Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

December 2021

Important Upcoming Events


Dec. 17th---Second Quarter Ends

Dec. 17th---No School for Pre-K, Early Childhood Planning Day

Dec. 20th thru Jan. 3rd---No School, Winter Recess

Jan. 4th---No School, Teacher Planning/Professional Development

Jan. 5th---Third Quarter Begins

Jan. 17th---No School, MLK Day

Notes From the Gateway Office

Please remember that school will not be in session on the dates listed below.

  • Monday, December 20th thru Monday, January 3rd (Winter Recess)
  • Tuesday, January 4th (Teacher Planning/Professional Development Day)

School will resume on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. On behalf of the Gateway Staff, we wish you and your family a happy holiday!!!

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Kindergarten Registration

Have a child attending kindergarten in the fall of 2022???

Stop by Gateway on Jan. 13th from 9:30-2:30 to complete the registration process. Please bring the following items with you.

  • Proof of Address
  • Child's Birth Certificate
  • Child's Immunization Records

Students are age-eligible to attend kindergarten at the beginning of the 2022 school year if they have attained the age of five (5) on or before July 31, 2022.

Call Gateway's main office at 531.299.1480 with any questions.

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Winter Dress

As winter 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 twenty 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.

OPS Indoor/Outdoor Recess Guidance

Safe Arrival to School

Winter weather is fast approaching and the safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. Please remember that Gateway students that do not attend Kid’s Club should not be arriving at school before 8:35 AM. Breakfast is free for all Gateway students and will be offered each morning at 8:35 am upon students' entry. The school day begins each morning at 8:50 AM.

Leaving children at school prior to 8:35 AM creates an unsafe situation, due to the fact that teachers are not on duty until 8:35 AM. If you need to drop your child off prior to 8:35 AM, please consider using Kids Club. Kids Club is a before and after school program administered by the Omaha Schools Foundation for children attending Omaha Public Elementary Schools. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Kids Club or have questions regarding specific hours and fees, please call the Omaha Schools Foundation Office at (531) 299-0250.

Safety Tips

  1. Please use only one of the three designated crosswalks to safely cross to/from school each day.
  2. Please use only the right hand lane to drop off and pick up students each day. The left lane is used as an exit/drive thru lane.
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Handicap Parking

Please see the important information below regarding handicap parking spots. If you have questions, please call our main office. Thanks in advance for following the Nebraska Handicap Parking laws.

Gateway Lost and Found

Missing a coat, sweatshirt, hat, gloves?----You might want to check our "Lost and Found" clothing racks located just inside our main entrance!!
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Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics

Gateway will once again be hosting a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 8th from 5:00-7:00 pm. If interested, stop by the main entrance. Call Gateway's health office with any questions. 531.299.1480

Music Program Updates

Out of a desire to provide our students and families a safe performance experience, we have decided to make some changes to how we do our music program this year. Each grade level will be having their own music program. We hope that you will find it easier to find parking on program days, will have a better idea of how much time you will need out of your day to attend the program, and will feel safe that we are able to adequately distance family groups in the performance space.

Please see the performance schedule below for the programs you would like to attend:

  • Kindergarten: Monday, December 6th, 2021 11:55am-12:25pm (Snow date: December 13th)
  • 1st Grade: Tuesday, March 1st, 2022 2:15-2:45pm (Snow date: March 9th)
  • 2nd Grade: Friday, February 18th, 2022 1:20-1:50pm (Snow date: February 22nd)
  • 3rd Grade: Thursday, April 14th, 2022 3:10-3:40pm
  • 4th Grade: Thursday, April 14th, 2022 9:10-9:40am
  • 5th Grade: Friday, January 28th, 2022 11:00-11:30am (Snow date: February 3rd)
  • 6th Grade: This performance will be in May and the date will be passed along to families as soon as it is set.
  • Chorus: There will be a performance in late March or early April. The date will be passed along to families as soon as it is set.

After you have attended your child(ren)’s performance, we would like to hear your feedback on how this change works for you. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Kloke, Mr. Burton, or Miss Egan.

Thank you,

Mrs. Kloke and Miss Dworsky

General Music Teachers

Gateway Elementary

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Not Feeling Well?

While it’s important for children to be at school, it’s also important for them to stay at home and rest if they are sick--both so they can recover and so they don’t make others sick. If your child is sick, please notify the main office at 531.299.1480. Strict adherence to our health and safety guidelines protects other members of our community and allows in-person learning to proceed more successfully.

If you have any questions, please call our School Nurse, Mrs. Lauren Boll @ 531-299-1480.

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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.