This Week @ Gates
September 24, 2017
Upcoming Events

Monday-Wednesday, 09/18/17 - 09/27/17 : Coin Drive
Monday-Friday, 09/25/17 - 09/29/17 :  Book Fair
Tuesday & Wednesday, 09/26/17 - 09/27/17 : Gates Open House /
Back To School Night
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
The Scholastic Book Fair is Here!

For this week only the Gates Library will be transformed into a Bookstore. All parents, neighbors, and book lovers are welcome to stop by and purchase books. Students will visit the fair with their class this week, so check out the 2017 Scholastic Book Fair Schedule for classroom visit times and openings. In addition to purchasing books for themselves, students can also purchase and donate books for their classroom. All money raised go towards funding the Author Visit program at Gates.

We still need parent volunteers during classroom visits to assist students with selecting books, making wish lists, as well as bringing coins from the coin drive to the bank. Please consider helping and sign up for a time slot that works for you.

If you can't make it in during the day, the Scholastic Book Fair will also be open during Back to School Nights on 09/26/17 and 09/27/17. Hope to see you there!

Just a Few Days Left for the Coin Drive

The All 4 Books Coin Drive ends on 09/27/17, so please help us collect spare change during these last remaining days. All money raised goes towards purchasing more books for our school and Scholastic Books will donate one book for each dollar raised to help children and families in need. Scholastic Books will be donating books to the communities affected by flooding and hurricanes. Coin collection jugs are located in your child's classroom. All money collected will be combined and divided between the teachers at Gates.

The two classes that raise the most money will get a selection of bonus books for their classroom. Last year we raised just over $800, help us beat that goal this year!  All that spare change really adds up.

The Annual Family Photo Day Fundraiser

Get ready to capture your family's memories for a lifetime in a way that's fun, convenient, and benefits our school. From Saturday, 10/14/17 to Sunday, 10/15/17 families are welcome to have their photos taken between the hours of 9:00 am - 12:30 pm by professional photographer, Jan Couch . 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. Jan will turn your favorite pose into a beautiful 8x10 family portrait. It will be delivered to you, along with any additional prints or digital images you choose for an additional cost. Photo sessions book fast, so make sure you sign up soon.

Are you new to Gates? Click here for more information about this event. We rely heavily on volunteers to make the Annual Family Fundraiser a success.

Please sign up here to volunteer

The Gates Fun Run is Less Than a Month Away

Do you want to get a first hand look at what a typical Fun Run is all about? Then check out the Boosterthon Fun Run Overview video. Doesn't this look like fun? Kids will be laughing, skipping, dancing, walking, and running their way around a track-all while earning money for their school. Students will also engage in Castle Quest - an English castle themed program designed to help kids learn about: Focus, Self-Awareness, Respect, Trustworthiness, Creativity, and how to be a Life-learner.

As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we are hoping to raise $20,000 for Gates School. So please help our school by reaching out to your friends and relatives for support when pledging begins on 10/11/17. All families are welcome to come out and cheer on your child the actual day of the run on 10/20/17. Check out the Gates Fun Run website to learn more.

Gates Open House / Back to School Night is Here!

This adult only event on 09/26/17 and 09/27/17 is a great opportunity for parents to visit your child's classroom and meet their teacher. But there's more. Come check out the Gates PTO table. We will have take home flyers, Gates Spirit Wear on display, and a neat video about the upcoming Gates Fun Run. Don't forget, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open as well, so get some books while you can.

September 26th
6:00-6:45pm - Grade 6
7:00-7:45pm - All Kindergartens & Grade 3

September 27th
6:00-6:45pm - Grades 2 & 4
7:00-7:45pm - Grades 1 & 5

Announcement from the Food Service Director

The cost of a lunch at Gates schools is $2.75 and a la carte milk is $0.50. You can prepay lunch online here. We are pleased to now offer lunches to extended day students on Thursday Early Release days. Please see this flyer for more information. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals. To apply, fill out the application form each school year.
Don't forget to check out the Gates School September 2017 Menu.

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.

"This Week at Gates" is distributed at the beginning of each week. If you have a submission you'd like to have included in the weekly email, please be sure to email it to the Senior Co-chair Naomi Phaneuf by noon on Wednesday. 
This newsletter was created solely for the purpose of communicating school related events to parents and students.