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March 2024

Principal Message


This month, we have another opportunity to connect with you through our spring parent-teacher conferences. Teachers have sent out a link to a conference sign-up sheet. If you haven’t received that or are having trouble accessing that sign-up, please reach out to the office and we can help get you scheduled for a conference time. We are excited for this opportunity to connect with you more about your student’s growth this school year.   

We are looking forward to spring break this month and the warmer weather that will come with spring. As a reminder, Spring Break for students will begin on Friday, March 22nd, with classes resuming on April 1st.    

Winter Fest turned out to be a wonderful highlight this month, even if the weather didn't quite match the season. I'm immensely grateful for our PALM (P.E., Art, Library, Music) team's dedication in putting together such a fun event for our students. A huge shoutout also goes to the parent volunteers whose support made it all possible.

Also this month, we are offering another “Coffee and Conversations” on March 12th at 8:15 at Dunkin’ Donuts. Myself, alongside the principals from Taylor Prairie and Granite Ridge school want to provide this opportunity to listen and connect with you more about your student’s experience at school and answer any questions you may have.

Thanks for your continued partnership,

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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  • March 14-20 - CGS Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 22 - No School
  • March 25-29 - Spring Break
  • April 1 - Classes Resume
  • April 22 - No School

CGS School News

Summer School 2024

Monday, June 17 through Friday, July 12

(No school on June 19th, July 4th or 5th) 

The course guide, along with directions on how to request summer school courses through your Infinite Campus Portal Account, will be sent to families during the week of March 18th so that you may preview the course offerings. Infinite Campus Registration begins March 29th at 9:00 am and closes on

April 8th at 3:00 pm.

Please click here to bookmark the Summer School webpage for the most updated information.

If you have any questions regarding Summer School, please contact Maureen Lehmann at or Amy Kersten at

Superintendent Search

The search for MGSD's next Superintendent continues! Make sure to check out the website to stay up-to-date on the process.

Coffee and Conversations

The elementary principals in Cottage Grove, Emily Foster (TPS), Jesse Starr (CGS), and Reed Foster (GRS), are hosting "Coffee and Conversation" March 12th @ 8:15 a.m. at Dunkin' Donuts. Our goal is to listen to your experiences so that we can understand what is working well and where we can improve and grow. Hope to see you there!

March Safety Drill

Cottage Grove School will hold a fire evacuation drill on March 13th for all students and staff.

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For the month of March, students will be learning about Women's History Month as a part of our social justice curriculum.

The two SEL topics that will be explored this month are body safety and emotional triggers:

  • Body safety is a part of our child protective unit. Within this unit students will learn about the six "Protect Yourself Rules".
  •  Tell a Grown-Up
  • Safe Touch, Unsafe Touch
  • Stranger Safety
  • Doesn't Matter Who It Is
  • Shout, Run, Tell
  • Emotional triggers help kids to understand what is making them feel big feelings, and how to navigate those feelings when they arise. Being able to identify their own personal triggers is a very important component to their social emotional development.

CGS School Events

100th Day of School

CGS students celebrate the 100th day of school.

1st Grade Dentist Visit

1st graders learn about teeth and oral hygiene.

Ms. Croak's Starry Students

Ms. Croak's class create the big dipper.

Chinese New Year Parade

1st graders celebrate Chinese New Year and have a parade for the 2nd graders.

Community News


CG Parks and Recreation


Library Resources

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