Gateway Gator Bites - June 11, 2022

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“Gateway Gator Bites”

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June 11, 2022

Dear Friends of Gateway:

As we ease into the summer, I am thankful to be finishing up my first full school year at Gateway. I had the opportunity to get to know many of you, and I am looking forward to connecting with families that I haven’t had the chance to meet with yet. I appreciate your patience, kindness, and advocacy for your students this year.

We are already planning for an exciting 22-23 school year, and of course, we have our amazing summer program that we can’t wait to run. Because it is our first year with it being such a comprehensive experience, I hope you continue to extend your patience to us as we work out all of the details to make your students’ time as wonderful as possible. 

We welcome your comments and questions! Please reach out to your child’s school principal or Superintendent Smidy.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Click here to see the website calendar. See you in the fall for 2022-23 Gator sports! 

This week: 

Mon. June 13 - Half Day for Students! No wrap around.

Tues. June 14 - Half Day for Students! No wrap around.

Wed. June 15 -  Enjoy summer break!

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE COVID DATA: The MA Department of Public Health puts out COVID data for our local towns and counties on their statewide data dashboard. COVID reports will also include school district information regarding positive cases and close contacts. This will be the last district COVID report published.

This week’s COVID Report can be found here.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Porter Memorial Library in Blandford kicks off Summer Reading season on Saturday June 18 with award-winning Japanese Storyteller Motoko, who will present "Sumo Mice". This program will engage all ages with origami folding and games incorporated into the storytelling. Registration is suggested by June 16.

Camp Porter is for kids entering K-6 grade. Every week we will do projects, earn badges, and have fun with friends! Camp is every Monday from 1-2 PM (Tuesday's on holidays)  This year kids will earn Book Bucks that can be redeemed at the Scholastic Book Fair to buy books. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open to ALL (even people from other communities) and be at the Blandford Town Hall from August 21-26. 

The littlest library users can join Camp Porter Jr. - a special story and messy craft time for preschoolers and toddlers. Every Monday from 11- noon (Tuesday's on holidays). 

Please register by June 18 for the weeks your child will attend. The weekly themes are: Tuesday June 21: Wilderness Exploration, Monday June 27: Letterboxing Treasure Hunt, Tuesday July 5: Wildlife Photography, Monday July 11: Music Makers, Monday July 18: Arts and Crafts, Monday July 25: Adventure Sports, Monday August 1: Birds and Bugs, Monday August 8: Weather Science, Monday August 15: Grand Finale.  

Families can pitch their tent and camp out at the library on Saturday August 20- Sunday August 21! Special night activities include a campfire safety presentation and s'mores roasting with the Blandford Fire Department, a Moth Ball nocturnal insect identification session, and telescope demonstrations! Glow games and campfire stories will fill our evening with fun! Ms. Daviau will be at the library all night to allow bathroom access. Reserve your camping spot at the library by August 12.  

If you're not ready to camp out, bring your stuffed animal to the library for a Stuffie Sleepover and pick it up the next day to see photos of the adventures it had at night! 

Overnight campers and Stuffie Sleepover participants will have first day early access to the Scholastic Book Fair on the morning of Sunday August 21. 

We hope to see  you at the Library for all of our exciting summer reading fun! 

JUNE GATOR STORE PROMO: Take a break from the heat and catch a wave of savings all month long. Throughout June, use code JUNE22 and take 20% OFF any order $80+ at the Sideline Store. Save on custom apparel, caps, accessories and more! Don't let these savings sail by. Deal ends 6/30. To use the code, visit the Gator Store. 

PREK OPENING FOR 3 YEAR OLDS: The district has room for a few more preschoolers in the Chester half day preschool program for the 2022-2023 school year. Children need to be three on or before September 1, 2022. There are openings in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The hours are from 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.; there is no cost to attend. The district already held their lottery and these slots will be filled on a first come basis. If families are interested they should contact Susan Rhoads at or 413-685-1312. 

ATTENDANCE CALLS: Beginning Monday, June 6th, Gateway will begin testing automated attendance calls for students marked absent per a new DESE mandate.  If you encounter any issues, or you receive a call in error, please call or email the technology department (413-685-1022 to report it so we can look into it. We hope to work out all the kinks now so we are ready to go at the start of the 2022-2023 school year, so your feedback is appreciated. Thanks for your patience!

FALL SPORTS SIGN-UPS: Fall sports sign-ups are open for cross country and soccer. If you have a student in 


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