The Gates Mills Gazette

Mrs. Tammi L. Bender, Principal

May 17, 2019

Gates Mills Student of the Month

On Wednesday, May 15th, Gates Mills School was featured at the Board of Education meeting. The Mayfield City Schools Student of the Month was fifth grader Kyndal M. Kyndal is a kind, giving and hard-working fifth grader. She was selected to be part of the student team that created the Idea Lab! She was selected because she is a good listener and is thoughtful in her work. She is compassionate, leads quietly and all of the students look up to her. Kyndal is an entrepreneur and started a cookie business in third grade called Kyndal's Kookies. She's sold her cookies at her church, a downtown venue in Cleveland, in the lobby of her apartment and can often be seen handing out flyers about her baked goods. She is a positive young lady who will leave a wonderful impression at Gated Mills Elementary. Congratulations, Kyndal!!

Important Rock Painting Information Next Week

Next week our students will be painting rocks located in the front of the building. Please send in an old t-shirt or some type of shirt protection to prevent your child from getting acrylic paint on their clothing. Grades K - 2 will begin painting their rocks as early as Tuesday, May 21st. Grades 3 - 5 will begin painting their rocks as early as Wednesday, May 22nd. Any questions, call the school office. Thanks again for your continued support!

End of Year Events - Revised

Below is the revised May 2019 Calendar of events.
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Fifth Grade Graduation

Fifth grade graduation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 28th, at 7pm at the Gates Mills Community House. Students should arrive by 6:45pm to allow time for family picture taking before the ceremony. Girls should wear dresses or skirts and boys should wear dress slacks, shirts and ties. Invitations were sent home a few weeks ago. Parking will be available at the Community House, along Chagrin River Road and in the lower school parking lot. Because of the large class size, please try to limit your guests to six people or less. Any questions, please call the school office.

Field Day - Wednesday, May 29th

Our Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th. Lake Metroparks will be running our Field Day and our PTC has graciously agreed to pay for this activity! The Metroparks will be bringing their own volunteers to help with this event.

Information was sent home with all students on May 1st by grade levels. A Lake Metroparks Disclaimer & Release form was also attached to each packet. This form must be completed and returned to the school office as soon as possible for your child to participate in Field Day. Please refer to the downloads below. Thanks in advance for your continued support.

Pirate Adventure

Grades K – 2 will be participating in a Pirate Adventure activity. The activity will take place from 8:30 - 9:30am. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle. Grades K – 2 have been divided into two teams with no team colors.

Survivor Challenge

Grades 3-5 will be participating in a Survivor Challenge activity. Their activity will take place from 9:45 - 11:15am. All students should dress appropriately for the weather and bring a water bottle. The students were broken down into color groups for grades 3 – 5 and should wear their designated color to school on the 29th. Please refer to the 3-5 teams download.

Last Day of School

The last day of school is Wednesday, May 29th. We will continue to host our end-of-year picnic (sponsored by the Gates Mills PTC). Our fifth grade clap-out is scheduled for 11:30am, followed by the picnic. A flyer for the end-of-year picnic was sent home this week with all students. Lunch includes pizza, chips, watermelon, chocolate chip cookie and bottled water. Please make sure to complete the form and return to school by May 22nd, so we can get an accurate count for lunch. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Student Health Services

End of Year Medication Pick Up

It is a Mayfield School Policy that an adult pick up and drop off medications that are kept at school. You will need to pick up any remaining medication by the last day of school. We cannot store medications over the summer. Medication remaining in the clinic on Wednesday, May 29th, will be disposed of.

If you anticipate your student will need medication for the 2019/20 school year, please have new medication forms completed by the physician before school starts in August. Forms and medication from the previous school year cannot be used.

All Health services forms are located on the Mayfield Schools website at, click on Families and then scroll down to and click on Student Health Services. Along the right side will be forms to download and print for your student's specific needs.

For students with medications for allergic reactions: Parents should complete the Mayfield City Schools Allergy Action Plan and a separate medication form for each medication.

Please have all forms and medication at school by August 15, 2019. Forms can be returned to school via fax (440-995-7505) or emailed to If you have any questions, please contact the Clinic (440-995-7503) by May 29th.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2019/20 school year is currently available online and will be throughout the summer. To attend Kindergarten in Mayfield Schools, your child must be 5 years old by August 1, 2019.

Feel free to contact Registrar Laura Cantrell @440-995-7243 with any questions pertaining to registering, or email her at

Lego Robotics Camp Information for Grades 4-6

Lego Robotics Camp for Grades 4 - 6 will be July 15th through July 19th. Click here to print out the packet of information for Lego Robotics Camp.

Engineering Process Camp for Grades 6-8

Engineering process Camp for Grades 6 - 8 will be July 15th through July 19th. Click here to print out the packet of information for Engineering Process Camp.

Important Links

Dates to Remember

May 22: Gr. 5 End-of-Year Trip, 8:45am - 6pm

May 22: Gr. 4 to Great Lakes Science Center, 9:15am - 2pm

May 24: Community Day

May 28: Gr. 5 Graduation: 7pm, GM Community House

May 29: Field Day / Gr. 5 Clap Out 11:30am, followed by picnic