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CGE Weekly Newsletter- September 13, 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:

Thank you for participating in our virtual open house on Thursday. Please know that we selected “virtual” out of an abundance of caution (e.g. double to triple the number of adults and children in our classrooms vs. during instruction each day). Our entire focus remains on keeping our kids and staff safe during school hours which includes social distancing to the extent possible--all the while, learning at high levels.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders:

Parking in the staff or bus parking lot and walking your child up to the building in the morning or picking up in the afternoon is prohibited. Walkers and bike riders must come from off campus only. Only parents of pre-k students may park in the parking lot to drop off and pick up their students each day.

Remember to pull up as close as possible to the vehicle in front of you while waiting in the carpool line to help keep cars off the road.

From the Nurse:

Please know that physicals and immunization records are due to our school nurse ASAP for all students new to our school. If you receive a suspension letter because something is missing, please reach out to the school so we may work together to get it corrected.

Chatham Reads Survey:

Chatham Reads, a countywide collaborative dedicated to increasing third-grade reading proficiency, is gathering data from Chatham County Schools families. The individual data collected below will not be shared. We will use this data in aggregate to show trends.

Our goal is to see where our students attended preschool and how well these preschools prepared our students for kindergarten success. Thank you for your time.

For questions, please email Jaime Detzi (

English Survey

Spanish Survey

BOY Benchmark Testing:

The following beginning of year testing will start the second week of school:

  • K-3 Reading (mClass): August 30th through September 20th

  • 4-5 Reading (STAR): September 1st through September 20th

  • K-5 Math (STAR): September 1st through September 20th

The beginning of grade reading test (BOG) for third grade students will occur on September 8th.

Virtual Open House:

Thank you all for attending our Virtual Open House last Thursday evening. Teachers have shared the presentation. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
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Donations Needed:

CGE would like to stock up our closet for students in need of a change of clothes during the day. We are in need of new, packaged unused underwear and socks in all sizes. Send donations to the front office labeled to Ms. Millman, our school social worker.

We are also flying through disposable kids masks and ice packs! If you’d like to donate, please send them to the front office. Thank you!

PTA News:

  • Thank You!

A special thank you to those who participated in our Dining for Dollars event with Carolina Brewery, along with those who attended the first general member PTA meeting! We generally don’t host from public venues but wanted to rally support for our fundraiser so thank you for your patience! If you have not yet joined the PTA and would like to become a member, you can register at

  • Mark Your Calendars!

The CGE PTA is hosting Family Movie Night on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15! Bring your picnic blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy a family-friendly movie on the lawn. Pre-order pizza and drinks or bring your own picnic. Popcorn is on the PTA! Details and movie feature coming soon!

  • Thrift Shop!

Come join us at the PTA Thrift Shop this month! Each hour volunteered helps earn $$$ for our school’s PTA. Send questions to Emily Patterson ( and then grab a friend (or your kids aged 10+) to join you and sign up here (no experience necessary!):

reFuel Waitlist:

reFUEL CGE needs your help! We have had a huge influx of applications and have had to put 16 students on a waitlist. Currently reFUEL CGE only has enough funding to support 25 students for the year. Our goal is to raise $11,520 to move students off the waitlist to have 41 students enrolled in reFUEL CGE!

Last spring, Chatham Grove Elementary joined Pollard Middle School and Northwood High School under the reFUEL umbrella, utilizing their revolutionary online program to feed students quickly, efficiently and discreetly. Gone are the challenges of recruiting an army of volunteers collecting, storing, bagging and distributing food. reFUEL CGE handles everything online, sending food directly to the students’ homes.

Will you help us feed a child? Our goal is big - $11,520, but together we can do this! Click here to DONATE now and impact the life of a Chatham Grove student.

  • $15 feeds 1 student for a weekend

  • $60 feeds 1 student for a month

  • $180 feeds 1 student for summer break

  • $360 feeds 1 student for half the year

  • $720 feeds 1 student for the entire year

Every dollar makes a difference. Reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors to help move 1 child off the waitlist. Ask your work out crew, running buddies, small groups, book clubs, and knitting groups if they would be willing to pitch in and donate a few dollars to feed a child for a weekend, half a year or even the entire year. Working together we can ensure that no Chatham Grove child goes without the supplemental nutrition they need.

reFUEL CGE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Our primary mission is to help meet nutritional needs during weekends and school breaks by discreetly delivering food directly to the home of students enrolled in reFUEL CGE. Food is provided through monetary donations. For program details and up to date information about reFUEL CGE visit our website at
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From the Library:

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Book Drive:

Book Drive!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far this year to this ongoing event!

We want to make sure that the building is flowing with a huge variety of reading materials! So, if you have gently used children’s books looking for a home, we can use them! Get books to us in the following ways:

  • Send them to school for with your child in a bag marked “Book Drive”

  • Drop them off in the lobby in the box marked “Book Drive” between 9:00 am and 2 pm.

Want to help, but don’t have books to send in, we are also looking to purchase magazines to add to our library reading materials.

Questions? Email Bitsy Griffin (

From the School Counselors:

Check out the September Counseling Connection to learn some tips for communicating with your children, as well as information about The Zones of Regulation, the curriculum that will be the focus of our upcoming classroom counseling lessons.
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From the Visual Arts Department:

Please read our inaugural Visual Arts Newsletter - full size PDF HERE!!

Comments or ideas are welcome! Email Victoria Sylvestre, your art teacher.