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CGE Weekly Newsletter- September 20, 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:

Please review the important information contained below. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders:

Parking in the staff or bus parking lot and walking your child up to the building in the morning or picking up in the afternoon is prohibited. Walkers and bike riders must come from off campus only. Only parents of pre-k students may park in the parking lot to drop off and pick up their students each day.

Parents or Guardians must accompany their student into the building and sign in for late arrivals after 7:55am. For early dismissals before 2:30pm, please communicate with your student’s teacher the day before, proceed to the front office to sign out your student. Dismissals after 2:30pm are not allowed due to traffic/carpool and students preparing for the end of the day.

Remember to pull up as close as possible to the vehicle in front of you while waiting in the carpool line to help keep cars off the road .


Lunch Update

Due to a shortage in chicken products we were unable to get chicken tenders for this upcoming Monday (9/20/2021). Instead, we will be having corn dog nuggets. 🐊

From the Nurse:

Please know that physicals and immunization records are due to our school nurse by 9/21/21 for all students new to our school. If you receive a suspension letter because something is missing, please reach out to the school so we may work together to get it corrected. Kelly Lambeth-

COVID Symptoms that require quarantining

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Link to Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit


Fever or Chills


Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or a runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


Chatham County Schools does not accept at-home tests. These tests can not be verified so all testing must be done by an approved testing site or local doctor's office.

If your student has any of the above symptoms please DO NOT send them to school. Reach out to the school nurse for guidance.

If it is determined that your student needs to be tested for Covid here is a link to testing sites in the county. Please do not send your student back to school until the results are received and the school nurse has approved the return.

If your student has been exposed to a Covid positive individual or tests Covid positive then your student must do a 10-day quarantine. Your student's return to school date will be calculated by the school nurse.

Chatham Reads Survey:

Chatham Reads, a countywide collaborative dedicated to increasing third-grade reading proficiency, is gathering data from Chatham County Schools families. The individual data collected below will not be shared. We will use this data in aggregate to show trends.

Our goal is to see where our students attended preschool and how well these preschools prepared our students for kindergarten success. Thank you for your time.

For questions, please email Jaime Detzi (

English Survey

Spanish Survey

BOY Benchmark Testing:

The following beginning of year testing will start the second week of school:

  • K-3 Reading (mClass): August 30th through September 20th

  • 4-5 Reading (STAR): September 1st through September 20th

  • K-5 Math (STAR): September 1st through September 20th

The beginning of grade reading test (BOG) for third grade students will occur on September 8th.

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Donations Needed:

CGE would like to stock up our closet for students in need of a change of clothes during the day. We are in need of new, packaged unused underwear and socks in all sizes. Send donations to the front office labeled to Ms. Millman, our school social worker.

We are also flying through disposable kids masks and ice packs! If you’d like to donate, please send them to the front office. Thank you!

PTA News:

  • Don’t Miss Yoga in the Park!

    CGE Parent and yoga maven Abby Porter will lead in a yoga class for adults at on September 24 from 6pm-7pm at the tennis courts at Northeast District Park. Bring your yoga mat, towel, some water and prepare to release some of the stresses of the incoming school year while supporting our school PTA. Purchase a ticket at or cash on arrival ; $10 for PTA members, $12 for non-PTA members. We are grateful to Abby Porter for supporting our school in this way! If you would like to help raise money for Chatham Grove PTA while promoting your service or business please email

    Mark Your Calendars!

    The CGE PTA is hosting Family Movie Night on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15! Bring your picnic blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the lawn. Pre-order food and drinks or bring your own picnic. Popcorn is on the PTA! Details and movie feature coming soon!

reFuel Waitlist:


Our amazing community did it again! Another FIVE CGE students have been moved off the waitlist!! That means 35 students will begin getting reFUEL Boost Boxes this week!!!

We are in the homestretch, please keep spreading the word and giving!! SIX students remain waitlisted, our revised goal is now $4,320 to get them off the waitlist so they can start getting those Boost Boxes too! Click to donate!

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From the Library:

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Book Drive:

Book Drive!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far this year to this ongoing event!

We want to make sure that the building is flowing with a huge variety of reading materials! So, if you have gently used children’s books looking for a home, we can use them! Get books to us in the following ways:

  • Send them to school for with your child in a bag marked “Book Drive”

  • Drop them off in the lobby in the box marked “Book Drive” between 9:00 am and 2 pm.

Want to help, but don’t have books to send in, we are also looking to purchase magazines to add to our library reading materials.

Questions? Email Bitsy Griffin (

From the School Counselors:

Check out the September Counseling Connection to learn some tips for communicating with your children, as well as information about The Zones of Regulation, the curriculum that will be the focus of our upcoming classroom counseling lessons.
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From the Visual Arts Department:

Please read our inaugural Visual Arts Newsletter - full size PDF HERE!!

Comments or ideas are welcome! Email Victoria Sylvestre, your art teacher.