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News and Events

Do you have a new Kindergartener starting next year?

Seattle Public Schools will hold a series of EARLY kindergarten enrollment events at several area sites.  If you will have a NEW kindergartener entering school September 2015, please attend one of these events!  You will also be able to enroll for the August 2015 Jump Start program.

Jump Start in a week-long, half day program to let entering kindergarteners meet teachers, see the school, and experience being in a school setting rather than home or play-based pre-school.  The Seattle Public School District has found that this program helps new students transition into full-day kindergarten more successfully than those who do not attend.  There is no cost to this program, but students must be pre-enrolled.

Early enrollment in kindergarten also helps ensure students will be in school starting the very first day.  This enforces the value of school, and helps the student identify from the first day the group which she or he will be an active part.

You may attend ANY enrollment session anywhere in Sseattle that is convenient to you. You will need to bring with you the following:

Child's birth certificate or passport
Certificate of Immunization (vaccination record)
2 documents, such as rent or utility bills, showing current address and parent's name and dated within the 8 weeks prior to the session you attend.  You may use a letter of Transitional Housing.
Photo ID for the parent or gardian
SPS admission form (get at an event or download at www.seattleschools.org/enrollment)

For more information: 252-0760

Further information is available here:

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DO YOU CARE ABOUT PRE-SCHOOL?
 
We are extremely fortunate the Gatewood Community includes one of the most professional pre-schools in Seattle.  The Cottage School at Gatewood is staffed with certificated and experienced, caring, staff.

The greater Seattle community recently approved new legislation to provide qulity pre-school options across the city, especially areas of the greatest need.  As part of that effort, the City of Seattle is conducting a sseries of community discussions regarding teacher certification, curriculum development, family engagement, and other topics of interest.

Please see the flyer for more information.





DROP OFF time is 8:15 AM, Even on rainy days!

Please do not drop your children off at school before 8:15 AM.  There is no adult supervision before then and we have a number of students who are wandering the halls and playing in the building before teachers arrive for work.

On Rainy Day Mornings

 

We will call rainy day morning at 8:15 if there is heavy rain, thunder, or lightning. If it is a light drizzle, we will have outdoor recess so make sure your child dresses appropriately with rain gear. If the office staff calls rainy day at 8:15, there will be supervision in the following areas:

  • Grades 4/5 in the gym
  • Grades 2/3 in the library
  • Grades K/1 in the lunchroom




Cold and Flu Season and the Enterovirus

There are news reports the Enterovirus, which is causing illness in children across the Midwest, may be in the Seattle area.  With cold and flu season upon us, it's a good time to review how students can do their best to avoid catching or sharing colds and flu this season.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Catch your cough in your sleeve to reduce spread
  • Prevent other flu viruses by getting your flu shot

Also, please become familiar with the SPS guidelines on when to keep students home from school, including when they have a fever, persistent cough, diarrhea, or vomiting.  The full list is available here: When to Stay Home

Here in our school we are taking extra precautions against viruses by wiping down frequently touched surfaces including desks, keyboards, drinking fountains, as well as common areas such as bathrooms and the cafeteria.

For more information on Enterovitus, here is a helpful link from CDC:  Enterovirus




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