Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

March 2022

Important Upcoming Events

March

March 11th---3rd Quarter Ends

March 14th thru 18th---No School, Spring Recess

March 21st---4th Quarter Begins


April

April 1st---No School, Professional Development Day

April 15th---No School, Teacher Planning Day

April 18th---No School, Articulation Day

April 22nd---Early Childhood Planning Day, No School for pre-k students

Notes From the Gateway Office

Please remember that school will not be in session Monday, March 14th thru Friday, March 18th due to Spring Recess. School will resume on Monday, March 21st. Have a great Spring Break!!!

Face Coverings While on Campus

As of Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, face coverings are now optional in all OPS buildings. Those who wish to continue wearing a face covering are welcome to do so.
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Early Childhood Applications for 2022-23 School Year

Apply online for early childhood programs beginning Feb. 14, 2022.

To apply for early childhood programs, the following documents are needed:

  • A certified birth certificate for your child
  • Immunization records for your child
  • Proof of address such as billing statements from MUD, OPPD, Cox, or Century Link, or a rental or purchase agreement for the residence
  • Income Verification Proof of Family income for the previous 12 months such as TANF/ADC, SSI, Child Support, 1040, W-2s, 8453, Self-Declaration, 12 months of check stubs, employment letter, etc.

Learn more about Omaha Public Schools' early childhood opportunities.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13th, 2022 @ 2:00 am — 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!!

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State Testing Tips

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 test, 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!!

Have a High School Student that is Looking for a Summer Job???

High school students are invited to explore Teaching as a Profession as a paid student intern this summer.


Student interns will mentor Omaha Public Schools elementary students and tutor students in small groups guided by a certified teacher.


Applicants must be 16+ years old and in good standing at school. They must have good attendance and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Credit verification and background checks will be conducted.


Interns will support Next Level Learning sessions at various elementary schools from June 8-30 and July 6-22. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. and pay is $12 an hour. Interns must have their own transportation to and from the school site.


Apply today!

Key Dates for 2022-23 School Year

The Board of Education has approved the 2022-23 calendar. As we work to create a printable version, we are sharing key dates for the upcoming school year to help our families and community members make plans. The full calendar will be posted to www.ops.org when it becomes available.


  • Wednesday, Aug. 17: Elementary and entry-level middle and high school students start
  • Thursday, Aug. 18: All other middle and high school students start
  • Wednesday, Aug. 24: Early Childhood starts
  • Monday, Nov. 21-Friday, Nov. 25: Fall break
  • Monday, Dec. 19-Tuesday, Jan. 3: Winter break
  • Monday, March. 13-Friday, Mar. 17: Spring break
  • Friday, May 26: Last day for all students

Handicap Parking Spaces @ Gateway

Several handicapped parking spaces are available in Gateway's parking lot. If you are parked in this space, please make sure that you have a Nebraska Handicapped Parking Permit and the permit is clearly visible.


For more facts about handicap parking, please see the fact sheet attached below.


Thanks in advance for your cooperation!

Safety Tips

  1. Please use only one of the three designated crosswalks to safely cross to/from school each day.
  2. Please use only the right hand lane to drop off and pick up students each day. The left lane is used as an exit/drive thru lane.
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Not Feeling Well?

While it’s important for children to be at school, it’s also important for them to stay at home and rest if they are sick--both so they can recover and so they don’t make others sick. If your child is sick, please notify the main office at 531.299.1480. Strict adherence to our health and safety guidelines protects other members of our community and allows in-person learning to proceed more successfully.


If you have any questions, please call our School Nurse, Mrs. Lauren Boll @ 531-299-1480.

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.

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