CGE Family News

November 10, 2023

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Important Dates Ahead...

November 21: Last day of trimester 1

November 21: All School Wolfpup BINGO

November 22-24: No School

November 27: First day of trimester 2

December 1: Progress Reports sent home

December 22-January 2: Winter Break

January 3: School resumes

Calendar and Schedule Updates

The latest calendar updates are available at

Be Amazing! Be Grateful!

Happy Friday! We had a great week of learning at CGE. Thank you to everyone who voted in the election on Tuesday. As you may already know the public voted yes on all three questions on the ballot for South Washington County Schools. More information about how this affects the different schools can be found on the website.

Next week is a typical 5 day week for our students. We are looking forward to a great week of learning. As we continue with our Be Amazing! Be Grateful theme at CGE, I have added some more ideas on how to show gratefulness that you can use at home.

Thanks for your partnership in your child's education. CGE is grateful for you!


Candy Gram, Principal

Cottage Grove Elementary

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Community Education Class

Mrs. Tester is offering an afterschool opportunity for GIRLS to learn and play the basic fundamentals of volleyball and basketball, have fun and also meet new friends! This program is offered to girls in grades 3-5 and runs for six sessions for three weeks (2 days per week).

Cost: $45 course C176

Dates: T/Th's on November 28, 30 and December 5, 7, 12, 14

At Cottage Grove Elementary

Tue/Thu, Nov 28 - Dec 14 3:10 - 4:00 PM There is no bus.

Any questions or need help with registration contact Mrs.Tester

PTO Corner

  • A huge THANK YOU to the CGE community for helping with another successful fundraiser! We were so bummed to have to cancel the Saturday community fun run but the staff went all out making the indoor school fun run a year to remember. We will be busy planning how to allocate funds to the school in the upcoming meetings. Please consider attending if you have some ideas or want to hear how the money will help our school and students have a successful year at CGE.

  • Our next PTO meeting will be held Tuesday November 14th @ 4:30 in the media center. All are welcome!

  • We have a fundraising night at Chipotle in Cottage Grove coming up on Tuesday November 14th from 4-8. In person or online orders are accepted. Mention CGE in person or enter code 7YWZED8 for online pick up orders.

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    News From our Art Studio

    Square 1 Art

    Students in grades K-5 will soon be receiving their custom catalog for our Square 1 Art program. Through this program, you can order magnets, mugs, keychains and other fun products with your child's amazing artwork printed on them. Order now using the Art Search option here:

    When you receive the catalog, there will also be a unique QR code for easy ordering.

    All orders will be shipped directly to your home address and are scheduled to arrive 2-3 weeks after your order is placed.

    Orders due by: 11/28/2023

    Jerry's bags

    We are collecting Jerry's paper grocery bags to use for our end of the year portfolios. If you have any bags, please send them to school with your child. Thank you!

    Mrs. Soucheray

    K-5 Art Specialist

    Lunchroom Visitors

    CGE will be able to host limited lunch time visitors between , October 9– May 26th this school year. Based on space and safety requirements, one family member listed in Parent Portal may sign up using our NOVEMBER November Sign Up to accompany their child at our guest lunch table. Our reservation link for NOVEMBER is live LINK. We ask families to review the process below so that we can ensure this practice is available:

    1. Sign up for the visit no later than the day prior to your visit.
    2. Upon arrival for the visit, present identification and complete the Raptor screening.
    3. Wear the visitor badge so that it is visible during the entirety of the visit.
    4. Go directly to the lunchroom and eat in the guest space with your student.
    5. No friends or additional students will be permitted to join the guest space.
    6. Visitors may not visit recess time.
    7. The visit is limited to guest space during the student’s identified lunch period.
    8. Any outside food brought in can only be shared with your student.
    9. Do not take pictures, record, or film while at school. Use of cell phones is strongly discouraged for safety and privacy.
    10. You may sign up for one spot a month to allow for other families to sign up as well.
    11. PLEASE delete your reservation if you are unable to come to allow for other families to sign up.

    We ask that you limit your visit to the lunchroom and not accompany your child back to the classroom. We also ask that you not visit your other children in their classroom or drop something off for them.

    You will get a new link monthly to reserve your spot.

    We are Hiring

    Are you looking for a way to contribute your time and talents to CGE? Do you have a schedule which would permit you to work during school hours Monday-Friday? Do you like working with children? If you do or someone you know does, we are looking for YOU!

    Currently, we have an open 6.25-hour, Special Education paraprofessional position from 8:25 AM-3:10 PM at Cottage Grove Elementary. This position is primarily student contact days so it is aligns with your child/ren's schedule!

    **Pay is based upon the current Paraprofessional Union contract with a base starting pay of $20.38.

    Some of the primary job functions for a Special Education para would include: Working in a team atmosphere by assisting the SPED teacher in the classroom with students, building positive/trusting relationships with staff/students and helping create a safe learning environment for all students to be successful.

    Required Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent; Competencies as required by State of Minnesota, Federal government, and/or SoWashCo Schools including a criminal background check as well as a physical screening. Demonstrates an attitude of enjoying and appreciating children in the elementary age group. Prompt, regular and reliable attendance.

    Please contact Principal, Candy Gram for more information on this position at 651-425-5803 or e-mail at

    BIrthday Treats

    It has been a common practice to provide treats for the class in honor of a child’s birthday; however we are asking that NO EDIBLE TREATS be sent in to celebrate birthdays. We will make your child’s birthday special in the classroom without edible treats.

    If you would like to send a little something to honor their day please consider an alternative birthday treat such as pencils or a book donated to the classroom. We ask that no edible treats be sent in due to varying allergy conditions and other issues related to edible treats in the classroom. Thank you for your help with following this new practice of celebrating birthdays in the classroom.

    Birthday “parties” are not given in the classroom and dispersing non-edible treats is expected to take minimal time away from classroom instruction. In addition, teachers are not responsible for handing out birthday party invitations or sending email invites/RSVP reminders to the entire class. Thank you for respecting these guidelines.

    School Hours

    7:30 am - School office opens

    8:25 am - School opens to students

    8:40 am - School day begins

    3:10 pm - School day ends

    3:30 pm - School office closes

    NOTE: The earliest students can arrive at school in the morning is 8:25 am. All students must be picked up at 3:10 pm if not riding the bus home.

    CGE Contact Information

    Candy Gram, Principal: / 651.425.5803

    Judy Nicklay, Office Coordinator: / 651.425.5801

    Desi Faletti, School Social Worker: / 651.425.5808

    Marci Patchett, School Psychologist: 651.425.5824

    School Website:

    District Website:

    CGES Office: 651-425-5800

    CGES Attendance Line: 651-425-5806

    CGES Health Office: 651-425-5802

    CGES Fax Number: 651-425-5815

    SoWashCo Student Information: 651-425-6218

    SoWashCoTransportation: 651-425-5303