Gator Bites

CGE Weekly Newsletter- May 2, 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!

Stay safe, stay informed and stay Gator Strong! 🐊

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From the Principal's Desk

We had an awesome day of fun in the Gator Chase this Sunday and I want to thank our PTA and all the wonderful volunteers for their hard work ensuring our first “in person” Gator Chase was a success. More details to come, but 300+ runners came out to enjoy some fun and “chase the Gator.” A shout out to our CGE PTA and all the volunteers who helped make the day a success! As always, we are grateful for your support!

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Dates to Remember

May 1: Gator Chase

May 3: CGE Continuum of Services Parent Session (RSVP by April 25)

May 18th @ 4:30 p.m.: orientation for rising kindergartners

May 25th: Reading EOG for students in grades 3-5

May 26th: Math EOG for students in grades 3-5

May 27th: Science EOG for students in 5th grade

May 30th: Memorial Day--No School

June 7th: 5th grade "moving up" ceremony (tentative)

June 8th: last day of school (half day). Students dismiss at 11:30

Kindergarten Registration

It is time for Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year! If you have a child, or know of a child, who will be 5 on or before August 31 please register! This year kindergarten registration is online. You will be able to register at home or we will have computers available in the main office if you need support in registering your child. Families will also need to bring in a copy of their child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency to complete the registration process.

You can visit our schools website and click on the desk icon on the top right to access the new student registration site. This will direct you to the Powerschool student registration webpage. At the bottom of this page you will select the blue link for the 2022-2023 School Year Powerschool Online Registration Form to begin registration.

From CGE Student Council

The Gator Clean-Up Crew will be starting up NEXT Week!

All students who have turned in permission slips will be able to participate in the crew time they signed up for! Thank you Gator Service Leaders!!!

If your 3rd- 5th grade student is still interested, they MUST have a signed permission slip to participate in a clean-up crew time;

The Clean-Up crew still has spots open for student volunteers on Tuesday Mornings form 7:30-7:55 and Tuesday afternoons from 3:15- 3:45 and on Thursday Afternoons from 3:15- 3:45, Please see your homeroom teacher or Ms.Varner to get a permission slip.

The CGE PTA also have a sign-up genius available for parents who would like to help us supervise the clean-up crew during their work. Please sign up and help our Gators Keep our school beautiful!

Proctors & Hall Monitors Needed - EOG Testing

It is hard to believe, but the end of the school year is rapidly approaching! And with the end of the year comes our EOG testing for grades 3-5. Your students have been working hard to prepare and will be ready when the time comes. We need your help to make those days a success. We are looking for volunteers to serve as proctors and hallway monitors on May 25th, 26th and 27th. Please sign up for a spot using this link if you are able to help us, and I will reach back out to you with details. We really appreciate your support! - Karin Clamann

Kindergarten Orientation

The Kindergarten team will have an orientation meeting on Wednesday, May 18th. There will be two sessions offered starting at 4:30pm and 5:30 pm. This meeting is for upcoming Kindergarten families. The teachers will talk about August screening dates, information included on the screener, and general Kindergarten information. More information to come.

From the PTA



Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is this week (5/2-5/6). Let's show our CGE teachers and instructional assistants just how much we appreciate the endless dedication they give to each and every one of our students.

Below is an itinerary of suggested daily acts of kindness for our students to shower our teachers and staff with the appreciation they deserve. If you would like to join in showing the love, please help your child carry out the daily activities. It is bound to make their week!

To help with some of the acts, here are the links to our "Teachers' Favorite Things"

The PTA has also planned a wonderful themed "Thank you for Raising the Bar" menu throughout the week for our educators.

Lastly, the PTA is also hosting a fun "Chalk the Walk" Event this Tuesday evening to cover the school sidewalks with appreciation chalk messages for our teachers and staff. Please mark your calendar.

Daily Acts of Kindness

Choose a day or two (or five!) to participate and show your teachers how much they are loved and appreciated!

· MONDAY: HIGH FIVE TO TEACHERS -- Have your student give a high-five or a compliment to any teacher they see!

· TUESDAY: YOU ARE PICTURE PERFECT -- Ask your child to draw them a picture or send in a note letting them know they are loved! *CHALK THE WALK EVENT 5:30 PM @CGE*

· WEDNESDAY: SUPPLY THEM WITH THANKS -- Pick up any supplies they are running low on in class! Choose a day or two (or five!) to participate and show your teachers how much they are loved and appreciated!

· THURSDAY: MY TEACHER’S A TREAT -- Treat them to their favorite snack, beverage, homemade treat, or candy!

· FRIDAY: THANKS ARE IN THE CARDS -- Bring in a card from your child, or a gift card from their favorite restaurant or store!

CCS’ Virtual Academy for 2022/23

If your student is interested in enrolling in the CCS Virtual Academy for the upcoming school year, you may apply by following this link: Applications must be completed prior to the end of the current school year. If you have questions about the program, please reach out to the CCSVA principal, Carla Neal (, or the CCSVA curriculum coach, Molly Upchurch (

Northwoods HS FFA Plant Sale

This Saturday is the opening day of our Spring Plant Sale. Our students have worked so diligently throughout the semester and have produced a beautiful crop of plants (annuals, mixed containers ready to sit on your porch/patio, succulents, hanging baskets, & garden plants). We have several posts on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram so if you're on any social platforms, please help us get the word out by sharing those. You can also share the pictures I have attached if you'd like. We open Saturday morning at 9am and plan to be open until 4pm each day next week.

Margaret Pollard Middle School Band Sign Up

Rising 6th grade registration for the Margaret B. Pollard band program is open! Band is a class during the regular school day at Pollard and does not interfere with sports or other school clubs/activities. All 5th grade students going to Pollard are eligible to take band regardless of ability or financial status. Students interested in band must start in 6th grade. Register in the month of May! The band instrument rental meeting will take place on June 1st. All band information and registration forms can be found at

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Each week, we will be highlighting some of our K-5 students for receiving a shout-out from someone in the school community. We are so proud of these students for exemplifying CHOMPS expectations throughout the school! Below are the shout-outs for the week of April 11th. Great job, gators!

From the Counselors

As we approach the end of the school year, we are very proud of the hard work of our students and staff! Please consider checking out the 4th Quarter Counseling Connection Newsletter.

Introducing your 2022 CGE Student Council

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing our Student Council members to our school community through Gator Bites.
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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:

Attendance/Appointment Reminders

Students arriving late or leaving early for an appointment will need to turn in a doctor’s note for the absence or tardy to be excused.

Early check out during school hours ends at 2:30pm.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention is full for campers this summer!! Camp will take place here at Chatham Grove June 13-17 from 8am-4pm. We still need 3 more middle school students to help as Leaders in Training and 3 more high school or college students to work as Leadership Interns (high school and college age). Leadership Interns will be paid a flat rate of $150 (new) or $175 (returning) and can get recommendation letters for college and/or future jobs.

We are also looking for more 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. Parent Volunteers will receive a discount code to receive $130 off up to 2 campers or $30 off up to 2 Leaders in Training which can be refunded if you have already registered your child. Let me know if you are interested!

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