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CGE Weekly Newsletter- October 31, 2021

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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! 🐊

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From the Principal's Desk

As a reminder, our 5 bus routes are re-starting on Monday. We have worked hard to prepare everyone for the change, but please do anticipate some “bumpiness” as we re-implement the additional routes. We will have 3 drivers who are new to our school and community, and teachers are going to have to make adjustments as well.

I'm also writing to let you know that Mr. Mitch Stensland will be supporting CGE in the coming weeks as an interim assistant principal. Mr. Stensland has 30 years of education experience serving as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and personnel director. When you get the chance, please give Mr. Stensland a "Gator Welcome" to our school! We have begun the search for a new assistant principal and we will share additional information when we have it.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The CGE Conference window will open on October 22 and run through November 12th. At the conferences, teachers will review student progress, including beginning of year testing data. Please be on the lookout in the next couple weeks for a conference sign up from your student’s teacher.

NC Check-Ins

This week on Wednesday and Thursday students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will participate in the NC Check-Ins. Please see the schedule below for more information:

  • Wednesday, November 3rd: Reading for Grades 4 and 5

  • Thursday, November 4th: Math for Grades 3, 4, and 5

Report Card Dates

Friday October 22nd was the end of Quarter One. Report cards will be shared with families on Wednesday November 3rd from Powerschool.

Fall Picture Day

We will have our Fall Picture Day next Thursday, November 4th during school hours!

Order packets with online instructions will be sent home with students next week. Online orders are preferred. If you'd like to send in a check with your paper packet, your student will hand the order directly to the photographer, so please do not send in any money until Thursday! You will be able to order online after proofs are in via Strawbridge's online process. Shipping fees will apply.

We will be following the same protocol as our Spring photo day. Students will sit, briefly unmask, snap a few pictures, then mask up before they even stand up. Strawbridge Studios along with Chatham Grove is committed to the safety of our students at all times!

PTA Updates

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Happy Halloween from Coach B & Coach Romo!

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From the Library

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Book Fair

The LAST in-person day for the book fair is November 1! Book fair closes at noon.

Didn’t find what you wanted? Go to the Book Fair Website which is open until 11/7. All proceeds still go to the library!

Thanks to the many volunteers who helped make this book fair a possibility! We couldn’t have put on this event without you!

CGE Virtual Science Fair

Reminder: The CGE Science Fair Intention to Participate Survey is due Friday November 5th!! Completing this form helps us better plan for the science fair event.

The CGE Virtual Science Fair is a wonderful opportunity for your child to explore science at home and answer their burning questions on how the world works. All kindergarten-5th grade students are invited to participate.

Click here for a quick video overview and introduction of the CGE Virtual Science Fair.

Important Dates:

You and your child can find out more details about the CGE Virtual Science Fair on the CGE Science Fair Website as well as find resources, links to important forms and templates. This website will be updated as additional information about the fair becomes available. Email if you have questions about the science fair.

Gator Shout Out

Big thanks to our 1st grade teacher, Mr. Armstrong for driving the bus this week!

Virtual Academy Update

Enrollment for second semester for the CCS virtual academy for students in grades k-12 is open until November 12th. Follow this link to register:

Students will remain at their base school until the start of second semester, January 20 2022. If you have questions, you may reach out to Carla Neal for more information about k-8 VA ( or Karla Eanes for more information about 9-12 VA (

Chatham County Covid Testing

CCS is offering free, weekly COVID-19 testing for students who have parental permission to participate. Families have to opt in to be part of this program. The testing will take place at your child’s school. We will begin the testing Oct. 25 for our elementary students, Nov. 1 for grades sixth through eighth and Nov. 8 for our high school students.

Please visit our website,, and click on the Coronavirus Info button at the top of the homepage for more details about this grant-funded program and to enroll your child up.

CCS is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and students. The testing program is one more strategy we can use to reduce the spread of the virus, prevent outbreaks and protect all members of our CCS family. Our goal is to keep our students in school, maintain athletics and continue school activities. This is an important tool in furthering our progress in doing so.