Gage Community School Connection

November 6, 2017 Edition

A Glance at the Last few Weeks at Gage

Principal's Message:

Question from Family Night: How can parents have more parent involvement?

Having a partnership between our school and our families is essential in supporting Gage students’ success. We LOVE to have parents help at school, and there are several ways to do so. Parents can get involved in our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and help plan events that happen at Gage and raise money for activities that our students participate in during the school year. PTO sponsors two book fairs, plans fundraising activities, and organizes the carnival for students and families. PTO meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 in the media center, and ALL parents are welcome to attend and get involved. We also welcome parents who would be willing to volunteer to help chaperone field trips, read to kindergarten students, and volunteer in classrooms to help support teachers. Finally, Gage has family nights, Gator Gatherings (monthly morning breakfasts), and classroom activities where families are invited to see what their students have been up to in class. If you are unsure how you can help out and get involved at Gage, please feel free to contact me to ask. We will find a way to get you involved at school and helping our students be successful at Gage! ; 507-328-3400.

Holiday Supports for Families

Families in need of holiday assistance are encouraged to call the Salvation Army, starting Monday, Nov. 13. Approved applicants can participate in the Salvation Army’s Toy & Joy Shop on Dec. 20 or Dec. 21. At the Toy & Joy Shop parents can shop for new toys, books, and stocking stuffers for their infant, preschool and school-aged children at no cost to the family. Please note, there are eligibility requirements and families may only participate in one of the following programs (Salvation Army Toy & Joy Shop, Christmas Anonymous, St. Francis’ Angel Tree Program, the YMCA’s program, or the JSSVP Adopt A Family program). Registration is required by calling, 288-3663.

Families who are interested in the Salvation Army’s Toy & Joy Shop may also be interested in the Salvation Army’s Children’s Shopping Trip. Open to students who are 8 or 9 years old, call the Salvation Army starting Monday, Nov. 13. Eligible students receive a gift certificate and shop, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, with a volunteer to purchase Christmas gifts for their family at ShopKo.

A limited number of Christmas Anonymous forms can be obtained from the school social workers, Bonnie Kassen ( and Joli Stejskal (

Enrichment Day - Health & Wellness Focus

We are currently preparing for our first Enrichment Day of the school year - a chance for us to provide a variety of powerful learning experiences for ALL of our Gage students while allowing them to explore an interest area!

Our first one will be Friday, November 17th from 12:30-3:30 and will have a health and wellness focus. If you are interested in sharing an activity or experience with our students that day, contact Mrs. Marquardt (info below!)

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Volunteer at Gage!

We are ready to start scheduling volunteers for this school year! Please contact Jessica (information below) or Hillery ( if you are interested in supporting our community through volunteering! Our staff is currently working to put together a list of opportunities for guests to be involved in the success of our students, but please let us know your desires too and we'll find a fit for you!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 9:

  • PTO Fundraiser Pick Up after school

Friday, November 10:

  • No School - End of Quarter

Monday, November 13:

  • Student Council Meeting before school
  • 2nd & 4th Grade Girl Scouts during lunch

Tuesday, November 14:

  • 3rd & 5th Grade Girl Scouts during lunch
  • Wendy's Night 5:00-7:00 - 10% of purchases come back to our PTO

Wednesday, November 15:

  • 4th Grade Engineering Club during lunch

Thursday, November 16:

  • No School

Friday, November 17:

  • Health & Wellness Enrichment Day

Monday, November 20:

  • All School Bingo 9:15-9:30 AM
  • 2nd & 4th Grade Girl Scouts during lunch

Tuesday, November 21:

  • Hearing & Vision Checks
  • 3rd & 5th Grade Girl Scouts during lunch

Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24:

  • No School - Thanksgiving