Gateway Gator Bites - Oct. 1, 2021

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“Gateway Gator Bites”

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October 1, 2021

Dear Friends of Gateway:

Can you believe our first month of school is already done? 

We are always looking for feedback and ideas to improve the newsletter, so please feel free to contact us!

Superintendent Kristen Smidy 

Elementary Principal Megan Coburn

Middle/High School Principal Jason Finnie 

Pupil Service Director Kurt Garivaltis 

Or for any newsworthy info.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Click here to see the website calendar and click here for the athletics schedule. 

This week

Monday, October 4 - Boys Soccer at Hoosac Valley - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, October 5 - Cross Country at Gateway (Littleville Dam) - 3:45 pm
Girls Soccer vs. Taconic - 6 pm

Wednesday, October 6 - Boys Soccer vs. PVCA - 6 pm

Thursday, October 7 - Girls Soccer at Mt. Everett - 4 pm

Friday, October 8 - Boys Soccer at Drury - 4 pm


OCTOBER GATOR STORE PROMO: This month you can get 20% off on your Sideline Store purchase of $85 or more! The promotion is good for the entire month of October. This will end on 10/31/21 at 11:59 P.M. EST.

OPEN HOUSE POSTPONED: Open house nights for all schools are postponed until spring. Family conferences scheduled for November 8 and 9 will have a virtual or in person option. More information will be shared about how to schedule a family conference soon!

GEF CALENDARS AVAILABLE!: The Gateway Educational Foundation is selling wall calendars that have our school year dates embedded for only $20! All proceeds benefit student projects in the classroom. Calendars can be picked up at the school or shipped for an additional $3. Purchase a calendar by clicking this link!

MIDDLE/HS PICTURE DAY: G&B Photography will be here to take photos of MS and HS students on October 12th.

COUNSELORS NEWSLETTER; The fall newsletter from the high school counselors is here! In this edition, there is information on the counselors, counseling seminar, family presentations, college bulletin and upcoming events. Click here to check it out!

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PICTURE DAY: School pictures for both Littleville and Chester will take place on Tuesday, October 12th. Information on placing your order was sent home in your student’s Red Folder.

ELEMENTARY FALL NEWSLETTERS: Wondering what your student is learning about in the classroom? Please visit the Chester Elementary and Littleville Elementary websites to view our recent newsletter.

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE COVID DATA: The MA Department of Public Health puts out COVID data for our local towns and counties on this site. This week’s COVID report and all COVID reports moving forward will include school district information regarding positive cases and close contacts. 

Here are the data sheets.

GATOR GREATS: Throughout this year, we will feature staff from around the district as part of the Gator Great series. Up next is Jodi Fairman, secretary of Littleville Elementary.

1. I started in the Gateway district at Murrayfield Elementary School (which is no longer there- Littleville replaced it) in 2000 as a part-time lunch aide when my youngest daughter started kindergarten. I then went into subbing within the district, back then we had 5 elementary schools which I subbed in all of them for many different positions. I was hired as a full-time para in 2003. I was a para until 2007 where I applied for my current position as secretary and have been the Littleville secretary since then. 

2. We lived in Huntington and the opportunity to follow my children's schedule was a benefit for our family.  My girls attended the Gateway school system throughout their school career and I was fortunate enough to be able to work in the same district my girls were in. and where it has a feeling like everyone here is an extended family member supporting both me and my girls. We bond when things get tough and support each other. I am very fortunate to have met so many members of the district throughout my career and I am still friends with many who have retired. The bond that you make in a smaller school district is something I just don't think you can find in the larger districts. 

3. Some of my favorite memories are from Murrayfield where Mrs. Slowey (she is still a para at Littleville) and I let the students sled down the hill between the school and Pettis field at recess time in the winter. The closeness of that school and the simple times that Murrayfield represented are second to none.  Moving into Littleville is another great memory. Seeing all the faces of the students entering the new school was precious.  Having a library in our new school was a big deal as well. At Murrayfield, we had to walk over to the library which was right next door, but not having to get all bundled up to go to the library is nice. 

4. My advice for students is don't get too caught up in the negative moments. Things change rapidly, and before you know it, you will be graduating from college, getting out of the service, having a full-time job and the things adolescents get stuck on will be a distant memory. Enjoy the time, enjoy your friends and move on from those annoying times, they will not last.

CHROMEBOOK INSURANCE: Gateway Regional is once again happy to provide Chromebook Insurance for your students. All students in grades K-6 will have the option to pay $18 for in school only insurance (no take home in elementary). Students in grades 7-12 can choose either take home insurance ($30) or in school only ($18). Click Chromebook insurance paperwork to access the paperwork.  If you would like to enroll your student, please send the last page (signed) in with your student and a check (made out to GRSD) or cash in an envelope to give to either their teacher (elementary) or to the main office or Ms. Paiva in the MS/HS. Please make sure the students name and grade appear clearly on the envelope. Please note that we do offer a discount for students who have filled out paperwork for free/reduced lunch and been approved.  Reduced lunch is 25% off and free lunch is 50% off.  Paperwork must have been turned in and processed by the cafeteria staff in order for this to apply. If you have further questions, you can reach out to the technology department at

VACCINE CLINIC: Walk-in vaccine clinic at Gateway Regional on Wednesday 9/29 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. For more information, click here. 

5th AND 6th GRADE BAND:  If you have a fifth or sixth grade student  interested in participating in band and you missed the rental night or signing up altogether, please contact Jeremy Milligan at or Beth Guertin at 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: It Takes A Village-Village Closet currently has an abundance of maternity, postpartum and children’s clothing for free. They are open on Sundays and Mondays from 11am-2pm and Tuesdays from 5-7pm. For more information, click here -


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