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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

May 21, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following announcement for the last week of the 2017-18 school year:

1. The eighth grade graduation took place on May 18. It was a beautiful prayer service with a very meaningful commencement speech given by Mr. David Drees. The parents made it a night to remember with “Beach” theme decorations, music and plenty of food for the farewell celebration. Mrs. Cindy Hunt was given a standing ovation for her, masterful teaching, hard work and dedication to Cosgriff School.

2. The eighth grade students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this evening at 7:00 p.m. by Bishop Solis. The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church (together with Baptism and Holy Communion). Confirmation fills our soul with the power of the Holy Spirit and His seven gifts– Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, Fear of the Lord.

All Cosgriff families are invited and encouraged to attend the Confirmation Mass this evening.

3. Tuesday, May 22 is the last day for homework club.

4. On Thursday afternoon May 24, students in kindergarten thru seventh grade will take part in Field Day activities. Students may wear a spirit/free dress top (no tank tops) and uniform bottoms. All students should arrive at school wearing good running shoes, a hat and sunscreen. The faculty and staff oversee Field Day, so it is a day off for parents.

5. Friday, May 25 is the last day of school. The honor assembly will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the church. Students will receive report cards before dismissal at 12:15 p.m.

6. Extended Day will close at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, May 25.

7. Please return all Summer School applications with payment by May 24. Go to www.cosgriff.org for a Super Sonic Summer School application or a sixth, seventh, eighth grade literature/reading group application for June.

8. The Tiger Trot was fun and very successful for all who ran the race and others who were spectators.  A special thank you to the following Cosgriff employees and parents for advertising, organizing, setting this healthy and fun family activity: Brian McCloud, Monte Still, Danielle Jefferies, Nikki Whye, Sarah Boyle, Tracy Valentine, Rachel Weir, Charlie Vincent, Carlo Limgenco, and Jim Guilkey. Much appreciation to Starbucks for the coffee and Duncan donuts for at twenty five dozen donuts.

9. Once again this year, all students are asked to donate used but still usable school supplies to “Supplies: One to Another.”  Taylor Liddle, a former Cosgriff student will place empty bins in each classroom this week for students to donate items such as a box of markers, colored pencils, crayons, a pencil box, lined note books, colored or lined paper, rulers, scissors, staplers, and even backpacks which are in good shape. All school supplies will be donated to Catholic Services.

Please turn in all school supplies by 5/25 or 5/29.  Thank you for your generous support

10. This is the final reminder to update your volunteer hours or submit a payment to the office for any shortage of hours. It is $10.00 per hour.

Parents, a final THANK YOU for finishing strong this year. J.E. Cosgriff is a very vibrant and active school because of your positive attitude, dedication and support.

Have a fun, and safe summer and watch for school announcements over the summer.

***Meet the Teacher is August 10.

***The first day of school is August 13.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

May 14, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. This is a very important week for out eighth grade class. Their farewell Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, with a family brunch to follow hosted by our seventh grade class. The farewell Mass will serve as our weekly school Mass, so parents from our school or parish community are welcome. Formal Dress is required for all students on Wednesday, May 16.

2. The Fine Arts Celebration was held on May 10. We indeed celebrated the many gifts and talents of our Cosgriff students as they performed and/or displayed their artistic masterpieces.  Much gratitude goes to you the parents for your keen interest and support of the arts at Cosgriff School.  Also, a sincere thank you to Mrs. Robin Harmston, Mr. Zach Downes, Mr. Tom Harris, Mr. Chris Huntzinger, Mrs Suzanne Lacombe, Mrs. Cindy Hunt, Parents– Mrs. Kori Hazel, Mrs. Holly Isaac, Mrs. Michelle McDonough, and several other parents and classroom teachers for fostering art education and enlightening the students in many ways as they learn to love and appreciate the Arts.

A word to thank several families for waiting patiently in hopes that the school doors would open for the art stroll during the Fine Arts Celebration. It took a bit longer in church than expected, so please accept my apology for keeping several of you eager families waiting in the hall.

If by chance you were not able to attend the Fine Arts Celebration on May 10, please plan a time during or after school next week to walk through the halls and enjoy the original, and unique art on the main floor walls. Each student in kindergarten thru eighth grade has a beautiful piece of art on the wall. Please notice the core standards posted by the art projects. Make sure you go to the gym and marvel at the beautiful pre-school mural hanging on the wall. Thank you to Mrs. Robin Harmston for her brilliant teaching of art history and the core standards in art education this year. Her positive influence speaks for itself with the incredible art work gracing our school halls.

The Cosgriff toddler/pre-school team collected a magnificent display of each student’s art work from the entire school year and produced a glowing art show in the gym, as part of the “Fine Arts Celebration.” Teachers- Mrs. Diane Lee, Ms. Lauren Camp, and Mrs. Randi Green worked diligently along-side the classroom assistants, Ms. Courtney Mamani, Mrs. Heather Burns, Mrs. Angie Dilks, and Mrs.Leslie Keddington, to prepare and display the “Best of the Best” pre-school Art Show. Thank you for going many extra miles for the love of art!

3. The last day of Homework Club for the 2017-18 school year is Tuesday, May 22. Much gratitude to Ms. Martina Gehrig, and Mrs. Jennifer Shrum for hosting homework club this year. Also, thank you to Mrs. JoEllen Millard and Ms. Anna Chuaqui for offering extra support with Latin and Spanish after school.

4. SCRIP Team 2018-19. The SCRIP Team is looking for a few volunteers for the 2018-19 school year. The volunteer commitment will be one (1) hour per month. Please email Lindsay Newlin if you are interested in learning more (scrip@cosgriff.org)

The Last day to purchase SCRIP is Wednesday, May 16. Please make sure you support this important school fund raiser.

5. The sixth annual “Tiger Trot” registration is now open. Join the fun on May 20, 9:00 a.m. at Sugarhouse Park. Please register your family  right away for this school community activity.
https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TigerTrot2018/Registration/tabid/951815/Default.aspx

6. Thank you for your generous “Baby Shower” donations.  As we conclude our “Baby Shower” for the Crossroads Urban Center, we have been informed that baby formula (regular or soy based) is very low and greatly needed at this time.  Students may wear a favorite team “Spirit Top” and uniform bottoms on Thursday, May 17,to cheer for their favorite volley ball team—theEIGHTH GRADE ROOKIES or the FACULTY SUPER STARS!!—with a donation of at least one container of baby formula for the Crossroads Urban Center. (expired formula cannot be accepted)

7. Teacher Appreciation Week was full of treats and several great surprises for the faculty and staff. One day, parents of first grade students provided a delicious lunch. Teachers were lavished with bagels, sweet rolls and other goodies all week long. The grand surprise was a newly decorated and updated faculty/staff lunch room. Teachers will now enjoy a new coffee pot, two new microwaves, three comfortable new chairs, organized cubbies and containers filled with supplies, and beautifully decorated walls. All faculty/staff felt very special and love their “new” lunch room. Thank you to our HSA for the great idea and many of the new items. Also, much appreciation goes to several parents for monetary contributions, treats, and spending the time to spruce up our beloved faculty room.

8. The eighth grade graduation is Friday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The graduation ceremony consists of a short prayer service, a short speech, certificate and awards presentation and an eighth grade thank you speech. The ceremony is about 45 minutes in length. All families are invited to attend the graduation ceremony.

9. A few weeks ago, a letter was sent to some parents inviting their child to “Super Sonic Summer School.” If you received this letter, the administration and faculty asks you to consider this opportunity of more explicit instruction for your child during part of the summer, as it would help maintain a strong foundation in reading and math for the next school year. Please decide if your child would be able to attend one, two, three or four weeks of Summer School and contact Kristin Bonacci,  kbonacci@cosgriff.org to get on the list. We would like to plan ahead to ensure a very qualified group of teachers are prepared to teach the summer program. If you are in need of a scholarship, please call or email Mrs. Hunt, Principal bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933.

Literacy/discussion groups are also available for students entering 6,7, and 8th grade who have required reading over the summer.  Please refer to www.cosgriff.org for more information and a registration form.

10. An urgent reminder for families to post their volunteer hours into ParentsWeb. Our reports show that hours are missing, and if you are short hours or intending not to complete the hours, please remit $10 per hour for each hour short on the volunteer hour commitment for 2017-18. We can accept cash or check in the front office. This obligation must be completed by Monday, May 21, 2018. Information on volunteer hours is kept for historical purposes as some grants, surveys and accreditation process requires statistical information.

To check your hours, please log into your ParentsWeb account to see what you have already submitted. Do not forget to review the other parent’s account too in case you’ve logged them in to two different accounts.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

May 7, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. The HSA Meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm in the library. All interested parents are invited to attend the meeting.

2. This is “Teacher Appreciation Week.” Please take a moment to write your child’s teachers a note of appreciation—it would so much to them. Encourage your child to do the same. Thank you.

3. Congratulations to the second grade students who attend Cosgriff and others in St. Ambrose upon receiving their First Holy Communion yesterday, May 6. It was a beautiful Mass and reception. Much gratitude to Fr. Andrzej, for his leadership, teaching and involvement with the second grade class.  A special thank you to Debbie Hogan, second grade religion teacher for preparing our students so well to receive the Sacraments of Penance and Eucharist for the first time. Also, thank you to Charity Van Maren, Religious Education Director, Chris Huntzinger, the fourth, fifth and sixth grade choir, and you the parents who are positive role models and guide your child in his/her faith development.

4. The J.E. Cosgriff “Fine Arts Celebration” is this Thursday, May 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the church. After the church performance, guests will be invited to walk through the gym and admire toddler, pre-school and pre-kindergarten art masterpieces. Guests will then stroll down the halls of the school to view the kindergarten thru eighth grade masterpieces from the 2017-18 school year. The Arts touch the heart and soul of our students and allow them to recognize, develop and celebrate their God given gifts and talents. We are always so appreciative of the donation made each year by Terry Stephens in support of the Arts. This year, we also thank Lauri and Herman Franks for their generous donation.

5. On Friday, May 11, Bishop Oscar Solis will celebrate the 8:30 a.m. Mass with the students of our school. It is also our traditional May procession led by our second grade students who have just recently have received their First Communion.  Bishop Solis will visit the students in their classrooms after Mass. We are all very excited for Bishop to make his second visit to Cosgriff School.

Please join the students for Mass on May 11 at 8:30 a.m.

6. Students may wear NICE “Free Dress” on Wednesday, May 9th with the donation of at least two baby items ( or more) listed below for the St. Ambrose/J.E. Cosgriff l Community Service Project. “Baby Shower” The Crossroads Urban Center is always in great need of necessities for infants through toddlers

Please help by donating the following:

*Baby formula-including soy base

*Rice cereal and bottled baby food. (expired food cannot be accepted)

* Disposable diapers of all sizes

* New simple baby rattles and toys

* 3 pack 9z. baby bottles

* Baby wipes

* Baby soap, shampoo, lotion

7. The sixth annual “Tiger Trot” registration is now open. Join the fun on May 20, 9:00 a.m. at Sugarhouse Park.
https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TigerTrot2018/Registration/tabid/951815/Default.aspx

8. LAST DAY TO PURCHASE SCRIP WILL BE WEDNESDAY 16 MAY. If you have questions, please email the Scrip Team: scrip@cosgriff.org. Thank you for your support of this important school-wide fundraiser.

SCRIP Team 2018-19. The SCRIP Team is looking for a few volunteers for the 2018-19 school year. The volunteer commitment will be one (1) hour per month. Please email Lindsay Newlin if you are interested in learning more (scrip@cosgriff.org)

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

April 30, 2018

Dear Parents,

The month of May is filled with activities, academic deadlines, and special J.E. Cosgriff events. Please refer to this calendar often during the last month of the 2017-18 school year.

SCHOOL CALENDAR FOR MAY 2018

1. Wednesday, May 2, Cosgriff School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.

2. Thursday, May 3, Kindergarten Orientation, 9:00 a.m. school library.

3. Friday, May 4, Books and Bagels, 7:30 a.m. in the gym. Your child will read to you over a bagel, Coffee/juice.

4. Saturday, May 5, First Communion practice, 9:30 a.m. in the church Cosgriff Community Night from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Chipotle Mexican Grill , 1011 E. 2100 So. Please dine in or take out at Chipotle as Cosgriff will receive 50% of all proceeds for the evening.

5. Sunday, May 6, Second grade students receive First Holy Communion at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Liturgical Choir-4th, 5th, 6th grade students are invited and needed to sing the Mass.

6. Monday, May 7 thru Friday, May 11, is “Teacher Appreciation Week.”

7. Wednesday, May 9, Drop-in tour for prospective new families. 9:00 a.m.

8. Thursday, May 10, “Fine Arts Celebration”, 6:00 p.m. beginning in the church.

(Toddler – Eighth Grade Participants)

9. Friday, May 11, Mass with Bishop Solis and May Crowning, 8:30 a.m.

School “Family” activity—Yearbook signing

10. Sunday, May 13, Happy Mother’s Day

11.Wednesday, May 16, Eighth Grade, Farewell Mass, 9:00 a.m. Family Brunch to follow.

 FORMAL DRESS REQUIRED (K-8TH GRADE)

12. Friday, May 18, Eighth Grade Graduation, 7:00 p.m. in St. Ambrose Church.

No School Mass on May 18

13. Sunday, May 20, Tiger Trot, 9:00 a.m. at Sugarhouse Park

14. Monday, May 21, Eighth grade students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation, 7:00 p.m.

15. Tuesday, May 22, Last day of Homework Club

16. Thursday, May 24, Field Day for students in K-7th grade (free dress top, uniform shorts)

17. May 25, Last Day of School, Honor assembly, Report Cards, 10:30 a.m., Dismissal 12:15 p.m.

Notes for Monday, April 30, Please read the following:

1. It was another fabulous 5,6,7th grade Drama Club production. “Peter Pan Junior” was amusing and heartwarming from beginning to end. Thank you to our unbelievably talented Mrs. Lacombe for producing and directing this labor of love presentation. It had rave reviews!

The student performer were well rehearsed, excited and well suited for their lively parts in the play. It was great to see so many young people work day after day to prepare for such an unforgettable experience—the art of drama.

Much appreciation to the following faculty, staff and parents for spending many, many hours supporting the “Peter Pan Junior” production.

Holly Isaac, Michelle McDonough, Robin Harmston, Heather Mastakas, Tiffany Wharton, Beth Walz, Jen Cook, Rima McComas, Donald Geise, Sarah Farr, Angie McDonough, Chris Huntzinger, Sharon Kerikas, Hayden Andrews, Matthew and Katrina Grantz, Rene Valles, Greg and Tara Ross, and many others who supported this wonderful performance.

2. Several students will be taking ACT make-up tests this week. Make-up tests will not be given after this week.

3. Although a formal summer school will not be offered this summer, some parents received a letter inviting a son or daughter to “Super Sonic Summer School.” This is in no way mandatory for students, only a recommendation for extra practice and review in the areas of reading and math. It has been the philosophy of the administration and teachers that summer school or continued academic learning in June will solidify the understanding and retention of core standard concepts, especially when these students have worked so hard to reach and maintain grade level performance in reading and mathematics.  Please feel free to call Mrs. Hunt, Principal 801-486-6933 with questions and concerns.

4. Literature/Reading groups will be offered once again this summer for students entering 6,7,and 8th grades who have a required summer list of books to read and written assignment with each book. Please go to www.cosgriff.org to sign-up for a small literature group. Groups will meet during the month of June. The required book list for each grade is also on the school website.

5. RESPONSIBILITY is our Christian virtue for the month of May. It is certainly appropriate in May as we have less than one month of school in the 2017-18 school year and so much to accomplish.  Responsibility requires a person to be committed to a task or cause. A responsible person is a dependable person and can be counted on to follow through or complete a task at school, at home or in the community.  As we approach the end of the fourth quarter, students should be strongly encouraged to accept the responsibility of completing the required course work in all academic subjects and setting high performance and assessment expectations for themselves. Parents, please take responsibility for keeping study and homework time sacred during the next four weeks.

Students should also be reminded to demonstrate responsibility by attending weekly Sunday Mass, as they work to strengthen their faith, and relationship with God.

The community service project which the Student Council has chosen to support again this year along with St. Ambrose parishioners is a “Baby Shower” for The Crossroads Urban Center. Specific baby items are greatly needed year round for homeless and single mothers.

Please donate the following items and place them in front of the school office every day, until the last day of school.

*Baby formula-including soy base

*Rice cereal and bottled baby food. (expired food cannot be accepted)

* Disposable diapers of all sizes

* 3 pack 9z. baby bottles

* Baby wipes

* Baby soap, shampoo, lotion

* New simple baby rattles and toys

6. Thank you to the parents of our kindergarten students for a delicious faculty lunch. It is always a good day for teachers when they are treated to a fresh, hot lunch.

7. The sixth annual “Tiger Trot” registration is now open. Join the fun on May 20, 9:00 a.m. at Sugarhouse Park.
https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TigerTrot2018/Registration/tabid/951815/Default.aspx

8. A reminder that several students will need new uniforms for the 2018-19 school year. Please remember that Lands End and Dennis Uniforms are the two clothing stores that provide our uniform parts. “Skinny Pants” are not part of the school uniform selection. Visit the Cosgriff “Lost and Found” by the gym and help yourself to pants, shirts, sweatshirts and maybe your child’s nice winter parka which was left on the playground.

9. In the Principal’s letter on April 23, it was written that Martina Gehrig would be the middle school Language Art’s teacher, continue with her work as a religion teacher and possibly add Social Studies. She will also serve as the eighth grade homeroom teacher.

In case there is a question regarding her professional qualification to serve as a middle school teacher, please read the following information about Ms. Gehrig’s back ground education:

Illinois State University. Bachelor of Science in Middle Level Education. December 2011

Illinois Type 03 Certificate; Endorsements: Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies

Texas Standard Certificate: English Language Arts and Reading (4-8) Social Studies (4-8)

English as a Second Language Supplemental (4-8)

Utah Educator Certificate Certificate : Elementary Education (1-8)

10. SAVE THE DATE:  Cosgriff Community Night is Saturday, May 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1011 East 2100 South. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to J.E. Cosgriff School.  For more information contact Danielle Jefferies.         djefferies@cosgriff.org

11. Please consider serving as a Room Parent for the 2018-19 school year. Contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you have questions or would like to sign up for this important volunteer activity. This is a great way to learn more about the school and make new friends.

12. Much appreciation goes to Mr. Sam Weyher, our innovative and forward thinking second grade teacher. He arranged for Google Expeditions to visit Cosgriff today. Please ask your child about their experience with this new informative technology.

13. Small Literacy/reading groups will be offered again this June for student entering sixth, seventh and eighth grade. Students will have the opportunity to meet in a teacher lead literature group to read, and discuss the required books and complete the written assignment. Literature groups will be offered Monday –Thursday, Students entering sixth grade will meet from 9:00-10 a.m. Seventh and eighth grades will meet from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Cosgriff School. Go to www.cosgriff.org summer reading/literature groups to download a registration form. Please return the form and payment to the school office.  The required book list and questions for each grade can be found on line.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

April 23, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information:

1. The ACT standardized testing will continue this week for students in third thru eighth grade. Please make sure your child comes to school having had a good night’s sleep and a substantial breakfast. Thank you.

2. Mrs. Suzanne Lacombe and the Drama Club proudly present “Peter Pan Junior” this week. Please plan on attending one of the outstanding performances: Thursday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m. or Friday, April 27, at 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. in the St. Ambrose social hall.

3. Faculty and Staff Changes for the 2018-19 School Year: 

**Mrs. Sheri Ann Norlund will serve her last day working at Cosgriff this Friday, April 27. She has worked diligently over the last several years to start and strengthen technology programs, work closely with the faculty and teach computer core standards to students.

** Mrs. Cindy Hunt will retire from Cosgriff School at the end of May after serving 10 years as our consummate eighth grade homeroom teacher. She has truly set a precedent as an inspirational and and highly respected Language Arts teacher. Mrs. Hunt’s masterful teaching of Literature, English, and writing has prepares students for the challenges of high school and college. Most importantly, students are not afraid to approach Mrs. Hunt with questions, concerns and casual conversation. She continually offers kindness, understanding and compassion for all.

** Ms. Sunny Li will complete her second year as first grade teacher and then return to Beijing, China to teach music. Ms. Li has been a dedicated and hard-working teacher. On any given day, you may pass by her classroom and notice the students speaking Chinese as she has woven her native language into all aspects of her curriculum.

This amazing threesome will be greatly missed and as this year comes to an end, please offer words of appreciation and gratitude for their excellent teaching combined with love and understanding offered to your child.

** Ms. Martina Gehrig will assume the position of eighth grade home room teacher and language arts instructor for seventh and eighth grade students.

The line-up for next year with other teachers and assistants is still not complete. Thank you for your patience and support.

4. “Youth Group 2017-18 Finale” For the second time this year, Stitching Hearts Worldwide paid a visit to Cosgriff School and employed our 6th,7th, 8th grade students as service volunteers. Most of the items made by Stitching Hearts are donated to Lifting Hands International (LHI), an organization set up to deliver much needed supplies to millions of refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Bangladesh.

On Saturday afternoon, several middle school students, teachers, and Fr. Andrzej lead by Ms. Martina Gehrig and Ms. Jill Curry, Youth Group coordinators met in the gym for a lively and very productive Youth Group activity with the Stitching Hearts team. The entire group worked for over two hours and completed the following

50 backpacks threaded, 20 sewn and completed

16 dolls- stuffed

12 pillows- filled

2 Plarn (plastic yarn) mats – finished (mats are made from tied together grocery store bags and woven on a loom)

The Youth Group of St. Ambrose Parish has had a very productive year through faith formation, prayer, Mass attendance, serving others in need and recreational activities. Thank you to Ms. Gehrig and Ms. Curry for directing their time and efforts to bring the youth of our parish together throughout the year.

5. The sixth annual “Tiger Trot” registration is now open. Join the fun on May 20, 9:00 a.m. at Sugarhouse Park.
https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/TigerTrot2018/Registration/tabid/951815/Default.aspx

6. SAVE THE DATE:  Cosgriff Community Night is Saturday, May 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Chipotle Mexican Grill, 1011 East 2100 South. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to J.E. Cosgriff School.  For more information contact Danielle Jefferies.         djefferies@cosgriff.org

7. The second grade students will participate in “Joy of the Mass” celebration and small group activities on Tuesday, April 24, starting at 8:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in preparation for their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 6, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Second grade Parents, please contact Mrs. Debbie Hogan if you are available to help with this special activity.

8. Please consider serving as a Room Parent for the 2018-19 school year. Contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal if you have questions or would like to sign up for this important volunteer activity. This is a great way to learn more about the school, and make new friends.

9. Save the date on May 4, from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m. in the school gym for “Books and Bagels.” Read a book with your child while enjoying a delicious bagel and cup of coffee.

10. SAVE THE DATE: Bishop Solis will celebrate the 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11. This is a special Mass for our second grade students as they will process in and place flowers by the statue of the Blessed Mother. The second grade will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 6, at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

April 16, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following:

J.E. Cosgriff Open House for St. Ambrose Parishioners, Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Guests are invited to visit classrooms to observe students and teachers in a learning environment. Refreshments will be served in the school library. 

1. Homework Club has been cancelled today, April 16, due to a faculty/staff meeting right after school.

2. The Monday track group will meet on Tuesday, April 17, for this week only, due to the faculty/staff meeting.

3. Progress Reports for students will be sent home on Thursday, April 19.

4. Thank you to Third Grade parents and students for hosting Sunday Mass and a donut/coffee social.

5. Mrs. Norlund, our beloved technology specialist and computer teacher will end be leaving Cosgriff School, with her last day on April 27. Mrs. Norlund has been very instrumental in our many technology advances thoughout the years. We will all miss her, wish her God’s blessings and the best of luck in her new career position.

6. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are very much needed to attend Youth Group on Saturday, April 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the school gym. Students will make sleeping mats, sew pillow cases and cloth dolls for the homeless in the United States and third world countries.

7. The second grade students will participate in a “Joy of the Mass” celebration and small group activities on Tuesday, April 24, from 8: 15 to 10:30 a.m. RSVP to Mrs. Debbie Hogan, Third grade religion teacher if you are available to help with this special day.  Please contact her right away at the following: dhogan@cosgriff.org  801-278 8594.

8. SAVE THE DATE: Attend the Drama Club performance of “Peter Pan,” on April 26, at 1:00 p.m.  April 27, at  10:00 am and .7:00 p.m. Mrs. Lacombe and the fifth, sixth and seventh grade drama students are very excited for you to see and enjoy this classic.

9. If you would consider serving as room parent for toddler thru eighth grade during the 2018-19 school year, please send a short note of interest to Mrs. Hunt, Principal. bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933.

10. As we move forward into spring and summer, Fr. Andrzej, the School Board, Finance Board and Parish Council have agreed to support the construction of a music/practice room on the grass area just west of the rectory and a newly designed play-ground complex. In addition, the funding has been secured for a new, improved, safe, playground for k-8th grade. This venue will allow students to remain in an enclosed playground area during recess and not access the parking lot during play time.

Construction will require limited use of the north church parking lot off and on for about a month during the summer. Please stop and view the renderings in front for a better idea of the project designs.

11. Letters will be sent home this coming week inviting some carefully selected students to join the “Summer Sonic” reading, writing, and/or math teams. Student will be invited from 9-11:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, from June 4 -28. Drop off and pick – up will always be on Nevada St. because of construction.

12. Boys and Girls Junior Golf for ages 5-10 will begin May 1, in the school gym. Click on the following attached flyer for registration and payment Cosgriff Junior Golf Spring 2018

13. Save the date for Cosgriff Community Night, May 5, Cinco de Mayo from 5:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. at Chipotle Grill on 1011 East 2100 South.  50% of all proceeds will be donated to J.E. Cosgriff, this includes catering orders.  For more information contact Danielle Jefferies, djefferies@cosgriff.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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14. Please remember to log into your ParentsWeb account and record your volunteer hours.  Once in ParentsWeb, click Family Information on the left. Next to your contact information is a tab “Service Hours.” Families are required to volunteer 20 hours per year per family. Toddler thru pre-K only families are required to volunteer 10 hours per year per family.  Thank you for the many you give to J.E. Cosgriff to make this a great school community.

15. Please consider a room parent volunteer opportunity for the 2018-19 school year. It is a great way to meet other families, learn more about the school and get involved with your child’s class activities.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

 

April 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome back from a well-deserved and much needed spring vacation. We are in the final seven weeks of the school year and students have much to learn before that last day of school on May 25.

**Wednesday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m. there will be drop-in information meeting and school tour for prospective families who are interested in J.E. Cosgriff School. Please share this information with interested parents in the community. Please contact Maggie Kearns, Development Director with questions.  mkearns@cosgriff.org

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

1. The HSA meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the library. All parents are welcome to join in the meeting. If you would like to suggest a specific topic for discussion, please email Bernie Jo Marlowe at berniejo25@outlook.com

2. The third grade students have been asked to host the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass on April 15. Third grade will also host a coffee, juice and donut social immediately after Mass in the social center. The fourth, fifth, sixth grade choir is invited and greatly needed to sing the Mass. The choir should report to Mr. Huntzinger at 10:30 in the Vaughan Center.

3. Please notice the two new basketball hoops and screen which were installed in the gym over spring vacation. Thank you once again for your generous “raise the paddle” donations, with a special “Thank-You” to Dan and Diane Henry for their generous matching gift.

4. Track Club begins today! Please refer to www.cosgriff.org for sign-up information. Students may still sign-up for track.

5. Parents/Grandparents of toddlers, pre-school and pre-kindergarten students please save time for coffee, questions, and conversation with Mrs. Hunt, Principal and Mrs. Austin, pre-school advisor and reading coach.  Get to know Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Austin and more about core subjects, day to day routines, happenings at school, and the many opportunities for you and your child at Cosgriff School. Please feel free to attend either or both times. 

**Wednesday, April 11 at 8:30 a.m. (after drop-off) in the school library. 

**Friday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. (before pick-up) in the library. 

5. YOUTH GROUP MEETING— Sixth, Seventh, Eighth gradestudents, please reserve Saturday, April 21,2:30-4:30 p.m. to weave plastic bag mats as a much needed community service project. These mats will be given to homeless individuals both locally and in foreign countries. The Youth Group will also sew and stuff pillows to go along with the mats. This activity will take place in the school gym. You are also welcome to enjoy a snack and attend the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Contact the Youth Group leadership team, Jill Curry jcurry@cosgriff.org or Martina Gehrig mgehrig@cosgriff.org with questions.

6. The Christian virtue which will be discussed and recognized during the month of April is FORGIVENESS. The definition of forgiveness is to pardon another in order to heal a relationship. Jesus forgave our sins the day he died on the cross. It is important to remember that forgiveness is not granted because a person deserves to be forgiven, instead it is an act of love, mercy and grace.

7. The Social Skill which student will practice and discuss during the month of April is MAKING ANAPOLOGY. Knowing how to make an apology shows respect and concern for others. Apologizing to another person increases the opportunity of making amends in order to repair a valuable relationship.

8. The Student Leadership Council has chosen two very important service projects for the month of April.

*** Charity Water—Charity Water is a non-profit organization that provides clean drinking water to people in developing countries. The organization was founded in 2006 and has helped fund over 24,000 clean water projects in 24 countries.  Please note: 1 in 10 people drink dirty water every day. In other words 663,000,000 people on planet earth drink dirty water every day!!

*** Mr. Dick Hall, a St. Ambrose parishioner is heading up a very important service project along with other members of the Knights of Columbus. ISIS invaded and destroyed the village of Karamles, Iraq in 2014. Mr. Hall and his team are collecting money to build a Catholic church, and simple homes in Karamles, so the local people are able to move back to their homes, shops, and fields. The Cosgriff Student Council was able to present a $500.00 check to Mr. Hall in March and will work hard during April to do the same.

9. The Student Council will host a DONUT SALE at lunch time on Wednesday, April 11. The price for one donut is $2.00. The fourth and fifth grade students are asked to provide at least one dozen donuts for this important bake sale. Students are asked to drop off donuts in the school kitchen before school begins on April 11.  Thank you.

10. Murray School District May 2018 lunch order forms are available in front of the school office and on line at www.cosgriff.org.  All orders and payments must be placed in the mailbox in front of the school office by Friday, April 20.

11. A reminder to all parents that Homework Club will be cancelled next Monday, April 16, due to a Faculty Meeting at 3:30 p.m.

12. Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowls are due in the office by Friday, April 13. Hopefully, all students were able to participate in the spirit of Lent with prayer, fasting and giving. Any small donation will help feed children and adults in developing countries. Thank you for your generous sacrifice.

13. The retreat for First Holy Communion candidates is Saturday, April 14, from 9:00am to 12:00pm

14. An Open House for all interested parishioners will take place Wednesday, April 18, from 9-11:00 a.m. This will be a great opportunity for the parish community to visit classrooms during instruction time and get a better feel for the instruction and activities which occur during the school day. Refreshments will be served in the school library.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

March 26, 2018

Please read the following important messages and reminders:

( First, a personal note) 

Dear Parents,

    The past few weeks have been sad, troublesome and difficult to explain or understand. I have felt so touched and supported by your prayers, notes, emails and direct communication. I also strongly value the support of the faculty/staff, my peers, and those in a supervisory position in the Catholic Diocese.  I am able to move forward, put this negative experience behind me and ask you to do the very same thing. 

 I take my profession/vocation as Principal very seriously and know that my popularity is often low on the scale. However, my actions match my words when I say “I try hard to do what is best for each child.” Challenging decisions with regard to students are rarely made, if ever, unilaterally. I seek the council of Fr. Andrzej, the Assistant Principal, a faculty member, and/or the Superintendent of Catholic Schools to assist me in making a fair and well informed decision.

I so appreciate the opportunity to work at J.E. Cosgriff School, along-side an excellent and professional faculty and a caring parent community.  Finally, I feel truly blessed to know and interact each school day with your most vibrant and precious children—the students of J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School. God Bless You.

Sincerely, Mrs. Hunt, Principal

1. As we announced last week, we have extended the deadline for submitting a FACTS application for the 2018-19 school year. You can access the link through ParentsWeb or at online.factsmgt.com/aidTHE DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28.

2. Congratulations to Mr. Larson, and the seventh and eighth grade students who competed in the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair. Cosgriff students represented Cosgriff School with excellence and style. CLICK HERE FOR RESULTS

3. On Tuesday, March 27, students in kindergarten thru eighth grade will attend a UEN presentation with cell phone and internet safety as the key topics.

4. School will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, for Easter/Spring vacation. School will resume on April 9. Extended Day will end at 5:00 p.m.

5. Sack lunches will be served on that day.   Homework Club –cancelled on March 28.

6. Thank you to parents and your “student teachers,” for a very successful and informative Science Night. Your attendance was appreciated so very much. A word of appreciation to all regular classroom teachers from kindergarten thru fifth grade, including Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Sause for your effort in teaching the new NGSS standards. Student are excited about science and the challenging curriculum.

7. Thank you to the parents of our seventh grade students, for a delicious faculty/staff lunch. The teachers and staff become very joyful and thankful when a warm, barbeque lunch is waiting for them in the faculty room.

8. Please notify interested parents that we have “Drop In” information meeting and tour on Wednesday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m. Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director may be reached at mkearns@cosgriff.org.

9. J.E. Cosgriff School will be hosting an “Open House/School Tour” on Wednesday, April 18, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. for interested parishioners of St. Ambrose Parish. Our guests will be encouraged to visit classrooms and observe teachers and students in a learning environment. Refreshments will be served in the school library. Please get in touch with Mrs. Hunt, Principal, if you are available to assist with hosting this outreach activity. Parents are needed to answer questions and walk our guests around the school.  bhunt@cosgriff.org801-486-6933.  Thank you.

10. Although we are unable to offer Summer School during June 2018, letters will be sent to a few families offering review and more explicit instruction for some students in the core subject areas. In addition, students entering 6,7,8th grades will be invited to take part in a guided reading/literature group to read and discuss the required summer “Reading List” of books.

11. Vacation Bible Camp for parish students will take place June 21,22,23. Please contact Charity Van Maren, Religious Education Director for more details. cvanmaren@xmission.com  or 801-485-9324

12. The Knights of Columbus are hosting a special dinner on Saturday, April 7, to raise money for displaced Christians in Karamles, Iraq. The money collected from this dinner will be used to build homes for men, women and children displaced by ISIS. Tickets are available in the Cosgriff office. If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would like to make a donation, please send a check made out to K of C 15418, (Put Karamles in note field) Send you checks to Kick Hall, 4004 Brockbank Way, SLC, Utah, 84124

13. “Ask Fr. Andrzej” An evening with Fr. Andrzej is an opportunity to socialize and ask Fr. Andrzej questions about the Catholic Faith. This fun and educational activity will be held on Friday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Dan and Joni Liston. RSVP to Joni at JoniListon@gmail.comor 801-580-9424.

14. A word of thanks to Chance Thompson with the Sustainability and Public Relations at the Salt Palace Convention Center for his generous donation of office supplies and drama equipment.

15. Jennifer Gibbons, a parishioner and Cosgriff grandparent brought the attached article to my attention. It is entitled “An Attitude of Gratitude. – “How to Raise More Grateful Children.” Please take time to read this meaningful  article which is directed to people of all ages. Article can be found in Mrs. Hunt’s Letter in RenWeb from 3/26/18.

Happy and Holy Easter,

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

March 19, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following:

1. Report cards went home Thursday, March 15, with your child. Please discuss the results and discuss ambitious goals for this last quarter of school. Also, make sure the report card has your signature on it and is returned to the classroom teacher by March 20.

2. A CHANGE OF DATE: Students may wear “Nice free Dress” on Thursday, March 22, (in place of March 21). Students wearing Free Dress must bring $5.00 for  “Second Chance for Homeless Pets,” a non-profit organization that rescues pets from shelters who are in danger of being put to sleep and finds homes for these animals.

3. All Families grades K-5th grade are invited to Science Night on Tuesday, March, 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Students may wear nice free dress for this special science night. Families are asked to stay together as classroom visitation takes place. Visiting other classrooms is encouraged; however, please just do so as an observer and again all family members stay together.

4. The Shakespeare play, “A Comedy of Errors” was funny and fabulous. All eighth grade students were well rehearsed, and energetic in their different roles. Thank you so much to Mrs. Cindy Hunt, eighth grade teacher, Mrs. Kori Hazel, play director producer, Mrs. Robin Harmston, set  creator, designer and artist and Mrs. Claire Donnelly, for the beautiful and detailed costumes. thank you to all other parents, students and friends who worked so very hard in support of this meaningful artistic endeavor.

5. A special congratulations to our fearless Mock Trial team under the direction of Ms. Martina Gehrig, for an outstanding performance in Mock Trial competition. The following students were one of four teams who made the final competition. Megan Johnson, Ava Isaac, Jack Saber, Kurt McLaughlin, Charlie Leo, Violetta Wharton, Katherine Riley, Alexandra Drossos, Boden Chell, Joseph Craddock, Drew Hansen-Coomes, and Colleen MacWilliams. Much gratitude goes to the “Attorney Coaches, Mrs. Chris Johnson, Mr. Michael Petrogeorge, and Mr. David Leo spent many hours of teaching and coaching our outstanding Cosgriff team for their big day in court.

6. An unfortunate miscommunication occurred last Friday with the ski program. Note that there will be ski day on Friday, March 23. The bus will arrive by 1:15 p.m.

7. Kindergarten through eighth grade will attend Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00pm. All parents are invited to attend this special Lenten Prayer Service.

8. Eighth grade students who will be Confirmed this Spring, are invited to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Thursday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. One of the main purposes of the Chrism Mass is for the Bishop to bless the sacred oils used with the institution of several Sacraments and other rituals in the Catholic Church.

9. J.E. Cosgriff School was represented very well at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Thank you to Andrew Powell, Angela Patterson, The Gregorcy Family, and Derek Koll for organizing our parade decorations and participants.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

March 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following Important Announcements:

All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to the eighth grade performance of the classic play, “A Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare. Performances are Tuesday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Ambrose social center. 

1. We have exciting news for this coming spring and summer. In just a few weeks, North Star Construction will build a music room to in place of the grass area just east of the rectory. Last year, Maureen McCarthey and Terry Stephens made generous donations for the purpose of building a much needed space for music class, violin lessons, band practice and choir rehearsal.  Students will enter the McCarthey/Stephens music room from a north-east door off the teacher parking lot. The music room will be ready for use by the 2018-19 school year.

2.  Construction will begin the last day of school, May 25, 2018 to build a new and much needed PLAYGROUND. Our Development Director, Danielle Jefferies so wisely invited the E.L. Wiegand Foundation to our school last spring. The foundation advised us to write a grant for a new playground. The grant request for $460,000 was completed and sent in at the end of July. The Wiegand Foundation kindly awarded $143, 000 to Cosgriff School this fall as a start for the project. We were fortunate to receive an additional $175,000 grant from another Foundation in February 2018. Finally, it was advised by Msgr. Fitzgerald, who oversees finances for our Catholic Schools, that J.E. Cosgriff utilize some of its own savings to complete the funding needed for the project. Our school savings has slowly increased over the past twelve years and Msgr. Fitzgerald felt it would be the best use of our savings. Fr. Andrzej gave his consent to this suggestion.

The design for the playground will make it possible for all students to play in a protected area away from the parking lot. It will be a safe, fun, healthy and inviting venue for play, exercise, athletics, academic learning, the arts and other school and parish activities. It is anticipated that the playground will be ready for use when school begins in August.

Because the construction requires immediate major excavation with the use of heavy machinery all through June and part of July, SUMMER SCHOOL AND EXTENDED DAY WILL BE CANCELLED FOR THIS SUMMER.  In addition, students attending summer school would not have a place for recess. We apologize for any inconvenience with your summer schedule. Please note that some individualized and small group instruction may be offered at school for students, in the areas of reading comprehension, writing, mathematics and reading groups for middle school students, so watch for information on the school website or in the Principal’s note. If you would like a tutor for your child, please contact Mrs. Hunt, (bhunt@cosgriff.org) as several teachers may be available this summer.

An architectural drawing of the new playground will be available for you to see by March 20. It will be placed on an easel and located by the school office.

3. Science Night for Kindergarten-Fifth Grade will be Tuesday, March 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Students may wear nice free dress for their teaching presentations. You will receive a program and are encouraged to visit more than one classroom. Please note that the administration and teachers are requesting that students and parents visit classrooms together and stay together as a family.

4. There will be a School Board Meeting on Wednesday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the School Library.

5. Students will present and take part in The Stations of the Cross on Wednesday, March 21, 2:00 p.m. Please join the students in this Lenten service. Students in grades three-eighth will receive the sacrament of Confession on March 12 and 20.

6. Registration for Track Club, second thru eighth grade begins today. Sign up on the school web site or go to the following; — https://goo.gl/forms/uw1HvD5QcUFzqwJo2     

7. Students may wear ‘Nice Free Dress” on Wednesday, March 21 with a $5.00 donation for the student community service project for March, “Second Chance for Homeless Pets.” Second Chance finds homes for dogs and cats in danger of being put to sleep by local shelters.

8. Today begins the fourth quarter of school. Students may wear the uniform short to school. Uniform shorts may not exceed two inches above the knee. Thank you.

9.  Please read the following message from Andrew Powell: Céad míle fáilte! We would love to welcome you to come celebrate St Patrick’s day and represent Cosgriff in Salt Lake’s 40th annual parade, which this year happens to fall right on the big day itself! Please plan to arrive at 8:30 (no later than 9) as we stake out our spot in the procession.

We are planning to meet at 1:30 on Friday the 16th in the school lot to decorate bikes and scooters.

Please send an email to andrewpowell801@gmail.com to let us know you’re coming and to receive any future information.

Sláinte!

10. The sixth, seventh, eighth grade Youth Group will meet on Sunday, March 18, at 3:15 p.m. in the school library to complete a special service project. Students will attend the 5:00 Mass together. Parent pick-up is at 6;00 p.m. in front of the church. Students are asked to donate plastic grocery bags for the service project.

11. The Murray School District lunch menu for April is in front of the office and on the Cosgriff web site. Please turn in lunch orders and payment by Friday, March 23.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

March 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following:

**Families requesting financial aid must apply through FACTS Grant and Aid at online.factsmgt.com/aid or through your ParentWeb log in. The deadline to apply for these limited funds is today, March 5. 

1. All teachers have Professional Development Day on Friday, March 9. There is no school on that day.

** Save The Date for “FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT,” Tuesday, March 20, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Kindergarten thru Fifth Grade. Students may wear free dress on Science Night.

Please plan on visiting several classrooms on Science Night as a way to become familiar with science curriculum on different grade levels. All families are asked to stay together (parents and children) as you visit each classroom. Last year, teachers expressed concern over loud                 play and interruptions which took place in classrooms with experiments and hands on activities. Most parents were not present at the time.

2. The HSA meeting is at 6:00 p.m. this evening, in the school library.

3. The “Tuition Increase” presentation and discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the church social center this evening. (Parents Only!)

4. Congratulations to all students in second thru eighth grade who participated in UCAA basketball this season. It takes time and much effort to practice and play hard at each game. Thank you to all parents and coaches for volunteering your valuable time and hard work for the basketball program. It would not exist without your coaching, driving, encouragement and support of UCAA. A special word of thanks to Mr. Brian McCloud our Physical Education teacher and Athletic Director, for spending many extra hours at our gym watching games, scheduling support staff, working out practice times and making sure games were on time.

5. The third grade girls’ team won first place.  The sixth grade girls’ team and seventh grade boys’ team came in second place. It was a great day for all.

6. The Christian Virtue which students will discuss in depth in March is WISDOM. Wisdom is a type of knowing that involves the ability to discern the truth and make a good choice as well as the best course of action. A wise person develops insight and good sense. During Lent, encourage your child to make WISE choices and decisions at home and school. Lent is a time to support another person, show kindness and do the right thing in spite of peer pressure. Developing the virtue of wisdom takes time and patience with much effort and hard work.

7. REPORTING BEHAVIOR is the social skill which students will discuss and learn more about in March. Reporting Behavior is a skill used to let an adult know about harmful, dangerous, or an upsetting situation that has happened to you or someone else. Reporting Behavior takes wisdom (good sense) and courage as it is the right thing, but not always the popular thing to do.

8. The Student Leadership Council has chosen “SECOND CHANCE FOR HOMELESS PETS” as their community service project for March. Second Chance supports local shelters, and finds homes for dogs and cats in danger of being put to sleep. Second Chance acts as an extension of local shelters, providing the extra time for re-homing animals. All of this organization’s saving work is funded by the generosity of caring people.

The Student Council will sponsor a “Nice Free Dress Day” on Wednesday, March 21, for all students with a kind donation of $5.00. They will also sell a slice of pizza after school in March. The date will be announced soon.

9. Parents, please use the cross walk before and after school. Inform grandparents and child-care providers of this important procedure. Also, all cars are to pull up as far north as possible in the drop-off and pick-up lane before allowing a child to enter or exit a car. Student Safety is our first priority, Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Hunt Principal

 

February 26, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Thank you to all parents and students who attended the Parent-Teacher Conferences last week. The additional conference time on Wednesday was beneficial for teachers as they were able to schedule all students during the two days of conferences. Hopefully the block schedule for middle school allowed for parents and students to visit teachers in a timely manner without a long wait.

2. The delicious lunch provided by the parents of our sixth grade students on Thursday, February 22, was much appreciated by many teachers who arrived at school in the early morning and did not leave until evening after the last conference.

3. The HSA meeting is March 5, in the library and will begin at 6:00 p.m. in order for all parents to attend the “Tuition Increase Presentation” in the church social center at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

All parents are encouraged to attend the tuition- increase information meeting for clarification and understanding with regard to the necessary tuition increase.

4. SAVE THE DATE: Summer School/Camp will take place MondayThursday, June 4-28, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for students entering pre-school through seventh grade. Extended Day will be available from noon to 4:00 p.m. A themed Summer School/Camp packet will be available soon.

5. Due to an extremely snowy day, ski club was cancelled on Friday, February 23. The next ski dates will be March 2, 9, and 16. March 9, is a Professional Development day for teachers and no school for students. Skiing will take place that day, time to be determined.

6. No School on March 9, for teacher Professional Development day.

7. This will be the last week to support the American Heart Association with student and parent donations. This association sponsors and provides important CPR training and classes to teach ways to maintain or obtain a healthy heart. Lollipops will be sold by the Student Council on Wednesday, February 28, for $1.00 each.

8. Homework Club will be cancelled on Monday, March 12, due to a faculty meeting. Please plan accordingly for childcare.

9.  Families requesting financial aid must apply through FACTS Grant and Aid at  online.factsmgt.com/aid or through your ParentsWeb log in.  The deadline to apply for these limited funds is Monday, March 5, 2018.

10.  It’s that time again for Cosgriff to submit Box Tops for Education! Please turn in your Box Tops to the front office or send in with your children. Preschool families can drop their Box Tops in red mailbox box downstairs. Thank you for your support!

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

February 20, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Thank you for understanding and your honesty with regard to the tuition increase, which will occur over the next few years.  In order to address your concerns and answer your questions, there will be a parent question/answer meeting on Monday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the church social center. (Plan on an HSA meeting at 6:00 pm that evening, in the library) Another question and answer meeting will take place later in March so that parents have the opportunity to ask aditional questions and receive answers regarding the future tuition increase.

2.  Parent Teacher Conferences—Wednesday, February 21, 12:45 to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday, February 22, 12:45 to 7:00 p.m.  Hopefully, you have signed up for a Parent Teacher conference. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher by email if you are late in signing up. Middle School conferences will take place in the gym during a block of time reservation. We are trying to avoid long lines and much frustration. ”Special” teachers will also see students and parents in the gym as their schedule allows.

3. No Homework Club on February 21 and 22.

4. Please make a reservation for Extended Day if you are not a regular customer. Tammy Cleverly, tcleverly@cosgriff.org

5. The Holy Season of Lent has begun. All students have been asked to offer their acts of kindness and love toward each other and pray more often during this holy season. In addition, all students were given a small cardboard rice bowl and asked to make small monetary sacrifices and fill the bowl with for the Catholic Relief Services who help those who suffer from hunger and poverty.

6. Families requesting financial aid must apply through FACTS Grant and Aid at online.factsmgt.com/aid or through your Parent Web log in. The deadline to apply for these limited funds is Monday, March 5, 2018.  Please contact Maggie Kearns, Admission Director with questions. mkearns@cosgriff.org

7. It is that time again for Cosgriff to submit Box Tops for Education!  Please turn in your Box Tops to the front office or send them in with your children. There is a red drop off box for Preschool families downstairs by the classrooms.  Thank you

8. The second grade students took part in their reconciliation retreat today in small groups throughout the church. Mrs. Debbie Hogan, second grade religion teacher designed meaningful small group activities so students will better understand the importance of the sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Andrzej hosted a small group about the actual process and place where students will receive the sacrament of Penance. Students also practiced the Act of Contrition with Fr. Andrzej. Parent volunteers were kind enough to direct other center activities all relating to Reconciliation. Students will attend their first Reconciliation on March 3, 2018.  A special Thank-You to Mrs. Hogan for her hard work and preparation in teaching second grade religion and making sacrament preparation relevant and interesting.

9. No Dogs, Please!! A few friendly dogs have been with their owners in the parking lot, during pick up at the end of the day. For the safety of our children, please do not bring your dog to the parking lot before or after school. Our students get excited and may surprise or frighten your dog, which may result in an unintentional injury. . Thank you for your consideration.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

February 12, 2018

Dear Parents,

First, please make sure you read a separate letter from me entitled “Tuition Increase and Rationale.”

Please Read the Following:

TomorrowTuesday, February 13, is Class Picture Day. All students must be in FORMAL DRESS and have their Life Touch form filled out with $10.00. 

1. What a Spectacular Mardi Gras!! It was a perfect combination of fun and fundraising. A sincere thank-you to Marnie Andrews and Erin Freeman, Mardi Gras, Chairs. Much gratitude to Kassi Mancini, Danielle Jefferies, Raquel Austin, Eric Aragon, Suzanne Silon, Kate Smith, Claire Donnely, Sarah Boyle, Jen Baker, Kara Agresta, Cindy Barker, Scott McAward, Maggie Kearns, Zachary Hildebrand, Elizabeth Henry, Deborah Gorder, Sheri Ann Norland, Alicia and Cole Sloan, to mention a few. Much appreciation to a hard working silent and live auction crew and all of the excited parents, grandparents, and friends of Cosgriff who took the time to attend the Mardi Gras and support J.E Cosgriff School.

2. It happened again! Our seventh and eighth grade students took home the bronze, silver and gold from the Diocesan Science Fair on Saturday, February 10. Congratulations to all who participated in this competitive fair and those who won an award. The overall Young Scientist of the Year Award was won by a Cosgriff Student. Jack Saber was the recipient of this overall first place award. Twenty-one students will advance to the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair.  CLICK HERE for list of winners.

3. A special thank-you to Mr. Larson, Middle School Science and Math teacher for his continued dedication, masterful teaching and high standards with regard to middle school science and math. A note of recognition to all Cosgriff teachers from pre-school through eighth grade for their part in building background knowledge in oral communication, writing, mathematics, science, technology, reading, art, higher level thinking skills, combined with a “never give up” attitude and important social skill and etiquette. Parents deserve the “Gold” as well, for their ongoing support with this challenging project.

4. All Cosgriff families are invited to the Lenten Fish Fry in the social hall on Friday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. immediately following Stations of the Cross which begin at 6:00 p.m.

5. Thank you to our Fifth Grade parents for a delicious faculty lunch.

6. Wednesday, February is Ash Wednesday. Students will attend Mass at 9:00 a.m. Students are to wear FORMAL DRESS.

7. Friday, February 16 is a ski day for all students who signed up with the ski program

8. NO SCHOOL –Monday, February 19, as we celebrate President’s Day.

9. Parent Teacher Conferences will take place February 21, and 22. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. both days to allow for sufficient parent conference times.  (No Homework Club on Both Days) The Middle School sign-up has changed to avoid long lines and to accommodate more conferences. Parents of 7th and 8th grade students will sign up for a block of time. Five to ten families may sign up depending on the time allotted to a specific block. All “Specials” teachers will be available for conferences in the school gym. (not the library as first written)

Spring 2018 Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups (CLICK LINK)

Mrs. Green:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c44aaad28a5f49-mrs14

Ms. Camp:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mscamp1 

Mrs. Lee:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs15 

Mrs. Jenkins:

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0C44AAAD28A5F49-mrs16 

Mrs. Lacombe:

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Mr. Weyher:

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Mrs. Drees:

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Ms. Gale

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 Ms. Curry

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7th Grade

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8th Grade

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Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

February 5, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place February 21, and 22. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. on both day to allow for sufficient parent conference times. (No Homework Club on Both Days) The Middle School sign up has changed to hopefully avoid long lines and accommodate more conferences. Parents of seventh and eighth grade students will sign up for a block of time. Five to ten families may sign up depending on the length of time allotted to a specific block. All “Special” teachers will be available for a conference in the school library. Please note in the next Principal’s letter their designated times. Please note a different time schedule for Mr. Weyher’s conferences.  See sign up links below.

1. Information regarding a future tuition increase has been issued from the Catholic Diocese.  This increase will be an option for families during the 2018-19 school year, and in effect for the 2019-2020 school year. A full explanation will be available to you in the Principal’s letter on February 12. Please know that the administration has never turned families away because of financial challenges and this consideration will remain the same as tuition rises in all of our Catholic Schools to support low teacher salaries and the actual cost to educate a full time student. Tuition assistance will always be available for students. Families will need to continue to apply through FACTS Grant and Aid at various levels.

2. The HSA will meet tonight at 7:00 pm in the school library.

3. Progress reports will go home on Thursday, February 8. Please talk to your child about his/her progress in completing a successful third quarter of school.

4. Congratulations to Mr. Larson and science fair participants from the seventh and eighth grade. Several students will participate in the Diocesan Science Fair on February 10 at Juan Diego Catholic High School.

Congratulation to the following Cosgriff Science Fair winners, CLICK HERE

5. The fifth grade students attending Cosgriff and those in the parish have been asked to host the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, February 11. All fifth grade student are asked to report to church at 10:30 in their Sunday best dress, to greet parishioners and prepare for Mass. The 4,5,6 grade liturgical choir is expected to participate in this special class hosted Mass. All fifth grade students who do not have a direct part in the Mass are expected to sing in the choir. A donut, juice and coffee social will follow Mass.

6. The annual Mardi Gras (Mardi Carlo) will take place on Friday, February 9, at Little America beginning at 6:00 p.m. Please go to the school web site to preview party board and live auction items. Please invite family, friends and neighbors who would love to support J.E. Cosgriff School and enjoy a fabulous evening.

7. Class Pictures will be taken Tuesday, February 13. All students are expected to wear FORMAL DRESS to school that day. Life touch picture selection and payment form goes home today with your child. You can also pay on line at mylifetouch.com.  Our picture ID is UM557002G0

Whether you pay by check, cash or on line, the picture form and payment are due on picture day, February 13.

8. The Student Leadership Council selected the the American Heart Association as the community service project for February. The Council felt that because February is the month reflecting feelings of the heart, it would be a good time to support an organization that strives to keep hearts healthy.  The mission of the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Students may purchase a heart sucker this Friday, February 9, with a $1.00 donation for the American Heart Association. Students may wear a solid red shirt or patterned shirt with red in it, and red socks on February 15 with a $2.00 donation.

9. The virtue we will discuss, and practice during the month of February is LOVE. We are called to never give up trying to reach out with love to others as well as to love ourselves. God’s love is unselfish, loyal and shows benevolent concern for the good of another person. The virtues of KINDNESS, COOPERATION and COURTESY fall under the umbrella of love.  The students have been working very hard with Courteous acts and words in and outside of the classroom. Teachers will continue to recognize this important virtue/social skill and life skill as we move through February.

10. FRESH MARKET is our community partner and neighbor. Please support our neighboring grocery store, Fresh Market. We received $770.00 check from Fresh Market as a benefit of the Plus Program.

11. Middle school and upper elementary students are visiting Fresh Market and McDonalds after school. These students then return to school for a sports practice at 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. This has been a safety and a potential legal issue for several years. Students are to remain on campus unless they are picked up by a parent or guardian. Homework Club and Extended Day are two viable options for students after school and before practice. Please pack an extra after school snack for your child. Thank You

Spring 2018 Parent Teacher Conference Sign Ups (CLICK LINK)

Mrs. Green:

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Ms. Camp:

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Mr. Weyher:

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8th Grade

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Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

January 29, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please read the following announcements:

 An information meeting and school tour will take place on Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. in the school library—Please pass the word along to interested friends and family. 

1. This is Catholic Schools Week 2018. The Cosgriff students started celebrating last week with a visit from Mrs. Trix Cosgriff Dahl, (the granddaughter of J.E. Cosgriff.) along with her husband, Mr. Rainer Dahl. Our special guests walked around the school, visited the classrooms and were greeted by very friendly and courteous students along the way.

After the school tour, Mrs. Dahl made a special presentation to the students in the social center. She shared pictures of her grandfather, Mr. J.E. Cosgriff and the rest of her family. She also shared a picture of the original ground breaking ceremony for J.E. Cosgriff School and other memorable photos. The Student Leadership Council presented Mr. and Mrs. Dahl with a Cosgriff sweat shirt, tee shirt, water bottle and other special gifts. Finally, Mrs. Dahl was presented with a “Key” to J.E. Cosgriff School by Georgia Stockham, Student Council President. Georgia emphasized that this symbolic key meant that the students and faculty welcome Mr. and Mrs. Dahl to visit the school often in the future, to enjoy special activities, the grandparent brunch, or just to visit classrooms.  It was indeed a privilege for the administration, faculty, staff, and students to meet Mr. and Mrs. Dahl and thank them for their family’s vision and effort in building J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School.

2. Thank you to Michael Hilton and Becky Moore for organizing and preparing the annual Spaghetti Dinner. Much appreciation goes to other hard working volunteers:  Dick Herold, Tiffany Wharton, Nicole Jeffreys, Sarah Farr, Kerry Hankins, Rachel and Derek Koll, Pam Hildebrand, Kara Agresta, Bernie O’Brien, Kim Stowe, Val Rasmussen and our end of the evening priceless father and son team– Cristino and Felix Padilla. It was a lively crowd who had fun feasting on spaghetti, visiting and dancing. Also, much appreciation goes to Ms. Jill Curry, Ms. Martina Gehrig and the Youth Group for serving our guests dinner as part of their community service hours.

3. The Annual Seventh and Eighth Grade Science Fair gets under way on Tuesday morning January 30. Over thirty judges will volunteer their time to listen to several students explain their science research project and then vote accordingly. The award ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the social center.

4. The annual Catholic Schools Week parent/grandparent visit and school lunch are Wednesday, January 31. The classroom visits begin at 10:30 and continue until students are dismissed for lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. Student will be dismissed about 15 minute increments to allow room for seating in the gym.

Students with last names beginning with R-Z will go to lunch at 11:30 a.m.  L-Q at 11:50 a.m. and A-K at 12:15 p.m. Recess will conclude for all students at 12:50 p.m.

On Wednesday, January 31, from 10:30 to 3:00 p.m. grandparents and parents of students in all grade levels are encouraged to view and read the Science Fair Projects located in the church social center. The seventh and eighth grade students worked very hard on their projects and would like to share them with the school community.

5. Time is running out to purchase tickets for the 2018 Mardi Gras (Mardi Carlo). In addition, Party Boards are on sale and selling out fast. Please ask generous friends, family and neighbors to attend the Mardi Gras and support the many needs of J.E. Cosgriff School. Go to www.cosgriff.org to purchase  your Mardi Carlo tickets and spaces on Party Boards.

6. The Catholic Youth Baseball League has started registration for boys and girls, ages 5-12. Players who register by February 10, will receive a $20.00 discount from the registration fee. Registration deadline is March 10. Players can register at the Central City Cal Ripken website http://centralcity.siplay.com/site/  Please contact Sam Haddadin, Coordinator with questions. bhaddadin@mac.com   801-232-3246 cell

7. When your particular grade is scheduled to sign-up and help with recess duty, please make a commitment to work at least one lunch recess from 12:00 — 12:50 p.m. The playground is a busy place and requires more than person to keep the students safe.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

Dear Parents,

Please Read the following important reminders and messages:

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

** Tuesday, January 23, All Murray school lunch orders and payments for February 2018 are due tomorrow, January 22. Lunch order forms can be found at www.cosgriff.org or in front of the school office. Please deposit orders/payment in the mailbox in front of the school office. 

** Tuesday, January 23BAKE SALE—The Bake Sale is sponsored by the Student Leadership Council to support the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” This diocesan wide service project helps to fill the shelves at The Utah Food Bank.

The sixth grade has been asked to supply (store bought and nut free) donuts, cupcakes, brownies, and cookies to be sold at the Bake Sale. Price: $1.00 for a donut, .50 cents for all other items.

**Wednesday, January 24Trix Cosgriff Dahl will pay a visit to Cosgriff. Mrs. Dahl is the granddaughter of J.E. Cosgriff. She will visit the classrooms and then share some pictures and stories about her early family experiences.  FORMAL DRESS IS REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS

** Friday, January 26First day of the Ski Program for 3rd-8th grade students.

Training for library volunteers with Jennifer Shrum, 8:30 am or 12:30 pm.

**Saturday, January 27Spaghetti Dinner6:00-8:30 pm (after the 5:00 pm Mass) The annual Parish/School Spaghetti Dinner, will be held in the church social center to kick of Catholic Schools Week. All are welcome to enjoy a delicious dinner and dancing to a D.J.

** Saturday, January 27Youth Group Activity: Our 6,7,8th grade school and parish students will attend 5:00 pm Mass together, then serve/clean-up at the Spaghetti Dinner. Parent pick-up time for the Youth Group is 8:30 pm.

**Tuesday, January 30, Annual 7,8th grade Science Fair, in the social center.

**Tuesday, January 30Information/School Tour—Open House, at 7:00 pm in the school library. This meeting is for parents with students entering toddler thru eighth grade 2018-19 school year.

** Wednesday, January 31Catholic Schools Week, Parent and Grandparent classroom visit starting at 10:30 am. School lunch begins at 11: 30 am.

Student Lunch Order—January 31.  Students with last names beginning with R-Z will go to lunch at 11:30, L-Q students will go to lunch at 11:50 am, and A-K will go to lunch at 12: 10. Recess will conclude at 12:50 pm.

1.  Students, parents, grandparents may purchase a pizza lunch for $2.50 on January 31, after the classroom visit. This is the special day set aside for students to enjoy lunch with their families. Go to www.cosgriff.org under the hot lunch tab to down load an order form. All orders and payment are due by tomorrowJanuary 23.

2. Important note from Maggie Kearns, Admission Director. Thank you to the many families who have re-enrolled their children for the 2018-19 academic year. If you missed the December email inviting you to re-enroll, you can access the packet through ParentsWeb.https://jec-ut.client.renweb.com/pw/?SchoolCode=JEC. Go to “Family Information” and then “Re-Enrollment/Enrollment”. Some of you have started but not completely submitted your packets. Of course, that is okay. Just be sure to do it by Friday, February 2, 2018. If you didn’t get an auto-reply email about the submission, please go back through ParentsWeb and check your packet status.

Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 pm is another Prospective Families Information Meeting and Tour. Please share with interested parents. Thank you!

3. All students have been asked to sell opportunity tickets in support of the Mardi Gras, fundraiser on February 9. The grade that sells the most tickets will enjoy a special lunch at Crown Burger.  The Mardi Gras is the largest fund raiser of the year and we ask all families to participate in one way or another. If possible, attend the auction and encourage friends and family to join you, If you cannot attend the event, send in a donation to help underwrite the expenses of the auction, purchase an ad in the program, or donate a great prize to be sold at the event. The net profit from the auction is greatly needed to help with Cosgriff upkeep and repairs, academic and religious programs, teacher professional development, technology, the arts, sports, student financial aid and much more.

4. For a preview of some fabulous Party Boards you are welcome to go to:

https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2018/tabid/911775/Default.aspx

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

January 18, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following:

1. The following is an important message from Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director (mkearns@cosgriff.org)

 This is a reminder that the re-enrollment packets for the 2018-19 school year are due by Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:59 pm. Please complete promptly.  To enroll a new sibling, an online application must be completed along with the required documentation by Friday, February 9, 2018.  In both cases, be sure you receive an auto-reply email indicating your packet has been received.  If you do not receive an auto-reply email, it might indicate that you have not clicked the “submit” button. 

Families requesting financial aid must apply through FACTS Grant and Aid at online.factsmgt.com/aid The deadline to apply for these limited funds is Monday, March 5, 2018

Thank you for your continued referrals of families to Cosgriff.  We have a drop in information Meeting and Tour scheduled for this Wednesday, January 17, at 9:00 am. Please share this information with friends, families and neighbors. 

2.  Several parents have inquired about the possibility of forming a car pool to drive students to Snowbird for the ski program in order to cut transportation expenses.  The Ski Program is a school sanctioned activity and like all other school sponsored field trips where students leave the campus, it is only possible to insure students with commercial transportation.  Individual parents would drive students at their own risk and it is close to impossible to acquire individual car insurance.

3. The annual parish/school Family Spaghetti Dinner will take place Saturday, January 27, in St. Ambrose social center beginning at 6:00 pm and ending at 8:30 pm. A delicious spaghetti dinner will cost $5.00 per person or $20.00 per family. A D.J. will also join the party for dancing and fun. Wine will not be sold at the dinner and BYOB is discouraged as this is a family oriented activity.

4. The next sixth, seventh eighth grade parish/school Youth Group activity is Saturday, January 27. Students will meet for the 5:00 pm Mass, a service project and dinner.  The Youth Group has been asked to serve and clean up at the Spaghetti Dinner, as a way to serve others. They will receive a free spaghetti dinner while working. The Youth Group will meet Ms. Gehrig and Ms. Curry in the church gathering space at 4:45 pm on January 27.

5. We recently held an honor assembly to recognize students who received a 3.5 GPA, with no less than a satisfactory grade in conduct for the second quarter of school. Please accept a word of apology to parents of fourth grade students, as the administration did not make it clear that students receive honor roll status for each quarter, not a semester average.

6. Catholic School’s Week is January 29 thru February 2. On Wednesday, January 31, Parents and Grandparents are invited to visit classrooms beginning at 10:30 am and then enjoy lunch in the gym, starting at 11:30 am. Students with last names beginning with R- Z will be dismissed for lunch first and with other student following about every 15 minutes.  Murray School District is offering pepperoni pizza, salad, fruit and milk for $2.50. Please see the order form at www.cosgriff.org  under the hot lunch tab, or pick an order form on the table in front of the office. All orders and payment are due by Monday, January 22. Please place orders in the mailbox in front of the office. Students who have ordered and paid for chicken nuggets on January 31, as part of their regular school lunch, do not have to pay for a lunch and will be served chicken nuggets on that day.

7. Thank you for your kind donations in the Utah Food Bank on free “Spirit Top” day. Please continue to send in cans of protein foods. On January 23, the Student Council will host a bake sale as Cosgriff students and parents continue to help men, women and children in Utah who are in great need of food.

8. Parents are invited to a presentation on Social Media-Cyber Bullying on Sunday, January 21, from 9:45 to 10:45 am, in the Vaughan Center. This will be an informative talk presented by Kay Bush, a counselor at Judge Memorial High School. Refreshments will be served.

9. Jennifer Shrum will host a library volunteer training session on Friday, January 26, at 8:30 am or 12:30 pm.  This training is for parents who would enjoy working/volunteering in the library during the school day. Please report to the library for training.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

January 8, 2018

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following:

1. The HSA meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the school library. All parents are welcome to attend the meeting. If there is a particular topic you would like placed on the agenda, contact Bernie Jo Marlowe, President of the HSA. Berniejo25@outlook.com

2. Student report cards will be sent home today. Please review them carefully with your child, sign the card and send it back to school. There will be a short honor assembly on Friday, January 12, immediately following the 8:30am Mass in the church.

3. Students may wear a Free Dress Spirit top on Thursday, January 11, with a donation of $5.00, or four cans of protein foods for the Utah Food Bank. Our service project for January is the “Souper Bowl of Caring.”

4. The Mardi Gras, our largest fund raiser of the year will take place on February 9, at Little America. Please reach out to friends and family to attend this exciting event. Go to www.cosgriff.org to purchase a ticket or table. Underwriting donations are needed to off-set the expenses of the event. Please contact Marnie Andrews with live or silent auction donations. hmandrews@gmail.co.  801-750-5976.

5. Trix Cosgriff Dahl, granddaughter of J.E. Cosgriff will pay a visit to Cosgriff school later this month.  This will be the first Cosgriff family member to visit the school in over sixty years. Mrs. Dahl will tour the school and share slides with the students about her grandfather and her early experiences visiting Cosgriff School.

6. Please save the date, Wednesday, January 31. It is our annual Catholic Schools Week classroom visit and luncheon for parents, grandparents and close family friends. Watch for a pizza lunch order for that day.

7. The Ski program begins January 28 and continues on February 2, 16, 23, March 2 and 16. We now have forty students signed up for the Ski program. We must have fifty to keep the bus ride at a reasonable price. Please support this fun and healthy activity. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register.

8. Cosgriff parents with students in fourth-seventh grade who are interested in attending Teton Science School this summer are encouraged to attend an information meeting Tuesday, January 9, at 8:00pm in Goslin Hall. Teton Science school will be held July 28 to August 1st. The cost will be $580.00 per student. Contact Eric Jacobsen ericjacobsen@xmission.com or Katrina Grantz katrinagrantz@gmail.com with questions. This is not a school sanctioned activity, so please contact Eric or Katrina with questions. Thank you.

9. Opportunity tickets in support of the Mardi Gras will go home today with your child today. Please encourage your son or daughter to contact grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends to purchase tickets. Our goal this year is for students to reach $10,000 in ticket sales. The grand prize for the class who sells the most tickets is a special field trip to Crown Burger for lunch!!

10. Parents of kindergarten students, save Thursday, January 11, 6:00 to 7:30 pm for “Kindergarten Night.” This is an opportunity for parents to learn about reading, writing and math skills which students in kindergarten are learning and will continue to learn the third and fourth quarter of school. Also, gather tips on how to support your child’s academic progress at home. All parents will meet in the school library. (PARENTS ONLY, PLEASE) Please RSVP to Raquel Austin @ raustin@cosgriff.org

11. There will be no school Monday, January 15th in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

12. The first day of school for the 2018-19 school year will be Monday, August 13, 2018.

A QUOTE FOR THE DAY

The Kindness Movement tells us that,

“Participating in regular small acts of kindness is beneficial to your health, longevity, and well-being; making the decision to be a little kinder will bring more pleasure and direction to your life than ever before.”

What’s more, “The practice of being kinder is a way to make your life more joyful and fulfilling. So, relax, enjoy, be friendly, laugh, be playful, help others. Focus on the things you enjoy rather than the things that annoy.”

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

January 3, 2018

Dear Parents.

Happy New Year and welcome back for the third quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

A special note of gratitude for your many thoughtful Christmas cards and gifts; your kindness was appreciated so very much.  Also, thank you to several parents who donated extra gift cards for other families who needed extra support this holiday season. Your donations made all the difference for several families this Christmas.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

1. Report cards for the second quarter of school will go home on Monday, January 8. A short honor assembly will take place immediately following the 8:30am mass on January 12, in the church.

2. There is still time to sign up for the ski program for third thru eighth grade students. The first ski day is Friday, February 2. Go to www.cosgriff.org to sign up and pay for the ski program.

3. Parents of kindergarten students, save Thursday, January 11, 6:00 to 7:30 pm for “Kindergarten Night.” This is an opportunity for parents to learn about reading, writing and math skills which students in kindergarten are learning and will continue to learn the third and fourth quarter of school. Also, gather tips on how to support your child’s academic progress at home. All parents will meet in the school library.  (PARENTS ONLY, PLEASE)

4. The first formal parent Information Meeting and School Tour for the 2018-19 school year will take place Sunday, January 7, from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. It will begin in the school library and conclude with a school tour. Seventh and eighth grade student ambassadors will walk our guests to specific locations throughout the school.  Cosgriff parents with students in different grade levels are needed to host this meeting as well as teachers. Please contact Mrs. Hunt, Principal ASAP, if you are able to help with the tour and prospective parent questions. 801-486-6933,  bhunt@cosgriff.org. The second formal information meeting and school tour is Tuesday, January 30, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. in the library, parents are needed for that meeting, as well.

5. The J.E. Cosgriff community service project for January 2018 is the “Souper Bowl of Caring.” All Diocesan Catholic schools will support this important project by collecting and donating cans of food and/or money for the Utah Food Bank. Each grade will choose a favorite professional football team to cheer on in January. The Student Leadership Council has earmarked two special opportunities for students to make a donation. Thursday, January 11, is Free Spirit dress top day. Students may wear a spirit top from their favorite team with a donation of four cans of food or $5.00.  The Sixth grade students will be asked to sponsor a bake sale on Tuesday, January 23. A donut will cost $1.00 and other nut free food items will be marked at 50 cents each.

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.

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

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

8. The afterschool Music Class, Games Galore, will be starting for kindergarten students on Monday, January 8, at 3:15 pm. For more information contact Amy Schelble, instructor. amyschelble@gmail.com

9. Mardi Gras is our largest fund raiser of the year and set for Friday, February 9 at Little America Hotel. Please go on line to purchase a ticket or table for family or a group of generous friends. We encourage our grandparents and senior friends to attend the Mardi Gras as there are silent and live auction prizes for everyone. Go to www.cosgriff.org to purchase tickets.

10. Mr. Larson is asking for your help in judging the 7th and 8th grade Cosgriff Science Fair. The Science Fair will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in the basement (Social Center) of St. Ambrose Church located at 2315 Redondo Ave in Salt Lake City. Judges report at 10:00 am.Judging concludes at 12:15 pm. Lunch will be provided.

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

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

Username: cosjudge2018

Password: cosjudgereg2018

Please sign up on line and if you have questions, contact Mr. Larson by email. jlarson@cosgriff.org.

11. Mark your calendar for the monthly Home and School Meeting, HSA on Monday, January 8, at 7:00 pm in the library.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

December 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the notes for the week of December 18, 19, 20.

1. School will be dismissed on Wednesday, December 20, at 3:15 pm for Christmas Vacation. No Homework club that day and Extended Day will close at 5:00 pm. School will resume on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

2. A special thank-you to Mr. Downs, Mr. Harris, Mr. Huntzinger, Ms. Barkey,  Ms. Carter, classroom teachers and our talented students for a beautiful Christmas performance. Much appreciation to all parents and grandparents who were in attendance at the annual Christmas program.

Please note that safety is always a primary concern for students attending Cosgriff School. All students with the exception of a few band members and dancers were asked to report for the Christmas performance at 6:40 pm. Students were directed to go to their homeroom classroom or to the social center. Many students were dropped off at 5:306:006:15 etc. and were in the school, social center or church without proper or any adult supervision. Teachers were concerned when they arrived and students were unsupervised and in some instances behaving inappropriately in the school or church setting. It is my understanding that the homeroom teachers sent several reminders to parents informing them of a strict drop off and pick up time and location. This is an important reminder for the sake of student safety, drop off time requests by teachers must be honored, in order to continue with special school performances such as the Christmas program. Thank you.

3. There will not be Homework Club on Wednesday, December 20.

4. Wednesday, December 20, is the last day of the second quarter of school. All exams, projects must be completed by that day. Report cards will go home on Monday, January 8. A student honor assembly will take place on Friday, January 12, in the church immediately following the 8:30 am all school Mass.

5. Parents of kindergarten students, please save the date: Thursday, January 11 at 6:00 pm, in the school library, for “Kindergarten Night.” It is an important night of instruction and learning for parents. Please plan on attending this meeting. PLEASE, NO CHILDREN.

6. Two new instructors have begun teaching at Cosgriff, and we are very fortunate to have them on board. Michelle Rohboch is teaching our Pre-kindergarten thru third grade Spanish classes. She has a bachelor of arts in Spanish teaching as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English teaching. Ms. Rohboch also has several years of experience in instrumental and vocal performance. Erika Cespedes is our new computer teacher for kindergarten through eighth grade. She has a Master of Fine Arts in photography. She served as an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College. Ms. Cespedes has extensive training and experience in technology programing and uses it daily in the classroom. Sheri Ann Norlund will be working as our primary technology trouble shooter for computer and smart board issues. She will also oversee   ACT Aspire testing, RenWeb, progress reports, the school year book, installation of new equipment etc. We have been very fortunate to have Mrs. Norlund working at Cosgriff School over the years as she has many strengths in several facets of technology.

7. IMPORTANT MESSAGE: We will open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year this week.  You will receive an email inviting you to enroll your children.  The process is identical to what you did last April.  You have until February 2, 2018 to submit the packet and the $200.00 Toddler-Pre-K, or $400.00 K-8th grade fee. Please let us know by email prior to January 31, if you do not intend to submit a packet, indicating you are not returning for the 2018-19 school year.  Please review your contact information, emergency contacts, and pick up authorization before you submit the mostly pre-populated packet. Maggie Kearns, Director of Admissions will send out additional information. Thank you for having your children attend J.E. Cosgriff School.

8. As of today, December 18, there are 38 students signed up for the ski program, which begins February 2, 2018.  We must have 50 skiers to make the program affordable and keep the cost at $310.00 per person. The bus ride fee would have to be increased with fewer skiers. Please go to www.cosgriff.org to register and pay for this fun and healthy activity for student in 3rd thru 8th grade. (Ski dates: Feb 2, 16,23, March 2,16,23)

9. A special word of thanks to parents who have been able to donate gift cards for others. It will make all the difference this Christmas.

Enjoy time with your family and friends over the Vacation.

Merry Christmas,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

December 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following reminders for this week:

The end of the second quarter of school is December 20. A reminder that special projects, assessments, and final exams will take place during the week. Please encourage your child to make the effort to prepare for all academic requirements and do his/her best work.

1. Thank you to parents and students for hosting the Sunday Mass and social. Students volunteered as choristers, greeters, Alter servers, and readers. They also carried the gifts and passed the collection baskets.

2. The eighth grade students worked at the Utah Food Bank today. Most often these students are asked to stock and rearrange shelves of food for close to two hours.  Under the direction of Mrs. Cindy Hunt, the eighth grade travel by bus monthly to serve those in need of food in the local community. Working at the Utah Food Bank is a privilege and one of several ways our students are taught to serve others.

3. St. Patrick Parish is the recipient of one service project in December.  We are collecting warm clothing and hygiene products for adults and seniors in the parish. The student council is sponsoring a “Clothing for Christmas” hot chocolate and donut fundraiser on Friday, December 15, 7:30 am in the gym. Students are asked to bring two adult clothing item and a bag of hygiene products  which will entitle them to hot chocolate and a donut. 

4. Students K-8th grade will participate in an important school “Family” activity on December 15. They will tie blankets for those in need at The Road Home shelter. We will drop off 30 blankets for those in need of a warm blanket.

5. All school Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 13, at 8:30 am. FORMAL DRESS is required on Wednesday.

6. There will be no Mass on Friday of this week. Students may wear casual dress uniform to school.

7. Thursday, December 14 is the all school (except toddlers) Christmas Program beginning at 7:00 pm. Student should report to school at a time directed by their homeroom teacher. Eighth grade students will be asked to set up instruments, chairs etc. and then stay a few minutes after the performance to put them away.  The doors will open at 6:30 pm. The church remodel was needed and is beautiful. Unfortunately we lost seating in the church. Please be patient and move to the middle of the pews for seating. You may order a video of the Christmas Program in the back of the church on the evening of the performance. Representatives from the HSA will be on hand to take your orders and payment. CD’s will be available for pick up before the Christmas vacation.

8. Lunch orders and payment for January 2018 are due by noon on Friday, December 15.

9. This is a final reminder that holiday SCRIP order must be turned in by Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00pm. You will receive your order before Christmas vacation.

10. Please be sure to read all emails from your child’s homeroom teacher this week. Communication regarding time and meeting place for the Christmas program will be sent to you.

11. Gift cards are still needed and would be appreciated for some Cosgriff families during the Christmas season.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt Principal

 

December 4, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

1. Today we began our school day with an all school Advent prayer service. We will continue our Advent prayers on December 11 and 18. In addition, students will observe the Feast of St. Nicholas, December 6 and the Feast of St. Ambrose on December 7.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is Friday, December 8. Students will celebrate Mass at 8:30 am, the regular time.

The rededication and blessing of the newly remodeled St. Ambrose Church will take place Thursday, December 7, at 6:00 pm. Bishop Solis will celebrate Mass, and all are invited to a reception afterward  in the social center.

2. There is an HSA meeting at 7:00 pm this evening in the library. All parents are welcome to attend HSA meetings and also recommend a topic for discussion at the meetings. Contact Bernie Jo Marlowe, HSA President, one meeting in advance if you would like to request a future discussion at an HSA meeting. Berniejo25@outlook.com

3. The Student Leadership Council asks all families to contribute slightly used or new warm adult clothing and a small bag of hygiene products for adults and elderly in St. Patrick Parish. as part of the December Service Project. Please send warm shirts, warm ups, socks, pants, boots, gloves, hats, scarves, in any or all adult sizes, including plus sizes.  Hygiene kits should contain a few of the following: shampoo, rinse, razors, deodorant, comb, brush, soap, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush or wipes.

4. The Student Leadership Council will sponsor a “Clothing for Christmas” fundraiser on Friday, December 15 at 7:30 am in the gym.  Students are invited to bring three items of warm adult clothing and a bag of hygiene products for a donut and a cup of hot chocolate. Please support this special student council project.

5. The annual Christmas Program will take place on Thursday, December 14, at 7:00 pm in the church. Families may enter the church at 6:30 pm and sit quietly as requested by Fr. Andrzej.  All students are asked to wear FORMAL DRESS UNIFORM. Girls may wear white, black or navy blue tights or knee highs. All student should wear dress shoes, belts, with neatly combed hair etc Some middle school students will be asked to assist with set up and take down of instruments and chairs.

6. There will be NO HOMEWORK CLUB on December 14 or 20.

7. Teacher “Wish Lists” are available on the Cosgriff website  www.cosgriff.org . in the SCRIP section. All orders are due by December 15.

8. Gift cards are requested for some of our own families who really need some extra help for their families at Christmas time. (Target, Smiths, Walmart, etc)  These families would be extremely grateful for an extra gift card or two.  Thank you,

9. The end of the second quarter of school is December 20. Please be diligent with your child in checking Ren Web grades and progress reports.

10.  A note from Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director—Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year begins soon.  Gone is the Reapplication Form and the $30/student fee.  You will be filling out the prepopulated enrollment packet and paying the enrollment fee between mid-December and first part of February.  Watch for an email from Maggie Kearns, for additional information.

11. Please remember to input your Parent volunteer hours in ParentsWeb. Log into ParentsWeb then click “Family Information.” You will see “Service Hours” in a gray box next to your contact information. Add hours there. Thank you for your countless hours of talent and skill you share with Cosgriff School.

12. Mardi Gras invitations were mailed last week. Please attend for a first class Mardi Grass celebration at Little America again this year. Live and silent auction, class baskets, a delicious dinner with lively dancing to follow will make for a fun-filled evening. Please know that the Mardi Gras is our main fund raising event for the year. We count on you, the parents to fill tables with family and friends who will be generous and support J.E. Cosgriff School. Event underwriting and a few fabulous live auction items are still needed. Please contact Marni Andrews   hmandrews@gmail.com

Purchase your ticket:  http://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/MardiGras2018/TicketSalesSponsorshipEventUnderwritingProgramAdsOpportunityDrawingsandCashDonations/tabid/911776Default.aspx

13. REMEMBER SCRIP HOLIDAY ORDERS! Orders placed by Wednesday, 12/6 will be ready by Wednesday, 12/13.  The last day to place orders for delivery before Christmas vacation is Wednesday 12/13. Ready for pick-up on 12/20. Please contact the SCRIP team with any questions. (email scrip@cosgriff.org)

14.  Another prospective parent drop-in tour is scheduled for Monday, December 11 at 9:00 am. Thank you for sharing the information with family and friends! Interested parents should contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director to RSVP. mkearns@cosgriff.org.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

November 27, 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back from your Thanksgiving holiday.  Hopefully, you are well rested and ready for the next few weeks which will be very busy with academics, Advent and a Christmas program.

Please read the following:

PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO COSGRIFF FOR A SHORT INFORMATION MEETING AND SCHOOL TOUR ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, OR  MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, AT 9:00 AM. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH FAMILIES WHO MAY WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT COSGRIFF SCHOOL.  CONTACT MAGGIE KEARNS, ADMISSION DIRECTOR WITH QUESTIONS.mkearns@cosgriff.org.

As mentioned in previous updates for the 2018-19 school year, we are transitioning from the traditional reapplication form and $30 fee/student to continuous enrollment.  This means that once a student is enrolled, we assume the student will remain at Cosgriff through eighth grade. Overdue balances in tuition and incidentals must be paid to keep the student’s spot ACTIVE for the following year.  Accounts must be current by Friday, December 1, 2017. 

Additional Information from Maggie Kearns:   mkearns@cosgriff.org 

Enrollment packets will be available around mid-December and due by Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm. 

As with last enrollment season, enrollment fees (non-refundable) will be collected during the enrollment packet period.  $400.00/ student K-8; $200.00 student Toddler-Pre-K

To enroll a new sibling, an online application must be completed along with the required documentation by Friday, February 9, 2018.  

1. Students have approximately three and one-half weeks left in the second quarter of school for this year. Please support your child by providing ample time for homework and study, reading, project preparation and a good night’s sleep.

2. The first Sunday of Advent is December 3. We will begin each Monday morning, December 4, 11, 18, with a schoolwide community Advent prayer, song and lighting of the Advent candles. This prayer service will take place in the gym immediately at 8:15am. Please talk about Advent as a time to prepare for the coming of Jesus and celebrate this time with an Advent wreath in your own home.

3. The Student Leadership Council community service project for December is two-fold and very important.  First, to continue our support for St. Patrick’s Parish.  Many adult and elderly men and women are often forgotten at this time of year and are in need of warm clothing and other hygiene necessities. You are asked to donate new or clean and slightly used (small-XXL) warm up pants and tops, sweaters, coats, warm shirts, hats, gloves, boots, Hygiene essentials are also needed: shampoo, rinse, soap, razors, shaving cream, combs, brushes, tooth paste and tooth brushes, lotion, wipes, deodorant

Second, the Road Home, a social service agency that assists individuals and families, who are homeless in Salt Lake City is in great need of new or slightly used, clean blankets of all sizes. Please ask your child to deposit all items in boxes by the front office.

4. An ongoing goal at Cosgriff School is to support and partner with parents in helping all students to develop a strong moral and ethical character and teach social and performance skills as part of character formation. This includes a consistent effort in building a professional and ethical learning community among the faculty and staff. Each month a specific character virtue is taught, discussed and recognized in students as part of Christian Character development. At the end of each month, a specific student is recognized for working hard to practice and exhibit the virtue-such as respect, responsibility, compassion, honesty, etc..

During the month of December, the faculty and staff will help students understand the many facets of “Mercy.” A  Merciful person is compassionate, forgiving, patient and kind.  Students will learn, understand and take to heart THE CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY. Go to www.cosgriff.org  

5. INTERRUPTING APPROPRIATELY is an important social skill which students will learn and practice over and over during the month of December. Interrupting is a skill that is used when you have something very important to say and needs to be said at that moment. Important steps to remember: –1. Wait quietly for the best time.  2. Use polite attention words.  3. Say what you need to say and why.  4. Say, “Thank-You.”

6. As the days grow colder, please make sure your child wears proper shoes for running at recess. On formal dress days, students may carry sneakers in their back pack and change out of formal dress shoes for recess.  A  Cosgriff sweatshirt, parka, gloves, rubber boots, and hat should be worn as needed Students are asked not to take neck scarves outside to recess as they usually end up as tug of war equipment etc.

7. The annual ski program will begin on January 26, 2018 and continue February 2, 16, 23, March 2, 16, and 23. To register your third through eighth grade student, download the registration form found at www.cosgriff.org The cost for the ski program is $310.00 per skier which includes lessons,  round trip bus transportation, and gratuity for ski  instructors and the bus driver. Return the registration form and payment to the school office by December 15. The bus will accommodate 50 passengers, which will be the limit for the ski program. (first come first serve) Be sure to complete the online parent release form which is necessary for all skiers.

8. On #GivingTuesday, everyone can have an impact! Join us tomorrow by giving back to J.E. Cosgriff. Please consider donating

https://cosgriff.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2017GivingTuesday/DonationPage/tabid/922581/Default.aspx.

9. All students will be given a small booklet this week to deliver to you, the parent. It is titled “Growth Mindset Parenting Guide,” Please take time to read this powerful and useful information guide based on  Dr.Carol Dweck’s extensive research with Growth and Fixed Mindset. Articles have been sent to you attached to the Principal’s letter over the past few years regarding her revolutionary findings. The faculty and staff at Cosgriff School are firm believers in the “Growth Mindset” model and use it continuously in and outside of the classroom. Effort, perseverance, hard work, learning from mistakes, I’ll keep trying, and a never give up attitude are a few “Growth Mindset” phrases heard in Cosgriff Classrooms.

10. Please support the HSA by ordering SPIRIT WEAR as a gift for the holidays. All orders and payment are due in the school office by December 9. See below. Click on the following link for information: ORDER FORM

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

November 13, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please Read the following important announcements:

  • Congratulations to our students, coaches and the parent community for a great volleyball season which ended on 11/11 at Juan Diego High School. It was inspiring to watch so many students 5th-8th grade take the time to participate in an active sport and reap the benefits of learning new skills, gaining strength and agility and working as a team. Much appreciation to our parent coaches, along with Mr. McCloud, our outstanding athletic director, Ms. Curry and Mr. Allen who stepped in to coach and teach valuable skills and strategies to our boy and girl athletes.
  • THE RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • 5/6  grade 
  •  Cosgriff Gold—Second place in the tournament
  • 7/8 grade
  • Cosgriff White—First place in the tournament
  • Cosgriff Green—Second place in the tournament
  • Cosgriff Orange—Third place in the tournament
  • Cosgriff Gold—First place regular season
  • Progress Reports will go home on Thursday, November 16. This a time to converse with your child regarding his/her progress and goal for the rest of the second quarter of school.
  • We have another drop-in tour for prospective parents scheduled on Wednesday, November 15 at 9:00 am.  Thank you for your continued referrals.  We have had great responses to our tours so far.  Please let your friends, family members and work partners know about the upcoming tour.
  • A note from Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director—Thank you for your patience last spring during the 2017-18 enrollment through our RenWeb/ParentsWeb portal.  We heard feedback that the enrollment was easy and more convenient and earth friendly! Streamlining enrollment is our goal.  With this in mind, we are transitioning to a continuous enrollment process for the 2018-19 school year.  Continuous enrollment assumes a student will remain at Cosgriff through 8th grade unless we hear otherwise from parents.  Consolidating enrollment events means we will be starting the enrollment process earlier.  More information will follow in the next few weeks as procedures are finalized.
  • December lunch orders are due by Monday, November 20. Lunch menus can be found in front of the office or on line at www.cosgriff.org. Please place all lunch orders and payments in the mailbox by the office. Thank you for supporting the Murray School Lunch Program.
  • Our traditional November community service project is to fill 40 plus boxes of Thanksgiving basics such as canned cranberries, vegetables, potatoes, dessert and other dinner necessities.  Please assist your child in helping to fill the boxes in his/her classroom with the assigned food items. We will assemble the boxes on Friday, November 17. They will be picked up that day by Fr. Anastasius, Pastor of St Patrick Parish. Please send the following food items with your child to school before November 17.
  • **Toddler, pre-school, 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 (jello, pudding, cake mix)
  • **Fifth Grade—gravy mix, chicken broth
  • **Sixth Grade—olives, pickles, cranberry relish
  • **Seventh Grade—extra canned fruit, vegetables, potatoes, relish
  • ++Eighth Grade—45 sturdy boxes for packing dinners have been donated by Kristine Alexakos.—thank you
  •                                     (Parents of 8th grade students, please feel free to donate any of the above needed food items)
  • The next Youth Group activity is Sunday, November 19, starting at 3:30 pm. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are invited to meet by St. Ambrose Church (with a rake in hand) rake leaves in the surrounding neighborhood until 4:30 pm. They will then meet in the social center for hot chocolate, a donut and lively conversation.  Fr. Andrzej, Ms. Curry and Ms. Gehrig will converse with the Youth Group about the gospel and homily of the day. At 4:55 pm all will assemble in the church to celebrate the 5:00 pm Mass. Parent Pick-up is at 6:00 pm outside of the church.
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  • The Boy Scouts will host Turkey Bingo on FRIDAY, November 17, beginning at 6:30 pm.
  • The Boy Scouts will take orders for beautiful Christmas wreaths after Masses on November 18 and 19. Wreaths will be delivered to your door the very first part of December.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

November 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

This is a busy time around J.E.Cosgriff School. Please read the following:

  • Friday, November 10 is a professional development day for all Catholic Schools in the Salt Lake Diocese, there will be NO SCHOOL for students on that day.
  • A sincere Thank you to Maria Willmarth for chairing the Scholastic Book Fair this year. Her strong team of volunteers including Angie Dilks, Melanie Lyon, Aundrea Brinkman, Heather Powell, Meghan Zaylor, many other volunteers and  our own Librarian, Jennifer Shrum worked tirelessly to maintain many flexible hours for shopping at the book fair. The Fair brought in close to $15,000. of purchases. Approximately $7000,00 will go to Cosgriff School in the form of cash, science or technology equipment, school furniture, office equipment and books. Please continue to shop on line until November 9. Just go to www.cosgriff.org.
  • Trivia Night was a tremendous success and fun for all who attended this lively event. Much appreciation goes to Angie Patterson, chair, Jim and Carol Guilkey, Tajha Ferrara, Suzanne Silon, Ali Bond, Jennifer Cook, Mike Johnson, Maria Santilla, and several other kind volunteers.  Trivia Night was held in the cafeteria of Judge Memorial Catholic High School. Thank you to Patrick Lambert, Principal and the Judge team for allowing Cosgriff to host the event there.
  • On Wednesday, November 8, the Student Leadership Council and the eighth grade students will host a bake sale for the St. Patrick Church Thanksgiving dinner project this November. The price of donuts has gone up to $1.00 each. Cookies, brownies etc. are still .50 cents. The proceeds from the sale will help with the purchase of Fresh Market gift cards for the purchase of a turkey. We have just two weeks to fill our classroom boxes with enough Thanksgiving food items to fill 40 boxes for St. Patrick Parish and 5 boxes for St. Ambrose Parish. Each time you go to the grocery store, please pick up a few food items assigned to your child’s grade:
  • 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—45 sturdy boxes for packing dinners.
  • Sunday, November 12, at 11:00am will be the Confirmation Inscription Mass for the eighth grade students attending Cosgriff and in the parish. All fourth, fifth and sixth grade choristers are needed to sing in the choir and should report to the Vaughan Center at 10:30am. All are invited to a donut social after Mass.
  • The Youth Group will meet on Sunday, November 19, at 3:30pm in front of the church. The Youth Group will meet once again this year to rake and clean up yards in and around St. Ambrose Church. (please bring a rake) The Youth Group will finish up at 4:30, enjoy hot chocolate, visit with Fr. Andrzej and then attend the 5:00pm Mass together. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who attend J.E Cosgriff and others in the parish are encouraged to attend Youth Group. It is a positive way to be a good steward, discuss the gospel, attend Mass as a group and renew friendships in and outside of school.  Ms. Jill Curry and Ms. Martina Gehrig direct all Youth Group activities and are always excited to work with the young people in the parish.  Parent pick up is at 6:00pm
  • Save the date: Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm Mass. Bishop Solis will celebrate Mass to reopen the newly remodeled St. Ambrose Church with a reception to follow.
  • A special Thank You to the very compassionate school families who raked leaves this past week end for Clare and Jim Stanley. They were most appreciative and touched by such helpful children and adults.

Thank You, Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

October 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important notes:

The first day of the Scholastic Book Fair was very successful and we feel very fortunate to have such a full and rich collection of books in all price ranges. In addition, school supplies and game activities are on sale. Tonight from 6:00 to 8:00pm, the library will host a cheese and wine open house for parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors.

Maria Willmarth, Book Fair Chair and Jennifer Shrum, Librarian are in desperate need of more volunteers for the 7:30 to 9:00am and 2:00 to 4:00pm shifts on MondayTuesdayWednesday and Thursday of this week.  Volunteers are also needed for this evening, as we are anticipating a large group of shoppers. Halloween day will be especially crowded before and after the parade. Please email or call Maria and sign up to volunteer. Maria.willmarth@gmail.com  801-949-1254

Several parents have asked why the change to Scholastic Books this year. We have been a strong supporter of King’s English for many years. We remain strong supporters of our local community stores and services. In the past, King’s English offered in-store credit for the sale of books. In other words we ordered books for our library and for teachers which greatly helped Cosgriff over the years. Please note the following reasons why we chose a different direction for our book fair, at least for this year. 

**Scholastic Book offers a great selection of items from their catalogue for close to 50% credit when books and other merchandise are purchased. 

 ** We are able to purchase STEM science equipment, technology equipment, school book shelves, tables, math manipulatives, plastic containers etc.. including books for the school.

 ** We are entitled to ask for cash in place of equipment or books, if that is our preference. 

 **There is a large selection of paperback and hardback books. Some best sellers are available to us in paperback and are not yet out in stores. 

 **Scholastic Book delivers the books in portable trunks to our door, helps us set up and will then picks them up on the last day of the book sale. Several volunteers were required to pick up and return books to King’s English.

 **Approximately 75% of all Catholic Schools across the country employ Scholastic for their book fairs.

 ** Please watch for a special author’s talk or book promotion at King’s English. We will always continue to support our community store owners. 

 ** Your feedback as parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors is most important. Please drop a line to Maria Willamarth and let her know your opinion of the change to Scholastic Books this year.  Maria.willmarth@gmail.com   Thank you, 

  • The Halloween parade and classroom party will take place tomorrowOctober 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. They 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 parking lot is our main route for the parade so please park on the street and walk to your car after school. 
  • Wednesday, November 1, is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. Student in K-8th grade will attend Mass at 8:30am. Formal dress is required for the day. We will not celebrate Mass on Friday, November 3. Students may wear regular uniform dress on that day.
  • Fr. Andrzej has requested that all students fill out the “In Memory Of” form and return it to their classroom teacher. Please fill this form out with your child as he/she remembers special members of your family or friends who are deceased. A list of these names will be placed in church to be remembered during Masses and prayer services during the month of November.
  • Trivia Night is Saturday, November 4, beginning at 6:00pm in the Judge High School Cafeteria.
  • A word of appreciation to the parents of our second grade students for serving a delicious faculty lunch last Thursday. It is always such a treat for the teachers and staff to enjoy a special lunch at school.
  • It has become a school tradition that during the month of November, our community service outreach is to provide the necessities for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for at least 40 parishioners in St. Patrick’s Parish on 400 South 1000 West.  Each grade will be asked to collect different Thanksgiving food items during the month. These items may be brought to school and placed in a box inside the student’s classroom. On November 17, the “School Families” will assemble a gift box of assorted foods. A $25.00 gift card from Fresh Market will go along with each box and be picked up by a team from St. Patrick Church. Some families in St. Ambrose are given a gift box and card as well.
  • The Student Leadership Council will host the following for St. Patrick Church.
  • ** Friday, November 3, A “Nice Free Dress” day with a $5.00 dollar donation
  • **Wednesday, November 8, A Bake Sale at lunch time, (most items $.50)

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

  • Please purchase the following needed food items according to your child’s grade level. He/she should bring the items to school and place them in the special food box in their 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—45 sturdy boxes for packing dinners.
  • The Character Virtue for November is 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.
  • The Social Skill which students will learn, review and practice is VOLUNTEERING. Volunteering is a skill to use when you notice work that needs to be done or someone in need of assistance.
  • Please tell prospective and interested parents about our information meeting and school tour on Thursday, November 2, at 9:00am. Once again, our parent group has been the best source of advertising for Cosgriff School. –Thank you
  • SOS—Please Help, Volunteers are needed very soon to rake the leaves of a long time parish family. Clare and Jim Stanley, long time parish members have requested help with this chore. Please RSVP to Mrs. Hunt, bhunt@cosgriff.org  if you would be available Sunday, November 5, in the early afternoon at 1:00pm to rake and bag leaves.  Clare and Jim live at 2826 Imperial St. very close to the school.
  • The Boy Scouts will sponsor Turkey Bingo in the social center on November 18 at 6:30pm. Please support the scouts for a night of fun and prizes.

Thank You and Happy Halloween,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 23, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

  • It is the first day of the second quarter of school. Please expect to see a report card and 2016 ACT results on October 30.
  • During the second and third quarter of the school year, students are NOT allowed to wear uniform SHORTS to school. School uniforms may be purchased at Dennis Uniform or Lands End. These stores offer a looser fitting long pant for girls. Please make sure your daughter wears the loose pant and not a skinny or tight fitting legging type of pant, as that style does not comply with the school uniform regulation.
  • Thank you to all parents who helped to instruct our guests at our first Gold Club, Insider Series, “Tech Savvy Seniors.” It was a useful and fun activity where seniors learned more efficient ways to operate their cell phone, lap top, or Ipad.  There was a unanimous request by our guest for continuing education in technology.
  • All lunch orders and payment for November are due on Wednesday, October 25. Please place orders in the mailbox by the office.
  • Judge Memorial High School will host an “Open House” on Wednesday, November 8, from 5-6:30pm for students (and parents) who are interested in attending JMHS.
  • Trivia Night for parents is Saturday, November 4. Go to www.cosgriff.org  to reserve a table. Hurry as there are only a few tables left.  Trivia Night will be held in the Judge High School cafeteria due to the St. Ambrose Church renovation.
  • Halloween lollipops will be sold again this week on Wednesday, October 25, for $1.00 each. So far, the Student Leadership Council has raised over $1000. All donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services to help hurricane victims.
  • The annual Halloween parade will take place at 2:35pm on Tuesday, October 31. Parents are asked to park on the street to allow for a parade route in the parking lot. Students may bring a costume to school to wear during an afternoon party beginning around 1:30-1:45pm as directed by the classroom teacher.  Students and parents may not wear face masks, carry a plastic weapon or wear a costume with blood or frightful symbols.

 

  • The J.E. Cosgriff Scholastic Book Fair will be open from October 27 thru November 2, in the school library. The Book Fair hours are from 7:30am to 4:00pm in the afternoon. Friday hours are from 7:30am to 2:30pm. 

Please mark your calendar for the following:  Go to www.cosgriff.org for more information regarding the Scholastic Book Fair.

**“Book Fair Open House,” for parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff on Monday, October 30, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Refreshments will be served at the open house.

**“Wish List Wednesday,” Family and friends are invited to purchase a book from a student’s wish list. Student wish lists will be on file in the library. Cookies and coffee will be served on Wish List Wednesday.

**VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: Please sign up on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5aa2ca6fd0-je 

Maria Willmarth and Jennifer Shrum are trying to schedule more convenient shopping times for family and friends. Please help support this effort by working a few shifts for the cause. Grandparents are encouraged to shop and also work at the Book Fair.

Book Fair volunteers are greatly needed on October 30 and November 1, from 9:30 to 1:30pm. 

Contact Maria Willmarth if you are free to volunteer at one of the above times.  maria.willmarth@gmail.com  801-949-1254.

 

  • Homework Club will be moved to a classroom from October 27 to November 2, due to the Book Fair.
  • October 23-27 is Red Ribbon Week.  Students will receive a bracelet as a reminder to make healthy choices, and stay drug and alcohol free.
  • Sunday, October 29, the second grade students from Cosgriff and other students in the parish will participate in the Presentation Mass at 11:00am.     

 

Thank You, Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 16, 2017

Dear Parents,

  • The Fall Family Festival was a great success with fun games, activities and treats for all of our guests. A special thank you to Sarah Ross, Gemma Nativi, Heather Simonson and Mary Crowther for planning and setting up such a successful school and parish community event. Also, much appreciation goes to all volunteers who set-up, worked the evening and cleaned the social center at the end of the evening. It always happens that the Cosgriff families come together to support all activities and lend a hand for the greater good of our school.  Thank you so much!
  • The last day of the first quarter of school is Thursday, October 19. Report cards will go home on October 30.
  • During the second and third quarter of the school year, students are not allowed to wear uniform shorts to school.  School uniforms may be purchased at Dennis Uniform or Lands End. These stores offer a looser fitting pant for girls. Please make sure your daughter does not wear skinny or tight fitting pants to school as that style does not comply with the school uniform regulation.
  • REMINDER: School will be dismissed at 12:15pm on Thursday, October 19, for Fall Break. There will be NO HOMEWORK CLUB on Thursday, Oct 19.  Extended Day will be open and student who ordered a sack lunch may pick one up before dismissal.
  • The first Insider Series “Tech Savvy Seniors” (Gold Club activity) –for grandparents, parents, friends, and other parishioners will take place Wednesday, October 18, at 9:00am in the school library. Guests are encouraged to bring their cell phone, ipad, lap top, chrome book or just a friend to this special activity. Please come to learn, socialize and enjoy coffee and pastry.

  • Students may wear nice “Free Dress” on Tuesday, October 17, with a $5.00 donation to support those who have lost their homes and belongings and need water, food and shelter in Puerto Rico as a result of the devastating hurricane.  All proceeds will be sent to Catholic Relief Services.
  • The Murray School District lunch order deadline has been extended to Wednesday, October 25. All orders and payments are due in the mailbox by the office by 3:30pm.
  • The J.E. Cosgriff Scholastic Book Fair will be open from October 27 thru November 2. In the school library. The Book Fair hours are from 7:30am to 4:00pm in the afternoon. Friday hours are from 7:30am to 2:30pm
  • Please mark your calendar for the following:
  • **“Book Fair Open House,” for parents, grandparents and friends of Cosgriff, on Monday, October 30, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Refreshments will be served at the open house.
  • **“Wish List Wednesday,” Family and friends are invited to purchase a book from a student’s wish list. Student wish lists will be on file in the library. Cookies and coffee will be served on Wish List Wednesday.
  • **VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: Please sign up on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0b4ca5aa2ca6fd0-je 
  • Maria Willmarth and Jennifer Shrum are trying to schedule more convenient shopping times for family and friends. Please help support this effort by working a few shifts for the cause. Grandparents are encouraged to shop and also work at the Book Fair.
  • Contact Maria Willmarth with questions. maria.willmarth@gmail.com  801-949-1254.
  • *** Homework Club will be in session during the Book Fair. It will be moved to a classroom. 
  • SAVE THE DATE: The Boy Scouts, troop 202 will sponsor Turkey Bingo on Friday, November 17, at 6:00pm in the social hall. The Boy Scouts will be taking orders and selling Holiday Wreaths after Masses in early November. The wreaths should arrive in early December and will be delivered to your door step for your enjoyment during the Christmas Season.
  • The annual Halloween parade will take place on Tuesday, October 31, at 2:40pm. Weather permitting, students will walk around the playground and parking lot in their costumes. Students will enjoy a short classroom party beginning around 1:30pm as directed by the classroom teacher.  Students and/or parents may not wear a face mask, hood, carry a plastic weapon or wear a costume with blood and gore on it. Please arrive at school early for the parade and take time to shop at the Scholastic Book Fair as it will be open all day for your convenience.
  • A word sincere appreciation to our Cosgriff Development Team– Raquel Austin, Maggie Kearns, Danielle Jefferies, Kristin Cowan, Kassi Mancini, Sarah Boyle and Sheri Ann Norlund. These incredible women make sure that all aspects of Cosgriff news becomes available to the parent community.  Student news, school projects with pictures, fundraisers and all special student and family activities are posted on facebook, our school email, Constant Contact and other media resources. Invitations, brochures, banners, and posters are created and printed by the Development Team. In addition, Ren Web, FACTS, information meetings for potential families, and all other parent communication has been initiated by this dynamic Team. Thank you so much for your creative ideas, hard work and effort. Although the Development Team works behind the scenes, their contribution to students, parents and the entire school and parish community never goes without notice and sincere appreciation.
  • Thank You, Mrs. Hunt, Principal

October 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements:

  • A special thank you to Bernie Jo Marlow, Scott McAward, Angie Parrish, our teachers, students and many other volunteers who worked very hard to welcome, serve and entertain our beloved grandparents at the annual Grandparent Brunch. The students’ songs, readings and poetry brought back fond memories and created new ones for our special guests.
  • Another note of gratitude is extended to each student and Mrs. Harmston, our talented and dedicated art teacher, for creating the spectacular angel wings which are hanging up by the school gym. Please be sure to take your child’s picture in front of the wings while they are on display.
  • The Murray School District lunch menu is available in front of the school office or on line at www.cosgriff.org. Please fill out your child’s lunch order and place it in the mailbox by the front office by Friday, October 20 at 12:00 noon.
  • On Wednesday 11, at 9:00am, J.E. Cosgriff will host a drop in tour/question-answer time, for prospective families. Please relay this information to interested friends and family.
  • During the HSA meeting on Oct. 2, several parents initiated a meaningful discussion regarding girls playing basketball with the boys at recess. The administration made it very clear that in past years there has been a serious issue with safety as basketball is more of a contact sport. Boys and girls are welcome to play (together) such games as capture the flag, tether ball, jump rope, four square, kickball etc.  In 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys and girls play on separate basketball teams in the UCAA league. Students are encouraged to practice with their teammates at recess. The administration mentioned that if a set of parents (other than those helping with recess duty) would like to referee a 15 minute boys vs girls basketball game at noon recess, please call Mrs. Hunt, Principal to set it up. 801-486-6933
  • The Fall Fun Family Festival is Friday, October 13, from 6:00 to 9:00pm in the social center. Admission is free with minimal cost for games and refreshments. Volunteers are needed on October 11 and 13. Middle school students, parents and grandparents are encouraged to volunteer. Go to the following link to sign up:  http://signup.com/go/KsXbu7
  • Basketball sign-up for boys and girls in second grade through eighth grade is now open and ends October 23. Please go to www.cosgriff.org for registration and payment. Boys and Girls in grades two through eighth are invited to play basketball. Please read the following letter from Brian McCloud, Physical Education teacher and Cosgriff Athletic Director regarding team formations and coaching. BasketballSeasonStartLetter
  • The Student Leadership Council will sell Halloween lollipops on Wednesday, October 11, before dismissal. Each lollipop will cost $1.00 will all proceeds going to Catholic Relief Services in support of Hurricane victims in the Caribbean. On October 17, students may wear nice “free dress” with a $5.00 donation for this same important cause.
  • Trivia Night Tickets are now on sale. Go to www.cosgriff.org to purchase tickets. The venue for Trivia Night has changed due to the church renovation and use of the social center. It will be held at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. 650 South 1100 East. Watch for further details regarding parking, entrance location, etc.
  • The J.E. Cosgriff Scholastic Book Fair will be open from October 27 thru November 2 in the school library. The book selection will serve pre-school through adult reading and listening. Cosgriff School has the choice of earning and spending Scholastic dollars from the scholastic catalog, with a selection of many useful school materials and supplies or to receive a check for our general school account. Maria Willmarth, the Scholastic Fair Chairperson, has set up sign-up genius to make it convenient for much needed volunteers to support this important school fundraiser. Please sign-up right away!  If by some chance you or your family are unable to attend the book fair, (grandparents who live out of town) it is still possible to support Cosgriff School. Friends and family can order books and other items from the following website starting October 20, thru November 9, and our school will receive credit for the purchase. Go to www.cosgriff.org for volunteer sign-up and to purchase books on line.  Thank you in advance for your generous donations and support.  Maria Willmarth’s contact information is maria.willmarth@gmail.com  801-949-1254.
  • Knitters are needed for the annual fourth grade hat knitting project.  Each year the fourth grade students learn to knit and produce beautiful warm knit hats which are donated to The Road Home in December. Ms. Gale, our energetic fourth grade teacher is asking for your help on a few or all of the following dates and times. October 16, 18, 24 and November 1, 7, 15, 21. The times will all be from 2:10 to 3:00pm. Please email Ms. Gale if you are able to volunteer. mgale@cosgriff.org
  • Thank You, Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

October 2, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important information:

  • The annual Grandparent Brunch and school visit is Wednesday, October 4, with the expected guest count at 300 or more.  Our guests start arriving around 8:15am and leave after 11:00amAll PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PARK DOWN THE STREET AND WELL AWAY FROM THE AREA BY THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE CHURCH PARKING LOT UNTIL AFTER LUNCH RECESS—thank you. The seventh grade students will serve as greeters and assist our guests downstairs as necessary. A few grandparents have a difficult time walking a long distance and/or use a walker or cane. Please note that Grandparents and close family friends are our special guests for the day! After the brunch, grandparents will be invited into the school to visit their grandchild’s classroom.
  • The HSA meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the library. All parents are invited to attend these meetings. If there is a special issue or topic which you would like room parents to discuss at an HSA meeting, please feel free to email Bernie Jo Marlowe, President and asked to be placed on the agenda.  (berniejo25@outlook.com)
  • Basketball sign-up for the 2017 UCAA season begins today. Please go to www.cosgriff.org for registration and payment. Boys and Girls in grades two through eighth are invited to play basketball. Please read the following letter from Brian McCloud, Physical Education teacher and Cosgriff Athletic Director regarding team formations and coaching.  BasketballSeasonStartLetter
  • Fr. Andrzej has asked all students to bring a monetary donation for a special collection during the school Mass on October 6, at 8:30am. This collection will support hurricane victims in Puerto Rico and earth quake victims in Mexico.
  • The annual Fall Fun Family Festival is Friday, October 13, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the church social center. Admission is free with minimal cost for activities such as the cake walk, photo booth, cookie and pumpkin decorating, face painting and more. Costumes may be worn—No blood, gore, toy weapons or face masks, please. Volunteers are needed on October 11 and 13, middle school students, parents and grandparents are encouraged to help. Click here to sign up. http://signup.com/go/KsXbu7
  • Thank you to all parents and students who took the time and made the effort to attend Parent-Teacher conferences. It was a meaningful mid-quarter check point for students to review academic goals and conduct. The end of the first quarter of school is October 19.
  • The J.E. Cosgriff annual family and friends Book Fair will be sponsored by Scholastic this year. IT WILL TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 27, THROUGH NOVEMBER 2. The book selection will serve pre-school through adult reading and listening.  Scholastic offers a wide variety of genres such as: fiction, non-fiction, picture and reference books, audio books and CDs, award winning soft and hardbound books, a holiday selection, high interest/low level, sports, National Geographic DVD’s and other gift ideas and products.  A great incentive for Cosgriff School is when Scholastic books and other products are purchased at the book fair,
  • Scholastic Dollars for the school accumulate quickly. A wide variety of STEM teaching materials, digital resources, school and office equipment, carpets, furniture, and other gift incentives may be purchased with Scholastic Dollars. In addition, we may also choose scholastic cash or check instead of products.  Please contact Maria Willmarth, (maria.willmarth@gmail.com801-949-1254, a willing parent who has kindly offered to chair the Scholastic Book Fair and work closely with Jennifer Shrum our school librarian and Power Hour teacher. (jshrum@cosgriff.org) Several parent/grandparent volunteers will be needed, so please contact Maria if you are interested in set up, selling, a parent/grandparent reception, or clean up. All Scholastic item will be delivered to Cosgriff for set up on Thursday, October 26.
  • The Seventh Grade students will host the 11:00am Mass on Sunday, October 8, 2017. All fourth, fifth and sixth grade students have been asked to sing the Mass on that day. All choristers should meet in the Vaughan Center at 10:30am. Please help build and connect Catholic Identity in our parish and school community, by attending Sunday Mass, especially the school hosted Masses.
  • The Student Leadership Council has chosen as a service project for October to collect money for the Hurricane victim in the Caribbean. All donations will be sent to Catholic Relief Services to help provide water, shelter and critical supplies, including tarp, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by these disasters.  Students may wear nice Free Dress on Tuesday, October 17 with a $5.00 donation. Halloween lollipops will also be sold in October to support this effort. Please encourage your child to earn money this month by helping with chores or special projects and then just make a personal donation any day in October.
  • The Christian virtues which student will discuss and practice in October (and hopefully every month) are JUSTICE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE.  JUSTICE is that which is proper, fair and correct. It is knowing what is right and what should happen. God Calls us to be fair, participate in society and work for the common good of all people—as good citizens. Social Justice is living in the world as a good steward. The concept of learning ways to help others at home, school and in the broader community and learning the many ways to give back are an important part of the school vision. Please converse with your child about the monthly service projects and the ongoing privilege and need of good in the world.
  • Judge Memorial High School invites you to “Bulldog Nation”—Catholic Schools Night, October 13. Beginning at 6:00pm. Enjoy a free spaghetti dinner and free entrance to the football game. If you plan on attending this event, please make sure that you also support the annual Fall Fun Family Festival in the church social center.
  •  Trivia Night tickets are now on sale. Go to www.cosgriff.org to purchase tickets.
  • Knitters are needed for the annual fourth grade hat knitting project. Each year the fourth grade students learn to knit and produce beautiful warm knit hats, which are donated to The Road Home in December. Ms. Gale, our energetic fourth grade teacher is asking for your help on a few or all of the following dates and times- October 16, 18, 24, November 1,7,15,21. The times will all be from 2:10 to 3:00pm.
  • The eighth grade students attended the Junior Achievement City on Friday, September 29.  After excellent preparation for this “Real Life” simulation, the students were very appreciative of their experiences as bankers, realtors, parents, public officials, business owners, etc. A special thank you to Mr. Larson, Mrs. Cindy Hunt, Kristin Craddock, Kori Hazel and Kristin Cowan for their course preparation and volunteer efforts. One more word of appreciation for the donations from parents this past summer, to make this Junior Achievement experience possible for our eighth grade students.

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

September 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following Important Announcements:

  1. Parent Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, September 27, 3:45 to 7:00pm and Thursday, September 28, 12:45 to 7:00pm. If you have not signed up for an appointment, please email your child’s homeroom teacher with a request for an appointment. The middle school and “Specials” teachers (P.E. Music, Computer, Foreign Language, Art, Choir, Library) will hold their conferences in the school gym. (see end of letter for sign up info).
  2. Homework club will be cancelled on 9/27 and 9/28. If you choose to have your child at Extended Day on one of those days, and they do not usually go to Extended Day, please make a reservation with Tammie Cleverly in advance as supervision and space is limited. tcleverly@cosgriff.org
  3. Results of the spring 2017 ACT Aspire standardized testing will be sent home with report cards on October 30.
  4. The WCEA Accreditation Team visited J.E. Cosgriff School last week. The faculty and staff did their usual –master teaching and greatly impressed the visiting team. Catholic teachings and identity, power hour, differentiated and direct teacher instruction, comprehensive reading and math instruction and assessment were also mentioned as strengths of the school. The team was very impressed by student work ethic, courtesy, and kindness toward each other. They witnessed our first school “Family” activity and complimented the eighth grade leadership skills and sense of community in the school. Please watch for the report of findings and a copy of the self-study on the school website. It is our hope that pre-school through eighth grade will be awarded full accreditation for the next six years.
  5. A special thank you to the HSA and several volunteers who provided breakfast and lunch for the visiting team throughout the week. Much appreciation goes to the group of parents and several School Board members who took the time to meet with the visiting team and answer several school related questions.
  6. The Grandparent Brunch is Wednesday, October 4, beginning at 9:00am in the church social center. The primary purpose for the brunch is to thank and honor grandparents and close family friends for their loyalty and support of their grandchildren and J.E. Cosgriff School. It is not possible to have 300 plus grandparents and 300 plus parents in the social center at the same time. Please understand that each grade is just there for a short time reciting a poem, or singing a song. All grandparents will be invited to the school right after the brunch. If your parent will be attending the brunch alone, you are welcome to join him/her for the Grandparent Brunch.
  7. The most important concern of a school administrator must be STUDENT SAFETY. Safety in the parking lot, in the classroom, entering and exiting school, carefully screening visitors, strangers, and closely observing student activities in the classroom, in the hall and on the playground. It has come to my attention that several students and parents are upset that girls in primarily 4th-8th grade are not allowed to play basketball with boys. In previous years, this was allowed and the results were unsafe for all who played. Both boys and girls were disrespectful and rough during the game. Students experienced concussions, torn clothing, physical injuries and intimidating remarks. Girls and boys are welcome to play four square, volleyball, capture the flag, tetherball, tag, jump rope or just visit—TOGETHER. There are three available basketball hoops. Very rarely, if ever are all three of them in use at the same time. There is ample room for a boys’ team and a girls’ team to play at the same time. Other groups of student in the lower grades have had to take a time out from soccer, football, etc. due to excessively rough play. It is very frustrating to hear of parents encouraging their children to protest and complain about this matter, especially if they have not participated in recess duty to witness the rough play.   If you disagree with a standard or rule set by the administration, please come to speak face to face especially when facts and perspectives have been misunderstood or passed on as gossip.  As mentioned earlier, student safety is a primary concern at Cosgriff School. This particular administrator stands outside four days per week at lunch recess duty (sunshine, rain or snow) to make sure all children are safe. Assistance from other parents during recess is much appreciated, but the primary responsibility for child safety lies with the principal and her trusty whistle.
  8. The Cosgriff faculty has asked to play the parent softball game in the spring as opposed to next Sunday, Oct 1. With an accreditation visit last week and parent teacher conferences this week, the administration was made aware that a Sunday commitment might be a bit too much. Postponing the game will give the parent Super-Star team time to practice-up and hone their batting, pitching and catching skills!
  9. Tuesday, September 26, students may wear crazy socks with a $2.00 donation and a crazy hat with another $2.00 donation. All proceeds from the day along with proceeds collected at the teacher vs student softball game will be donated for research and treatment to those with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease which causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately respiratory failure.
  10. Limited edition “Cosgriff Life” hats are available for $10.00 each, in the school office. Please support the school by purchasing a hat.
  11. September 25-29 is the annual Box Tops Collection Week. Please help us reach our goal of $3000.00 this year by dropping off your box tops in the main office. –Thank you
  12. A parent meeting regarding the sacrament of Confirmation will be held in the Vaughan Center tonight at 7:00pm
  13. Fall Festival Volunteers are needed on October 11 and 13. Parents, grandparents and middle school students are encouraged to help. Click here to sign up. http://signup.com/go/KsXbu7
  14. Thank you to all Middle School students who attend the Youth Group activity on Sunday afternoon. Due to the inclement weather, the eager group constructed a special Thanksgiving decoration for seniors in our parish. All participants enjoyed snack, lively conversation, a talk with Fr. Andrzej and then attended Mass. Much gratitude goes to Martina Gehrig, Jill Curry our Youth Group leaders. In addition, thank you to Beth Walz for making and serving hot chocolate.  Mark your calendar for the next Youth Group gathering on November 19.

 

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Conference times and Days for most of the “Specials” Teachers

Debbie Hogan, Sept 28, 1-2:15pm

Sheri Ann Norlund, Sept. 28, 12:45-3:00

Brian McCloud, Sept. 28, 12:45 – 3;00pm

Robin Harmston, Sept, 28, 2;00 – 5:00pm

Tom Harris, Sept. 28, 1:00 -3;00pm

Martina Gehrig, Sept, 28, 12;00 – 4;00pm.

Deniesse Zepeda, Sept. 12:45-2:00pm

Jennifer Shrum, Sept 27, 3:45-7:00

 

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

 

 

September 18, 2017

Dear Parents,

Please Read the Following:

  •  A very qualified accreditation team will be visiting Cosgriff School from Tuesday, September 19 through Friday, September 22.  School Accreditation visits are six years typically every six years. Our last visit was in 2011, at which time both the elementary, middle school and pre-school were awarded a full six year term.  The Cosgriff administration, faculty and staff began the current self-study process in Spring of 2016. Over the course of several month, student progress was carefully evaluated in all areas of the school curriculum. In addition, our School Wide Learning Expectation in Catholic Identity, Cognitive Development, Character and Civic Responsibility were carefully evaluated for growth, understanding and relevance in student lives. Toward the end of the study, the faculty narrowed down an action plan for the next six years. The plan included Catholic Teaching and Formation, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and Technology usage and education.
  • The Accreditation Team is comprised of the following: Gail Sherman, administrator from the Diocese of Sacramento in California, Carolyn Schubach, a former teacher at Cosgriff, school administrator, curriculum specialist who currently works for the State Office of Education, Mary Williams, a teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School, Cari Pinkowski, a teacher at the Madeleine Choir School and Erika Young, a teacher at St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Ogden, Utah.
  • The accreditation team will visit classrooms on Wednesday and Thursday. They will interview  many Cosgriff shareholders such as Fr. Andrzej, teachers, parents, grandparents, volunteers, and students throughout their visit. On Friday 9/22, after school, the visiting team will meet with the administration, faculty and staff to report their findings. In this meeting, the team speaks to the strengths of the school and offers recommendations for improvements. The Self Study will be available for you to read on the school website for a two week period of time. Thank you for your support with the accreditation, by filling out a questionnaire and discussing several possible ways to improve all aspects of Cosgriff School.
  • Friday, September 22 is the last day to turn in a lunch order and payment for October hot lunches. The Murray School District is taking note of lunches which the student like and want to order. Please check the menu every month as changes will be made to accommodate student preferences.  Please deposit your order and payment in the mailbox by the office before noon on Friday. Order forms are available right under the mailbox. On Thursday, September 28, students will be dismissed at 12:15pm due to parent teacher conferences. If you child ordered a lunch for that day, he/she will be given a sack lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, fruit, vegetable and milk.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, September 27 from 3:45 to 7:00pm and Thursday, September 28 from 12:45 to 7:00pm. Please see below for conference sign up. (Homework Club will be cancelled on 9/27 and 9/28.)

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, September 27, from 3:45 to 7:00pm and Thursday, September 28, from 12:45 to 7:00pm. All students from toddler through sixth grade will schedule a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate grade below to make an appointment. All “Specials” teachers along teachers of seventh and eighth grade students will meet in the school gym. Students with the last name beginning with N-Z are asked to attend conferences on September 27, if possible. Students with last names beginning A-M are asked to attend on Thursday, September 28. This is just a request to help eliminate long conference lines. Please note that Homework Club will be cancelled on Wednesday and Thursday of conference week. Parents with more than one child are asked NOT to schedule appointments back-to-back. Please allow at least one slot as a time buffer.

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Mrs. Green:

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Mrs. Lee:

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Ms. Camp:

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Mrs. Commagere:

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Ms. Li:

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Ms. Sebahar:

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Mrs. Newman:

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Conference times and Days for most of the “Specials” Teachers

Debbie Hogan, Sept 281-2:15pm

Sheri Ann Norlund, Sept. 28, 12:45-3:00

Brian McCloud, Sept. 28, 12:45 – 3;00pm

Robin Harmston, Sept, 28, 2;00 – 5:00pm

Tom Harris, Sept. 28, 1:00 -3;00pm

Martina Gehrig, Sept, 28, 12;00 – 4;00pm.

Deniesse Zepeda, Sept. 12:45-2:00pm

  • All parents should have been able to review a progress report with your child as of Thursday, September 14. Please make sure you see the report either on RenWeb or a hard copy. Work with your child to set realistic goals  for the remainder of the first quarter of school.
  • The J.E. Cosgriff School Board serves in an advisory capacity to the Pastor and Principal. The areas with which the School Board has responsibility and will be consulted are the following: school planning, policy development and formation, finance (including budgeting and policies for financial management) public relations, finally, when the time arises one School Board member will be asked to sit on the selection committee for a new principal.
  • If you have interest in serving on the Cosgriff School Board for the 2018-19 school year, or know of an excellent candidate in the broader Salt Lake community who would be a positive addition to the board, please contact Bob Parenti, Chair to find out more information.(rparenti50@gmail.com) The following volunteers are members of the school board for the 2017-18 school year: Kelli Bland, Alexandra Bond, Rey Butcher, Jennifer Cook, Sarah Farr, Lauri Franks, Carol Herold, Deborah Holly, Danielle Jefferies, Jim Larson, David Leo, Bernie Jo Marlowe, Scott McAward, Robert Parenti, Michael Petrogeorge, Dominic Sanone, Clayton Simms, Rev. Andrzej Skrzypiec.
  • The annual Pastoral Congress meets Saturday, September 23, at Juan Diego High School. All faculty, staff, parents and other St. Ambrose members are encouraged to attend this day of religious education. Bishop Solis will be the keynote speaker. Workshops include Conflict Resolution, Healing, Missionary Disciples, Stewardship, Youth Ministry and others.
  • The St. Ambrose Youth group meets Sunday September 24. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade student who attend Cosgriff School and students in the parish are invited to this day of service, prayer and fun.
  • Students will meet at 3:30pm by the church with a yard clean up tool in hand. (broom, small garden hoe, weed digger etc.) The group will clean yards of St. Ambrose seniors in the nearby vicinity. The youth group will gather in the school library at 4:30pm for a snack, conversation, and a discussion about the Mass and gospel of the day. All members of the group will be invited to attend the 5:00pm mass together. Parent pick-up is at 6:00pm after Mass.
  • Eighth grade parent Confirmation meeting is Monday, September 25 at 7:00pm in the Vaughan Center.
  •  Thank you to the “Super Star” seventh and eighth grade athletes for challenging the faculty to a softball game in support of ALS. The Student Council raised over $500.00 for ALS research and treatment at the game by selling snacks and drinks at the concession stand. Crazy hat and sock day will take place on Sept. 26. Student may wear a crazy hat with a $2.00 donation and/or crazy socks with another $2.00 donation.
  •  The Student Leadership Council has decided ahead of time that they would like to kick off the October community service with a softball game. A “Super Star” parent team would challenge the faculty on Sunday, October 1, at Herman Frank’s field. If you dare play against the faculty, please email Tim Newlin (timothynewlin@yahoo.com) to sign up for the game. There are only two stipulations, At least three ladies must be on the field and bat, also, parents from all grade levels must be represented in the game. The Student Council will sell snacks and drinks to make money for Hurricane victims in Florida and Texas. The game will be cancelled if it snows or rains—watch for more details next week.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt Principal

 

September 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

First and foremost today, we remember the tragic attack on September 11, 2001 at the Trade Center in NYC, the Pennsylvania field, and the Pentagon in Virginia. Even though it has been almost two decades since the horrific attacks, each year, Americans solemnly remember those who lost their lives and those who sacrificed their lives to save others. All J.E.Cosgriff students spent a moment of silence and prayed together today for all involved in 9/11, especially the many families who continue to miss their precious loved ones to this day. In addition, students and faculty continue to offer their prayers for the many men, women and children who have lost their home and belongings due to the recent, catastrophic hurricanes in and around the United States.

Please Read the Following:

  • A very special THANK YOU to Robb Farr and his hard working staff for hosting yet another First-Class “Bad in Plaid” golf tournament. Much appreciation goes to all golfers, hole sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, water, coffee and snacks. A special thank-you again this year to Chris Hemmersmeier, President and CEO of Jerry Seiner Chevrolet for the hole-in-one Chevrolet car prize.
  • Flu shots will be available at Cosgriff on Wednesday, September 13, from 1:00 to 4:00pm in the school library. Children must be 9 years or older and accompanied by a parent. Insurance cards may be used, otherwise, the shot is $30.00.
  • Judge Memorial Catholic High School is offering a presentation for parents and educators on how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health issues, initiate a conversation with a young person and get help.
  • What: “More than Sad” by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
  • When: Thursday, September 14, at 7:00pm.
  • Where: Judge Memorial Library, 650 South 1100 East. Enter on 1100 East at the north doors, go up the stairs and signs will be posted. There is no cost to attend the presentation. 
  •  
  • Once again, we thank parents for referring prospective families to Cosgriff. We plan to have several drop-in tours/information meetings throughout the school year. Our first one will be this Wednesday, September 13 at 9:00am.  Please share this information with family and friends who may be interested in Cosgriff. Please ask potential guests to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director to confirm a visit. mkearns@cosgriff.org
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  • Parent Teacher Conferences will take place Wednesday, September 27, from 3:45 to 7:00pm and Thursday, September 28, from 12:45 to 7:00pm. All students from toddler through sixth grade will schedule a conference by appointment. Please click on the appropriate grade below to make an appointment.  All “Specials” teachers along teachers of seventh and eighth grade students will meet in the school gym. Students with the last name beginning with N-Z are asked to attend conferences on September 27, if possible. Students with last names beginning A-M are asked to attend on Thursday, September 28. This is just a request to help eliminate long conference lines.  Please note that Homework Club will be cancelled on Wednesday and Thursday of conference week. Parents with more than one child are asked NOT to schedule appointments back-to-back. Please allow at least one slot as a time buffer.

Sign-up on the following links:

Mrs. Green:

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Mrs. Lee:

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Ms. Camp:

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Mrs. Lacombe

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Mrs. Jenkins:

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Mrs. Commagere:

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Ms. Li:

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Ms. Sebahar:

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Mr. Weyher:

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Mrs. Drees:

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Ms. Gale:

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Ms. Curry:

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Mrs. Newman:

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Conference times and Days for most of the “Specials” Teachers

Debbie Hogan, Sept 28, 1-2:15pm

Sheri Ann Norlund, Sept. 28, 12:45-3:00

Brian McCloud, Sept. 28, 12:45 – 3;00pm

Robin Harmston, Sept, 28, 2;00 – 5:00pm

Tom Harris, Sept. 28, 1:00 -3;00pm

Martina Gehrig, Sept, 28, 12;00 – 4;00pm.

Deniesse Zepeda, Sept. 12:45-2:00pm

  • Progress reports go home on Thursday, September 14. Please discuss these reports with your child and support him/her with ambitious and logical goals for a successful first quarter of school.
  • Picture retake day is Monday, September 18. Students wishing a retake should bring back the pictures taken on 8/22 and wear formal dress (top) to school for the picture. Students may change into casual dress after the picture has been taken by the photographer.
  • The Student Leadership Council would like to invite ALL Cosgriff families to their September community service softball game challenge. The seventh and eighth grade students will select their “STAR” team to take on the mighty faculty “SUPER” professional team, on Sunday, September 17, 1:00pm at Herman Franks Field, 1371 South 700 East. The Student Council will sell water, soda, candy, chips, and other snacks to raise money in support of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly called Lou Gehrig’s disease. This treacherous disease causes muscle weakness, paralysis, and ultimately respiratory failure. Please come out to the ball game and enjoy watching this serious and sometimes humorous game in action.
  • The 2017 Pastoral Congress for educators, parents, relatives and friends is September 23, from 9:00 to 4:00pm at the Skaggs Catholic Center. Bishop Solis is the key note speaker at 9:00am and other presentations include youth ministry, vocations, stewardship, and conflict resolution. Register at www.dioslc.orgContact Susan Northway if you have questions. susan.northway@dioslc.org
  • Picture retakes are Monday, September 18. Please fill out the retake form for your child to present at picture time. Students are asked to wear a shirt and tie for their picture and then may change to casual dress for the rest of the day.
  • On September 20, 21, 22, the administration, faculty and staff will host a visiting accreditation team here at school. The team is made up of six members, four teachers from other Catholic Schools, a Catholic administrator currently working for the State Board of Education and the team Chairperson, an administrator from Sacramento, CA. Students will go about their regular school days as team members visit the classrooms during all subjects and possibly ask questions of students and teachers. The administration and faculty are hopeful that after the visit, the accreditation team will offer some positive commendations and offer helpful recommendations for future work and improvement. If an accreditation team determines that a school is progressing and adequately meeting the needs of students, it will be awarded a six year period of time before the next team visit. During our last self-study in 2011, pre-school through eighth grade were awarded full accreditation for the six years. The complete written document will be available for you to read on the Cosgriff web site toward the end of the month.
  • A few important requests from the administration:
  • Please watch the  parking lot “Safety” video (about 3 minutes long) Go to www.cosgriff.org  see quick links
  • Do not turn left out of the parking lot at drop off or pick up times, as it greatly slows down the traffic.
  • Students should arrive at school at least 5 minutes before the first bell rings (grades 6,7,8—8:05am) (grades k-5—8:10am) This allows time for students to get in line, greet friends and walk into school with their class when the bell rings. (toddler and pre-school–8:20 to 8:30am) (Pre K–12:20 to 12:30, 8:20 to 8;30 on Friday)
  • Student pick-up time is between 3:15 and 3:20 (if traffic permits. The teachers are kind enough to stand outside with students until parents arrive. Often times, 3;30pm rolls around and some students are still waiting and not certain if they will be picked up or should go to Extended Day. Please try to be prompt and make sure your child knows the plan for after school.
  • Please refrain from walking in the school to visit a teacher before school begins in the morning unless you have requested an appointment or it is a current matter. Also, teachers are responsible for keeping students safe while waiting for parents to arrive at the end of the day. Please do not engage in a long “conference” conversations during the 3:15-3:25 time frame. The teachers are always more than willing to have a meeting with parents as needed.
  • An Invitation from Dana Lee Simon, Cosgriff parent and parishioner:

Are you looking for a peaceful way to start your day? Have you been wanting to start a regular practice of prayer or meditation? If so, join us for Centering Prayer beginning on Wednesday, September 13th, and meeting every Wednesday this Fall from 8:25 to 9:00 a.m. in the Vaughan Center. Centering Prayer is a method of prayer/meditation utilizing silence and consent to God which prepares us to open up and receive the gift of God’s presence in our lives. Each Wednesday will include a brief introduction to the prayer practice and 20 minutes of silent centering prayer together. Led by Cosgriff parent, DanaLee Simon, St. Ambrose parishioners and Cosgriff parents, grandparents and friends are invited to participate. This is meant to be a drop in prayer group – come when you can. No sign up required. If you have any questions, please feel free to get a hold of DanaLee by phone/text (262/705-5811) or email (d_lo777@hotmail.com).

  • Youth Group begins for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students on Sunday September 24, at 3:30pm. Students will weed, sweep and help with yard clean-up for parishioners who live close by St. Ambrose Church. Students will then have a snack, visit, discuss the gospel and then attend the 5:00pm Mass together. Watch for the Youth Group flyer.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 28, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the HSA, Sarah Ross and Ashley Gardner for hosting an informative and fun mentor/new parent meeting. It was a great venue for discussion and answering some of those new parent questions. Please be sure to introduce yourself to someone that you do not know, as that is a sure way to form a strong bond with our parent community.

Please Read the Following:

  • Mr. Downes and Mr. Harris would like to invite all students, 3rd through 8th grade to the Instrument Fair on Wednesday, August 30, at 6:00pm in the school gym. This is a hands-on way for interested students to sample a few musical instruments, ask questions and hopefully select one that will be a perfect fit to play in the school band.
  • Thank you to all parents with your patience regarding RenWeb postings from the faculty. They have been in continuous training to learn this new attendance, grading, progress report and class posting system. RenWeb registration was introduced to you, the parents, last spring. It is new for all Catholic Schools and will take a little time for the administration, faculty, staff and parents to master this new program.
  • The Murray School District Hot Lunch program begins on Friday, September 1. Freshly cooked meals will be delivered to Cosgriff MondayFriday at 11:15am. Please note that pizza and a few other items will soon be added to the menu. Watch for the October menu.
  • The last day for 5-8th grade Volleyball sign-up is Friday, September 1. The Volleyball participation fee will be charged to families’ FACTS accounts on September 2. The registration deadline is September 1. Players who register on September 2 and after, will be charged an additional $25.00 late fee to join the program.
  • A reminder that Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 5, from 3:20 to 4:15pm, in the school library. Homework club is not to 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 questions for students in her 4,5,6th grade Latin classes. If students go to Homework Club and have only a book to read, he/she will be escorted to Extended Day to read in the Vaughan Center library. This will allow more space and attention for those students in serious need of completing assignments, reviewing for tests, researching a topic and generally receiving more attention from the directors of Homework Club. Student conduct is expected to be respectful, quiet with the same types of rules and procedures as the regular school day.  Please note that parents are to be prompt in picking up students after homework club at 4:15pm. After a five minute grace period, students will be escorted to Extended Day.
  • There is not a fee or charge to attend Homework Club. Educational research strongly indicates that students who spend a longer time and attend to academic study for a longer period of time, learn more information in core subjects and earn better grades in school. 
  • The St. Ambrose/Cosgriff Cub Scout pack is now recruiting new scouts for the 2017-18 school year. The first meeting will be Monday, September 11, at 6:30pm  in the St. Ambrose social hall. Cub Scout 3202 is open to all interested first-fifth grade boys. Pack meetings are usually held the second Monday of each month and a separate den meeting will also be held once a month. For more information contact Jon Belgique at jon@comtek.com or 801-998-8068.
  • Parish Picnic: Join your St. Ambrose Parish family, friends, and neighbors for a BBQ on Saturday, September 9, following the 5:00pm Mass. Enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and treats while sharing stories about what you did this past summer. Then, head back down to our social hall at 7:00pm to watch the family movie UP! Gather together for an evening of fun and friendship. Questions call Rebecca Little at 801-485-5610.

Thank-You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 23, 2017

Parents,

Please read the following:

1. The New Parent/Mentor information and “Get Acquainted” meeting is tonight at 7:00pm in the school library.

2.All Murray School District lunch orders and payments are due in the mailbox by the office before 11:00am on Friday, August 25.

3.Co-ed Volleyball registration for 5th -8th grade students is currently under way. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 1. The participation fee for volleyball will be to charged to families FACTS account on September 2. Families will be charged a alate fee of $25.00 if sign up occurs on September 2.  Contact Mr. McCloud with questions. bmccloud@cosgriff.org

4.Adventure is calling for boys in first through fifth grade! The St. Ambrose/Cosgriff Cub Scout pack is now recruiting new cub scouts for the 2017-18 school year. the first meeting will be Monday, September 11, in the St. Ambrose social hall. Cub Scout Pack 3202 is open to all interested first -fifth grade boys. Pack meetings are usually held the second Monday of each month and a separate Den meeting will also be held once a month. For more information contact Jon Belgique at jon@comtek.com  or 801-998-8068 (text ok)

5. Students will attend Mass on Friday, August 25, at 8:30am in the social center and FORMAL DRESS is required. All parents are invited to attend Mass. Dismissal is at 1:15 on Friday.

Thank-You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 21, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you for an exciting and positive first few days of school. All of the students and teachers were very excited to start a new school year.

Please Read the following important announcements:

The new Murray School District lunch program begins on Friday, September 1. All orders and payment for the month of September are due in the mailbox outside of the office by 8:30am on August 25. If you have more than one child in the family who would like to order hot lunch, fill out a separate lunch order form for each child, and then attach all forms together with one check for the entire family lunch orders. 

  • The solar eclipse occurred today. Please ask your child what he/she learned about the planets, moon and sun today.
  • Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 22 is individual picture day. All students except pre-school will have their pictures taken in FORMAL DRESS.  Parents should have received the picture purchase packet. It is due Tuesday morning along with payment.
  • The New Parent/Mentor Meeting will take place Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00pm in the school library. All new parents and their mentor family are invited to attend this informative, and “get better acquainted” meeting.
  • The first official all school mass is Friday, August 25, at 8:30 in the social center. Fr. Andrzej is excited to celebrate the first Mass of the 2017-18 school year with our Cosgriff Studnets. FORMAL DRESS is required for Mass days. Please make sure you read the dress requirement for formal dress day in the Student Handbook. Note the requirements with leather shoes, belts, and ties.  Students are welcome to bring sneakers/play shoes for recess on Mass days. Students should wear dark leather shoes to school as part of formal dress.
  • VOLLEY BALL registration has started for fifth through eighth grade students. Please go to www.cosgriff.org to fill out an application and pay on line. THE LAST DAY TO SIGN-UP FOR VOLLEY BALL IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1. A late sign-up on September 2, will require a $25.00 late fee. 
  • All student athletes in grades five through eight are invited to a free volley ball clinic this coming Saturday, August 26, in the Cosgriff gym. Fifth and Sixth grade –9:00 to 10:30am   Seventh and Eighth grade –10:30 to 12:00 noon. Just show up for the clinic. Questions—email Mr. McCloud  bmccloud@cosgriff.org 
  • Several parents have been parking on the north side of Redondo for school drop off and pick up. There is a NO PARKING sign all along the school. The situation has become very dangerous as parents are also parking on the south side of the street leaving a very narrow passage way for moving cars that speed down Redondo.  Please go to the corner and cross at the cross walk. It is worth the extra minute to keep your children safe.
  • A reminder that the HSA meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, at 7:00pm in the school library.
  • Cosgriff School has one or two opening in toddlers, (Mon and Wed), pre-school (3 and 4 year olds), third grade, and sixth grade. Parents are our strongest P.R group. Please ask interested persons to contact Maggie Kearns, Admissions Director right away. mkearns@cosgriff.org  or 801-486-6933 EX: 424.
  • The administration is still pursuing a part-time middle school 7th grade World Cultural Geography and 8th grade Early American History teacher. If you know of a highly qualified teacher, ask him/her to send a resume right away to Mrs. Hunt, Principal at bhunt@cosgriff.org. Call with questions. 801-486-6933.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 15, 2017

Parents,

Yes, tomorrow is the first day of school!!

Please read the following carefully:

1. Tomorrow is a full day of school and students attending kindergarten -eighth grade are to wear the school uniform. If you have questions about proper uniform dress, please see the parent handbook at www.cosgriff.org

2. Kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:15pm on  8/16, 8/17, and 8/19 for individual student assessment.

3. Thank you to Bernie Jo Marlowe, HSA President, Scott McAward, Vice President and Teresa Matthews, Treasure for hosting a fun “Welcome Back” family picnic.

4. Please remember “Back to School Night” for toddler -fifth grade is tomorrowWednesday, August 16, starting at 7:00pm in the church social center. (parents only, please)

5. “Back to School Night for parents of sixth, seventh and eighth grade students is Thursday, August 17, at 7:00pm starting in the social center. (parents only, please)

6. The SCRIP table will be open for sales on Wednesday mornings 8:00 to 8:25am beginning August 23. Monthly SCRIP orders will be available for pick-up beginning Monday, August 21. If you have questions, please email the SCRIP team at scrip@cosgriff.org

7. Please see Maggie Kearns’ August 13 email requesting you to take a moment to review your emergency contact and grandparent information in ParentsWeb.

8.Tuesday, August 22 is individual picture day. Students are to wear Formal Uniform Dress on that day.

9. Slightly used/clean uniforms are available in the hall by the school library. Please help yourself.

10. Parents are invited to the classrooms for a short visit tomorrow morning.

11. Please remember that the Murray School District Lunch Program will not begin until September 1, 2017 (including milk).  All students must bring their own lunch for the remainder of August. A Murray School lunch calendar/order-form is available on the Cosgriff website, www.cosgriff.org. All lunch orders along with a check made out to Murray School District must be deposited in the “lunch order” mailbox by the school office no later than August 25. Question—contact Mrs. Hunt, principal bhunt@cosgriff.org or 801-486-6933

Thank you,

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are looking forward to a positive and meaningful year.

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

 

Dear Parents,

GO TO THE LUNCH TAB UNDER PARENTS ON THE WEBSITE FOR MENU LINK

The first day of school is drawing closer and this letter is to inform you of the new school lunch program for the 2017-18 school year.

  • Cosgriff School was notified in June that Granite School District would no longer be able to serve lunches to our students as the school was not located in Granite District.  During the summer, extensive research was done to find another lunch program.  Two popular programs,  Flik and Sage were very expensive options requiring all students to pay an additional $1500.00 per year for the chef, food, service etc.  Other individual vendors such as Costa Vida, Subway, Chic-Fil-A were contacted to inquire about delivery of lunches one day per week. Salt Lake District, Jordan, Davis County, Head Start and the Utah State lunch program were also researched and evaluated.
  • Murray District has kindly agreed to provide lunch for the students at Cosgriff School five days per week. For the first few months, students will have only one choice for the main course, with fresh or canned fruit, a vegetable, and 1% white milk or non-fat chocolate milk. The price for a lunch plus milk will be $2.75, for pre-school thru eighth grade including faculty and staff. Students may choose to order a few meals per month, lunch every day, just milk every day or bring a lunch from home. Please know that an effort has been made to support families who depend on a school lunch over the course of the year.   Murray lunches are peanut free, but not gluten free and there will not be a free or reduced lunch rate option for students.
  • Cosgriff and Murray School district have agreed upon a simple yet timely lunch order and payment system.  The lunch calendar/order form for September is attached to this letter for your review and selection.  A hard copy of the calendar will be given to students and will also be available to download on the Cosgriff web page each month. (www.cosgriff.org)  The completed lunch calendar/order form, along with a check made out to Murray School district must be placed in a special “lunch order mail box” located right outside of the school office BY THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH for the next month’s lunches.  LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AS DIRECTED BY MURRAY DISTRICT. The lunch order forms must be filled out for each member of the family. It is not a group form.
  • Deborah Holly will direct the lunch program and be present each day to check off names of students who have ordered a lunch or just milk. If a student orders a lunch for a specific day and then is absent from school on that day, the lunch credit will not be carried over to another day or month or refunded to the family.
  • Welcome letter from David Trujillo, Director of Nutritional Service, Murray School District:
  • “The Murray City School District Nutrition Service operates kitchens in every Murray District school to serve an average of 4,000 breakfast and lunch meals per day. The team goal is to provide the best nutritional choices, while considering student tastes and preferences. District school meals meet nutritional standards set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture. Students are encouraged to take only what they can eat to minimize waste. District menus change constantly to incorporate new products that are low fat, less sugar, whole wheat, wholegrain and trans-fat free; also incorporating more fresh fruits and vegetables and never frying foods. We look forward to serving the students of J.E. Cosgriff Memorial Catholic School.”
  • Please see the attached September lunch calendar/order form. You may download this form to order school lunch starting September 1.
  • If you have questions, concerns, comments—please email or call Mrs. Hunt, Principal   bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933
  • Please remember: All students will need to bring a home prepared lunch from August 16 thru August 31. School lunches and milk will not be served in August. The Murray School Lunch Program begins on September 1, 2017. Order forms and a check made out to Murray School District must be placed in the lunch mailbox (by the office) by Friday, August 25.
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  • Please call or email Mrs. Hunt, Principal with any questions regarding the new lunch program.  bhunt@cosgriff.org  801-486-6933
  • Thank-You, 
  • Mrs. Hunt, Principal

 

August 4, 2017

Parents,

I hope this letter finds you well and having a really nice summer vacation.

Please note a few reminders:

1. Slightly used, clean uniforms will be on racks and tables directly outside the west gym door on Aug 7, 8, 9,10 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Please help yourself to uniform parts.

2. Watch for information  next week regarding a new lunch program which will begin September 1, 2017. Students will be asked to bring a lunch from home until September 1.

3. Please refer to the school calendar at www.cosgriff.org for important dates and times beginning August 14. with “Meet the Teacher,” and a family picnic. The first day of school is August 16.

4. Note: “Back to School” is August 16,  (toddler -5th grade)  and August 17, (6th, 7th 8th grade)  both meetings begin at 7:00pm in the social hall.

5. Go to www.cosgriff.org to register your foursome for the “Bad in Plaid” Golf Tournament on Sunday, September 10, at Bonneville Golf Course. Questions- call Robb Farr at 801-201-5704

6. Watch for a note from your homeroom teacher regarding requested to bring in school supplies. Thank you for purchasing student and classroom supplies

7. A special thank you to several parents of in coming eighth grade students, for donating the required fee for the Junior Achievement course and site visit. We have collected enough money for this very useful class.

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal.