Your children will become a part of a “family” at school this year with their selection of a house. They will continue to be in this house as they progress through the grade levels at CGE. When you come into our building this year you will notice banners representing the four houses of Cedar Grove Elementary as well as the Essential 10 that every student will aspire to become. The four houses are Moudrost, meaning Wisdom, Chingu, meaning Friend, Kuaminika, meaning Trustworthy, and Odwaga, meaning Courage. These houses will not only build community in our building, but will also allow competition amongst houses as we reward positive contributions each nine weeks. I know this will enhance what we are already doing academically with our students because it will build a positive school culture with our students, faculty and staff members, parents, and our community members.