The Gates Mills Gazette
Mrs. Tammi L. Bender, Principal
January 11, 2019
Our next PTC meeting will be on Wednesday, January 16th, at 6:30pm in the Idea Lab. If you are interested in volunteering for any of the below listed events, please email GatesMillsPTO@gmail.com and your name will be added to the list:
February 1: Family Fun Night - 6-7:30pm
February 14: Valentine Breakfast - 7:15-7:50am
Sledding During Afternoon Recess
Inside the Idea Lab with Mrs. Stephens
It’s third quarter now, which means all students will visit the Idea Lab twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays. We had a GREAT first day back to our (freshly painted!) Idea Lab on Monday. Grades 2-5 worked on advanced coding skills at hourofcode.com while Kindergarten and first grade built letters and words from Legos. They were incredibly proud of their creations, as you can see from the photos below!
On Thursday each class brainstormed what ingredients are necessary to create a great school district, and the thoughtfulness that went into students’ answers was truly impressive. This activity was in preparation for a top secret project which will be revealed soon! We then checked out books, read the latest magazines that arrived over winter break, and finished up all of our holiday-themed puzzles. Second and third graders were especially proud to complete several of the more complex puzzles that were mostly assembled by fourth and fifth graders before break.
As we adjust to the return to school after a long winter break, please remember to send your children’s library books back to school; many pink “overdue” notices went home today. Students may return books ANY day; they do NOT have to wait until Thursday to bring them back.
Stay tuned for more exciting changes happening in our Idea Lab!
It's Cold Weather Time Again
Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately to participate in outdoor recess (i.e., coat, hat, gloves, boots, snow pants, etc.). As stated in the handbook: All students are expected to go outside unless the temperature is below 20 degrees or the wind chill is below 10 degrees. Generally, if a child is able to ride the bus and attend school, (s)he should also be able to go outside at recess. The only exceptions are: a physician’s request, a written parent request for the day the child returns to school following an illness, or a request by the teacher or Principal.
Attendance Matters: House Bill 410
School Website: Gates Mills Elementary
School Lunch Information: Food Services
Dates to Remember
January 16 - PTC Meeting: 6:30pm, Idea Lab
January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
January 23 - Gates Mills Candid Photos
February 1 - Family Fun Night: 6-7:30pm, gym