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Commitment to Student Safety

Dear Gatewood Families,

In light of recent events, both at Gatewood and in our state, we wanted to be the first to reassure our Gatewood Families of our ongoing commitment to your children’s safety.  Our commitment includes several practical actions:  regular safety drills and an Incident Command System that involves all staff members.

However, we understand there may be a heightened concern due to the recent police activity at Gatewood. Families should know the police are often first responders when there is a medical crisis. No students were in danger when police arrived at Gatewood. It was a medical issue requiring their presence. In light of the recent school shootings in Marysville Washington, police in the South West precinct have implemented a plan to be more visible at school. For this, we are grateful because at Gatewood we believe in being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to student safety.

At Gatewood, we take every precaution to keep your children safe at all times.  Please know that all of the adults at Gatewood care deeply about your children, and we strive to provide the safest possible environment for them.  As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions and concerns.  Thank you.

Connie Aleman
Principal @ Gatewood Elementary

Math Night a HUGE Success!

Hey all.


Just a quick shout out to all those who helped make math night a huge success! We had over 325 people in attendance and the feedback that we received from parents and PTA members was very positive.


A special thanks to Mason for his exceptional organization of the event, Darren, Colleen and Mr. Artan for help with set up, running the door and the estimation challenge, and Katy for coming up with fabulous door prizes. Also, to all of the teachers and staff members who stayed past 8:00pm after working all day, your dedication to our students and community is so appreciated.


This was a nice way for us to give thanks to a school community who recently rallied for us.


My deep thanks!



Jay Nowicki

3rd Grade Teacher

Gatewood Elementary

Editors note:  And a loud shout out to Jay for making this event a success as well.  It was great seeing so many of our dedicated teachers there, some of who did not go home between the end of the school day and the evening's event!  Thank you for all you do for our children!

Annual District LGBT Family Dinner

The annual lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Families Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at NOVA/Seattle World School (300 20th Ave. E). Members of the school board will attend to welcome LGBT families and their friends. All district families and staff are welcome to attend!  This donation-funded event is brought to you by the Health Education Office and the Office of School Family Partnerships. Dinner and entertainment will be provided through community donations. To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Lisa Love in the Health Intervention Office at 252-0982 or

Staffing Success!
"Exactly one week after informing you that Gatewood was under enrolled and we would be losing a teacher, I am writing to informing you that Gatewood’s teaching staff will remain intact and in place as it has been so far this year..."

To read the rest of letter from Principal Aleman...

DROP OFF time is 8:15 AM, Even on rainy days!

Please do not drop your children off at school before 8:15 AM.  There is no adult supervision before then and we have a number of students who are wandering the halls and playing in the building before teachers arrive for work.

On Rainy Day Mornings


We will call rainy day morning at 8:15 if there is heavy rain, thunder, or lightning. If it is a light drizzle, we will have outdoor recess so make sure your child dresses appropriately with rain gear. If the office staff calls rainy day at 8:15, there will be supervision in the following areas:

  • Grades 4/5 in the gym
  • Grades 2/3 in the library
  • Grades K/1 in the lunchroom

Cold and Flu Season and the Enterovirus

There are news reports the Enterovirus, which is causing illness in children across the Midwest, may be in the Seattle area.  With cold and flu season upon us, it's a good time to review how students can do their best to avoid catching or sharing colds and flu this season.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick
  • Catch your cough in your sleeve to reduce spread
  • Prevent other flu viruses by getting your flu shot

Also, please become familiar with the SPS guidelines on when to keep students home from school, including when they have a fever, persistent cough, diarrhea, or vomiting.  The full list is available here: When to Stay Home

Here in our school we are taking extra precautions against viruses by wiping down frequently touched surfaces including desks, keyboards, drinking fountains, as well as common areas such as bathrooms and the cafeteria.

For more information on Enterovitus, here is a helpful link from CDC:  Enterovirus

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