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Per our email earlier today, beginning Thursday, September 30, 2021, we will utilize our remaining three buses; 65, 66, and 89 to provide transportation for bus 88 and 84 students. The afternoon route times for buses 65, 66, and 89 will be impacted by this change. Below you will find student bus assignments and approximate pick up and drop off times.
Bus 84 1st Run: These students will ride bus 65 and will be picked up at the Great Ridge Parkway and Tyner Loop Circle stop at approximately 7:45.
Bus 88 1st Run: These students will ride bus 66 and be picked up at the Briar Club at approximately 7:45.
Bus 84 2nd Run and 88 2nd Run: These students will ride bus 89 and be picked up at Briar Chapel Parkway and Tobacco Farm Way at approximately 7:45
Bus 88 1st Run: These students will ride bus 65 and will be dropped off at the Great Ridge Parkway and Tyner Loop Circle stop at approximately 3:10.
Bus 88 2nd Run: These students will ride bus 66 and be dropped off at the Briar Club at approximately 3:10.
Bus 84 1st Run and Bus 88 2nd Run Students Who’s Stop is Tobacco Farm Way: These students will ride bus 89 and be dropped off at the Briar Chapel Parkway and Tobacco Farm Way stop at approximately 3:10.
Bus 84 2nd Run: These students will ride a Pollard bus (number TBD) and will be dropped off at the Briar Club at approximately 3:10.
Relatedly, bus routes for 65, 66, and 89 will not be impacted in the mornings, but will be impacted in the afternoons. In an effort to provide transportation to all of our students, the normal drop off times for these buses will be delayed by approximately 25-30 minutes each afternoon until we have secured drivers for all of our buses.
Please know that we continue to work diligently to fill vacancies and to get available staff signed up for the bus driving classes. We will also continue to search for alternative solutions.
Chatham Grove just received a $15,476 check for the volunteer hours worked at the PTA Thrift Shop last year! A HUGE thank you to all of the hard working students, staff, and families that made this happen! Let’s bring in even more this year!!!
Earlier in the week, we shared with you that bus 65 would be without a driver until Thursday, September 30th. During the afternoon runs between Monday, September 27 and Thursday, September 30, Bus 65 will now have a substitute bus driver, Mr. Harold Baldwin.
In the mornings, students will be picked up on a delayed run of Bus 66 that will leave school at approximately 7:30 a.m. We anticipate that students will arrive on campus close to 8:30 a.m. Please remember that students that arrive at school on a late bus are not considered tardy.
As you may know, many schools and districts across the country are experiencing a significant bus driver shortage. Please know that we are actively trying to recruit and hire additional bus drivers. New classified personnel hired between Oct. 11 and Dec. 13 will receive a $1,500 signing bonus. To receive the signing bonus, the employee must commit to staying with Chatham County School for two years. Please encourage anyone you know that may be interested to apply.
Due to a shortage of instructional assistants who are qualified to drive a school bus, we will need to combine first and second run each morning for students who ride on Bus 84. This change will begin on this Friday, Sept. 17th. Students on Bus 84 will be picked up by the Bus 88 driver after she completes her first route. Bus 84 will stop at Great Ridge Parkway and Tyner Loop Circle to pick up students. The driver will then move on to the stop at the corner of Briar Chapel Parkway and Tobacco Farm Way around 7:40. Please know that the times are approximate and traffic could impact on-time arrival.
Also starting this Friday, adjustments will be necessary to bus 84's afternoon route. Students who normally ride bus 84 (first and second run) will ride bus number 88 on a third run. The bus will will drop students off at Briar Chapel Parkway and Tobacco Farm Way around 3:35. The driver will then move on to the Briar Club and drop students off around 3:40. Due to changes in daily ridership numbers, and traffic in the area, we are asking for your patience as these times may not be exact. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. We are working diligently to fill vacancies and to get available staff signed up for the bus driving classes. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Due to a shortage of instructional assistants who are qualified to drive a school bus, we will need to combine first and second run each morning starting this Friday, September 17th. The driver will stop at the Briar Club between 7:20 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. The driver will then move on to stop at the corner of Briar chapel Parkway and Tobacco Farm Way around 7:30 a.m. Please know that the times are approximate and traffic could impact on-time arrival. At this time, there will be no changes made that will impact the afternoon drop-off times for your students.
Please also remember that you may choose to walk/bike with your student to school each day, or be a carpooler. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. We are working diligently to fill vacancies and to get available staff signed up for the bus driving class. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
We continue to search for instructional assistants to serve at our school. We have recommended four over the last several weeks, but have 3 additional openings. Relatedly, we are also excited to announce that our Chatham County School Board approved a plan at their September 13th board meeting to offer new personnel hired between Oct. 11th and December 13th a recruitment incentive bonus of $1,500 for classified positions and $3,500 for certified positions. To receive the signing bonus, the employee must commit to staying with Chatham County Schools for two years. Please help us spread the word, and if you see a Board member, consider sharing your gratitude.
If you are interested in applying for a position at Chatham Grove ES or any of our Chatham County Schools, please click this link to start an application: https://www.applitrack.com/
Students will be arriving to school by either buses, cars, walking, or via bikes on Monday. To reduce the risk of COVID transmission, we will not be able to have parents walk kids into the building on the first day of school. We will be following the same procedure as last year. Parents will also not be able to park in the parking lot and walk their kids to the entrance of the building. Parents must arrive on campus via the methods mentioned above. We understand that this may be disappointing news. Please rest assured that we will have many staff members inside the building to welcome and guide all our kids to their assigned locations.
Below are specific directions related to carpool, walkers, and bike riders:
Location: Circle in front of building following the directional signs.
Location: Red door. Entrance closest to stop light.
Permission forms are needed for Walkers/Bikes-
Follow this link to print and turn in or email to: Walker Permission Form
Thank you for your patience as we shift some of our tour dates this week. If your original date and time was recently canceled or if you have not had a chance to sign up, we have added tours on Thursday, August 12th and additional slots for Monday, August 16th.
Follow the Signup Genius below or contact Ms. Laura Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! https://www.signupgenius.com/
We currently plan to hold a live, in person “Back To School Gator Gathering” on August 19th. This will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher(s), complete necessary paperwork, see your child’s classroom, and enjoy some ice cream provided by our awesome PTA. To facilitate social distancing and ensure adequate parking on campus, we will divide the Gator Gathering into three sessions that evening. You will visit your child’s class per the schedule below and based on your child’s first letter of their last name:
A-F (4:00 to 4:45) G-O (5:00 to 5:45) P-Z (6:00 to 6:45)
If you have multiple students at our school, you will be able to attend their session outside of the prescribed alphabet span related to your child’s last name.
In addition to our Gator Gathering, we will hold a virtual “Open House” event on September 9th at 7:00pm. At this meeting, your child’s teacher will review classroom specific expectations/procedures that will help you help your child have a successful school year.
The new school year is right around the corner, and we are excited to have our Gators back in the building with us! Our teachers and staff members are busy planning for a successful year, and we are happy to announce that this year we are able to welcome volunteers back in the building. Fill out the form below to help us start planning:
Looking for after school opportunities at CGE offered by YMCA? Information may be found here: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/schools/chatham-grove-after-school. Please reach out to YMCA with specific questions about their program.
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Julia Seitz, CGE's BT of the Year
Kristin Tinnen, CGE's Bus Driver of the Year
It's time for kindergarten registration!
REGISTRATION NOTE: Schools are not collecting paperwork at this time. Please register with the appropriate online link below. When schools open, parents and guardians will need to provide:
a copy of the child’s certified birth certificate
a copy of the child’s immunization records
two forms of documentation verifying the names and addresses of parents and guardians (examples include driver’s licenses, identification cards with pictures, rental agreements, utility bills, phone bills)
custody papers, if applicable
Find more important information on this webpage.
reFUEL CGE is our school’s new student food assistance program.
Your donation will help us make sure those students in need will get nutritious supplemental food over summer break, as well as help us continue to fund the program in the fall.
You can make a recurring monthly donation, write a check, or make a business sponsorship.
No donation is too small!!
*Checks – please mail to: reFUEL CGE, 538 Bennett Mountain Trace, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
reFUEL CGE website: http://refuelcge.ch2v.com/
Melissa Carpenter & Jennifer Glosson
Please help us meet our goal! Funds raised will help increase the number of books in the library.
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Welcome to Chatham Grove Elementary School, home of the …
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The video features Marian Taylor. I am thrilled to announce that she is the assistant principal of Chatham Grove Elementary School. Ms. Taylor has broad educational experience that will greatly benefit our school. To date, Ms. Taylor has served as an instructional assistant for two years, and she was a fourth-grade teacher for six years, a time during which she mentored teachers. She was a math interventionist for a year and spent two years as a curriculum coach and mentor. Many of you may be familiar with her from her time as an assistant principal at Perry W. Harrison Elementary School and at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School. Through it all, Ms. Taylor has succeeded by focusing on strong relationships with both adults and students, and by always putting kids first. As part of the CGE team, Ms. Taylor will help us help our kids grow each and every day!
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Principal, Chatham Grove Elementary School