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CGE Weekly Newsletter 2/22/2021

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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! 🐊

From the Principal's Desk

Dr. Larry Savage, CGE Principal

Our CGE PTA and Admin. Team have been brainstorming ideas for honoring all our students at the conclusion of the school year as they were each a part of our first inaugural class. In addition, we are considering what special steps we could take for our 5th graders as they transition to middle school. To this end, if you have ideas for our consideration, please email our PTA. They may be reached at: Thank you!



Yearbooks submissions are due by March 31. If you have items you’d like to submit for consideration in the 20-21 yearbook, please use this form. Information will be sent out in May about purchasing the 20-21 yearbook in digital and/or print formats.

From the Library

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The Online Book Fair is coming to Chatham Grove! March 1-14

Please share book fair information with your friends and family! All proceeds from the book fair support our school library!

Links you’ll want to check out:

From the ESL Department

Testing Information

WIDA ACCESS testing for ESL students will begin February 22nd - March 23rd.

The testing is planned to go as follows:

February 22nd: A day grades 1-3 students

February 23rd: A day grades 4-5 students

February 25th: B day grades 1-3 students

February 26th: B day grades 4-5 students

March 3rd: Virtual Academy students grades 4-5

Some students will have different testing dates and those students and parents will be contacted by Mrs Guibert regarding their testing date.

It is important that ESL students come to school on their designated testing days, well rested and ready for testing. They will be taking 4 tests: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Each test will last 30 minutes to 1 hour throughout the school day. Please encourage your children who are being tested to do their best. Thank you for your support in this very important ESL testing. If you have any questions about testing, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Guibert at

Thank you,

Chatham Grove ESL Department

From the Guidance Department

Parent Pro Tip

20 Surprising, Science-Backed Health Benefits of Music

According to, listening to music has many physical benefits. Some examples include:

  • Improvement to our heart health

  • A decrease in fatigue

  • A boost in our performance

  • Can help to manage pain

The next time your child is exercising, try to play some energetic and fast-tempo music in the background. Did your child feel motivated and empowered during their workout?

Stanborough, Rebecca Joy. “Benefits of Music on Body, Mind, Relationships & More.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 1 Apr. 2020,

School Updates

Progress Reports

This Friday, February 26th, Quarter 3 Progress Reports will go home. K-2 Progress Reports will be shared via email by classroom teachers. For students in grades 3-5, Progress Reports will be shared via email from Powerschool. Please reach out to your classroom teacher if you do not receive a progress report by Friday evening.

Third Grade Families

Read to Achieve-It is important that you view the Read to Achieve video regarding third grade promotion standards. Students that have not currently achieved a pathway to proficiency have brought home or will be receiving a letter over the next week. Your student’s classroom teacher will be reaching out to answer any questions. Please stay tuned for a Parent Q & A Zoom Session regarding this information.

Read to Achieve Video

Read to Achieve Slide Deck

Read to Achieve Slide Deck-Spanish

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From the Arts Department

CCS Winter Arts Festival

Wanted! Ad Circulars, Magazines & Catalogs for Art Class. Please place items for donation in a plastic grocery bag & send to school with your student if you are attending in-person instruction. There will be a drop off box in the lobby area for them. This is an ongoing need throughout the 2020/21 school year. Thank you!

In addition, please take a look at the CCS Winter Arts Festival website to view a display of visual and performing arts from all of the Chatham County district schools, including our own Chatham Grove Elementary artists. This is in lieu of in-person winter exhibitions and performances.
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North Carolina Symphony’s Adopt-A-School Program

I am so excited to announce that Chatham Grove Elementary will be partnering with the North Carolina Symphony this semester to provide learning opportunities to our students! According to the North Carolina Symphony website, “The NCS Adopt-A-School program will serve to foster the relationship between NCS musicians and K-12 students and teachers statewide.” Over the next couple of months, students will be interacting with Ms. Rebekah Dale, a horn player in the NC Symphony, to learn about the symphony, instrument families of the orchestra, the science of sound, and the life of a musician. She will also provide instrument demonstrations for our students. If you would like to learn more about Ms. Daley, please visit the following website: Rebekah Daley Biography.


During the months of February and March, we will be scheduling visits for 2nd-5th grade students. She most recently joined fourth and fifth grade virtual academy students. On March 2nd, she will be meeting with our in-person 2nd-5th grade students on Zoom during specials. B-day students should plan to join the Zoom that day with their A-day peers. If fourth and fifth grade VA students missed her on February 3rd, they are more than welcome to join the in-person session on March 2nd. The Zoom link will be shared on the remote learning matrix. We will also begin scheduling K-1 visits in April. 2nd-3rd grade VA students will meet with Ms. Daley in April.

We are so grateful for this unique opportunity, and having the chance to provide this experience to our elementary students! We know that this will be a meaningful and valuable experience for all. Please contact Mrs. Galloway with any questions about the North Carolina Symphony’s Adopt-A-School program.

North Carolina Symphony - One State One Score Project

North Carolina Symphony - One State One Score Project

The NC Symphony recently launched the 'One State One Score' project. Students from across the state of North Carolina will be learning Beethoven's Ode to Joy, as part of the statewide initiative. During the next couple of weeks, all K-5 students are invited to learn and sing Ode to Joy. After learning the music, students will create a video to submit towards the NC Symphony 'One State One Score' project. Both VA and in-person students are invited to participate in this project. Mrs. Galloway and Mr. Smith will share all of the student video submissions from our school with the NC Symphony on February 28th. The NC Symphony recently extended the deadline, so please note the updated date from the original correspondence. After the video submission period concludes, NC Symphony will take all of the video submissions from across the state and create one final, collaborative arrangement of Ode to Joy. When the completed project is released in early spring, we will share the final product with families. For more details, please visit our ‘One State One Score’ website: One State One Score Website. Please contact Mrs. Galloway, if you need help with the recording process.

CGE Ongoing Information

School Nutrition Update: Curbside Meal Pickup

Curbside meal pick-up will take place at CGE each Wednesday from 10:30 to 1:00 starting on January 13th. Please reach out to our Cafeteria Manager, Ms. Jessica Frye, for questions. Her email address is:

February Menu

Materials Pick Up

Student materials will be available for pick up again starting on Monday February 22nd at 9 a.m. Please contact your student’s classroom teacher if you have a question about the materials/resources that need to be collected at our school.

Specials Grading for VA Students

To create consistency in grading K-5 Art, Music and PE classes, all students for quarters 3 and 4 in grades 3-5 district-wide will receive the following feedback on report cards--Proficient, Developing, or No Evidence. For quarters 3 and 4, all students in grades K-2 will receive a 1, 2, 3, or 4 for specials.

Please know that in conversations and in our recent CGE Parent Survey, we heard feedback regarding assessing for Virtual Academy students in our specials’ classes. Specifically, some of our VA parents are really struggling with balancing, home, work, and school demands. We understand. For K-2 students who are unable to consistently attend specials, they will not receive a grade and that section of the report card will be blank. For 3-5 students who are unable to consistently attend specials, they will not receive a grade and that section of the report card will say ‘No Evidence.’

Car Line Reminders

For safety purposes, please

  • Pull up to where your child’s exit or entry door lines up with the cone. This allows eight students to enter or exit cars at a time without having to take any children off the sidewalk.

  • Pull up to the farthest available cone.

  • Allow space between the sidewalk and the curb

  • Have children on the sidewalk side of the car ready to exit

In the afternoon, one staff member covers two stations. Please be patient with them as they move from one car to the next.

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