Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

February 2021

Terry Burton, Principal (terry.burton@ops.org)

Molly Egan, Asst. Principal (molly.egan@ops.org)

Important Upcoming Events

February

Feb. 1st---No School, Professional Development/Teacher Planning

Feb. 2nd---Return to 5 Day, In Person Learning

Feb. 10th---No School for Pre-K, Early Childhood Teacher Planning Day

Feb. 15th---No School, President's Day


March

Mar. 3rd---P/T Conferences, 4:30-8:30

Mar. 3rd---No School for Pre-K, Early Childhood Teacher Planning Day

Mar. 4th---P/T Conferences, 12:30-8:30

Mar. 4th---No School, P/T Conferences

Mar. 5th---No School, P/T Conferences

Mar. 5th---Third Quarter Ends

March 8th thru 12th---No School, Spring Recess

Mar. 15th---Fourth Quarter Begins

Notes From The Office

Please remember that classes will not be in session for Gateway Elementary students on the dates listed below.

  • Mon., Feb. 1st---Professional Development/Teacher Planning Day
  • Mon., Feb. 15th---President's Day

OPS Transition to 5 Day, In-Person Learning

  • Monday, Feb. 1 – No school for elementary and middle school students.
(Half building-based professional learning and half teacher planning day).

  • Tuesday, Feb. 2 – Elementary and middle schools transition to in-person learning five days per week.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – No school for high school students.
(Half building-based professional learning and half teacher planning day).

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – High schools transition to in-person learning five days per week.


The Remote Learning Program will continue to be available for families who feel it is best at this time. If you would like to change how your student is learning, whether it is in person or through the Remote Learning Program, please contact Gateway's main office at (531) 299-1480

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Important Reminder About Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

As we begin to prepare for our safe return to 5 day, in person learning I want to take this opportunity to remind you of Gateway’s daily arrival and dismissal plans.

Beginning Feb. 2nd, 2021 we will have twice the amount of students in attendance. This will slow the arrival and dismissal process. Please be patient and follow the procedures listed below in order to ensure a safe arrival and dismissal process.


1. Arrival. Students in grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be dropped off at the cafeteria doors beginning no earlier than 8:35 am. Students in grades K and 1 should be dropped off at the main entrance beginning no earlier than 8:35 am. Breakfast will be offered to all students upon their arrival. If you prefer to walk your child to the entrances, please park in one of the designated parking spots in the north parking lot. No visitors will be allowed in the building at this time.


Upon exiting the building, students will dismiss in one of the following ways:


2. Students that walk home. These students will proceed to one of the two designated crossing areas so that they can leave school on the crosswalk and with the assistance of crossing guards to help them safely cross 42nd Street. If necessary, older students that walk home will meet younger students at their designated crosswalk.


3. Students that are picked up in person by family members. We ask that family members that prefer to pick up their child in person at the front entrance of the school, park on “T”, “U”, “V”, “W” streets or in one of the 40 designated family parking spaces.


4. Students that are picked up by vehicles. Students that are picked up by vehicles will walk with their classroom teachers to their designated areas near the front entrance of the school. Classroom teachers will help safely load students into their assigned vehicles using the right, curbside lane. Vehicles may exit using the left lane. Please exit in an orderly and safe manner.


5. The driveway on the east side of Gateway will be used for buses only.


6. Please use designated crosswalks when crossing to/from campus.


Please remember that face coverings are required on campus during arrival and dismissal.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation in helping to ensure that all of our students arrive and dismiss safely from school each day!

Pets on School Grounds

Please keep in mind that pets including dogs and cats are not permitted on school grounds.


Many students have a natural curiosity towards animals, but some may not know the best way to approach, touch or play with the animal. This could unintentionally cause a pet to bite. In addition, children with allergies or immune deficiencies may be especially susceptible to allergic reactions; therefore we ask that everyone please refrain from bringing your pets on school grounds.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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30 Ways to Say Yay!!

On Friday, Jan. 8th we used an online, random number generator to select a number (1-144) for our "30 ways to Say Yay" Winner and #62, Torey Kogel was selected! Torey won a $10 Target gift card that was donated by Bianca Rodriguez and her family!

Thank you Rodriguez family!!


Torey is a SPED, Resource Paraprofessional at Gateway. She is also in the OPS para-to-teacher program. Torey always has a positive attitude and is well liked by the students that she works with.


Congratulations Torey!!

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Meals 2 Go at Gateway

Beginning Monday, Feb. 1st Meals2Go will be provided one day each week (Mondays).

Five days of meals will be available for drive through pickup from 8:50-9:30.

Daily Health Assessment

As a reminder, we ask that every day before they leave home, families complete a self-health assessment, asking themselves these three vital questions:


  1. Has your child had a fever of 100.4 or greater, a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell in the last 24 hours?
  2. Is your child waiting for a COVID-19 test result due to symptoms or a close contact exposure?
  3. Has anyone in your household been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days?


If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you will be expected to stay home.

Nebraska Family Helpline

Raising kids is hard. It’s okay to ask for advice. The Nebraska Family Helpline is a free, confidential resource for parents who have questions regarding their child’s behavior. Trained counselors are standing by. Have a question? Give them a call at 1-888-866-8660.