Gateway Family Newsletter (English)

March 2020

Terry Burton, Principal

Nicole Longlee, Asst. Principal

Important Upcoming Events

March
  • March 3rd---Early Childhood Registration Day @ Gateway, 9:30-11:30 & 12:30-2:30
  • March 4th---No School for Pre-K, Pre-K Plan Day
  • March 4th---Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30-8:15 pm
  • March 5th---Parent/Teacher Conferences, Noon-8:15 pm
  • March 5th---No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 6th---No School, Elementary Teacher Planning Day
  • March 6th---3rd Quarter Ends
  • March 8th---Daylight Savings Time Begins
  • March 9th thru March 13th---No School, Spring Recess
  • March 16th---4th Quarter Begins
  • March 16th---NSCAS Testing Begins (Gr. 3 thru 6)
  • March 17th---Bus Evacuation Drills
  • March 17th---St. Patrick's Day
  • March 18th---Bus Emergency Hold Drills
  • March 31st---March Soaring Eagle Winners Announced

Office Notes

Please remember that due to Parent Teacher Conferences, classes will not be in session for all OPS elementary students on Thur., March 5th and Fri., March 6th.


Students will be on Spring Break from March 9th through March 13th.


Also, due to Pre-K Teacher Plan Day, pre-k students will be off from school on Wednesday, March 4th.


Classes will resume for all Gateway students on Monday, March 16th!


Enjoy your Spring Break!!!

Boy's Basketball

The 6th grade boy's basketball team concluded their season last week! Thanks go out to Jason Dworak (Gateway PE Teacher) and Jenny Linstrom (Gateway ACP Paraprofessional) for coaching our boys this season!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendars for Spring Parent Teacher conferences:

Wednesday, March 4th, 4:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Thursday, March 5th, 12:30 pm to 8:15 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!


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.

Gateway Health Fair

Be sure to stop by Gateway Health Fair located in the Gateway gym on Thurs., Mar. 5th anytime between 1:00pm and 4:00 pm.


Flyer is posted below.

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 8, 2020, 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!!

Handicap Parking @ 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!

School Bus Tracking Information

Want to track your child's school bus?? For more information click on the link below.

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!