Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

February 2020

Terry Burton, Principal

Nicole Longlee, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events

February

Feb. 2nd---Groundhog's Day, The Groundhog says Early Spring!!!

Feb. 5th---6th Grade Field Trip to Rose Theater

Feb. 5th---3rd Grade Field Trip to Durham Museum

Feb. 6th---6th Grade Boy's Basketball Game @ Gateway, 5:00-5:45pm

Feb. 13th---OPS High School Parent/Teacher Conferences

Feb. 13th---6th Grade Boy's Basketball Game @ Gateway, 5:00-5:45 pm

Feb. 14th---Valentine's Day Classroom Parties

Feb. 14th---No School for Pre-K, Early Childhood Plan Day

Feb. 17th---No School for all Gateway Students, President's Day

Feb. 20th---6th Grade Boy's Basketball Game @ Gateway, 5:00-5:45 pm

Feb. 27th---6th Grade Boy's Basketball Game @ Gateway, 5:00-5:45 pm

Feb. 27th---OPS Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences

Feb. 28th---February Soaring Eagles Announced

Mar. 3rd---Early Childhood Registration Day @ Gateway, 9:30-11:30 or 12:30-2:30

Office Notes

Please remember that due to President's Day, classes will not be in session at Gateway on Monday, February 17th, 2020. Classes will resume on Tuesday, February 18th, 2020.


Also, due to Pre-K Teacher Plan Day, pre-k students will be off from school on Friday, February 14th, 2020.

100th Day of School

Thursday, January 30th marked the 100th day of the 2019-20 school year!! From the very first day of school, many classes keep track of the number of days they've been in school in anticipation of the 100th day!! More than just a milestone worth noting - the 100th day is the perfect time to have fun with the number 100 while exploring counting, sorting, patterning, measuring and various other math skills and concepts. See pictures below!


100 days down—-71 more to go!!

Early Childhood Registration Day @ Gateway

Gateway Elementary is recruiting 3 and 4 year olds to fill our early childhood classrooms for the 2020-21 school year!!


If you have a child who will turn 3 or 4 years old on or before July 31st, 2020 and would benefit from a high quality learning environment please stop by Gateway on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 from 9:30-11:30 or 12:30-2:30.


Please bring with you the following items:


1. Your child! All applicants are given an academic screening.


2. Your child’s original birth certificate.


3. Your child’s up to date immunization records.


4. Proof of address in the parent’s name (OPPD, MUD, Cox, or Lease/Purchase Agreement for Residence)


5. Income Verification for the past 12 Months (TANF/ADC, SSI, Child Support, 1040, W-2s, 8453, Self Declaration, Pay Stubs, Employment Letter).


Please call Gateway’s main office with questions. (531)299-1480

Gateway's January Soaring Eagles!!

So proud of this group!! Being safe, respectful and responsible each day at Gateway!!
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Heart Challenge

We have partnered with the American Heart Association again and are kicking off our Kids Heart Challenge program on February 13th. We are very excited to participate as we work together to raise money for the American Heart Association and learn how nutrition and being active can help us live longer, healthier lives.


Through the Kids Heart Challenge, we are going to talk about three things:

1. Habits to keep our hearts healthy

2. How we can help others

3. Encourage everyone to take the challenge to adopt one of three healthy habits



Choose your challenge

a. DRINK WATER INSTEAD OF SUGARY BEVERAGES

b. DO ONE KIND THING EVERY DAY

c. EXERCISE 60 MINUTES EVERY DAY


Your student can earn the Heart Hero characters and additional gifts by asking friends and family to make $5 donations in the support of the American Heart Association. Each $5 donation earns your student a different Heart Hero character!!


Thank you so much for supporting our school and the American Heart Association. Together we can do this!

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National School Counselors Week

School Counselors Week is the first week in February. This year's theme is: "School Counselors: Helping Build Better Humans," and will be celebrated from Feb. 3rd thru 7th, 2020, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counseling Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success as well as prepare and plan for college, career and life.


I ask you to join me in recognizing Gateway Counselors Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Forman. Feel free to send them a card or quick message letting them know how much you appreciate them and all that they do for our students and families!!

Parent Survey

Survey Dates: August 15—May 22


How to access: www.TinyURL.com/OPSParentVoice


Notes: Parents can now give feedback throughout the year with the Parent Voice survey. Simply click on the link above!

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.