This Week @ Gates
January 13, 2019
Upcoming Events

  • January, 15th, 22nd, 29th - The Gates Days at NYAJ
  • 1/14, 1/22, 2/5 & 2/11 - Kindergarten tours at Gates
  • Monday, 01/14/19 - PTO meeting in the Gates library
  • Thursday, 01/17/19 - Gates School Chorus Winter Concert
  • Monday, 01/21/19 - No School (Martin Luther King Day)
  • Tuesday, 02/05/19 - The Gates Kindergarten Information night
  • Friday, 02/08/19 - Culture Showcase

Please Join Us at the Next Gates PTO Meeting

Just a quick reminder that the next Gates PTO meeting is on Monday, January 14th at 7:30 pm in the Gates Library. These meetings are a great opportunity to hear from other parents, the PTO board, and Principal Newman. You can be the first to hear about what's going on in your child school and learn about PTO sponsored events. Remember, your opinion matters and we want to hear from you, so please consider coming to our meetings.
Gates School Chorus Winter Concert

The Gates School Chorus will perform a Winter Concert on
Thursday, January 17 at 7pm in the Gates Cafeteria. Family and friends are all invited to this concert. The theme for our concert is “Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes.”

Gates School Chorus Spring Semester
All students in Grades 4, 5, and 6 are invited to join the Gates
School Chorus for our spring semester. Our theme will be “Magical Creatures”. We will be singing songs about unicorns, trolls, monsters and other magical creatures.
If you would like to join the Chorus, you should register at Acton- Boxborough Community Education through the following link. Gate School Chorus Spring Semester
Support Gates School and Eat at Not Your Average Joe's!

We are happy to report that Gates Elementary School was selected for the  Not Your Average Cause Program. Here is how it works. Every Tuesday during the month of January Gates families are invited to dine (or carry out) at Not Your Average Joe's and they will donate 15% of your total purchase to Gates School. Simply present this certificate to your server on January 15th, 22d and 29th or just verbally state your affiliation. The more Gates Elementary supporters who participate, the more money Not Your Average Joe's will donate!
It is time for the Gates Culture Showcase!

There are many ways to participate!

Want to perform?
Everybody is welcome to share a dance, musical number, a skit, a poem, or martial arts performance, etc. that represents your culture. 
You can sign up to perform by sending an email to Planning Committee with the details below:
  • Name and contact info of performance coordinator
  • Type of performance
  • Name and grades of all performers
  • Details about the performance

Each number must be under 5 min. in length. Dress rehearsal is the week before the showcase. We are still looking for people to play an instrument, sing, or recite a poem from their country of choice.

Like to take a more one on one approach?
You can set up a table/booth space with a tri-fold poster and tell visitors about your country and culture. You can include a small craft, showcase a skill, and bring in items to showcase. 
Space is limited. Please email Planning Committee if you are interested by January 18th.

Like to be more hands on?
Contribute to the International bake sale by bringing in your favorite treat sweet or savory!
Please email Planning Committee if you would like to contribute by January 20th.

Program Guidelines
  • There will be a $5 per person or $10 per family entry fee, the night of the program.
  • 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 Culture Showcase co-chairs:

See you all on February 8th!
2019 – 2020 Kindergarten Registration 

The Gates Kindergarten Information night is Tuesday, Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm. Kindergarten tour dates at Gates are scheduled on 1/14, 1/22, 2/5 & 2/11  from 9:30 - 10:45 & 1:45 - 3:00. To find out more about school information evenings and tour dates, see the  Kindergarten Information Sheet .
Online Pre-registration for incoming 2019-2020 kindergarten students will open on January 9, 2019. To be included in the lottery, you must register before March 1, 2019. Your kindergarten student must be 5 years old by September 1, 2019. Additional information will be posted on the kindergarten registration website
For the latest information, such as postponed school information evenings on Kindergarten registration and date changes due to weather,  register to receive updates . Please only sign up once.
Shop and Support Gates
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 https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3079185
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.
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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