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CGE Weekly Newsletter-January 31, 2022

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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

I want to take a moment to send a few morning carpool reminders. Please remember that children may not exit their cars until staff members enter the carpool area to greet your kids (this should take place at 7:30).

Letting the kids out earlier is a safety issue as there are not staff available to ensure your students’ safe entry to school, and teachers may not yet be in their classrooms to ensure their proper supervision. Please ensure you adhere to this expectation.

We understand that there are many cars utilizing carpool each day, and we understand why. It’s more difficult to walk to school during the winter months and we have had several challenges this year with our buses driven by our need for additional bus drivers (our bus routes have smoothed out the past few weeks, so please consider that option if you are willing and able).

Having said that, we know that parents may get in line as late as 7:45 and not be able to get through the carpool line by 7:55. Because of this, I have asked several staff to remain by the front door to allow kids to come inside if they are a few minutes late.

By 8:00 a.m., however, staff must attend to their duties inside. At that point, you will need to park and walk your kids in.

Please know that we do appreciate all your efforts and that these have been challenging times for you all. Let’s continue to work together to make our school outstanding each and every day no matter what barriers arise.

Each of your children deserve that.

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Pre-K Registration for the 2022-2023 school year is now open! Please contact Jennifer Ruff for applications and additional info-

Middle of Year Testing

All K-5 Students are currently participating in middle of year benchmark testing that will last throughout the month. Results will be shared with families at a later date. Students participate in the following tests:


K-3: mClass Benchmark Testing

4-5: STAR Reading Test


K: Quantity Comparison Measure

1-5: STAR Math Test

NC Check Ins

Grades 3, 4, and 5 will also be participating in the NC Check-Ins next week. NC Check-Ins are interim assessments developed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) that are aligned to North Carolina grade-level content standards. These assessments will be used to determine future instructional needs for students. Results from these assessments will be shared when testing is complete.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday February 2nd - Reading Check-In (Grades 4/5)

Thursday February 3rd - Math Check-In (Grades 3/4/5)

End of Quarter 2

The end of quarter two was Friday, January 14th. Report cards were sent out via Powerschool on Thursday, January 27th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you did not receive a report card.

From the ESL Department

WIDA ACCESS testing for ESL students will begin January 24th- February 4th

The testing is planned to go as follows:

January 24th: Grades 1-3 students listening, reading, and some speaking tests

January 25th: Grades 4-5 students listening, reading, and some speaking tests

January 26th: Grade 1 writing test & some Grades 1-3 speaking tests

January 27th: Grades 2-3 writing tests & Grades 1-3 remaining speaking tests

January 28th: Grades 4-5 writing tests & Grades 4-5 remaining speaking tests

January 31st- February 4th: K 1-1 ACCESS Test

*The testing window closes on March 11th so there will be time for test make-ups if students are absent.

It is important that ESL students come to school on their designated testing days, well rested and ready for testing. They will be taking 4 tests throughout the week: listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Each test will last 30 minutes to 1 hour. Please encourage your children who are being tested to do their best. Thank you for your support in this very important ESL testing. If you have any questions about testing, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Guibert at

Thank you,

Chatham Grove ESL Department


Del Departamento de ESL:

Las pruebas WIDA ACCESS para estudiantes de ESL comenzarán del 24 de enero al 4 de febrero

La prueba está planeada para ir de la siguiente manera:

24 de enero: Estudiantes de grados 1-3 pruebas de comprensión auditiva, lectura y algunas pruebas de expresión oral

25 de enero: Estudiantes de grados 4-5 pruebas de comprensión auditiva, lectura y algunas pruebas de expresión oral

26 de enero: prueba de escritura de grado 1 y algunas pruebas de expresión oral de grados 1-3

27 de enero: Pruebas de escritura de los grados 2-3 y pruebas de habla restantes de los grados 1-3

28 de enero: pruebas de escritura de los grados 4-5 y pruebas de expresión oral restantes de los grados 4-5

31 de enero - 4 de febrero: Prueba ACCESS K 1-1

*La prueba cierra el 11 de marzo, por lo que habrá tiempo para recuperar la prueba si los estudiantes están ausentes.

Es importante que los estudiantes de ESL vengan a la escuela en los días designados para el examen, bien descansados ​​y listos para el examen. Tomarán 4 pruebas a lo largo de la semana: escuchar, leer, hablar y escribir. Cada prueba tendrá una duración de 30 minutos a 1 hora. Anime a sus hijos que están siendo evaluados a hacer lo mejor que puedan. Gracias por su apoyo en esta prueba de ESL muy importante. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre las pruebas, no dude en comunicarse con la Sra. Guibert en


Departamento de ESL de Chatham Grove

From the School Counselors

A letter (linked) should have come home with your student regarding CGE’s participation in the Think First & Stay Safe™ child personal safety program January 31st- February 9th. There is no need to return the signed bottom portion of the letter unless you would like for your child to opt out of the program.

Think First & Stay Safe Program

A letter (linked) should have come home with your student regarding CGE’s participation in the Think First & Stay Safe™ child personal safety program January 31st- February 9th. There is no need to return the signed bottom portion of the letter unless you would like for your child to opt out of the program.
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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 January 24th. Great job, gators!
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From the Visual Arts Dept

Classroom needs:

  • Water bottles (washed out please, no lids)

  • Yarn (full or partial skeins, any color or texture)

  • Colored sharpies (colors, not metallic)

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The cafeteria staff is a small but mighty team that could use parent volunteers to help with breakfast and lunch service.

Please sign up if you can assist, they are super appreciative of the support:

Camp Invention

Camp Invention

Don't forget to register your child for Camp Invention here at Chatham Grove Elementary!!! The dates of camp will be June 13-17, 8am-4pm. If there are snow makeup days at the end of the year for students that interfere with these dates, then we will push camp to June 14-18 or June 20-23. We are hoping this will not be the case and can move forward as planned with June 13-17.

Camp is for rising Kindergarten-rising 6th grade students. We need middle school, high school, and college students to work as Leaders in Training (middle school age) and Leadership Interns (high school and college age). We are also looking for a few parent volunteers to help with lunch and managing the supply room. Please note that all parent volunteers will need to fill out Chatham County's volunteer form. Let me know if you are interested!

Our next discount codes are available! Is your child a Camp Invention alumni? Have they attended Camp Invention before? Register your child before February 16th using the discount code: SUM35 for $35 off the registration fee. If this is your first time camping with Camp Invention, use the discount code: EXPLORE25 for $25 off the registration fee now until March 31st. You don't want to miss these discounts!

Camp Registration Link

Check out this year's Camp Explore here!

From taking apart robots to building prototypes of their biggest and best ideas, each activity is designed to give your fledgling innovator an unforgettable summer experience. Please let me know if you have any questions by emailing me at

Northwood HS Summer Soccer Camp

Ever wanted your child to have a safe, fun space to develop their soccer skills or learn some soccer skills while getting coached up by some of Chatham County's best young players and experienced coaches? The Northwood HS Soccer camp is the place to be.

If your child will be a 1st-8th grader in the Fall of 2022 please sign them up for Northwood HS Summer Soccer Camp Monday July 18 and Tuesday July 19th from 8a.m-3p.m at Northwood.

The camp will feature Northwood HS Soccer Players, Coaches, and indoor and outdoor soccer skill sessions and games. For more details and a form to sign up click the link below. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt, and prizes will be awarded throughout the camp.

Cost is $70 per camper, cash or check (payable to NHSBFAA Men's Soccer) to be paid on the first morning of camp. Space will be limited, so sign up soon to reserve your child's spot.

Here is the link to sign up

All the best,

Coach Forster

Northwood Varsity Men's Soccer Coach

Sing & Play

Hey Gator musicians! Are you ready to take the stage in a new musical competition? Audition for Sing & Play at Jordan-Matthews! The elementary division is open to students in grades 1-5, as individuals or in groups of four or fewer. Make sure to sign up by Feb. 1! For more information, and the link to sign up, go to: