December 22, 2009

Dear Friends of Gateway:

Here is this week’s installment of Gateway’s weekly e-newsletter.  As always, your feedback and suggestions are welcome.  Back issues of Breaking News and past Superintendent’s Corners are posted on the News Archive (under “general information” on the district website).   

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:  “Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you.” – T. A. Barron


COMING EVENTS: A schedule of activities for the weeks ending January 1, 2009 and January 8, 2009 ares now posted.  (Items for this calendar should be submitted at least two weeks ahead of time!)

UPCOMING MEETINGS: The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. The Elementary School Consolidation decision is scheduled to be considered. The Friends of Gateway have changed their standard meeting time to the SECOND Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The Friends of Gateway will next meet on Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. New members are sought and are welcome to join this group, whose goals include improving communications, parent involvement, and volunteerism in support of student achievement. The public is invited and encouraged to attend all meetings.


STUDENTS THANK MYSTERY SANTA: Students in Ms. Cabral’s Grade 3 / 4 classroom at Chester Elementary School had an early visit from Santa on December 4th.

Teacher Heather Cabral and students are grateful to their mystery Santa. Click here for their letters, artwork.

H1N1 (“SWINE FLU”) VACCINATION CLINIC AT GATEWAY: A free, H1N1 vaccination clinic will be held at Gateway Regional High School on Tuesday, January 5 from 4 – 7 p.m. All area residents over the age of 6 months are eligible to receive the vaccine. Please enter the building by the Superintendent’s Office.

MID-YEAR BUS CHANGE ANNOUNCED: Due to a decrease in the number of Grade 5 – 12 students served by some bus routes, the Gateway district is reducing the total number of buses being used. Effective January 4, 2010, some students will be reassigned to new buses and bus stop times. Those families were sent a letter late last week. Click here for the addresses effected.

FAFSA HELP NIGHT: The Gateway Regional High School Guidance Department is sponsoring a “FAFSA Help” night for seniors and their parents/guardians.

HIGH SCHOOL PROGRESS REPORTS: Principal Kathleen McSweeney has announced that second term progress reports were sent home with high school students last week.

LITTLEVILLE LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA FUNDRAISER: The Littleville PTO is holding a Little Caesar’s Pizza Fundraiser in time for the Superbowl. Information went home in Red Folders on December 18. Prizes will be awarded to top selling classes, the top two individual sellers, and to every student who participates. All orders and money should be turned into the school by January 18.


WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway parents raise strong, safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!

SWINE FLU AND YOU: While the number of H1N1 cases in Massachusetts has dropped in recent weeks, officials warn that there could be another spike in the coming months. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is still encouraging all residents to get vaccinated. To date, 1900 confirmed cases have occurred in the state since last April. The latest information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control on H1N1.



  • SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY BREAK: All Gateway schools will be closed from December 24 through January 1 for the holiday vacation week. Schools will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010.
  • WINTER SPORTS INFORMATION: Athletic Director Gary St. Peter has announced the availability of season passes for home basketball games, and how to find the winter sports schedule.
  • 2010 YEARBOOKS ON SALE NOW; SR. PARENTS INVITED TO PURCHASE PHOTO AD: The 2010 Portal—Gateway High School’s annual yearbook—is now on sale. Those wishing to purchase a copy, please complete this form and return it with payment to Mrs. Marilyn Durken, c/o the high school. Orders received by December 31 will be charged $50; afterwards, the price increases to $55.  ALSO, parents of graduating seniors may participate in the tradition of a family ad in this year’s Portal. There’s still time to get your ad in: click this flyer for details.
  • GATEWAY WELLNESS CENTER HOLIDAY BREAK SCHEDULE: The Gateway Wellness Center will be closed some of the dates of the holiday vacation week.
  • R. H. CONWELL LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA FUNDRAISER: Orders will be delivered in time for Super Bowl Weekend! Orders and money are due Friday, January 16. Delivery will be Wednesday, January 27, with pickup between 4:30 and 5.
  • CONWELL COOKBOOK PLANNED: The R. H. Conwell PTO is seeking best recipes for a cookbook fundraiser. Please email your favorite recipes to or drop them off at the R. H. Conwell office before February 1, 2010.
  • SAVE THE DATE FOR ANNUAL SPORTS BANQUET: Students and parents who participate in Gateway Jr./Sr. High School athletic programs: the Gateway Athletic Booster Club has announced the date of the Annual Sports Banquet. This year, the banquet will be held at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield on June 2. Ticket information will be coming later in the school year. Please save the date for this special event!
  • APPLICATION FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH: The application form is posted to our website. If you need assistance, please contact John Bergeron or Diane Meehan at 667-2203, who would be happy to help.
  • DISTRICT CALENDAR FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: The district calendar for the coming school year is posted on-line, and contains Open House Dates, parent conferences, holidays, vacations, graduation and student early-release days.
  • WEBSITE ON THE FUTURE OF GATEWAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Parents of students in Gateway elementary schools have a new resource for information as the district grapples with tough economic decisions and the possible closure of some schools. Click here for the website.

The Superintendent’s Corner for this week is attached. In this week’s column, Dr. Hopson extends holiday wishes to our students, staff, families and community, and thanks everyone for supporting education. Read the entire column for details!

Have a wonderful week!

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