The Gates Mills Gazette

November 22, 2019

On behalf of the entire Gates Mills School family, we wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! Please enjoy this time with family and friends, and know that we appreciate all that you do to support our students and our school! Just a reminder that next week we are closed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. School will resume on Monday, December 2nd. There will not be a newsletter next week.

Holiday Family Night

Believe it or not, we are nearly ready for the Gates Mills Holiday Family Night! This year’s concert will take place on Thursday, December 12th. Students should be in their classrooms by 6:40pm, with the program beginning promptly at 7pm. Each class will sing, and we will have audience participation! Traditionally, students dress up for this concert. Girls should wear skirts or dresses, and boys should wear dress pants and a collared shirt or a sweater. Holiday attire is encouraged, such as snowflake sweaters or Santa hats.

In each class, there will be certain students who have special instrument parts or other jobs to do. If your child will not be attending our concert, please let me know as soon as possible so I can make appropriate arrangements. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

If you have questions about the Holiday Concert, please contact Mrs. Hall at 995-7412 or e-mail her at

Olivia' Dream Toys for Tots Toy Drive

We will again be collecting toys for Olivia's Dream. This will take the place of our Giving Tree this year. Unwrapped toys will be collected from November 23rd - December 12th. We are also suggesting that families may bring these toys to our annual Holiday Family Night on Thursday, December 12th. Please help make Olivia's Dream come true by helping children across Cleveland have a wonderful holiday season!
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Inside the Idea Lab

On November 21 in Idea Lab we read The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing. This is a funny book about a Thanksgiving family gathering from a child’s perspective. All grades enjoyed it and we followed it up with an activity packet from the publisher based on the events in the book. Please ask your students to share their list of things they are thankful for! After our Thanksgiving activities we had book checkout featuring our genre of the month, historical fiction, as well as history and Thanksgiving books.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we have some fun library activities planned. Mark your calendars for December 18 which will be POLAR EXPRESS DAY for the whole school! We will read The Polar Express and do a related craft in library that day. If you are not familiar with the story, a boy is picked up by a magical train and carried to the North Pole. In the story, all the children are wearing their pajamas since they were picked up at night. Students may wear PAJAMAS to school that day if they so choose. Some classes may also watch the movie version of the book in their classrooms.

Our next library day will be the Monday after Thanksgiving break. Please help your children remember their library books that day! I hope you’ll spend some time reading with your child over the break. Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Cold Weather Time Again!

Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately to participate in outdoor recess (i.e., coat, hat, gloves, boots, snow pants, etc.). As stated in the handbook: All students are expected to go outside unless the temperature is below 20 degrees or the wind chill is below 10 degrees. Generally, if a child is able to ride the bus and attend school, (s)he should also be able to outside at recess. The only exceptions are: a physician’s request, a written parent request for the day the child returns to school following an illness, or a request by the teacher or Principal. We have a limited amount of clothing for students to change into should they get wet or muddy outside, so please consider sending in an extra set of clothing for their children.

December Specials Schedule

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Clinic Clothes

We are in need of sweatpants, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, socks, snow pants and boots for both boys and girls in grades K-5. Also, if your child has been given borrowed clothing from the clinic, please launder and return to Mrs. Schmidt. Thanks for your continued support.

School Fee Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has paid their school fees! Just a friendly reminder to make sure you pay your school fees if you haven't done so already. Payment should be made online via Infinite Campus. Checks and cash payments are accepted at Central Office only (1101 SOM Center Road). Thank you!

Kindergarten: $25.00/Reduced $5.00

Grades 1-5: $42.00/Reduced $8.40

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Healthy Tips

At Gates Mills we want to ensure that our students stay as healthy and safe as possible. Please keep in mind the following when debating whether or not to send your child to school:
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Lunch Menus

Lunch menus are now online: CLICK THIS LINK FOR LUNCH MENU INFORMATION. While visiting the page, make sure to click on the link to have the lunch menu emailed to you monthly. This online version of the daily menus provides nutritional information for each item.
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Annual Update OLR

Annual Update OLR is the electronic process for parents to go into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal in order to update and confirm all student data that is currently in our system. This must be completed for each student even if there are NO changes. You will need to go through each step and click submit. For step by step instructions, please see the link below.

Annual Update OLR Instructions

It is recommended to use Windows IE 11, Firefox or Safari. Windows must be Windows 7 or later. Annual Updates cannot be done via a handheld device (iOS or Android). If you need assistance with your Parent Portal Login, email:

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Important Dates

Here are a few dates and events that you will want to mark on your calendars:

November 27 - 29: Thanksgiving Break - No School

December 4: PTC Meeting 6:30PM, Idea Lab

December 10: 5th Grade Door Swag Making

December 12: Holiday Concert/Open House 7 PM

December 13: 4th & 5th Gates Mills Library (Magnets Field Trip) 1 PM

December 16 - 19: Mayfield STEAM Bus at Gates Mills Elementary

December 19: Elementary Holiday Parties / End of Second Quarter

December 20: Teacher Work Day - No Classes

December 23 - January 3: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

January 6: Classes Resume

Important Websites

School Website: Gates Mills Elementary

Gates Mills PTC: Gates Mills PTC

Supply Lists: Gates Mills Supply List

Information for Parents: Summer Central

School Lunch Information: Food Services

Bus Information:Transportation

Detailed School Information: Elementary Student Handbook

Attendance Matters: House Bill 410

Community Flyers: Community Flyers

Friday Folder: Friday Folder Web Page

Alternative Address Form: Alternative Address Form

District Calendars: District Calendars

District Parent Mentor Information: District Parent Mentor Information

Drop Off & Dismissal Procedures: Drop Off/Pick Up

Mayfield City Schools App: Visit the App Store for Android or Apple

Gates Mills Elementary School

We are Gates Mills Elementary! We have a small but mighty student population. Parents are encouraged to be involved with their student’s educational journey at Gates Mills Elementary. The staff and students at Gates Mills Elementary invite you to stop in and see the learning that is going on.