Gateway Middle School

December Parent Newsletter

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In This Issue

Save the Date

Dropping off Student Lunches


Holiday Events


Give Club Giving-Winter Warmth Drive

Natural Leaders

Join the PTSA

Everett Public Schools December Newsletter

Gateway's Mission

At Gateway our mission is, in partnership with parents and the community, to provide a safe and collaborative learning environment that empowers lifelong learners to reach their full potential.

Save the Date

December 6th

Choir Concert

December 12th

Orchestra Concert

Dec 19th-Jan 2nd

Winter Break- No School

January 17th

Doughnuts with Counselors and Principals 8:15-9:00 in the Library

Check out the Everett School District Calendar.

dropping off student lunches

We know that students can sometimes forget lunches at home. Please know that while office staff will do their best to get the lunches to students, we cannot interrupt instruction for this reason. Also, we do not have access to microwaves for students so we ask that you plan accordingly.


During the winter break from school (December 19th to January 2nd), we are grateful to everyone for helping to restore a routine for showing up to school while supporting students and families.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts to avoid taking extra time off during the winter break. As long as your child is healthy, please encourage showing up to class when school is in session.

Every day of school is an important opportunity for students to learn as well as to connect to their peers and teachers.

We thank:

● Our students and their families who do their best to show up daily even when it isn’t easy.

● Our teachers who go above and beyond to make school a welcoming and safe place for all students to learn.

● Our administrators who help us work together to ensure we create a physically and emotionally safe and engaging learning environment.

● Our many, many healers and helpers - the support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need.

We appreciate each one of you. May these days off be restful and healing.

● We look forward to seeing you again when school resumes on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Thank you for partnering with us!

Snohomish County Holiday Happenings

Please click this link for some fun Snohomish County Holiday Events!


This year’s yearbook theme is Reaching for the Stars and our book is going to be amazing! For students that did not purchase a yearbook yet, our final yearbook sale is happening December 5-9. Students can order a yearbook online or bring their money ($30 and cash/check) to the front office during school hours. If students are unsure if they ordered a yearbook, they are encouraged to check the yearbook purchase lists located in the Commons.
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Winter Warmth Drive

Gateway is holding our Winter Warmth Drive, December 5-9. Students are encouraged to donate non-perishable food, personal care items, and pet products to benefit the Mill Creek Food Bank. We are also collecting new or gently used winter wear to benefit the Clothes for Kids organization. Donations can be dropped off in first period classes. Help us support our community! You can also make a financial contribution to the Mill Creek Food bank using the following link:

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Books Over Break Event

It’s time for our annual Books over Break event! Once again, we are asking all students to read a book over the upcoming winter break. They can read any book of their choice. During the break, students will simply read their book, and then fill out the slip provided by their ELA teacher. The Books over Break slips are due Wednesday, January 4th. For added fun, students who read their book and return the slip will play our lucky lollipop game.

Natural Leaders

Gateway Natural Leaders will have their first meeting of the year Wednesday, November 30th, from 6:00pm-7:00pm, in room A-302 (Almquist’s room). Light refreshments provided. Please join us!

Who are Natural Leaders? Natural Leaders are multi-cultural parents and family members that serve as a bridge between families, school, and the community.

Why are they needed? Natural Leaders represent the diversity of their school communities. Honoring their experiences and listening to their voice ensures more equity and access for all students.

What do they do? Natural Leaders engage in new learning to support their goals, create events families want and need, and build relationships with families and school staff.

For more information, contact: Gateway Staff Lead Janaya Almquist or Everett Public Schools Coordinators Diana Martin or Sandra Mejia

Join Our PTSA

Our Mission: The PTSA strengthens our schools and benefits our children. Gateway PTSA provides programs and activities that enhance the educational opportunities of Gateway’s students, teachers, and the surrounding community. Gateway PTSA is an advocate for all students attending Gateway Middle School and Everett Public Schools.

Please consider joining our PTA. Attendance at meetings is not required, but your support allows our students to have more opportunities. Click this link to find out more information!

Everett Public Schools December Newsletter

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