Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

September 2019

Important Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Sept. 4th---Early Childhood Dental Exams, 9:30 am

Friday, Sept. 6th—Kindergarten Color Day, Wear Yellow

Wednesday, Sept. 11th---1st Grade Field Trip to Rose Theater

Friday, Sept. 13th—Kindergarten Color Day, Wear Green

Monday, Sept. 16th---School Fundraiser Kickoff Assembly

Monday, Sept. 16th---Open House, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 19th---Kindergarten Color Day, Wear Blue

Thursday, Sept. 19th---No School for Pre-K, Early Childhood Teacher Planning Day

Thursday, Sept. 19th---Progress Reports Sent Home

Friday, Sept. 20th---NO SCHOOL, Curriculum Day

Monday, Sept. 23rd---NO SCHOOL, Professional Development/Teacher Planning Day

Friday, Sept. 27th---Kindergarten Color Day, Wear Purple

Friday, Sept. 27th---1st Grade Field Trip to Nebraska City

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Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year

My name is Terry Burton and I am the proud principal of Gateway Elementary! Our Assistant Principal, Ms. Longlee and I would like to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year and thank you for entrusting your child with the entire Gateway staff. We look forward to working with you and our nearly 1,000 students throughout the school year!!!! We welcome your input and thank you in advance for your support as we strive to provide the best educational experience possible for our students.

I am extremely proud to be the principal of Gateway! It is a special school filled with hard-working, dedicated students, staff, parents and community members that are committed to preparing all students to excel in college, career and life!

Arrival Dismissal Times

At Gateway, the safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. Please remember that Gateway students that do not attend Kid’s Club should not be arriving at school before 8:35 AM. Breakfast is free for all Gateway students and will be served each morning at 8:35 am. The school day begins each morning at 8:50 AM. Students are dismissed each day promptly at 4:05 p.m.

Leaving children at school prior to 8:35 AM creates an unsafe situation, due to the fact that teachers are not on duty until 8:35 AM.

If you need to drop your child off prior to 8:35 AM, please consider using Kids Club. Kids Club is a before and after school program administered by the Omaha Schools Foundation for children attending Omaha Public Elementary Schools. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Kids Club or have questions regarding specific hours and fees, please call the Omaha Schools Foundation Office at 557-2045.

Parents to P.E. Week

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Fall Swimming Lessons

Open House

As a reminder, Open House is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16th from 6-8 p.m. Teachers and students are anxious to show off their classrooms and all the work that they have been completing. Also, sign up sheets for parent/teacher conferences will be located in the Gateway gym! Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. We hope to see you then!

Nutrition Services Notes

Online Payment is now available! Known as SchoolCafe, families can now utilize this option to speed up the serving lines by eliminating cash or check payments when students purchase a meal. Additionally, the payments are secure and can be set-up to automatically add funds to the student's account each month. The link is:

Online Meal Applications are the quickest and easiest way for parents/guardians to apply for meal benefits! Located at parents/guardians can register, sign-in, and complete a family application. The application is reviewed and, depending on the information included, students can start receiving meal benefits the next day!

Paper Meal Applications are always available for families! Applications were mailed with the Fall Opening Letters, however if you need additional applications (English & Spanish), please contact our main office. We have a large inventory of them! is important that the parents/guardians complete the application correctly.

Safety Drills

The safety of all children at Gateway as well as the safety of the school staff and support personnel is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for our children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice our emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures.

The students and staff at Gateway have already begun these drills and will continue to practice four main drills throughout the school year.

Evacuation Drills

We will conduct a “Fire Drill” each month that school is in session. We want each student to understand and be aware of the importance of this drill and not be afraid when the fire alarm is sounded. By practicing they will know what to do and how to do it.

Shelter Drills

The purpose of this drill is to be prepared to move our students and staff to a safe location within the building in case of severe weather or tornados.

Lockdown Drill

Gateway will conduct “Lockdown Drills” periodically throughout each school year. This type of drill will secure the school building and safely shelter all students, staff and visitors inside the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. During a “lockdown drill” all of the perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the drill is completed.

Lockout Drill

Staff will bring everyone indoors, lock perimeter doors, increase situational awareness and maintain business as usual inside the school.

Not Feeling Well?

While it’s important for children to be at school, it’s also important for them to stay at home and rest if they are sick--both so they can recover and so they don’t make others sick. We ask that all students are fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school. If you have any questions, please call our School Nurse, Mrs. Ann Wees @ 531-299-1480. Please remember to call Gateway’s main office at 531-299-1480 to report student absences.

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.