CGE Family News

December 2, 2022

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Important Dates Ahead...

December 2- Progress Reports sent home

December 1-9 - 10 Days of Giving

December 22- January 3- Winter Break

January 4 - School Resumes

Calendar and Schedule Updates

The latest calendar updates are available at

News from the Principal

December is here. We have 2 full weeks and 3 days until Winter Break. This year is just flying by. This trimester all grade levels will be focusing on research during their reading and writing block. The implementation of our new ARC curriculum has been going well and we all will start Unit 2 on Monday. Teachers have been planning and preparing to launch the trimester long research projects in each grade level.

Today you will receive your child's Progress Report. As we come out of the Pandemic, we continue to make the focus of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) a priority. This will help us move more quickly and with more confidence as the year progresses.

In addition, we have been addressing grade level standards through our grade level curriculum. The scores you see indicate where your student is performing at this particular moment in time in comparison to end of year expectations. Oftentimes standards are complex and have only begun to be addressed or students are working on prerequisite skills as they build into new grade level expectations. The levels you see (1/2/3/4) are not an indication of how successful your student is/isn’t being academically at this moment in time. Rather, the numbers indicate where we are in the stages of learning progression of end of grade level skills. Our hope is that all students will make progress towards and/or achieve end of grade level learning (3) by Spring Reporting.

Thanks for your continued help and partnership!

Candy Gram, Principal

Cottage Grove Elementary

South Washington County Schools 5th Grade Music Showcase

On December 12/6/22, our 5th grade students will attend a South Washington County Schools Music Showcase at ERHS. During the event, students will see a performance by the high school band, choir, and orchestra. Students will also be given the opportunity to engage with, and ask questions about, individual ensembles and instruments. This event, in conjunction with your student’s elementary music teacher, will help prepare students for their middle school registration in January 2023. This event is free and will happen during the school day. The full schedule is listed below.

Music Showcase Schedule

9:45 arrival

9:50 performance and instrument experience

10:28 students switch

10:32: performance and instrument experience

11:10 students to busses

11:15 departure

10 Days of Giving

Monday is Day 1 of our 5 Days of Giving for the Open Cupboard Food Shelf, formerly known as Christian Cupboard. Your child will be bringing home a grocery bag that they can use to bring any item on the list below and drop off in the bins located in the commons.

The Open Cupboard is an AMAZING resource for our entire community! Did you know that they have fresh produce available daily, pet food, fresh meat, toiletries and more! There is NO need to qualify, and EVERYONE is welcome. There are a variety of ways to get needed items including a delivery service to those unable to leave their homes. SO, please use and share this resource with others! For more information:

Open Cupboard Food Shelf

The items most needed include:

  • shampoo
  • bar soap
  • toothbrushes/toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • feminine products
  • dish soap
  • paper towels
  • toilet paper
  • kleenex
  • diapers (sizes newborn-5T) and wipes

Thank you for any help you can provide!

WHS Children's Concert and Carnival

The Woodbury High School Orchestra is hosting a Children’s Concert and Carnival on Sunday, December 4th from 2:00-4:00pm. Come enjoy a short concert in the auditorium featuring music from Brave, Frozen, Encanto and more!! The concert will be followed by a carnival in the cafeteria with games and prizes! Audience members are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. Admission to the event is free, donations are welcome, and concessions will be sold during the carnival. Can’t wait to see you there!

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PHS Lullaby Concert

Park High School orchestras would like to invite you and your family to a fun-filled concert Sunday, December 11th, at 2pm in the PHS auditorium.

This will be their 2nd Annual Lullaby Concert and they're putting the final touches and rehearsals together for a great performance. The concert is geared toward younger community members, but they welcome anyone who would enjoy wonderful music! It's a free concert, followed by activities including an instrument petting zoo, treats, and a dance party!

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3-5 Grade After School Basketball and Rec Games


A chance for kids to learn some basic fundamental skills in a sport and also meet new friends. This class may also offer other recreational games. This program is offered to students (boys and girls) grades 3-5 and runs for four sessions for two weeks (2 days per week).

Cost: $30

Dates: T/Th's on December 6, 8, 13, 15

Yearbook Sales

You can preorder Yearbooks now until March 28th. Here is the link:

Scroll down to search for Cottage Grove Elementary. Make sure you are choosing the one located in MN. This will take you to the link to pre-order your yearbook.

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Lunch Visitors

CGE will be able to host limited lunch time visitors between , October 1– May 26th this school year. Based on space and safety requirements, one family member listed in Parent Portal may sign up using our December Reservation Link to accompany their child at our guest lunch table. Our reservation link for December IS LIVE LINK. We ask families to review the process below so that we can ensure this practice is available:

  1. Sign up for the visit no later than the day prior to your visit.
  2. Upon arrival for the visit, present identification and complete the Raptor screening.
  3. Wear the visitor badge so that it is visible during the entirety of the visit.
  4. Go directly to the lunchroom and eat in the guest space with your student.
  5. No friends or additional students will be permitted to join the guest space.
  6. Visitors may not visit recess time.
  7. The visit is limited to guest space during the student’s identified lunch period.
  8. Any outside food brought in can only be shared with your student.
  9. Do not take pictures, record, or film while at school. Use of cell phones is strongly discouraged for safety and privacy.
  10. You may sign up for one spot a month to allow for other families to sign up as well.

We ask that you limit your visit to the lunchroom and not accompany your child back to the classroom. We also ask that you not visit your other children in their classroom or drop something off for them.

You will get a new link monthly to reserve your spot.

School Hours

7:30 am - School office opens

8:25 am - School opens to students

8:40 am - School day begins

3:10 pm - School day ends

3:30 pm - School office closes

NOTE: The earliest students can arrive at school in the morning is 8:25 am. All students must be picked up at 3:10 pm if not riding the bus home.

CGE Contact Information

Candy Gram, Principal: / 651.425.5803

Judy Nicklay, Office Coordinator: / 651.425.5801

School Website:

District Website:

CGES Office: 651-425-5800

CGES Attendance Line: 651-425-5806

CGES Health Office: 651-425-5802

CGES Fax Number: 651-425-5815

SoWashCo Student Information: 651-425-6218

SoWashCoTransportation: 651-425-5303