Gator Community Newsletter, Vol. 12
November 6, 2023 - November 10, 2023
Dia de Los Muertos in Maestra Morrill's Class
As we approach the end of the grading period, we want to let you know that parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for November 13-17. This is an great time to engage with teachers and discuss your child's/children's progress and development. We encourage you to be on the lookout to schedule these important meetings.
Note: All conference dates (11/13-11/17 are minimum days and school will end at 12:15 PM)
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our students' success.
It's Book Fair Time!
If you are anything like me, you have spent your adult life chasing after the joy that is the Scholastic Book Fair. The posters, the smelly pencils, and, of course, the books!
Get ready to unleash your inner book dragon at our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair, the ultimate paradise for all your literary cravings! From November 13th to November 17th, right after school for a magical hour, prepare to dive into a world of adventure, mystery, and laughter. We'll have books so thrilling you'll forget to do your homework (shh, don't tell your teachers!). So mark your calendars, bring your pocket money, and get ready to embark on a wild reading adventure! Who knows, you might just find that one book that changes your life (or at least makes your bedtime stories a lot more interesting)!
See you at the fair, book lovers!
Book Fairs wouldn't be complete without the help of amazing volunteers SIGN UP HERE!
Monday: 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Tuesday: 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM and Evening Shift 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Thursday: 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Friday: 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
November ELAC Meeting
You are invited to our next ELAC meeting on November 9 at 6pm on Zoom. We will talk about something important called "school attendance." This means how often students come to school.
Meeting Link: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/98438890599
In this meeting, we will look at some cool things from the "Attendance Works" website. We will learn about why going to school every day is so important. We will watch a video called "Bringing Attendance Home." It will help us understand more about this.
We will also check some numbers about how many students come to school regularly. We want to see if all of our friends are coming to school as they should.
Our teachers and staff are doing many things to help parents understand why it's important for us to come to school every day. We will talk about these things too.
We want to hear your advice too. You can tell us how we can make it better for you and your children. Your ideas are important to us.
We hope to see you at the meeting. It will be fun and we will learn many things together.
Come Walk With Us!
A Note From the BIPOC Club
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day is coming up on November 14th. We encourage all who would like to participate to register using the link below. The first 100 students to register will get a unique swag bag at the event.
Today, November 5, 2023 at 6:30pm there will be a Ruby Bridges Volunteer meeting via zoom.
Meeting ID: 814 9752 8898
The Dia de Los Muertos altar created by the BIPOCA club members will continue to be on display in the library this week and open for pictures of loved ones including pets that have passed.
In Honor of Our Veterans and Military Families
Gage Elementary School takes great pride in honoring our nation's heroes at our annual Veterans Day Celebration. On this special day, our students come together to express gratitude and appreciation for the courageous men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.
We invite all parents to be a part of our vibrant school community by volunteering for various activities and events throughout the academic year. Your participation and support are invaluable in creating a nurturing and enriching learning environment for our students. Whether it's assisting during classroom activities, organizing school events, or providing mentorship and guidance to our students, your involvement plays a vital role in shaping the educational experience for our young learners. We encourage you to join us in fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence at Gage Elementary School. Your dedication and contributions are deeply appreciated and help make a positive impact on the overall growth and development of our students.
New Absence-Reporting Feature
This image now appears on the Gage website homepage. By clicking it, it will take you to a link to report a student absence. Click it from this newsletter to check it out!.
Engineering Design Workshop
The All Girls STEM Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in San Diego entirely run by high school students. Our mission is to challenge the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields by encouraging the future generation. We inspire young girls from grades 3-8 to pursue their interests in STEM fields through free monthly workshops and events at local libraries! In these monthly workshops, we teach topics that range from rocketry to programming in an encouraging environment. Overall, the organization has had over 9000 participants from more than 250 schools, and we are still growing!
Our next event is our Engineering Design Workshop for girls in grades 3-8, hosted at the Logan Heights Library Library on Saturday, November 18th, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. Have you ever wondered how to construct your own model of a car? Or which processes engineers use to design and create? If you’re interested in building, engineering, or even if you just love some friendly competition, join us for our Engineering Design Workshop! In the workshop, you’ll get to team up with other participants to make your very own cars and race them against each other — all while being immersed in the process of designing, building, and re-working. Join us for an awesome learning experience, mixed with a little bit of rivalry, cool prizes, and delicious snacks :)
If your students would like to sign-up, they can do so here or at the link below: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engineering-design-workshop-tickets-748541867877?aff=oddtdtcreator
If you have any questions about the organization or our mission, please feel free to reach out to us. You can contact us at this email address or check us out at https://www.allgirlsstemsociety.org. We would greatly appreciate it if you could share our organization so that we can reach and inspire as many girls as possible!
Thank you for your time,
Sopo Guan, President of AGSS
Each year SDUSD is responsible for collecting information from our students’ families to support the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) process. The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) is hallmark legislation that fundamentally changed how all school districts in the state are funded, how they are measured for results, and the services and supports they receive allow all students to succeed to their greatest potential.
To support this process we ask parents and families to complete a very short questionnaire that increases Gage’s opportunity to receive more funds from the state. The information is only collected for this process and will not be used for any other purpose. You can do this by logging in to your Parent Portal account in PowerSchool and completing the LCFF Data Collection information (located in the Navigation Menu on the left-hand side of the screen), or filling out the pre-filled paper copy that your student brought home.
Please complete the survey today. Log onto PowerSchool Parent Portal here: https://powerschool.sandi.net/public/home.html and submit your information or return the Form to your child's teacher tomorrow.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
**Paper forms are still available in the front office. If you need assistance setting up your Parent Portal Account or if you have any questions regarding this form, please feel free to contact Aly Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-988-2100.
Avoiding the Staff Parking Lot
We would like to kindly remind you of the importance of avoiding parking in the school lot during student pickup times. Our school lot is designated for staff vehicles, and the presence of additional vehicles during these peak times poses safety risks for our students. Furthermore, we urge you to refrain from using visitor spaces for pickup, as these spots are essential for accommodating guests and maintaining a smooth flow of traffic. To alleviate congestion in the parking lot, we encourage you to consider having older students walk to designated pickup locations outside the school premises. This will help create more space within the lot and ensure a safer environment for all students during dismissal. Your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines is greatly appreciated and contributes to the overall safety and well-being of our school community.
We want to bring to your attention some recent safety concerns in our neighborhood, particularly during school drop-off times. It has come to our attention that some parents and families have been driving with disregard to safety rules in the vicinity, which has raised significant concerns among our community members. We have received reports from concerned neighbors, and the local authorities have been duly notified. It has been noted that certain behaviors, including making U-turns on Hudson and Highwood Streets, are not permissible in this area.
To ensure the safety of all individuals in our community, including our students and their families, we want to emphasize the importance of adhering to traffic regulations and exercising caution during drop-off and pick-up times. Please pay particular attention to maintaining a car-free bus zone. We need to ensure the safe arrival and departure of our bussed students. Please be aware that the school police will be actively monitoring the area and issuing citations to those found violating the traffic rules. Your cooperation in this matter is crucial in maintaining a secure and protected environment for everyone. We appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you for your continued support in promoting the safety of our school community.
Minimum day is on Wednesdays, pick up at 12:15 p.m.
- Highwood and Hudson running club gates open at 7:25 a.m.
- All other gates open up at 7:43 a.m.
- ALL gates close at 7:55 a.m. (Please leave campus prior to gate closure)
Communicating with Teachers
We want to emphasize the importance of open communication and collaboration. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child's academic progress or well-being, we encourage you to start by talking with your child's teacher as a first step. Our dedicated educators are here to support your child's growth and development, and they are always willing to listen, provide guidance, and work together with you to address any issues that may arise. Your partnership in your child's education is invaluable, and together, we can ensure a positive and nurturing learning experience.
What's Blossoming in the Garden?
This week we will be finishing our third Sage lesson. We planted the garden and learned about how to read seed packets, plan and measure out a bed before planting and prepared beds for planting.
Students have learned knife skills and made a layered fruit salad with orange glaze and superseded topping. ALL students learned knife skills. We are so grateful to have a classroom to use for our cooking lessons and as back up for rainy days.
We are hoping to see more volunteers in the older grades with future lessons: SIGN UP HERE!
Upcoming Gage PTA Events
· Thursday, November 9th: Veterans Day Celebration
· Monday, November 13th - Friday, November 17th: Book Fair
· Tuesday, November 14th: Ruby Bridges Walk to School
Make sure you are up-to-date on all Gage PTA Events. Stay connected:
1. PTA email list
2. Bookmark the Gage PTA website
Any Questions? Email GagePTA@gmail.com
On behalf of the Gage PTA