CGES Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 4

Principal's Message

It is difficult to believe that November has arrived and the holidays are just around the corner. The school year is passing by quickly! I hope your family enjoyed the time off for Fall Break! The students transitioned back into the routine of school well and the staff is working hard everyday to make sure that the students are achieving and experiencing success. I have a strong belief in the importance of home/school collaboration and cooperation. Only when we are working together will our students be the most successful! There are many ways that you can support success at school for the students. Consider attending school events. It is powerful for the students to see you active and engaged in the building. Support building wide expectations for students. Our ARMOR program promotes positive attitudes, respectful interactions, modeling safety, being on task, and showing responsibility. Support homework expectations by checking assignments nightly and providing a designated space in your home for homework completion. Students will benefit by arriving at school ready to learn - well rested and after a nutritious breakfast. Take attendance seriously. Student attendance has a significant impact on their success and achievement. Intentionally build organizational skills. Are backpacks being checked? Are papers sent home reviewed and then either kept or tossed? Are students aware of important dates on the calendar and able to check tasks off of “to do” lists? Make time each day to talk about school. Encourage students to be specific about their best parts of the day as well as things that they might need support with. Finally, communicate with the school to answer questions, share concerns, and provide positive feedback and celebrations. These are just some of the ways that support from home will have a significant positive impact on your child’s success at school! As the school year progresses, continue to build those positive interactions and relationships that will result in a fantastic year!

Enjoy your November and Happy Thanksgiving!

Mr. Buckler

AP's Announcements

ARMOR Update

One of my responsibilities includes leading our ARMOR committee at school. This is our positive behavior and intervention support system designed to teach, reward, and acknowledge positive behavior choices. Students earn ARMOR tickets from staff when they are making great behavior choices. Our ARMOR team has decided to focus on the character trait of respect for the months of October and November. Our teachers are strong role models for their students when it comes to respect. Here are some conversation starters for home to help your child learn more about this topic.

Define it. What does respect mean to you? What does it look like? What does it sound like? What does it feel like?

Examples. When have you shown respect at home? What about at school? What happened? How do you think that made people that you were interacting with feel?

Discuss. What are some ways as a family that we can practice respect? Are there ways we can be respectful to people in our community?

Classroom teachers will be choosing a “Knight in Shining ARMOR” from each classroom at the end of November who did an excellent job displaying this character trait! At CGES, we appreciate the strong collaboration between home and school to support not only academics but building the characters of our students.

Safety Check In

School safety is our top priority at Center Grove. We have a staff safety team that meets monthly to discuss our current practices and safety procedures. If you have any safety questions or concerns, please reach out to me! Some things that we do to ensure safety of all our students include practicing our safety drills, making sure our exterior doors are locked at all times, as well as wearing our identification and Centegix badges. We are lucky to have the support of our CGPD. They work hard to monitor and support each of our buildings at CGCSC. Our students love seeing them and making connections with them as they regularly visit our building.

I hope everyone has a fantastic November and enjoys this beautiful weather!

Mrs. Rollings

Counselor's Corner

Happy November!

Things continue to move right along at CGES! College Go, Anti-Bullying lessons, and Red Ribbon Week have all come and gone, just in time for the busyness of the holiday season to begin. Recently I sent out information both for assistance and/or sponsorship regarding the holidays. If you are in need of resources, or would like to sponsor a family, please don’t hesitate to reach out. There are many opportunities in and around our community that I would love to share. Lastly, it’s important to remember that not all of us view this time of year through the same lens. For some, including our students, this is a time of anxiety, grief, and feeling overwhelmed. If these feelings are present in your family, please know that you can reach out to their teacher or myself so that we can support you. The well-being of our students and their families is our number one priority. Please allow us to help.

Happy Almost November!


Mrs. Taylor

Dine to Donate at Lou Malnati's November 9th!

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We are excited to offer the many STEM activities for our students this evening. UPaint will return to STEM Knight as well as the opportunity to visit the Scholastic Book Fair! Please RSVP by Monday, October 31st using the form below! We hope to see you then!

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Veterans' Day Celebration

Our CGES students and staff will host a Veteran’s Day Parade on Friday, November 11, 2022 to honor our local veterans. Please note the following important information:

Who: CGES Veterans and Guests

When: Friday, November 11, 2022

Where: CGES Car Rider Line

Time of Parade:

9:30 begin staging parade

10:00 Parade begins for last names A-M

10:15 Parade begins for last names N-Z

Please RSVP by Friday, November 4, 2022 at the following link:

Veteran's Day RSVP Form

Kids Heart Challenge

Our students are having so much fun with this year’s Kids Heart Challenge at CGES! We are extremely proud of our families for supporting this service-learning initiative! Thank you all for helping your student take the online heart healthy pledge, raise donations or both. Our school goal is $17,500. So far, we have raised $8,056 for the American Heart Association, AMAZING! If you have not had a chance to help—there is still time, all donations will be due online by Friday, November 4th.

Sign up today!

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Good Cheer Fund Food Drive

CGES will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Good Cheer Fund. The Good Cheer Fund provides meals to Johnson County residents during the Christmas season. The Food Drive will begin Monday, November 28th and conclude the morning of Wednesday, December 14th. If you would prefer to send a monetary donation, please send cash or checks made payable to the Good Cheer Fund. Monetary donations will count as 2 items per dollar toward classroom totals. The classroom with the most items collected will receive a pizza party.

Thank you in advance for your support of such a great cause!

Mrs. Watters and CGES Student Council

Nifty November

Mark your calendars for the events that will be taking place in November!

November 2 - Early Release

November 2-4 - Scholastic Book Fair

November 3 - STEM Knight

November 9 - Early Release, Dine to Donate @ Lou Malnati's

November 11 - Veteran's Day Parade

November 15- PTO Meeting

November 16 - Early Release

November 21 - 25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 28 - Good Cheer Food Drive Begins

November 30 - Early Release

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