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CGE Weekly Newsletter- September 27, 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

We had 2 new Instructional Assistants (IAs) start this week, and we have 2 more starting this upcoming week as well. We are getting closer to being fully staffed, but are still in need of one additional classroom IA and several exceptional children IAs. Please continue to spread the word.

As we work to finalize our Chatham Grove mission and vision, we know that student service stands as an important component. To this end, we plan to start implementing service projects for our kids both within our school and community. If you have ideas as to areas where our students could contribute, please reach out to me and let me know.

Quarter 1 Progress Reports

Quarter 1 Progress Reports will be shared on Monday, September 27th. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students will bring these reports home on Monday in their orange folders. Reports for grades three, four, and five will be shared via email from Powerschool. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you do not receive a copy.

Bus Information

We apologize for the inconveniences our bus driver shortage has caused at CGE. We are working diligently with our transportation department to find and train new drivers and arrange for substitute drivers. Thank you for your continued patience.
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Read to Achieve Parents Night

3rd Grade Parents: On Thursday, October 7th we will hold a Read to Achieve Parent Night to discuss promotions standards specific to Reading. Please look for additional information to come home from your students’ teacher.

Beginning of Year Testing Parent Reports

Beginning of year testing results will be shared with families soon. STAR Parent Reports and the mClass Home Connect Letters will be shared the week of October 11th.

From the Nurse's Desk

Important Reminders for your students and families:

Covid 19 Symptom List:

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

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NHS Jr Dance Camp

Saturday, October 23rd

9 am -1:30 pm

K-8th Grade Girls & Boys

$45 per dancer

Location: Northwood H.S. Gym

Please visit the Northwood High School website for more camp and registration info.

Dancers will perform at the end of the day!

Register by Oct. 8th to guarantee camp t-shirt size.


Thanks to a generous community, we are beyond excited to share that THE WAITLIST IS GONE!!

45 CGE students are funded and received their first Boost Box for the year! We are so grateful for the support from so many individuals and businesses in our community.

From the Library:

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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.