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The Cardinal Connection

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 *

WHAT ARE SMALL GROUPS?

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.

THE FIRST THREE DAYS

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.

PARENT SCHOOLOGY RESOURCES

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

KINDERGARTEN MATERIAL PICK-UP: MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST

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!!!

GRADE 1-5 MATERIALS PICK-UP: TUES., SEPTEMBER 1

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

COSTELLO SCHOOL-WIDE CURRICULUM NIGHT INFORMATIONAL MEETING: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND 5:30 PM

**GRADE LEVELS/TEACHERS WILL BE COMMUNICATING FOLLOW-UP MEETINGS**

Topic: Tammy DiPonio's Zoom Meeting

Time: Sep 2, 2020 05:30 PM America/Detroit

Join Zoom Meeting

https://troyk12mi.zoom.us/j/6509536241?pwd=Q2xETkVPOERHN3pSckF3ckdsR1N1QT09

Meeting ID: 650 953 6241

Passcode: Cardinals

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

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://troyk12mi.zoom.us/j/83896472928?pwd=d1ZBTnh2MVplVDZNQW9UMmV6ekp0QT09

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

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

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

• 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!

TEAM LINE UP...

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.

CURRICULUM NIGHT

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).

MATERIALS PICK-UP: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

KINDERGARTEN SUPPLY PICK-UP & AND PARADE WILL BE ON MONDAY, AUGUST 31ST - SEE SCHOOL MESSENGER SENT ON 8/28 FOR DETAILS

 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.

PICK-UP TIMES

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.

ITEMS TO PICK-UP

• 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.

STILL HAVE SCHOOL ITEMS TO RETURN?

• 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.

THANK YOU COSTELLO TEACHERS...

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.

RETIREES...

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!

A PARTING MESSAGE FROM MRS. GUSTIN...

http://tsdmedia.weebly.com/costello.html

BEST OF LUCK...

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!

LARSON BOUND...

Best of luck 5th Graders!

SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES...

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MOVING? NEW FAMILIES?

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!

STAY INFORMED...

  • 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

END OF YEAR VIDEO 6-9-20

HAVE A TERRIFIC SUMMER!!!

Credits:

Created with images by Annie Spratt - "Young teen doing schoolwork at home after UK schools close due to the Coronavirus." • Element5 Digital - "untitled image" • Raphaël Biscaldi - "Summer has come"