CGE September Newsletter

Hello CGE Families,

We are well on our way with the first week of school behind us! It was a wonderful, busy week. The students and staff are so excited to be back. You will find important information below.

This year you will be getting a Principal Newsletter once a month and on Fridays we will be sending out brief reminders of upcoming events and important dates. In addition each teacher has a regular mode of communication that will share specific classroom information. . If you have any questions please give us a call! 651-425-5800

Warm Regards,

Theresa Blume


CGE Lunchroom Visitor Procedures

· Please be sure to always check in at the office. You may be asked to provide identification.

· You are welcome to bring a special lunch for your child, but we are not allowed to have parents/guardians bring lunch for their child’s friends or other students in the class.

· Parents/guardians may be asked to sit at a designated table. With the cafeterias being close to capacity, family members may be asked to relocate to another area should visitors exceed the number of seats available.

· Cellphones and other Smart Devices are not allowed at lunch.

· If someone other than a parent is coming to have lunch, we ask that a note be sent to the teacher or a call made to the office. We need to make sure that only authorized and approved guests are eating with students.

· Please only bring or share food with the child you are specifically visiting.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to call your child’s teacher or the office. Thank you for your cooperation to make lunch visits a safe and smooth process for all!

Celebrating Birthdays with Non-Edible Birthday Treats

In the past, it has been a common practice to provide treats for the class in honor of a child’s birthday; however, we are asking that NO EDIBLE TREATS be sent in to celebrate birthdays. We will make your child’s birthday special in the classroom without edible treats. If you would like to send a little something to honor their day please consider an alternative birthday treat such as pencils, book or game donated to the classroom. We ask that no edible treats be sent in due to varying allergy conditions and other issues related to edible treats in the classroom and to better align to the wellness policies.

Please note that this also means that families accompanying their child to lunch on birthdays or specials days are not allowed to share edible treats at the lunch table with a child who is not their own child.

Thank you for your help with following this new guidelines.

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

District 833’s Nutrition Services Department provides nearly 1.8 million nutritious meals to students, staff and families every year. Some students may be able to receive these meals for free or at a reduced-cost. To see if your child is eligible, families must complete an Application for Educational Benefits. A new application must be submitted each year.

Families can use the SchoolCafé website or App to apply, or print and fill out the form. The print form is also available in Spanish, Hmong and Somali. Return the completed form to the District Service Center located at 7362 E. Point Douglas Road S. in Cottage Grove.

Upon qualifying, families will gain access to their Eligibility Notification Letter to use as a reference in the future. Families who qualify for Educational Benefits will also have free or discounted rates for school activities and field trips.

State funds pay for the cost of these meals. State funds also pay for breakfast for all kindergarten students.

Monday, Sept. 9th

First day of Pre-K!

Tuesday, Sept. 10th

Culvers Night 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Resource and Special Education teachers will be hosting our FIRST Culver’s night of the year! Stop by and join us!

Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13th and 14th

Band Lessons begin

Tuesday, Sept. 17th

Picture Day!

Monday, Sept. 23rd

PTO meeting from 6:30-7:30 in the Media Center. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Sept. 25th

Award-winning Author Sean Connolly is coming to CGES to visit 4th and 5th graders on his national book tour! Connolly, a master of fun, messy, possibly risky and compelling interactive science experiments explores twenty-seven key areas in current and near-future tech. He’ll discuss and perform 5-7 experiments from his latest book, which explores the exciting world of digital technology, robotics, computer science, and electronics with hands-on projects that ingeniously marry technological discovery with fun! This is an interactive presentations with live science demos! Students are invited to order an autographed copy of his newest book, The Book of Terrifyingly Awesome Technology. To reserve a personalized copy of the book, watch for paper order forms coming home next week or feel free to use this link