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January 2024

Principal Message


Happy New Year! .

We welcomed students back to school on Tuesday to kick off 2024.  Throughout the school, teachers and students took the time to reground and refocus on classroom and school routines and expectations.  At CGS, we continue to focus on the importance of safety, both physical and emotional while at school. We continue to strive to ensure that students at Cottage Grove School feel safe, seen, and celebrated as they continue to grow academically.   We will dive right back into our curriculums this week and continue to watch our young scholars grow.  

Each month, our students are participating in “The Great Wolfie Challenge”.  Hopefully your students have shared the great fun that they’ve had through these challenges, and the fun school-wide assemblies we’ve had to celebrate their accomplishments.  This month, our challenge will focus on working together to improve in some of the very important school routines we have at school.  

Please remember to ensure your student is coming to school with adequate warm clothes as the winter weather becomes more prevalent in January.  Students must have snow gear (boots, snow pants, gloves,etc.) to play in the snow when it arrives.  If you need any assistance in obtaining these items, please reach out to us and we will help provide your student with what they need.

Looking forward to a great 2024 at Cottage Grove School!


Jesse Starr


Cottage Grove School


7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Main Office: (608) 839-4576

Attendance: contact via email

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  • Jan 2 - Classes Resume
  • Jan 10 - Shelter Drill
  • Jan 15- No School
  • Jan 22-25 - Kindness Challenge
  • Jan 26 - No School
  • Feb 22-23 - No School
  • March 22 - No School
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break

CGS School Events

Great Kindness Challenge

January 22 - January 25, 2024

All students at Taylor Prairie School, Cottage Grove School and Granite Ridge School will be participating in the nation-wide Great Kindness Challenge. During this week we will be doing different activities and dressing up in ways that relate to kindness! Thanks for helping your child enjoy the Great Kindness Challenge!

Monday, January 22: Kindness comes from the Heart!

Dress in red clothing! 

Tuesday, January 23: Community Kindness - Team MG!

Wear your TP/CGS/GRS gear, MG gear, blue, white, or silver! 

We invite you to bring in non-perishable food items for our food drive! Items most needed are cereal, brownie mix, canned fruit, hamburger helper, dry pasta including spaghetti, soups, pasta sauce, tuna, jelly, mac & cheese, pancake mix, syrup, and crackers.

You are also welcome to donate a Piggly Wiggly gift card! The food pantry uses the gift cards to purchase perishable items including hamburger, milk, eggs, yogurt, and fresh fruits & veggies!

Wednesday, January 24: Working on Kindness!

Wear workout/athletic clothing! 

We invite you to bring in items for our toiletry drive! Items most needed are toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, and laundry detergent.

Thursday, January 25: Dream of Kindness!

Dress up in your pajamas!

While we are focusing on the food drive on Tuesday and the toiletry drive on Wednesday, you can bring in the items or gift cards at any time throughout the week! 

We are excited for a wonderful week of fun activities that focus on kindness! Please talk with your child’s teacher if you have any questions!

Thank you!

The Taylor Prairie, Cottage Grove School & Granite Ridge PBIS Teams

CGS School News

2024-25 School Year Calendar

Visit our website to view the approved 2024-25 school year calendar.


SEL lessons for January: The month of January will be a focus on kindness and empathy each week, leading up to the great kindness challenge at the end of the month

SJ lessons for January: Martin Luther King Jr., All Bodies are Awesome, and Feeling Uncomfortable

January Safety Drill

Cottage Grove School will hold a tornado/severe weather (Shelter) drill on January 10th for all students and staff.

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New Infinite Campus Attendance Feature

Does your student have an upcoming absence? Entering an absence request is quick and easy, and can be done using your desktop computer or the Parent Portal app on your mobile device. Follow these simple steps:
  1. Log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account.
  2. Select More from the Navigation area.
  3. Select Absence Requests.
  4. Fill in the required information, including the date and reason for the absence.
  5. Submit your request.

Community News


Click to read the Monona Grove Education Foundation Fall 2023 Traditions Newsletter.

10th Annual Be Brave Blood Drive

Be Brave Blood Drive Flyer


Cottage Grove PTO

CG PTO Website


Meet the PTO

CG Parks and Recreation

Cottage Grove Village Guide - Fall/Winter

Parks and Rec Website


Library Resources

Bookmobile Schedule

Monona Public Library

Winter Reading Bingo Program

Pinney Branch Library

Monona Family Page

Digital Story Room

Calendar of Events

Friends of CG Library

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5301 Monona Drive, Monona, WI 53716  Phone: (608) 221-7660  Fax: (608) 221-7688

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