Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

January 2022

Important Upcoming Events

January/February

Jan. 4th---No School, Teacher Planning/Professional Development

Jan. 5th---Third Quarter Begins

Jan. 17th---No School, MLK Day

Jan. 21st---Early Childhood Planning Day, No School for Pre-K Students


Feb. 4th---No School, Curriculum Day

Feb. 11th---Early Childhood Planning Day, No School for Pre-K Students

Feb. 21st---No School, President's Day

Notes From the Gateway Office

Please remember that school will not be in session on the dates listed below.

  • Monday, January 17th due to MLK Day.
  • Friday, February 4th due to OPS Curriculum Day
  • Monday, February 21st due to President's Day

Face Coverings While on Campus

Please keep in mind that all staff, students and visitors must a wear a face covering while on campus. This includes arrival and dismissal times. Face coverings should be worn over the nose and mouth and are available at school entrances.
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COVID-19 Testing Sites

Health and safety is our priority. Two district locations are offering COVID-19 testing for Omaha Public School students experiencing symptoms. Thank you to Children's Hospital & Medical Center. Omaha, NE for being outstanding partners in this effort through January 2022.


Testing sites are located at Mills Building, 4301 N 30th St., and Forest Station Elementary, 1010 Childs Rd W. in Bellevue, Monday through Friday from 10:30 am till 5:00 pm.


Please keep in mind that these testing sites are for students only.

Accurate Contact Information

In order to make sure that you are receiving important updates from school, please make sure that Gateway's main office has your current contact information on file. This includes your current address, phone number and email address.


To let us know about any contact information changes, please give us a call at (531)299-1480.


Thanks!

Winter Dress

Now that the cold weather is upon us, please help our students come to school appropriately dressed for the weather and outdoor play. Recess is an important time for our students to socialize and engage in self-selected physical activity. At Gateway we try to ensure outdoor recess daily for students as much as possible.


Outdoor recess will not be held if the temperature or wind chill is twenty degrees Fahrenheit or below.


At all other times the decision for inside or outside recess is made based on factors such as age, student dress, playground conditions (including ice, snow, sun, mud,) and class need for outdoor activity. When required, recess might be shortened or moved inside.


When indoor recess is necessary, students still have opportunities to take part in physical activity. At Gateway, our classrooms provide supervised options such as: completing stretching exercises, jogging or doing jumping jacks in place, Go Noodle exercises and other activities that promote physical activity.

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OPS Indoor/Outdoor Recess Guidance

Safe Arrival to School

Winter weather is fast approaching and 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 offered each morning at 8:35 am upon students' entry. The school day begins each morning at 8:50 AM.



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 (531) 299-0250.

Safety Tips

  1. Please use only one of the three designated crosswalks to safely cross to/from school each day.
  2. Please use only the right hand lane to drop off and pick up students each day. The left lane is used as an exit/drive thru lane.
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Gateway Lost and Found

Missing a coat, sweatshirt, hat, gloves?----You might want to check our "Lost and Found" clothing racks located just inside our main entrance!!
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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. If your child is sick, please notify the main office at 531.299.1480. Strict adherence to our health and safety guidelines protects other members of our community and allows in-person learning to proceed more successfully.


If you have any questions, please call our School Nurse, Mrs. Lauren Boll @ 531-299-1480.

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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.