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News and Events

Conversations with Connie
I am planning to have monthly gatherings called "Connie's Cafe Conversations." This will be an established time for parents to have informal conversations and join me for a beverage. Appointments won't be necessary. The first date will be Tuesday, April 29th from 8:15 to 9:15am in the library.  I hope you can join me - Principal Aleman

Parent's Night Out
Reserve your space today for Parents' Night Out on May 2nd from 5:30-8:30 pm.

For details and registration...

 
Get Involved at Gatewood Next Year!
Do you want to be more involved with our school? Working on the PTA board allows you to be a part of the bigger picture of the educational experience at Gatewood. The board positions that will be open for the 2014-15 school year  include vice- president and secretary. If you would rather share the responsibility of a position, it can be done with a friend as a co-chair position.

We are also looking for the following positions to be filled: Auction Chair, Walk-a-Thon, Family-Fun-Fair / Gatewood Night (Mary Howland is looking to mentor new people next year), teacher appreciation week coordinator, school directory, wreath sales and cookie-dough.

Questions? Contact Phil Hutchinson at hutchps49@gmail.com for more information.  

May is "Bike to School" Month
May is Bike to School (BTS) Month at Gatewood, designed to encourage bicycle commuting, mentor new riders and foster a love of bicycling.  When you bike to school with your child you:
•    Help your child become a safe, knowledgeable and independent cyclist.
•    Create daily exercise habits that help keep your child active and healthy.
•    Reduce car traffic and air pollution.
We envision participation in BTS Month as a family project, one that may also introduce parents to the fun of cycling with their kids!  You know your child and your route to school best, but in general young children are not prepared to ride on the street alone. Most elementary school children ride with their parents or another adult.

Fun "bike stops" will happen at Gatewood a few times during the month, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the month, based on number of trips and cycling mileage.  The month is sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Foundation with additional support from West Seattle Cyclery.  Please contact Michelle Gaither to get a passport - if you are interested in participating.  gaithermj@quidnunc.net

Announcing Free $$ for Gatewood: a New Online Shopping Portal
Buy2Change is a new opportunity for Gatewood families & friends to earn money for Gatewood every time you shop online. And, it costs you NOTHING extra!

Once you install the portal (a free download) on your computer, you may start shopping online and earning money for Gatewood in the process. Some participating retailers include Amazon, GAP, Expedia, Best Buy, Target, and more.

For all of the details, a list of FAQs or to start shopping:  http://www.buy2change.com/gatewood-elementary-smart-shopper/

A big thanks to Gatewood parent, Anand Rajaratnam, for supporting Gatewood and making this happen. If you have additional questions, please contact Anand at anandsu@gmail.com.

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