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CGE Weekly Newsletter-February 14, 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!

Stay safe, stay informed and stay Gator Strong! 馃悐

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From the Principal's Desk

We are working hard to help carpool run as efficiently as possible to ensure students arrive on campus at the start of school (7:55). Please help us by continuing to work with your kids to ensure that they are ready to safely exit the car when you arrive in the disembarking area each morning. For sure, things are going to happen when sleepy elementary students need to get out of the car--we understand! Let鈥檚 all continue to do our best, however, to support the carpool process.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

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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-

Bus Requests Update

We have had several requests this week for students to ride home with friends on the bus. Due to the ongoing shortage of bus drivers, our priority must remain on ensuring transportation for students assigned to each route. Since we are not able to guarantee consistent capacity for additional students on all of our buses, we cannot honor these requests. If anything changes, we will reach out.

MOY Test Results

On Thursday, February 17th, results from middle of year testing will go home with students. This will include:

  • Reading data from mClass for grades K through 3

  • Reading data from STAR for grades 4 and 5

  • Math data from STAR for grades 1 through 5

  • Check-In results for grades 3 through 5

Science Fair Winners!

Big congratulations go out to Stephanie Frankowski and Elias Koshy for their 1st place wins in the CCS District Science Fair competition. Both students will be representing CGE and CCS at the Regional Science Fair competition in the coming weeks.

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 comenzar谩n del 24 de enero al 4 de febrero

La prueba est谩 planeada para ir de la siguiente manera:

24 de enero: Estudiantes de grados 1-3 pruebas de comprensi贸n auditiva, lectura y algunas pruebas de expresi贸n oral

25 de enero: Estudiantes de grados 4-5 pruebas de comprensi贸n auditiva, lectura y algunas pruebas de expresi贸n oral

26 de enero: prueba de escritura de grado 1 y algunas pruebas de expresi贸n 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 expresi贸n 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 habr谩 tiempo para recuperar la prueba si los estudiantes est谩n ausentes.

Es importante que los estudiantes de ESL vengan a la escuela en los d铆as designados para el examen, bien descansados 鈥嬧媦 listos para el examen. Tomar谩n 4 pruebas a lo largo de la semana: escuchar, leer, hablar y escribir. Cada prueba tendr谩 una duraci贸n de 30 minutos a 1 hora. Anime a sus hijos que est谩n 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 CGE Student Council:

Thank you to those of you who could join us for our Inauguration on Monday! Our newly-inaugurated council members really shone as they gave their speeches and showed their passion for and commitment to making CGE a better school.

If you were not able to join us for the inauguration, please feel free to watch the recorded version here:

CGE 2022 Inauguration Video

From the AIG Department:

Testing for students referred for AIG Evaluation will begin Monday Feb 7th and will continue through March 4th.

Testing for this week will be as follows:

  • Monday Feb 14th: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students referred

  • Tuesday Feb 15th: 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students referred

  • Weds Feb 16th: 3rd, 4th grade students referred

  • Thurs Feb 17th: 3rd grade students referred

Kindergarten and 1st grade students referred for testing will be pulled individually throughout the 4 week testing window. Make up testing for 3rd-5th graders who miss a testing session will be completed throughout the 4 week testing window.

From the Library:

There is still time to Join the 1000 Minute Reading Challenge. Read all about it here and while you are there, take a peek at our CGE Leader Board. You can add items you are currently reading AND you can add items that you have already read from your classroom reading/book log!

From the School Counselors

Check out our February addition of CGE鈥檚 counseling connection to read what your child is learning about during specials lessons with the school counselors and more!

CGE Club Days Donations:

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Think First & Stay Safe Program

A letter (linked) should have come home with your student regarding CGE鈥檚 participation in the Think First & Stay Safe鈩 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 EC Dept

Our wonderful teachers are running low on snacks, treats and rewards for our exceptional students. Donations of individually wrapped candy (starburst, skittles, kisses, m&ms) and chips/crackers would be greatly appreciated!

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 is filling up fast!! Camp will take place here at Chatham Grove June 13-17 from 8am-4pm. We have 40 slots left for campers rising Kindergarten-rising 6th grade students. We need 6 more middle school students to help as Leaders in Training and 9 more high school or college students to work as Leadership Interns (high school and college age). Leadership Interns will be paid and can get recommendation letters for college and/or future jobs. 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. Parent Volunteers will receive a discount code to receive $130 off up to 2 campers or $30 off up to 2 Leaders in Training. Let me know if you are interested!

Register your child before February 16th using the discount code: SUM35 for $35 off the registration fee. Our next discount code is: EXPLORE25 for $25 off the registration fee February 17th 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: