This Week @ Gates
May 6, 2018
Upcoming Events

  • Monday-Friday, 05/07/18-05/11/18: Staff Appreciation Week
  • Wednesday, 05/09/18: Students Show Their Appreciation Day
  • Friday, 05/11/18: Ice Cream Social and 6th Grade Social
  • Monday, 05/14/18: PTO Meeting in the Gates Library
  • Thursday, 05/17/18: Celebrate the Arts Night
  • Tuesday, 05/22/18: Storytime at the Silver Unicorn Bookstore
A Message From the Gates PTO

Please join the PTO on Monday, May 14th from 7:30-8:30 pm in Gates Library for the last public PTO meeting of the 2017-2018 school year. This is an especially important meeting as we will be voting in the officers for the 2019-2020 school year PTO Board.

Please note, we are still looking for someone in the community to step forward for the Senior Co-chair position. You can read more about the position HERE . Whether you stay-at-home, work part-time, or work full-time please consider applying for this position. If you are interested, please contact Naomi Phaneuf .
Celebrate the Arts Night is Coming!

Please join us for Celebrate the Arts Night on Thursday, May 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm. It’s a wonderful family event featuring a student art gallery, family art making, and performances by the Gates school chorus and 6th grade Glee Club.

Student Art Gallery 5:30-7:00 pm
Family Art Making 5:30-6:30 pm
Family Folk Dance 6:30-7:00 pm

We need many volunteers to make this celebration a success during the week of May 14th-18th. If you can help out for an hour or two, it would be immensely appreciated. Gates students are welcome to accompany their parents to help set up. Please sign up HERE .
Staff Appreciation Week:
Students Show Their Appreciation Day

When we asked the staff what they liked most they answered the pictures and notes from students. On Wednesday, May 9th please have your child bring in a picture or note 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. It can be their classroom teacher, assistant teacher, favorite office staff, favorite special teacher, etc. Click HERE to see what their favorite color is.

Also Wednesday we will be raffling off the prizes that have been donated. Want to donate something but have no ideas? Click HERE to see the sign up for the raffle gifts. Please contact Jennifer Smith about pick up of raffle items.
Storytime at the Silver Unicorn Bookstore

On Tuesday, May 22nd T he Silver Unicorn Bookstore is hosting a Gates storytime. The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm and The Silver Unicorn Bookstore is donating 15% of the evening proceeds to the Gates PTO to support and enrich the educational experiences of our students. In addition, Legend Cafe will also be participate in the fundraiser for Gates. The are planning on staying open late till 8:00 pm to accommodate parents on their way in and out of the bookstore event and will donate 10% of the evening proceeds to the Gates PTO. Please email Sheila Magovern with any questions.
Spring Is In the Air and Its ALMOST Ice Cream Social Time

On Friday, May 11th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm bring your whole family and build an ice cream sundae, bring home a cake from the cakewalk, play carnival games, and stock your library for some summer reading! Keep in mind this is NOT A DROP OFF EVENT parent supervision is required.

Ice Cream is $3.00 
Wristbands for Unlimited Games are $10.00
Individual Game Tickets are $.50 each

Pre-Buy Wristbands
A form was sent home to order wristbands. If you didn’t receive a form email Molly Wald and she will send one with instructions on how to get your wristbands.

Calling All Volunteers
It takes many volunteers to make this Gates tradition a success. To get involved click on one of the links below. If you are interested in volunteering the night of the social, please sign up for a time slot HERE . 5th graders are invited to help with games. To donate a cake (homemade/store bought), please sign-up HERE . To donate toppings, please sign-up HERE . A drop off box is located in the Gates lobby for book donations.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ice Cream Social Committee: Katharine Wellner , Debbie Brissenden , Laryssa Doohovskoy , Sian McGurk , and Molly Wald . Thank you for your support and making this a fantastic school event!
Book Donations Needed for the Ice Cream Social

Parents, please consider donating books for the annual used book sale that will be taking place during this year’s ice cream social on Friday, May 11th. You can send them in with your child. We take both children and adult literature, fiction and non-fiction. There are two square plastic boxes clearly labeled “book donations” placed on the right of the cafeteria doors in the Gates School lobby. We will accept board games & puzzles if all pieces are accounted for. Do you have too many to carry to school? No problem, just contact Sian McGurk to arrange a pick up. Thank you for donating the gift of a good read for a great cause.
6th Grade Social Information

All Gates 6th Grade students are invited to attend the 6th Grade Social on Friday, May 11th from 7:00-9:00 pm. The event takes place during the Ice Cream Social. Please join us for games, prizes, snacks, yearbook photo opportunities, and a cupcake walk. 

Event Admission is $5 payable the night of the event.
Admission fee will cover snacks, games, and prizes

Please note: The $5 fee covers the 6th Grade event only. Sixth graders are permitted to buy individual game tickets at the Ice Cream Social (.50 each). Ice Cream is $3.00
Please email Rebecca Carlson if you have any questions.
A Message from the ABFN: 2018 AB Kindergarten Social

The Acton-Boxborough Family Network (ABFN) is planning a kindergarten social at the Goward Playground on Sunday, June 10th from 3:00-5:00 pm for all incoming kindergarteners in the AB school district. It’s a wonderful event that brings together families and future classmates and helps ease the transition into kindergarten.

There will be a school bus to explore, as well as refreshing beverages for attendees. The ABFN will provide color-coded name tags so that you can easily connect with students and families destined for the same school. Lastly, the ABFN is collecting non perishable snacks and drinks on behalf of the Acton Food Pantry for children attending camps in the community this summer.

Please RSVP by email to to let us know which school your child will be attending and how many members of your family plan to join in the fun. You can also follow the 2018 Acton-Boxborough Kindergarten Social on Facebook .
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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