This Week @ Gates
December 17, 2017
Upcoming Events

November-December: Gates Fall Appeal
Friday, 12/22/17: Gates School Annual Sing-a-long
Monday, 12/25/17: Christmas
Monday-Friday, 12/25/17-12/29/17: Winter Recess (no school)
Friday, 1/26/18: Bag2School Recycling Day
Friday, 02/02/18: Dances of the World

Please Help Gates School!

The Gates Fall Appeal is well underway, but we are still short of reaching our annual goal of $40,000 . This holiday season, we ask you to open your wallets and hearts and donate to Gates School as much as you can. You can simply write a check directly to the Gates PTO or make an online donation through PayPal . No gift is too big or small.

It's through your generous donations that the PTO can provide fun family nights, bring cultural and educational groups to school, provide scholarships, supply funds for extra teaching hours, and so much more.

We greatly appreciate any donation you can make

Save Your Clothes for the Bag2School Recycling Day!

Working together, the Gates PTO and Gates Green Team are organizing a clothing collection with Bag2School on Friday, January 26th. The Bag2School program recycles used clothing and textiles including adult and kids clothes, belts, hats, purses, shoes, boots, sheets and towels. If you are cleaning out your closets to make room for new holiday gift clothing, please consider saving the items. We will collecting bagged clothes for one week only from January 22-26.

It's also a great way for schools to raise money while helping kids understand what it means to be green. The program teaches students about the importance of recycling and reusing, thereby fostering environmental awareness at a young age. On top of this, it makes a real impact by reducing the amount of textile waste in our landfills.

Stay tuned, more information will be coming soon.

'Thank You' for Supporting the Mitten Tree Project

We would like to thank everyone who generously supported this year's Mitten Tree Project. Each year Gates' families help local families who are struggling during the holidays, through the Acton Housing Authority. We have noticed that each year the local need is increasing. This year we were able to donate 180 holiday gifts to 15 families. We were able to better last years collection by approximately 30 gifts. It is heart-warming to know we were able to brighten the holidays for so many people, through this community service project.

Best regards,

Rebecca Rosen , Senior Chair Giving Tree
Jennifer Smith, Junior Chair Giving Tree

Please Sign up for Dances of the World

Dances of the World is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our multicultural community and will be held on February 2nd from 6:45-8:30 pm in the Gates Cafeteria. All families are invited to come and enjoy the various events representing art forms around the world depicting our rich diversity.

If you would you like to share a dance, musical number, a skit, or martial arts performance, etc. then please review the participation guidelines and sign up .

We are inviting 4th, 5th, or 6th graders to create a trifold of a country and culture. Whether it is your home country, your parents/grandparents country, or just a country you fell in love with. You can create it alone or with friends. Trifold details are available here .

Program Guidelines
  • There will be a $5 per person or $10 per family entry fee, the night of the program.
  • A sign-up sheet for food donation will be provided soon.
  • This is not a drop off event, parents must supervise their kids at all times.

Planning Committee
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Dances of the World co-chairs:

Please Come to the Gates School Annual Sing-a-long

We welcome all families to come, sing, and watch their children perform holiday songs in the Gates Cafeteria. In addition to songs for everyone to sing, each grade will perform a special winter-themed song. This year's sing-a-long is scheduled for Friday, December 22nd beginning at 2:15 pm. Additional parking for this event will be behind the school on the basketball court. If you are planning on attending, please consider carpooling.

Hello From the Health Office

A reminder to all parents to make sure your contact information (phone and email) in the PowerSchool Student and Parent Sign In is current. With increasing numbers of illness and very limited cot space, it will be important to decrease the amount of time spent by children in the Health Office as they wait for their parents to come for them. For parents/guardians who are likely to be more than 45 minutes away when we call for pick up, please have a "plan B" ready. This could be another family member, friend or neighbor who will be able to pick up your child in a more timely manner.

Thank you as we attempt to control communicable illness and try to keep children comfortable. We also  appreciate a detailed message on the nature of your child's illness on Safe Arrival as we track illness trends. Stay Well.

Warm Regards,
Tory and Diane

Superintendent Search: Your Input is Welcome

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District has engaged the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist them in the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools.  An integral part of the process involves staff, parent/guardian and community participation in focus groups.The groups are designed to obtain participant input about the attributes, experience and knowledge that the new superintendent should possess.  The groups also provide an opportunity for participants to identify immediate tasks which the new superintendent should address.  

Dr. Anthony Bent and Dr. Sally Dias, search consultants with NESDEC, will meet with interested parents/guardians and community members in focus groups. Participation in a focus group will require about 1-2 hours. All AB faculty and staff are welcome to attend and to participate. No previous sign-up is required. The Focus Groups will be held on:
  • Monday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the RJ Grey Junior High School Library
  • Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the RJ Grey Junior High School Library
If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, the consultants would be pleased to receive your comments in writing. Direct them to: Dr. Anthony Bent/Dr. Sally Dias, NESDEC, Acton-Boxborough RSD Superintendent Search, 28 Lord Road, Marlborough, MA 01752.  

Additionally, parents and guardians will have the opportunity to participate in a very brief survey, which will be open from Monday, December 11 - Wednesday, December 20.  A link to the survey will be sent separately.

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District wants and values your opinions.  We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to participate.

Shop and Support Gates

Donelan's Receipts for Education
Donelan's Supermarkets proudly sponsors the Register Tapes for Education Program to make a difference in local communities. Simply collect Donelan's receipts and deposited them in the collection center outside the Gates school office. These receipts are then converted into points and redeemed for equipment and supplies for Gates School.

Shopping on AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Gates school. Just sign up at AmazonSmile and register Paul P. Gates School PTO as your designated charity. Then every time you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the Gates PTO. Don't forget to bookmark the website.

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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