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After School Clubs, OH MY!

The line-up of after school clubs this winter is AMAZING!!!!

Erin Browne, our After School Clubs Chair, has done an incredible job putting together a mix of ARTS, CRAFTS, MUSIC, SPORTS (indoor and outdoor), SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, and even more MUSIC, and ARTS!!!  There is something for everyone, K-2 and 3-5 mixes, before and after school time slots, and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

These clubs will fill quickly so don't delay!  Click on this LINK to see the full list, and to print out a registration application.  This is the same one that your student should have brought home Tuesday in Kid-Mail.

Registration closes Janurary 21st!

Kindergarten Tours

We will have two Kindergarten tours for prospective families scheduled for:


Thursday, January 29 at 2pm.


Thursday, February 12 at 9am


Tours will start in the library with Principal Connie Aleman speaking and will then break into smaller groups to walk through the school, peeking in the Kinder rooms.  The PTA will provide light refreshments and tea and coffee, as well as volunteers to help lead groups.

Please RSVP Katy Thomas, Admin Secretary, at 206.252.9400


Also, Open Enrollment for School Choice runs from February 23 through March 6.  Further information is found below.


2-5 Gatewood Night

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


On Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, we will hold the 2nd through 5th grade Gatewood Night!  Mr. Lynn Hall, the school’s music instructor, will  arrange and direct the musical portion of the event this year.  Participation is not mandatory, but it is a lot of fun to watch the kids perform.  If you have a student in the 2nd, 3rd 4th or 5th grade, please plan to attend.

We ask that the kids arrive by 6:15 PM.  The performance will start at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria and will be followed by our traditional Potluck supper.  Please bring a dish to share.  We have some serving utensils available, but if you can bring one that is appropriate to you dish, that is greatly appreciated.  It is an extra treat if you are able to bring a dish that celebrates your family’s heritage.  The PTA will provide everything else. 


If you enjoyed watching your child perform at this year’s K-1 Gatewood Night, please volunteer to help with the 2-5 Gatewood Night.  We try to find volunteers whose child / children will not be performing so that the families of performers can enjoy the event.  Help is needed with after school set-up, hosting the buffet tables and after event clean-up.  Please contact  Mary Howland at to learn more.

NOTE:  This is a date change from January 22nd!

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

For more information: 252-0760

Further information is available here:

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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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