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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

September 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal



September 12, 2019

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal



September 9, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please note the following important dates and activities:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12. The Student Leadership Council for 2019-20:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal



September 3, 2019


Dear Parents,

Please read the following:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal


August 29, 2019

Dear Parents,

A few reminders for today.

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

See attachment from email Aug 29th

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal



August 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

Please read the following important announcements.

No School on Monday, September 2. Labor Day. 

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

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

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

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

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

6. Mr. Downes and Mr. Harris would like to invite all students, 4rd through 8th grade to the Instrument Fair, on Wednesday, August 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the new music classroom. This is a hands-on way for interested students to sample a few musical instruments, ask questions and hopefully select one that will be a perfect fit to play in the school band. We are in great need of new musicians to replace several of the outgoing eighth grade students from last year. All 4th -8th grade student are encouraged to attend the fair.

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

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

9. A reminder that Homework Club will begin on Tuesday, September 3, from 3:20 to 4:15pm, in the school library. It is offered Monday through Thursday for students in fourth-eighth grade. Homework Club does not take the place of Extended Day. It is an organized and formal period for students who would like to ask questions, complete homework, research a topic in the library or study for a test. Mrs. Millard will be present at Homework Club on Wednesdays for the purpose of answering student questions for her fourth, fifth, sixth grade Latin classes. Mrs. Maier will assist seventh and eighth grade student on Wednesdays as needed.

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

There is not a fee or charge to attend Homework Club. Educational research strongly indicates that students who attend to academic study for a longer period of time each day, learn more information in core subjects and earn better grades in school.     Robert Marsano 2004

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal


August 19, 2019Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year.  The faculty, staff and administration were very excited to meet and greet your children today. The students came to school full of energy with smiles on their faces and ready to begin a new school year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal


August 16, 2019

Dear Parents,

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal


August 13, 2019

Dear Parents,

A few reminders for this week.

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal


August 8, 2019

Dear Parents of Kindergarten Students,

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

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

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

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

Thank You,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal

August 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you,

Mrs. Hunt, Principal


July 18, 2019

Dear Parents,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

11. Important Dates to Remember

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


Mrs. Hunt, Principal



June 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

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

Please read the following:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mrs. Hunt, Principal