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May 16, 2019
Dear Friends of Gateway:
Here is the latest issue of Breaking News -- the e-newsletter of the Gateway Regional School District. We are always looking for feedback and ideas to improve the newsletter, so please feel free to contact us!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.” – Walt Disney
WEEK AT A GLANCE:
- Thursday, May 16: Grade 7 Ellis Island Field Trip; Littleville Grade 1 & 2 Art Show, Musical; Art Show at 6 p.m.; Musical at 6:30 p.m. free admission;
- Friday, May 17: Gateway Baseball Team vs. Putnam, JV and Varsity at 4 p.m. at home;
- Friday, May 17 – Thursday, May 23: Sr. Class Trip to Disney
- Tuesday, May 21: Chester Kindergarten Screening, by appointment; Gateway Softball Team vs. Ware HS @ home; JV and Varsity start at 4 p.m.;
- Wednesday, May 22: Grade 7 & 8 Trip to Broadway; Gateway Regional School Committee Meeting, 7 p.m. in MS Rooms 112/114; public welcome;
- Thursday, May 23: JV Baseball Team vs. Westfield Tech Academy, 4 p.m. at home; MARS Facilitated Discussion, 6:30 p.m. in MS rooms 112/114 (school committee, town officials);
- Friday, May 24: BASEBALL SR. NIGHT, @ home vs. Commerce HS, 4 p.m. (JV and Varsity);
- Monday, May 27: Schools closed for Memorial Day; Wrap Around Closed; Bands march in Russell and Blandford parades;
- Tuesday, May 28: HS Final Exams all week; JV Softball Team vs. Smith Voke @ home, 4 p.m.;
- Wednesday, May 29: Grade 5 Step Up to Middle School Day, 9:30 – 12:45; JV Softball Team @ home vs. Amherst HS; Grade 5 Parent Meeting/Middle School Orientation, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Middle School;
For more upcoming events, download the May Counter Card (also on display at security and in all Gateway offices).
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The Gateway Regional School Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 in MS Rooms 112/114. Click here to see the line item budget for the 2019-20 school year.
BUDGET UPDATE: Two towns have already completed their Annual Town Meetings. The alternative assessment budget passed in Middlefield and Blandford, where changes to the Regional Agreement were unanimously approved. Middlefield will be scheduling a special town meeting to vote on the Regional Agreement changes. Up next is Montgomery (Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall), followed by Huntington (Monday, June 3 at 7 p.m. at Stanton Hall); Chester (Monday, June 10 at 6 p.m. at Chester Town Hall); and Russell (also Monday, June 10 at 7 p.m. in the former Russell Elementary building). All six towns have to approve the alternative assessment proposal for the budget to pass.
PHOTO GALLERY OF THE WEEK: Photos from the high school musical Big Fish.
LITTLEVILLE ART SHOW AND MUSICAL ON MAY 16: Littleville’s first and second graders will present their art show at 6 p.m., and the musical From the Inside Out opens at 6:30 p.m. in the Gateway Performing Arts Center. The evening is directed by art teacher Amy Thornton and music teacher Renee Mosher, and was supported by funding from the Gateway Education Foundation. (Article by Communications Intern Parker Atkin)
SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY; FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL YEAR ANNOUNCED: Read on for details on closures and parades for Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), and the last day of school (June 12).
“GRAB & GO BREAKFAST” NOW AT CHESTER: Gateway’s “Grab and Go Breakfast” program piloted earlier this year at Littleville Elementary School has now come to Chester.
BASEBALL SR. NIGHT: The Gateway Varsity Baseball Team will honor their graduating senior—Anthony Piquette—on Friday, May 24. (Article by Sr. Communications Intern Grace LeBarron).
FALL SPORTS SIGN-UPS ARE NOW OPEN: Gateway Athletic Director Matt Bonenfant has announced that the online registration link for fall sports at Gateway Regional High School (open to students entering grades 6 – 12) is now open. Tryouts will begin on Thursday, August 22.
WEBLINK OF THE WEEK:
GENIUS HACKS FOR CAMPING WITH KIDS THIS SUMMER: Camping is a great family activity during the summer months. If you have or can borrow a tent and sleeping bags, you can run a test drive in your own back yard. Even if you can’t swing a tent, a growing number of campgrounds have (very) small cabins (as my 6 year old grandson dubbed it, a “cabinet”) available. Some campgrounds even offer daily activities for kids, like hiking, swimming, boating and arts/crafts. It can get kids off line for some fresh air and exercise and help forge special family memories. This Weblink has some neat ideas to help make your camping trip go smoothly!
SAVE THE DATE FOR ‘WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL AT GATEWAY
KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS COMING UP IN MAY
GATEWAY MOVES TO NEW LUNCH PAYMENT SYSTEM
GATEWAY LINE ITEM BUDGET UNVEILED
GATEWAY MOBILE APP REMINDER
VHS TO DVD-R FUNDRAISER FOR GATEWAY FILM STUDIES
OPT-IN FOR PARENTS MONITORING INTERNET SAFETY
IN CLOSING, this week's Superintendent's Corner is now posted. This week, Dr. Hopson discusses the hidden gem that is Gateway, as evidenced during last week’s Realtor’s Breakfast. Read the complete column for more information.
Have a great week!
Wendy V. Long, Editor
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