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CGE Weekly Newsletter- November 8, 2021

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Welcome

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

Thanks again for your patience as we restarted our bus routes this week. As of this Friday, things have seemed to smooth out and we certainly hope it will be downhill from here.

As a reminder, there will be no school for students on this Thursday and Friday (Nov. 11th and 12th). We will welcome students back on Monday, November 15th.

Finally, Boosterthon is upon us. Please consider supporting our CGE PTA by participating.

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PTA Updates

The kickoff for this year’s Boosterthon is this Tuesday 11/9. The program runs through November 18 and culminates in a fun run at CGE.

This year’s program will raise money for Be Fit Equipment, which will help purchase assorted PE and recess equipment and resources to keep students active and engaged both indoors and outside. Our fundraising goal this year is $20,000.

Parent volunteers are needed in the afternoons to help with class flow and logistics – please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090F4FACAA2AAAF49-boosterthon

Additional details will be sent home with students this week.


SAVE THE DATE – CGE 2nd ANNUAL HOLIDAY LIGHTS DRIVE-THRU

Mark your calendars! The CGE Holiday Lights Drive-Thru is returning on Friday, Dec. 10!

Stay tuned for more details, including ways you can help bring it to life, in the coming weeks.

THRIFT STORE WORKSHOP ~ NOVEMBER

We are looking for THREE additional PTA Thrift Shop volunteers for the remaining November workshop:

· Sunday 11/14 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Volunteers help get the store ready for the next working day by sprucing up the front and preparing back-stage merchandise for the sales floor. Kids aged 10+ may join an adult and you do not have to be affiliated with the school to join, so grab your neighbor, grandparents, and friends and sign up today.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044dada822a57-chatham

CAFETERIA VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!

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:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c4fa5aa2da5ff2-cafeteria

CGE needs masks!

Gators are great, gators are swell.

Gators like to have masks that fit really well.

They don’t like them wet,

can’t stand when they break-

so please pack extra,

you can even donate!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

The CGE Conference window will open on October 22 and run through November 12th. At the conferences, teachers will review student progress, including beginning of year testing data. Please be on the lookout in the next couple weeks for a conference sign up from your student’s teacher.

NC Check-Ins

Last week on Wednesday and Thursday students in grades 3, 4, and 5 participated in the NC Check-Ins. Results from these assessments will be shared with families next week.

Report Card Dates

Report cards were shared with families on Wednesday November 3rd from Powerschool. Please reach out if you did not receive a report card for your student.

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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 November 1st. Great job, gators!
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From the Library

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Book Fair Report

Thanks to everyone who visited and helped with this fall’s book fair! It was an amazing event that could not have happened without the many volunteers who signed up to help.

We sold $15,700 worth of items! We gave away about $750 in books to teachers and students, and we still have approximately $7,000 to purchase Scholastic items for the library!

The Spring Book Fair is the first week in March. More information will be coming in February.

From the School Couselors

Check out our November addition of our Counseling Connection Letter. In this newsletter, you will find some information about both Gratitude and Generosity, both of which are themes for our November and December counseling lessons. Please reach out with any questions you may have!

CGE Virtual Science Fair

Reminder: The CGE Science Fair Intention to Participate Survey is due Friday November 5th!! Completing this form helps us better plan for the science fair event.

The CGE Virtual Science Fair is a wonderful opportunity for your child to explore science at home and answer their burning questions on how the world works. All kindergarten-5th grade students are invited to participate.

Click here for a quick video overview and introduction of the CGE Virtual Science Fair.

Important Dates:

You and your child can find out more details about the CGE Virtual Science Fair on the CGE Science Fair Website as well as find resources, links to important forms and templates. This website will be updated as additional information about the fair becomes available. Email MChesney@chatham.k12.nc.us if you have questions about the science fair.

Virtual Academy Update

Enrollment for second semester for the CCS virtual academy for students in grades k-12 is open until November 12th. Follow this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdQUH_hJXJeJ-896P6AZf2Xszj4pFwpHppjVM3dv-Vz3ttmDw/viewform

Students will remain at their base school until the start of second semester, January 20 2022. If you have questions, you may reach out to Carla Neal for more information about k-8 VA (cneal@chatham.k12.nc.us) or Karla Eanes for more information about 9-12 VA (keanes@chatham.k12.nc.us).

Chatham County Covid Testing

CCS is offering free, weekly COVID-19 testing for students who have parental permission to participate. Families have to opt in to be part of this program. The testing will take place at your child’s school. We will begin the testing Oct. 25 for our elementary students, Nov. 1 for grades sixth through eighth and Nov. 8 for our high school students.


Please visit our website, www.chatham.k12.nc.us, and click on the Coronavirus Info button at the top of the homepage for more details about this grant-funded program and to enroll your child up.


CCS is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and students. The testing program is one more strategy we can use to reduce the spread of the virus, prevent outbreaks and protect all members of our CCS family. Our goal is to keep our students in school, maintain athletics and continue school activities. This is an important tool in furthering our progress in doing so.