March 2023

Gateway Elementary


Dear Gateway Families,

I absolutely cannot believe that it is March already! The school years just get faster and faster! This time of year is all about maximizing the growth students have made thus far—both academically and personally. Throughout the building, we are focused on making the most of the few remaining months we have with students. We are pushing our students toward more consistent and independent mastery of the skills and concepts we have been working on all year.

As part of our growth and our pursuit of excellence, we are asking for you to continue to support your student at home with reading, writing, and math. To help you with this, we are hosting Family Literacy Night Wednesday, March 1st, at Gateway. Please come and get some great activities to guide your support at home. We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that students who read, write, and use math at home are more successful than those who don’t. We want all our students to be successful! Also, don’t forget that we are in the middle of our Read S’More Challenge. Your student should have brought home specific information and a reading log. Look it over and hang it on the refrigerator so that daily reading can be tracked. Students who complete all the challenges and the reading minutes will have a special Chick-fil-a lunch with me!

Your help and support is not just limited to reading at home though. We have Retro Night coming up on Friday, March 3rd, and we can always use volunteers to help make this event fun-filled for students. If you haven’t signed up to help out, please reach out to the school and we’ll be happy to help you. This indoor carnival event helps lighten up the winter doldrums and we want to see everyone there!

Thank you for supporting us and your students. We appreciate you!


Principal Ashley Lawson

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The Read-a-Thon will take place from Feb 27th - March 3rd. Each grade level will have reading challenges and reading minutes to complete. Reading logs will be sent home on Monday February 27th. Prizes will be awarded for challenges completed and minutes read. Reading logs are due March 6th.

Dress Up Days:

Wed, Mar 1 - Dress "Outdoorsy" - like a camper or hiker

Thurs, Mar 2 - Dress anything Dr. Seuss

Fri, Mar 3 - Retro dress up

Literacy Night - Camp Read S'MORE

Please join us on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 6:00-7:30 pm for Literacy Night!

Pizza! Reading Games! Take Home Activities!

Retro Night

Please join us for Gateway's biggest event of the year!

Date & Time: March 3, 2023 - 6:00-8:00 pm

Wear your favorite threads from your favorite decade - 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's

Ticket Sales:

Pre-sale after school on March 1st, 2nd, 3rd - 25 tickets for $5.00

Ticket sales at door - night of event - 4 tickets for $1.00

Pizza and lemonade - available for purchase with tickets

Activities include: games, music, cake walk, face painting, laser tags, nerf guns, glow in the dark putt putt, and many more!

Parking in lot near Aquatic Center!!!

Time to Order Your Yearbook!

Flyers were sent home with students.

Yearbook price - $20.00 with personalization - add $5.00

Click link below to order online:

Enter Code: 74328W

Preschool Information for the 2023-2024 School Year

Returning students fill out an Intent to Return form from your child's teacher.

New students will register on for the district.

All families can apply for Universal Preschool for some state funding. Go to:

Universal Preschool (UPK) Colorado will pay for every four-year-old child in the year before they are eligible for Kindergarten to attend a minimum of a half-day of preschool for the 2023 - 2024 school year. Some three-year-olds will also qualify for free part-time preschool.

Who is eligible?

  • If your child is in their year before they are eligible for Kindergarten (will be at least four-years-old by 10/1/2023), they will qualify for up to a half-day (15 hours per week) of preschool. If your child also has at least one qualifying factor (listed below), you may be eligible for additional hours.

  • If your child is three-years-old (will be at least three-years-old by 10/1/2023) and meets at least one of the qualifying factors, they may also be eligible for part-time (10 hours per week) preschool funding. **WPSD will help pay for 5 extra hours so your child can come for a half day (15 hours)

Qualifying Factors:

  • Low Income (270% Federal Poverty Guidelines)
  • Dual Language Home
  • Special Education (IEP)
  • Foster/Kinship
  • Homeless

If you have any questions, reach out to the Preschool Director, Katie Icenhower, at 719-686-2197 or


Wonderful things are happening in Music!

The 3rd through 5th graders who have chosen to perform live or via "music video" will show off their original songs for the whole school at 2:30 and 6:00 on March 7th. Parents and guardians are invited to both events.

Kindergarten through 2nd graders are competing in class while they write and play measures in 4/4 time using their growing music terminology. They will continue to add to their musical notes and rests in the coming months.

Preschoolers will experience various instruments on a daily basis as we move forward. Students will dance to, tell stories with, and play on a variety of instruments from cymbals, to claves, to shakers and boomwhakers.

Please come support the district-wide music program as we share the beauty of music on Monday, March 13, 2023 at the high school at 6:00 pm.

Gateway Choir will also be performing with Summit Elementary, Columbine Elementary and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Gateway Elementary at 6:30 pm.

Science Matters

After School STEM Club:

  • Class meets on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Grades K-5
  • Each session meets for 4 weeks
  • Price: $75 for each session
  • Registration deadline 1 week before club starts

Click link below for more information.


The Virtual Backpack is a paperless means of distributing flyers, newsletters and other notices that traditionally have come home in your child's backpack. Rather than local organizations making copies of their approved flyers, and District personnel coordinating their distribution to the schools, the flyers will instead be posted to this designated place on our website.

Please go to Virtual Backpack link for more information.


Check out the Gateway Spirit Wear Store!

Click below to access the link.

School Attendance

Many of you have already received an attendance letter (or 2). These are form letters that are generated at certain absence numbers and they are standard across the district. Our intention is not to shame anyone, point fingers, or cause angst. We are here to form partnerships to support our students in their success.

Student attendance is a key factor to future success in higher education! We know that the more students are here, the better they will do! Please continue to work with us so your child has everything they need to meet their potential! Thank you for your support!

Woodland Park School District Re-2 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth; is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law.