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CGE Weekly Newsletter-January 24, 2022

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Welcome to our weekly Gator Bites newsletter! Every Sunday evening our team at CGE will send out any important updates for the following week. Our goal is to be prepared, transparent and informative! We appreciate your time and urge you to read through carefully each week- especially during these unconventional virtual learning weeks.

Stay safe, stay informed and stay Gator Strong! 馃悐

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From the Principal's Desk

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and had the opportunity to enjoy the snow. We look forward to another week of learning!
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Pre-K Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! Please contact Jennifer Ruff for applications and additional info-

Middle of Year Testing

All K-5 Students are currently participating in middle of year benchmark testing that will last throughout the month. Results will be shared with families at a later date. Students participate in the following tests:


K-3: mClass Benchmark Testing

4-5: STAR Reading Test


K: Quantity Comparison Measure

1-5: STAR Math Test

From the ESL Department

WIDA ACCESS testing for ESL students will begin January 24th- February 4th

The testing is planned to go as follows:

January 24th: Grades 1-3 students listening, reading, and some speaking tests

January 25th: Grades 4-5 students listening, reading, and some speaking tests

January 26th: Grade 1 writing test & some Grades 1-3 speaking tests

January 27th: Grades 2-3 writing tests & Grades 1-3 remaining speaking tests

January 28th: Grades 4-5 writing tests & Grades 4-5 remaining speaking tests

January 31st- February 4th: K 1-1 ACCESS Test

*The testing window closes on March 11th so there will be time for test make-ups if students are absent.

It is important that ESL students come to school on their designated testing days, well rested and ready for testing. They will be taking 4 tests throughout the week: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Each test will last 30 minutes to 1 hour. Please encourage your children who are being tested to do their best. Thank you for your support in this very important ESL testing. If you have any questions about testing, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Guibert at

Thank you,

Chatham Grove ESL Department


Del Departamento de ESL:

Las pruebas WIDA ACCESS para estudiantes de ESL comenzar谩n del 24 de enero al 4 de febrero

La prueba est谩 planeada para ir de la siguiente manera:

24 de enero: Estudiantes de grados 1-3 pruebas de comprensi贸n auditiva, lectura y algunas pruebas de expresi贸n oral

25 de enero: Estudiantes de grados 4-5 pruebas de comprensi贸n auditiva, lectura y algunas pruebas de expresi贸n oral

26 de enero: prueba de escritura de grado 1 y algunas pruebas de expresi贸n oral de grados 1-3

27 de enero: Pruebas de escritura de los grados 2-3 y pruebas de habla restantes de los grados 1-3

28 de enero: pruebas de escritura de los grados 4-5 y pruebas de expresi贸n oral restantes de los grados 4-5

31 de enero - 4 de febrero: Prueba ACCESS K 1-1

*La prueba cierra el 11 de marzo, por lo que habr谩 tiempo para recuperar la prueba si los estudiantes est谩n ausentes.

Es importante que los estudiantes de ESL vengan a la escuela en los d铆as designados para el examen, bien descansados 鈥嬧媦 listos para el examen. Tomar谩n 4 pruebas a lo largo de la semana: escuchar, leer, hablar y escribir. Cada prueba tendr谩 una duraci贸n de 30 minutos a 1 hora. Anime a sus hijos que est谩n siendo evaluados a hacer lo mejor que puedan. Gracias por su apoyo en esta prueba de ESL muy importante. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre las pruebas, no dude en comunicarse con la Sra. Guibert en


Departamento de ESL de Chatham Grove

From the School Counselors

Check out the January Edition of CGE鈥檚 Counseling Connection to learn about our Great Kindness Challenge January 24th-28th Celebration & more! Next Week!

In the coming days, a letter (linked) will be coming home with your student regarding CGE鈥檚 participation in the Think First & Stay Safe鈩 child personal safety program January 31st- February 9th. There is no need to return the signed bottom portion of the letter unless you would like for your child to opt out of the program.

Think First & Stay Safe Program

A letter (linked) should have come home with your student regarding CGE鈥檚 participation in the Think First & Stay Safe鈩 child personal safety program January 31st- February 9th. There is no need to return the signed bottom portion of the letter unless you would like for your child to opt out of the program.

CGE Club Days: Donation Deadline Extended!

We are excited to announce that our Equity Team is in the process of planning a large variety of clubs for students to participate in once a month during the school day. On the last Friday of each month, students will participate in a club of their choice for about 45 minutes. Some of the clubs will need supplies to make them successful. If you have any of the following materials at home that you would like to donate to school, please send them in on or before Jan 21st. If you have any questions about materials contact Merilee Chesney at

Supplies we are looking for:



Variety of sports balls

Perler beads and templates

Art supplies (paints, oil pastels, construction paper, small canvases, etc)

Craft Supplies (popsicle sticks, googly eyes, paper, glue, yarn, string, foam stickers, etc)

STEM Supplies: (paper towel and toilet paper rolls, aluminum foil, tape, popsicle sticks, bottle tops, yarn, strong, wax paper, etc)

Knitting Supplies (Yarn and needles)

Cross Stitch starter sets

Maps or globes

Felt Pens

Board Games


Crochet Supplies (hooks and yarn)

From the Visual Arts Department

Don鈥檛 miss the newest CGE ART REVIEW newsletter here:
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Due to the short week, Student Shout Outs will resume the week of January 24th!
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The cafeteria staff is a small but mighty team that could use parent volunteers to help with breakfast and lunch service.

Please sign up if you can assist, they are super appreciative of the support:

Seaforth High School: Save The Date

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Junior Hawks and Elementary Student Night

Seaforth High School wants all Junior Hawks and elementary schools (boys or girls) to do a free throw contest on each goal. The game is called "knock out" and if the person behind you makes a shot before you do your out. We will do a group picture with everyone before and after the game during the halftime of our Varsity Women鈥檚 and Men鈥檚 games.

Jason Amy

Athletic Director, SHS

Northwood HS Summer Soccer Camp

Ever wanted your child to have a safe, fun space to develop their soccer skills or learn some soccer skills while getting coached up by some of Chatham County's best young players and experienced coaches? The Northwood HS Soccer camp is the place to be.

If your child will be a 1st-8th grader in the Fall of 2022 please sign them up for Northwood HS Summer Soccer Camp Monday July 18 and Tuesday July 19th from 8a.m-3p.m at Northwood. The camp will feature Northwood HS Soccer Players, Coaches, and indoor and outdoor soccer skill sessions and games. For more details and a form to sign up click the link below. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded throughout the camp.

Cost is $70 per camper, cash or check (payable to NHSBFAA Men's Soccer) to be paid on the first morning of camp. Space will be limited, so sign up soon to reserve your child's spot.

Here is the link to sign up

All the best,

Coach Forster

Northwood Varsity Men's Soccer Coach

Sing & Play

Hey Gator musicians! Are you ready to take the stage in a new musical competition? Audition for Sing & Play at Jordan-Matthews! The elementary division is open to students in grades 1-5, as individuals or in groups of four or fewer. Make sure to sign up by Feb. 1! For more information, and the link to sign up, go to:

Camp Invention

Don't forget to register your child for Camp Invention here at Chatham Grove Elementary!!! The dates of camp will be June 13-17, 8am-4pm. If there are snow makeup days at the end of the year for students that interfere with these dates, then we will push camp to June 14-18 or June 20-23. We are hoping this will not be the case and can move forward as planned with June 13-17.

Camp is for rising Kindergarten-rising 6th grade students. We need middle school, high school, and college students to work as Leaders in Training (middle school age) and Leadership Interns (high school and college age). We are also looking for a few parent volunteers to help with lunch and managing the supply room. Please note that all parent volunteers will need to fill out Chatham County's volunteer form. Let me know if you are interested!

Our next discount codes are available! Is your child a Camp Invention alumni? Have they attended Camp Invention before? Register your child before February 16th using the discount code: SUM35 for $35 off the registration fee. If this is your first time camping with Camp Invention, use the discount code: EXPLORE25 for $25 off the registration fee now until March 31st. You don't want to miss these discounts!

Camp Registration Link

Check out this year's Camp Explore here!

From taking apart robots to building prototypes of their biggest and best ideas, each activity is designed to give your fledgling innovator an unforgettable summer experience. Please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at