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CGE Weekly Newsletter-December 13, 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

On behalf of CGE staff, I want to thank all the parents/guardians who donated their time and decorations and who volunteered to help set up the decorations for our annual “CGE Holiday Drive By.” In particular, I want to thank our CGE PTA Board who coordinated the volunteers and donations and worked hard to help us prepare. All the smiles and positive energy will carry us into 2022!

As a reminder, this Friday, December 18th, is an early release day. School will be dismissed at 11:30. Please plan accordingly.

We wish for you all a wonderful Holiday break and hope you have ample opportunity to spend time with your family and friends.

From the PTA:


Our heartfelt thanks to everyone in the CGE community who helped the Second Annual Holiday Lights Drive-Thru shine brightly for our students! An event like this is only made possible with support from generous parents, teachers/staff, and neighbors who loaned, donated and/or handmade lights, inflatables, generators, posters, holiday decor, extension cords, gift cards, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you! And a special Gator Shout Out to the folks who donated their time setting up and breaking down the event!

We sincerely hope your children enjoyed the display! We loved seeing them and their smiling faces.

The PTA is still sorting through all the loaned items and will be making porch drop offs and/or reaching out directly over the next few days.

Staff Favorites

A link to staff favorites was shared last week via Class Reps. Please contact us at if you did not receive and wish to check it out.

Spirit Week – Dec. 14-17

Students are invited to join in some pre-break spirit days! Here is the schedule:

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Camp Invention

I am Emily Richardson (previously Langdon), director of Camp Invention in Chatham County. I am excited to announce that we will host Camp Invention this summer 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 will 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 Camp Parent and 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!

Every registration completed by December 31, 2021 using the promo code GIFT35 will save $35 and be entered to win their registration FREE! You can find all the details of our exciting giveaway at

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

AIG Evaluation Referral Window

The AIG Evaluation Referral Window is open December 1st - January 7th. Complete and return this referral form if you would like to refer your Kindergarten-1st grader, or 3rd-5th grader for evaluation. Additional information about the AIG Program at CGE can be found on this website. Please contact Ms. Chesney ( or Ms. Hackman ( with any questions about referrals or AIG Services.

CCS District Science Fair

Congratulations to our Gators who placed in the CCS District Science Fair this week. We are super proud of all of our Gator Scientists who participated in the Science Fair this year.

K-2 Division

Honorable Mention: “What air pressure will a soccer ball travel the farthest distance? by Keaton Jett and Audrey Jett from Ms. Walls 1st grade class.

2nd place: Which airplane flies the farthest? by Harrison Chastain and Greyson Bochicco from Ms. Frew's Kindergarten Class.

3-5 Biological Science

2nd Place : “Bacteria Build Up” by Ian Tracey from Ms. Jocy's 5th grade class.

3-5 Earth and Environmental Science

3rd Place: “How does pollution affect plants?” by Grayson Jordan from Ms. Nouman's 4th grade class.

1st Place: “Best conditions for cut flowers” by Stephanie Frankowski from Ms. Anstrom's 5th grade class.

​3-5 ​Engineering and Technology

3rd Place - “Lego Grape Catapult” by Nolan Rizvi from ​Ms. Jocy's 5th grade class.

​3-5 Chemistry

3rd Place: - “How much baking soda does it take to produce enough gas to inflate a balloon? By Emma Heath from ​Dr. Lawler's 3rd grade class.

3-5 Physics/Math

​1st Place: “Friction Experiment” by Elias Koshy from ​Ms. Nouman's 4th grade class.​

From the Visual Arts Department

Don’t miss the newest CGE ART REVIEW newsletter here:
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From the School Counselors

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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 November 15th. Great job, gators!
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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:

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.