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). As always, your feedback and any
suggestions for improvements are welcome.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Health is a state of
complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization, 1948
schedule of activities for the week ending October
23, 2009 is 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, October 14,
2009 at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Town Hall. 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 October 13, when plans for district-wide fundraising
and filing for a 501(c)3. 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.
ON FIRST YEAR AT GATEWAY: Public Relations Intern (and GRHS Senior)
Kelly McCarthy presents this interview with Eileen Hirsch, our
School-Based Health Center’s Nurse Practitioner, who reflects on her
first year at Gateway.
SBHC Nurse Practitioner Eileen Hirsch, on the job at Gateway's
School-Based Health Center.
OCTOBER 20 EARLY RELEASE: Students will be
dismissed two hours early on Tuesday, October 20 for staff professional
BUS STOPS--A THING OF THE PAST: The Gateway Regional
school District has confirmed that bus stops that were eliminated for
the 2009-10 school year will not be restored for the winter months.
THE DATE FOR CHARLES NEVILLE, WITH ELEMENTARY MUSICIANS: Elementary third and
fourth grade students will give a pre-holiday concert on Tuesday,
November 24 at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by recording artist Charles
Neville and his big band at 7:00 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts
Center. Students will also perform two numbers with Charles Neville.
More details to come!
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Dedicated to helping Gateway
parents raise strong, safe, healthy and high-achieving kids!
FLU AND YOU: As the vaccine for H1N1
becomes available, more and more conversations about this topic are
taking place throughout the community. Having trouble deciding whether
or not to get the H1N1 vaccine? Talk to your doctor. Look at the data.
Consider joining our local Medical Reserve Corps, to get
training on how to help in your community. Stay up-to-date with
information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health
and the Centers
For Disease Control.
TO BE SURVEYED ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLOSINGS: The Elementary Advisory
Committee has announced that parents of school-aged children are being
surveyed for input on the possible closing of some elementary schools
for the 2010-11 school year.
- SCHOOL COMMITTEE
SCHEDULED TO HOLD MEETINGS IN 7 TOWNS: In keeping with past
practice, the Gateway Regional School Committee will again meet in all
seven Gateway hilltowns this year, to make public attendance easier for
area residents. The next meeting of the School Committee will be at 7:30
p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 at Montgomery Town Hall. The school
committee will hear public input on items not listed to the evening’s
agenda during the first three minutes of every meeting. Click
for the year's schedule of meetings and locations.
- 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!
- GATEWAY OFFERS NEW ROUND OF LAPTOPS FOR STUDENTS AND
COMMUNITY: Students, parents, staff and community members have
the opportunity to lease or purchase a new industry standard Apple
packages can be downloaded from today’s Breaking
News, and will be available at the October 8 MS/JR/SR
High School Open House. An informational meeting will held at 7:35 p.m.
in the Gateway Performing Arts Center that night. Orders are due by
PERIOD CLOSING FOR CHESTER, LITTLEVILLE AND BLANDFORD ELEMENTARY
SCHOOLS: Area residents are reminded that the deadline for
submitting written comments regarding the future of Gateway elementary
schools is approraching for Chester, Littleville and Blandford
- CRANK UP THE HEAT FOR
BLANDFORD ES RAFFLE: The Blandford Elementary School PTO is turning up the
heat with a fundraiser that could fill your oil tank! Take one chance,
or a few, and you could win 150 gallons of home heating oil to be
delivered by Wheeler Oil of Chester. A donation of $5.00 is appreciated
for each ticket. The drawing is on November 2, 2009 and just 200 tickets
have been printed. The oil can be delivered anywhere in the Gateway
towns. If you don’t heat with oil, or live outside the district, you can
still win as the cash market value of the oil on the day of the drawing
will be given as a prize to those who do not use oil or live outside
the district. Contact any member of the Blandford PTO or call the school
at 685-1350 to find out more. Money raised by the raffle will help the
PTO contribute to field trips and educational enrichment programs for
the students in Blandford.
HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY: High school families are
probably aware that an attendance policy has been in effect for many
years; however, students and parents/guardians should take note of the
new guidelines in place this year.
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 667-2204, who would be happy to help.
FEES FOR 2009-10: As was reported earlier
this year, student fees will be increasing for the coming school year.
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
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.
Corner for this week is attached. This
week, Dr. Hopson reflects on the challenges of coping with change and a
seemingly endless stream of bad news. Read the entire column for details!
Have a wonderful week!
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