Principal's Message

August 27, 2021

I hope this message finds you well and you were able to find some relief from the heat this week. It was a busy week this week at Cosgrove as we put the finishing touches on student schedules and locker assignments. We are so excited to welcome students and families to orientation next week.

Here are a few key reminders regarding orientation:

6th grade: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

7th/8th grades: Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 12 p. m.

 

  • Students must be accompanied by an adult during orientation.
  • Please park in the lot near the soccer stadium and enter through door #18. Please do not park in the front of the school.
  • Every person who enters the school needs to be masked. If you do not have one, we can provide you with one when you arrive.
  • Students will receive their schedule and locker information in gym 2, and then have their school picture taken in gym 1. From there, you are able to tour the school, practice opening the locker, etc.
  • You may stay as long as you wish, but generally speaking, orientation does not take more than 30 minutes.
  • Cosgrove will be open from 7 a.m. – 4 p. m. on Thursday and Friday (9/2 & 3) for any student who would like to come back in and practice their locker combination or get further acquainted with the building.

 

We have finalized many of our reopening plans this week and I am happy to be able to share the following:

 

Masking: Our new governor indicated this week that a mask mandate will be issued from the New York State Department of Health for schools in the coming days.  As previously communicated, we are requiring masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, and encouraging teachers to provide designated mask breaks throughout the school day. Masks will remain optional for all outdoor activities at this time. 

 

Mask breaks: Any time an individual needs a mask break, it will be provided.  This might look like a student taking a quick moment to lower his/her mask, drink, breath, etc.  If a student needs a longer mask break, he/she must have 6 feet of social distancing.  It could be a quick visit to the hallway, get what you need, and return to learning. 

 

Transportation: There is no capacity limit this year on district transportation, and masks will be required. As weather permits, windows will be open to increase air flow. I would encourage all families to utilize our bus transportation on a daily basis as a means of getting to and from school. Bus passes will be going out in the mail tomorrow afternoon. Families can expect to receive them early next week. I know many of your buildings have received parent phone calls. We’re also placing this information in the parent/student IC backpacks.  

 

Lockers: Students will have access to their lockers this year. Information regarding locker number and combination will be distributed at orientation.

 

Backpacks: Students in 7th and 8th grade are permitted to carry their backpack with them throughout the day. 6th grade students may carry their backpack to and from school, but need to leave it in their lockers during the instructional day.

 

Lunch setup: We will utilize a variety of locations this year (cafeteria, chorus room, and select classrooms) to accommodate lunch (similar to last year). Students will sit by grade level team during lunch at this time. Specific room locations will be shared with students closer to opening day.

 

Activity period: Activity period will run on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (beginning on Monday, September 20, 2021) from 2:55-3:25 p.m.. Bussing will be available this year for students staying after school. This is a great time for students to stay after school to get extra help from a teacher or to participate in a club. More information on activity period will be shared closer to the start date.

 

Here are a few additional updates for you this week:

 

Message from Interim-Assistant Principal Pam Robinson:

Hello Parents,

 

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the interim assistant principal during Mrs. D’Alonzo’s maternity leave. To give you some brief information about myself, I have worked in the Spencerport School District for over 24 years and have undertaken roles including health teacher at the high school and middle school, teacher leader, district prevention coordinator, member of our Building Planning Team and co-chair of our school PBIS committee. I am very excited for this fall and I look forward to getting to know you and your child over the coming weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at probinson@spencerportschools.org or phone at 585-349-5312.

 

Sincerely,

Pam Robinson

 

Laptop Insurance: Each child at Cosgrove receives a district provided computer. The district offers an insurance plan that is available for families. Parents or guardians of students in all three grades must determine whether or not they want to purchase the protection plan that would allow any damage or repairs to be done at the cost of a deductible. Please follow this link to learning more about our insurance plans and to select the best option for you and your family. https://spencerport.revtrak.net/Laptop-User-Agreement-Protection-Plan/ 

 

MiFi: In the 2021-2022 school year, the Spencerport Central School District will once again offer MiFi devices to families who do not have internet access. Please understand that the district has a limited number of these devices, and they are intended for students who do not have WiFi access in their homes. Contact Cory Allen at callen@spencerportschools.org to inquire.  

 

Bivona Parent Forum:  As many of you know, Spencerport has partnered with Bivona over the past four years and supported the district's implementation of Erin's Law (http://www.nysed.gov/curriculum-instruction/erins-law).  Bivona will be facilitating a public forum for Spencerport parents on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 6 – 7 p.m.  This virtual platform will provide parents an opportunity to learn more about our curriculum and the safety protocols the district has employed on behalf of our students.  Prior to this event, a Zoom link for this forum will be sent out in October and ask that you mark the date on your calendars.

 

Free breakfast and lunch for all students: Similar to last year, through an ongoing federal grant, each and every student is eligible for free breakfast and free lunch for the entirety of the 2021 – 2022 school year.  Snacks will remain available for purchase, but I want to reiterate that all children can eat both breakfast and lunch at school for free this entire school year.  In order to support our families, we are asking those that qualify for free and reduced meals to complete the application process using the link below.  This will ensure that there is no disruption to your student's meal service beyond the 2021 - 2022 school year.  As a reminder, school lunch calendars will be sent home as soon as they are available. 

https://www.spencerportschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=432342&pageId=4309344

 

I hope you have a nice weekend and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

 

Take care,

Jim

 

Grade level contact information:

Administrator

Counselor

6th – Jim Centola

349-5302

jcentola@spencerportschools.org

Erin Bell

349-5345

ebell@spencerportschools.org

7th Tracey D’Alonzo/ Pam Robinson

349-5321

tdalonzo@spencerportschools.org

probinson@spencerportschools.org

Jackquelyn Woodard

349-5343

jwoodard@spencerportschools.org

8th – David Russell

349-5311

drussell@spencerportschools.org

Julianne Henninger

349-5342

jhenninger@spencerportschools.org

Social Worker

Traci Powlowski

349-5361

tpowlowski@spencerportschools.org

You are always welcome to contact me, or your grade level counselor or administrator with any questions or concerns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Contact Info

Jim Centola

Principal Jim Centola

jcentola@spencerportschools.org
Main Office:  585-349-5300


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