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CGE Weekly Newsletter 5/31/2021

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Welcome to our weekly Gator Bites newsletter! Every Friday 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

Dr. Larry Savage, Principal

As we near the conclusion of the 2020/21 school year, please know that we are busy preparing for 2021/22 as well. For planning purposes, it is very helpful for us to have an accurate headcount of those students who will be in kindergarten next school year. As such, if you have a rising kindergartener in your home, please see the attached flyers for information on kindergarten testing. If you know a family with a rising kindergartner, also help us by sharing the registration information with them as well. More information related to kindergarten registration may also be found here:

We have very much appreciated all our kids' hard work this week. We hope you all will enjoy a much needed 3 day Memorial Day Weekend!

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Important Reminder

No School on Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day

Virtual Academy EOG's

Virtual Academy students have one more day of testing to complete. VA students will complete their Math EOG this Wednesday June 2nd.

  • Please arrive to CGE between 8 and 8:15AM

  • We will begin testing around 8:30AM

  • Testing will last approximately 2 hours, but students can take up to a maximum of 3 hours

  • We will call at the end of testing so that you can pick up your student

EOG Results

We know that families are anxiously awaiting EOG results. Please know that testing is not yet complete at CGE as our VA kids will be testing next week. We will share results with students as soon as we are able.

EOY Celebrations:

We are writing to let you know that we will be holding a ‘good bye drive bye’ on June 9th. Many more details to come early next week!

CGE Yearbooks

We only have 4 days left to order your 1st CGE Gator Yearbook! Follow the instructions below and get your orders in today! Deadline is June 1st.
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CHOMPers of the Week

Each week we are celebrating students that display CGE’s CHOMP expectations. Here are our CHOMPERS of the week for last week:
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School Updates

Field Day

It’s Here………and there will be a surprise!!!

We are starting our Field Day with Kindergarteners and 1st grade on Thursday June 3rd. June 4th will be for 2nd and 3rd grades and we will conclude the following week on Monday June 7th with 4th and 5th grade students.

Remember to have your child wear comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes suitable for an outdoor play.

If you signed up for an item/items to donate to our event, you can drop them off at the front office. Here is the Sign Up Genius Link

Thank you for your help!

Parent Pro Tip

Nature Journaling with Kids

This summer break, consider encouraging your children to participate in creating a journal / sketchbook for daily use. It could be as simple as a spiral bound notebook, or as fancy as a real sketchbook. The following exercise is something fun to:

Go outside (or at least a place you don’t normally go inside). Draw what interests you. I encourage showing and telling, adding notes to sketches, and trying to fill a sketchbook page. As one teacher told me once, “they say a picture is worth 1,000 words, but it helps to write some of them down.” Completing the following sentences is helpful:

I notice…

I wonder…

It reminds me of…

Questions? Comments? Email Victoria Sylvestre, your art teacher!

From the Library

Students with books still out will get a daily reminder email beginning June 1. All students can check their checkouts on Destiny Discover by following these instructions:

Books not returned will need to be paid for. Thanks so much for your help in keeping our library collection complete.

From the AIG/Advance Learners Program

Ms. Wilkie and Ms. Merilee are very excited to resume all K-5th grade groups beginning June 1st, both for in-person and virtual students.

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Summer/Fall Opportunities

NHS Jr Cheer Camp

When: July 26, 27 & 28, 2021

Time: 6-8pm

Location: TBA

Cost: $65 cash or check (payable to NHSBFAA)

**Register by July 24th to ensure you get t-shirt size**

K-8th graders come out and learn from our NHS Cheerleaders, basic skills, cheers, and HAVE FUN!!!

Please complete the registration link below:

Mustang Band

Is your child interested in joining the band next year at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School? Please check out the following site to learn more about the middle school band program including instrument information, enrollment procedures, and band expectations: Mustang Band Site. If you would like to sign-up for band next year, please submit the following Google Form at your earliest convenience: Band Sign-Up Form

If you are interested in renting an instrument, Ms. Clemens will host a meeting on June 8th at 6:00 p.m. She will send out additional meeting information at the beginning of June.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Clemens at

Junior Hawks Kids Club 2021-2022


Would you like your child to become the very first Junior Hawk member? See this Registration Link to learn more.

Ignite Adventure at AIG Summer Enrichment Camp

We are excited to announce that Chatham County Schools is hosting two 4-day opportunities for 3rd-5th grade AIG students at Chatham Grove Elementary (June 21-24) or Virginia Cross Elementary school (June 28 - July 1). Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are available if needed.

This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity for identified AIG students. If your student works with Ms. Wilkie or Ms. Merilee as a Talent Development/Nurture student, they can still register, and if there is space, they can attend.

Click here to view a flier for the camp in English and her to view a flier in Spanish.

Please register at HTTP:// if your student(s) would like to participate.

Any questions regarding the program, please contact Michael Triplett at
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CGE Ongoing Information

reFuel CGE

reFUEL CGE needs your financial support – please donate now!!!

reFUEL CGE is our school’s new student food assistance program.

Your donation will help us make sure those students in need will get nutritious supplemental food over summer break, as well as help us continue to fund the program in the fall.

You can make a recurring monthly donation, write a check, or make a business sponsorship.

No donation is too small!!

*PayPal Link:

*Checks – please mail to:

reFUEL CGE, 538 Bennett Mountain Trace, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

reFUEL CGE website:

Interested in a business sponsorship? Please email us directly at or visit our website

Chatham County Summer Food Support

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The Emergency Broadband Benefit, or EBB, can help people hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic. It can pay $50 every month toward the cost of Internet service, and it is available to students who qualify for free and reduced lunches and all families who lost some income in the last year and earn less than $198,000. To learn more go to

Materials Pick Up

Student materials will be available for pick up again starting on Tuesday, June 1st from 9am-2pm. Please contact your student’s classroom teacher if you have a question about the materials/resources that need to be collected at our school.

From the Arts Department