This Week @ Gates
October 15, 2017
Upcoming Events

Friday, 10/20/17: Gates Fun Run
Tuesday-Friday, 10/24/17-10/27/17: Nature's Classroom
Tuesday, 10/31/17: Halloween
Wednesday, 11/01/17:  M ake Up Day for Pictures
Friday, 11/03/17: The Harvest Festival
Wednesday, 11/08/17: Physical Education Night
The Gates Fun Run Program is Off and Running!

Over the last few days our school has had a blast participating in the Gates Fun Run program. As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we hope to raise $20,000 for Gates School, but we need your help to reach this goal. The easiest way to get pledges is to first register your child on with our school registration code 739969 . Then on your student's dashboard, click the share on Facebook button to connect with friends, family, co-workers, and more. Families who do raise more!

Students have been so excited to receive fitness rewards for all their hard work. In addition, each grade has in classroom prizes for kids ranging from stickers and pencils all the way up to an in class movie!

Please check out our Gates Fun Run webpage for more information and the latest updates.We still need parent volunteers the day of the Fun Run to pass our water and mark laps off, so please sign up here if you are interested in helping out. Don't forget to come and cheer on your child at the Gates Fun Run Day Friday, October 20th. Here are the times for each grade:

  • Grades K-2 will start at 9:30
  • Grades 3-6 will start at 10:45

If you have any questions please contact Naomi Phaneuf and Donna Harrington. Thanks in advance for supporting the Gates School. Every pledge counts!

The Harvest Festival is Right Around the Corner

Formerly the Fall Family Social, the Harvest Festival is a new event featuring a pumpkin contest, a pie walk, a bake sale, fun fall games, a selfie pumpkin station, donuts on a string contest, and more! This event will be taking place on Friday 11/03/17 at the Gates School.

If you are interested in helping run crafts, games, and food please sign up. We need all the volunteers we can get!

The Gates School Directory is Here!

While the Gates School Directory has previously only been available for hardcopy, it is now free and paperles s to all families at Gates courtesy of the Gates School PTO. Please download a copy of the Gates Elementary School 2017-2018 Students and Families Directory . The Gates School PTO believes that having contact information available is the best way to foster community and friendships outside of the classroom.

Please note, this information should not be distributed outside of the Gates community, and is solely for the use of the Gates community.  All information provided was pulled from Power School, and is only made available by permissions granted in Power School.  

If you would like your family's information updated or changed, please let Directory Chair Kara Bayer know. If there are enough corrections and updates to warrant, the PTO may choose to issue an updated Directory at the end of the first term.

Physical Education Night

The Elementary Physical Education staff is holding Physical Education Night for Gates School on November 8, 2017 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Gates gymnasium. The goal is to educate the community on the most current practices used in today's elementary physical education and allow your family the opportunity to practice and demonstrate developmentally appropriate activities.  

Please remember to wear clothing appropriate for movement. This event is for school-aged children only. We're looking forward to seeing you soon.
If you have any questions please contact Physical Education instructor Jill Reed.

Please Send In Your Box Tops

Parents the next submission deadline for Box Tops is November 1st, which means now is the time to send in your Box Tops. You can drop them off at either the box at the front office or at the box in Roche Bros. Please remember to trim the Box tops along the dotted edge.

Every little bit helps. If you have any questions, please contact Gates Box Top coordinator Julie Putt

There are Still Openings for the Gates School Enrichment Programs!

Please see the Gates School Enrichment Programs 2017-2018 flyer for information on the programs, as well as how to register for them. We still have openings for:

  • Minecraft : grades 3-6 meets on Tuesday 7:50-8:50 am
  • Thundercats : grades 1-3 meets Tuesday 7:50-8:50 am
  • Math Olympiad "E": grades 4-6 meets Monday 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Math Olympiad "M" : grades 4-6 meets Tuesday 7:50-8:50 am

If you have any questions about these enrichment classes, please contact Bernadette Keegan.

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.