Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

January 2019

Terry Burton, Principal

Nicole Longlee, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events


Jan. 7th---3rd Quarter Begins

Jan. 7th---Winter MAP Testing Begins

Jan. 9th---Student Council Theme Day, Wear Your Favorite Hoodie!

Jan. 18th---Kindergarten Registration, 10:00 am--2:30 pm

Jan. 21st---NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 23rd---Student Council Theme Day, Wear Camouflage

Jan. 24th---Boy's Basketball Game @ Highland, 5:00-5:45

Jan. 25th---NO SCHOOL for Pre-K Only, Pre-K Teacher Plan Day

Jan. 31st---Boy's Basketball Game @ Gateway vs. Franklin, 5:00-5:45

Office Notes

Please remember that due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, classes will not be in session at Gateway on Monday, January 21st, 2019. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019.

Also, due to Pre-K Teacher Plan Day, pre-k students will be off from school on Friday, Jan. 25th, 2019.

Bryan High Basketball Buddies

Omaha Bryan High Varsity Boy's basketball players stopped by Gateway on Thursday, Dec. 20th and ate lunch with our third grade students! Our students were so excited to have them as guests!

Gateway Holiday Program

Thanks so much to all of the families that attended our 2018 Holiday Program! Also, thanks go out to Mrs. Kloke, Mr. Green, Mrs. Singh, Mr. Kielniarz and Ms. Pass for all of their hard work in putting together the show!! Also, thanks go out to Gateway art teacher, Ms. Hochwender for providing the art work and for everyone that stayed late to help decorate the walls!
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Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration at Gateway is scheduled for Friday, January 18th, 2019. If you need to register a kindergartner for the 2019-20 school year, please stop by Gateway anytime between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 18th.

Children turning five on or before July 31, 2019 are eligible to attend kindergarten in 2019-20. Parents/guardians are asked to bring the following to the registration:

  • The child's immunization record
  • The child's birth certificate
  • Address verification/proof of residence (Acceptable documents include a utility, phone or cable bill, or a lease or home purchase agreement.)

Future kindergarteners will be able to visit kindergarten classrooms in May, 2019. More information will be sent home as the date approaches.

Please call Gateway’s main office with questions.

Organizing for 2019!!!

Getting---and staying---organized can help your child juggle demands and be successful in school. As 2019 gets under way, suggest that they try these ideas to help stay organized throughout the new year!

  • Declutter--Encourage your child to keep his backpack, desk and bedroom organized.
  • Write it Down--Using a planner or a calendar can help your child remember what needs to be done each day.
  • Use Time Wisely---Remind your child that minutes add up and they need to manage their time wisely.

OPS Inclement Weather Procedures Listed Below

Winter Dress

As colder weather quickly approaches, please help our students come to school appropriately dressed for the weather and outdoor play. Recess is an important time for our students to socialize and engage in self-selected physical activity. At Gateway we try to ensure outdoor recess daily for students as much as possible.

Outdoor recess will not be held if the temperature or wind chill is ten degrees Fahrenheit or below.

At all other times the decision for inside or outside recess is made based on factors such as age, student dress, playground conditions (including ice, snow, sun, mud,) and class need for outdoor activity. When required, recess might be shortened or moved inside.

When indoor recess is necessary, students still have opportunities to take part in physical activity. At Gateway, our classrooms provide supervised options such as: completing stretching exercises, jogging or doing jumping jacks in place, Go Noodle exercises and other activities that promote physical activity.

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:

All nominations are due by January 15th, 2019.

Parent Survey

Survey Dates: August 15—May 22

How to access:

Notes: Parents can now give feedback throughout the year with the Parent Voice survey. Simply click on the link above!

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.