This Week @ Gates
October 8, 2017
Upcoming Events

Monday-Tuesday, 10/02/17 - 10/10/17 All District Fundraising Event
Monday, 10/09/17:Indigenous People's' Day (Columbus Day - no school)
Friday, 10/13/17: Fifth Grade Trip to Old Sturbridge Village
Saturday & Sunday, 10/14/17-10/15/17: Annual Family Photo Day
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
The Gates Fun Run Kicks Off This Wednesday!

We can't wait to kick off our Gates Fun Run program in just a few days. As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we hope to raise $20,000 for Gates School. Please remember the Gates Fun Run is in place of the Auction this year. Pledging will begin on Pep Rally day Wednesday, October 11th and your child will be coming home with a pledge crown , so be on the lookout. Pledges are entered on using our school registration code 739969 or by searching for our school name starting on Pep Rally day . Please connect to sponsors-friends and family via social media who can donate to help our school.

Please check out our Gates Fun Run webpage for more information and the latest updates. We are looking for parents to lend a hand in the days leading up to the Fun Run, as well as helpers the day of the Fun Run. Please click on the sign up links below to volunteer:

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

Annual Family Photo Day is Almost Here!

Don't forget to sign up for a photo sessions with professional photographer Jan Couch on either Saturday, 10/14/17 or Sunday, 10/15/17 between the hours of 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. The cost of this fundraiser is $45 for a 15 minute photo session up to 8 people. Families with more than 9 people will have a 20 minute photo session and the cost is $55. Our school receives $30 for each photo session. It will be delivered to you, along with any additional prints or digital images you choose for an additional cost.

Click here for more information about this event. We rely heavily on volunteers to make the Annual Family Photo Day a success. Please sign up here to volunteer.

Coming Soon: The Harvest Festival

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. We will have more information in the coming weeks including a sign up for interested volunteers looking to help run crafts, games, and food.

Scholastic Book Fair: Thank You for Your Support

Thank you to all the families that supported the Scholastic Book Fair by donating money to our coin drive, purchasing books at the fair, and volunteering your time to help during the week of the fair. Your help and support were greatly appreciated and enabled the Book Fair to be a great success!

Together we were able to make over $2,500 in profits which will help fund our Author Visit Program at Gates. Through the "All 4 Books" coin drive we were also able to allow teachers and specialists to select over $1,000 of new books from the fair for their classrooms, and Scholastic will be able to donate 1,000 books! to families in need. Additionally, Gates families generously donated 80 new books (worth over $700) to teachers and staff.

The fair is not just about raising money for our school, it promotes a love of books and reading for children, teachers, and families. It is always so rewarding to see the excitement on all the student's faces!

Thank you all for your support,
Jennine Redmond

All District Fundraising Event: Just a Few Days Left to Donate

As a community, all the schools in the Acton-Boxborough Regional School district are uniting together to help those affected by the recent hurricanes. We hope our effort will provide comfort and refuge in the event of future catastrophes.

The schools in the Acton-Boxborough Regional School district and administrative offices have collection boxes accepting cash and checks made payable to American Red Cross. All donations will be combined and a check will be issued on behalf of the district to disaster relief.
The Gates School will be collecting donations Monday, October 2, 2017- Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Learn More About the Gates School Enrichment Programs
Co-run with AB Community Education, the Gates School Enrichment Programs are a great way for kids to try a new activity or learn a new skill. Not only are these interesting and fun opportunities for your children, but all money raised goes back to support Gates school.

Please see the Gates School Enrichment Programs 2017-2018 flyer for more information on the programs, as well as how to register for them. This fall we are offering:

  • Thundercat Multi-Sport (grades 1-3)
  • Math Olympiad Level E (grades 4-6)
  • Math Olympiad Level M (grades 4-6)
  • Geography Club (grades 4-6)
  • Minecraft (grades 3-6)

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

Hello From the Health Office

We are working to increase awareness of head lice so that families may take steps at home to help prevent your child from becoming infested. Any time children come together, particularly at the start of the school year or following any social grouping like Girl/Cub Scouts, Brownies, Little League, dance groups, or sleepovers, detected head lice cases commonly increase. Recent studies show that head lice are seldom spread in the school setting.

What You Should Know About Lice
Direct, physical, head-to-head contact is the usual method of transmission. Lice do not jump or fly. They survive only for a short time away from the human head and have difficulty crawling or clinging to smooth surfaces. Check your child's head weekly for lice and/or nits (eggs). Mature lice, which are no bigger than a sesame seed, avoid light and are hard to see. Lice eggs or "nits" are usually found close to the scalp - usually within one quarter inch, and may be easier to spot behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. They appear as tiny whitish ovals that are "glued" to the hair shaft. They cannot easily be flicked away as dandruff can. Head lice do not transmit disease and are not a serious medical condition. They cannot survive on your pets.

What to Do if Your Child Has Lice
If you find head lice on your child, please notify the school and treat him/her with lice shampoo following the package instructions. A second treatment may be required in seven to ten days. Continue to examine the child and all family members for three weeks and treat only if live lice or if nits are found one quarter inch or less from the scalp. Check regularly and treat it quickly.

Help Keep Head Lice Off Your Child
  • Check your child's head weekly for signs of head lice.
  • Teach your child not to share or trade personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, headbands, and barrettes.
  • Contain long hair in braids or ponytails, especially in younger children.
  • Teach children to avoid head-to-head contact.

For more information regarding head lice or its treatment, please feel free to contact the school nurse or your local health department.

Thank you for your help and support.
Diane Spring and Victoria Reierson, Gates School Nurses

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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