News and Events
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
PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
We filled several key roles but we still need Gatoraides for every classroom. Please contact Shannon Golden or Jennifer Hedge for volunteer opportunities this year!
Our first General Membership PTA meeting will be Tuesday, September 16th, in the lunch room. Please join us at 6:30 PM to learn what is planned for our students, review and final approval of this year's operating budget, vote for incoming Executive Board members, and learn ways you can help us help our teachers, school, and students. While our meetings will usally end by 8:00 pm, this one may run a little longer as we have a full agenda to get the year started.
Please complete the membership application that is in your Back-to-School packet and return it to your classroom teacher, or plan on doing it at the start of the meeting. You must be a member to vote, and your voice is important!
Maud de Bel, Laura Kincade, and Phil Hutchinson will continue on the Board. Susan Frith has accepted the nomination for Secretary, and Jennifer Powers and Michael Pixton have agreed to share the Vice President's position. They will each need an approval vote at the meeting. Anyone else who is interested in these positions can email a Board member to submit his or her name for consideration, as well.
The PTA is a volunteer organization. We need you! We have various standing and event committee positions available for you to consider. Committee chairpersons will be there to explain the events and an opportunity for you to sign up.
Time to remove your Buy2Change web browser link
Sadly, the Buy2Change portal is being discontinued by the company. If you had installed this wonderful link on your web browser, you will need to remove it. Go to your browser's 'settings' and remove the plugin.
Gatewood is still involved in other rewards programs so make sure you are signed up with Safeway, Amazon, Target, and other places you shop. Also save your Thritway reciepts and Box Tops for Education and drop them in the collection box outside the main office.