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 RHall@mayfieldschools.org.
Olivia' Dream Toys for Tots Toy Drive
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
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
Kindergarten: $25.00/Reduced $5.00
Grades 1-5: $42.00/Reduced $8.40
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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