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CGE Weekly Newsletter-December 6, 2021

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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! 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

We will be hosting our “Holiday Drive By” again this year. The event will be held this Friday evening. Our staff are excited to greet your kids and spread some holiday cheer. As with last year, this will be a “drive by” only. We won’t be able to accommodate families parking and getting out of their car--there is simply not enough space.

Specific information related to the Drive By may be found in the PTA message below. Also note, your help is needed if you are able. You can sign up to donate and/or volunteer down below as well.

We look forward to seeing you all Friday evening. It will be a ton of fun for staff and kids!

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The Holiday Drive-By is THIS FRIDAY, 12/10:

5:30 PM Pre-K thru Second Grades

6:15 PM Third thru Fifth Grades

We are excited to bring back this event for students, families, and staff! Kids will have an opportunity to wave to teachers and staff, and receive a special treat.

To help make this year's event ever better than the last we need YOUR help -- everything from volunteering your time, to loaning or donating winter-themed decorations and supplies, to purchasing gift cards or sending a Venmo. More details available at:

***There will be a drop off area for all CORA food drive items***


For those of you who wish to gift your teacher(s) this holiday season, be on the lookout for a new list of Teacher Favorites! Class Parents will be sharing soon but see below for the link to all the favorites we received so far. There's a folder for each grade/specialty; if you have any issues accessing a file, just let us know! Teacher/Staff Favorites - Google Drive

If you do not see your teacher, that means they did not fill out the form distributed earlier this fall. Please contact your Class Parent for more info.


With so many amazing staff members at CGE, it can be hard to thank them all during the holidays. On behalf of the PTA, we'd like to ask for contributions to gift these special people, many of whom work behind the scenes to get the job done for our kids!

To show our appreciation, we'll be purchasing Amazon gift cards for our support staff, which includes all instructional assistants, specials teachers, specialists, administration, cafeteria staff, bus drivers and custodians.

We've got two easy ways to contribute:

1 - Visit our Amazon Wishlist to purchase gift cards (be sure to choose CGE Staff Gift Fund c/o Wendy Bonine as your delivery address at checkout)

2 - Contribute via Venmo @wendybonine (please include note 'CGE staff gift fund'); funds will be used to purchase Amazon gift cards

**Deadline to contribute is Friday, December 10. We will evenly distribute the total amount between all 45 support staff members; last year each person received $40 in Amazon gift cards, a well deserved gift!


New Winter Dates have been added to volunteer at the PTA Thrift Shop! Join us in December, January, or February to earn money for our school by volunteering after-hours at the PTA Thrift Shop! Kids aged 10+ can join an adult and there is no experience necessary! This is one of the easiest ways to help support our students and teachers.

Sign up at:
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Q2 Progress Reports

Friday, December 3rd, Q2 Progress Reports will be shared. Grades K-2 will bring home their progress reports in their orange folders. For grades 3-5, progress reports will be shared via email from Powerschool.

AIG Evaluation Referral Window

The AIG Evaluation Referral Window is open December 1st - January 7th. Complete and return this referral form if you would like to refer your Kindergarten-1st grader, or 3rd-5th grader for evaluation. Additional information about the AIG Program at CGE can be found on this website. Please contact Ms. Chesney ( or Ms. Hackman ( with any questions about referrals or AIG Services.

From the Library

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Join the 1000 Minute Reading Challenge!

From the Visual Arts Department

Don’t miss the newest CGE ART REVIEW newsletter here:
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From the School Counselors

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CGE Virtual Science Fair

We would like to announce the winners of our CGE 2021 Virtual Science Fair! We had 67 student participants in this year’s science fair. We are so proud of all of the hard work of all our student scientists.

All 1st and 2nd place projects will move on to the CCS Virtual Science Fair on Dec 7th.

If you are interested in hearing more about some of our amazing projects, check out these videos!

CGE K-2 Division Winners

CGE 3-5 Divisions Winners

K-2 Division

Tie for 1st Place: Keaton J and Audrey J in Ms. Walls 1st Grade Class: With What Air Pressure will a soccer ball travel the farthest distance?

1st Place: Harrison C and Greyson B in Ms. Frew’s Kindergarten class: Which Airplane Flies the farthest?

2nd Place: Leo S in Ms. Boneberger’s 2nd grade: How well do dogs smell?

3rd Place: Samuel L in Ms. Teta’s Kindergarten: Does more mass make a ball fall faster?

Honorable Mention: Levi R in Ms. Pace’s 1st grade class: Can an oven be solar powered?

Honorable Mention: Virginia K in Ms. Teta’s Kindergarten class: Wash, Wash, Wash your/my hands

3-5 Environmental/Earth Science Division

1st Place Grayson J in Ms. Nouman’s 4th class: How does pollution affect plants?

2nd Place Stephanie F in Ms. Anstrom's 5th grade class: Best conditions for cut flowers

3rd Place: Gabriel T in Ms. Anstrom’s 5th grade: Can Magnets clean up oil spills?

Honorable Mention: Lainey R in Ms. Richardson’s 4th grade: How do clouds form and affect the weather?

3-5 Physics/Math Division

1st Elias K in Ms. Nouman’s 4th grade class: Friction Experiment

2nd place: Sam K and Ben B in Ms. Nouman’s 4th grade class: Which substance has the least friction?

Honorable Mention: Ann G in Ms Nouman’s 4th grade class: How light or heavy can objects be in different liquids?

3-5 Engineering Division

1st Place: Nolan R in Ms. Jocys 5th grade class: Lego Grape Catapult

Honorable Mention: Florian M in Ms. Carpenter’s 4th grade class: That was easy

3-5 Biological Sciences Division

1st Place: Ian T in Ms. Jocys 5th grade class: Bacteria Build up

2nd Place: Sarah H in Ms. McGinley’s 4th grade class: Whose hands make the best thermometers?

3rd Place: Eliza Z and Emira L in Ms Carpenter’s 4th grade class: Pet poll

Honorable Mention: Noah P in Ms. Carpenter’s 4th grade class: Which food scraps decompose the fastest?

3-5 Chemistry Division

1st Place: Emma H in Dr. Lawler’s 3rd grade: How much baking soda does it take to produce enough gas to inflate a balloon?

2nd Kate B in Dr. Lawler’s 3rd grade : Is the candy coating required for eruptions?

3rd Patrick W and Harrison S Ms. Carpenter’s 4th grade: What makes ice melt fastest?

Honorable Mention: Hudson S and Foster S from Mr. Clark’s 3rd grade class: How to remove salt from water?

Upcoming Dates:

  • Dec 7th: CCS Virtual Science Fair

Dec 9th: CCS Science Fair Virtual Awards Ceremony at 6:00pm
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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 November 15th. Great job, gators!
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A huge THANK YOU from ReFuel CGE

As we look forward to the year to come, ReFUEL CGE is anticipating a similar need for our services in the 21/22 school year. It’s a BIG goal, let’s start raising money today so we can hit the ground running in September, no waitlist needed!!

Your donation provides one student:

$15 - Food for one weekend

$60 - Food for one month

$180 - Food for summer break

$360 - Food for half the year

$720 - Food for the entire year

Set up a monthly recurring payment, even $5 a month makes an impact in the life of a hungry child!

Click here to donate or to set up a monthly contribution -
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Chatham Elite Wrestling Club

I just wanted to let you all know that Chatham Elite Wrestling Club "CEWC" is open for enrollment now. Practices will be held in the Seaforth HS Wrestling Room.

DeWitt Driscol will be running the sessions.

A four-time letterman at Penn State, Driscoll was a three-time Big Ten place winner and NCAA qualifier for the Nittany Lions. Driscoll finished his career ranked ninth all-time on the Penn State career falls list, and led the team in falls as a senior. 2001 PIAA State Champion at 135 pounds. He went 140-20 with 97 pins, and capped his high school career by earning Outstanding Wrestler honors at the prestigious Dapper Dan Classic. Driscoll later served as head coach of local NC High School Carrboro High and helped out with local wrestling club Cardiac Kids. Prior to this Driscoll served as an assistant coach at UNC and Club Coach at NC State University.

Thank you,

Pete Rogers


Chatham County Covid Testing

CCS is offering free, weekly COVID-19 testing for students who have parental permission to participate. Families have to opt in to be part of this program. The testing will take place at your child’s school. We will begin the testing Oct. 25 for our elementary students, Nov. 1 for grades sixth through eighth and Nov. 8 for our high school students.

Please visit our website,, and click on the Coronavirus Info button at the top of the homepage for more details about this grant-funded program and to enroll your child up.

CCS is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and students. The testing program is one more strategy we can use to reduce the spread of the virus, prevent outbreaks and protect all members of our CCS family. Our goal is to keep our students in school, maintain athletics and continue school activities. This is an important tool in furthering our progress in doing so.