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K-1 Gatewood Night

 Gatewood Night is Coming Soon!
On Thursday, Nov 13th 2014 we will be holding the annual Kindergarten / 1st grade Gatewood Night! 
Gatewood Night is one of the annual Gatewood PTA community builder events.  This event is one of the best attended events of the year.  K-1 students are learning songs and on this special evening they have the opportunity to share their hard work with their families.  All K-1 grade band families are invited to attend the event.

The event starts at 6:30 PM in the school cafeteria.  After the performance there will be a Potluck supper.  No special arrangements need to be made to take part in the event.  Simply drop your child off in their classroom by 6:15 PM and 6:25 PM.  Your child’s teacher will be there to greet your child.  Family members then move on to the cafeteria for the performance.   Your child will be escorted into the event by their teacher.  After they perform, children will return to their classrooms.  Once all performances are finished children rejoin their families and the potluck dinner begins. 

Please bring a dish to share at the dinner and bring serving utensils as well.  If you have a special dish that celebrates your family’s cultural heritage, it makes the event even more special.  The PTA will provide everything else.

This is not a required event, but it is a lot of fun and the children really put their hearts into it.  We hope you are able to join us for this event.

Volunteers Needed! 

As with any school event, success hinges on volunteer support.  Gatewood would not be the school it is without the help that many parents have put into the school over the years.  It cannot be stressed enough that your contribution matters.  It’s just that simple.  With volunteer help our children and community thrive.  Without it, wonderful events like this one are at risk of go away.  Please contact Mary Howland at to sign up to help.  Many parents work during the day and cannot volunteer in the classroom.  This event is an opportunity to contribute after regular school hours.  Help is needed with after school set-up, during the event and after the event for clean-up.  If your child is in the 2-5 grade bands, please consider volunteering during the event.  Doing so allows K-1 families to focus on their children.   In return, K-1 families will be asked to return the favor and volunteer for the 2-5 grade band Gatewood Night happening on Thursday, January 23rd, 2015. 

Really Important!

This is Mary Howland’s final year as a Gatewood parent.  Erika Borges has volunteered to learn how to put on this event, but next year is her final year at Gatewood.  After that, it is up to new people to take charge of the event.  Please consider taking on a leadership role this year and learning how to coordinate the event so that this very successful event is available to all Gatewood families in the years to come.  


Commitment to Student Safety

Dear Gatewood Families,

In light of recent events, both at Gatewood and in our state, we wanted to be the first to reassure our Gatewood Families of our ongoing commitment to your children’s safety.  Our commitment includes several practical actions:  regular safety drills and an Incident Command System that involves all staff members.

However, we understand there may be a heightened concern due to the recent police activity at Gatewood. Families should know the police are often first responders when there is a medical crisis. No students were in danger when police arrived at Gatewood. It was a medical issue requiring their presence. In light of the recent school shootings in Marysville Washington, police in the South West precinct have implemented a plan to be more visible at school. For this, we are grateful because at Gatewood we believe in being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to student safety.

At Gatewood, we take every precaution to keep your children safe at all times.  Please know that all of the adults at Gatewood care deeply about your children, and we strive to provide the safest possible environment for them.  As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns.  Thank you.

Connie Aleman
Principal @ Gatewood Elementary

Annual District LGBT Family Dinner

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/Seattle World School (300 20th Ave. E). Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All district families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner and entertainment will be provided through community donations. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or

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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