CGE October Newsletter
Dear CGE Families and Friends,
Welcome to October! We have a lot going on at CGE! Our wolfpups are getting back into our in-person routines!
We spent September building classroom communities and we recently reviewed our school-wide expectations of Work, Respect and Belong and our Bullying Policy. We want to make sure all students understand what bullying is and is not, what to do if it happens to them and what to do if they witness it happening. Each student deserves to feel safe, connected and cared for by others.
In addition to Work, Respect and Belong, each month we focus on a particular character trait. During the month of September it was “RESPONSIBLE.” Every month one student from each classroom will be selected as the CGE Capable Community Member who is exemplary at demonstrating that month’s character trait. They will receive a certificate and their picture will be displayed in our commons area for the next month. Parents will be notified if their child is selected and their name will appear in our monthly Principal’s newsletter (see below for September’s CGE Capable Community Members). Our character trait for October is KIND. This student selection will be tough because our building is filled with kindness!
As our temperatures grow colder, be sure your children are ready for recess! Please label your children’s outside gear. We go outside every day unless our temperature is 0 degrees or below or the wind chill is -10 degrees or more. Hopefully, it will be a bit before those cold temps appear! Fingers crossed.
This month we will be holding our one and only fundraiser, the first PTO sponsored CGE FUN RUN!! We are hoping for 100% student participation. There will be many prize incentives and of course fun while we run! Last year we had our Read-A-Thon and we far exceeded our goal of $15, 000 ($30, 000+ was raised- see below for how some of the money has benefitted our CGE students and staff). Since we met our goal I had to dye my hair CGE green! This year if we meet our goal I have agreed to go into the Dunk Tank! Please watch for communication from your child’s teacher and see below for more details.
Enjoy the sights and smells of fall!
Announcing September’s CGE Capable Community Members- The following students are being recognized for being RESPONSIBLE
FALL FUN RUN Fundraiser
Hello CGE Families! We are kicking off our FIRST EVER Fall Fun Run Fundraising event! We are striving to help all students build habits for health - and at Cottage Grove Elementary, we are focusing on "Strong Body, Strong Mind!" By supporting this fundraiser, you will be fostering a love of fitness and encouraging student goal-setting, all while helping to provide financial support to ensure all students have access to high-quality resources and programs that will enrich their elementary experience!
Please register your child/ren today: Register your Child by visiting www.getmovinfundhub.com it's free, easy, and fast to register! For School Identifier use 60183eb0ba5e4
We are setting our building goal at $30,000! We have so many great prizes and incentives for students who help us meet our goals! At the end of the fundraiser, we will have a Fun Run on October 15th where all grade levels will participate during the school day! Mrs. Blume will be in the Dunk Tank if we meet our building goal!!
***PTO message regarding our last fundraiser -We were so thrilled to support CGE with what was raised from the 2020-2021 Read-A-Thon fundraiser. Funds were used to purchase books for each classroom and student, document cameras, storage and book bins, classroom rugs, focus chairs and stools, bean bag chairs, art supplies, extra Chromebooks and chargers, magnetic white boards, musical instruments, gym equipment, funding for each teacher’s classroom and so much more! Thank you for all of your support!
CGE yearbooks are on sale now for a cheaper price until October 8th!
Square One Art Fundraiser
Students in grades K-5 have been working hard on their artwork for our Square One Art fundraiser! Through this program, you can purchase items such as magnets, key chains, coffee mugs and other fun items with your child’s artwork printed on them! Order forms will be coming home at the end of October. Thank you!
Scholastic Book Fair in October!
CGE is having a Scholastic Book Fair. This fair will not be open to the public due to Covid restrictions, but students will get a chance to preview and shop the fair during the school day. The book fair will be running from October 13-October 20th. Please check the CGE website closer to the fair for specific preview/shopping dates for your child’s homeroom class. A flyer will be sent home showing featured books. An eWallet may be set up for your child as a cashless payment option.
November 2nd Election Information
Did you know?
South Washington County Schools faces inadequate state funding, increasing educational costs, continued budget cuts and the need for enhanced technology as a tool for learning. To help, SoWashCo Schools is asking voters to consider a school funding increase on the Nov. 2, 2021 ballot.
● Our savings account is below board policy at 4.7%
● Cuts of $9.4 million for the 2021-22 school year
● Federal, state and local funding is not keeping pace with inflation or the educational needs of our students
● Expanded dependence on educational technology for personalized learning
● Devices for every student require modern and reliable technology infrastructure
What’s on the ballot?
Question 1: Stability (Operating Levy)
Operating levies are voter-approved and provide funding for classrooms, instruction and other school operating costs.
● SoWashCo Schools is asking voters to consider revoking the 2015 and 2017 operating levies to create a new levy that increases funds from $1,536.60 to $1,886.60 per student.
● The operating levy would generate an additional $6.9 million per year.
● The funds would include an annual increase at the rate of inflation for 10 years.
Question 2: Technology (Capital Projects Levy)
A capital projects levy provides funds for improved instructional technology, tech support, maintenance for student devices and enhanced technology infrastructure.
● SoWashCo Schools is asking voters to consider revoking the current capital project levy to create a new levy that increases funds from $112 to $270 per student.
● The capital projects levy would generate an additional $3 million per year.
● The increase would be in place for 10 years.
Learn More: visit sowashco.org/vote2021
October is National Bullying Awareness month and our word of the month is KIND
Here are a couple of building wide activities for Bullying Awareness month
EVERY Tuesday throughout the school year is KIND word shirt day!
Thursday and Friday, October 14th and 15th we will write kindness in chalk during recess. Students could also write encouraging words to support our fun run!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021- WEAR ORANGE
Together against bullying. UNITED for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
The week of October 25th we will do a building wide “Stick together in Kindness” activity sponsored by Duct Tape. More information to come.
Sending a heart swoosh of love…
Tuesday, October 12th - Culver's Night 5-7pm
Thursday, October 21 - Friday, October 22nd - NO SCHOOL, MEA Break
Monday, October 25th - NO SCHOOL, K-5 Elementary Prep