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CGE Weekly Newsletter 5/17/2021

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Welcome to our weekly Gator Bites newsletter! Every Friday 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

Dr. Larry Savage, Principal

End of grade (EOG) tests are around the corner for our students in grades 3-5. Dates have been shared via letter, in a message earlier this week, and they may be found below.

Please do all you can to ensure your student(s) is in attendance on the testing days, rested, and ready to work hard. Please also know that all our testing results help our teachers and staff prepare to meet each of your children’s unique needs during the 2021/22 school year.

End of Grade Testing

As we approach the end of a most unusual school year, we would like to share information related to End of Grade testing. Unlike spring 2020, all students are expected to take the following tests as required by federal and state laws:

  • End-of-grade tests in reading, mathematics (grades 3-8), and science (grades 5 and 8), including all NC Extend I Tests (grades 3-8)

Unfortunately, it is not possible to have students take these tests at home. Students will take these tests in person, in school, with health and safety protocols in place. The well-being of our students, teachers, and communities is the highest priority. To support safe settings and to give students access to the tests, the testing window has been extended so fewer students are in a school at the same time.

In-Person Students:

  • Reading EOG-Monday, 5/24

  • Math EOG-Tuesday, 5/25

  • Science EOG (5th Grade)-Friday, 5/28

  • Make up testing for in-person students will begin on Thursday 5/27

Virtual Academy Students:

  • Reading EOG- Wednesday, 5/26

  • Science EOG (5th Grade)-Friday, 5/28 (Note: Virtual Academy students will have their own testing group)

  • Math EOG- Wednesday, 6/2

We understand there may be concerns about students in virtual settings coming to school to take a test. Please consider the value of our teachers and staff having information on your student’s learning for this school year, particularly to support their planning for instruction for your child for the 2021/2022 school year.

As we have all experienced this school year, by working together we can make the best decisions for each student. If you have any concerns or needs, please contact your student’s teacher for more information or to have a discussion on how we can best meet the needs of your student and your family. Let’s continue to practice the Power of We.

Virtual Academy EOG's

EOG tests for Virtual Academy students in 3rd-5th grade begin on May 26th. The testing will take place in the building with all county safety protocols in place.

Please complete the form below to indicate any needs you have for transportation and/or meals on testing days. If you have more than one student in Virtual Academy, complete one form for each child. Please note if you need transportation, we will contact you to confirm details.

Virtual Academy Testing Form

Gator Chase 5K!

From the PTA:

We are excited to present the slate of nominees for the 2021-2022 PTA Board!

President - Jen Sparks

Vice Presidents - Tara Murphy & Amanda Schmidt

Treasurer - Kim Bojovic

Secretary - Jess Boone

Should you have an interest in running for any of these positions, please contact to nominate yourself by May 20th. We are also looking for committee members and volunteers for next year. Please email us if you would like to be added to our volunteer list.

The new board will be voted on at our final PTA General Membership meeting on Thursday, May 27th at 7pm via Zoom (link will be routed separately). During this meeting we will also recap this year, and discuss our vision for next year, which we hope will look and feel much differently

School Pictures

School picture day was a huge success! Our students, both in-person and virtual were so patient and excited to have their photo taken for the first time at CGE!

If you missed the dates- do not worry!

You have the opportunity to upload a portrait of your student to be included in our yearbook. Click on the link below!

Submissions are due by May 21st!

CGE Yearbook

We are excited to continue to work with Strawbridge on our yearbook! Student pictures and portrait submissions will be included. Our yearbooks will take 2-3 weeks after publishing to ship out to the school. Follow the instructions to pre-order your yearbook by June 1st!
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CHOMPers of the Week

Each week we are celebrating students that display CGE’s CHOMP expectations. Here are our CHOMPERS of the week for last week:
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School Updates

From the Library

Students have two more weeks to get their reading minutes logged the 1000 Minute Reading Challenge for this school year!

From Coach B

This week is our Gators Fitness themed Spirit Week!

Monday - wear high knee socks, mismatched are great!

We will do jumping jacks in them.

Tuesday - Put on your running gear (sneakers, pants, shirts and headbands). We will run a lap or two today.

Wednesday - Will you try to complete your virtual Gator Chase 5K run/jog/stroll today? Sign up HERE

Thursday - Do you like sports teams? Or a favorite athlete? Football, soccer, baseball, else?….Wear a hat/cap to show who it is. Today we will be planking for time.

Friday - Let’s show our GATOR SPIRIT by wearing a CGE T-shirt. Burpees and an earned badge of honor will go home with your students.
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Is your child interested in joining the band next year at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School? Please check out the following site to learn more about the middle school band program including instrument information, enrollment procedures, and band expectations: Mustang Band Site. If you would like to sign-up for band next year, please submit the following Google Form at your earliest convenience: Band Sign-Up Form

If you are interested in renting an instrument, Ms. Clemens will host a meeting on June 8th at 6:00 p.m. She will send out additional meeting information at the beginning of June.

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Clemens at

From AIG/Advanced Learners Program

For the next 2 weeks, Ms. Wilkie and Ms. Chesney will be working with 3-5th grade small groups on test taking strategies in preparation for the EOGs. During this time, K-2nd grade Talent Development Groups will have asynchronous assignments emailed to them for independent exploration. These groups will not be meeting in person or via zoom. Current 3-5th grade group times and structure will change. Students will be informed by their classroom teacher as to any potential new group placements. All current groups (K-5th) will resume June 1st following EOGs.

Chatham County Summer Food Support

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The Emergency Broadband Benefit, or EBB, can help people hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic. It can pay $50 every month toward the cost of Internet service, and it is available to students who qualify for free and reduced lunches and all families who lost some income in the last year and earn less than $198,000. To learn more go to
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CGE Ongoing Information

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Thank you, participants and families, for contributing videos to this year’s talent show! Tonight’s show includes a variety of acts such as singing, dancing, horseback riding, jump roping, poetry, and so much more! We are so proud of our gators! Please use the links below to view the program and the Gator’s Got Talent video. We hope you enjoy the show!

Important Carpool/Walker Reminders

We are continuing to improve our carpool and walker dismissal procedures. Please be sure to read through the following tips to help! Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation!

-Pull up close as close as possible to the cars in front to allow more cars to fit onto campus. We have been able to significantly reduce cars off campus this week.

-Do not block the intersection on Andrews Store Road.

-Please have your students ready with everything they need to exit the car in a timely fashion when you arrive at our drop off points. If needed, please utilize our Staff parking lot if your students are not prepared to exit their vehicles.

-Walkers, please continue to socially distance while waiting for your students.

Materials Pick Up

Student materials will be available for pick up again starting on Monday April 26th from 9am-2pm. Please contact your student’s classroom teacher if you have a question about the materials/resources that need to be collected at our school.

From the Arts Department