The Cardinal Connection

March 25, 2021

Dear Costello Families,

Happy Spring Break! Whether you are headed to the beach or staying at home wishing you and your family a relaxing time together. We will see everyone on Zoom on Monday, April 5th.

"I'm Bored...

In case you hear this over break here's and idea from our kindergartners and first graders. Write a story about your pets (real or stuffed animals). What are they thinking, what would they say if they could talk? So many creative ideas from these young authors!

Parent-Teacher Conferences...

Thank you for your participation in these meetings. Our teachers value having the opportunity to connect with you.


The district is still waiting on direction from federal programming on whether or not the M-STEP will be administered this year. We will keep you informed as information is provided.

Log Off & Lace Up...

Have you registered yet? Get the whole family moving, click here for sign up and more details https://logoffandlaceup.weebly.com

Costello Announcements...

So proud of our students, teachers, and families for putting together the weekly announcements. Love to see the creativity and how each one is unique. Email me if your family is interested in making the next announcement. Here's a link to our website in case you have not yet seen them https://costello.troy.k12.mi.us/students/weekly-student-announcements Enjoy!

Twitter Highlights...

Tweets by T. DiPonio Mike Thomas, Grayson McKinney. Check out our Costello Twitter @Costello_Tweets

March 12, 2021

Thanks to all of our guest readers who have been participating in March is reading month. We are having a terrific time celebrating reading at Costello! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Zoom next week, don't forget to check the March is Reading Month calendar before you get ready for school next week!

District Survey...

Please be watching your email for updates from the district. The final Return to Learn survey will be coming out soon. There will be a deadline established and if the survey is not completed by the deadline the students will be default to virtual. Please let me know if you have questions.

Parent Teacher Conferences - March 15-18...

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with your child's teacher. It's not too late to sign up http://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Costello_Elementary All conference are being held via ZOOM.

Research has proven that parent/teacher conferences are a vital part of any successful educational process. Thank you for supporting this important school activity.

Principal Office Hours...

Please feel free to join me on Zoom on Monday, March 15th. I will be hosting a drop in office hour session from 5:30-6:00 https://troyk12mi.zoom.us/j/6509536241?pwd=Q2xETkVPOERHN3pSckF3ckdsR1N1QT09 and another from 6:30-7:00. I miss being able to connect with families and wanted to provide this opportunity. I know that you may have questions about the Return to Learn plan, or questions related to the recent surveys that the district has sent out. Since Parent Teacher Conferences are meant to be specifically about your child's progress other questions can be addressed at these meetings. If these times don't work please feel free to reach out to me via email at tdiponio@troy.k12.mi.us.

Costello Announcements...

So proud of our students, teachers, and families for putting together the weekly announcements. Love to see the creativity and how each one is unique. Here's a link to our website in case you have not yet seen them, Ms. Watts class will be posted next week https://costello.troy.k12.mi.us/students/weekly-student-announcements Enjoy!

February 26, 2021

Thank you Costello families for your continuous support. There have been so many shifts and changes this year. We appreciate your flexibility.

It is easy to get bogged down with the many challenges that we are facing. Fortunately our Costello students amaze us each day. If you need some inspiration in your life watch this https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aRJ1WqLcJcxcjh_Yl4QN0csgqNOZ-HIl/view


The Costello staff got warmed up for March is Reading Month this week by playing a game of human scrabble. Everyone teamed up to try and build the word with the most points.

Fridgeworthy...Print and post this handy MIRM calendar so that you can enjoy these fun activities!

(click on link below to print a copy of the calendar)


Now that you have picked out your books for March is Reading Month it's time to record your video! Follow these simple steps and add to our Costello video reading collection!

Have you signed up for Parent Teacher Conferences?

Use the link below to schedule your Zoom conference as soon as possible.


News from PTO...

Hello Costello Families and Staff,

This school year has looked very different from past years, including our ability to host our traditional fun events like the Fun Run and school fair. We may have the opportunity to provide a family fun night this spring...a drive-in movie! This event will be an opportunity to spend outdoor, socially-distant time with our Costello community and have a little bit of fun as our school year closes.

To gauge interest in this event, please complete this brief survey by March 3rd.


If we are able to host this family-centered event, more details will follow.

Thank you for completing the survey,

Ingrid Peeples and the Costello PTO

District Updates...

Please stay informed on district news through Kerry Birmingham's emails. The district wants to be sure that you have an opportunity to provide input on upcoming decisions. Surveys went out this week.

Calling All Kindergartners...

If you know of a child that is ready to begin kindergarten in the fall, please e-mail jcavellier@troy.k12.mi.us .

Plans for the 2021/2022 school year are underway. Be sure to get your incoming kindergarten student on the list.

Once kindergarten enrollment is completed you will be shared a link to the Kindergarten Round-Up meeting on April 16th.

February 12, 2021

THANK YOU so much for helping me celebrate this week! It has been a fun week! I loved seeing the students participate. The best story of the week was from a kindergartner, "The 80's is when the dinosaurs were still alive!" Thank you for all of the kind words, cards and gifts. PTO was so generous, a special leader key chain, gift card and we were all treated to sandwiches today. It is a pleasure to serve the Costello community. Thank you for all of your support and for sharing your wonderful children with us.

Important Reminders...

Be sure to check out the important dates (click on button above). There will be no school on Monday and Tuesday, February 15 and 16 for mid-winter recess. Virtual learning will begin on Wednesday, February 17th through Friday, February 19th. Students should plan to log on at 9:10 each morning.

LIVE will start next week on Wednesday, February 17th.

Enjoy your long weekend!

February 5, 2021

Dear Costello Families,

I am so inspired by the amazing work happening in our classrooms each day. The students (Zoomies & Roomies) are engaged in deep learning and the teachers are continuously finding new and creative ways to have both groups partner together: Small group content presentations, partner reading, student led art lessons during indoor recess, just to name a few. Today we had a couple of 5th graders create a video for the younger students on how to open a milk carton! We even have some parents volunteering to read with students on Zoom. We are embracing the challenges and finding new opportunities!

PTO Meeting

Monday, February 8th at 7:00PM - Please click link below to join:


Winter Weather

The students love being able to play outside; building forts and creating snow structures. Thank you for providing all of the necessary warm snow gear (hats, gloves, snow pants, snow boots, scarves) so that outside play is is fun and the children are not cold. We will go outside as much as possible, however, when the temperatures are too cold we will have structured indoor recess. Using the TSD district guidelines we will have outdoor recess if the "feels like" temperature is 10 degrees or warmer, if the "feels like" temperature is 9 degrees or colder we will be indoors.

Morning Line Up

We are anticipating VERY cold temperatures next week, please remember that students cannot enter the building until the bell rings at 9:10. Please plan accordingly. Students should not arrive at their entry door any earlier than 9:05.

Parent Teacher Conferences

ALL parents will be offered an opportunity to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences coming up on March 17th and 18th. Links and communication coming soon.

March is Reading Month

Of course MIRM will look a little different this year, but we certainly want to continue to involve our families, so pick out your book and get ready to read! If you have a children's book in mind that might align with your career, culture, or something that inspires you this would be a great way to expose students to new learning. We would love for you to participate in video readings. More information coming soon!


LIVE Registration opened February 1: Just a reminder, if you are interested in our LIVE program for the longer virtual breaks in February, March and April, you must register. All students/families who were already registered in November/December have already been contacted and enrolled if interested, and there are limited spots available for new students/families. Please do NOT wait to register if you know you need a spot, registration closes on February 10th. You can register at : https://troy.ce.eleyo.com/child-care/6/l-i-v-e

A Peek into our Classrooms...

January 25, 2021

Dear Costello Families,

Whether you are a Zoomie or a Roomie parent I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. I was in Ms. Watts classroom today and discovered an inspirational book called I Am Human by Susan Verde. I encourage you to share this story with your entire family; from toddlers to grandparents and everyone in between. Weaved throughout the book are opportunities for thoughtful reflection about mistakes, forgiveness, and how to treat others. Everyone is trying to balance so much right now which we know can be stressful, the messages in this book are great reminders for all.

If you find balancing work time and family time to be a challenge, you are not alone. Our teachers are spending a lot of time reflecting on balance lately too. In addition to work and family, our teachers are continuously thinking about equally serving the Roomies and the Zoomies, giving individual attention to all of their students, and working across small groups. As I pop in and out of the classrooms and Zoom sessions I get to see AMAZING learning, positive classroom leadership and role models, patience and creativity. Thank you for your continuous support and encouragement during this challenging time.

Special Moments...

Students using their friends for help while the teacher is working with another group of students.

A patient thumbs up from the Zoomies while we troubleshoot tech issues!

Students advocating for each other, "Can you please help _______ he did not get a milk."

One kindergartner to another... "You better eat your lunch or you are going to be hungry!"

Valentine Celebrations...

Similar to our Halloween and Holiday celebrations our teachers have some fun activities that they will be leading for Valentine's Day this year. Along with read alouds and a directed art project the students will also participate in a digital Valentine activity. The Roomies & The Zoomies will both participate in these activities on Friday, February 12th. Students will not be passing out Valentines/cards, candy, etc.

Crisis Drills...

The Troy School District adopted the A.L.I.C.E Emergency Response in 2018. The implementation of A.L.I.C.E. as a measure to counter an aggressive intruder or shooter event. A.L.I.C.E. takes a more proactive approach in the event of a serious emergency. A.L.I.C.E. stands for Alert * Lockdown * Inform * Counter * Evacuate.

This week we will be practicing a minimum security lockdown. During this required drill students will be with their teacher, in their classroom, reviewing how to respond in an emergency. The classroom doors will be secured and students will move to a safe location in the classroom while still keeping their distance from others. I am sharing this information with you so that you are aware and we realize that some students may benefit from advanced preparation. Just like a tornado or fire drill preparation is key to successfully responding to any emergency.

January 15, 2021

Greetings Costello Families!

I hope that this message finds you and your family doing well. It has been a busy few days at Costello as we have been preparing the school to welcome back our students! We are eagerly anticipating seeing all of our K-5 ROOMIES, who signed up for in-seat learning, return on Tuesday, January 19th at 9:10! This time there will not be a staggered start, instead all six grade levels will be returning at one time.

I am sure that you have a lot of questions and I am hoping that the information included below in the Costello Return to Learn 2.0 as well as Kerry Birmingham's communication will help answer your wonderings. Included in this document you will find the daily schedule, information about daily required health screenings, arrival and dismissal details, safety procedures, and much more. Please take the time to review this material. If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me tdiponio@troy.k12.mi.us

Car Riders - Express Loop

If your child is car rider, for dismissal, please have a sign in the passenger side window with your student(s)' name and grade level. This will help to expedite the process. Thank you!

Costello Students Featured in the TSD Podcast....Check this out!


Picture Day is on Thursday, January 21st - more details coming soon!

Important Reminders...

Monday, January 18th no school in honor of MLK Day

Starting on Tuesday, January 19th school will be in session from 9:10-3:00 Monday through Friday

January 11, 2021

PTO Meeting...

this evening, January 11 at 7:00 PM, click the link below to join:


Have you selected your Learning Preference?

Selections for in-seat or virtual learning are due Tuesday, January 12 at 5:00 PM. If no selection is made students will be marked as virtual. Log on through PowerSchools to make your selection.

Troy Preschool...

will be hosting a virtual information night on Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 PM, see details below.



TSD Food Drive

Friday, January 15 students will log off at 12:00 PM

Monday, January 18, no school - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Free TCRWP Parent & Caregiver Workshop

Thursday, January 28, 1-3 PM Eastern Time

link to more resources: https://readingandwritingproject.org/resources/supports-for-familes

Join expert Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff at our upcoming workshop day for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. Learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, what or how they are learning in school, how to best engage in home literacy projects, and more.

These days are typically 2-3 hours long, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are free to come for one workshop or many. The schedule of workshops will be made available prior to the event. These sessions are offered live and are not recorded for later viewing.

Click the link below to register.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Stay tuned this week for more details about in-seat return to learn on Tuesday, January 19th.

Buddy reading, virtual style!

Think you may have missed some communication? Scroll below to catch up on past updates.

December 18, 2020

Dear Parents,

This has certainly been a year to remember and yet through all of the obstacles I have seen students, teachers, and parents come together like never before. The values that you are instilling in your children are showing up in all of our classrooms. Watch this video from Ms. Ferriss' class to see some terrific examples.

Moonbeams for Sweetdreams...

A special thank you to the families who organized and came out to support Moonbeams for Sweetdreams for the pediatric oncology patients at Beaumont Hospital. This event raised over $1,300 for these families. Thank you for your generous donations. A big shout out to the Gallagher and Tennies families for putting this together and showing our entire community the importance of giving back and serving those in need.

Reading Resources...

We hope that part of your joy over the holidays will include reading! Here are some great resource put together by our school partners at the Teachers College for Reading and Writing in New York.

These family video collections are helpful for parents and caregivers. Great ways to support your children with reading, writing, phonics, and finding and accessing books - especially digital book collections. The videos are between 3 and 9 minutes in length, on a variety of topics, and they will be adding new videos to the collection periodically.

K-2 Family Video Collection


3-5 Family Video Collection


Best of Children's Literature - 2019


BIPOC Authors and Illustrators of Children's Nonfiction


Fabulous Fantasy Grades 1-8


Great Graphic Novels Grades 1-9


Get Kids Into Reading with Series! Grades K-5


Author Read Alouds


Fast and Furious Weekend Reads Grades 4-8



I have received so many lovely cards, gifts and wonderful notes. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Important Dates...

No School - Winter Break December 21 - January 1

School resumes on January 4, 2021

January 8th - K-5 Assessment Day. STUDENTS WILL ONLY LOG IN FOR THEIR ASSESSMENT TIME SLOT. More details to follow when we return.

January 15 students will log off at 12:00 PM

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

No School - Presidents Day - February 1

No School - Mid-Winter Recess - February 15-16

School resumes on February 17

Thank you again for your tremendous support. Wishing you and your families a healthy break. Happy Holidays & Cheers to a bright and hopeful 2021!

December 4, 2020

Dear Costello Families,

I hope that you are staying healthy and that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving break. I am sure it was different this year for many of you. As we kick off the busy month of December, we are focusing on the trait of empathy, giving to others and spreading joy. See this video for more details. We appreciate your support!

I bet you can come up with many more great ideas on ways you and your family could spread joy to others!

We will have a drop off box in the Costello lobby labeled CARDS FOR NURSING HOME. We will collect these until December 16th! Thanks for helping us fill the box!

Community Involvement

As a building, we are trying to bring our Costello community together in different ways as we navigate our virtual environment. One of our ideas is to have families create announcements. Yes, your family can be featured in our school-wide announcements. Interested? Keep reading for more details:

In an effort to not make the announcements look the same each week we are looking for different families, teachers, and staff to make this assignment their own vs. providing a formatted template. Here are some basic guidelines.


• Introduce your family or the family members included in the video.

• Lead the Pledge of Allegiance (one family member or all, the dog, the hamster, etc.)

• Weigh in on why you think it is important for families, communities, students, etc. to follow traits like the Cardinal traits.

• In an engaging way, tell how your family uses the Cardinal Traits of Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity. You can choose one or all of the traits to feature OR choose another important character trait.

.• SHOW the character trait for students to see the word.

• Quick ending wrap up....challenge another family to make the next family video.

SUGGESTED CONTENT (pick and choose) Please keep to a maximum of 5 minutes

  • Share a tip on what your family does to make "stay at home" fun.
  • Promote diversity - Help all of the Costello families learn about your family's culture and celebrations.
  • Why is math, reading, science, _______ important to your family?
  • Anything that would align to our Cardinal Traits and benefit elementary students.

You do not need to state the date as it will be plugged in when the announcement is sent out.

Video Formatting...

Each of the sections that you choose to make can be a separate video link that can be sent to me in an email at tdiponio@troy.k12.mi.us . Please put COSTELLO ANNOUNCEMENTS in the subject. I will upload it to Vimeo and send it out as a Spark page or something similar.

Your announcement may shared out with all Costello families, posted on Twitter, Facebook, the Costello webpage. If you have special requests to NOT share on these formats please just let me know.

Some parts may need to be edited or left out based on other announcements and the need to keep this short and sweet 🙂. Based on participation all videos may not be able to be shown.

When is this due? There is not a deadline. This will be an ongoing project/opportunity. Based on participation your video may be submitted in December but may not air until April.

The Harper family volunteered to get us started. Here are two of their clips! What an awesome job!

Thanks for participating and allowing our community to get to know your family even during this time of distancing.

Pandemic Support Resources

A special thank you to Allison McKee and our district Social Workers for putting together these valuable resources for families to reference during this challenging time.

Online Activities to Help Students Cope with COVID-19 · https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/six_online_activities_to_help_students_cope_with_covid_19

Empowering Our Minds Against a Pandemic (for adults) · https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-high-functioning-alcoholic/202003/empowering-our-minds-against-pandemic

Keep Calm and Structure On: How to manage emotions and build structure at home during COVID-19 (for adults) · https://www.makesociallearningstick.com/blog/keep-calm-and-structure-on-how-to-manage-emotions-and-build-structure-at-home-during-covid-19/

Talking to children about COVID-19 (teachers and or adults) · https://www.unicef.org/georgia/how-teachers-can-talk-children-about-coronavirus-disease-covid-19#:~:text=Make%20sure%20to%20listen%20to%20students'%20concerns%20and%20answer%20their,the%20elbow%20and%20washing%20hands.

24 ways to comfort kids without physical contact: Strategies for teachers and pod parents during COVID-19 · https://www.connecticutchildrens.org/back-to-school/ways-to-comfort-kids-without-physical-contact-strategies-for-teachers-and-pod-parents-during-covid-19/

Report Cards will be posted in PowerSchool December 15


December 18 and January 15 students will log off at 12:00 PM

No School - Winter Break December 21 - January 1

School resumes on January 4, 2021

No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 18

November 20, 2020

Whatever happened to all of those pop tabs we collected??? Check out Caleb's awesome video to find out!

Virtual Book Fair Ends November 24th


A Glimpse of Our Learning...

We are readers, we are writers, we are composers!

Click the button above to hear a special story that ties in nicely with the Thanksgiving holiday.

We miss you!

Have you picked up your grade level materials and supplies? The lobby will be open from 7:30AM until 6:30 PM when virtual school is in session.

No School November 25, 26, 27.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

November 6, 2020

Dear Costello Families,

On behalf of the entire Costello staff we are thinking about you and your families. There is so much going on in all of our lives. The TSD communication sent out yesterday regarding our move to virtual learning was certainly not an easy decision. We were looking forward to inviting more students into our schools soon, but with the current situation the decision to move to virtual is a safe and responsible decision. Thank you all for your support.

All of our students have been so great through all of the changes, they are resilient and rise to meet the expectations we set for them. Thank you parents for all that you are doing to model "getting through the hard stuff" and persevering with a positive attitude.

VIRTUAL LEARNING BEGINS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH for ALL STUDENTS K-5. Students will log onto Zoom at 9:10. On Monday, students will log off at 12:00. This log off time is designed to give teachers time to adjust schedules, plan and gather materials for students to learn from home.

Stay tuned for more details on materials distribution


The virtual schedule will look very similar to the students current schedule. Please give the teachers a little time to adjust before establishing a "final" schedule. Though we would love to accommodate lunch time for all students at the same time this is not possible due to our support services, differentiated instruction, and specials schedules.


Dr. Reese, the teachers and Mrs. Martus are busy putting in orders for some new books for our students. Library book check-out will continue.


We recognize that turning back the dial to virtual learning will leave some of our families in crisis, with few safe options for students while parents work or are otherwise unable to care for children during the day. Therefore, as a service to our community, we are creating opportunities for supervision in several of our buildings for students in grades K-6 beginning next Wednesday, November 11th. L.I.V.E. (Learning in a Virtual Environment) will be offered to current in-seat students first, with all in-seat students in those grade levels eligible. I want to be clear that this is NOT school. This is an opportunity for a limited number of students to spend the day in a supervised environment, with access to reliable internet where they can log on to virtual instruction from their classroom teacher. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and students will have the opportunity to go outside and participate in other enrichment activities outside of virtual instruction. Masks and all other strict safety protocols must be followed. These opportunities will be provided at no cost for those families who have supervision or internet needs for their students. They will be set up at limited buildings throughout the district and transportation will be provided if needed. No additional tutoring or instructional support will be provided. You may wonder why this is considered safe when in-seat instruction is not. The two are markedly different, both in numbers and in reasoning. Although it is not ideal, we know that most of our students can learn in a virtual setting. We also know that some of our students do not have a consistent, secure environment when our schools are closed. This is an emergency measure intended to fill a need for families and a service to our community with a limited number of students in each building (not to exceed state guidelines). Our secondary buildings will also survey families of students in grades 7-12 to see if there is interest in us providing an opportunity for students to have access to a supervised wifi-enabled environment for them to access their virtual learning.

Please stay tuned for details from the district through Kerry Birmingham.

Enjoy the lovely weather this weekend and stay well. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you again for all of your support.

September 7, 2020

I hope that you are all enjoying a terrific Labor Day! Thank you for all that you are doing to partner with your child's teacher. We had a very successful first week and are looking forward to another great week ahead.

Special Start this Week...

Students will begin specials (Art, Music, Physical Education) starting tomorrow afternoon. Teachers will share the schedule and how to access the specials Zoom links in Schoology. Our specials teachers have been planning for "live" virtual instruction and they look forward to meeting the students tomorrow. You may have more questions regarding your child's specials schedule, during curriculum night the teachers will go over the schedule in greater depth.

Virtual Curriculum Night - Thursday, September 10

5:00-5:30 SPECIALS Teachers - Art, PE, Music

6:00-6:30 Kindergarten and Third Grade

6:30-7:00 Fourth Grade

7:00-7:30 Second and Fifth Grades

* Teachers will send out links *


Small groups will be starting this week. Small group is a great time for teachers to get to know students better. Teachers will use small group time to meet with students individually or in groups of 3-6 student. Here is a list of some of the learning that may take place during small groups.

  • ELD Instruction
  • Special Education Intervention (Social Work, Speech, Occupational Therapy, Resource Room Services, etc.)
  • F&P Assessments
  • Reading Recovery - 1st Grade
  • Guided Practice
  • Reteaching
  • Reading/Writing interventions
  • Phonics Instruction
  • Center Type Activities (word work, math games, etc.)
  • Provide meaningful feedback to students
  • Paper/pencil activities
  • Social Emotional lessons
  • Anything that a teacher would like to do with a student or group that cannot be done whole group.

Small group takes place in a classroom daily throughout our school year. Not all of these learning opportunities take place at the same time. During September, January, and May, our teachers administer F & P literacy assessments. This will take up most of the small group time as your child's teacher will need to meet with each student individually to administer these assessments. This is also a law that we need to follow in order to be in compliance with the Michigan Department of Education. Once we are able to get through the assessments, we will be able to use the data we gather to form small groups to further support reading, writing, and math needs for students.

Whether we are face-to-face or virtual we want to build students' stamina for independent work time. The learning task lists that teachers will share with students not only provides meaningful reinforcement of skills that the students are learning, but it gives the students time to build their independence. The students not in the small group for a particular session will have learning tasks to complete, these may be some of the items from the above list, or other independent activities. Prior to pulling students into small groups the teachers will review with the entire class what they should be working on individually. We also recognize the importance of stepping away from the screen and doing more paper/pencil activities. Teachers may engage students in this type of work too.

Please reach out to me should you have any questions or concerns. tdiponio@troy.k12.mi.us or 248-823-3720.

Dr. DiPonio

August 29, 2020

Hey Cardinals the first day of school is almost here! All of the teachers have been hard at work preparing to welcome you on September 1st. Instead of coming to school you will be connecting through Schoology on Tuesday morning at 8:30If you have not logged into Schoology be sure to do so this weekend so you can be ready on day 1. If you need help contact the Troy Technology Support Department schoology@troy.k12.mi.us

We realize that students will need to build their stamina and understanding of this new style of learning. Our teachers will be working through this with the students as well as building classroom relationships, supporting social-emotional needs, explaining virtual classroom norms and establishing learning expectations. Small groups will take place in the afternoons starting during the second week of school.


September 1st

Student Day: 8:30am-12:00

September 2nd

Student Day: 8:30am-12:00

September 3rd

Student Day: 8:30am-12:00

Specials classes will not be held during the first three days, they will begin on week two.


Click on button below, choose download to open embedded links.


Kindergarten students’ educational materials will be distributed (via car parade style). Please plan to remain in your car and drive through the Express Loop (just follow the car in front of you) during your child's teacher's scheduled time.

3:30 – Mrs. Wonsowicz

3:45 – Mrs. Marcaccio

4:00 - Mrs. Flahtery

Please have your child’s name and their teacher’s name written (in BIG letters) on a large sheet of paper and place it on the passenger side of the car window as you drive through the loop. You will drive to the school front doors – show your child’s (and their teacher’s name) and you will be given (while you remain in your car) your kindergarten student’s learning materials.

Kindergarten teachers are looking forward to being a part of this process!!!


Place large sign on passenger side of car with students’ last name and grade.

Remain in your car as you pull up to the front door via the Express Loop

Costello staff members (not teachers as they are in will bring your materials to your car.

5th Grade 1:00-1:30 pm

4th Grade 1:30-2:00 pm

3rd Grade 2:00-2:30 pm

2nd Grade 2:30-3:00 pm

1st Grade 3:00-3:30



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On behalf of our Costello community I would like to thank you for your patience and support as we tackle this new way of learning. The teachers are excited to meet their students and are looking forward to getting the year underway! As always if I can be of any assistance please don't hesitate to reach out to me at 248-823-3720 or via email at tdiponio@troy.k12.mi.us. Don't forget to follow @Costello_Tweets and @TammyDiPonio on Twitter and join the Costello PTO Facebook page. See you all soon via ZOOM!!!

Costello Virtual Staff Meeting

August 24, 2020

You are invited to a Zoom webinar You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Aug 26, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Virtual Learning Parent Q & A with Costello, Hill & Wass

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When: Aug 26, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Virtual Learning Parent Q & A with Costello, Hill & Wass

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August 22, 2020

Dear Costello Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! This week you will be receiving important information and updates. Kerry Birmingham will be sending out communication on Schoology, explaining how to access teacher assignments, instructions for logging in on the first day of school, schedules, and other district updates.


• August 27 – District Communication via School Messenger - Teacher Placement

• September 1 - First Day of School 8:30 AM

• September 1 – Materials Pick-Up at Costello (see below)

• September 2 – Virtual Curriculum Night - Zoom links and times will be announced later this week.

We are looking forward to a terrific start to our year! My hope for Costello is that we lean into what makes our school unique and sets us apart from others; our strong sense of community. Community starts with our families, it extends to our neighborhoods, it carries over to our school, and reaches inside of every classroom.

As a staff we are committed to creating positive relationships with our students and families. During this interesting and challenging time sticking together and supporting one another is more important than ever. We want to be exceedingly human, flexible, and understanding with our families and students, knowing that over these past few months we have all been impacted in different ways. Thank you also for supporting our teachers and staff members as they too are also navigating through these times with their own families.

Who's on First?

Here are the staffing updates for this year, please join me in welcoming our new teachers...

Devon Watts is joining our fifth grade team, she has been in our district for several years as a Spanish teacher, working in all 12 of our elementary buildings with students from kindergarten through fifth grade!

Please welcome Jodie Seilheimer to our first grade team, Jodie most recently taught second grade as well as other elementary grades! Mike Thomas is joining us from Hamilton Elementary where he has taught kindergarten and first grade. Jodie and Mike will be joining Colleen Chick, who taught third grade at Costello last year, as our new first grade team!!

Jill Flaherty taught GSRP at Costello for the past several years. Jill is moving to kindergarten this year!

Lindsey Maliepaard will be teaching third grade this year!

We are so fortunate to have a solid team of talented and dedicated teachers at Costello and look forward to showing our newest team members just how AWESOME Costello is!


Kindergarten Team:

Mrs. Jill Flaherty, Mrs. Kristen Marcaccio, Mrs. Stefanie Wonsowicz, Mr. Seth Wyatt - Student Teacher

First Grade Team:

Ms. Colleen Chick, Mrs. Seilheimer, Mr. Mike Thomas

Second Grade Team:

Mrs. Emily Homrich & Ms. Kelsey Kavulich

Third Grade Team:

Mrs. Ewa Dabrowski, Mrs. Lindsey Malieaard, Mrs. Tessoff

Fourth Grade Team:

Ms. Ferriss, Mrs. Amanda Oliver, Mr. Zach Rondot

Fifth Grade Team:

Ms. Julie Eldridge, Mr. Grayson McKinney, Ms. Devon Watts

Itinerant Staff:

Mrs. Mary Farran, Mrs. Karey Hansen, Ms. Allison McKee, Ms. Katie Kerch, Dr. Reese, Ms. Jen Erff, Ms. Cathy Rozmanik

Specials Teachers: To Be Determined

Office Team:

Mrs. Jennifer Martus, Mrs. Jillian Cavellier, Tammy DiPonio

Custodian: Ms. Queen

Our teachers have been preparing throughout the summer in virtual trainings and planning sessions for a strong start to our year. The district gathered and used feedback from stakeholders to make adjustments to the structure of learning that students experienced in the spring. Our new schedule takes into consideration the need for consistency and live engagement.


Please mark your calendar for a virtual Curriculum Night September 2nd & September 10th to learn what you can expect this year. Look for links and times from your child's teacher(s).



 Pick up will take place at Costello.

 Place large sign in passenger side of car with students’ last name and grade.

 No need to get out of the car. Drive through pick up will take place in the Express Loop in the front of the school.

 Teachers will not be distributing materials as they will be in professional development training. Another Costello staff member will be assisting with material distribution.

 Only parents or a designated adult should plan for materials pick up.

 Parents are required to wear a mask.

 We will be practicing social distancing.

 If you have symptoms or you are ill please do not plan to come to the materials pick up sessions.

 Parents are not permitted to enter the school.


5th Grade 1:00-1:30pm

4th Grade 1:30-2:00pm

3rd Grade 2:00-2:30pm

2nd Grade 2:30-3:00pm

1st Grade 3:00-3:30pm

We will do our best to accommodate all family pick-ups at the same time so that you do not have to come through multiple times for students in different grade levels.


• Pre-Ordered School Supplies

• Math workbooks

• Niki folders

• First day packet/School information

• Other items

• Note: TSD iPad distribution will take place at a later date.


• Return all library books/school owned items (not iPads) during pick up. Staff will assist with collection.

We appreciate your support and want to work with you to assist your children. Please feel free to email me if you have additional questions. Looking forward to a very successful school year!

Dr. DiPonio

Stay updated through Twitter @Costello_Tweets and @TammyDiPonio

Also, connect with families by joining our Costello PTO Facebook.

June 11, 2020

Dear Costello Families,

Well it has certainly been a year that none of us will ever forget. Thank you for your support throughout the year and certainly over these past few months. I know you have all modeled PERSEVERANCE for your children as you took on virtual learning while working full time and balancing the emotional needs and responsibilities of a family. Now that your children have ZOOMed into their next grade level I hope that you can disconnect and gain back some sense of normalcy. Wishing all of you a healthy and relaxing summer.


It goes without saying, our teachers worked extremely hard to recreate virtual classrooms. Through all of the change they maintained what really matters most; relationships and connections.


Best of luck to Mrs. Callas, Mrs. Dagenais, and Mrs. Gustin as they begin their retirement. We were so fortunate to have them at Costello. They will be greatly missed.

Best of luck to Mrs. Callas, Mrs. Dagenais, and Mrs. Gustin as they begin their retirement. We were so fortunate to have them at Costello. They will be greatly missed!




We wish Mrs. Bosio good luck as she takes a year of absence to spend time with her family next year!

Thanks for participating in our Farewell Parade. It was such a joy to see everyone!


Best of luck 5th Graders!


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Please help us to stay up to date on enrollment numbers. If you are moving or know of a new family that will be attending Costello please let us know by sending an email tdiponio@troy.k12.mi.us or start the enrollment process online through TSD website. If you have a neighborhood communication please consider including this information, thank you!


  • Watch for Kerry Birmingham's updates via School Messenger and the TSD website
  • Watch for Costello School Messenger Updates
  • Follow us on Twittter @Costello_Tweets & @TammyDiPonio
  • Join us on Facebook - Costello Elementary School PTO




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