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Cardinal Connection 2023-2024

September 22, 2023

It's been a busy week at Costello! The students were disappointed when the lights came back on after the power outage. We might have to have a "lights out" day! We are fortunate to have so much natural light in the building to keep us going. Huge shout out to our kitchen staff for packing lunches with flashlights!

Costello PTO is AMAZING!!!

All K-5 students Fun Run t-shirts will be completely paid for through our PTO! WOW!! And...our office staff worked to ensure the correct size for students. Parents, all you have to do is make sure your child wears their Fun Run t-shirt on Fun Run Day, Friday, October 13!!!

Thanks to those of you have already registered for the Fun Run! We had some winners to celebrate today. These students won a prize for registering. More drawings next week!

Cell Phones & Smart Watches at School...

Devices can cause distractions to the learning environment for the student using them as well as classmates. The following guidelines should be followed:

  • Unless necessary for medical use, cell phones must be silenced or powered off and kept in the child's backpack. Elementary students are not permitted to use cell phones at any point during the school day.
  • Smart watches and devices with data series and message/calling capabilities (this includes GPS watches and Apple Watches) must be in "airplane" mode during the school day.
  • Devices can be kept in a child's backpack. Students should not be receiving and/or sending communication via smart watches during the school day.
  • Students may be required to remove smart devices during assessments.
  • The school is not responsible for lost or stolen devices.

Please communicate through the main office with changes in transportation. We will be sure to let your child/teacher know. For your child's safety, the adults need to ensure that the information is appropriately followed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Go Athens Redhawks!! Have fun at the Homecoming Parade and Game tonight!

September 15, 2023

We had a terrific Cardinal Pep Assembly this week! Shout out to our 5th Grade Leaders who taught everyone about our Cardinal Traits: Perseverance, Respect, Integrity and Responsibility! Enjoy this video that Mr. Rondot put together!

Click button below for more details about Cardinal Nesting Night on October 5th
Costello Fun Run is coming up...October 13th...

September 7, 2023

When is Curriculum Night?

Our team is excited to share our enhanced curriculum experience with you!

We will be sending out an eblast the last week of September containing virtual links from your child’s Costello teachers (classroom teachers, specials’ teachers, support teachers, etc.). Essential information will be shared in this video so that you know what you can expect this year at Costello. Similar to an “in person” curriculum night, your child’s teacher will share details about the curriculum, what instruction might look like, classroom procedures, ways you can be involved, and other crucial details.

Our Costello team is continuously looking to improve parent involvement. We know parent partnership is crucial to your child’s success at school. Last year we noticed a decrease in Curriculum Night attendance compared to pre-COVID Curriculum Nights; this led us to shift our thinking and reevaluate our approach.

So essentially there is not a Curriculum Night, but rather a Curriculum video link that will cover the important content.

But wait, that’s not all…on October 5th from 6:00-7:30 we invite you and your Costello student(s) to join us at Costello for Cardinal Nesting Night!

What is Cardinal Nesting Night?

Think of it as a unique evening event designed to strengthen the bond between you and your child(ren), as well as celebrate their school journey.

During this event, you will have the opportunity to step into your child's world, where they will be your guide, showcasing their school and sharing some of their learning experiences. As attentive listeners, you will witness the pride and excitement as they show you around and introduce you to their teachers.

Throughout the building there will be different sessions for you and your Cardinal to participate in. There will be sessions for math, reading, technology, robotics, art, media, and so much more!

This evening is dedicated to fostering a deeper connection between you and your child's educational environment. It's a time for your child to shine, and for them to have your full attention 😊

It is our hope that by “remaking” this event we will accomplish the following:

Create an Early Opportunity for ALL Families to Feel a Sense of Belonging:

Transitioning to a new format provides us with an early opportunity to foster a strong sense of belonging among our families. By creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, we hope to establish a supportive community that encourages active engagement.

Including Students to Increase Parent Participation:

Involving students in parent meetings not only enhances their ownership of their education but also serves as a powerful motivator for parents to attend. This collaborative approach fosters a deeper connection between home and school, leading to more fruitful discussions and a greater understanding of their child's progress.

In conclusion, these compelling reasons underscore the necessity of changing our format. By incorporating these strategies, we are confident that we will create a stronger sense of community, and ultimately enrich the educational experience for both our students and families.

Q&A…

What if I have multiple children that go to Costello?

No problem, you can all stay together and attend the same sessions.

You will also have an opportunity to “drop in” to see your child’s classroom and teacher.

This is sure to be a crowded event, we ask that only K-5 Costello students attend WITH their parents.

On behalf of our Costello Team we look forward to seeing you on October 5th!

August 30, 2023

We are off to a terrific start! The hard work that the teachers and staff put into preparing is paying off. Check out these smiles....

BREAKFAST PROGRAM STARTS ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th (for families who signed up).

I want to sign my child up for breakfast, is it too late? NO, scan the code below to sign up!

Students participating in the free breakfast program will have a bagged breakfast delivered to their classroom. Teachers will provide time for students to eat breakfast.

BREAKFAST MENU

LUNCH MENU

August 28, 2023

Once again, I want to welcome all returning and new Costello families. It was great seeing so many of you at Meet the Teacher last week. This year we hope you make new connections and find ways to be involved. Your participation makes our school family stronger. Looking forward to collaborating with you and supporting your children this year!

If you have not had a chance to read the Back to School publication, see below. You will find school supply lists, breakfast details, arrival and dismissal details as well as a link to the Costello Handbook. Many of your answers can be found here, just click the button below:

First Day Reminders...

CARE is not available in the afternoon

Students will not have specials

Lunch is not served, please send a snack

Dismissal is at 12:59

Allergy Updates...

If your child has an allergy that requires specific seating in the lunchroom (peanut free, nut free table, etc.) please let us know by responding to the survey below. Just click the button and complete the information.

Additionally, all necessary health forms need to be updated using the forms in the link below. Thank you for helping us to keep your child safe at school.

A Message from CARE...

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning children at Costello Care for 23-24 school year. My name is Mervat Mishreky and I am the Costello Care supervisor with 3 other assistants. Their names are Ms. Jayanti, Miss. Dylan, and our new assistant is Miss. Amita. We are excited to meet you and your children on Tuesday, August 29, which this will be the first day of CARE and on that Tuesday, we will only be offering AM CARE. There will be no Care in the afternoon.

Reminder: there is no PM care for kindergarten for the first week of school.

Also, the following dates will not have CARE:

There will be no school and no care on Friday, September 1st.

There will be no school and no care on Monday, September 3rd.

The drop off and pick up procedures: please go from the cafeteria back door near the dumpsters and utilize the doorbell to get our attention. Care will open at 7 am and end at 6 pm. Please have your child bring a water bottle and snacks to Care with their names on them. Please email me if your child will be absent from CARE at mmishreky@troy.k12.mi.us or you can call Care at 248-823-3709, leave a message if we are unable to answer. Mervat Mishreky

Patience & Flexibility...

We understand that entrusting your children to our care is a significant decision, and we want to reassure you that we are fully committed to their well-being and development. Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility.

In the course of providing the best experience for your children, there may be moments when things don't go as planned. Buses might run a bit late, delays in enrollment, etc. These challenges, will be met with a dedicated effort to resolve them.

What we want you to know is that while minor hiccups are likely to occur, our priority is creating an environment where your child feels safe and a genuine sense of belonging.

Our Costello team understands that you want what is best for your child and we want this as well. Through collaboration and open communication, we believe we can achieve great things together.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children's education and growth. With your support, patience, and flexibility, we are confident that we can provide them with an environment where they can thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

Your Costello Team!

Important Dates...

August 29 - 9:09-12:59 - First Day of School! Half Day - no lunch

August 30 - Grades 1st-5th - First FULL Day - 9:09-4:07 - Kindergarten Half Day

August 31 - Grades 1st-5th - Full Day - Kindergarten Half Day

September 1 - NO SCHOOL

September 4 - NO SCHOOL

September 5 - FULL DAY - K-5

September 8 - School Picture Day

September 11 - 7:00 PM - PTO Meeting

September 27 - Half Day - Teacher Professional Development - Dismissal 12:59

October 5 – 6:00 – 7:30 Costello Nesting Night

October 13 - Costello Fun Run!

October 14 – Family Photo Sessions

October 18, 19, 20 – 5th Grade Camp

October 20 – Trunk or Treat

October 9 - 7:00 PTO Meeting

October 25 - Half Day for Students - Parent/Teacher Conferences Afternoon & Evening

October 26 - Half Day for Students - Parent/Teacher Conferences Afternoon & Evening

October 31 - Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties

November 8 – Early Release

November 9 – 6:00 International Night

November 13 – 7:00 PTO Meeting – District Update

November 17 – Square One Art Designs Due

November 22 – 24 Thanksgiving Break

November 30 – End of K-5 Reporting 1/3

December 1 – No School – Teacher Workday

December 6 – Early Release

December 20 – Costello Winter Wonderland & Classroom Parties

January 8 – 7:00 PTO Meeting

January 15 – No School MLK Day

January 22 – Penny Wars

January 29 – No School Teacher Professional Development Day

February 8 – Costello Ball for All

February 12 – 7:00 PTO Meeting

February 14 – Early Release

February 19-20 Mid-Winter Break

March ? Costello Auction Date TBD

March 1 – No School – Teacher Workday

March 6 – Early Release

March 7 – Half Day Conference by invitation 1:40-8:00

March 11 – 7:00 PTO Meeting

March 22-29 – SPRING BREAK

April ? - Costello Fair TBD

April 1 – School Resumes

April 8 – 7:00 PTO Meeting

April 25 – Half Day – Building PD

April 26 – Administrative Assistants’ Day!

May 6-10 Staff Appreciation Week!

May 13 – 7:00 PTO Meeting

May 15 – Early Release

May 27 – No School – Memorial Day

June ? – Field Day

June ? – End of Year Parties

June 11 – Half Day

June 12 – Half Day

June 13 – Half Day – Last Day