CSE Communicator

January 2023

Important Dates

Character Trait of the month: Trustworthiness

National School Board Month

M. 1/9 - STEM Night - the evening of students' first day back! 6:00 pm

- Law Enforcement Day - Celebrate CSE's SRO Tyler Smith

F. 1/13 - Report Cards go home

M. 1/16 - No School Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

W. 1/18 - Class Picture Day

Th. 1/19 - A-Tribe Night (more info to come)

F. 1/20 - 5th Grade Field Trip to UTC Challenger Center

STEM NIGHT: January 9, 2023

What: Creative Discovery Museum STEM Night

When: Monday, January 9, 2023 at 6:00pm

Where: Cloud Springs Elementary

It will be fun for the WHOLE family!

RSVP to let our staff know how many spots to reserve for your family.

Home to School Projects

Thank you to everyone who participated in decorating presents or ornaments for our Christmas hallway display.

Special Thanks to our awesome volunteers who helped with this display.

Look for another project coming in January – “Let It Snow”


Bus Drivers Needed: CALL 706-965-2913 for information.

Reminder: Parents must be visible to our bus drivers as they are trying to deliver K-2 kiddos.


Food City & News 12 are pleased to honor educators in our area through the Golden Apple Award. This program recognizes the excellent work taking place in classrooms and acknowledges the critical role education plays in the future of our region and nation. To make a nomination for one of our well-deserving CSE teachers, please go to this website. https://www.wdef.com/golden-apple-nomination-form/

Dena Newsome is CSE's first Golden Apple recipient for the school year!

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November Winning Tribe Reward

The COURAGE tribe earned the most Warrior Bucks during the month of November and got to celebrate with a Turkey Trot.

December Winning Tribe Reward: Reindeer Games

The CREATIVITY Tribe had the most Warrior Bucks in December and got to participate in "Reindeer Games".

Mrs. Cole's Library News

The Caldecott and Newbery Awards are handed out each January. The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book. The focus of this award is on the illustrations. The Newbery Medal is awarded to the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The focus of this award is on the story. In the library, we will be learning about the Caldecott Medal and reading lots of books from past winners. We will also be tuning in to find out who the lucky winners will be for this year!

On-line Payment System

You now have the option to pay school fees, field trips, t-shirts, etc. online using a credit or debit card through Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account or if you have forgotten your login information, contact Karen Hancock at 706-866-6640 or khancock.cse@catoosa.k12.ga.us

This is not for ASP or Cafeteria payments.

Once your account is set up, instructions will be emailed to you.

Lunch Charges / Free and Reduced Price Meals Statement

Free and Reduced Price Meals Statement

The USDA implemented valuable waivers for school systems across the country in the fall of 2020. These waivers allowed students to eat school meals every day, at no cost. Thanks to these timely waivers, school systems were able to ensure students of all ages were able to maintain nutrition during the pandemic. In addition, the waivers allowed school systems to receive valuable reimbursements to offset rising food costs experienced within the last two years. The free meal allowances have been extremely helpful to families and school systems alike.

These unprecedented waivers will expire on June 30th. As waivers expire, many students and their families may be surprised to learn this valuable meal resource will end. This means students and their families will once again be charged for school meals for the 2022-2023 school year.

As in years prior to the pandemic, families may apply for free or reduced price meals, based on eligibility. Interested families may apply starting on July 1. Many local systems, including Bradley, Catoosa, Hamilton, Walker and Whitfield counties are trying to get the word out to students and their families. If a family feels they would qualify for free or reduced priced meals they may apply at lunchapplication.com, starting on July 1, 2022 for the upcoming school year.

Catoosa County Schools Nutrition Department

Please click here to watch a video tutorial about how to apply for meals

News from Parent & Family Engagement

Welcome Back from Title I and the Family Resource Center! I hope everyone

enjoyed the holidays and had a fun, family-filled winter break. It’s hard to believe

that we are already halfway through the school year! If you haven’t had an

opportunity to come by and visit the Family Resource Center, now is a great time.

We have many resources available just for parents. Books and DVDs can be

checked out of the resource library at any time. Also, if you have time to

volunteer, we could use your help anytime between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm. We

encourage all parents, grandparents, and guardians to get involved with their child’s

education. If you have any suggestions on how to improve our Title I Program,

budget input, or school improvement, we welcome your comments. See Kathy

Honeycutt, Parent Involvement Coordinator, or Lori Welborn, Principal.

How do we spend Title I Money?

Title I Budget $183,300.00

Personnel $33,051.29

Instruction $67,885.00

Pupil Services/Parent Involvement $15,463.00

Improvement Services $ 99,952.00

PTO Parent Teacher Organization

Santa Shop was a success, and the students seemed to enjoy it. Thank

you for supporting our Fundraisers. Look for more fun times coming in

the near future.



We will reward and recognize students with excellent attendance this year!

The following people had *PERFECT Attendance in December

(PERFECT means no tardies, no early dismissals, no absences)


Moana Abraham

Mason Jones

Carson McBurnett

Sophie Simpson


Lynelle Immanuel

Zofie Koller

Skylar Pitman

Lilly Potter

Sahara Rizer

Aurora Smith


Lauren Mathews

David Matute-Cambar

John Michael Newsome

Kash Parker


Chanan Johnson

Kayne Parker

Ben Sperry


Eli Sperry


Gemma Barbour

Aria Black

Troy Ehpel

Adelynn Mathews

Caroline Thomas


Makayla Stewart

Kaitlyn Stong

Gabriella Gearinger

Amanda Coffman

Nikia Stephens

Christina Eason

Nicole Perry

Chris Kernea

Chelsey Ramos

Danita Clark

Jane Anne Cole

Holly Collett

Rhonda Duncan

John Gaston

Michelle Hope

Sarah Kubler

Courtney O'Brien

Angie Owens

Kristen Rose

Gretchen Shiveley

Erin Swinney

Shelia VandeLune

Suzanne Brown

Angela Dorsey

Suzette Linfonte

Sherrie Welcher

Brandy West

Lori Welborn

Michelle Allmond

Marianna Brown

Karen Hancock

Substitute Teachers needed!

Please view the information below.

Publix Partners-Support CSE every time you shop!

Please sign up at http://www.publix.com/partners, click locate a school then enter Cloud Springs Elementary School. When you checkout enter your phone number and they will give back to CSE!