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CGE Weekly Newsletter 4/12/2021

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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

We hope you all had a wonderful Spring Break and had the opportunity to do something special.

As we prepare for our transition to “Plan A” for many of our students on Monday, please take a moment to review Plan A information which may be found here.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Attendance for Plan A:

Beginning on April 12th, students in K-5 who are attending school in-person under Plan A will follow attendance rules as during a ‘normal’ year on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Plan A students will be marked absent on days they are not at school (in-person), and they will not be able to log into their class remotely. An exception will be granted when students are having to quarantine.

District Parent Survey Related to Summer School & Planning for the 2021/2022 School Year:

Dear Chatham County Schools Parent or Guardian:

As we move into the last quarter of the school year, we typically begin planning both for the summer and for the upcoming school year. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey to provide feedback related to your interest in summer programming for your child, as well as feedback for instructional programs for next year. We appreciate your assistance in planning opportunities for our students.


Chatham County Schools

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


Exciting News….. reFUEL Chatham Grove will be starting this summer!!!

Many of you are familiar with Fuel Up, the assistance program offered to food insecure students at Perry Harrison Elementary. Students here at Chatham Grove Elementary (CGE) who are enrolled in the program have been getting their needs met through Perry Harrison’s Fuel Up but starting this summer CGE will have our own program – reFUEL Chatham Grove! CGE will be joining the reFUEL program umbrella that currently provides services to Pollard Middle and Northwood High School students. As such the program will provide food directly to students’ homes or other drop off point of their choosing, greatly reducing the manpower needed to run the program. However, reFUEL CGE will still need some volunteers for the program to be a success. If you have a desire to be involved in this much needed and worthwhile effort please consider joining us. We are especially looking for people with grant writing experience, and people who are savvy with online food ordering. You can email us at And stay tuned for more news regarding fundraising opportunities!

From the Guidance Department

Parent Pro Tip

Check out these 5 great arts activities for supporting social emotional learning at any age!

  1. Drawing Activity: Happy Me versus Angry Me

  2. Collage Activity: Picture Collage

  3. Music Activity: Name the Emotion

  4. Drama Activity: Once Upon a Time I felt happy because…

  5. Drama Activity: Social Stories

Any questions, or if you would like more ideas, email Victoria Sylvestre!

LINK for website.

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Students New to CGE

We are excited to have many of our students returning to Chatham Grove! If you are interested, please review the following videos for a school tour and arrival/dismissal procedures for the bus and carpool.

Important Carpool Reminders

As we continue to transition to Plan A, we will have a lot of new car riders joining our pick up and drop off lines. Please keep in mind these helpful tips to have a safe and efficient carpool.

-Pull up close (but safely) to the cars in front to allow more cars to fit onto campus.

-Do not block the intersection on Andrews Store Road.

-Please have your kids ready with everything they need to exit the car in a timely fashion when you arrive at our drop off points.

-Please be patient. We need your help to make this work :)

-Walkers are not permitted at this time. We do continue to assess, however, when we will be able to welcome walkers--it’s something we are excited to do.

School Pictures & Yearbooks

Mark Your Calendars for April 27th & April 30th!

All students and staff, whether in person or virtual, will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken in a safe, socially distanced setting. More information to come after Spring Break!

From the AIG Department

With the changes to student schedules beginning April 12th, Ms. Wilkie and Ms. Merilee’s group schedules will change. Students in person will begin participating in groups in person. VA students will continue joining groups via zoom. New group meetings days and times will be shared with students and families next week via Class Dojo and Google Classroom.

From the Arts Department

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We are excited to host a Virtual Talent Show this year at Chatham Grove! All students are welcome to participate in this year's show! Talents might include (but are not limited to) singing, magic, playing an instrument, dancing, or skits.

The CGE Talent Show website will launch after Spring Break. The website will include the process on how to submit videos for the CGE Talent Show. All videos will need to be submitted by the end of the day on April 27th. Mrs. Galloway will then take all student submissions and create one CGE Talent Show video to share out with families on Friday, April 30th.

Talent Show Guidelines

-Acts must be appropriate for school including language, subject matter, and attire. If you are unsure about a particular song, please reach out to Mrs. Galloway in advance.

-Submitted videos should be between 1-4 minutes in length.

-One video submission per CGE student.

-All videos must be submitted by the April 27th deadline.

We look forward to a wonderful talent show! Please do not hesitate to reach out to

Mrs. Galloway with questions.

Visual Arts Update

    • Art Shirts for keeping clothes clean! In person students are cycling into the new visual arts studio. Please note we will be painting & creating with other messy media! Please send an “art shirt” with your students so they may have something to protect their clothing. The “Art shirt” can be an old, large size tee shirt or button down shirt that can get dirty without worries. This will help the students not be focused on keeping their clothes clean, & be able to create without stress!!!! Any questions, please feel free to email Victoria Sylvestre.

    • Wanted! (EMPTY) Cereal Boxes! We will be creating our own sketchbooks & will be using the cereal box cardboard as our covers. They will be so awesome! Please send as many as you can. Thank you!

    Also wanted! Magazines, catalogues, old phone books! Please send as many as you can. Thank you!

Materials Pick Up

Student materials will be available for pick up again starting on Monday April 12th 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.