This Week @ Gates
January 21, 2018
Upcoming Events

Monday, 01/22/18: Gates PTO Meeting
Friday, 1/26/18: Bag2School Recycling Day
Thursday, 02/01/18:  Winter Band Concert at Gates
Friday, 02/02/18:  Dances of the World
Tuesday, 02/13/18: Gates Kindergarten Information Night
*Gates Kindergarten Tour Dates are 1/16/18, 1/26/18, 2/12/18, 2/16/18 from 9:30-10:45 & 1:45-3:00.
Monday-Friday, 2/19/18-2/23/18: February Vacation (no school)

Bag2School Recycling Day is This Week!

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 be 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.

There are now two drop off stations: one at the front office and one at parent pickup.
Dances of the World is Only a Few Weeks Away

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.

We need lots of volunteers to make this event successful. Please consider signing up to help here .

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

The "Souper Bowl" Food Drive is Underway

The Gates Student Council is holding a "Souper Bowl" to collect food for the Acton Food Pantry from now until February 16th.  Non-perishable foods are needed, especially canned fruit, 100% juice boxes, canned fish (tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel), spaghetti sauce, cereal, peanut butter, jelly and baked beans.  Items may be brought to the box in the main lobby.

Thank you for your support,
Gates Student Council

Please Join Us at the Next Gates PTO Meeting

Just a quick reminder that the next Gates PTO meeting is on Monday, January 22nd 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.

Upcoming Family Learning Series with Heather Finn

On February 6, 2018 7-8:30 pm in the RJ Grey Auditorium, Heather Finn, LICSW will be presenting Attunement & Somatic Regulation: A Body Based Approach Toward Increasing Understanding & Resilience Within Your Child. This presentation will build participants understanding of a child's developmental and regulatory needs from a "bottom up" perspective, and explore the role of interpersonal attunement and somatic regulation in helping children cope with and rebound from stress. Specific focus will be placed on helping participants make sense of children's behavioral responses to stress, and to develop skills that can help children regulate their emotions and behaviors more effectively through use of body based interventions and sensory tools. Participants will also be introduced to Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), a therapeutic intervention designed to explore and expand the repertoire of regulating experiences for children and their caregivers with the aim of nurturing healing, growth and resilience.

Click here to learn more about Heather Finn.

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 . Not Your Average Joe's chose Gates School because they believe in the value we bring to the community and they want to contribute to our success.

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 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th and verbally state your affiliation. The more Gates Elementary supporters who participate, the more money Not Your Average Joe's will donate!

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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This newsletter was created solely for the purpose of communicating school related events to parents and students.