Sept. 14th Reminders

Hello Everyone,

Hope you had a nice weekend!

Fall pictures are tomorrow & Wednesday!

Lifetouch will be here on the following days to take Kindergarten - Gr. 8 fall pictures.  High school students will have their pictures taken at Thurber.
TOMORROW:  Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten students & Gr. 1-6 students
Wednesday, Sept. 16th:  Monday/Wednesday kindergarten students and Gr. 7 & 8 students
Check out this video that outlines some of the procedures Lifetouch has implemented to ensure we have safe pictures days. 

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Picture Day for @home learners - at Lifetouch Studio

Lifetouch recognizes the importance of school memories so to ensure your child does not miss this opportunity to have their photo taken this school year; they welcome you to book a photo session at their studio. 
They will be booking from 9 AM to 4 PM on the following dates: 
  • Friday, September 18th
  • Friday, October 9th
  • Wednesday, October 21st
  • Friday, October 23rd
Please contact the studio to book an appointment  at 403-356-9410 - Ext.4 or email  romilon@lifetouch.ca

Friendly reminder ... Please make sure your child completes the daily screening checklist! Thank you -

Prior to sending students to school, we ask that parents complete the daily Updated Sept. 4 Screening Checklist. It is extremely important that this screening be done daily for each student. If you answer yes to any of the questions, please follow the instructions provided at the bottom of the checklist.

What to do when your child is sick - Updated Sept. 11th

This document outlines the Alberta Government's expectations regarding students staying home when sick.  

Students with symptoms must not attend school. Anyone that reports symptoms must stay home and seek health care advice as appropriate.  Parents can call Health Link 811 or their primary health care practitioner, and fill out the AHS Online Self-Assessment tool to determine if their child should be tested. Parents can use this flow chart that explains the expectations for students (who are not a close contact of a person with COVID-19)  and are exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms.

Parents, household members, and contacts of a student who has symptoms but is not a COVID-19 case, are not required to quarantine.

Students will be supported by their school to learn at home if they are required to isolate due to illness or because they are a close contact of a case of COVID-19.

Drop-off & Pick-up Times

Our priority is to ensure the safety of students, parents & staff. Additional health & safety precautions are in place to minimize the risk of Covid-19. In order to provide the highest level of safety, Gateway follows the guidelines set out by our District. We ask that you strictly adhere to these guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation!

Procedures outlined by our District in the 2020-2021 Handbook for Students & Families - updated Sept. 11th.

Student Drop Off and Pick Up

To keep your children safe, parents/guardians are to remain clear of school entrances, or within their vehicle, while waiting for their children. They must not enter the school unless they have made an appointment. Students waiting for pick up are to wait outside in a designated area while following physical distancing guidelines. During inclement weather (rain, extreme cold, etc.) the principal will make alternate arrangements for the waiting area that allows for physical distancing.

If your child is struggling with their drop-off & pick-up routine, please email or call one of our admin. They would be happy to work with you and your child to come up with a plan.

No parent access to the back of the school -

Please remember...

  • there is no access to the back of our school for drop-off or pick-up of students
  • parents, please do not park in the staff parking lot, Parkland CLASS' parking lot or Parkland School's playground parking lot.
  • parents are to drop-off & pick-up students at the front of the school.
  • parents are to park in the designated parking lot across from the front of our school.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Having up-to-date student information is very critical!   We want to make sure the information we have for your child is current!  Please take a few minutes and verify your son's / daughter's information in our POWERSCHOOL information system / your PowerSchool Parent Portal.  
Click http://bit.ly/RD-RSVP  for instructions on verifying process (RSVP).  
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has already completed the process.
 
Smile Cookies are back at Tim Hortons from September 14 - 20!
A global pandemic can’t stop this year’s Smile Cookie campaign, because who doesn’t love cookies? They taste even sweeter when you are making a difference in a child’s life!

Helping struggling students become readers is exactly what local Tim Hortons stores want as proceeds will be directed to Reading College, a project of the Foundation for Red Deer Public Schools. 

Buy a Smile Cookie for only $1.00 and support Red Deer Public Schools and get a yummy cookie at the same time!  

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School Council's Annual General Meeting is next week -

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At their Annual General Meeting, School Council plans to amend their operating procedures.  

 What is the School Council

  • An important voice for students and their parents/guardians. It is government mandated by the School Act as a way to connect our school and community and to provide information and advice to the Principal, School District or Province on relevant educational matters.

What can the School Council do for you? 

  • a chance for you to provide input and meet other parents/guardians
  • be a communication link between you and the School/District/Trustees/Department of Education

Please click "GCS School Council" to watch a very cute and informative video from our School Council.

 
This Friday, September 18th - No classes for kindergarten - Gr. 12 students - Staff Learning Day  
 
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REMINDERS FOR THE WEEK:
 
Tuesday, September 15th:
  • Picture Day for Tuesday/Thursday kindergarten students and all Gr. 1-6 students
Wednesday, September 16th
  • Picture Day for Monday/Wednesday kindergarten students and all Gr. 7 & 8 students
Friday, September 18th
  • No classes for all kindergarten - Gr. 12 students - Staff Learning Day
 
Community News....
AMA tips & reminders for parents & students:

Tips for parents:

  • Consider parking farther away from the school and walking with your children. There are benefits to this beyond safety, including health and wellness and time to connect before and after school, while also enjoying the outdoors. 
  • If your children will be walking to school, consider pre-planning a walk route with them to give you peace of mind. Or help gather a small group of close friends to walk together while remaining physically distanced. 
  • Parents need to be extra vigilant when driving in school zones. Avoid distractions, slow down and watch for children. Remember to be patient and courteous with other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

 Reminders for students:

  • Pay attention to your surroundings when crossing the street and avoid distractions like hand-held devices or ear buds.
  • This is an exciting time for you to reconnect with friends and make new ones. Remember to catch up and visit with them in a safe place, not while crossing the street.
  • Use crosswalks or street corners for crossing the street and always avoid jaywalking. 
  • Use the three Ps when crossing the street: point, pause and proceed.  POINT your arm to indicate to drivers that you wish to cross, PAUSE to check for traffic, making eye contact with drivers, and when it is safe to cross, PROCEED to walk, paying attention and checking as you’re crossing.
  • If AMA School Safety patrollers are at the crosswalk, please give them space to do their job and always continue to look while crossing.
Let’s work together to keep safety top of mind, inside and outside the bricks and mortar of our school. Check out AMA Insider for more in-depth back to school tips for drivers and connect with them on FacebookInstagram or Twitter .
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If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call the office.  Heather, Aletta & I would be happy to help.
Have a great week,
Cathy