This Week @ Gates
April 28, 2019
Upcoming Events

  • Fri, 5/3 - Ice Cream Social and the 6th grade social @ 7-9PM
  • 5/6 - 5/10 - Staff appreciation week
  • Mon, 5/13 - PTO meeting @ 7:30 PM
  • Thurs, 5/16 - Celebrate the Arts Night @ 5.30 - 7.30 PM
Ice Cream Social is May 3rd!

The annual Gates Ice Cream Social is next week! We are looking forward to a fun evening, but we need YOUR help to make this possible! Please consider signing up for a volunteer slot, donating cakes for the cake walk, or donating toppings for ice cream sundaes. We have created half-hour time slots for many events so that students in Grades 5 and up can help out as well as enjoy all the fun. This is NOT a drop-off event so you will be at the school anyway. Please consider running a game while the kids are all having fun. 
Please remember to send in your wristband order forms (at the bottom of the flyer that you hopefully retrieved from your kids' backpacks), or buy them at the door. 
In addition to the familiar games, cake walk and ice creams, we have a Silver Unicorn-sponsored book fair, a firetruck and police cruiser to check out, a coloring station, and more! This year we will have vegan ice cream from West Side Creamery also!

This is a huge event that the kids love every year - THANK YOU for helping us make it a success!

Katharine  - the Cake Walk;
Laryssa - Games;
Kathryn Sweeney - the Book Fair.
Staff Appreciation Week, May 6 th  – May 10 th

Staff appreciation is coming up soon.  It is a great opportunity to thank our teachers and staff for all that they do. Keep an eye on “This Week @ Gates” and the Paul P. Gates School Parent Connection Facebook page, and the PTO website in the coming weeks, for more information on our plans and signups.
Please note that each day has an individual signup for supplies and help.  Make sure to check them all out if you think you can donate more than one item.
Let’s work together to make it a fantastic week of celebration!

Questions? Contact Jennifer Smith
MONDAY: Breakfast
On Monday, May 6 th  we would like to start Staff Appreciation Week off right with breakfast for the staff.  Click on the link below to donate food and supplies.  All items should be dropped off in the Teacher’s Lounge by 7:30am so that we can set up the breakfast by 8am.  
TUESDAY: Convenience Store
On Tuesday, May 7 th  we would like to set up a “convenience store” so that teachers can restock supplies, rainy-day games and snacks in their classrooms.  All supplies should be new.  Any snacks should be packages of individually packaged snacks.  Items can be dropped off in the school office beginning April 29 th  and must be dropped off by 7:30am on May 7 th .  To make it easier, the signup includes a link to an Amazon wishlist.  Items can be shipped directly to the school!
WEDNESDAY: Students Show Their Appreciation and Raffle
When we asked the staff what they liked most they answered the pictures and notes from students.  Have your child bring in a picture or note, this day, telling a member of the staff how much they appreciate them. Your child doesn’t want to write a note – that’s OK.  Have them wear their teacher’s favorite color.  Wednesday we will also raffle prizes that have been donated.  Want to donate something but have no ideas?  Check out the sign up below. Please contact Jennifer Smith about pick up of raffle items. Our goal is to have a raffle item for every member of the staff.

THURSDAY: PTO Shows Their Appreciation (June 13th)
The PTO will be catering lunch for the staff during building-bassed learning on June 13th.  No donations needed.
Can you volunteer to help with setup or clean up?  Contact Jennifer Smith directly.
FRIDAY: Something Sweet to End the Week
Who doesn’t enjoy a good cup of coffee, cookies or treats?  If you would like to make or purchase something for the staff, please consider signing up below.  Items should be brought to the Teacher’s Lounge by 8am on Friday.
All students, families, teachers and staff are invited to the annual Celebrate the Arts Evening. 

5:30 to 7:30  Visit the Student Art Gallery in the gym.

5:30 to 7:00  Make a special piece of art with your family in the Family Art Making Studio. 

6:30 to 7:30  Gates School Chorus and The Singing Monkees   will be performing in the Gates Cafeteria.

We hope you can all attend this amazing evening of Art and Music.

If you are willing to help, please SIGN UP .
Student council used book collection

The Gates Student council will be hosting this years used book collection! This collection will kick off at the ICS and end on 5/10. Please bring in your books and put them in the bin by the office. All books will go to the Acton Public Library for their book sale. 
MCAS Schedule

Tuesday April 30 & Wednesday May 1: Grade 3
Monday May 6 & Wednesday May 8: Grades 4/5 
Monday May 13 & Tuesday May 14: Grade 6 MATH; Grade 5 Science and Technology
Make-ups - May 3, 10, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22
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Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education program is an easy way to earn cash for Gates school. Simply clip Box Tops on hundreds of products at your local grocery store and place them in the collection box outside of the Gates school office. For each one, Gates receives 10 cents and it really adds up.
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