Volume 2, Issue 2
The 2023-2024 school year is well underway! The first few weeks have simply flown by! I am very pleased with how quickly everyone has settled back into the routine of school and lots of learning is taking place!
Our schoolwide focus this year is connections and communication. The staff and I spent time before school began developing ways that we will build relationships with our students, their families, and each other during the school year. One strategy is our school wide focus on community building each morning. Every class throughout the school spends the first 10 minutes of each day building classroom community! We have also spend the first twenty days of school working on building our regulation skills which will provide useful throughout every child's day! Strong relationships result in increased engagement and learning which in turn has a positive impact on student achievement!
We will continue to build lines of communication as the school year progresses! This newsletter is one example of keeping our families informed of what is going on at school. Additionally, please reach out to your child's teacher with any questions or concerns you may have! Mark your calendars early for Parent/Teacher conferences which are scheduled for October 4th and October 5th and will be held in person this year. Finally, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns! Strong home/school communication has a direct impact on the success of your child! We are all working together to make this an outstanding year ahead for the students!
Enjoy the final days of summer! Autumn and cooler temperatures are just around the corner!
Hello, Center Grove Elementary Families!
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this message to you for my first CGES family newsletter! I am honored to be a part of this school and district. I am committed to collaboratively working together and passionately serving the students, families, staff, and community of CGES this year!
My first official day at CGES will be on Tuesday, September 5th. A letter of introduction was sent out to all the CGES families via text message a couple of weeks ago. If you did not receive it or have the chance to read it, I have linked the letter below. Also, below you will find the information about myself and my family that will be shared with students prior to my first day at CGES. My hope is that they get to know me and feel more comfortable with me coming into their classrooms to learn and work alongside them.
If you have questions or concerns as the school year progresses, please reach out. Again, what I look forward to the most is working together to ensure our kids have the best school experience and ensuring their success inside and outside of the classroom!
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s education!
Mrs. Johnson- Assistant Principal
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” -Helen Keller
Letter of Introduction to Community
Hello, Center Grove Elementary School Families and Community! It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Assistant Principal of CGES! I am honored to be able to walk through the Center Grove Elementary doors on Tuesday, September 5th, fo...
Hello! I honestly cannot believe that we are already through August! It’s been a great start to another school year, and things certainly seem to be moving right along throughout the building. With that being said, I wanted to take a moment to define a bit of what my role is within the school.
What a school counselor does:
Work with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect
Promote the social and emotional well-being for all students to ensure they achieve academic success
Meet individually with students to do brief/short-term solution focused counseling
Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices
Facilitate small groups
Provide guidance lessons on a variety of topics in the classrooms
Connect families in need of resources with help in their community
Maintain confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to know or a safety concern
What a school counselor does NOT do:
Meet individually with students to do long-term mental health counseling or tractional therapy
Administer disciplinary action for students
Please know that my primary goal is to support BOTH our students and staff in order for them to feel and be successful. BUT! Parenting is hard sometimes. (I have a 23 year old daughter and a 21 year old son) Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to support YOU also.
Enjoy your day off on Monday! Happy Labor Day!
Car Rider Reminders
Just a few reminders for our families who drop off and pick up each day from their cars. First, please make sure that students exit and enter the car each day on the passenger side. For safety reasons, it is important that our students are not crossing in front of any car.
Also, during morning drop off, please make sure that your child is ready to exit the car as soon as you have come to a complete stop in the drop off zone. We are moving many through this process in a short period of time each morning!
Finally, a huge thank you to everyone for their patience during this process each day as we work to create a safe arrival and dismissal for all of our students!
JCPL 2023 Explore Summer Reading Program
Ryder Cecil, Owen Colter, Kaden Davis, Olivia Scholes, Klara Fisher, Emery Hardin, Abigail Reusser, Annabelle Scroggins, Crosby Bennington, Hunter Cecil, Zavier Garrison, Aarna Gupta, Lucas Hillenburg, Jaren Schreier, Alaina Webb, Grayson Williams, Sam Wilson, Ariana Argiris, Graeme Bryant, James Cox, Elliot Donohue, Kylie Fisher, Skylar Lautzenhiser, Norah Young, Charlotte Colter, Allison Hillenburg, Abby Jaskiewicz, Maven Williams, Gabriel Kloster, Clayton Lautzenhiser
Thanks to all who attended the August PTO meeting! Attendance was amazing! It was fantastic to see so many parents engaging in the meeting!
September 11 - Fun Run Donation Drive begins
September 12 - PTO Meeting @ 6:30 in the CGES Library
September 21 - Fun Run
Please note that there will not be PTO meetings the months of November, December, January, and March!
Please plan on attending as many of these important meetings as you are able!
Did you know?
Enjoy your the long weekend ahead!
Mark Your Calendars!
Just a remind the elementary student handbook outlines our policy regarding electronic equipment in the classrooms. Please note that non-school appropriate electronic equipment that should not be on school property and include: radios, CD players, I-Pods, Smart Watches,
MP3 players, portable TV’s, DVD players, electronic toys, hand-held video games, pagers, video cameras, and cameras.
Thank you for your support in adhering to this policy!
Make note of these important dates for the month of September:
September 4 - Labor Day - No School
September 6 - Early Release
September 8 - Vision Screenings
September 11 - Fun Run donations begin
September 12 - PTO Meeting @ 6:30
September 13 - Early Release
September 20 - Early Release
September 21 - Early Release
September 25 - College Go Week
September 27 - 4th & 5th Grade One Mile Run, Early Release