This Week at Gateway

Gateway Regional Community Newsletter-September 14, 2020

Principal's Message

Thank you to everyone for a successful opening of school. We had a great time at our Cohort B & C Teacher Meet and Greet, and look forward to welcoming Cohort A on Monday. Please note, there will be no online instruction on Monday. On Tuesday, all students will have online instruction for periods 5-8. Students attending the meet and greet, should fill out the daily wellness form in PowerSchool before attending.


In addition to our meet and greet, this Wednesday we will have our monthly MS/HS parent meeting. This virtual meeting will focus on providing support and resources to start the year. Please don't forget to schedule school pictures. There is a link in the newsletter to book an appointment.


On Thursday, we will host a virtual back to school night. At 6:30 on Thursday you can use this link to click on the Back to School Night Document. The document will be updated throughout the week and will have the night's schedule and link to all the teacher meetings. During the class period time, you will find your child's teacher and click on their name to join the meeting.


**Please note to see all the forms in the newsletter, you must open the newsletter by clicking on the image in your email.

MS/HS Parent Meeting Letter

The Gateway Counseling Department is committed to providing all students and families with the support and resources needed during this unprecedented time.

MS/HS Parent Zoom Meeting

Family and Student Support for Returning to School. This presentation by Mr. Josh Durand will cover the challenges and best approaches for all families as we return to school this year.

This Week at a Glance

Monday

  • Meet Your Teacher Event Cohort A (Cohort D students should follow their classroom teacher's directions). Please see the flyer in the newsletter for more details.
  • There is no online instruction for students in Cohorts B & C on Monday.


Tuesday

  • Staff Pictures
  • School Pictures (See link in newsletter to schedule)
  • Online Instruction for ALL students for periods 5-8


Wednesday

  • Small Group Instruction (Students will be notified by teacher)
  • MS/HS Parent Meeting 6:30


Thursday

  • Online Instruction for ALL students for periods 1-4
  • School Pictures (See link in newsletter to schedule)
  • Back to School Night 6:30


Friday

  • Online Instruction for ALL students for periods 5-8
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COVID Reopening Resources

Important Covid-19 Resources are located on the Gateway website

Parent Support for Remote Learning

Dear Parents,

Our school district is excited to be able to provide continuity of learning and enrichment through a remote digital learning program. We are aware of the challenges this may present and are here to provide as much support as possible. In addition to regularly communicating with you, please check our website for updated information and guidance so you may help your children at home. We understand that you are not teachers and have designed our lessons to help children learn under our guidance as well as independently. The following is offered to help you during this time.

❑ Set up routines. Talk through with your child what a day looks like and what is expected; being co-owner of a routine helps increase their buy-in on implementing it. Try to maintain normal routines as much as possible. Include time for snacks, brain breaks, and movement.

❑ Help them be prepared. Having all the necessary tools and materials and a physical space that work for them will help with the effectiveness of their routine. Set up their work area similar to their classroom setting. Help them get ready to do their work, and if there is a live online session, help login in advance so there is less last minute stress. Walk through instructions with them. Help them set up checklists of what is needed and calendars of meetings and due dates.

❑ Monitor communications from your children’s teachers. These may come through email, their learning platform like Google Classroom, or a text-based system like Remind. Some may come to parents and some to students, depending on their age and the nature of the message. You should have access to both.

❑ Set times to check in with your children. Check at the beginning of the day to see what’s ahead and ensure they feel prepared. Ask them to share at regular intervals during the day. At the end of the day, check in to see what they worked on, what they turned in, and what’s in store for the days ahead.

❑ Be flexible and resilient. What your child needs to make their day more successful may vary from day to day (ex. more or less frequent check-ins). Listen, discuss, and adapt. We’re all in this together!

❑ Be aware of your child’s emotional support needs. Learning, whether in person or remote, is just as much about the heart as the brain. Children need to feel safe and comfortable to learn, and they readily pick up on how adults are feeling. Model calm and establish a new normal. School counselors can help.

❑ Monitor how much time your child is spending online. Schools do not want students staring at computer screens all day. Teachers will share schedules and expectations with you. Once you are aware of this you can set limitations on non-school use of screentime.

❑ Set rules around and monitor online interactions. Students will often go online to remain connected with friends. Schools have rules about safe, respectful, and appropriate online conduct. Parents must also be aware of what children are doing on their computers beyond school work, particularly over social media.

NJDOE Virtual Learning Toolkit

Virtual instruction will play a major role in school districts and homes across New Jersey. To help parents, students and teachers effectively adjust to online instruction, the NJDOE is providing the following set of comprehensive resources.

Meet Your Teacher Event

Gateway believes that one of the major components to a first-class education is building strong relationships between students and teachers. Therefore, even during these unique times, we feel that it is important to provide every student the opportunity to actually meet each one of their teachers in person to hopefully pave the way for a positive class experience. With this goal in mind, we are organizing an event to provide each student with a short face-to-face meet and greet with each of their teachers before embarking on their virtual start to the school year.


Dates:

September 14th Cohort A (Cohort D students should follow their classroom teacher's directions).

Session 1: 9:00-11:00

Session 2: 12:00-2:00


Meet Your Teacher Flyer


** Please Note**

There will be no online instruction on Teacher Meet and Greet Days. Students not attending the Meet and Greet will not have school on those days.


In an effort to ensure social distancing on our buses, we are asking parents who indicated on the summer survey that they would drive their student to school to please transport their child to the event.

Bus Pickup Times:

National Park

  • Session 1: 8:25
  • Session 2: 11:25

Westville

  • Session 1: 8:25
  • Session 2: 11:25

Wenonah

  • Session 1: 8:35
  • Session 2: 11:35
Virtual Back to School Document

This year, we will hold a Virtual Back to School Night. The night will run on our 1-8 period bell schedule and consist of teacher Zoom meetings. The event will be held on September 17th at 6:30.

Gateway Student How to Read My Schedule VIRTUAL
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Gateway Regional-MS/HS Parent Meeting Schedule

Meetings begin at 6:30. A Zoom link will be posted the week of the meeting in the newsletter.


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We launched a Yearbook Facebook Page!

GRHS Yearbook Club is now on Facebook! During a year unlike any other, we need YOU to help shape our 2020-2021 yearbook! Please like and share this page so we can represent all of our student body and staff. Whether we are virtual, hybrid or in-person, we will need everyone's help to tell the story of this year. Stay tuned for posts with instructions on how to submit your photos for our different story ideas, participate in polls, deadlines & how to get your school pictures done this year!

https://www.facebook.com/GRHS-Yearbook-106451441186050

We are also on Twitter @grhs_yearbook

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National Honor Society Application

Please Click here to view the National Honor Society Application. It will be in view-only, you may make a copy of the document to fill it out electronically or print it to fill out by hand.

STOPit

STOPit gives our students a private place to report things that are going on with them or things they see in our schools. We look at this program as a reporting tool, not just anti-bullying.


Access Code: GRHSGoGators

Student School Daily Entry Plan

This will be our daily entry plan when in-person learning returns:


Students will not be permitted into the building before 7:30.


  1. An email will be sent to remind students and parents to fill out the screening form each morning.
  2. Upon completion, PowerSchool will generate an "entry ticket." This is a confirmation page with the date on it.
  3. Students will show the "entry ticket" starting at 7:30 on their phone, Chromebook, or printed out ticket to administrators that will be stationed at the different entry points of the school (Woodbury Heights=Tennis Courts; Westville=Athletic Entrance; National Park=Main Entrance; Wenonah=Auditorium Entrance).
  4. Students will report directly to their homeroom upon entry.


**Staff members must complete the daily screening form prior to entering the building.**

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Johanny Del Orbe Colton (Class of 2017)

Senior Airman Colton, Johanny is a 647 Security Forces member stationed in Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii. In 2019, she was recognized as the Outstanding Security Forces Flight Level Airman of the Year.
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Bus Pickup Locations

Busses will depart Gateway at 2pm, please be at one of the stops listed below by 2:05 and wait patiently for the bus to arrive