CGE January Newsletter


Happy New Year CGE Families!

I hope that winter break allowed you all to spend time together as a family and enjoy some time away from the routine of the school week. We are excited to keep moving forward in person as much as possible throughout the next two trimesters. That is our priority.

Enjoy the weekend!


Paraprofessional Positions Open

We continue to be challenged with staffing and substitutes. We are currently seeking two recess/lunch paraprofessionals. One position is every day from 10:50-1:15 and the other position is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only from 10:30-12:50. The corrected starting pay is $16.63 an hour and you are only scheduled when there is school. Please consider joining the CGE team or if you know someone who may be interested, please forward this information to them.

Apply online at

Please contact Principal, Theresa Blume at 651-425-5803. Thank you!

Freeze Moments in Time - Order your Yearbook today!

From making an entrance to leaving their legacy, every student deserves to see themselves in the pages of their yearbook. Celebrate the milestones and accomplishments of 2022 with the Cottage Grove Elementary School yearbook.


Update for 2nd and 3rd grade families: CogAT Results

Before winter break, 2nd and 3rd grade students took the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The CogAT, along with other assessment data, can help your child’s teachers better support their strengths and areas for growth. The timeline for testing and results has been extended. CogAT scores will be shared with families by the end of February.

For more about the CogAT see the Frequently Asked Questions. Please contact Talent Development and Advanced Academics with any questions about the CogAT.

The word of the month for January is Courageous

The definition of Courageous is

  • the ability to do something that frightens one

  • strength in the face of pain or grief

Here is a link with some fun and creative ways to teach Courage to children!

Community Education Classes

New Year New Art After School on Wednesdays for 6 weeks beginning January 12th Grades K-5

Oh My Glitter! After School on Thursdays for 4 weeks beginning January 27th Grades K-5

Young Engineers Robotics and STEM Program– Learn about the engineering behind some Amazing Machines. Thursday evenings at East Ridge beginning January 13 for Grades 2-8.

Acting Without a Script - A laughter filled class for kids to learn communication skills, self-confidence and respect towards other’s ideas. Monday evenings at East Ridge beginning January 24th for Grades 3-5.

Winter Young Kids Camps Wednesdays after school beginning January 12th, Grades K-2

We're looking forward to I Love to Read Month!

I Love to Read Month is coming in February and CGE is getting ready to celebrate our reading. Our theme this year will be Reading Gives You Superpowers! Students will have the opportunity to complete a weekly reading challenge if they would like to participate. Be watching for more information.

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 17th - NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Just an FYI - No Culver's night in January due to their remodel.