CGES Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 10

Principal's Message

It is difficult to believe that this is the final newsletter of the 2022-2023 school year! The days, weeks, and months have truly flown by. I have spent each day this year learning about the amazing students and staff of CGES. What a fantastic first year in Center Grove it has been! Over the course of the year we have experienced high quality instruction, special events, and built relationships and friendships. For many, the end of the school year is not a goodbye, but rather a see you again in a just a few weeks. However, for our fifth grade students and some of our staff it will be a goodbye to the school they have known for many years. It is my hope that each student and staff member leaves on the final day of school smarter, more confident, and equipped with the skills needed for their next chapter! For those moving on, all the best and for those returning in August, I am already looking forward to the next school year!

Enjoy the final weeks of school as they are filled with so many exciting activities and events. I wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer ahead!


Mr. Buckler

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AP's Announcements

Hello, Knights! We are so excited for the month of May. There are many celebrations and fun events going on in the school. It will be a busy, energetic, and rewarding month!

Testing Update:

We are wrapping up ILEARN in the upper grades. Fifth grade and third grade have completed all their ILEARN assessments. Fourth grade has one more day on Monday (Science Performance Task). The students have been working hard and doing their best the past two weeks! I’m sure they are ready for a break! We will be pulling students for make-ups next week and look forward to being completely finished by the end of the week.

NWEA Testing will be completed in all grades on the following days:

Kindergarten & 1st Grade- May 8 & 9

Second Grade- May 10, 11, 15

Third Grade- May 16, 17, 18

Fourth Grade- 16, 17, 18

Fifth Grade- 10, 11, 15

ARMOR Update:

We love celebrating our Knights in Shining ARMOR for the month of April. The students were chosen from each class for staying on task and being great listeners! The Knights came down to the office to get a coin for the book vending machine and have their picture taken. I loved making those positive phone calls home! We love celebrating positive behavior choices!

The Big Event is coming up! We are going to be having a GLOW dance party in the gym to celebrate students who have earned 150 ARMOR tickets this year on May 19th. The dance will take place during the student’s specials time. If you have any questions about your child’s ARMOR tickets, please contact their classroom teacher directly.

Thank you for a great school year! I feel so grateful to be working with these amazing students, parents, and educators.

Mrs. Rollings

Knights in Shining ARMOR - Staying on Task

Counselor's Corner

Happy May! Where has the school year gone? It has been a pleasure working with your students over the course of the year. We have enjoyed classroom lessons, special events, and getting to know Harley (the therapy dog)! It has been a fantastic year! May will come and go quickly so enjoy these final days of the school year!

I wish everyone a safe and happy summer vacation. Please consider these ten safety tips for summer (taken from Children's Health) to make sure that summer is an enjoyable time for everyone!

1. Keep watch to prevent drowning

2. Look for signs of heat exhaustion

3. Check for car safety

4. Protect skin from the sun

5. Avoid bug bites

6. Enjoy fireworks safely

7. Drink enough water

8. Don't monkey around

9. Wear life jackets when boating

10. Ride bikes the safe way

Enjoy a safe and wonderful summer break! Best of luck to the fifth graders at Middle School and already looking forward to seeing the students in August!


Mrs. Taylor

CGES Celebrations!

It is a pleasure to celebrate the CGES staff the week of May 1st! PTO and our wonderful parents have planned a week filled with special treats for the entire CGES staff! The staff puts for great effort every day to create a safe and successful learning environment for all students. Be sure to thank them for making this a fantastic school year!

In addition, special recognition for the ladies in our front office. Mrs. Burris, Mrs. Cecil, Mrs. Garret, and Mrs. Bachman who work very hard to make sure that our school runs smoothly every day!

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 CGES Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Campbell! Mrs. Campbell was recognized by her peers for the positive impact she has on the students and staff of CGES!

Please help celebrate our Legacy winners - Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Petersen, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Taylor, and Mrs. Young. The ladies are recognized by the class of 2023 for the positive impact they made! Congratulations!

Finally, all the best to both Mrs. Campbell and Mrs. Mullen who will be retiring at the end of the school year. We thank them for the impact they have made on countless students over the course of their careers. Wishing them all the best as they begin this next chapter!

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Enjoy the CGES Spring Musical, Harmony High on Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:00 in the HS Auditorium!

CGES Field Day 2023

On Friday, May 12th, Center Grove Elementary School will have their annual FIELD DAY!! This is a fun-filled day for students and staff to participate in physical activity sports, and work together on teamwork.

To maintain the safety and security of our campus ONLY those parents signed up to volunteer will be able to participate in Field Day. Parents and Guardians will not be allowed to walk around with the classrooms. Sign-ups for parent volunteers will be going out later today. We understand that you want to be here to support your child(ren), but having over 1,000 students, staff, and parents on campus we must limit this to parent volunteers only.

Please have students dress appropriately for the weather that day. Students will need to wear their class color shirt, tennis shoes, sunscreen (we are not allowed to apply sunscreen to students), and bring a water bottle. Please apply sunscreen on your child(ren) prior to coming to school that day. By law we can have Non-Aerosol Sunscreens brought to school, but we do need a note if the student needs assistance putting it on. All sunscreen will be stored in the classroom and not the clinic.

Class t-shirt colors:

KDG: neon green

1st: neon yellow

2nd: orange

3rd: gray

4th: black

5th: red

The student day will look different, due to the fun events scheduled. All K-2 students will participate in Field Day activities in the morning, and 3-5 will participate in the afternoon. Please look at the schedule below:


9:10 – 11:30 – Kindergarten – Second Grade Field Day Stations

12:30 pm – 2:50 pm – Third-Fifth Grade Field Day Stations

Kona Ice will also be on campus for an extra special treat. Students will visit the Kona Ice truck throughout the day.

Parent Volunteers:

  • We will be sending out the sign-ups for parent volunteers today.

  • Volunteers will need to check in at the office prior to the day’s events.

  • Volunteers will have a name badge to identify that they are part of the Field Day activities. Please make sure you keep this on at all times.

  • Parking – Parking will need to be on the CGES campus, due to events at CGMSC. Please do not park in the CGMSC parking lot. You may use any parking space on the CGES campus, including the bus lane. If you park in the CGES bus lane, you must move your vehicle by 3:30 pm to allow our buses to park.

Our CGES parents are AWESOME and we love the support you show us every day! We are sorry we cannot accommodate parents to walk around, but we appreciate your understanding of maintaining the safety and security of our campus. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Marvelous May

Make note of these important dates for the month of May:

May 1 - 5 - Staff Appreciation Week

May 2 - Silly Safaris Convocation

May 3 - Early Release

May 5 - Unified Games

May 9 - PTO Meeting

May 10 - Early Release

May 12 - Field Day

May 17 - Early Release (FINAL ER of the Year)

May 19 - The Big Event, End of Year Party

May 22 - KIndy 500

May 23 - Talent Show

May 25 - 5th Grade Picnic

May 26 - 5th Grade Graduation, Last Day of School for Students

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