Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

March 2019

Terry Burton, Principal

Nicole Longlee, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events

March
  • March 1st-----Fire Drill, 3:00 pm
  • March 6th---No School for Pre-K, Pre-K Plan Day
  • March 6th---Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:00 pm
  • March 7th---Parent/Teacher Conferences, Noon-8:00 pm
  • March 7th---No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 8th---No School, Teacher Work Day
  • March 8th---3rd Quarter Ends
  • March 10th---Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 11th thru March 15th---No School, Spring Recess
  • March 17th---St. Patrick's Day
  • March 18th---4th Quarter Begins
  • March 18th---NSCAS Testing Begins (Gr. 3 thru 6)
  • March 19th---Bus Evacuation Drills
  • March 20th---Student Council Theme Day, Wear Tie-Die!

Office Notes

Please remember that due to Parent Teacher Conferences, classes will not be in session for all OPS elementary students on Thur., March 7th and Fri., March 8th.


Students will be on Spring Break from March 11th through March 15th.


Also, due to Pre-K Teacher Plan Day, pre-k students will be off from school on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019.


Classes will resume for all Gateway students on Monday, March 18th!


Enjoy your Spring Break!!!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars for Spring Parent Teacher conferences:

Wednesday, March 6th, 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, March 7th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm


If you haven’t already done so, please call 531-299-1480 to schedule a time to meet with your child's teacher. Our goal is always 100% attendance at Parent/Teacher Conferences!


The Kroc Center will be at Gateway Thursday, March 7th from 1:00 pm--4:00 pm to sign up students for soccer and flag football.


We will also be having a Health Fair in Gateway’s gym on Thursday from 1:00-4:00 pm. Stop by the Gateway gym to see various organizations promoting health and wellness!!


The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) offers some excellent information about Parent Teacher conferences:


Children whose parents are involved in their education do better in school.

Before the conference, talk with your child and find out what his/her favorite school subjects and activities are and if he/she has any concerns for you to discuss with the teacher.

Review your child’s work. Are there any areas that need improvement? Discuss both strengths and weaknesses with the teacher – we all have both.


Be on time. The conference schedule is tight and everyone needs to stay on schedule. If you develop a conflict, let the school know as soon as possible. Try to reschedule, even if it needs to be a phone conference.


Keep an open mind. Conferences are meant to help you understand your child’s school performance. Working together, home and school maximize student success.

Make plans to follow through at home if needed. Decide what you, your child, and the teacher need to do to help your child succeed.


Afterwards tell your child about the talk. Praise the things he/she is doing well and pass along compliments. If you need to, talk about areas you will work to improve.

State Testing

Gateway students in Grades 3-6 will be completing the NSCAS (Nebraska Student Centered Assessment System) during the months of March and April. So that your child does his or her very best on the NeSA, please encourage them by reinforcing the following test-taking tips:


Get a good night’s sleep.

Arrive to school on time.

Eat breakfast.

Come to school with a positive attitude.

Most importantly, encourage your child to do their very best on the test!!!


For more specific information about how to help your child on the NSCAS, please talk to their classroom teacher.


Thanks in advance for helping our students to show all

that they have learned this year!!

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 2 a.m. — when people should set their clocks ahead to 3 a.m.

Though your cellphones and smart devices should change automatically, don’t forget to turn those manual bedside alarm clocks forward, or you could risk oversleeping and being late the next day!!

Box Tops For Education

We all shop for groceries, sometimes two or three times a week--or more!! Now turn those shopping trips into easy cash for our school, and encourage friends and family members to do the same! Just look for the Box Tops logo on hundreds of products like Cheerios®, Hamburger Helper® and Kleenex®, in almost every aisle of the store. All you need to do is clip and return them to our main office!! Thanks for helping support our school!!

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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.

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!