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CGE Weekly Newsletter- April 4, 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! 🐊

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From the Principal's Desk

Our kindergarten students have begun eating in the cafeteria within the last couple of weeks. This Monday some of our first grade classes transitioned to the cafeteria as well. Please know that at this time parents/guardians are not able to eat lunch with their kids. Our teachers are working hard to teach kids the routines and procedures related to eating in the cafeteria. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We learned this week that Ms. Brandy Varner, Chatham Grove’s Teacher of the Year (TOY), has been selected as one of 3 finalists for TOY for Chatham County. Please join us in wishing Ms. Varner all the best as she competes for this additional honor. No matter what, she’s a winner for our kids and her teammates!

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End of Quarter 3

The end of the third quarter is Friday, March 25th. Students will receive Quarter 3 report cards on Tuesday, April 5th.

School Picture Day

Wednesday, April 13th is our scheduled Spring Picture Day! We will take our first ever Class Pictures along with individual portraits. Ordering information will go home with students next week!

Kindergarten Registration

It is time for Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year! If you have a child, or know of a child, who will be 5 on or before August 31 please register! This year kindergarten registration is online. You will be able to register at home or we will have computers available in the main office if you need support in registering your child. Families will also need to bring in a copy of their child's birth certificate, immunization records, and proof of residency to complete the registration process.

You can visit our schools website and click on the desk icon on the top right to access the new student registration site. This will direct you to the Powerschool student registration webpage. At the bottom of this page you will select the blue link for the 2022-2023 School Year Powerschool Online Registration Form to begin registration.

Kindergarten Orientation

The Kindergarten team will have an orientation meeting on Wednesday, May 18th starting at 4:30pm. This meeting is for upcoming Kindergarten families. The teachers will talk about August screening dates, information included on the screener, and general Kindergarten information. More information to come.

Attendance/Appointment Reminders

Students arriving late or leaving early for an appointment will need to turn in a doctor’s note for the absence or tardy to be excused.

Early check out during school hours ends at 2:30pm.

From the PTA

The 2nd Annual CGE Gator Chase is happening onSunday, May 1, at Chatham Grove Elementary!Registration begins at 8:00 AM and the race starts at 8:30 AM.

We are happy to announce that this year’s event will feature both 2.5K and 5K options.

A sign-up link and more details are coming soon. All monies raised will be used to supplement recycling and composting programs at the school.

A full range of sponsorship opportunities are available (see below) so if you have a small business you would like to promote, or work with/for a larger business that likes supporting local and/or green initiatives, please contact Thank you!

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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 March 28th. Great job, gators!
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From the Counselors

As we approach the end of the school year, we are very proud of the hard work of our students and staff! Please consider checking out the 4th Quarter Counseling Connection Newsletter.

CGE Club Day

We had our 1st club day for 1st grade-5th grade on Friday! Students had a great time exploring new interests and activities. We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to the CGE Community for all of the donations sent to school. They were instrumental in the success of our Club Day!

Introducing your 2022 CGE Student Council

Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing our Student Council members to our school community through Gator Bites.
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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 full for campers this summer!! Camp will take place here at Chatham Grove June 13-17 from 8am-4pm. We still need 3 more middle school students to help as Leaders in Training and 4 more high school or college students to work as Leadership Interns (high school and college age). Leadership Interns will be paid a flat rate of $150 (new) or $175 (returning) and can get recommendation letters for college and/or future jobs. We are also looking for more 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 which can be refunded if you have already registered your child. Let me know if you are interested!

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