June 2019 Newsletter

June Newsletter
Posted on 06/06/2019


Principal's Message

Hello CGE Families!

As we close out another school year I want to thank all of you for supporting your children in their learning and educational programming. We feel so fortunate to have such an involved, supportive community.

Looking forward to the 2019-20 school year there is a great deal of information that we would like to be sure to share. One big change for next year is that Kindergarten will be starting on the same day as grades 1-9. That first day is Tuesday, Sept. 3rd. As in the past PreK will start the following week on Monday, Sept. 9th.  We will once again be offering a fall assessment time for each student in K-5. You will receive a letter from your child’s teacher in early August with directions on how to sign up online for a 30 minute assessment time on either August 26th or August 27th. This letter will be your notification of who your child’s teacher will be. Class lists are no longer posted in the front doors.You will also receive information from the Transportation Department in August regarding your child's bus routes and times. 

Our school wide open house will be Wednesday, August 28th from 5:00 p.m. -6:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to visit the teacher and the classroom, learn about our PTO and meet some classmates. This is always a fun night to welcome everyone back! If you have any questions please feel free to contact our main office at 651-425-5800.

Enjoy your summer!!


Summer Book Checkout Dates

The CGE Media Center will be open the following dates and times.  Please come and check out a big stack of books for summer reading.  Come to one date or come to all.  Books can be kept until open house or the first week of school.  5th graders moving to middle school would still be welcome to check out during the summer.

June 19th 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

July 10th 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

July 24th 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

August 14 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Summer Reading Program-Rocket into Reading.

Students currently in grades Pre K-4th are welcome to participate in the Rocket into Reading summer reading incentive program this summer.  Students read 10 books and log the titles on the bright blue half sheet we sent home at the end of May, bring the reading log back to school the first week of the 2019-20 school year and then get the participate in a Rocket Bomb party in September as their reward for reading.


Summer Reading Information

Checkout the CGE webpage for a slide show full of information about Summer Reading-lists, programs, incentives, etc. to make reading fun!


Field Day was a Success!

Thank you to the many wonderful, creative, hardworking volunteers that helped the 14th Annual Field Day to be a tremendous success. An event this big was successful thanks to the many volunteers. Thank you also to Cottage Grove United Soccer and USA Karate for being our special guests.

Mrs. Tester’s Summer Young Kids Camp June 10-13 Monday-Thursday June 10-13, 10:30-12:00, right here at Cottage Grove Elementary for boys and girls in grades K-3. Register through www.cecool.com course # C401.

We are hoping to have a Cottage Grove Elementary 5th grade Track and Field meet right here at CGE Tuesday, June 4 8:45-11:30. We are seeking any parents that may be able to help out at a track and field event. Please contact Mrs. Tester gtester@sowashco.org if you can be available.

Thank you,


Mrs. Gina Tester

Physical Education Specialist


Summer Eats Minnesota

We are passing this information along for you or anyone you may know that would benefit from this.

The Minnesota Department of Education and Hunger Impact Partners, a non-profit organization are working together to promote free summer meals for kids across the state. All kids up to age 18 can locate the nearest site, show up at the right time and eat. No registration or prior sign-up is necessary.  

They have a mobile app Summer Eats Minnesota that you can download for free for information. There is a helpful website too: www.summereatsmn.org which has additional information and promotional materials – with versions in Spanish, Somali and Hmong.


Orchestra students- remember to take care of your instrument by not leaving it in situations or temperatures where YOU would be uncomfortable. Having a wood instrument sit in a parked car for hours on a HOT day, or in a very cold basement corner can do some major damage. Keep your instrument in a safe place, comfortable temperatures, and play it over the summer!

Go to a local music store like Schmitt Music or Modern Day Music if you have any instrument needs or are looking for some new music to try out. They can help if your instrument gets very out of tune and you can’t fix it on your own.

Check out Mrs. Slominski’s Website for some fun musical things to do over the summer! https://sites.google.com/a/apps.district833.org/peterson-4-5-orchestra/summer-opportunities

If you have any other questions about instruments or about orchestra, feel free to connect with me at kslomins@sowashco.org or 651-425-5855. Thanks everyone for a great year, and I look forward to seeing our incoming 4th and 5th graders in the fall!

Mrs. Slominski


Important Dates

June 5th - Last Day of School