The Cardinal Connection

Well, the Fun Run was certainly a HUGE success!! It was wonderful to see so many families in attendance. Thanks for being such good sports, cheering your kiddos on in the rain. The rain seemed to “up” the level of fun for the kids, who doesn’t love jumping in puddles?!

Mr. Tennies and Mrs. Peeples deserve all the credit for putting the events together for the Fun Run. As you can imagine many hours of brainstorming, coordinating, volunteer recruiting, and communicating preceeded this event to make it all come together seemlessly. So well done, THANK YOU for all of your hard work. Also, thanks to our DJ, Mr. Frazier, we were ROCKING through the raindrops.

#Team Fun Run!!! Ingrid Peeples, Kristen Cermack, Brad Monhout, Paul Tennies, Keith Harper

Thank you, Michele Yoo of Yoom Photography for sharing these great first grade pics:




Your generous support is greatly appreciated and allows our students to have experiences and resources that go beyond what the school budget alone can provide. THANK YOU to all of our Costello families for helping our school. Here are just a few examples of how your contributions are used:

Classroom experiences

Bussing for field trips

Playground equipment

5th grade Camp Bus

$2,500 for Literacy Library

March is Reading Month

Professional Development for the teachers Safety and Service Squad

Specials (Music, PE, Media, Art)

Staff Appreciation Week

5th grade Run

PTO funds are used to reimburse our teachers up to $400 for classroom enrichment!

Conference Opportunity for Costello Parents

Parent Workshop...

The 6th Annual Community Conversation on Bullying presented by Defeat the Label and Meemic Insurance, will take place virtually on Thursday, October 21, 2021 starting at 9am The goal of the Community Conversation on Bullying is to help facilitate open discussion and conversations around the reality of bullying and SEL topics impacting our students and educators and what can be done to address it in our schools and communities.

Interested? Request tickets at...


Costello Spiritwear...


When? Friday, October 29th

Time? 9:40 AM

Who? Kindergarten through 4th Grade

5th Grade will be on a fieldtrip on the 29th

Where? Costello bus loop

Get your cameras ready, we are looking forward to seeing the students in their Halloween costumes. We thought, since parents won’t be able to help students get dressed inside the building, that we would ask you to send your child(ren) to school in costume. Shortly after arrival students will head outside for the parade.

Parents are welcome to attend. Please walk or carpool if you plan to attend. We will follow normal arrival on this day and we want to ensure our Express loop and bus loop are clear.

Inclement weather plan? If necessary, the parade will be held indoors. This will be for students only.

Each grade level and teacher will be holding a Halloween party in their classrooms.

Due to Covid restrictions parents will not be permitted in the building.

Sorry, humans only, pets are not invited to this event!

Parent Teacher Conferences are October 27-28th. Sign up below if you still need to reserve your appointment.


October 1, 2021

The staff had a great afternoon of learning on Wednesday as we focused on our district-wide work around equity and teaching ALL students.


We are looking forward to having families join us for this special community event!

Parent Teacher Conferences...

We are looking forward to connecting with families this month for conferences on October 27th & October 28th. All conferences will be virtual, via Zoom. Classroom teachers will send out Zoom links prior to conferences. Next week, look for a link to sign up for your time slot.


If your child is going to be absent please call the attendance line at 248-823-3701 to leave a voice mail letting us know the reason for the absence. Thank you!

Costello Pep Song...

Spent a great morning subbing for Mrs. Pyzik's music class earlier this week. Here's a peek of the 5th graders from Ms. Watts' class warming up to the Costello pep song.

Lost & Found...

Looking for your child's new back-to-school sweatshirt, water bottle, hat? We have a collection of lost and found items displayed in the hallway outside of the cafeteria. Have your child claim missing items on the way into or out of the cafeteria each day. Labels are always helpful in locating the owner. Thank you!

Athens Homecoming Tonight...

It is sure to be a fun evening at Athens High School as the Red Hawks football team takes on Bloomfield Hills. Kick off is at 7:00 PM. The Homecoming parade line up will start at Costello at 4:30. To avoid parade traffic, if your child attends CARE, you may want to make arrangements for an early pick up today.

We love math!

Beautiful weather for band outside!

Tending to the garden!


Go Cardinals!

September 17, 2021

It was a great week at Costello!

Costello Fun Run...

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 15th for the Costello Fun Run! We will have more details coming soon. Parents are invited to attend this outdoor event. This is always a very fun time for our community!

Health Monitoring...

Thank you for being diligent in monitoring your child's health on a daily basis. Our parent community has been very cautious and we appreciate that you are taking symptoms seriously.

Symptom Checks:

There are two categories of symptoms to look for and different requirements to return:

If student/staff experience ONE symptom from the first category (new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell), you must keep them home AND have a negative COVID-19 test to return or hae them stay home for a full10 day isolation period, be fever free without medication and symptoms must have improved to return.

If student/staff experience TWO symptoms in the second category (fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, fatigue diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, congestion or runny nose) you must keep them home AND have a negative COVID-19 test to return or have them stay home for the full 10 day isolation period, be fever free without medication and symptoms must have improved to return.

If student/staff experience ONE sumptom in the second category (fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea or vimiting, congestion or runny nose) you must keep them home and onsult your medical provider. Student/staff may return to work/school after being fever free for 24 hours without taking fever reducing medication and symptoms have improved. A negative test is not required for ONE syptom provided the above applies.

CATEGORY 1: New cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell

CATEGORY 2: fever of 100.4, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, congestion, runny nose

Rapid tests are not accepted, only negative PCR tests.

For further details refer to the Return to Learn Guide.

PTO Updates...

Click link below to learn more about PTO news!


We are looking forward to our first PTO Meeting on Monday, September 20th at 7:00 PM. All meeting will be via Zoom this year. See link below. We hope you can join us. This is a terrific way to get involved and meet new families.

Join Zoom Meeting by clicking link below:


Meeting ID: 650 953 6241

Passcode: Cardinals


Our media program will be focusing on literacy, career exploration, maker centered opportunities, and library sciences. In case you were not able to attend Mrs. Homrich's Zoom session here are some details about the program.

Check out our 5th graders making some creations in media this week.





5th Grade Safeties...

We are so excited to have our 5th grade leaders helping out at arrival and dismissal.

Noon Aides...

We have a terrific team of noon aides, but we are always looking to expand. For more details email Jillian at jcavellier@troy.k12.mi.us


Students have snacks daily. Please be sure to send a healthy snack to school each day. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide snacks for students that do not bring a snack. Having students pack their own snack is a great way to create independence and promote responsibility, even for our kindergarten friends.

Character Traits…

How do you use the Cardinal Traits of perseverance, integrity, respect and responsibility at home? Perhaps a good conversation to have at dinner sometime.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

September 2, 2021

It has been a terrific first week of school at Costello! I saw student in LIVE specials, I heard students talking about books they read over the summer, observed problem solving as they took on the marshmallow challenge, heard classes talking about what it takes to be a good teammate, I saw students enjoying playing together at recess. The best part is seeing all of the smiles on students and adults. It just feels good to have everyone back in our nest! Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Curriculum Night: Thursday, September 9th

Teachers will be hosting Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 9th. Each teacher will host two sessions 6:00-6:30 and 6:30-7:00. Both sessions will cover the same content. We realize that there are families that have students in multiple grade levels, we hope that two live sessions will help to accommodate this schedule. Both meetings will be on Zoom. Teachers will send out Zoom links next week.

Noon Aides...

Special shout out to our parents who helped with recess and lunch this week. We could not have done it without you. What a team! THANK YOU! We are looking to expand our noon aide team, can you help? This a great way to connect with other parents and get to know our students. For more details please email jcavellier@troy.k12.mi.us

Wishing everyone a wonderful Labor Day holiday. We will see you on Tuesday, September 7th

August 29, 2021

It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Meet & Greet last week! Cardinals, we can't wait to see you on Tuesday, August 31st for The First Day of School! Tuesday is a half-day. Students will be dismissed at 12:59. See the Important Dates button below for more details about the first month of school.

Unsettled to Settled, but Never Settling...

Our teachers had a great week of learning last week. Dr. Machesky reviewed our district mission of Learning for All. Staff attended professional development sessions to help us support student success.

With our Costello I reflected on a recent canoe trip and the unexpected tipping of the canoe. What started off to be a perfect day was shattered within minutes as we found ourselves tangled up in a tree instead of peacefully floating down the river! Needless to say we were unsettled. We quickly had to priortize first things first; life jackets, keys, cell phones.

As a staff we talked about having unsettled feelings again this year. This year more than ever teachers have to priortize what is most important so that we can feel settled. We must put student safety and belonging, nurturing relationships and getting to know our students at the top of our list. This will help us to become settled and figure out the direction that we need to take to meet students where they are and help them learn and grow.

We know that all students will need something different and our staff is committed to ensure learning for all and never settling but always striving for continuous improvement.

Unsettled to Settled, but Never Settling...

Return to Learn 2021-2022


Arrival & Dismissal Details

Your child's safety is a top priority. Please stay in your car at all times when using the Express Loop. Please review the following information to learn more about lineup procedures, pickup and drop off. It is important that you do not drop your child off at school any earlier than 8:55.


Masks are to be worn by all students and adults as they enter the building.

Bus riders are required to wear masks as they enter the bus and throughout the ride.

For safety reasons, parents should NOT drop their child off any earlier than 8:55. Students will enter the building at 9:05. Students are tardy after 9:09.

During designated arrival time students will enter the building through specific doors, see map below.


We will use a staggered dismissal schedule to reduce the flow of students through and around our building. All students will be at the Express Loop by 4:07.

If you are using the Express Loop it is very helpful if you could have a visible sign in the passenger side of the car with your child's first and last name and grade level. Our staff will have walkie talkies to communicate who is coming and we will escort your child to the rear passenger seat of the car. For your safety, please remain inside the car.

To minimize gathering and congestion the parking lot is closed to parents during dismissal. The parking lot will be closed to parents parking and exiting their vehicles for two main reasons:

Another safety measure that staff will be implementing will be the grouping and supervision of teacher’s own individual classes during dismissal. Teachers will be able to see off each individual student as they depart with their designated family members or emergency contacts.

If your child walked or biked to school and has permission to walk home he/she can do so. Students who have parents that are walking to pick up will need to wait near the treed, grassy area by the kindergarten playground. In order to maintain physical distancing, please do not come to any other areas to locate your child. Thank you for understanding the importance of the staggered dismissal procedures.


Teachers are busy teaching and do not always get to check their e-mail. Sending a paper note to the teacher with your student is the best way to ensure the teacher receives any transportation changes.

If possible we ask for late dismissal changes to be made (when possible) prior to 3:30. We do realize that this is not always possible.

During arrival and dismissal skateboards, bikes, scooters, etc. on the sidewalk in front of the school and around all traffic flow should be carried or pushed. The Troy Police Department partners with our schools to enforce our safety rules. Thank you for cooperation in an effort to keep all of our Costello students and family members safe.

Patience starts in the Express Loop! Thank you for your cooperation!

Kindergarten First Day Details


Check out our new flooring.


Go Cardinals!!!

June 28, 2021

Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well and enjoying summer! Check out these great ideas for Summer Learning. Below the video you will find our Summer Learning Padlet. Some of our Costello students are featured in a video about starting book clubs. The Padlet is packed with valuable resources.

Summer Learning Padlet


Summer Learning Flipgrid


Report Cards will be posted on PowerSchools tomorrow, June 29th.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

June 10, 2021

The very greatest things – great thoughts, discoveries, inventions – have usually been nurtured in hardship, often pondered over in sorrow, and at length established with difficulty.

-Samuel Smiles

We have certainly been through our share of hardships this year, but as we wrap up our time together there is a terrific sense of hope. We will move forward with stronger sense of community, a greater focus on treating others with kindness and grace. Thank you for continuing to prioritize what matters most. Thank you for your tremendous support throughout this year.

June 14, 15, 16…

Next week all of our Cardinals will be learning about our Costello Summer At-Home Learning Program. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday teachers will be walking students through opportunities for extended learning over the summer. If you have multiple students at Costello this self-directed virtual summer program will follow the same format, but the content will be self-selected and related to each individual students’ interests.

Our last full week of in-seat is on Friday, June 11th here are a few more details about next week.

• All students will be virtual on June 14, 15, and 16.

• Students should plan to log into their classroom Zoom link on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 9:20.

• Students will be logging off each day at approximately 10:20.

• The sessions on these three days will be for teachers to connect with students and share the summer learning opportunities.

• During a typical school year the last week of school consists of three half days. Afternoons are used for teacher management. This year the state added additional assessment requirements. The shortened schedule next week will ensure that teachers have time to accurately complete report cards, CA-60s, and data entry as well as initial planning for the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Report cards will be available through PowerSchools on June 29th
  • PTO Meeting - Monday, June 16th via Zoom 7:00 PM

Topic: Costello June PTO Meeting

Time: Jun 14, 2021 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 859 2296 4095

Passcode: 219850

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Freedom Hill Park for the movie night on June 16th!



5th Grade Farewell...Off You Go…

We are so grateful that we were able to celebrate together, what a special day! Wishing you all the best 5th Graders as you leave our Costello nest and head off to middle school! You will be missed.

Thanks again to Mr. Myrick & Mr. Grant for an awesome Field Day!

Leaving Costello...

Ms. McKee, social worker, will be leaving Costello, she will remain in the district.

Mrs. Hansen, school psychologist, will be leaving Costello, she will remain in the district.

Mrs. Ford, reading support, will be leaving Costello.

Ms. Flavia, one of our noon aides, is moving back to Brazil.

We are so thankful to each of you and the positive influence you have had on our staff and students. We will miss you all! Thank you for your service!

Best of luck to all of our families who are not returning to Costello in the fall.

All of our Cardinals will be receiving this special journal to use over the summer for their extended learning opportunities.

Let's hear it for our OUTSTANDING Costello Staff Superheroes of 2020-2021! Our staff gave "shout outs" to each other, these will go into a time capsule to be opened when our current kindergartners graduate from high school in 2033!

May 7, 2021

Dear Costello Parents,

WOW!!!! Thank you for your tremendous generosity in contributing to our staff celebrations this week for Teacher Appreciation Week! Our staff was very well taken care of thanks to all of your efforts.

PTO Meeting Link...

Stay "in the know," join us for the PTO meeting on Monday evening, May 10th at 7:00 PM via the zoom link below.



In-seat learners must complete a student health assessment every day before your student gets on the bus or arrives at school. This is a critical step in keeping everyone safe. In order for us to be able to see who has not submitted the form, parents must complete the assessment for each of your students in your PowerSchool parent portal every day by 8:30am.

The health assessment is simple to do—here is a very short video that walks you through it:


Here are some written instructions as well:

1) Log in to your Parent Portal on PowerSchool

2) Click “Student Assessment” in the banner across the top

3) Answer 4 questions about your student’s health that day

4) Click submit (and repeat the process for every student in your family

It’s important that you keep your student home if you answer “Yes” to any of the questions or your child is ill in any way. This year, it’s especially critical not to come to school sick and we are counting on you, as parents, to partner with us to protect the health and safety of every student and staff member. This first week, you will get a daily automated phone call reminding you to complete the assessment—if you do not submit the assessment, you will receive a follow up call from the school requiring you to complete it. Repeated failure to comply with the daily health assessments will result in your student returning to virtual learning.

Thank you for your help on this matter.

Congratulations to Mr. McKinney & Mr. Rondot on their newly published book!!!!


A Glimpse Around Costello...

Wishing all of our Costello moms a wonderful Mother's Day!

April 30, 2021

Thanks everyone for helping to celebrate Mrs. Cavellier and Mrs. Martus this week! Click the buttons below to see the videos.

Teacher Appreciation Week...

Thank you so much for all of your generous contributions for next week. Our teachers will certainly feel appreciated. We are so grateful for all of your support.

COVID Communication...

I know that you have been receiving more frequent communication about COVID cases at Costello. Thank you for being so cautious in reporting situations that may impact our students and staff. The daily health reminders, though adding one more thing to do in your morning routine, are extremely important. We are very diligent about taking care of students who may not be feeling well during the day. Our staff is following protocols and I can't say enough about how well the students are doing with the mask protocols. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out, if I don't know the answer I will get it for you.

Please be sure to stay tuned with

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

Please click the link below to join the 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:

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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