Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

October 2018

Terry Burton, Principal

Nicole Longlee, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Oct. 3rd---3rd Gr. Field Trip to Durham

Friday, Oct. 5th---October Soaring Eagles Announced!!

Friday, Oct. 12th---Kindergarten Field Trip to Bellevue Berry Farm

Monday, Oct. 15th---InView Testing Begins, 2nd grade

Monday, Oct. 15th---Kindergarten Firefighter Visit

Thursday, Oct. 18th---Gateway Family Night at the Bellevue Berry Farm

Friday, Oct. 19th—1st Quarter Ends

Monday, Oct. 22nd—2nd Quarter Begins

Wednesday, Oct. 24th---No School for Pre-K, Pre-K Plan Day

Wednesday, Oct. 24th---Parent Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 25th---Parent Teacher Conferences, Noon-8:00 pm

Thursday, Oct. 25th---NO SCHOOL, PT Conferences

Friday, Oct. 26th---NO SCHOOL, Elementary Teacher Planning Day

Monday, Oct. 29th---Fire Drill

Wednesday, Oct. 31st—Classroom Halloween Parties, 2:30 pm

Office Notes

Please remember that due to Parent/Teacher Conferences, classes will not be in session for Gateway Elementary students Thursday, October 25th and Friday, October 26th. School will resume Monday, Oct. 29th.

Emergency Drills @ Gateway

Your child might have come home talking about our lockdown drill, shelter drill or building evacuation drill. All of these drills prepare our students and staff how to respond in the event of an emergency. At Gateway we follow the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). SRP is a series of clear, concise actions established to provide consistency in vocabulary and response during an emergency situation. SRP uses four actions: “Lockout”, “Lockdown”, “Shelter in Place” and “Evacuate”. The purpose of the SRP is to align our emergency response protocols and procedures with the local law enforcement and other school districts in the Omaha metro area.

During the first few weeks of the school year, our students and teachers practiced these very important procedures. I'm including an English/Spanish handout that explains the procedures that we practice. Please take a moment to review these actions with your child. Don't hesitate to contact your child's teacher or me if you have any questions or concerns.

Gateway Family Night at the Bellevue Berry Farm

The 6th Annual Gateway Fall Family Night at the Bellevue Berry Farm will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 5:00-8:30 P.M. Cost is $9.00 per person. Cost includes admission to the Bellevue Berry Farm and its attractions including a bounce house, pirate swing, haunted hayrack ride, haunted house, bonfires along with the World's Best Hot Dog Dinner! Dinner is served from 5:00-6:30 P.M. Forms were sent home on Friday, Sept. 28th. Please return the form along with payment. If you have any question, please call our office @ 531-299-1480. We hope to see you there!!!

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Parents to PE

Thanks go out to Mr. Dworak for organizing our first ever Parents to PE Week!!! Over 100 parents took advantage of this opportunity and joined their child in PE class!!! What a great way to model the importance of staying active!!!
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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program at Gateway

On Tuesday, Sept. 25th we kicked off the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) at Gateway!! Hopefully your child came home excited about trying a new fruit or vegetable. Be sure to ask them about it!!!

Throughout the school year all Pre-K-6th grade classroom will be receiving a tray of fresh fruits and vegetables twice/week.

This past week, classroom teachers talked with students about not saying negative things about how something tastes. Teachers explained that negative comments might offend someone and discourage others from trying something new.

We also encouraged students to use respectful language like "I don't care for it." Please help us remind our students that sometimes it takes trying new fruit or vegetable 10 times before they begin to like it!

A big thank you goes out to Gateway PE Teacher, Mr. Dworak for helping to get this program started at Gateway!!

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars for Fall Parent Teacher conferences:

Wednesday, October 24th, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 25th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm

If you haven’t done so, please call 531-299-1480 to schedule a time. Our goal is always 100% attendance for P/T Conferences!

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) offers some excellent information about Parent Teacher conferences:

Children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school.

Before the conference, talk with your child and find out what his/her favorite school subjects and activities are and if he/she has any concerns for you to discuss with the teacher.

Review your child’s work. Are there any areas that need improvement? Discuss both strengths and weaknesses with the teacher – we all have both.

Be on time. The conference schedule is tight and everyone needs to stay on schedule. If you develop a conflict, let the school know as soon as possible. Try to reschedule, even if it needs to be a phone conference.

Keep an open mind. Conferences are meant to help you understand your child’s school performance. Working together, home and school maximize student success.

Make plans to follow through at home if needed. Decide what you, your child, and the teacher need to do to help your child succeed.

Afterwards tell your child about the talk. Praise the things he/she is doing well and pass along compliments. If you need to, talk about areas you will work to improve.

Buffett Award for Outstanding Teachers

Recognize those that make a difference every day.

If you and your child would like to recognize a teacher for outstanding work, please write a letter of nomination to The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. It doesn’t have to be formal; don’t worry if you don’t write well. Letters should be a heartfelt expression of why you believe that this teacher would be a worthy candidate for the Buffett Award. Nominations can also be submitted online at:

Nebraska Family Helpline

Raising kids is hard. It’s okay to ask for advice. The Nebraska Family Helpline is a free, confidential resource for parents who have questions regarding their child’s behavior. Trained counselors are standing by. Have a question? Give them a call at 1-888-866-8660.