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CGE Weekly Newsletter 5/24/2021

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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

It’s hard to believe, but there are only 12 more days of school remaining before the 2020/21 school year concludes. Join us in helping our kids continue learning at high levels until they leave for the summer. Please know that we’re also working to find ways to build in some fun for our students. Read below for info on our upcoming Field Day and more!

Have a fantastic weekend!

End of Grade Testing

As we approach the end of a most unusual school year, we would like to share information related to End of Grade testing. Unlike spring 2020, all students are expected to take the following tests as required by federal and state laws:

  • End-of-grade tests in reading, mathematics (grades 3-8), and science (grades 5 and 8), including all NC Extend I Tests (grades 3-8)

Unfortunately, it is not possible to have students take these tests at home. Students will take these tests in person, in school, with health and safety protocols in place. The well-being of our students, teachers, and communities is the highest priority. To support safe settings and to give students access to the tests, the testing window has been extended so fewer students are in a school at the same time.

In-Person Students:

  • Reading EOG-Monday, 5/24

  • Math EOG-Tuesday, 5/25

  • Science EOG (5th Grade)-Friday, 5/28

  • Make up testing for in-person students will begin on Thursday 5/27

Virtual Academy Students:

  • Reading EOG- Wednesday, 5/26

  • Science EOG (5th Grade)-Friday, 5/28 (Note: Virtual Academy students will have their own testing group)

  • Math EOG- Wednesday, 6/2

We understand there may be concerns about students in virtual settings coming to school to take a test. Please consider the value of our teachers and staff having information on your student’s learning for this school year, particularly to support their planning for instruction for your child for the 2021/2022 school year.

As we have all experienced this school year, by working together we can make the best decisions for each student. If you have any concerns or needs, please contact your student’s teacher for more information or to have a discussion on how we can best meet the needs of your student and your family. Let’s continue to practice the Power of We.

Virtual Academy EOG's

EOG tests for Virtual Academy students in 3rd-5th grade begin on May 26th. The testing will take place in the building with all county safety protocols in place.

Please complete the form below to indicate any needs you have for transportation and/or meals on testing days. If you have more than one student in Virtual Academy, complete one form for each child. Please note if you need transportation, we will contact you to confirm details.

Virtual Academy Testing Form

CGE Yearbooks

Order your 1st CGE yearbook by 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

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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

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:

From the Library

Don’t know what your child has checked out? Check their student emails on Monday after 8:00 a.m.

Students have one more week (May 28th) to get their reading minutes logged the 1000 Minute Reading Challenge for this school year!

From Coach B

Save the date…….WE ARE HAVING A !!!


June 3rd - Kindergarten and 1st grade

June 4th - 2nd and 3rd grade

June 7th - 4th and 5th grade

Each grade level will have a half a day of fun and games to enjoy with their classmates. The students and teachers will be following the current Covid 19 guidelines and will interact with their own class only during the whole event.

We are asking you to consider signing up for an item to donate to our very first Field Day event. Please use this Sign Up Genius Link

More details to come….

From AIG/Advanced Learners Program

As a reminder, Ms. Wilkie and Ms. Merilee are supporting 3rd-5th grade EOG testing. During this time, K-2nd grade Talent Development Groups will have asynchronous assignments emailed to them for independent exploration. These groups will not be meeting in person or via zoom. All current groups (K-5th) will resume June 1st following EOGs.

Ignite Adventure at AIG Summer Enrichment Camp

We are excited to announce that Chatham County Schools is hosting two 4-day opportunities for 4th and 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

Parent Pro Tip: All about Syllables!

Understanding how to break words down into smaller parts helps to speed up our reading. It also helps us with spelling. These smaller chunks of words are called syllables. Take a look at the video in the link below to learn how to help your child at home with this important skill.

**BE SURE to click the small arrow to the right to get to the video:)

Counting Syllables

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CGE Ongoing Information

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 Monday April 26th 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