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CGE Weekly Newsletter- October 7, 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 appreciate your patience this week as we worked through our issues surrounding our school buses. We understand there has been a lot of change for you all so far this year related to transportation--especially our students. We hope the routes will smooth out in the coming days. We will also continue to recruit and train new drivers and problem-solve issues as they arise.

We shared last week that we want our kids to engage in community service both within and outside our school community. To this end, we’d like to hold a community “clean up day” on Saturday, October 9th from 9:00 to 12:00. Our PTA will be partnering with us to help. We need help picking up trash outside and sweeping and mopping inside. The Gator will make an appearance as well. If you are able to help, please plan on staying with your child to help supervise. Please pre-register for the event by signing up here.

Quarter 1 Progress Reports

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

Read to Achieve Parent 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.

CGE Movie Night: Friday, October 15th

Chatham Grove Elementary's PTA is requesting 3rd - 5th grade student volunteers for their next Movie Night on Friday, October 15. It will be located at The Park at Briar Chapel, 1015 Andrews Store Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Student volunteers will need to arrive at 6:00 PM. They will be there to help serve popcorn, distribute picnic boxes, and clean up after the event. The movie starts at 7:00 PM. Volunteers and their parents are welcome and encouraged to stay and enjoy the movie. If you are able to stay 15-20 minutes after the movie for clean up we would appreciate it. Many hands make light work.

If your child will be volunteering for the event please sign this permission slip and return it to your child's homeroom teacher. Parents of student volunteers must stay for the entirety of the event to watch their children. If you are interested please visit this Sign Up Genius Link. Thank you for your help in making our next Movie Night a Community Success!

3rd Grade CoGat Testing

During the week of October 11, your third grader will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The testing will span over three days. The CogAT assesses a student’s verbal, mathematical, and abstract reasoning abilities.

The test is given to all third graders in Chatham County Schools to provide information for academic planning.

You will receive your child’s score report from the CogAT in November.

To help students prepare for the CogAT testing, our AIG Specialists will be going into each 3rd grade classroom next week to provide a training session on taking the CogAT.

BOY Testing results for Parents

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.

From the Library

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From Student Support Services

A paper copy is being sent home of our CGE Family Needs Assessment for the 2021-22 school year. Please consider completing either the paper copy or the online google form needs assessment. This will help the CGE school counselors and school social worker inform student supports. Thank you!
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From the Visual Arts Department

We recently celebrated International Dot Day at CGE! The Dot is a book read worldwide which focuses on sharing your own unique experiences & gifts with the world. Please enjoy our display below!
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