The Gates Mills Gazette

November 15, 2019

This week we celebrated Red Ribbon Week. Students and staff dressed enthusiastically for the daily themes. Today we all received our Red Ribbons to wear. With the first snowfall of the year, students had a blast both playing in the snow and building snowmen. Today all the students participated in ornament making for the Judy Bell Tree located at the Community House! We had a busy week!!

Ornament Making

Thanks again to Barb Catalano, Suzanne Snelson, Ronnie Quigley, and our parent volunteers Lindsay Steinbrink and Leigh Gale for coordinating the ornament-making activity today for all students. The theme for this year is the 50th anniversary of the "Apollo Moon Landing." Stop by the Gates Mills Community House after Thanksgiving and admire all the wonderful student-made ornaments decorating the village's Judy Bell tree!!

PTC Update

We want to thank those families who donated baked goods and time towards the annual Election Day Bake Sale. Will all of your efforts, we were able to raise almost $500! Thank you again! Our Walk-A-Thon money is counted and our students raised $3,953, with our goal being $5,000. If you still have outstanding pledge forms, please send them in to the office. Once again, we could not accomplish any of this without the help of all our families! This money goes towards just a few of the following traditions:

Fifth Grade Graduation

Gates Mills Scholarship for a MHS Senior

Teacher Appreciation Events

Last Day Picnic

Classroom Holiday Parties

Inside the Idea Lab

This week we got to visit Library/Idea Lab twice!

On November 11 we discussed Veterans Day and learned about our genre of the month, Historical Fiction. We also talked about our Dewey Decimal range of the month, the 900s, which encompass history and geography. In preparation for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we read a wonderful adventure book called How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. After we read our story and checked out books, many from the history section of our non-fiction books, we worked on a variety of activities. Upper grades worked with circuits and coding games while kindergarten and first grades worked on puzzles. They were so proud when they worked as a team to successfully complete them!

On November 15 we continued our themes of Veterans Day and history by watching a video reading of Remembering Vera, Patricia Polacco’s wonderful book that tells the true story of a small dog who served in the U.S. Coast Guard. After our video we created cards to thank our veterans for their service. These will be sent to active or veteran service members. Some students with military service members took their cards home to give to their loved ones. We then checked out books and for second through fifth grades, one book was either a history or historical fiction book. At lunch recess, our fifth grade book club met again today. We will meet again after the Thanksgiving break.

Our next library day is Thursday, November 21. Please help your children remember their library books!

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

Clinic Clothes

Special thanks to Officer Arch and his wife for purchasing winter hats and gloves for the clinic!

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.

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.

Coats for Kids

We are off to a slow start for our Coats for Kids drive as we head into the winter season. This drive has always raised an abundance of much-needed items for those in need. There are collection boxes at the school’s main office for donations of winter gear. Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause!

Coats for Kids accepts all of the following (new or gently worn):

  • Winter Coats
  • Hates, Gloves, Scarfs
  • Snow/Ski Pants

The collection drive lasts from October-December, 2019. Thank you in advance for your generosity. We appreciate your support!

(Please contact Chris Bailey,, or

Deb Martin,, with any questions)

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School Fee Reminder

Thank you to everyone who has paid their school fees! Just a friendly reminder to make sure you pay your school fees if you haven't done so already. Payment should be made online via Infinite Campus. Checks and cash payments are accepted at Central Office only (1101 SOM Center Road). Thank you!

Kindergarten: $25.00/Reduced $5.00

Grades 1-5: $42.00/Reduced $8.40

Healthy Tips

At Gates Mills we want to ensure that our students stay as healthy and safe as possible. Please keep in mind the following when debating whether or not to send your child to school:
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Lunch Menus

Lunch menus are now online: CLICK THIS LINK FOR LUNCH MENU INFORMATION. While visiting the page, make sure to click on the link to have the lunch menu emailed to you monthly. This online version of the daily menus provides nutritional information for each item.

Mayfield High School Musical 2019 - CHICAGO!

Now showing, November 15th through November 17th. Click this link for tickets.

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.

Annual Update OLR Instructions

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:

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Important Dates

Here are a few dates and events that you will want to mark on your calendars:

November 19th - 1st Grade Innovation Center Field Trip

November 21st - 4th Gates Mills Library (Sound Field Trip) 1 PM

November 27 - 29th - Thanksgiving Break - No School

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 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

Important Websites

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

Bus Information:Transportation

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

Mayfield City Schools App: Visit the App Store for Android or Apple

Gates Mills Elementary School

We are Gates Mills Elementary! We have a small but mighty student population. Parents are encouraged to be involved with their student’s educational journey at Gates Mills Elementary. The staff and students at Gates Mills Elementary invite you to stop in and see the learning that is going on.