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CGE Weekly Newsletter- November 15, 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

We hope you all had a wonderful end to your week and had the opportunity to thank a veteran for their service to our country. We look forward to seeing you Monday.

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PTA Updates


Boosterthon is in full effect through November 18 and ends with a fun run at CGE.

This year’s program raises money for Be Fit Equipment, which will help purchase various PE and recess items to keep students active and engaged both indoors and outside.

If you haven’t already registered your child on, it’s easy! Then, simply share your link with extended family and friends. And if you’re willing and able, consider making a donation as well. Every share and donation adds up to make a big difference for our school! Thank you.


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.


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:

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!

CGE Food Drive

Our Awesome CGE student leaders are holding a food drive. Please consider donating if you are able!
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NC Check-Ins

Recently, students in third through fifth grade participated in the North Carolina Check-In initiative. Teachers have reviewed the results and have begun reviewing questions from the Check-In with the class during instructional time.

Please remember that the North Carolina Check-Ins do not count “for a grade” - they are simply used to inform and refine instruction in the classroom. In addition, please remember that the percentages do not reflect classwork grades and should not be compared to report card grades. For example, a score of a 60% is not a failing grade.

The North Carolina Check-Ins consist of 3 interim assessments given throughout the year. Each Check-In has an average of 20-25 questions and takes approximately 90 minutes. For more information about the North Carolina Check-In process, please visit

As we continue to progress through the rest of the school year, please continue to support your child by monitoring their progress in Power School and encouraging them to do their best on all classwork and homework assignments.

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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 & 8th. Great job, gators!
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From the Library

Join the 1000 Minute Reading Challenge!

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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 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:

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 ( or Karla Eanes for more information about 9-12 VA (

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,, 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.

From the Visual Art Department:

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