Gator Bites

CGE Weekly Newsletter-February 28, 2022

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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!

Stay safe, stay informed and stay Gator Strong! 🐊

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From the Principal's Desk

We celebrated our 2021/22 results with students this week. I congratulated each class for their hard work and assured them that hard work and doing their best--at whatever the task--will take them far in life. This year has certainly had its challenges, but with hard work at home, by our teachers, and our students, our Chatham Grove Gators will grow in every way possible again this year.

I'd also like to wish congratulations to Elias Koshy, a 4th grader here at Chatham Grove. Elias won first place at the Regional Science Fair and will now move on to the State science fair competition. We are proud of all our students who completed projects and I know everyone will join me in wishing Elias all the best representing our school.

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Attendance/Appointment Reminders

Students arriving late or leaving early for an appointment will need to turn in a doctor’s note for the absence or tardy to be excused.

Early check out during school hours ends at 2:30pm.

Quarter 3 Progress Reports

Progress Reports for Quarter 3 went home on Friday, February 25th. Kindergarten, first, and second grade students brought these home in their orange folders. Progress reports will be shared via email from Powerschool for students in grades 3-5. Please contact your student’s teacher if you did not receive a progress report.

From Student Council

Student Council will be holding meetings twice per month after school.

For this month, the meetings will be on

Wednesday, March 9th from 3:15- 4:15

and on

Wednesday, March 23rd from 3:15- 4:15

Council members should be picked up at 4:15 in the car rider circle. If you have any questions, please email Ms.Varner at

From the Library

March is National Reading Month! Let’s celebrate this year with the ABC’s of reading!

Click here for the calendars with active links.

1000 Minute Reading Challenge

There is still time for YOU to Join the 1000 Minute Reading Challenge. Read all about it here and while you are there, take a peek at our CGE Leader Board. You can add items you are currently reading AND you can add items that you have already read from your classroom reading/book log!
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Each week, we will be highlighting some of our K-5 students for receiving a shout-out from someone in the school community. We are so proud of these students for exemplifying CHOMPS expectations throughout the school! Below are the shout-outs for the week of January 24th. Great job, gators!

From PTA

Your time is valuable and gifting it makes a world of difference to the Chatham Grove community. Volunteering at the Thrift Shop is currently the PTA’s largest fundraiser for CGE. This is an opportunity for EVERYONE to get involved (students aged 10+, parents, grandparents, neighbors, friends!) to generate funds to distribute school wide on a yearly basis in the form of classroom allowances, teacher grants, and student/teacher/staff support and appreciation.


Use this link to view the dates and sign up today:

Please contact Emily Patterson with any Thrift Shop questions at

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From PreK

Pre-K Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! Please contact Jennifer Ruff for applications and additional info-

From the School Counselors

Check out our February edition of CGE’s counseling connection to read what your child is learning about during specials lessons with the school counselors and more!

CGE Club Days

Donations Still Needed:

From the Visual Arts Dept

Classroom needs:

  • Water bottles (washed out please, no lids)

  • Yarn (full or partial skeins, any color or texture)

  • Colored sharpies (colors, not metallic)

From the EC Dept

Our wonderful teachers are running low on snacks, treats and rewards for our exceptional students. Donations of individually wrapped candy (starburst, skittles, kisses, m&ms) and chips/crackers would be greatly appreciated!


The cafeteria staff is a small but mighty team that could use parent volunteers to help with breakfast and lunch service.

Please sign up if you can assist, they are super appreciative of the support:

Camp Invention

8am-4pm. We have ONLY 24 slots left for campers rising Kindergarten-rising 6th grade students. We need 4 more middle school students to help as Leaders in Training and 8 more high school or college students to work as Leadership Interns (high school and college age). Leadership Interns will be paid a flat rate of $150 and can get recommendation letters for college and/or future jobs. We are also looking for a few parent volunteers to help with lunch and managing the supply room. Please note that all parent volunteers will need to fill out Chatham County's volunteer form. Parent Volunteers will receive a discount code to receive $130 off up to 2 campers or $30 off up to 2 Leaders in Training. Let me know if you are interested!

Register your child before March 31st using the discount code: EXPLORE25 for $25 off the registration fee. The final discount code is: EXPLORE15 for $15 off the registration fee April 1st until May 18th. You don't want to miss these discounts! Camp Registration Link

Check out this year's Camp Explore here!

From taking apart robots to building prototypes of their biggest and best ideas, each activity is designed to give your fledgling innovator an unforgettable summer experience. Please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at

Northwood HS Summer Soccer Camp

Ever wanted your child to have a safe, fun space to develop their soccer skills or learn some soccer skills while getting coached up by some of Chatham County's best young players and experienced coaches? The Northwood HS Soccer camp is the place to be.

If your child will be a 1st-8th grader in the Fall of 2022 please sign them up for Northwood HS Summer Soccer Camp Monday July 18 and Tuesday July 19th from 8a.m-3p.m at Northwood.

The camp will feature Northwood HS Soccer Players, Coaches, and indoor and outdoor soccer skill sessions and games. For more details and a form to sign up click the link below. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded throughout the camp.

Cost is $70 per camper, cash or check (payable to NHSBFAA Men's Soccer) to be paid on the first morning of camp. Space will be limited, so sign up soon to reserve your child's spot.

Here is the link to sign up

All the best,

Coach Forster

Northwood Varsity Men's Soccer Coach