Gateway Gazette

Family Newsletter

Meal Distribution Update


Update (May 18, 2020): There will be no meal distribution service on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). Additionally, beginning Tuesday, May 26, the grab and go location at Antioch Middle School will be moved to Chapel Hill Elementary (3220 N.E. 67th Terrace, Gladstone, Missouri 64119) due to planned summer maintenance projects. Meal distribution will continue through Friday, June 26, every Monday through Friday between 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

iPad/School Items Drop Off and Personal Item Pick Up

On May 26, 27, 28 and 29, students will be able to drop off their iPads, textbooks, library books, as well as band and orchestra instruments and any other school property. At that time, you will also be given your items from inside the classroom and yearbooks. We are pleased that this opportunity can provide some closure to an unusual school year. Utilizing the following schedule, we ask that you drive by the front entry where you will be greeted by an employee who will collect and inventory your items.

Schedule:


Tuesday, May 26

7:30-11:30 AM – TEAM: Pirates

12:00 – 4:00 PM – TEAM: Lobos

Wednesday, May 27

7:30-11:30 AM – TEAM: Ambassadors

12:00 – 4:00 PM – TEAM: Champions

EVENING OPTION – Wednesday, May 27

4:00 – 7:00 PM – TEAM: All

Thursday, May 28

7:30-11:30 AM – TEAM: Marvels

12:00 – 4:00 PM – TEAM: Explorers

Friday, May 29 – Make-Up Day

7:30 – 11:30 AM – TEAM: All

12:00 – 3:00 PM – TEAM: All

Note: If you were not able to make your designated time, please use the evening option or Friday as an alternative. Personal items will be centrally located and will take longer to retrieve than if attending during your assigned time. Lines could be very long during make-up times; please adhere to your original time slot if at all possible.


During this time, we will ask that all participants adhere to the following guidelines:

· Teachers will be socially distanced and standing in spots marked 6 feet apart and remain in their spot unless collecting an iPad from a vehicle or delivering personal items to a vehicle.

· Students and families must remain in their vehicles at all times.

· Exchange of gifts, hugs, high-fives, etc. are prohibited, as this will keep everyone safe and the line moving.

We look forward to seeing you as we wrap up another successful, albeit challenging school year. We are proud of your efforts and accomplishments!

Item Drop Off/Pick Up Map

Click here for a PDF of the map below.
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Summer School Students & iPads

If your student is taking a summer school class, he/she will NOT turn in his/her iPad. Once the summer school course has ended, the iPad will be collected.

Medicine Pick Up

Our nurse, Mrs. Tate, will be available during the following times to pick up any medications left over from the school year.


Tuesday: 7:30am – 3:00pm

Wednesday 7:30am – 1:00pm; Evening 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Thursday: 7:30am – 1:00pm

Friday: All day

Fees

Mrs. Jackson, our administrative assistant, will be on hand next week to assist families with rectifying any outstanding fees that may exist. If you would like know if your child owes money due to technology, lunch charges, etc., feel free to call Mrs. Jackson at 321-5360.

Week of May 18, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 5/18 - No New Virtual Lessons

Tuesday, 5/19 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 5/20 - Green Day

Thursday, 5/21 - Blue Day

Friday, 5/22 - Green Day - Last Day of School



SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Orchestra Concert

“The Eastgate and Gateway 6th Grade Center students worked hard this semester preparing music for Spring concerts. When those concerts got cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students joined forces to create a Virtual Concert featuring 6th graders from all four feeder patterns in the North Kansas City School District. Mrs. Clayton and Mrs. Tuwei led their students in playing Conquest by Jeremy Woolstenhulme (String Basics, Book 1, 1st Edition, Copyright 2010, Kjos Publishing).”


This was no easy task, yet the students and teachers rose to the occasion to create an awesome performance!


Click Here to view North Kansas City's first ever district wide virtual orchestra concert.

iPad Drop Off and Item Pick Up

The North Kansas City School District will be collecting devices (iPads) the week of May 26-28.

Specific days and times will be communicated later this week.


Students will be asked to drop off:


  • iPad
  • Band Instrument (if applicable)
  • Orchestra Instrument (if applicable)
  • Library Books
  • Classroom Library Books


Students will be able to pick up:


  • Yearbook
  • Personal Items from classroom - (bagged and ready for pick up)

Do you have a Gateway library book?

Directions for figuring out what you have checked out from the library:

Log into Destiny with your lunch number & 8-digit birthdate (make sure you have clicked on Gateway)

The next 3 pictures will help you determine if you have a book checked out in your name that needs to be returned to Gateway.

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2020 Bond Program

Click Here for a copy of the graphics shown below.
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Future NEW MARK 7th Graders

The New Mark Booster Club and staff would like the incoming 7th graders' input. Please click on the link below to take part in a survey.


New Mark Middle School Survey

2020 Summer Library Program


Imagine Your Story
May 26–July 31

This summer, students can dream about the future as they participate in active skill-building and critical thinking, and keep their minds engaged while they are away from the classroom.

We hope you will share this information with students and parents!

How it Works

Kids and teens can earn up to 1,000 points that can be redeemed for free books and qualify for prizes by doing any combination of the following:

  • READING! (10 points per book or 1 point per minute read)
  • Taking part in virtual programs on MCPL’s Facebook pages
  • Completing fun, age-appropriate activities at home

Adults can participate by modeling good reading behavior and earn prizes, too!

Learn more and register at mymcpl.org/Dream.

Art Work Opportunity


"OUR HERO'S WEAR SCRUBS" BENEFIT FOR NORTH KANSAS CITY HOSPITAL

Zona Rosa is creating a community window mural made up of a "quilt" of colored pages by our community. For every page submitted, we are donating $10, up to $5,000 to North Kansas City Hospital for their employee appreciation & supply fund as a thank you for all their work on the front lines. Would your students be willing to color for us? They'll get to see their works of art on display at Zona Rosa later this month!

Here's a link with all the information -- if you can pass this along to the teachers or art teachers, parents, etc. as a fun activity, that'd be awesome!

Click Here for more information.

Past Editions of Gateway Gazette

Week of May 11, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 5/11 - No New Virtual Lessons

Tuesday, 5/12 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 5/13 - Green Day

Thursday, 5/14 - Blue Day

Friday, 5/15 - Green Day



SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Thank You, Grizzly Booster Club!

Thank you very much, Grizzly Booster Club for the Teacher Appreciation gifts. We truly enjoyed the cookie and QT gift card. Your thoughtfulness is sincerely appreciated.

4th Quarter Grades

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Click on link for a PDF copy of above graphic. LINK

Antioch Summer School PE Opportunity

Middle Level Summer School Goes Virtual for June 2-26 Session

As normal plans and routines continue to shift in response to the coronavirus, NKC Schools has worked to offer summer learning opportunities even as buildings remain closed due to public health agency guidance. After reviewing feedback from parents, teachers and staff, the district’s plan includes a limited June Virtual Summer School session for all sixth through eighth grade students.

June Virtual Summer School: June 2-26

The June Virtual Summer School session will provide an e-Learning environment students have become familiar with since spring break. Middle School will include the following for e-learning:

PE/Health classes offered to assist student who would like to pursue additional encore offerings during the regular school year.

Specially designed e-learning for students receiving ELL and Special Education services.

  • PE/Health (Virtual Sessions in June and July) Students will only need to do a single session.



ANTIOCH Informational Flyer (Click Here)

ANTIOCH: https://bit.ly/AntiocheHealthPe

Questions: Contact Teri Mann at 321-5618

New Mark Summer School PE

New Mark’s Online Health/PE course will be offered by invitation only to students with unique scheduling needs. Email invitations to participate in the course will be sent to families on Monday.


Questions: Contact Bob Geist at 321-5290

Antioch Booster Club Needs YOU!

If you are interested in supporting the Antioch Booster Club in some fashion, please email assistant principal, Emily McCall at emily.mccall@nkcschools. org
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Week of May 4, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 5/4 - No New Virtual Lessons - Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, 5/5 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 5/6 - Green Day

Thursday, 5/7 - Blue Day

Friday, 5/8 - Green Day



SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of May 4

Second Step Topic - Lesson 16

I can create a plan for using calm-down strategies when angry or upset by identifying common calming strategies.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn skills for calming down when he or she is upset. Identifying good ways to calm down can help your child make good decisions when he or she is angry or upset.


Family Lesson Question


Talk to your child about what you do to calm down when you feel upset or angry. Ask your child about the things he or she can do to calm down when situations become difficult.



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Genius Hour

Genius Hour

If your child could have the opportunity to learn anything they wanted to in school, what would it be? We will be launching our virtual Genius Hour on May 5th. Your students have participated in Genius Hour while attending elementary school, so this will not be new to them, but we want to provide you with some background information and ways that you might be able to provide support.

  • This video describes the goal of Genius Hour:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMFQUtHsWhc


  • This video outlines the process that we will use to guide your students through this learning experience.

http://thelaunchcycle.com/Cycle/


You can support you student by:

  • Helping with the brainstorming and narrowing their topic

  • Helping them navigate databases and articles that have quality information (Mrs. Ellison has linked many reliable sources to her library website.)

  • Helping them identify which of the four pathways would work best with their topic

  • Helping them come up with a plan for their prototype

  • Helping them gather materials


The purpose of this learning time is for students to engage in learning that is relevant and fun for them. Please do not feel like you have to purchase a bunch of supplies or build extravagant creations. Keep it simple and have fun! We can’t wait to see what our students create and share!


Examples of ideas:

  • Plan a week of healthy meals, or create a video cooking show.

  • Research a topic of choice, then share by creating art, a 3D model, a piece of writing, music, a poster, or a public service announcement.

  • Plan a fun PE class for the family.

  • Design a zoo habitat for a favorite animal with materials around the house like legos.


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Parent University

There are no NEW sessions this week. However, please use this LINK to access the library of recorded sessions.
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Antioch Spartan Volleyball

Here is a checklist of things you need to know

about the 2020 AMS girls’ volleyball team!


  • May – sign up for Remind and use code to get updates about volleyball
  • May/June/July – schedule sports physical (physicals are good for 2 years)
  • June/July – sign up for volleyball leagues (sand and indoor) and attend high school camps, especially the Oak Park volleyball camp
  • August – turn in sports physical – it MUST be turned in before your student can try out
  • August - tryouts will begin in August – check Remind for start date and times. Tryouts will be in the big gym.


Click Here for Explosive Volleyball Workouts


ANMS Remind Information

Week of April 27, 2020

Week at a Glance

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 4/27 - No New Virtual Lessons - Celebrate Diversity Week

Tuesday, 4/28 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 4/29 - Green Day

Thursday, 4/30 - Blue Day

Friday, 5/1 - Green Day

**Take a pictures of you showing how you are celebrating diversity and send them to Mr. Dennis at David.Dennis@nkcschools.org


SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of April 27

Second Step Topic - Lesson 16

I can create a plan for using calm-down strategies when angry or upset by identifying common calming strategies.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn skills for calming down when he or she is upset. Identifying good ways to calm down can help your child make good decisions when he or she is angry or upset.


Family Lesson Question

Talk to your child about what you do to calm down when you feel upset or angry. Ask your child about the things he or she can do to calm down when situations become difficult.



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Genius Hour

We are getting ready to start a virtual Genius Hour Project on May 5th. Your students have participated in Genius Hour in their elementary schools, and it is a great opportunity for students to explore their passions. Here are two videos that you can view in order to better understand the process that we will use to guide your students through this learning experience.

NKC Parent University

The picture below shows this week's offerings for NKC Parent University. Click Here for a PDF of the same graphic.


All sessions are recorded and archived so that you can watch them at a time that is convenient for you. Click Here for the archived library of parent sessions.

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ELA Book Clubs - Theme: Diversity

Students will begin ELA book clubs by selecting their novel on April 24. The following 5 books are available in PDF form and can be downloaded from self service. Teachers will share with the students how they are to select their book and to what group they are assigned.


Below, you will find a brief summary of each book available. If you have any questions regarding any of the books, please email your child's ELA reading teacher.

Front Desk

Front Desk: Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language? It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

Out of My Mind

Out of My Mind: Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it - somehow. In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability

Ghost

Ghost: Running. That's all that Ghost (real name Castle Cranshaw) has ever known. But never for a track team. Nope, his game has always been ball. But when Ghost impulsively challenges an elite sprinter to a race -- and wins -- the Olympic medalist track coach sees he has something: crazy natural talent. Thing is, Ghost has something else: a lot of anger, and a past that he is trying to outrun. Can Ghost harness his raw talent for speed and meld with the team, or will his past finally catch up to him?

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus: Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. And when her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country knowing that she’ll have to answer the question over and over again. Her new life takes an unexpected turn when she bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds bigger secrets than Aven ever could have imagined. It’s hard to solve a mystery, help a friend, and face your worst fears. But Aven’s about to discover she can do it all . . . even without arms.

George

George: When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part . . . because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte - - but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

Week of April 20, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 4/20 - No New Virtual Lessons - Continuing Kindness Bingo Week

Tuesday, 4/21 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 4/22 - Green Day

Thursday, 4/23 - Blue Day

Friday, 4/24 - Green Day

**Take a pictures of you showing how you are celebrating diversity and send them to Mr. Dennis at David.Dennis@nkcschools.org


SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of April 20

Second Step Topic - Lesson 15

I can identify unhelpful thoughts and their effect on decision-making by recognizing the difference between thoughts and emotions.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore how thoughts affect decision making and how to recognize and handle the unhelpful thoughts that may lead your child to make bad decisions.


Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to tell you the difference between thoughts and emotions and to describe what an unhelpful thought is. Talk with your child about what to do if an unhelpful thought gets stuck in his or her head.



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

NKC Parent University

The picture below shows this week's offerings for NKC Parent University. Click Here for a PDF of the same graphic.


All sessions are recorded and archived so that you can watch them at a time that is convenient for you. Click Here for the archived library of parent sessions.

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Celebrate Diversity

During the next two weeks we will highlight and celebrate the wonderful cultures that make us unique and create a wonderful Gateway community.
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Updates - Week of April 13, 2020

NEW Technology Assistance Time

If you are finding that you need assistance with your child's iPad, please note the new times our district technology department is available at Staley High School.


iPad Assistance

Where: Staley High School

When: Monday - Friday

Time: 10 AM - 1 PM

Gateway Access

With Mayor Lucas' recent extension of the stay at home order, there will be no access to the building before May 15 for both students and staff. When we are told that the order has been lifted, the district will communicate a plan to allow access to the building so students and teachers can pick up personal items and return school property such as books and iPads. Thank you for your patience!
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Week of April 13, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 4/13 - No New Virtual Lessons - Continuing Kindness Bingo Week

Tuesday, 4/14 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 4/15 - Green Day

Thursday, 4/16 - Blue Day

Friday, 4/17 - Green Day

**Take a pictures of you showing Gateway KINDNESS this week and send it to Mr. Dennis at
David.Dennis@nkcschools.org


SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of April 13

Second Step Topic - Lesson 15

I can identify unhelpful thoughts and their effect on decision-making by recognizing the difference between thoughts and emotions.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore how thoughts affect decision making and how to recognize and handle the unhelpful thoughts that may lead your child to make bad decisions.


Family Lesson Question

Ask your child to tell you the difference between thoughts and emotions and to describe what an unhelpful thought is. Talk with your child about what to do if an unhelpful thought gets stuck in his or her head.



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

NKC Parent University

New and repeated sessions that provide parents with helpful tips are listed in the document below. Can't attend! No worries. All sessions are recorded and can be watched at your convenience. Click here for the Parent University Virtual Library.
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We are continuing our Kindness Bingo Week. As you check off a box, be sure to take a picture and send it to Mr. Dennis. He will include these in the morning announcements.

david.dennis@nkcschools.org

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Grizzly Run 5K - Virtual Run

It's still on! We hope you all join us for our Virtual Grizzly Run 5K! According the the weather app, it is supposed to reach 50 degrees by noon and be sunny on Saturday, April 18! Get outside and show that Grizzly Spirt and run, walk, or jog! Be sure to snap a picture and post it with the hashtag -- #GrizzlyRun. We can't wait to see all our Grizzlies being active and having fun!
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UPDATES - Week of April 6, 2020

We are Grizzly Country...We Support...We Care

Engaging and doing school work is our goal for every student at Gateway! Our teachers are working to provide quality schoolwork, but to also connect with students and let them know that they care and miss them. This is being done in a variety of ways. Students have been invited to virtual class meetings, virtual conferences with their teacher, phone calls, etc. However their teacher is connecting with his/her students, they are truly doing this because they care!


We are aware that some families are experiencing stressful times that require them to focus on basic needs! Please know that we are here to support you and connect you with resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Gateway SCRS, Carie Massey (816)674-9115, or any staff member to let us know how we can help!

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Counselors' Canvas Page

Our amazing counselors have created a course/page in Canvas where students can find helpful hints in managing stress, loneliness, anxiety, intense emotions--just to name a few. There is also link to a form where students can request a visit with a counselor. Often our children say one thing and mean another. We can help by reframing their thoughts to reflect a more positive outlook and manage their feelings. The two graphics below may help spark conversations!
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Week of April 6, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 4/6 - No New Virtual Lessons - Start of Kindness Bingo Week

Tuesday, 4/7 - Blue Day - Hat Day

Wednesday, 4/8 - Green Day - Rainbow Colors Day

Thursday, 4/9 - Blue Day - Jersey Day

Friday, 4/10 - Green Day - Team Gateway Spirit Day

**Take a pictures of you showing Gateway KINDNESS this week and send it to Mr. Dennis at
David.Dennis@nkcschools.org


SAVE THE DATES


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of April 6

Second Step Topic - Lesson 14

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by using my values in making good decisions when I’m upset.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will continue to learn about emotions and explore how remembering values can help him or her make good decisions when experiencing strong emotions, like being angry or upset.


Family Lesson Question

Ask your child what it feels like to experience a strong emotion. Talk about how it’s still possible to make good decisions even when feeling angry or upset.



GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

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Dr. Kroenke - Refugee Read Aloud

Refugee-Read Aloud Day 11 Click Here

Refugee-Read Aloud Day 12 Click Here

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NKC Parent University

NKC expert teachers and staff are providing virtual professional development for tips on how to help your child with school work and manage the significant changes each of us are experiencing. Sessions specific to parents begin on Monday, April 6 and Thursday, April 9. Use this link to see PDF of the offerings listed below.


NKC Parent University

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Week of March 30, 2020-Updates

Virtual Instruction: A Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

We have our first week under our belt and it has been a week full of adult learning, too! As parents, you are learning a lot about how your child learns best, content, strategies, scheduling, etc. Families are also learning how to balance being home school teachers, completing your own work, addressing household needs, and managing family climate with all members together for an abundance of time. It’s a major balancing act for sure!


Like you, staff have been adult learners and are managing a balancing act, as well. The eLearning that you and students see is a result of numerous hours of preparation and interactive conferencing for professional collaboration. Virtual learning also includes monitoring student engagement and work, providing feedback, and parent communication. Like parents who work from home, teachers are balancing their eTeaching jobs with their own household/family responsibilities including providing support for their own children who are learning from home. While technology and electronic communication is available 24-7, they physically are not as they, too, are on this journey to find balance. Thank you for understanding there may be periods of time especially in the evenings and on weekends where they may not be available.


We appreciate all that you are doing and hope the flexible model is helping you with your balancing act. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as well.

Stay Connected/Stay Current

The best way to stay current and connected is to follow Twitter Feeds. If you are new to Twitter, it is very easy and quick to sign up. You can request to follow the following pages which will provide you with up-to-date information.


@NKCSchools -- provides district information

@Gatew6NKC -- provides Gateway specific and district related information

Student Initiated Chats-Meets-Conferences

Several parents have asked how to remove their own child from a chat, meeting, or conference that another child initiated, non related to learning. This is simple to do. Follow the link to a document that provides directions and screen shots. Click Here

PowerSchool - Grades

Update: The district has chosen to display student grades as complete/incomplete within the PowerSchool platform. As I've shared with my own child, grades are just a number or a letter. It is the learning that is important. He, too, is very frustrated that he is not getting "credit" for the work. What I reminded him was that just like any muscle, the brain must be exercised. Daily, he is working out to stay in shape for baseball, because he knows, when everything is said and done, he will be expected to immediately take the field and perform. I explained that math, writing, reading, and other content areas will expect the same level of performance. So while you may not be given a number or a letter at the top of an assignment, you are keeping your mind sharp and will be ready to take the field - academic or other.


Many of our parents are familiar with PowerSchool, however if you are not, please use these directions to create a parent account. This will allow you to review your student's progress regarding completing the assigned work.

Guide to Parents' Use of Power School

Click HERE for Directions

Canvas


To use Canvas to review assignments, view announcements, etc., you must first join each Canvas Course as a parent observer. These directions will allow you to do so.


Click HERE for Directions



Receiving TOO Many Canvas Notifications?


Are you feeling overwhelmed with too many email notifications from Canvas? If you are, please watch these videos to help you manage them.


Parent Canvas Notifications Management

https://youtu.be/aTYkurB_syg

Student Canvas Notifications Management

https://youtu.be/sd-JGls9tIU

NKC Parent University

Needing some tips and tricks to help manage the everyday workings of a virtual learning environment? Be on the look out for communication from NKC Schools about our first NKC Parent University. Our very own Teaching and Learning Coach, Britany Harris, will be leading a couple of the sessions.

SAGE

Just a reminder: If your child attends the Northland Innovation Center for SAGE, he/she is only expected to work on SAGE assignments on his/her scheduled SAGE day. However, he/she may choose to work on the assignments on other days...but that is purely his/her choice.

Common Sense Media


Common Sense Media has gathered a multitude of free resources into one location for families in this time of need. It covers everything from content support to emotional well-being to creative ways to spend time as a family. Visit the website here.

Week of March 30, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 3/30 - Blue Day - Crazy Sock Day

Tuesday, 3/31 - Green Day - Hat Day

Wednesday, 4/1 - Blue Day - Rainbow Colors Day

Thursday, 4/2 - Green Day - Jersey Day

Friday, 4/3 - Blue Day - Team Gateway Spirit Day

**Take a pictures of you showing your Gateway spirit this week and send it to Mr. Dennis at
David.Dennis@nkcschools.org Which team will have the most spirit?


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 4/6

Tuesday, 4/7

Wednesday, 4/8

Thursday, 4/9

Friday, 4/10 - Team Spirit Day


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of March 30

Second Step Topic - Lesson 14

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by using my values in making good decisions when I’m upset.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will continue to learn about emotions and explore how remembering values can help him or her make good decisions when experiencing strong emotions, like being angry or upset.


Family Lesson Question

Ask your child what it feels like to experience a strong emotion. Talk about how it’s still possible to make good decisions even when feeling angry or upset.

GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Microsoft Teams and Canvas Conferencing Platforms

Student Initiated Meetings

As students are becoming more familiar with the Microsoft Teams program and the conference feature in Canvas, it appears they are initiating communication with each other. Just as a textbook or other school tool or device, both Teams and Canvas are meant to be used as platforms for educational purposes.


While we truly understand how hard it is to be away from friends, especially at this age, students should not be setting up meetings or conferences to chat with friends through Microsoft Teams or Canvas Conferences.


Language and Content

It has also been noticed by a few teachers and several parents that a few students are not displaying the Grizzly expectations: Respect, Responsible, and Safe. While using the Chat feature or posting online in a discussion board, it is the expectation that all students use ONLY school appropriate words and content.


To encourage good digital citizenship, we have reviewed expectations with students, Dr. Kroenke has addressed the expectation through video during morning announcements and often mentions the expectation again following her read aloud, teachers have set norms and expectations within the virtual classroom community, and we will begin posting student-friendly PSAs about being a good digital citizen.

Morning Announcements with Video


When it is determined that a student has posted something that is not displaying respectful language, the parent will be contacted by the teacher and an administrator will be notified. If the issue persists, an administrator will contact the parent to determine next steps.


We do want students to find ways to connect with friends, and as a family we encourage you to explore other social media avenues your child could "meet up" or "hangout" with his/her friends. Thank you very much for your support in monitoring the use of both platforms to ensure they are used as they are expected in the NKC School District.

Grading During Virtual Learning

We have completed week-one and are moving into week two of eLearning. Toward the end of last week teachers, administrators and families engaged in great conversations to determine how the first few days were going and how we can make the experience better for all moving forward. Below are some common themes that were part of those conversations. We wanted to share some thoughts to provide clarity and understanding as we learn together.

Workload

As we are one week into our new teaching and learning environment, we want to be sensitive to the academic demands we are placing on students. We are aiming to ensure students do not lose ground, learn 4th quarter standards, all while not adding stress. This is a difficult goal to achieve. We’ve had conversations with families that are describing far too much schoolwork and others asking for much more....and several in-between. We are asking teachers to be responsive to student and family needs during this difficult time. We want to find as close to a “just right” fit for each student given the situation and give students some flexibility to complete work as they are understanding it. If you are needing anything in regard to help, support, workload, etc. reach out to your child’s teacher. We will accommodate the best we can. We want to make this experience as positive as possible; meeting individuals where they are is a huge step to ensure that happens.

Video Conferencing

While unable to meet students face-to-face in the confines of the traditional school building, we are utilizing the tools at our disposal to best replicate the delivery of instruction. NKCSD is utilizing Microsoft Teams as the main vehicle for interacting with students. The video conferencing tool within the program is the district’s preferred method to converse with students. We are asking teachers to post a schedule (to the best of their ability) as to when they would be video conferencing with their classes/students and/or notify parents/guardians via email. If you have questions about video conferencing or wish to not have your student participate feel free to reach out to your student’s teacher or an administrator with any questions you have.

Grading

As it pertains to grading, the bottom line is that we do not want kids to have their grades negatively affected by this circumstance and eLearning. We have lost many of the controls of traditional school such as time, resources, guaranteed interaction with teachers, etc. Because of that, our focus is turning towards effort/engagement as opposed to mastery of content. While some families and staff do not have consistent access to what is needed to guarantee a system that viably delivers content, we cannot judge students as if that was the case. Given that, here is what grading will look like for the duration of eLearning:

  • Assignments will be posted through Canvas
  • Teachers will assess student work as “Complete” or “Incomplete” in Canvas. Canvas will be your best option for determining if your child has completed his/her assignments.
  • Late work will be accepted for a “Complete” or “Incomplete” marking through the end of the grading period
  • Teachers will give feedback to kids as far as mastery to push for true learning /understanding of content during this time.
  • As always, if you have any questions, reach out to your student’s teachers or an administrator to work through anything that comes up
  • If you are not already a parent observer on your students Canvas, please click Canvas - Parent Observer directions copy.pdf

This is truly a unique time. This pandemic is affecting every family, staff, and student in a different way. Things that are certain today, may not be tomorrow. That is our new reality. We want to partner with you, and you with us to make this experience as positive is at can be for all. We commit to doing our best for you and your student/s during this time!

Daily Routines

Each student has a homeroom class on Canvas. Within this class, students should always see:

Grizzly Announcements - a great way to start the day

EXAMPLE: LINK


Refugee by Alan Gratz - Dr. Kroenke Read Aloud

EXAMPLE: LINK Chapter 1


Daily Teacher Announcements


We are also trying to engage students in fun virtual community building activities. This week we've had a spirit week. We hope students take part and share their pictures with Mr. Dennis at david.dennis@nkcschools.org

We will compile pictures and share a video some time next week. Look for fun ways to participate each week.

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LINK to PDF

PDF for Family Support During Distance Learning - Click Here

Summer School Opportunity

Summer school will be a great way close any gaps or help clear up any misunderstandings as a result of our virtual learning! Spending a few extra weeks in June with our own Gateway teachers to review concepts in reading, math, writing, social studies, and science, will help the students start off on a solid foundation as they enter 7th Grade in August.


Feel free to email forms to Jenny.morris@nkcschools.org or mail them to Gateway at

Gateway 6th Grade Center

9201 N Indiana Ave.

KC MO 64156


Enrollment Form

Health Form

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Week of March 23, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 3/23 - Green Day

Tuesday, 3/24- Blue Day

Wednesday, 3/25 - Green Day

Thursday, 3/26 - Blue Day

Friday, 3/27 - Green Day - Team Spirit Day

**Take a picture of you showing your TEAM spirit and send it to Mr. Dennis at
David.Dennis@nkcschools.org Which team will have the most spirit?


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 3/30

Tuesday, 3/31

Wednesday, 4/1

Thursday, 4/2

Friday, 4/3 - Team Spirit Day


NOTE:

Blue Day (A)

Green Day (B)

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Daily Announcements to Start the Day

Each day, there will be a link to Gateway's Daily Announcements. Students can start their day off by clicking on this link to find out important information, as well as fun things to participate in, learn, or see.


For example: During this week's announcements there will be a team challenge announced for Friday! Stay tuned!!

GW Family Update 3 20 2020

LINK to the letter below

Please click here for a PDF of the letter below.
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iPad Repairs

If your student is in need of iPad repairs or assistance with his/her iPad, please call the HELP Desk at 321-4357.


If you child's iPad was out for repair, call Gateway tomorrow at 321-5360 to see if we have it. If it is not at school, you will be notified when it is fixed. The repaired iPads will be delivered to the bus stops that are the same for breakfast and lunch pick up.

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Gateway LMC 3rd quarter Bookmark Challenge Winner

Congrats to Charlee Kissinger from Mrs. Fiene's class! She won the Gateway LMC 3rd Quarter Bookmark Challenge!
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Week of March 12, 2020

Spring Break

Spring Break - March 16-20

Please read below if you are planning to travel outside the country over the next several months.

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Get your yearbook now!

Order Form Click Here


Attention Gateway students and parents almost half of our student population has not ordered a yearbook. Now is your time! Yearbook order forms can be found on our website, at the link above or on the yearbook bulletin board. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Jackson in the office along with a check for $20. If you are unsure whether or not you have purchased one, please check the lists in your team's gallery/hall or call the office.
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Inaugural Grizzly Run 5K

Save the date! Mark your calendar! April 18, 2020



This is a family friendly 5K taking place at the North Kansas City School District Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 18th. The primary goal is to provide an opportunity to promote fitness and fun for students, families and our community. Proceeds from the event will go to the Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club. Our sole purpose is to provide a wonderful experience for our students and staff during their sixth grade year at Gateway.


Link to Sign up: Click Here


The Grizzly Run is on Saturday April 18, 2020.

Let Me Run - Boys Running Club

Coming to Gateway! Let Me Run, a running club for boys! Registration is now open, it will be Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm from March 23rd through May 11th. The participants in the club will be training for the Let Me Run Springfest 5k on May 9th. Parents can register at Let www.letmerun.org/register. If they have questions, please email Mr. Salata at dylan.salata@nkcschools.org.


Click here for flyer and more information.

District Major Saver Campaign

The North Kansas City School District's annual Major Saver campaign begins March 4th and runs through March 23rd. Proceeds from our partnership truly make a difference for our schools and the Education Foundation. Last year, Gateway earned $1,725 from Major Saver card sales. As a district, the total is more than $1.55 million, with $950,000 benefitting our schools. Once again in 2020, Gateway will receive $5 for each Major Saver card sold, while the Education Foundation will receive $2.50. Cards are $15 each.

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Grizzly Night Out

We will host our annual Grizzly Night Out on March 27, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. STUCO will sell tickets the week of March 25 during lunch for $5.00. Students will need to have a ticket to enter.


There will be a DJ, concessions, face painting, dodgeball , Bingo...just to name a few.


To be eligible to attend, students must meet the following criteria:


  • No Ds/Fs in 3rd quarter core classes (math, science, reading, writing, social studies)
  • No Out of School Suspension or In School Suspension on or after February 3, 2020

Week of March 2, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 3/2 - Blue Day - Grizzly Booster Club Meeting, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 3/3 - Green Day

Wednesday, 3/4 - Blue Day - PAWS

Thursday, 3/5 - Green Day

Friday, 3/6 - Blue Day


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 3/9

Tuesday, 3/10

Wednesday, 3/11

Thursday, 3/12

Friday, 3/13


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of March 2

Second Step Topic - Lesson 11

I can create a plan for making a new friend by identifying different ways to make friends.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn ways to make new friends. This can help your child build positive relationships with his or her peers.

Family Lesson Question


Tell your child about a friend you made when you were younger, and explain how you became friends with this person. Ask your child how he or she makes friends at school, and what can sometimes make it difficult.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

PAWS - March 4 - Checking Students Out During This Time

Our 3rd quarter PAWS event will be held on Wednesday, March 4, for any student who did not receive in school or out of school suspension during 3rd quarter. The event will be from 1:00-3:00 PM. During this time, students are moving throughout the building in a school carnival like manner. Please be advised, if you arrive to check out your child between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, it may take longer than usual to locate your child. If you are planning to check your child out Wednesday afternoon, please plan to arrive at a time that gives us plenty of time to locate your child. If you are in a hurry, please plan to arrive prior to 1:00 PM. Thank you for understanding!

Volunteers Wanted

We need volunteers to parter with teachers and run a PAWS event on Wednesday, March 4. If you can help, please sign up here.


Sign Up Click Here

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Antioch Middle School Football Information

Is your student planning on playing football for Antioch in the 2020-21 season? Please stop by Antioch April 1st, 2020 from 5-6 PM. Parents will learn about the history of the program, meet some coaches, hear the expectations (grades and required forms), get a preview of the season, and be able to access the Antioch Football BSN store.

Below are links to several helpful handouts.


AN Football Parent Meeting Handout

Summer Football Form

2020-21 Antioch Spartan Football Calendar

How to Add Yourself to HUDL

Instructions for Adding Electronic Football Calendar

Remind Information

Staley High School Summer Soccer Camps

Please click here for more information about a variety of opportunities to participate in soccer summer camps at Staley.

Grizzly Night Out

We will host our annual Grizzly Night Out on March 27, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. STUCO will sell tickets the week of March 25 during lunch for $5.00. Students will need to have a ticket to enter.


There will be a DJ, concessions, face painting, dodgeball , Bingo...just to name a few.


To be eligible to attend, students must meet the following criteria:


  • No Ds/Fs in 3rd quarter core classes (math, science, reading, writing, social studies)
  • No Out of School Suspension or In School Suspension on or after February 3, 2020
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Week of February 24, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 2/24 - Green Day

New Mark 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Tuesday, 2/25 - Blue Day

Antioch 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Wednesday, 2/26 - Green Day

Antioch 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Thursday, 2/27 - Blue Day

Friday, 2/28 - Green Day


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 3/2 - Grizzly Booster Club Meeting, 6:30PM

Tuesday, 3/3

Wednesday, 3/4 - PAWS

Thursday, 3/5

Friday, 3/6

Monday, 3/9

Tuesday, 3/10

Wednesday, 3/11

Thursday, 3/12

Friday, 3/13


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of February 24

Second Step Topic - Lesson 11

I can create a plan for making a new friend by identifying different ways to make friends.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn ways to make new friends. This can help your child build positive relationships with his or her peers.

Family Lesson Question

Tell your child about a friend you made when you were younger, and explain how you became friends with this person. Ask your child how he or she makes friends at school, and what can sometimes make it difficult.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

PAWS - March 4 - Checking Students Out During This Time

Our 3rd quarter PAWS event will be held on Wednesday, March 4, for any student who did not receive in school or out of school suspension during 3rd quarter. The event will be from 1:00-3:00 PM. During this time, students are moving throughout the building in a school carnival like manner. Please be advised, if you arrive to check out your child between 1:00 and 3:00 PM, it may take longer than usual to locate your child. If you are planning to check your child out Wednesday afternoon, please plan to arrive at a time that gives us plenty of time to locate your child. If you are in a hurry, please plan to arrive prior to 1:00 PM. Thank you for understanding!

Get your yearbook now!

Attention Gateway students and parents almost half of our student population has not ordered a yearbook. Now is your time! Yearbook order forms can be found on our website, at the link below, or on the yearbook bulletin board. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Jackson in the office along with a check for $20. If you are unsure whether or not you have purchased one, please check the lists in your team's gallery/hall or call the office.

Inaugural Grizzly Run 5K

Save the date! Mark your calendar! April 18, 2020



This is a family friendly 5K taking place at the North Kansas City School District Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 18th. The primary goal is to provide an opportunity to promote fitness and fun for students, families and our community. Proceeds from the event will go to the Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club. Our sole purpose is to provide a wonderful experience for our students and staff during their sixth grade year at Gateway.


Link to Sign up: Click Here


The Grizzly Run is on Saturday April 18, 2020.

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New Mark Information

New Mark Enrollment Form

Click Here


Below is information regarding the summer program at New Mark for incoming 7th graders.

Click Here

Antioch Information

Antioch Enrollment Form

Click Here


Below is information regarding the summer program at Antioch for incoming 7th graders.

Click Here


Sign up for Booster Club Information

Click Here

Grizzly Night Out

We will host our annual Grizzly Night Out on March 27, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. STUCO will sell tickets the week of March 25 during lunch for $5.00. Students will need to have a ticket to enter.


There will be a DJ, concessions, face painting, dodgeball , Bingo...just to name a few.


To be eligible to attend, students must meet the following criteria:


  • No Ds/Fs in 3rd quarter core classes (math, science, reading, writing, social studies)
  • No Out of School Suspension or In School Suspension on or after February 3, 2020

Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Week of February 17, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 2/17 - No School

Tuesday, 2/18 - Green Day

Wednesday, 2/19 - Blue Day - ACE

Thursday, 2/20 - Green Day

Friday, 2/21 - Blue Day


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 2/24 - New Mark 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Tuesday, 2/25 - Antioch 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Wednesday, 2/26 - Antioch 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Thursday, 2/27

Friday, 2/28

Monday, 3/2 - Grizzly Booster Club Meeting, 6:30PM

Tuesday, 3/3

Wednesday, 3/4

Thursday, 3/5

Friday, 3/6


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of February 17

Second Step Topic - Lesson 10

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by exploring the values I want my friends to have.


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore the values he or she wants in a friend. This will help your child make new friends and be a better friend to others.

Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child about his or her friends, including what he or she likes about them.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Grizzly Night Out

We will host our annual Grizzly Night Out on March 27, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm. STUCO will sell tickets the week of March 25 during lunch for $5.00. Students will need to have a ticket to enter.


There will be a DJ, concessions, face painting, dodgeball , Bingo...just to name a few.


To be eligible to attend, students must meet the following criteria:


  • No Ds/Fs in 3rd quarter core classes (math, science, reading, writing, social studies)
  • No Out of School Suspension or In School Suspension on or after February 3, 2020

Yearbook Orders Available Now!

Attention Gateway students and parents almost half of our student population has not ordered a yearbook. Now is your time! Yearbook order forms can be found on our website, at the link below, or on the yearbook bulletin board. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Jackson in the office along with a check for $20. If you are unsure whether or not you have purchased one, please check the lists in your team's gallery/hall or call the office.

Inaugural Grizzly Run 5K

Save the date! Mark your calendar! April 18, 2020



This is a family friendly 5K taking place at the North Kansas City School District Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 18th. The primary goal is to provide an opportunity to promote fitness and fun for students, families and our community. Proceeds from the event will go to the Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club. Our sole purpose is to provide a wonderful experience for our students and staff during their sixth grade year at Gateway.


Link to Sign up: Click Here


The Grizzly Run is on Saturday April 18, 2020.

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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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New Mark Summer Stars

Below is information regarding the summer program at New Mark for incoming 7th graders.

Click Here

Antioch Summer Spartans

At this time, we are unsure if Antioch Middle School will be available to host a summer transition program due to construction. As we have more information, we will pass it along.

Week of February 10, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 2/10 - Green Day - ACE

Spirit Week Theme: PJ/Comfy Day

Tuesday, 2/11 - Blue Day - Musical Practice Only - NO Bus Service

7th Grade info night at Antioch and New Mark (Last Names A-L)

Spirit Week Theme: Valentine Sock Day

Wednesday, 2/12 - Green Day - NO ACE, Musical Practice Only - NO Bus Service

Spirit Week Theme: Color Out Day (Red/White/Pink)

Thursday 2/13 - Blue Day

Spirit Week Theme: PJ/Comfy Day

Friday, 2/14 - No School


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 2/17 - No School

Tuesday, 2/18 -

Wednesday, 2/19 - ACE

Thursday, 2/20

Friday, 2/21

Monday, 2/24 - New Mark 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Tuesday, 2/25 - Antioch 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Wednesday, 2/26 - Antioch 7th Grade Enrollment @ Gateway with Homeroom Class

Thursday, 2/27

Friday, 2/28


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of February 10

Second Step Topic - Lesson 10

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by exploring the values I want my friends to have.

Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will explore the values he or she wants in a friend. This will help your child make new friends and be a better friend to others.

Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child about his or her friends, including what he or she likes about them.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Order your yearbook!

Attention Gateway students and parents almost half of our student population has not ordered a yearbook. Now is your time! Yearbook order forms can be found on our website, at the link below, or on the yearbook bulletin board. Complete the form and return it to Mrs. Jackson in the office along with a check for $20. If you are unsure whether or not you have purchased one, please check the lists in your team Gallery/Hall or call the office.

Inaugural Grizzly Run 5K

Save the date! Mark your calendar! April 18, 2020



This is a family friendly 5K taking place at the North Kansas City School District Athletic Complex on Saturday, April 18th. The primary goal is to provide an opportunity to promote fitness and fun for students, families and our community. Proceeds from the event will go to the Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club. Our sole purpose is to provide a wonderful experience for our students and staff during their sixth grade year at Gateway.


Link to Sign up: Click Here


The Grizzly Run is on Saturday April 18, 2020.

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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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New Mark Incoming 7th Grade Information Nights

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Antioch Incoming 7th Grade Information Nights

Last Name M - Z: Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 6-7:30pm

Last Name A - L: Tuesday, February 11, 2020, from 6-7:30pm

Week of January 27, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 1/27 - Green Day - ACE

Chiefs' Theme: Spirit Wear and Hat/Stocking Cap Day

Tuesday, 1/28 - Blue Day

Chiefs' Theme: Mahomes' Headband Day

Wednesday, 1/29 - Green Day - ACE

Chiefs' Theme: Tropical Miami Day

Thursday 1/30 - Blue Day

Chiefs' Day: Red/Gold Day

Friday, 1/31 -Green Day

Chiefs' Theme: Red Friday! Wear your RED or Chiefs gear/Hats/Stocking Caps

Family Event - Flannels and Flapjacks - 6:00 to 8:30pm


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 2/3 - ACE

Tuesday, 2/4 - 7th Grade info night at Antioch and New Mark (Last Names A-L)

Wednesday, 2/5 - ACE

Thursday, 2/6 - 7th Grade info night at Antioch and New Mark (Last Names M-Z)

Friday, 2/7


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of January 27

Second Step Topic - Lesson 9


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn how thinking about his or her values can help make school a place where everyone feels safe and welcome.

Family Topic for Discussion

Think of a group your child belongs to outside of school. Ask your child how thinking about his or her values can help him or her be a positive influence on this group.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

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Please consider volunteering to help make Families, Flannels, and Flapjacks a fun night for all.

Volunteer Signup

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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Special Edition - Updates

Incoming 7th Grade Information Nights



Attention Future 7th Grade Families,


Please join us for our 6th Grade Family Night.

Antioch and New Mark will be hosting our incoming 6th graders for a family night at Antioch and New Mark on February 4th (A-L) and 6th (M-Z) from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Inclement weather make up dates—11th (A-L) and 13th (M-Z)

Families will be able to meet staff, tour the building, and learn about 7th grade!

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Battle of the Books

Please click below for more information and an entry form.


Info and Entry Form

Week of January 20, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 1/20 -No School

Tuesday, 1/21 - Green Day

Wednesday, 1/22 - Blue Day - ACE

Thursday 1/23 - GreenDay

Friday, 1/24 - Blue Day - Red Friday! Wear your RED or Chiefs gear to support our Chiefs!!

Family Event - Flannels and Flapjacks - 6:00 to 8:30pm


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 1/27 - ACE

Tuesday, 1/28

Wednesday, 1/29 - ACE

Thursday, 1/30

Friday, 1/31


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of January 20

Second Step Topic - Lesson 8


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will think about his or her values and how he or she can use those values to help make good decisions.

Family Lesson Question



Lesson Summary

This week, your child will think about his or her values and how he or she can use those values to help make good decisions.


Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child about some of his or her values. Talk about how his or her values are similar to or different from yours.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Grizzly Run 5K Art Contest

Gateway's first Grizzly Run 5K will be on April 18, 2020.


We are looking for students who would like to enter a drawing into the Grizzly Run 5K Art Contest. Staff will narrow the entries to the top 3. Students will vote from those 3 to determine the winner. The winning design will be used for the 5K T-shirt.


Criteria For Entries:


Use 1 to 3 colors – no more than 3

Size – 12.5 inches wide by 13.5 inches tall

Drawings must be done on paper.

All entries need to be turned into the office by January 24.

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Booster Club is sponsoring a FAMILY event on January 24. Tickets may be ordered ahead of time using the link below. There will be all you can eat pancakes, a DJ, inside yard games, and a movie. Please plan on joining us for a night of fun.

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Texas Roadhouse and Main Event – January 29

Texas Roadhouse 4-10PM

Main Event 6-9PM

Need a night off from cooking and a fun activity to do with the family? Then plan on joining our Grizzly families for dinner at Texas Roadhouse on January 30. After that, you can head over to Main Event for an evening of games, bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes, billiards, and mini-golf. Hope to see you there!

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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Week of January 13, 2020

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 1/13 - Blue Day

Tuesday, 1/14 - Green Day

Wednesday, 1/15 - Blue Day

Thursday 1/16 - GreenDay - Team Spirit Day - Wear your team shirt or team color!

Friday, 1/17 - Blue Day - Red Friday! Wear your RED or Chiefs gear to support our Chiefs!!


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 1/20 - No School - Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, 1/21

Wednesday, 1/22

Thursday, 1/23

Friday, 1/24 - Family Event - Flannels and Flapjacks - 6:00 to 8:30pm


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of January 13

Second Step Topic - Lesson 8


Family Lesson Summary

This week, your child will think about his or her values and how he or she can use those values to help make good decisions.

Family Lesson Question


Lesson Summary

This week, your child will think about his or her values and how he or she can use those values to help make good decisions.


Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child about some of his or her values. Talk about how his or her values are similar to or different from yours.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT


At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Save the Date!!!

Gateway Booster Club will sponsor our first 5K Grizzly Run on April 18. It will be held on the Staley High School campus. More information to come…

Calling All Artists!

We are looking for students who would like to enter a drawing into the Grizzly Run 5K Art Contest. Staff will narrow the entries to the top 3. Students will vote from those 3 to determine the winner. The winning design will be used for the 5K T-shirt.

Criteria For Entries:


Use 1 to 3 colors – no more than 3

Size – 12.5 inches wide by 13.5 inches tall

Drawings must be done on paper.

All entries need to be turned into the office by January 24.

Music News

Grizzly Vocal Music Families,

We have had so much fun learning and growing with your students this school year! We wanted to share a few updates with you about Vocal Music for this semester. For Quarter 3, students were given the opportunity to choose whether they would like to be a part of a performance (choir) class or be part of a general music class where they are still learning and experiencing music, but without having to be on stage. So far, students are thriving in this new environment!

Students who have chosen performance class are working toward an in-class performance in small groups or as soloists. Students who have chosen general music are working to create their own original songs. In unit two of Quarter 3 students will choose between a Musical/Show Choir performance unit or a “Music through the Ages” general music unit.

In Quarter 4 there will be a chorale unit where we will progress toward a public performance on the evening of Monday, April 27th at Staley High School. We will be able to give you more information on the General Music unit of Quarter 4 at a later date.

Our goal is to create an environment where our students can grow and thrive both as people and as musicians. We are so excited to give your students this opportunity to have more autonomy in their music classes!

Sydney Holland – Sydney.Holland@nkcschools.org

Matthew Peacher – Matt.Peacher@nkcschools.org

Booster Club News

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Texas Roadhouse and Main Event – January 29

Texas Roadhouse 4-10PM

Main Event 6-9PM

Need a night off from cooking and a fun activity to do with the family? Then plan on joining our Grizzly families for dinner at Texas Roadhouse on January 30. After that, you can head over to Main Event for an evening of games, bowling, laser tag, gravity ropes, billiards, and mini-golf. Hope to see you there!

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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Missouri Student Survey

Students will be taking a survey as described in the memo below with their homeroom teacher. This survey is sponsored by DESE - Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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Our Students' Voices Matter

In early October, students took a survey about Gateway. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to share questions and the results. Great things are happening at Gateway!


And the survey says...


86% Gateway students say their teachers are respectful toward them.

Week of December 16, 2019

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Monday, December 16 - No School

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 12/16 - Green Day -- SNOW DAY

Tuesday, 12/17 - BlueDay, Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6PM (B Day Students)

Wednesday, 12/18 - Green Day

Thursday 12/19 - Blue Day - NO Early Release

Friday, 12/20 - Green Day - 1/2 Day (11:30 AM Dismissal)


SAVE THE DATES

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:30AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of December 16

Second Step Topic - Lesson 7

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by recognizing and using an IF-THEN plan to prepare for a difficult or important situation.


Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn how to use If–Then Plans for making positive choices in difficult situations. Research shows this is a great way for students to prepare for difficult situations before they happen.


Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child what an If–Then Plan is. Work together to make a plan for how your child can respond positively to a difficult situation he or she might encounter at home.


GET TALKING WITH PARENTEEN CONNECT

At ParenTeenConnect.org, you can hear from real parents and teens about the issues that cause conflict in their lives—including screen time, independence, responsibility, and communication—and get expert advice. Visit ParenTeenConnect.org at home with your child, select a topic together, and get talking!

Spirit Week - December 16-20

Monday: Cozy Day

Tuesday: Festive Socks and Ugly Sweaters

Wednesday: Holiday Twin Day

Thursday: Winter Wear: Scarves, Boots, Hats

Friday: Winter Character

Wednesday, December 18 - PAWS -- Checking Out Students During This Time

Our 2nd quarter PAWS event will be held on Wednesday, December 18, for any student who did not receive in school or out of school suspension during 2nd quarter. The event will be from 1:00-3:00 PM. During this time, students are moving throughout the building in a school carnival like manner. Please be advised, if you arrive to check out your child between 1:00 and 3:0 PM, it may take longer than usual to locate your child. If you are planning to check your child out Wednesday afternoon, please plan to arrive at a time that gives us plenty of time to locate your child. If you are in a hurry, please plan to arrive prior to 1:00 PM. Thank you for understanding!

Booster Needs Volunteers Like YOU!

Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club is looking for volunteer helpers for our 2nd Quarter PAWS event on Wednesday, December 18th. Sign up to help a teacher in their classroom with an activity. Please use the link below to access the sign-up genius for this event. We appreciate your help in making this a successful event!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fabad22a6f49-december

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Lost and Found

All items in lost and found will be bagged this Thursday, December 19, and donated to a local agency. If your child has lost an item, please check the Gateway Lost and Found, prior to December 19.
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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Our Students' Voices Matter

In early October, students took a survey about Gateway. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to share questions and the results. Great things are happening at Gateway!


And the survey says...


81% Gateway students say they have cared about other people's feelings in the last 30 days.

Students enjoyed time on Friday to meet up with their friends from Elementary Schools. Those students who were new to North Kansas City had the ability to choose a friend to join and visit with the students from that school.

Week of December 9, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 12/9 - Blue Day

Tuesday, 12/10 - Green Day, Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Wednesday, 12/11 - Blue Day

Thursday 12/12 - Green Day

Friday, 12/13 - Blue Day


SAVE THE DATES

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of December 9

Second Step Topic - Lesson 5

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by breaking down goals and creating IF-THEN plans for small, simple steps.


Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn an effective strategy for achieving goals. He or she will practice breaking big goals down into small, simple steps and creating plans for how to take each step.


Family Topic for Discussion

Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your goal and how you achieved it, and ask your child to tell you about a goal he or she has.

Spirit Week - December 16-20

Monday: Cozy Day

Tuesday: Festive Socks and Ugly Sweaters

Wednesday: Holiday Twin Day

Thursday: Winter Wear: Scarves, Boots, Hats

Friday: Winter Character

Booster Club Needs YOU!

Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club is looking for volunteer helpers for our 2nd Quarter PAWS event on Wednesday, December 18th. Sign up to help a teacher in their classroom with an activity. Please use the link below to access the sign-up genius for this event. We appreciate your help in making this a successful event!


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fabad22a6f49-december

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Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Our Students' Voices Matter

In early October, students took a survey about Gateway. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to share questions and the results. Great things are happening at Gateway!


And the survey says...


89% Gateway students say it is important to them to do well in class.

2nd Quarter Bookmark Challenge Winners

The Theme was: Once Upon A Time....

Ellyssa Tate from Mrs. Chandler's class and

Charlee Kissinger from Mrs. Fiene's class

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Lost and Found

All items in lost and found will be bagged on December 19 and donated to a local agency. If your child has lost an item, please check the Gateway Lost and Found, prior to December 19.
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Staley Soccer Clinic

Both the Boys and Girls Staley Falcons Soccer programs had enormous success on the field with both teams advancing to Sectionals this year! We want our future Falcons to be able to continue those great moments, and we are offering students in K-6 the Kickin’ It With Santa clinic on Saturday, December 14. This event is an introduction to our Staley Soccer program for students K-6 and it happens 9:30-11:30am at the Staley High School Gym….click here for the flyer/registration form.

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Week of November 25, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 11/25 - Green Day, NO ACE

Tuesday, 11/26 - Blue Day

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

Monday, 12/2 - Green Day

Tuesday, 12/3 - Blue Day, Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School (A Day Students 6PM) (B Day Students 7:30PM)

Wednesday, 12/4 - Green Day

Thursday, 12/5 - Blue Day

Friday, 12/6 - Green Day


SAVE THE DATES

Tuesday, 12/10 - Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


WEEK of November 25

Second Step Topic - Lesson 5

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by recognizing that personalities can change and knowing how this can change how I think about others.


Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Sometimes people’s personalities change because of experiences they have, and sometimes because they work hard to change their personalities.


Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child to describe his or her own personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.


WEEK of December 2

Second Step Topic - Lesson 5

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by breaking down goals and creating IF-THEN plans for small, simple steps.


Lesson Summary

This week, your child will learn an effective strategy for achieving goals. He or she will practice breaking big goals down into small, simple steps and creating plans for how to take each step.


Family Topic for Discussion

Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your goal and how you achieved it, and ask your child to tell you about a goal he or she has.

Online Safety Tip

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Our Students' Voices Matter

In early October, students took a survey about Gateway. Over the next several weeks, I'm going to share questions and the results. Great things are happening at Gateway!


And the survey says...


87% Gateway students say adults at our school treat people from different races, ethnicities, or cultures fairly.

Team Mixer Elementary Reunion

We are looking forward to our next team mixer. Students will meat up with their classmates from their elementary buildings and have some time to catch up. Any student who has received an ISS or OSS from Dec. 2-Dec. 13 will not be allowed to participate. Additionally, any student that receives an office referral during this mixer will not participate in future mixers.

Lost and Found Items

We have many items in our lost and found. If you are missing something, please feel free to stop by and check the wardrobe located on Grizzly Avenue for your child's missing item(s). All items will be bagged up at winter break and donated.
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Week of November 18, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 11/18 - Blue Day, ACE

Tuesday, 11/19 - Green Day

Wednesday, 11/20 - Blue Day, ACE

Thursday, 11/21 - Green Day

Friday, 11/22 - Blue Day


SAVE THE DATES

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, 12/3 - Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School (A Day Students 6PM) (B Day Students 7:30PM)

Tuesday, 12/10 - Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic - Lesson 5

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by recognizing that personalities can change and knowing how this can change how I think about others.


Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Sometimes people’s personalities change because of experiences they have, and sometimes because they work hard to change their personalities.


Family Topic for Discussion

Ask your child to describe his or her own personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.

Online Safety Tip of the Week

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Team Pictures for Sale

Get a team picture now through December 22nd for $10.


Order Form - Click Here

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Lost and Found

We have many items in our lost and found. If you are missing something, please feel free to stop by and check the wardrobe located on Grizzly Avenue for your child's missing item(s). All items will be bagged up at winter break and donated.
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Character Trait - Responsible

We are beginning a new character trait this week. While we want to continue to have a positive attitude, to achieve our goals, and show respect, we also want to be show character by being responsible. A person who is responsible meets the demand of duty, is accountable for the consequences of his or her choices, pursues excellence and exercises self-control. Being responsible includes showing perseverance, initiative, effort, and goal setting. Demonstrating responsibility in all areas of life is an important part of being successful and becoming a person of character.


Oak Park Pommie Clinic

Are you interested in being a Pommie at Oak Park? Join them on December 7th for a clinic and then perform with them on December 10 at the boy's varsity basketball game.


Registration Form

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Week of November 11, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 11/11 - Green Day, ACE

Tuesday, 11/12 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 11/13 - Green Day, ACE

Thursday, 11/14 - Blue Day

Friday, 11/15 - Green Day - 2nd Quarter MidTerm


SAVE THE DATES

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, 12/3 - Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School (A Day Students 6PM) (B Day Students 7:30PM)

Tuesday, 12/10 - Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic - Lesson 4

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard.


Lesson Summary

In this week’s lesson, students will learn they can help their brains grow and change by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard.


Family Topic for Discussion

Tell your child about a time you needed help from someone else to learn something new. Ask your child to tell you about something he or she is working hard to learn and how you can help.

GATEWAY SPIRIT WEAR ON SALE NOW!

Don't miss this ONE-time opportunity to purchase spirit wear.

Online sales only beginning 11/4/19-11/17/19. Items will be delivered to your student. Holiday gift? Let us know on the order form and we'll call you!


Click on the link below OR cut and paste the link into your browser.

https://gatewayschoolapparel19.itemorder.com/

Online Safety Tip of the Week

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Team Pictures for Sale

Get a team picture now through December 22nd for $10.


Order Form - Click Here

Lost and Found

We have many items in our lost and found. If you are missing something, please feel free to stop by and check the wardrobe located on Grizzly Avenue for your child's missing item(s). All items will be bagged up at winter break and donated.
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Congratulations!

Our Let Me Run boys and our Heart and Soul girls completed their first 5 K on Saturday!

Super job runners!

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Week of November 4, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 11/4 - Blue Day, ACE, Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Tuesday, 11/5 - Green Day

Wednesday, 11/6 - Blue Day, ACE

Thursday, 11/7 - Green Day

Friday, 11/8 - Blue Day


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 11/15 - 2nd Quarter Mid-term

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, 12/3 - Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School (A Day Students 6PM) (B Day Students 7:30PM)

Tuesday, 12/10 - Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Monday, 12/16 - Winter Choir Concert @ Antioch Middle School 7PM

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic - Lesson 4

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard.


Lesson Summary

In this week’s lesson, students will learn they can help their brains grow and change by using good strategies, getting help from others, and working hard.


Family Topic for Discussion

Tell your child about a time you needed help from someone else to learn something new. Ask your child to tell you about something he or she is working hard to learn and how you can help.

Online Safety Tip of the Week

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Daylight Savings Time Ends...

Just a reminder -- If you haven't already, be sure to turn your clocks back 1 hour as Daylight Savings Time ended at 2:00 AM, Sunday morning.

Spelling Bee

The 2019-2020 building spelling bee will be held on Monday, November 18 at 11:40, with November 19 as the make up day. The format used is an iPad Spelling Test. Following the test, the participants will be narrowed down to 6 students (with 1 alternate). Mr. Faust, Gateway Spelling Bee teacher representative, will work with these students in a small group setting to prepare for the spelling bee. Forms are available outside Mr. Faust's door, room 46. All forms are due by November 8.


Parent Letter and Permission Form


Spelling Bee – Point of Contact: Jeremy Faust

jeremy.faust@nkcschools.org

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Character Trait of the Month Team Representatives - Achievement

We celebrated these Grizzlies for exemplary display of the character trait, achievement. A Grizzly who displays achievement has accomplished something, especially by special effort or great courage. Achievement can be found in many areas of life: academic and personal. Achievement results in success when a goal that is important to you or others is accomplished by taking predetermined steps to reach that goal.


Congratulations! Keep up the great work, Grizzlies.

Week of October 28, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 10/28 - Green Day, ACE, Gateway Choir Concert @ Staley High School 7PM

Tuesday, 10/29 - Blue Day

Wednesday, 10/30 - Green Day, ACE

Thursday, 10/31 - Blue Day

Friday, 11/1 - Green Day


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 11/4 - Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Monday, 11/15 - 2nd Quarter Mid-term

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, 12/3 - Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School (A Day Students 6PM) (B Day Students 7:30PM)

Tuesday, 12/10 - Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Monday, 12/16 - Winter Choir Concert @ Antioch Middle School 7PM

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic - Lesson 3

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by identifying how brains grow stronger.

Lesson Summary


This week’s lesson teaches students that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding that they can strengthen their brains can help

them achieve more in school and in life.

Family Topic for Discussion


Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year.

Online Safety Tip of the Week

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click here for an easy to ready copy.

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Spirit Week

In support of United Way
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Spelling Bee

The 2019-2020 building spelling bee will be held on Monday, November 18 at 11:40, with November 19 as the make up day. The format used is an iPad Spelling Test. Following the test, the participants will be narrowed down to 6 students (with 1 alternate). Mr. Faust, Gateway Spelling Bee teacher representative, will work with these students in a small group setting to prepare for the spelling bee.


Spelling Bee – Point of Contact: Jeremy Faust

jeremy.faust@nkcschools.org

Week of October 21, 2019

WEEK AT A GLANCE

Monday, 10/21 - Blue Day, No ACE, Gateway Choir Concert @ Oak Park High School 7PM

Tuesday, 10/22 - Green Day

Wednesday, 10/23 - Blue Day

Thursday, 10/24 - Green Day

Friday, 10/25 - Blue Day


SAVE THE DATES

Monday, 10/28 - Gateway Choir Concert @ Staley High School 7PM

Monday, 11/4 - Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Monday, 11/15 - 2nd Quarter Mid-term

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, 12/3 - Orchestra Concert @ Oak Park High School (A Day Students 6PM) (B Day Students 7:30PM)

Tuesday, 12/10 - Band Concert @ Staley High School 6PM (A Day Students)

Monday, 12/16 - Winter Choir Concert @ Antioch Middle School 7PM

Tuesday, 12/17 - Band Concert @ Oak Park High School 6:30 PM (B Day Students)

Friday, 12/20 - 1/2 day - Early Release 11:15AM

Monday, 12/23 - Friday, 1/3 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/6 - Classes Resume - 2nd Semester


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic - Lesson 3

I can be safe, respectful, and responsible by identifying how brains grow stronger.

Lesson Summary

This week’s lesson teaches students that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding that they can strengthen their brains can help

them achieve more in school and in life.

Family Topic for Discussion

Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year.

1st Quarter LMC Bookmark Winner

Congratulations to Josie Jenson in Mr. Flaherty's class for winning the 1st Quarter Bookmark Challenge art contest in the LMC. Her AMAZING watercolor representation of "You Can Dream In A Book" was voted #1 by the students at Gateway. Her bookmark will be distributed in the LMC for all to enjoy!

Staff/Student Relations Video


North Kansas City Schools recognizes the impact positive relationships at school can have on the success of students. We will work with students to identify appropriate boundaries in those relationships, focusing on school board policies related to bullying, hazing and student/staff interactions. A training video will help provide guidance on behavior expectations and how to respond when appropriate boundaries are not maintained. Providing a safe, welcoming learning environment for all students is a top priority. This instruction will help outline how respectful behavior creates a school culture that fosters positive relationships and enhances educational outcomes for all students. If you have any questions, please feel free to call your child’s school and the staff will be happy to assist you.


The link to the video is here.

Online Safety Tip of the Week

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Discord take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click Here for an easy to read copy.

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2nd Quarter A.C.E. Sign Up Available


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805084FA4AE28A4F49-quarter1


A.C.E begins on Monday, October 28.


Click Here for the 2nd Quarter A.C.E Brochure


Sessions begin as soon as the busses have been dismissed. Session 1 ends at 4:10pm, and students may be picked up by car at that time. Session 2 will begin at 4:20 and will end at approximately 5:05. Busses will load as they arrive from New Mark and Antioch.


There will be no activities on Tuesday afternoons this quarter.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club

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Week of October 14, 2019

Monday, 10/14 - No School

Tuesday, 10/15 - Blue Day, Choir, Fall Play Practice

Wednesday, 10/16 - Green Day, FallPlay @ Antioch Middle School 7PM

Thursday, 10/17 - Blue Day, FallPlay @ Antioch Middle School 7PM

Friday, 10/18 - Green Day


SAVE THE DATES:

Monday, 10/21 - Gateway Choir Concert @ Oak Park High School 7PM

Monday, 10/28 - Gateway Choir Concert @ Staley High School 7PM

Monday, 11/4 - Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Monday, 11/15 - 2nd Quarter Mid-term

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic

This week, your child will think of ways he or she can help new students feel welcome at school.

Family Lesson Question

This week, ask your child to think of a group he or she enjoys being a part of, and what he or she would do to help a new person in the group feel welcome. Tell your child about a time you helped someone new to your community.

Growlin' Grizzly Family Night

Grizzly families. Mark your calendars. Save the date. Let’s have some fun! Our October night out is on Tuesday, October 22nd. It’s going to a a dual night out. More options. More fun! Above All Trampoline Park in Liberty will be waiting for Grizzly supporters from 4-8pm. On the same day, when you’re hungry, stop in at Minsky’s in Liberty for some grub (across the street from Above All). They too are supporting your Grizzlies that night! #StrongerTogether
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Online Safety Information

National Online Safety believes in empowering parents, caretakers, and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. If your child uses Snapchat, take a moment to read over the following infographic.


Click Here for an easy to read copy.

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After reading Esperanza Rising in Mrs. Abbottt's class and learning about how the characters made yarn dolls, they took advantage of a team day and made yarn dolls together.

Week of October 6, 2019

Monday, 10/7 - Blue Day, Fall Picture Retakes, ACE, Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @
6:30PM

Tuesday, 10/8 - Green Day, Choir, Fall Play Practice

Wednesday, 10/9 - Blue Day, NO ACE due to conferences, Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, 10/10 - Green Day, Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, 10/11 - No School


SAVE THE DATES:

Monday, 10/14 - No School

Wednesday, 10/16 and Thursday, 10/17 - Gateway Fall Play @ Antioch Middle School

Monday, 10/21 - Gateway Choir Concert - more details to come

Monday, 10/28 - Gateway Choir Concert - more details to come

Monday, 11/4 - Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Monday, 11/18 - Fun Run

Wednesday-Friday, 11/27-11/29 - No School - Thanksgiving Break


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic

This week’s lesson teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about starting middle school. This lesson talks about common fears students have, lets them know their concerns are normal, and helps them feel like they belong.

Family Lesson Question

This week, ask your child about the adults he or she has met at school. Tell your child about an adult who helped you when you were your child’s age.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to meeting with our students' families this week. If you are unsure of your time or need to schedule a conference, please contact your child's home room teacher.


Wednesday, October 9 - 4:00-8:30 PM

Thursday, October 10, 4:00-8:30 PM

PAWS - October 9 (8:30 - 10:30 AM)

We are celebrating the hard work our students have done during 1st quarter on October 8th with our first PAWS event. During this event students move around the building based on the choices they made during the sign up.


If you are needing to check your student out of school during this time period, please allow plenty of time. As students are allowed to move about the building, it does take some time to call for them, allow them to get their items from their classroom, and then to get to the office. If at all possible, planning to check them out after 10:30 am, would be appreciated.

A note from Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club...

Gateway families, we still have some openings for volunteers during PAWS and Conference meals this week.

Please sign up to help out on Wednesday and Thursday. https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=c.SignUpSearch&eid=0FCACBD8FEC4FB6C&cs=09B5BAAE8FBF8B6D7B7A64035BB49BBD&sortby=l.title

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Winner -- Trash Bag Fundraiser Pizza Party...

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Character Trait of the Month Team Representatives -- Positive Attitude

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Staley is hosting their 3rd annual Haunted Hoops basketball camp for boys and girls Tuesday, October 29th. This is a great evening of fellowship and hoops for younger students to enjoy time with high school players.


Registration Form (Click Here)

From Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club

Good afternoon families,

We still have some needs for our upcoming activities at Gateway. Please sign up to help with Conference meal and PAWS.


New volunteer opportunity:

PAWS - This is a fun day during the week, once a quarter where Dr. Kroenke and staff host an afternoon of fun activities for the kids. Teachers manage all the activities, and Booster club helps with set-up, clean up and assisting with activities. Check out the available opportunities for your to help.

Wednesday 10/9: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044FABAD22A6F49-paws


Conference meals:

Wednesday 10/9: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fabad22a6f49-conference

Thursday 10/10: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b044fabad22a6f49-salad

- Meal items: Wednesday 10/9 & Thursday 10/10

- Volunteer help to set up & Clean up: Wednesday 10/9 & Thursday 10/10 Wed


Thanks for your help!

Week of September 30, 2019

Monday, 9/30 - Green Day, ACE, Trash Bag Order Pick Up

Tuesday, 10/1 - Blue Day, Choir, Fall Play Practice, Trash Bag Order Pick Up

Wednesday, 10/2 - Green Day, ACE

Thursday, 10/3 - Blue Day

Friday, 10/4 - Green Day


SAVE THE DATES:

Monday, October 7 - Fall Picture Retakes

Monday, 10/7 - Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Wednesday, 10/9 and Thursday, 10/10 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, 10/11 and Monday, 10/14 - No School

Wednesday, 10/16 and Thursday, 10/17 - Gateway Fall Play @ Antioch Middle School

Monday, 10/21 - Gateway Choir Concert - more details to come

Monday, 10/28 - Gateway Choir Concert - more details to come


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic

This week’s lesson teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about starting middle school. This lesson talks about common fears students have, lets them know their concerns are normal, and helps them feel like they belong.

Family Lesson Question

This week, ask your child about the adults he or she has met at school. Tell your child about an adult who helped you when you were your child’s age.

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Fall Picture Retakes are Scheduled - October 7

If you wish for your child to have their fall school picture retaken, please print and complete the form (link below) and return it to school on October 7th with payment.


Picture Order Form

Gateway Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is quickly approaching. We'll be open for business the morning of October 7th with morning and afternoon hours through October 10th.
We'd love to see you during our late night conference evenings! Visit our webpage for information on volunteering opportunities, setting up eWallet, visiting the online fair, and our daily hours. As always, if you have any questions, you can reach Mrs. Ellison at 321-4548.

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/gateway6thgradecenter1

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Week of September 23, 2019

Week at a Glance

Monday, 9/23 - Blue Day, ACE

Tuesday, 9/24 - Green Day, Choir, Fall Play Practice

Wednesday, 9/25 - Blue Day, ACE

Thursday, 9/26 - Green Day, Family Night at Main Event

Friday, 9/27 - Blue Day, Gateway Night at Staley High School Football Game


SAVE THE DATES:

Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1 - Trash Bag Pick Up

Monday, October 7 - Fall Picture Retakes

Monday, 10/7 - Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting @ 6:30PM

Wednesday, 10/9 and Thursday, 10/10 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, 10/11 and Monday, 10/14 - No School

Wednesday, 10/16 and Thursday, 10/17 - Gateway Fall Play @ Antioch Middle School

Monday, 10/21 - Gateway Choir Concert - more details to come

Monday, 10/28 - Gateway Choir Concert - more details to come


Gateway Lunch Menu


Second Step Topic

In this week’s lesson, students will learn how their brains are changing and how the Second Step Program can help them grow their brains and learn to be successful.

Family Lesson Question

This week, ask your child what he or she is looking forward to learning this year in school. Describe something you enjoyed learning when you were in sixth grade.

Trash Bag Orders DUE MONDAY, September 23

Please send all trash bag orders to school on Monday, September 23. Be sure to:

  • Collect all money at the time of orders
  • Write student's name and team on the order form
  • Arrange for pick up on September 30 or October 1

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A message from our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club...

Dear Parents and Guardians,

#StrongerTogether is what we will be at the Gateway 6th Grade Center this year. We are working to build a strong community for our kids, families and teachers this year, and you are essential to helping us make that happen. Thank you for signing up for the Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club support our kids in their sixth-grade year. Our executive board has been busy getting things started for the year, and we have so much we want to plan, but we need the help of additional parents to lead our committees.

Please consider signing up to be a co-chair for one of these committees: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044FABAD22A6F49-20192020


  • Membership Committee
  • Staff Appreciation Committee
  • Family Fun Committee
  • Volunteer Committee


❓Have more questions, please reach out to Jennifer Sapp @ 816-456-7911.

https://www.facebook.com/growlingrizzlyboosterclub/

growlingrizzly6@gmail.com


Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to work with you!

Jennifer Sapp

VP of Committees

Growlin’ Grizzly Booster Club ’19 -‘20

Jenn Sapp

AtHomeWithJenn@gmail.com

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LAST CHANCE to order Vocal Music T-shirts!

Vocal Music shirts orders are due Monday, September 23. Students were given forms last week during class.

Week of September 16, 2019

LAST WEEK to Sell Trash Bags

This is our last week to sell trash bags The team who sells the most trash bags will win a pizza party. All funds raised will stay at the school and be used to provide items and experiences for the students.


Students are selling trash bags for $11 a roll, regardless the size.


There are a variety of sizes:

White tall kitchen bags (65 per roll)

Yellow 39-gallon trash bags (25 per roll)

Blue 55-gallon trash bags (16 per roll)


Orders are due September 23. Please collect the cash or check at the time of the order. Checks should be made out to Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club.


Trash bags will be available for pick up at Gateway on September 30 and October 1.

Second Step Curriculum Begins Monday

Our mission at Gateway includes educating the whole child, academically, socially, and emotionally. Each week our students and teachers participate in class meetings. These meetings help build community and understanding. We want your child to be successful in school, and that means going beyond the basics. Excelling in academic classes is important, but students also need to know how to learn, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.


This week, we'll begin the Second Step Middle School Program, which focuses on skills and concepts that are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:


Mindsets and Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research-based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.


Values and Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.


Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.


Serious Peer Conflicts: Students learn how to identify and avoid serious conflicts, resolve conflicts that can't be avoided, think about other people's perspectives, and help stop bullying and harassment at school.


Each week, we will include a brief statement sharing the topic that will be discussed during class meetings (located in Week at a Glance section). The topic will span a two-week time frame. Also included is a Family Question to spark conversation at home.


ParenTeenConnect.org, a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.


If you have any questions about the Second Step Middle School Program, please do not hesitate to contact our counselors, Lisa Hayden and Shauna Pope, for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills and concepts that lead to success in school and in life.

Character Trait of the Month

Each month we will highlight one of eight character traits. This month's trait is Positive Attitude.


A positive attitude can affect your life favorably in all areas, improving your mental and physical health. People with a positive outlook, view life, challenges, and the situations they go through, with confidence and are sure they can deal with them. People with a positive attitude will not let failure or obstacles stand in their way, and will always try to find ways to overcome them. Such a person would rather learn from past mistakes and move on. A person with a positive state of mind does not dwell on the problems and difficulties of the past, and does not let them dictate his or her life. People who maintain a positive approach to life situations and challenges are able to move forward more constructively than those who become stuck in a negative attitude. People who possess this attitude are easier to get along with, are happy, and they spread joy around them.


Students and staff who demonstrate the trait throughout the month will be awarded a certificate. Each home room teacher will choose 1 student who exemplifies the trait through their words and actions to be celebrated during a brief gathering at the end of the month.

We need you!

#Stronger Together is Gateway's message this year and how true that is! When we come together, were form a community that can provide an amazing experience for our kids. While we are at Gateway for 1 year, it is our child's only 6th grade year! Let's make it a memorable one! Please consider volunteering at one of the many opportunities below.


If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Sapp AtHomeWithJenn@gmail.com



Volunteer Opportunities - Click Here


Main Event Fundraiser - Click Here


Trash Bag Fundraiser - Click Here


Wacky Wednesday - Click Here

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Book Fair

We are looking for volunteers to run the registers at our book fair October 7th-10th. No experience needed. Please consider signing up.


Sign Up Here

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Feast with the Falcons is an annual tailgate meal for Falcons, friends, families and feeder schools served before the Homecoming game in the tent outside the DAC. Each ticket buys a hamburger or hot dog, chips, drink, dessert and entry into several raffles! 100% of each ticket sale goes back to help the activities and groups at Staley. Come show your community spirit and cheer on our Falcons! Tickets can be bought at this link:


Buy Tickets Here

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Special Addition

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club

We need you!

#Stronger Together is Gateway's message this year and how true that is! When we come together, were form a community that can provide an amazing experience for our kids. While we are at Gateway for 1 year, it is our child's only 6th grade year! Let's make it a memorable one! Please consider volunteering at one of the many opportunities below.


If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Sapp AtHomeWithJenn@gmail.com



Volunteer Opportunities - Click Here


Main Event Fundraiser - Click Here


Trash Bag Fundraiser - Click Here


Wacky Wednesday - Click Here

Week of September 9, 2019

Attendance

School Attendance


School attendance for school-age children is compulsory by Missouri Law, therefore regular attendance is expected of each student enrolled in the North Kansas City School District. As a public school in Missouri, we adhere to the guidelines set forth by MSIP 5 (Missouri School Improvement Plan). State guidelines deem attendance rates of 95% or better as necessary for optimal learning and rates below 90% as unsatisfactory. When a student's attendance falls below 90%, the school will notify the parent/guardian.



Students should strive to maintain a good attendance record. There is a direct relationship between school attendance, academic achievement and success in school. Frequent absence of a student from the classroom disrupts the continuity of the learning process, and places undo stress on the child and family. Missouri utilizes a school’s attendance rate as part of the accreditation process for schools and districts. We know it is of great importance to the parents and patrons of the North Kansas City School District that our school and district remain highly accredited. Optimal attendance is an integral part of that endeavor.



Partial-day absences, late arrivals, and early check-outs count against a child’s attendance. We ask that parents avoid scheduling appointments, out of town events, vacations, etc. during school. If your child has an important appointment that cannot be scheduled outside of school hours, please try to have your child at school before and after the appointment as much as possible. Please avoid checking them out early after you have visited for lunch or an event during the school day.



Attendance is closely monitored with monthly reports and parents will be notified and asked to address attendance concerns. By board policy and law, on-going concerns may meet criteria to be reported to legal authorities.



Please inform the school by 8:45 a.m. on the day of your child’s absence if your child will not be in attendance. If your child will miss several days, you only need to call the first day and state the days of absence. If no contact is made by 8:45 a.m., every attempt will be made to reach a parent or emergency contact to verify the reason for the absence to ensure the child’s safety and parent awareness of their child’s whereabouts.



School attendance is an important part of a student's success. Each day throughout the year is important and valued. It is impossible to truly make-up the entire learning experience. Teamwork, question and answer sessions, individual and small group discussions with the teacher, and encore classes are just a few of the valuable experiences that cannot be “sent home.” In working together as a team, we can help to make sure your child has a successful year. As Grizzlies, we strive to make each and every day count!

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting

Monday, Sep. 9th 2019 at 6:30pm

Gateway Library Media Center

Please join us for our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meeting. You can put your name in for a drawing for your child to win free ice cream one time a week for the month of September.

Scouts




Boys and girls 11-17 years old with a love for adventure, the outdoors, STEM learning, or just plain FUN are invited to join Scouts BSA Troop 1247.


Monday, September 16th at 7:00 pm, the Troop will be at Gateway to show kids what Scouting is like. We’ll have fun activities, we’ll answer questions, and we’ll be able to sign Scouts up that night. If you have questions beforehand, you can contact Scoutmasters Jeremy Fuksa (scoutmaster.boys@scouting247.org) or Sarah Reynolds (scoutmaster.girls@scouting247.org).

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Week of September 2, 2019

Win a Pizza Party!

The team who sells the most trash bags will enjoy a pizza party provided by the Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club.

Trash Bag Fundraiser

Funds raised will be used to provide PAWS activities, end-of-year celebrations, and other events/items throughout the this school year.


Students are selling trash bags for $11 a roll, regardless the size.


There are a variety of sizes:

White tall kitchen bags (65 per roll)

Yellow 39-gallon trash bags (25 per roll)

Blue 55-gallon trash bags (16 per roll)


Orders are due September 23. Please collect the cash or check at the time of the order. Checks should be made out to Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club. Please secure checks to order forms.


Trash bags will be available for pick up at Gateway on September 30 and October 1.

Students celebrating the first 2 weeks of school with mini PAWS...

My Payments Plus Update

This information will also be sent home through backpack mail on Tuesday, September 3.


North Kansas City Schools is aware that many families are experiencing difficulty when trying to pay for Risk Management online through MyPaymentsPlus. The district is working with the vendor to ensure the product functions as expected. In the meantime, families are encouraged to log in to MyPaymentsPlus and then select “Return to Classic MyPayments” on the lower right hand side of the dashboard. This selection appears to allow users to choose the Risk Management payment option under “Other School Fee’s” and fill out the form with no issues.

Given the difficulties many have experienced, NKC Schools will continue to accept payment for the Risk Management Program through September 15 as an activity option, after the deadline parents will have to turn in the device at the school and have technology thoroughly inspect the device before they can pay for the insurance. Payments can also be made at the school with the paper form signed until this extended deadline as well. For more details about the Risk Management Program for both iPads and MacBooks, visit https://www.nkcschools.org/Domain/142 and scroll down the page just a bit.

Payment for other activities will remain available through the regularly scheduled dates.

Thanks,

Rol

Roland Hamik, CPA

Director - Accounting

(816) 321-6883

roland.hamik@nkcschools.org

Girls on the Run Heart and Sole Team

Please consider signing your daughter up for our Girls on the Run Heart and Sole team at Gateway! It is a program designed just for middle school girls to help them develop a positive self-image, stand up to peer pressure, and strive to set goals and become strong leaders while also having fun and being active. It is a great program. We will be meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays during ACE from 3:30 to 5:00. Each time we meet we will provide a healthy snack, lesson, and age approach conditioning and training for the 5k we run at the end of the season. The girls will be able to ride the ACE bus home most weeks, the only exceptions are when ACE is not meeting, we still will. There are need based scholars to help cover the fee if that is a limitation. Please consider signing your daughter up! Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you need a scholarship. Spots are limited and we start September 9, so sign up quickly! Thanks!!

Here is the link to sign up: https://www.nkcschools.org/lifelonglearning

Questions, please email Amanda.dillon@nkcschools.org

Link to Directions

Future Oakie Nights

Fall

September 7 - Spirit Squad Clinic @ 10AM-1PM, OPHS

September 10 - Boys' Soccer @6:30PM, OPHS

September 13 - Spirit Squad Performance @ 7PM OPHS

September 19 - Volleyball @ 6:30PM, OPHS

October 4 - Football Homecoming @ 7PM OPHS

*Clinics require registration and are not included in free admission*


Winter

February 14 - Girls' and Boys' Basketball @ 5:30PM, OPHS


Spring

April 27 - Girls' Soccer @ 6:30PM, OPHS


Stay up to date by following Future Oakies on Twitter - @futureoakies or by liking Future Oakies on Facebook.

Staley - Future Falcon Nights

Fall

September 5 - Girls' Volleyball @ 7PM, SHS

September 19 - Boys' Soccer @ 6:30PM, SHS


Winter

December 16 - Girls' Basketball @ 7PM, SHS

December 17 - Boys'/Girls' Wrestling @ 5PM, SHS

January 10 - Boys' Basketball


Spring

TBD - Girls' Soccer


Stay up to date at: www.N2SportsStaley.org

Contact: staleyfuturefalcons@gmail.com

iPad Passcodes

Students are asked to only use the lunch number as their passcode on the school-issued iPad. When a different passcode is entered many problems can arise. In the event an iPad needs to be serviced, and the passcode is not identical to the student's lunch number, then the tech department must find the student to figure out the passcode or wipe it and start over, possibly losing information. Additionally, once the student is reached to enter the unknown passcode, that student may or may not remember the passcode, presenting another problem if they don't.


Please encourage your child to leave the passcode set as their lunch number. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Week of August 26, 2019

We had a great turn out at our Parent Information Night last week. We know that this is your child's only year in 6th grade. We work hard to prepare each child by providing a firm foundation in the academic and the social aspects of middle school and beyond. Investing in this year will help to get your child on the path to a strong and successful journey toward graduation.


Thank you for partnering with us this year! If you were not able to join us at Parent Information Night, please use the following links to review the team's presentations.


Ambassadors' Team

Champions' Team

Explorers' Team

Lobos' Team

Marvels' Team

Pirates' Team

ACE

ACE begins on Monday, August 26.


Sessions begin as soon as the busses have been dismissed. Session 1 ends at 4:10pm, and students may be picked up by car at that time. Session 2 will begin at 4:20 and will end at approximately 5:05. Busses will load as they arrive from New Mark and Antioch.

First Week Video

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2019 MAP Scores

5th grade MAP scores will be handed out at Parent Teacher Conferences on October 9 and 10. Please access following letter for further information regarding the scores.


MAP Letter

Spirit Day - Show your team spirit by wearing your team shirt or color!

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Team T-Shirts

Students will have many opportunities to wear their team shirts during spirit days and assemblies. If you haven't got your shirt yet, be sure to order one for the next spirit day!


Our next team spirit day is Friday, September 20.


T-shirt Order Form

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Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Fundraiser - Trash Bag Sales

Our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club fundraiser is underway! Students received their order forms on Monday, August 19. All funds raised will stay at the school and be used to provide items and experiences for the students.


Students are selling trash bags for $11 a roll, regardless the size.


There are a variety of sizes:

White tall kitchen bags (65 per roll)

Yellow 39-gallon trash bags (25 per roll)

Blue 55-gallon trash bags (16 per roll)


Orders are due September 23. Please collect the cash or check at the time of the order. Checks should be made out to Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club.


Trash bags will be available for pick up at Gateway on September 30 and October 1.

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Week of August 19, 2019

Great Start

We've had a marvelous start to our new year! As it is a transition year, we begin slowly easing students into the world of freedom and changes that come with middle school. The students are quickly becoming familiar with the school, the teachers, and their new schedules. As I visit with them at lunch, we talk about the new friends they've met and what they love about their first days as a Grizzly. Our teachers have spent the last three days helping students become acclimated to the middle school world. Many activities centered around team work, kindness, and meeting new people. We also devoted a several lessons on being a responsible and safe digital citizen. Teachers introduced students to Canvas, PowerSchool and Box. All programs/tools we will use in the classroom this year.


We look forward to partnering with you this year as we help your children take the first step onto the PATH of secondary education. Building these foundations and putting good habits in place during 6th grade helps to make future years successful!

Parent Information Night

Parent information nights are on August 19th and 20th. Listed below are the sessions scheduled for each team. Please plan to attend the session that is specific to your child's assigned team. Teachers will begin their presentation at the time listed. This is NOT an open house format.


August 19

Session 1 - Teams: Champions and Ambassadors

5:30-6:15 PM


Session 2 - Teams: Pirates and Lobos

6:45-7:30 PM


August 20

Session 1 - Teams: Marvels and Explorers

5:30-6:15 PM


Please see the picture below if your child is enrolled in Math 7 or Pre-Algebra.

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Picture Make-Ups

This day is only for students who DID NOT get their ID/Yearbook picture taken during registration, will need to have their pictures taken on August 20th. If you wish to purchase a packet of pictures, please complete the form and return it to school on August 20th.


A retake opportunity will be at a later date.


School Picture Order Form

A.C.E - After Class Events

After Class Events (ACE) occur on Mondays and Wednesdays for 6 weeks during the quarter. Students are given the opportunity to sign up for the different offerings. Some offerings have limited enrollment. To participate, we ask that each student pay $10 per quarter. First quarter is due by August 26.


Information and Expectations



  • To keep our students safe, any student whose ride has not arrived by 5:00 PM will ride the after-school bus home.
  • Students may bring a snack from home if they are staying for both sessions.
  • Students must adhere to Gateway's school-wide and classroom expectations.
  • Please sign up for only one club per session on Sign-Up Genius (link below). There are no 2nd and 3rd choices.
  • Please sign up using the student's name.
  • Once the Sign-Up is full for each club, that club is closed for new sign ups.
  • If your student is not in a 2nd session activity, the WILL need a ride home at 4:10 PM.



First Quarter ACE Offerings are:


  • Study Lab - time to get help with work or finish up work not completed in class
  • Math Lab - get help with math
  • Chess Club
  • Team Sports
  • Battle of the Brains
  • Walking Club
  • Choir (Tuesday Only - no bus service)
  • Fall Play (Monday and Wednesday, Sessions 1 & 2 and Tuesday, Sessions 1 & 2)


To read more about each event, please follow the link to the 1st Quarter Ace Brochure.

Please use the following link to sign up for an ACE offering.


Sign Up Here


Sessions begin as soon as the busses have been dismissed. Session 1 ends at 4:10pm, and students may be picked up by car at that time. Session 2 will begin at 4:20 and will end at approximately 5:05. Busses will load as they arrive from New Mark and Antioch.

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Fundraiser - Trash Bag Sales

Our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club fundraiser will begin Monday, August 19. All funds raised will stay at the school and be used to provide items and experiences for the students.


Students are selling trash bags for $11 a roll, regardless the size.


There are a variety of sizes:

White tall kitchen bags (65 per roll)

Yellow 39-gallon trash bags (25 per roll)

Blue 55-gallon trash bags (16 per roll)


Orders are due September 23. Please collect the cash or check at the time of the order. Checks should be made out to Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club.


Trash bags will be available for pick up at Gateway on September 30 and October 1.

No School

There will be a 1/2 day dismissal on August 30 for professional development. Teachers will engage in learning opportunities during the afternoon following a dismissal at 11:30.


School will not be in session on September 2 in honor of the Labor Day holiday. We look forward to welcoming all of our students back on September 3rd.

Week of August 12, 2019

Welcome!

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are very excited to get the year started and look forward to welcoming our new 6th graders to Gateway on August 14, 2019.


Many students stopped by on July 29th and 30th to tour the people, complete registration, and pick up their schedules/team assignments. If you were unable to make it on these days, please feel free to call the office for the information or stop by Gateway Tuesday, August 13th, after 12:00 pm.


Each week, a newsletter will be emailed to the email addresses we have on file. The newsletter is updated, with new information on top. We purposefully do not delete previous week's information, as it will allow parents/guardians to search for information if needed.

Parent Information Nights

Parent information nights are on August 19th and 20th. Listed below are the sessions scheduled for each team. Please plan to attend the session that is specific to your child's assigned team. Teachers will begin their presentation at the time listed. This is NOT an open house format.


August 19

Session 1 - Teams: Champions and Ambassadors

5:30-6:15 PM


Session 2 - Teams: Pirates and Lobos

6:45-7:30 PM


August 20

Session 1 - Teams: Marvels and Explorers

5:30-6:15 PM

Car Rider Line

The car rider drop off and pick up line is located in the front of the building. Please plan to always pull all the way up to the far end of the loop to drop off and pick up. We need to be able to get as many cars in the drive as possible so 92nd Street avoids begin backed up and blocking busses.


At the secondary level, parents are not asked to place a name placard in the window. We trust that students are able to safely identify their ride/driver. Also, parents do not need to notify the office regarding a change in transportation. We ask that you communicate this to your child at home, prior to leaving for school. In the event of an emergency, and transportation needs do change, please call the office, when possible, before 2:00PM. After 2:00PM, we will do our best to get the message to the student, but cannot guarantee that it will be received in time due to the high volume of visitors and phone calls in the office at that time.


In the afternoon, the pick up line will run a double line. For safety reasons, we do not allow students to walk down the sidewalk to cars or load past the crossing lane. We appreciate your patience and understanding with this process. Our number one goal is to keep all kids safe! Please see the diagram below for more information.

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SAGE

SAGE will begin the week of August 19th. Students attend on a day that is assigned by team.


Thursdays: Explorers and Marvels

Fridays: Pirates, Lobos, Ambassadors, Champions

Nurse

Our nurse, Mrs. Tate, will always be the one to call should your student be ill and not able to remain at school. We ask that students do not call their parents asking to be picked up because they do not feel well. We always encourage the students to visit with the nurse, which will allow her to determine if a brief rest or snack would remedy the situation. Should a child not feel well, is running a temperature, or has gotten sick, Mrs. Tate will call and inform the parent/guardian of the circumstances. If a child is running a temperature or has gotten sick, he/she will need to be picked up from school.


If your child should call you from the class phone or text/call from his/her cell phone, we ask that you call the nurse's office to confirm that he/she is needing to be picked up due to an illness.

Team T-Shirt Order Form

Students will have many opportunities to wear their team shirts during spirit days and assemblies. If you haven't got your shirt yet, be sure to order one for the next spirit day!


Our first team spirit day is Friday, August 23rd.


T-shirt Order Form

Trash Bags for Sale!

Our Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club fundraiser will begin August 19. All funds raised will stay at the school and be used to provide items and experiences for the students.


Students are selling trash bags for $11 a roll, regardless the size.


There are a variety of sizes:

White tall kitchen bags (65 per roll)

Yellow 39-gallon trash bags (25 per roll)

Blue 55-gallon trash bags (16 per roll)


Orders are due September 23. Please collect the cash or check at the time of the order. Checks should be made out to Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club.


Trash bags will be available for pick up at Gateway on September 30th.

School Picture Make Up Date

Students who were not able to get their ID/Yearbook picture taken during registration, will need to have their pictures taken on August 20th. If you wish to purchase a packet of pictures, please complete the form and return it to school on August 20th.


School Picture Order Form

Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club Meetings

Join us for our monthly Growlin' Grizzly Booster Club meeting on the first Monday of each month (if school is in session). We will begin our meetings at 6:30 PM and conclude no later than 7:30 PM. Each month reports are shared about past events, as well as those scheduled in the following months.


September 9

October 7

November 4

December - No Meeting

January 6

February 3

March 2

April 6

May 4

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