Chestnut Grove BBN News

Black Bear Nation News, May 6, 2019

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Principal's Message

Black Bear Friends and Family,

It is Teacher Appreciation Week! Parents, I know you will agree that we have some of the best teachers in the world! I am humbled by their hard work and dedication to grow every student, every day.

There are many ways to show appreciation for your child's teacher: lunch, candy, caffeine : ) A note from your child goes a long way with educators. After all, that is why our teachers do what they do - to make a difference, and teachers love to hear about how they've made a difference in a child's life.

Tuesday, May 7 is our last day of Scantron testing with 1st grade taking Math. On Wednesday, your child should be bringing home a permission slip for our Make a Splash Water Fun Day. This exciting day was planned for students meeting the minimum requirements of good testing habits. The daily log for tracking these requirements is attached below.

Finally, our Annual Field Day is Friday, May 10. If you would like to volunteer please contact your child's teacher to find out how.

Have a great week!


Luke Bergeson


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Don't forget to click below and like our CGES Facebook page!

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This week at CGES

May 6 - 10: Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 6: National Nurses Day

Friday, May 10: Field Day

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Class Pictures

There are about three extra class pictures per class available. Cost is $13. These can be purchased from Mrs. Coffey in the front office.
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There are 15 extra yearbooks available. Cost is $25. These can be purchased from Mrs. Coffey in the front office.
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Up next...

May 9: 5th Grade Science Fair

May 10: Field Day

May 17: Make A Splash Water Fun Day (state testing incentive)

May 20: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Awards Program

May 21: 4th, 5th Awards Program

May 21: Talent Show

May 22: 4th 9 weeks AR pARty

May 22: Kindergarten Awards Program

May 23: Duct Tape Mr. B (AR reward)

May 24: Last student day

May Lunch Menu

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AR Weekly Word Count

Our next school-wide AR Word Count Goal is 50,000,000 words. For a frame of reference, each Harry Potter book is about 200,000 words. The entire Harry Potter series contains a little over 1,000,000 words. This Word Count Goal is a combined effort of the entire school. We will have a 50's Sock Hop when we meet our next goal of 50,000,000 words.
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Accelerated Reader Incentives

"Reading makes you a smarty!" As I see students reading I will be passing out smarties.

AR pARties: As students meet their 9 week AR goal they will be invited to an AR party at the end of the grading period.

"We stuck to reading!" Students who meet their 9 week goal for all three 9 weeks will get a piece of duct tape. What will they do with this duct tape, you ask? Stick Mr. Bergeson to the wall, of course!

School-wide Word Count Benchmarks

20,000,000 words: Classroom Dance Party

50,000,000 words: 50s Sock Hop; Dress from the 1950s

80,000,000 words: I Love the 80s; Dress from the 1980s

100,000,000 words: Wait and see!

Please continue to encourage your child to read. Our goal is 20 minutes a day!

Accelerated Reader Book Finder

Million Word Readers

Ben Lowman

Congratulations to Ben Lowman, our first million word reader!

Sophie Crowley

Congratulations Sophie Crowley
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Chestnut Grove Highlights

Kindergarten Play: "Hats"

Standards Boot Camp Graduation

Get Your GROWTH On

Heidi Best - Award Winning Artist

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Alabama $1 Million Schools

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Top 50 in the State!

The AL State Dept of Education determined the top 50 schools to receive a $20,000 grant by measuring the percentage of third grade students that met their Scantron reading growth targets in the 2017-18 school year (fall to spring). All Alabama public schools with a third grade, of which there are approximately 1,071, were included. Chestnut Grove Elementary is one of the two Decatur-area schools to receive this recognition!

Chestnut Grove Elementary in the News!

Beginning of the School Day

Students are permitted to enter the building at 7:15 a.m. to go to the cafeteria. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria from 7:30-7:45. Students will be allowed to report to their classrooms at 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive to school prior to 7:15 a.m. will not have adult supervision. School starts at 7:45 each day. Students should be seated and ready to learn in their classrooms at 7:45 a.m.

Arrival and Dismissal

Students should be dropped off in front of the school, not the rear.

For their safety, students should exit vehicles from the passenger side and not the driver’s side.

Please do not drop students off in the front parking spots. This, too, may jeopardize the safety of our students.

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade students will be picked up in the front of the school in the parking lot closest to the playground and will be dismissed at 2:40. Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth graders will be picked up in the parking lot closest to the track and will be dismissed at 2:40. If you have children in different grades or you carpool, they will be picked up in the car line designated by the youngest child’s grade.

As you go through the car line, the codes for all children you are picking up should be displayed on the front dash or visor on the passenger side. Teachers will be walking down the car line calling in the codes. Inside, your child/children will be called and brought to the car line to wait for you at the designated area.

Drivers without the card(s) will be asked to move out of the car line, park in the parking lot, and come to the office to check out the student(s) at the end of dismissal.

Car dismissal will begin at 2:40. Walkers will be dismissed at 2:35. Students should not walk to meet parents in vehicles to avoid the car line. Early check-out for students needs to be done by 2:20 p.m. Please note that teachers are officially off duty at 3:00 p.m. Please make arrangements to pick up your child each day. Extended day services are available at Chestnut Grove


All visitors to Chestnut Grove must sign-in at the school office. This includes parents or others who join their child for lunch, bring supplies to a student, or serve as volunteers. All visitors must wear nametags received from the office. Anyone checking a student out from school must be on our contact list and must show a valid ID. Parents can update contact lists through InfoSnap or by visiting the front office. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your students safe.

Student Check-out Reminder

As a reminder early check-outs for students should be done before 2:20 p.m. This ensures an efficient dismissal as we prepare to get our students home safely. Thank you for understanding.

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