Chestnut Grove Parent News

January 8, 2023

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"Every student matters; Every second counts!"

Dear Chestnut Grove Families,

Report cards were sent home with students Friday.

We had a wonderful few days back to school as we celebrated each student's growth with our Growth Parade/Programs Friday. It was wonderful to see each student proud of things they accomplished first semester. We are heading into 2nd semester with confidence and goals set to achieve!

With gratitude,

Rebekah Higgins, Principal

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6: Report cards

16: No School

17: 3rd grade tutoring resumes (select students)

19: Family Math Night 5:00-6:30pm

23: Recorder money due to Miss White

24: ACCESS testing for EL students begins

26: Chestnotes rehearsals resume each Thursday

27: Student of the Month and Club Day


2: Morgan County Spelling Bee

20: Remote Learning Day (no Google Meets; assignments will be given in advance)

21: Literacy Night

24: Club Day

27: Student of the Month

Math Night: January 19th

We need your help! SIgn up for items needed:

FRECKLE: new math resource this year

All of our students have a Freckle Math account to work on foundational math skills, grade level skills, or above grade level skills, depending on their current math level. Your child is expected to use this resource daily. We have Freckle challenges among our homerooms, too! Ask your child about their their Freckle achievements and encourage them to use Freckle outside of school, too! Ask your child's teacher for more information! We are thankful our district purchased this great tool for our students.

CGES is a Ronald McDonald Pop-tab Pandemonium Collection Site!

Parents, see the attached letter explaining the purpose of collecting pop-tabs for funding families' needs while their child's medical needs are being met.

We have a drop-off bin in the foyer where can place your full bags of aluminum pop tabs. Students will receive a sticker recognizing them for their donation. Our big turn-in date is in April, and we want to beat our record of pop tabs collected.

ARI Holiday Parent Newsletter

2022-23 Million Word Challenge

CGES Million Word Readers

Merrick M. - 4th grade

Who will be next?

Each student’s million word count starts over at the beginning of each school year. Students must score an 80% or above on their AR Quiz for the words to be counted. STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO READ AT HOME at least 20 minutes each night and take AR quizzes to log their words read. They will earn AR Rewards in library in addition to the following rewards given by the DCS Foundation.

REWARDS (t-shirts & gift cards will be delivered at the end of the school year

prior to awards day):

  • 1st Million Words Read - They will receive a new MWC t-shirt with the current school year on it.
  • 2nd Million Words Read and beyond - a $10 gift card per every million read over 1 million (ie: 3 million words earns a $20 gift card) This only applies to 3rd-8th grade students!


Help support our Hardworking Teachers & Staff!!

Mrs. Hill and I have an annual tradition to provide snacks and treats for our hardworking faculty and staff the last Friday of each month with our "Sunshine Cart." If you would like to donate or know someone who would like to sponsor this monthly event, please reach out to our counselor,



Arrival - UPDATED 8/12/22 (7:30-7:45am) at the front left (playground end)

Dismissal (2:15-2:30pm) in the rear (Vicksburg Drive)

If you arrive to drop-off or pick-up your child after these times, you will need to park and come to the office.

K & 1st grade arrival (7:15-7:45am) & dismissal (2:45-2:55pm) will be in the front left parking lot. Older siblings of K/1st graders will join their younger sibling on the lower carline.

2nd - 5th grade arrival (7:15-7:45am) & dismissal (2:45-2:55pm) will be in the front right parking lot.

If you do not have your carline card, you will be asked to park in the parking lot and bring your ID to the office to pick up your child.


  • Walkers: students who live in the neighborhood; dismissed to adult at 2:35pm. If you allow your child to walk home alone, contact Mrs. Higgins or Mrs. Coffey.
  • Check-outs must be done prior to 2:15pm (2:00 for PreK). We do not allow checkouts after this time due to preparing for dismissal.
  • If your child's regular mode of transportation changes, it is important for you to communicate directly with your child's teacher by 2:00pm daily since they are the ones who handle transitions to dismissal each day.
  • If you do not have your carline card, you will be asked to park in the parking lot and bring your ID to the office to pick up your child.
  • Students are marked tardy if they arrive after 7:45am.
  • If a student is checked out prior to 11:30am, they are counted as absent for the day.


Parents, maintaining open communication is important. Please keep your email and phone numbers updated so that you can receive important communication from Chestnut Grove and Decatur CIty Schools. If your contact information changes during the school year, please email our secretary, Mrs. Coffey: .

Stay connected ~

  • Ensure you are signed up for teacher communication
  • Visit our website and social media
  • Check your child's communication folder/binder daily
  • Join PTO and sign up to volunteer