Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

April 2021

Terry Burton, Principal

Molly Egan, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events

  • Apr. 2nd---No School, Professional Development Day
  • Apr. 13th---Picture Day
  • Apr. 16th---Mid Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home
  • Apr. 22nd---Earth Day

Office Notes

Please remember that due to OPS scheduled professional development, classes will not be in session for all OPS elementary students on Friday, April 2nd. Classes will resume for all Gateway students on Monday, April 5th.

New Bilingual Liaison at Gateway!!

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Jessica Zavala to Gateway!! Mrs. Zavala is our new bilingual liaison!! By now, many of you know that Mr. Eric Ketobiokou accepted a position at the OPS TAC building working with the dual language program. Mrs. Zavala has been hired to fill this vacancy. Welcome to Gateway Jessica!!
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Meals 2 Go at Gateway

Throughout the second semester, we will continue our Meals2Go curbside meal distribution at the regularly scheduled times. This program provides five days of meals for children ages 1-18 at no cost to our families.

  • On Mondays, five days of meals will be available for drive-through pickup.
  • Meals are available from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

If you have questions about student lunches or the Meals2Go program, please contact Nutrition Services at 531-299-0230.

Meals2Go and Next Level Learning – Summer 2021

We are excited to announce that the Meals2Go program will continue to be available at no cost to families throughout the summer of 2021.

Summer meal information and schedules will be provided in the coming days.

Gateway Arrival Procedures

At Gateway, the safety of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority. Please remember that Gateway students that do not attend Kid’s Club should not be arriving at school before 8:35 AM.

Dropping off children prior to 8:35 AM creates an unsafe situation, due to the fact that teachers and paraprofessionals are not on duty until 8:35 AM.

If you need to drop your child off prior to 8:35 AM, please consider using Gateway Kids Club. Kids Club is a before and after school program administered by the Omaha Schools Foundation for children attending Omaha Public Elementary Schools. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Kids Club, please stop by Gateway’s main office or call us at 531-299-1480.

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Pets on School Grounds

Now that the weather is taking a turn for the better families are spending more and more time outdoors. This outdoor time often includes our pets. Please keep in mind that pets including dogs and cats are not permitted on school grounds.

Many students have a natural curiosity towards animals, but some may not know the best way to approach, touch or play with the animal. This could unintentionally cause a pet to bite. In addition, children with allergies or immune deficiencies may be especially susceptible to allergic reactions; therefore we ask that everyone please refrain from bringing your pets on school grounds.

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OPS Severe Weather Procedures

Information is attached below.

Daily Health Assessment

We remind families to complete their daily health assessment before leaving home each day, asking three vital questions:

  1. Has your child experienced one or more of the following symptoms: a new cough, new onset of shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell OR two or more of the following symptoms: fever 100.4 or above, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue in the last 24 hours?
  2. Is your child waiting for a Covid-19 test result?
  3. Has anyone in your household been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 14 days?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you will be expected to stay home.

For the safety of the students and staff, please notify the school immediately if your child tests positive for COVID-19, so contact tracing can begin.

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.