the education and welfare of our students, plan the most proficient way of teaching religion and other common core courses remotely over the next two weeks, and finally to offer gratitude for each other and all of the caring families in the J. E. Cosgriff School Community.

2.  Several teachers have already been in contact with you regarding their on line teaching plan for March 16 through March 31. All students will be expected to return to school on Wednesday, April 1, with completed assignments, unless  otherwise directed by the classroom teacher.

3. The school will be open on Monday, March 16 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Students are asked to go directly to their homeroom classroom where they will pick up books, violins, and other resources which teachers have placed on the top of their desk.  These materials will be needed to complete on line or written assignments for the next two weeks. Students and parents are asked to go directly to the homeroom classroom, pick up supplies and leave the school promptly without visiting other students, teachers, parents etc. as we are trying hard to comply with diocesan requests. 

4. Parents who have signed their child up for the Track Club have been notified that track will begin the week of April 6, and payment withdrawl will not occur until the starting date is finalized.

5. A reminder that the following have been cancelled: The Pocatello Basketball Tournament, third/fourth grade Family Night, MindUP parent night, Science Night for K-5th, Confirmation Soup Supper, The St. Patrick’s Day parade- so far.

6. Report cards for the third quarter of school will go home via email on March 25. Students may expect a hard copy upon return to school on April 1.

7. The two week period when students are learning remotely from home gives our faculty, staff and custodians the opportunity to clean and sanitize the entire school from top to bottom. The state health care system will have time to address the needs of possible cases and locations of Coronavirus in SLC.  Also, much can be accomplished in two weeks regarding research for a vaccine/medication for a cure or containment of the Coronavirus.

8. Teachers have noticed much anxiety as students have spoken about the “virus.” Please be cautious when discussing the Coronavirus in front of young children and monitor what they watch on television.  Look to our social media outlets for more information.

9. Thank you for understanding the need for online/remote learning for the next few weeks.  If your child has questions about assignments, he/she may send an email to the classroom or short core teacher.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me.  bhunt@cosgriff.org

801-486-6933

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

March 9, 2020

Dear Parents,

A note to reassure you that each day Mr. D, Felix Padilla and Cristino wipe down and disinfect all hand rails, door knobs, drinking fountains, lunch tables, bathrooms, and vacuum classrooms and mop the halls and stairs. Teachers have been asked to disinfect desks, shelves, counter tops, and equipment at the end of each school day. Students are repeatedly reminded to wash their hands, use hand sanitizer, and keep their hands away from their face. Please be vigilant and keep your child home if he/she has a fever, constant cough, runny nose, severe head ache, stomach ache, or diarrhea. We must all work together to stay healthy and keep our school safe and virus free. 

Please read the following:

1. On Friday, March 13, there is no school as the Catholic Diocese will host a professional development day for all Catholic School employees.

2. Thank you to all parents, students, and teachers who took part and celebrated the fourth grade hosted Mass on March 8. Also, thank you to Ms. Curry, Ms. Sebahar and Mr. Huntzinger for preparing Cosgriff students with readings and choir hymns.

3. The end of the third quarter of school is Thursday, March 12. Please watch for student report cards on March 25. This is an important time for your child to set personal and academic goals for the last quarter of school.

4. SAVE THE DATE: K-5th grade SCIENCE NIGHT for parents and students is Wednesday, March 25, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in your child’s classroom.

5. PARENT EDUCATION NIGHT: Please reserve MONDAY, MARCH 16, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. for a MindUP Parent Training and Discussion in the church social hall. Jane Tasker, former Principal and consultant for the MindUP organization will spend the day at Cosgriff observing, modeling, teaching and then meet with the Cosgriff faculty and staff for a discussion, before speaking with parents in the evening.

Please the following, in preparation for March 16. “MindUP Information,” and “Mind UP Parent Workbook.” Also,I emailed a Parent Handbook for MindUP on March 9, 2020.

MindUp Parent information

6. Notes from Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director

  • Deadline for filing an application with FACTS Grant and Aid for a reduction in tuition is Friday, March 13, 2020.  If you have not yet finished your 2019 tax returns, please at least upload your 2018 tax returns and your 2019 W-2s.  FACTS and we cannot make any determination without the supporting documentation.    We want to encourage all families who value a Catholic education but feel the tuition rates are out of their reach to apply to FACTS Grant and Aid.  You can do so at this link:  http://online.factsmgt.com/aid
  • A Prospective Parents’ Talk & Tour is scheduled for March 18 at 9:00 am.  Please let your co-workers, family, friends and neighbors know about our accredited program!  Thank you for all the referrals you have given us.  We appreciate all the calls and visits.
  • Please go to Parent Portal to update your valuable parent service hours.  Click the “Family” link on the left-hand side and then see the service hours “Add +” on the upper right-hand side.  If you are short hours for the year, there will be other opportunities coming up.  Please remember to post all your hours as families will be billed the shortage towards the end of May at $10/hour.

7. Robb Farr will host a short Golf Meeting on Thursday, March 12, at 8:20 a.m. in the library. Robb hopes to identify a new chair(s) for the upcoming fall Golf tournament. Robb has established a strong and popular tradition with this fabulous day of fun and competition. Please get involved and support this great outdoor event and Cosgriff School. Questions, call Robb at 801-201-5704 or robbfarr22@comcast.net.

8. Vocabulary.com is a program recently implemented in the middle elementary and middle school. Results of the “Vocabulary Bowl” from February 2020 put J.E. Cosgriff in the UTAH STATE TOP 10 SCHOOLS. Much appreciation to Michelle Trapp, Seventh Grade Language Arts instructor, for implementing Vocabulary.com in her class and inspiring other teachers to do the same.

9. READ ACROSS AMERICA CELEBRATION: As you may have heard, March 11, has been named “Wacky Wednesday.” Students in grades K-5 have are asked to do something wacky to their uniform, hair, socks, or shoes. Teachers will be incorporating a silent or buddy reading time into Wednesday’s schedule. March 2 was named Read Across America Day in honor of children’s book author, Dr. Seuss.   The day was established by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 to help get children excited about reading. On National Read Across America Day, students, teachers, parents, and community members around the nation come together to read books and celebrate the joy of reading. Cosgriff is celebrating Read Across America on Wednesday, March 11 — join us!

10. Track club registration has been extended to Thursday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. Track club is a fun, exciting, and healthy way for students to spend their time after school. Please go to www.cosgriff.org to register right away. Some scholarships are available, contact Mrs. Hunt at bhunt@cosgriff.org

11. The Murry School District Lunch order form is available on our website. There is an order form available right outside of the school office. Orders and payment are due on Friday, March 20, in the mailbox outside of the office.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

March 2, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important notes:

1. There is an HSA meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. All parents are invited to attend these monthly meetings. Please email Kate Smith, President, if you would like to place an item for discussion on the agenda. katesmithslp@gmail.com

2. Homework Club has been cancelled today due to a faculty/staff meeting immediately after school.

3. Mrs. Commagere and husband, Garrett, had a beautiful baby girl, Evelyn on Saturday, February 29. Baby and mom are healthy and on their way home.

4. Ms. Casey Williams has taken over the teaching position for Mrs. Commagere. Please introduce yourself to Ms. Williams as she joins our school community. She will host a short parent meeting tomorrow, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the first grade classroom, to share her goals and student expectations for the remainder of the year.

5. First Reconciliation for our second grade students will take place on Saturday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. This is a very special day for students and their families.

6. Sunday, March 8, the fourth grade students from Cosgriff and those in the parish will host the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are greatly needed to sing in the choir. All are invited to a donut/juice/coffee social right after Mass in the social center. (Daylight savings time begins on 3/8)

7. Congratulations to all players, coaches, parents, and Mrs. Ellis for a great CYO basketball season. A special thank you to our coaches for taking the time to teach the skills of basketball, encourage hard work, and model respectful behavior on and off of the court. The following teams came back with 1st place trophies.

1st Place- 3rd grade girls

1st Place- 3rd grade boys, gold

1st Place- 4th grade girls, green

1st Place- 5th grade girls

1st Place- 6th grade boys 

8. The Tiger Track Club is now open for registration. Go to www.cosgriff.org for registration and information.

9. Parents of third and fourth grades students, watch for a theme and agenda for Family Night coming up on Sunday, March 15, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. This date has been changed from March 22 on the school calendar.

10. When Collin Kartchner spoke to parents in January, he highly recommended a few excellent books for parent information and education.

The Teenage Brain

I Gen (Super connected kids, how they are growing up)

Boys Adrift

Untangled (guiding teenage girls)

Glow Kids (screen addiction)

A very kind parent has donated copies of these books and they can be checked out in our school library. They will be located on a shelf titled “Parent Resources.”

11. The Christian Virtue which student will learn more about, discuss and hopefully apply to their lives each day is WISDOM.  Wisdom is a type of knowing that involves the ability to discern the truth, as well as the best course of action. Other words for wisdom might be “insight” and “good sense.” When you are wise, you pray and follow your conscience.

12. REPORTING BEHAVIOR is the Social Skill which students will learn about and practice in March. Reporting behavior is a skill used to let an adult know about a harmful, dangerous, or upsetting situation that has happened to you or someone else. Reporting behavior requires a person to use wisdom—in making a good, sound decision.

13. COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MARCH 2020

The Student Leadership Council chose to support The Christmas Box International which partners with local, national and international communities and local groups to prevent child abuse and to improve the quality of life for children, teens and young adults who have been abused, neglected, or are facing homelessness.

The Christmas Box International, Motto—Every Child Deserves a Childhood.

The Student Council chose to raise money for the Christmas Box International simply because so many items where on the wish list, it was difficult to determine which were needed the most.

Please support the following Student Council Activities:

Wednesday, March 18, bake sale

Wednesday, March 25, nice free dress with a $5.00 donation.

14. TIGER TROT– Please attend a short meeting with Nikki Whye on Wednesday morning, March 4, at 8:20 a.m. in the library. The purpose is to organize a strong committee and make plans for another great Tiger Trot on May 17, 2020.

15. Join the Women’s Guild on March 28, at 6:00 p.m. for a sloppy joe and Bingo.

16. CORONAVIRUS 

A word about the Coronavirus Disease. If you notice the absence of a student hand shake in the morning from the Principal, please know that she is setting the example that we must all be cautious and do our part to prevent the spread of this serious disease. Experts are saying that a cough, sneeze, handshake or coming in contact with something an infected person has touched and then touching your face can cause exposure. 

The administration, faculty, staff and custodians will work hard each day to disinfect desks, hand rails, tables, counter tops, and encourage students to wash their hands often and use sanitizer. Please keep your child home from school if he/she has a constant runny nose, cough, sore throat, severe headache and fever. J.E. Cosgriff School has employees, volunteers and visitors who are elderly, infants or have a weakened immune system –the most vulnerable to Coronavirus.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

February 24, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Wednesday, February 26, is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence intended to prepare all Catholic Church members for Easter, the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection. J.E. Cosgriff students will celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. on 2/26 and receive ashes during Mass. All students are required to wear FORMAL DRESS to school on Wednesday.

2. Students will not attend Mass on Friday of this week (2/28) and may wear informal uniform dress to school.

3. Students may wear a FREE SPIRIT top to school Tuesday, February 25, to celebrate Fat Tuesday. In addition, students will play bingo for prizes, enjoy a treat and hear the announcement for the class winner of the Shun the Sun competition.

4. Acceptance letters were sent today to notify parents who have applied to J.E. Cosgriff for the 2020-21 school year. Please continue to recommend potential families to J.E. Cosgriff and refer them to Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org. There are a few openings in todder and pre-school. A Talk and Tour will take place on March 2, at 9:00 a.m. please tell your family and friends.

5. Mardi Gras was such a tremendous success thanks to our innovative and determined Sarah Ross, Mardi Gras Chair and her incredible committee of energetic parents and staff.
Much appreciation to parents, grandparents, and friends for much needed support with underwriting, program ads, silent and live auction prizes and generous spending the night of the Mardi Gras. Thank you for believing and investing in your child’s education at Cosgriff School.

6. Mark your calendar for Parent MindUP, professional development night on Monday,  March 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (for parents only)

7. The administration is actively searching for a certified middle school language arts teacher who would consider teaching our seventh grade students English, Literature, and Writing from approximately the end of March until May 29. Mrs. Michelle Trapp is expecting a baby around that time.  The substitute would teach from 8:10 until 9:55 a.m. Monday through Thursday, the first two periods of the day. Substitute plans will be included with this position.

Please extend my email or phone number to a highly qualified individual who may be interested in this middle school position. A resume may be sent to bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933.

8. The CYO basketball tournament begins this week. All players (2nd-8th grade) will be reminded that respectful, kind and courteous behavior is expected at ALL times toward other players, coaches, parents, and referees. This behavior includes before, during and after games.  Please adhere to these same standards as you are important representatives of the J. E. Cosgriff community. Thank  you,

Go Tigers!!

9.  SUMMER CAMP

Click Here to read the note regarding Summer Camp 2020. Watch for a packet this week and register your child on line or turn in your application at the front office. Questions—please contact Mrs. Hunt at bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

February 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important notes:

  • The silent auction grand opening is tonight from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the library. Wine and cheese will be served. Bring your family and friends!
  • Mobile bidding begins today at 6 p.m. and closes on Sunday, February 23rd at 5 p.m. You can physically view items throughout the week, including during parent teacher conferences. Anyone who would like to bid is more than welcome. “Buy Now” allows for items to be taken home immediately. (Local pick-up only.)
  • Once you are registered for any Mardi Gras purchase (“party boards”, direct donations, tickets), there is no need to re-register online. To register for the first time, CLICK HERE.
  • This is the last week to donate money for Shun the Sun! We need to raise $3,700 more to meet our $10,000 goal.  Nice Free dress for any child who brings in $20 worth of donations on Thursday, February 20.

1. School dismissal on February 19 and 20, is at 12:15 a.m. due to parent teacher conferences. Students who have ordered a Murray School District will receive a sack lunch on those days.

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

3. Homework Club will be cancelled on February 19 and 20, due to early dismissal and parent teacher conferences.

4. The seventh and eighth grade conferences will take place in the school gym, as well as short core conferences. Please see the following schedule for short core teachers.

8.   The Short Core team of teachers will be available the following days and times in the school gym, during parent-teacher conferences. A reminder that Wednesday has been set aside for seventh grade conferences and Thursday is set aside for eighth grade students. If this schedule does not work for you, please make sure your child is here one of the two days.

Jo Ellen Millard, (Latin) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Chris Huntzinger, (Choir) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jessica Jamison, (Computer) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (computer lab)

Debbie Hogan, (2nd grade Religion) Feb. 20, 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Robin Harmston, (Art) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Betty Maier, (7,8th grade Spanish) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Tom Harris, (Violin) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jennifer Shrum, (Library Science) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Emily Ellis, (P.E. 7,8th Health) Feb. 19, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Feb. 20, 4-6:00 p.m.

Jordan McCormack (Pre-K—3rd grade Spanish) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Rhea Hristou (1st and 3rd Religion) Feb. 19, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Stephanie Garlinghouse (1st and 3rd Religion) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

9. Students must wear FORMAL DRESS next Wednesday, February 26, as it is Ash Wednesday. The students will attend Mass at 8:30 a.m. All parents are encouraged to attend Mass on that day. We will not have a school Mass on Friday, February 28.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

February 10, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1. The HSA meeting is at 7:00 p.m. this evening in the school library. All parents are invited to attend the meeting.

2. Although Mrs. Lisa Romero, incoming Principal will be very familiar with the Cosgriff daily schedule, programs, curriculum, students etc. at Cosgriff School; the administration has asked Mrs. Kate Smith to serve a second year as HSA President. This will insure a consistent momentum with room parents, and all other activities which HSA so kindly sponsors with someone who knows and is comfortable in the HSA President position.  Mrs. Meagan Swartz will join the team as HSA Vice President for the 2020-21 school year.

3. (FYI) Because the Mardi Gras silent auction will be located in the school library this year, all library science classes will be taught in the regular classroom from February 11-26. Homework Club will also take place in the regular classroom. Fourth and fifth grade students will report to Ms. Sebahar’s classroom, and sixth, seventh, eighth grade students will report to Ms. Gehrig’s classroom.

4. All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to the eighth grade performance of William Shakespeare’s famous play “Much Ado About Nothing.” The performance will take place in the St. Ambrose Social Center on Thursday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There will also be an evening performance on Friday, February 14, at 7:00 p.m. Much gratitude to Mrs. Kori Hazel, Director and Mrs. Cindy Hunt, Assistant Director and eighth grade homeroom teacher. Please support the arts in our school, as our talented eighth grade students have worked very hard to prepare for their part in the play.  Parents who have children in younger grades are especially encouraged to attend this classic Shakespeare play. All Cosgriff families and friends are welcome to all fine arts performances.

5. Thank you to our fifth grade students for hosting the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass on Feb. 9, and their parents for providing refreshments at the coffee/donut social after Mass. Also, much appreciation goes to Mr. Chris Huntzinger, Choir Director and his assistant Lina Barkey.

3. Congratulations to Mr. Larson and some enthusiastic seventh and eighth grade students for participating in the Diocesan Science Fair on February 8. Several students won outstanding awards. CLICK HERE to see the announcement of winners. “YOU GO GIRLS, and PETERSON!!”

4. The third –eighth grade ski program has gotten off to strong and organized start. Much appreciation goes to Mr. Monte Still for organizing all aspects of our program this year. We have a record number of participants and energetic parents who accompany students to the canyon and with the bus ride. Thank you.

5. Mary Dowd, a St. Ambrose Parishioner would like to invite parents, grandparents and of course teachers and students to observe Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 8: p.m. every Tuesday. Please take a few minutes out to pray in the church each Tuesday.

6. The Diocese released the 2020-2021 tuition rates for Kindergarten to 8th grade.  You received an email from Maggie Kearns, Admissions, last week.  To clarify for Kindergarten to 8th grade, there is a Tier 2 rate of $7,880 set for Catholic students with a baptism certificate on file and registration in a Catholic parish.  There is no need to file a FACTS Grant and Aid for Tier 2 as the qualifications for that tier are as explained.  Tier 1 rate is $7,996.

If you feel the tuition is out of your reach (no matter which tier you will be in), please file an application through FACTS Grant & Aid.  You can reach that through the Family Portal.  Deadline for applications is Friday, March 13, 2020.

7. Please inform family, friends and co-workers about our Talk & Tour scheduled for Thursday, February 13 at 9:00 am.  We appreciate your continued referrals.

8. St. Ambrose and J.E. Cosgriff Central City Baseball League. Registration is open now and goes until March 8th. For more information visit: http://centralcity.siplay.com/site/  Click on following link for sign up: Catholic Youth Baseball Registration 2020 v1.0

9. A special thank you to Kirk Simon who personally organized and executed a very meaningful, and exciting third and fourth grade “Family Night.” LOVE, the character virtue for February was woven into several cleverly taught activities with sincere lessons such as “There is no limit to God’s love,” “To love another person is to see the face of God,” and using Christian virtues to strengthen God’s love within us.

10. Please note that a Summer Camp 2020 packet will be available very soon, thank you for your patience.

11. Lunch Menu can be found at: https://cosgriff.org/parents/hot-lunch-menu/

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Homework Club will be cancelled tomorrow, February 4, because of a faculty and staff meeting.

2. The HSA meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 10. At 7:00 p.m. All parents are invited to attend the meeting. Thank you to Kate Smith and a willing team of parents for set up and a well-organized parent/grandparent luncheon as part of Catholic Schools Week.

3. Prospective parent “Talk and Tour” tomorrow, February 4, at 9:00 a.m. Please get the word out to families who may be interested in J.E. Cosgriff for the 2020-21 school year. All interested families may contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org

4. The next parent, grandparent, friend “Health and Wellness” event is Thursday, February 6, starting at 8:20 a.m. in the school gym.  It will last for about an hour.  Josh Love, John Munro and Dana Lee Simon will share some mindset nuggets and insight, and then Emily Ellis, Physical Education instructor will guide guests through 45 minutes of mindful movement and breath connection. All levels are welcome and no experience is required. You will flow through a series of stretches and strengthening postures. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you have one! (some extra mats will be available for your use)

5. Third and Fourth grade “Family Night” is Sunday, February 9, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym. “God is Love –The Love Connection Theme”

6. The fifth grade class will host the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, February 9. All J.E.Cosgriff families are encouraged to attend the Mass. The fourth, fifth, sixth grade choristers are invited and very much needed to sing at Mass.

7. Parent Teacher Conferences are February 19 and 20, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sign up for your conferences at www.cosgriff.org. Please note: Mr. Weyher and Ms. Liljenquist have arranged alternate conference times and days.

8.  The Short Core team of teachers will be available the following days and times in the school gym during parent-teacher conferences.

Jo Ellen Millard, (Latin) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Chris Huntzinger, (Choir) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jessica Jamison, (Computer) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. (computer lab)

Debbie Hogan, (2nd grade Religion) Feb. 20, 12:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Robin Harmston, (Art) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Betty Maier, (7,8th grade Spanish) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Tom Harris, (Violin) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Jennifer Shrum, (Library Science) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Emily Ellis, (P.E. 7,8th Health) Feb. 19, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Feb. 20, 4-6:00 p.m.

Jordan McCormack (Pre-K—3rd grade Spanish) Feb. 19 and 20, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Rhea Hristou (1st and 3rd Religion) Feb. 19, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Stephanie Garlinghouse (1st and 3rd Religion) Feb. 20, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

9. Progress Reports for the third quarter of school will be available on Thursday, February 6. Please encourage your child to work diligently and make good use of class time, turn all assignments and projects in on time (including short core courses) and thoroughly prepare for all quizzes and final assessments.

10. Congratulations to Mr. Larson and all science fair seventh and eighth grade participants. Students were confident and well prepared for this year’s special science competition.  Several students will participate in the Diocesan Science Fair on February 8 at Juan Diego Catholic High School. CLICK HERE to see the document of 2020 Cosgriff Science Fair winners.

11. Students may wear “Nice Free Dress” on Thursday, February 6, with a $5.00 donation ($20.00 for a family of 4 or more children) for the Catholic Social Services of Australia to help with food, shelter, and clothing for those in need. In addition, financial support will be sent to RSPCA of Australia, a reputable animal care and protection agency.

12. The Student Leadership Council will sell smencils and lollipops on Wednesday, February 12, for $1.00 each.

13. Girl Scout Troop 452 is collecting supplies for the Humane Society of Utah to earn the bronze award. This collection will take place February 11-14. Please place the following item in a specially marked box in front of the school office. Most needed items: canned wet dog/puppy/cat/kitten food, non-clumping cat litter, soft cat huts, 6ft leashes, flat collars, soft cat and dog treats, towels (used or new).

14. MARDI GRAS NEWS

Party Boards go on sale Tuesday, February 4, at 9:00 a.m.

The Live Auction preview is now on the Mardi Gras website

cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2020/tabid/1089695/Default.aspx

15. SILENT AUCTION KICK-OFF RECEPTION

 YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE MARDI GRAS SILENT AUCTION KICK OFF, A WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, STARTING AT 6:00 P.M. IN THE SCHOOL LIBRARY. (INVITE GRANDPARENTS AND FRIENDS, NO CHILDREN, PLEASE)

BE THE FIRST TO PLACE THAT CLOSING BID ON YOUR FAVORITE SILENT AUCTION ITEM. THE SILENT AUCTION DISPLAY, BIDDING AND SALE WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS EACH DAY IN THE LIBRARY THROUGH FEBRUARY 25.

16. CLICK HERE to see the description of Summer Camp 2020. Save the dates and watch for the brochure and registration.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 27, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

Students in kindergarten through fifth are to arrive at school each day by 8:12 a.m. in time to line up with their class. Unfortunately, several students have been tardy over the past month. It is important that students arrive on time to start the day by walking into the school with their homeroom teacher and fellow classmates. Parents, please leave your home just five minutes earlier and refrain from walking your child to his/her classroom at the beginning of the school day. Thank you.

1. Watch for Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up tomorrow, January 28.

2. Prospective parent “Drop in Talk and Tour” for the 2020-21 school year is Thursday, January 30, at 9:00 a.m. Interested parents are asked to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org

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

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

All Utah Food Bank donations and a check will be dropped off on Wednesday, January 29. The last day to donate food is tomorrow.—Thank you.

5. A word of sincere appreciation to parents of our fifth grade students for a delicious faculty lunch on 1/23. Faculty lunch is always a special treat and enjoyed by all.

6. Student Handbook Policy 4510

Student participation in all special after school activities including volleyball, basketball, drama, track club, band/orchestra, Jacob’s Ladder etc. requires no lower than a C- grade in all core subjects. If a student receives a D or lower grade, he/she will be ineligible to practice and/or play a game until the grade has been raised to a C- or better. Please support and discuss this policy with your child at home.

Teachers, especially middle school, are encouraged to enforce guidelines regarding not accepting late homework and other assignments unless a student has been ill. Students must learn to prioritize school, sports, arts, and social activities.

If your child is informed by the administration that he/she is ineligible for CYO sports, drama, mock trial, etc. until all grades are a C- status or better, your support with this matter would be greatly appreciated.  If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal. 801-486-6933 bhunt@cosgriff.org

7. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK

  • Seventh and eighth grade students will present their Science Fair projects to the judges on Tuesday, January 28, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon, and the award ceremony is at 6:00 p.m. that same evening. Guests are encouraged to view the Science Fair displays Wednesday, January 29, from 8:00 a.m. to noon in the church social center.
  • Wednesday, January 29, Catholic Schools Week, Parent and Grandparent are invited to visit classrooms starting at 10:30 am. School lunch begins at 11: 30 am.
  • Please note below the approximate time and order when students will be dismissed for lunch.  Students with last names beginning:

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

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

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

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

 Please plan on about 15 minutes for your lunch and visit in the school gym as other families will need to be seated. You are welcome to stand on the playground after lunch. 

  8.  Christian Virtue and Social Skill and Service Project for February

The Christian virtue which students will discuss and practice during February is LOVE. The Virtue of Love includes kindness (going out of ones way to be nice to someone) and cooperation (working together for the common good or lending a helping hand) which helps strengthen our love of God and man. Students will practice the social skill “Working Together” as they move through the school day and hopefully for the rest of their lives.

9. The Student Leadership Council has made a commitment to reach out to all parents and students regarding the devastating bush fires in Australia. Generous support is requested during February to help families and animals in Australia.  The Student Council would like it to be known that the bush fires which have been burning since September 2019 have killed at least 25 people, destroyed over 2000 homes and killed an estimated 500 million animals.  Donations collected will be sent to The Catholic Social Services of Australia to help with food, shelter, and clothing for those in need and RSPCA of Australiaan animal care and protection agency

The Student Council will sell heart lollipops, smencils and host a Nice Free Dress day on Thursday, February 6. 

10. The next parent “Health and Wellness” mindful event is Thursday, February 6, starting at 8:20 a.m. in the school gym.  It will last for about an hour.  Josh Love and John Munro will share some mindset nuggets and insight, and then Emily Ellis will guide us through 45 minutes of mindful movement and breath connection. All parents are welcome and NO experience is required. We will flow through a series of stretches and strengthening postures. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you have one!  See you there! Dana Lee, Simon

11. The Mardi Gras party boards preview is up on the website at https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2020/PartyBoards/tabid/1089697/Default.aspx

Party Boards will go on sale, Tuesday, February 4, at 9:00 a.m.

12. A few more volunteers are needed to help with the parent/grandparent luncheon on Wednesday, January 29. Please email Kate Smith if your are available to help. katesmithslp@gmail.com

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

January 21, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Watch for Parent Teacher Conference online sign-ups January 28. The conferences are February 19 and 20, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on both days. Please note, there will be a slight change with the conference schedule for Mr. Weyher and Ms. Liljenquist.

2. There is a School Board meeting on Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

3. CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK ACTIVITIES

***Catholic Schools Week kicks off with our annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, January 25, 6:00 p.m. in the church social center. You will have first class service, as the Peer Youth Ministry (PYM) will serve a delicious spaghetti dinner.

***Seventh and eighth grade students will present their Science Fair projects to the judges on Tuesday, January 28, and the award ceremony is at 6:00 p.m. that same evening. Guests may take visit the Science Fair display Wednesday, January 29, from 8:00 a.m. to noon in the church social center.

*** Mr. Larson is in need of 8 more judges for the Cosgriff, 7th and 8th grade science fair to be held on Tuesday, January 28th in the St. Ambrose Social Hall. Judges report at 10:00 am. Judging will conclude at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested, please complete the online registration.

www.sciencefairtools.com

username: cosjudge2020

password: cosjudge2020

***Tuesday, January 28, Cosgriff students will pay a visit to church for a time of silent prayer and reflection, as Tuesdays in the parish have been set aside as a full day for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

***Wednesday, January 29, Catholic Schools Week, Parents, Grandparents and close friends are invited to visit classrooms for a peek at a regular school day starting at 10:30 am and then join their children and grandchildren for lunch beginning at 11: 30 am.

***All parents and grandparents are invited to lunch on January 29 after classroom visits. Murray School District has offered a special school lunch for students, parents and grandparents. The lunch menu on Wednesday, January 29 is pepperoni pizza, salad and fruit for $2.75 each. Order forms are attached to this letter or located in front of the school office. Please deposit your forms and payment by the school office by Friday, January 24.

*** Please Note: students who have paid for school lunch for Wednesday, January 29, will not need to pay for pizza lunch that day. Students will mark off their name as usual.

*** Lunch dismissal time Jan. 29, for students with last names beginning:

R-Z will be dismissed for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

A-K will be dismissed for lunch at 11:50 a.m.

L-Q will be dismissed for lunch at 12: 10 p.m.

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

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

***Thursday, January 30, 9:00 a.m.( there will be a talk and tour for prospective families. Contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director. mkearns@cosgriff.org 

***Friday, January 31, the students will celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m.

Hannah Black from the Utah County Animal Services will conduct a student assembly on animal safety. She will emphasize the proper way to approach safely approach an unknown animal and the proper way to care your for your pet. This special assembly will conclude our Catholic Schools Week activities.

4. The Students Leadership council will host a donut bake sale on tomorrow, Wednesday, January 22. Students may purchase a donut for $1.00 to support the Utah Food Bank.  The sixth grade class is so kindly supplying the donuts. Please support the Souper Bowl of Caring service project.

5.  The Knights of Columbus basketball Free Throw contest for boys and girls ages 9-14 is Sunday, January 26, at 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the school gym. Just show up at the gym in your sneakers. Free admission for all.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important notes:

  • No School on January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • Go to www.cosgriff.org to access the lunch menu for February. All orders and payment are due January 24.

1. Homework Club has been cancelled today, January 13, due to an all school faculty meeting.

2. Collin Kartchner, youth advocate and social media activist will speak to all parents, grandparents, parishioners etc. this evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the St. Ambrose social center as part of the J.E. Cosgriff “Health and Wellness” series for the 2019-20 school year.

3. Monte Still will conduct a parent meeting on Thursday, January 23, at 6:00 p.m. in the school library for all families participating in the ski program. It is most important that at least one parent attend the meeting.

4. Third and Fourth Grade Family Night:  A special word of thanks to Kirk and Dana Lee Simon, several parents, and a group of very enthusiastic third and fourth grade students for their attendance and participation at the “Family Night” last evening. The theme for the evening was Generosity, and Mindful Awareness. Bunco was the game of the evening, played with high spirits and prizes galore. Please see the attached parent hand out from the evening. Mark your calendar for February 9, the next “Family Activity.”

5. J.E. Cosgriff School will host a “Talk and Tour” on Wednesday, January 15, beginning at 9:00 a.m., for prospective new families. Please reach out to friends, employees and other interested families about this opportunity to know more about Cosgriff. Parents have been the NUMBER ONE resource for new family referrals, your support is greatly needed. 

6. All parents of kindergarten students are invited to “Kindergarten Night, Thursday, January 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the school library. (Parents Only) There is so much to learn in kindergarten in every subject. This meeting promises to be very informative as to what students will learn the second semester of school and how much your support is greatly needed. Please RSVP Mrs. Austin, raustin@cosgriff.org

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK– CLASSROOM VISIT AND SCHOOL LUNCH

7. Wednesday, January 29, Catholic Schools Week, Parents, Grandparents and close friends are invited to visit classrooms for a peek at a regular school day starting at 10:30 am and then join their children and grandchildren for lunch beginning at 11: 30 am.

8. All parents and grandparents are invited to lunch on January 29 after classroom visits. Murray School District has offered a special school lunch for students, parents and grandparents. The lunch menu on Wednesday, January 29 is pepperoni pizza, salad and fruit for $2.75 each. Go to https://cosgriff.org/parents/hot-lunch-menu/ for the order form or they are located in front of the school office. Please deposit your forms and payment by the school office by Friday, January 24.

9. Please Note: students who have paid for school lunch for Wednesday, January 29, will not need to pay for pizza lunch that day. Students will mark off their name as usual.

 Lunch dismissal time for students with last names beginning:

R-Z will be dismissed for lunch at 11:30 a.m.

A-K will be dismissed for lunch at 11:50 a.m.

L-Q will be dismissed for lunch at 12: 10 p.m.

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

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

10. Re-enrollment for the 2020-21 for your child(ren) is available now.  You can log into your Parent Portal and find their packet under “Enrollment/Re-Enrollment”.  Sibling online applications can also be accessed there.

Also, please take a moment to go into Parent Portal and log your parent service hours.  If you are in need of some more hours or ideas, please email Mrs. Hunt, bhunt@cosgriff.org or Ms. Dillon, Development Director. sdillon@cosgriff.org.  We appreciate all the time and talent you share with Cosgriff.

11.  Mr. Larson is looking for 40 judges for the Cosgriff 7th and 8th grade science fair to be held on Tuesday, February 28th in the St. Ambrose Social Hall. Judges report at 10:00 am. Judging will conclude at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested, please complete the online registration.

www.sciencefairtools.com

username: cosjudge2020

password: cosjudge2020

12. Tuesday, January 14, is FREE SPIRIT DRESS TOP DAY. Students may wear a spirit top with a donation of four cans of food or $5.00.

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

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

13. The annual parish/school Family Spaghetti Dinner will take place Saturday, January 25, in St. Ambrose social center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A delicious spaghetti dinner will cost $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. A  D.J. will also join the party for dancing and fun. The Parish Youth Ministry  PYM) will serve your dinner in style.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

January 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back for the third quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

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

Please Read the Following:

1. **The deadline to sign up for the ski/snowboard program is January 10. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register your third thru eighth grade student.  Ski dates are January 31, February 7, 14, 28, and March 6. Questions, please email or call Monte Still. mfstill@gmail.com  801-209-0047.

Parent chaperones are needed to ride the bus for each ski outing. Parent chaperones will receive a free Snowbird Day Pass (for that day only) while students are in lessons.  A link to sign up will be sent out once registration is complete.

2. The monthly HSA meeting is this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the school library. Please email Kate Smith if you would like to propose an agenda item for discussion at the meeting. All parents are welcome to attend HSA meetings.

katesmithslp@gmail.com

3. Report Cards for the second quarter of school will be sent home on Thursday, January 9. There will be a short student honor’s assembly on Friday, January 10, immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. It will take place in the church.

4. The J.E. Cosgriff community service project for January 2020 is the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” All Diocesan Catholic schools will support this important project by collecting and donating cans of food and/or money to the UTAH FOOD BANK. Each grade will choose a favorite professional football team to cheer on in January. The Student Leadership Council has earmarked two special opportunities for students to make a donation.

Tuesday, January 14, is FREE SPIRIT DRESS TOP DAY. Students may wear a spirit top with a donation of four cans of food or $5.00.   The Sixth grade students will be asked to sponsor a DONUT BAKE SALE on Wednesday, January 22. Each donut will sell for $1.00. Students may bring in extra cans of protein food any day in January to help the one out of five men, women and children in Utah who go without even one meal in a day.

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

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

6. The CHRISTIAN VIRTUES which students will learn more about, discuss, and recognize in others in January are GENEROSITY and FRIENDLINESS.  A generous individual does not hesitate to share time, knowledge, materials, kind words or even canned food with a person in need and does so with a friendly and loving attitude. A generous person feels compassion and is sensitive to the needs of others.

7. The first important SOCIAL SKILL which students will learn, review and practice in January is “Giving a Compliment.” This important skill is used when you want to say something nice about a person or what they are doing. Be sure to ask your child the difference between “outside” and “inside” compliments.

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

9. MARDI GRAS —Please Help!!

 We are in need of a few more fabulous silent auction items for the Mardi Gras. Sarah Ross, auction chair humbly requests that parents donate a “Creative” themed basket, maybe from work, a family owned business, or one assembled for the cause! Examples of themed baskets: A basket with a donation of your business services, such as home decorating, architecture, facial needs, manicure/pedicure or landscaping. Different theme baskets may include  greeting cards, pens and stationery, baking containers and utensils, new baby basket, poker night, artist supplies, sports-ball-basket, (b-ball, volleyball, football, tennis balls, golf balls, baseball), pedicure or manicure basket, school supplies basket, shoe shine basket, Easter basket, place mats and napkins basket, grandparent game night basket etc… Please purchase new items to assemble a “hot item” theme basket, attach a list of contents and drop it off in the school office. 

Contact Sarah Ross right away if you are able to help. Sarah11ross@yahoo.com Thank you for your generous and much needed support.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

 

December 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

Friday, December 20, students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. to begin their Christmas vacation. Students who have ordered hot lunch on Friday will be given a sack lunch and Extended Day will close at 5:00 p.m.  

The third quarter of school will begin Monday, January 6, 2020.

1. Friday, December 20 ends the second quarter of the school year. Students will be turning in projects, and taking end of quarter test. Please encourage your child to focus on academic deadlines and requirements to conclude a successful first semester of school.

2. Parents may register third through eighth grade students for the Snowbird ski program on the school website. www.cosgriff.org  The program begins on January 31, 2020. The deadline for sign up is January 10.

3. Over the week end, Rocky Mountain Power Co. installed new energy efficient lighting in all classroom and the halls of the school and funded 75% of the materials and installation costs. The new lights will last at least ten years, mimic the sun light and use 10 watts instead of 30 to light the classroom. These new lights will help young people who have a sensitivity to artificial lighting and prone to migraine headaches.

4. Students in third through eighth grade will receive Confession today and Tuesday during school.

5. Reminder:  ALL PARENTS-Save the date: Monday, January 13, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for our speaker, Collin Kartchner, youth advocate and social media activist. His talk will be well worth your effort to arrange a car pool, babysitting etc. 

6. MARDI GRAS

 We are in need of a few more fabulous silent auction items for the Mardi Gras. Sarah Ross, auction chair humbly requests that parents donate a “Creative” themed basket, maybe from work, a family owned business, or one assembled for the cause! Examples of themed baskets: A basket with a donation of your business services, such as home decorating, architecture, facial needs, manicure/pedicure or landscaping. Different theme baskets may include  greeting cards, pens and stationery, baking containers and utensils, new baby basket, poker night, artist supplies, sports-ball-basket, (b-ball, volleyball, football, tennis balls, golf balls, baseball), pedicure or manicure basket, school supplies basket, shoe shine basket, Easter basket, place mats and napkins basket, grandparent game night basket etc… Please purchase new items to assemble a “hot item” theme basket, attach a list of contents and drop it off in the school office. Thank you for your generous and much needed support.

7.  All special SCRIP orders are ready for pick up at any time in the office or Wednesday at the table.  Thanks for your support!

8. Re-enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will begin soon.   Please read information on the website in preparation for re-enrollment.  https://cosgriff.org/admissions/current-studentscontinuous-enrollment/

9. Wednesday, December 18 is the last day to donate warm winter adult clothing for St. Patrick’s Parish. Also, all size pampers, formula, wipes, children’s boots, hats, coats, gloves and hygiene products for The Road Home.

God Bless you this Christmas Season,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

December 9, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

Homework Club has been cancelled on Thursday, December 12.

1. Thank you to the sixth grade students for hosting the 11:00 Sunday Mass on December 8, The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Much appreciation goes to Mrs. Newman and Ms. Gehrig for their efforts, the student choir, directed by Mr. Huntzinger, and to parents of sixth graders for organizing the coffee/donut social after Mass.

2. The third and fourth grade families from Cosgriff School brightened up the evening for neighbors on Nevada St. on Sunday evening by singing Christmas Carols in front of several homes. The monthly “Family Activity,” new to Cosgriff this year has a full agenda each month. The family time includes a short discussion and application activity connected to our monthly virtue. (Mercy this month)  Students then participate in a community service project, and always enjoy a snack, games and visit with each other. Much appreciation goes to the Health and Wellness committee, with special thanks this month to Kirk and Dana Lee Simon, Ms. Curry, Ms. Liljenquist, Ms. Shields, Bernie Jo Marlowe and Meagan Swartz.

3. Community Service for December 2019  

The Student Leadership Council asks for your help with St. Patrick’s Parish, which is in need of new or slightly used clean adult, larger size warm shirts, pants, sweat pants, socks, hats, gloves, flannel shirts, tee shirts. Also, The Road Home is in need of new or slightly used, clean towels, sheets, new underwear in all sizes, blankets, children’s coats, baby bottles and formula, pampers in all sizes, winter boots in all sizes for adults and children. Drop off these item by December 19.

4. Smencils and smens will go on sale December 11, for $2.00 each. The Student Leadership Council will donate proceeds from these sales to St. Patrick’s Parish and The Road Home to help provide clothing, hygiene products and blankets for those in need.

5. The last day to order SCRIP before the Christmas Holidays is December 11. 

6. This is the time of year when many families are in need of extra gift cards for food and gifts. Please buy an extra Target, Smiths, Kohls, grocery or toy store card for a family who would really appreciate the support. Please turn in gift cards to Mrs. Hunt or the school office. Thank you 

7. Thursday, December 12, is the all school (except toddlers) Christmas Program beginning at 7:00 p.m. in St. Ambrose Church. Students should report to school or the social center at 6:45 p.m. or the time directed by their homeroom teacher.(not earlier, please) Eighth grade students will be asked to set up instruments, chairs etc. and then stay a few minutes after the performance to put them away. Formal Uniform Dress is required for all students in kindergarten – eighth grade. Girls should wear white, navy blue or black knee sock or tights.   The church doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for all guests. 

8. You may purchase a video of the Christmas program both before and after the performance. Videos will be ready for pick-up or sent home with your child before December 20.

9. Please see my email dated 12/9/19 for January Lunch Calendar. Orders and payment are due Friday, December 20.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

December 2, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

1. Homework Club is cancelled today after school due to an all school faculty meeting.

2. The HSA will meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the school library.

3. The School Board will meet Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

4. The sixth grade students have the honor of hosting the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 8. (also, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception) The fourth, fifth and sixth grade students are invited and strongly encouraged to sing in the choir for this special Mass.

5. Students will celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas and St. Ambrose during this school week.

6. Third and Fourth grade “Family Activity” will take place Sunday, December 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Children and parents will go Christmas caroling in and around the St. Ambrose neighborhood from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., and then enjoy hot chocolate in the social center until 7:00 p.m.  Please meet outside the northwest door of the church. RSVP to Dana Lee Simon by Tuesday, December 3.  d_lo777@hotmail.com

7. What is “Giving Tuesday,” December 3, 2019?

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Each year, on the Tuesday immediately following Thanksgiving, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Please consider telling your family, friends, place of employment, and neighbors about how you are giving and ask them to do the same.

Your gift on Giving Tuesday will help support J.E. Cosgriff School.  You may go to www.cosgriff.org to sign up.

8. There is a prospective parent drop in tour on Monday, December 9, at 9:00 a.m. Please share this information with friends, family, and co-workers.  Notify Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director, for more information. mkearns@cosgriff.org.

9. Christian Virtue for December 2019—Mercy 

MERCY is the virtue which all students will learn about and practice in December and hopefully the rest of their lives.  A merciful person is compassionate, forgiving, patient, gentle and kind.

The focus will be on forgiveness for the month of December as we continue to talk about compassion and kindness.

10. The Social Skill For Students To Learn Is “Making An Apology.”

Steps to “Making An Apology,”   Look at the person. Say what you are sorry about. Say what you will do differently next time. Ask the person to accept your apology.

Knowing how to “Make an Apology,” shows your respect and concern for other people. When you apologize, others may see you as a caring person. Apologizing increases your chances of making amends so you can repair a valuable relationship.

11. Community Service for December 2019  

The Student Leadership would like to support the following: St. Patrick’s Parish, which is in need of new or slightly used clean adult, larger size warm shirts, pants, sweat pants, socks, hats, gloves, flannel shirts, tee shirts. The Road Home is in need of new or slightly used, clean towels, sheets, new underwear in all sizes, blankets, children’s coats, baby bottles and formula, pampers in all sizes, winter boots in all sizes for adults and children.

12. Students may wear CRAZY CHRISTMAS HAT AND SOCKS on Wednesday, December 4, with a donation of three warm adult clothing items, five small hygiene products, or $3.00 for St. Patrick’s Parish, and the Road Home.

Smencils and smens will go on sale December 11, for $2.00 each. The Student Leadership Council will donate proceeds from these sales to St. Patrick’s Church and The Road Home to help provide clothing, hygiene products and blankets for those in need.

13. The last day to order SCRIP before the Christmas Holidays is December 11. This is the time of year when many families are in need of extra gift cards for food and gifts. Please buy an extra Target, Smiths, Kohls, grocery or toy store card for a family who would really appreciate the support. Please turn in gift cards to Mrs. Hunt or the school office. Thank you

14. Thursday, December 12, is the all school (except toddlers) Christmas Program beginning at 7:00 p.m. in St. Ambrose Church. Students should report to school or the social center at 6:45 p.m. or the time directed by their homeroom teacher.(not earlier, please) Eighth grade students will be asked to set up instruments, chairs etc. and then stay a few minutes after the performance to put them away. Formal Uniform Dress is required for all students in kindergarten – eighth grade. Girls should wear white, navy blue or black knee sock or tights.  The church doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for all guests. 

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

November 25, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. A special word of appreciation to all parents, and former students who so kindly met with the Catholic School Management visitation team. Hopefully, we will receive diocesan wide recommendations and commendations in early January 2020.

2. School will be dismissed at 3:15 p.m. tomorrow, November 26, for Thanksgiving vacation. Homework Club is cancelled tomorrow and also Monday, December 2, due to an all school faculty meeting at 3:30 p.m.

3. Extended Day will close at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, November 26.

4. A School Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

5. The sixth grade will host the Sunday, 11:00 a.m. Mass on December 8, the second Sunday in Advent. Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade choir are invited and encouraged to sing at Mass.

6. Third and Fourth grade “Family Activity” will take place Sunday, December 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in and around St. Ambrose neighborhood. RSVP to Dana Lee Simon.  d_lo777@hotmail.com

7. What is “Giving Tuesday,” December 3, 2019?

Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Each year, on the Tuesday immediately following Thanksgiving, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Please consider telling your family, friends, place of employment, and neighbors to give to J.E. Cosgriff School on December 3.

Your Gift on Giving Tuesday will greatly support J.E. Cosgriff School.  You may go to www.cosgriff.org to sign up.

8. Last Friday, the students packed forty-five Thanksgiving food boxes for St. Patrick’s and St. Ambrose Parishes. In addition, added a $25.00 gift card to each box for a store bought turkey. Thank you to all parents for your kind and generous support.

9. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be with such outstanding and kind students every day.  I am also very grateful for the time I spend with each of you – the loving parents of these most precious children.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

November 18, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

Murray District School lunch choices and payment for December are due Friday, November 22. Place all orders in the mailbox in front of the school office. 

1. Trivia Night was a great success! Thank you to Angela Patterson, Chair, Marci Young Cancio, and Jim Guilkey for leading an enthusiastic and hard-working team of volunteers as they created a perfect venue for a lively and competitive night of “Trivia.” Much appreciation to the following parent volunteers: Mike and Candice Varanakis, Carlee Wheat, Jen Cook, Mike Johnson, Heather Zang, Carol Guilkey, Heather Novotnak, Mark Patterson, Eve and Charlie Vincent, Mariko and Bogdan Petre. A special thank you to Kassi Mancini, Stacey Dillon, Cristino and Felix Padilla for your expert assistance with Trivia Night.

2.The Student Leadership Council will be selling Smencils and Smens for $2.00 each on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. The proceeds go toward the purchase of grocery cards for the St. Patrick and St. Ambrose Thanksgiving food boxes. Please send in food items to fill the boxes. See the www.cosgriff.org for these items.

3.Catholic School Management

Please note the following: Greg Dhuyvetter and Julie Delaney representatives from  Catholic School Management, a division of Christian Brothers Services will be in our school on Thursday, November 21, to interview individuals and groups from teachers, to HSA, parish staff, administration, the School Board, students, the maintenance team etc.

Mr. Mark Longe, Superintendent of Catholic Schools in Utah secured a special grant to employ the Catholic School Management team. This consulting team will spend the day at Cosgriff which is the plan for all Catholic elementary and high schools, with the goal of formulating suggestions for future growth and success. These interviews are the final step in a research study and we will learn about their commendations and recommendations in the near future.

4. This is the schedule for November 21, as of now: Several parents have already been contacted by Kate Smith, HSA President, to take part in a group discussion. 

Please email Kate Smith at katesmithslp@gmail.com or Mrs. Hunt, Principal at bhunt@cosgriff.org if you, your parents, older children, can make yourself available for 30 to 45 minutes at one of the specified times. Questions—please call Mrs. Hunt, 801-486-6933

Your cooperation and honest input will be greatly appreciated

8:20 to 9:00 a.m. Assistant Principal

8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Pastor

9:15 to 10:00 a.m. Principal

10:00 to 10:15 a.m.  School Facilities Staff (Mr. D, Cristino)

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Development, Admissions, office support, Secretary

11:25 to 11:55 Technology -Jessica meet in your lab.

12:00 noon-12:45 Lunch with a middle school group, and the Student Council

12:45 to 1:05 p.m. Pre-school parent group–meet in the school library.

12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Early Childhood Program teacher meeting

1:05 to 1:30 p.m    Toddler and Pre-School Teachers –meeting room in pre-school location

1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Special Education, Small Group L.A. instruction, (Power Hour)

3:25 to 4:10 p.m. Teachers in Pre-K through 5 meet in the library includes Latin

3:25 to 4:10 Teachers in 6-8th grade, Spanish, Social Studies, Religion, meet upstairs.

4:10 to 4:45 p.m.  (Parent Leadership)  HSA President, Vice President, and Room Parents. — meet in the school library.

4:10 to 4:45 p.m. –Young Alumni group. Recent graduates of Cosgriff School.

4:45 to 5:30 p.m. Parents of Alumni –ask a few people who do not work at the school.

5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Parent Group– K- 5th grade ( K, 1st  and 2-5th) combined–meet in the school library

5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Parent group 6th, 7th, 8th grades,  meet in the 5th grade classroom

6:15 to 7:00 p.m. Parishioner Group, ask by the Fr. Erik and Parish Council. Location?

6:15 -7:00 p.m. School Board,  meet in the library. 

5. November 21, is bound to be a productive day. Our goal is to provide as much honest information as possible so that the consultants really understand the specific curriculum design, instruction, school activities, school-church relationship, climate and culture of Cosgriff School.

Catholic School Management supports the educational ministry of the Catholic Church and provides a high level of professional and personalized service to Catholic education institutions worldwide.

6. Thank you to the parents of our third grade students for a very hearty, and delicious  faculty lunch on Thursday, November 14.

7. St. Andrew’s Catholic School will host a middle school dance, on Friday, November 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

8. There are several facets to the Health and Wellness program which began at Cosgriff in August 2019.

  • The first component of the Health and Wellness program began with the implementation of MindUP, a classroom curriculum which fosters social and emotional awareness, enhances psychological well-being and promotes academic success. In a MindUP classroom you will see students engaged in Core Practice—deep belly breathing and attentive listening. Students in preschool through eighth grade have learned about the parts of their brain and how it is like their BFF. It helps them to cool down and stop getting frustrated.
  • The second component of the Health and Wellness program has been the formation of a volunteer parent committee to offer suggestions and act a resources for a monthly “Parent Information Night”, which pertains to MindUP, current school curriculum and/or topics which relate directly to a parent’s most challenging and confusing job—Parenting.
  • The third component of the Health and Wellness program includes student activities ( a and b below) with themes directly related to Catholic formation, MindUp, the monthly school virtue and community service.

a) The Parish Youth Ministry (PYM) includes the fifth through eighth grade age group. A few objectives for the PYM include faith formation, praying together, addressing spiritual, cultural and social needs within the school and parish community. Students are challenged to resolve social justice issues using critical thinking and leadership skills. Every PYM activity also includes a snack, recreation, games, fun and making new friends.

b) The third and fourth grade students come together for a monthly “Family Night” with siblings and parents. The MindUP curriculum includes activities where guests put virtues such as social justice, compassion, gratitude into action and learn how these important character building virtues are the foundation for self-respect and a broader awareness of their need to serve others in the world around them.

9. The addition of the Health and Wellness program to Cosgriff School has been a vehicle for building our faith community, praying together, forming friendships, and supporting each other with kindness, honesty and love. You are welcome to attend the next activity. 

10. The Parish Youth Ministry, (PYM), fifth-eighth grade students, met in the gym November 15. The themes for the day were Gratitude and Social Justice. Ms. Curry, Ms. Gehrig and Mr. Simon were instrumental in guiding students to recognize the meaning and importance of Justice and Social Justice in their lives and around the world. As a closing activity, student enjoyed creating Christmas decorations to be placed on the tables at the December St. Ambrose Senior Luncheon.

11. Thank you to Mike and Erin Freeman, for hosting the “Family Night” activity for third and fourth grade students at their home. The themes of Expressing Gratitude performing acts of Kindness were in action as the students participated in “Operation Christmas Box.” Eager third and fourth graders decorated a shoe box, filled it with necessities and goodies. The boxes will be sent to Europe and find their way to children in need.

12. 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 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 Dana Lee Simon with questions and to RSVP d_lo777@hotmail.com

13. Sunday, December 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m there will be a third, fourth grade “Family Activity. Students and parents are invited to meet by the north-west doors of the church at 5:00 p.m. and then proceed to walk and sing Christmas Carols around the neighborhood. Upon their return at 6:00 p.m, families will meet in the social center for hot chocolate and cookies.

RSVP to Dana Lee Simon by December 2. D d_lo777@hotmail.com

14. A prospective parent drop-in tour is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, at 9:00 a.m. Also, online applications are available for the 2020-21 school year for new families and siblings of current families.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

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