Weekly Reminders

Good Morning Everyone,
? December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas - what a wonderful time of year!  
? When you enter our school, you are greeted with a beautiful Christmas display created by Lani Morgan one of our Educational Assistants.  The display is breathtaking and exhibits the true meaning of Christmas.  Thank you Lani!  You have an incredible gift for decorating and crafting and we are blessed to have on staff and part of our community ♥!
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? It was a full house on Monday night as we all enjoyed the Kindergarten - Gr. 5 Christmas Concert.  It was a big production with many parts, and in the end the hard work & dedication showed - it was an amazing concert!  
Well done Kindergarten - Gr. 5 students!  A special thank you to Mrs. Wolfmeyer, Miss Raju, Mrs. Dalstra, Miss Gerlywich and Ms. Rhoad who worked with our students.
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? Last week, some of our students took part in the “Write to the Troops’ Program.  With servant hands and grateful hearts, Mrs. Schultz’s class wrote letters and Mrs. Westera’s class made Christmas cards that will be sent to Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are away from their families over the Christmas holidays.  Our students thanked them for their service and wished them all a Very Merry Christmas!  Currently there are about 2100 Canadian Armed Forces members deployed overseas. Here are just a few letters from Mrs. Schultz's class:
Dear Canadian Armed Forces Member,  Thank you for saving our city.  From Drayden
Dear Canandian Armed Forces Member, Merry Christmas!  Thank you for protecting the Land.  From Meadow
Dear canadian forces member, Merry Christmas!  thank you for protecting us! from Grace L.
Dear canadian Armed Forces Member, Merry christmas!  thank you  Happy New Year.  from Liam M.
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Here are some of the cards Mrs. Westera's students made.  
Card from Madelyn:
Dear soldiers, Thank you for giveing peace and kindness for the other countrys.  Thank you so much,  I'm so sorry that you can't have christmas with your family.  What do you call a snowman in the summer A Puddle
in 1/2W. Mrs. westeras class.
To: Soldier
 From Madelyn
The Canadian Armed Forces men & women will love the cards and letters.  Well done Gr. 1's & 2's.
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? The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society's Travelling Brain School will be here tomorrow & next Monday and we are looking for volunteers to facilitate the stations (please note volunteers must have their volunteer paperwork at the office).  The Travelling Brain School targets kindergarten to Gr. 9 students to teach them about the many functions of the brain and how to prevent brain injuries.  This presentation is an interactive walk through the brain that teaches the various lobes of the brain, the nervous system, the brain stem, brain toxins, and preventative measures to protect the brain.  It's a great opportunity for our students but we need your help!
We are looking for volunteers for the following shifts:
2 volunteers from 9:00 a.m. - noon
3 volunteers from 12:40 - 3:00 p.m.
?Monday, December 16th
3 volunteers from 9:00 a.m. - noon
3 volunteers from 12:40 - 3:00 p.m.
If you are free and can help, please reply to this email. Thank you!
? Basketball Parents- - Please note the following parent meetings:
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? Monday/Wednesday kinders’ Popcorn Day:  Monday, Dec. 16th

If you’d  like to place an order for your child,  please send your order and payment to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Click popcorn order form

Popcorn:  $1.25 / bag

Orders are due this Wednesday.

All proceeds going towards the HANDS Mission Trip

? Gateway Christian School is adopting families this Christmas.  Please join us in supporting families, within our school, who are in need this Christmas Season.

As a school community, we would like to provide families in need with presents & a food hamper this Christmas. Kindergarten - Gr. 5 classrooms are collecting presents; Gr. 6-8 classrooms collecting donations of loonies and toonies to purchase food hampers.

Kindergarten – Gr. 5:  Your son/daughter will know about the child/adult their classroom is adopting. Please consider donating a gift or sending a monetary donation for one of the children/adults your child's class is adopting on or before Wednesday, December 18th.

Gr. 6-8 classes:  We would like to provide each family with a food hamper.  So food items don’t get duplicated or missed, please consider making a Christmas Dinner donation (cash donation or grocery gift card) and the school will purchase a complete meal for each family.  Please drop off any donations in the ‘Adopt-A-Family’ collection can in your child's homeroom on or before Wednesday, December 18th.

Together we can bless families in our school community.
? Please join us this Wednesday for our Kindergarten - Gr. 12 Worship as we showcase our middle school bands and our Gr. 3-5 choir.  Come out and support our budding musicians as they perform for our school community!  Miss Gerlywich, a former Gateway student and now Gr. 6 & band teacher,  encourages and challenges our students to grow their God-given musical talents.  Thank you Miss Gerlywich!  We appreciate you and are thrilled you are back at Gateway!
We have a very large Gr. 3-5 choir that makes beautiful music together.  Mrs. Dalstra has done an amazing job!  Please join us this Wednesday.
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 We have a few  soft cover 2018-2019 yearbooks  for sale.  
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? Swimming lessons for Gr. 3 - 5 students - Parents must register online by December 16th!

Starting in January our Gr. 3 - 5 students will have the opportunity to participate in a swimming lessons at the Recreation Centre as part of the Phys. Ed. Program.  The lessons will be held on Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 & 11. 

Instead of sending home registration forms, we are participating in a pilot program between Red Deer Public School District and the City of Red Deer, and ask you to go online to register your child (please note, there is no cost involved in the swimming lessons).  Online registration is done via the Powerschool Parent Portal, http://powerschool.rdpsd.ab.ca/public (if you do not have your parent account set up, please call the office). 

Please complete by December 16th, 2019. Thank you!


? Mark your calendars:

??Thursday, December 19th: High School (Gr. 9-12) Christmas Cafe from 3:30 - 6 p.m.

??Friday, December 20th: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day


?  Gateway Christian School staff and students want to acknowledge and give a huge thank you to the Hot Lunch Committee and the many parents who come out each week to distribute our lunches.  We appreciate you and thank you for your dedication to the program.  

Our January Hot Lunch Menu is ready to accept orders!

Please visit gateway.hotlunches.net to place your order(s).  Access code GCSRD

Monday, Jan. 6 -  Booster Juice / Order Deadline: Friday, Dec. 27 @ 4:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13 - Sushi Koon / Order Deadline: Friday, Jan. 3 @ 4:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 20 - Freshii / Order Deadline: Friday, Jan. 10 @ 4:00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 27 - Boston Pizza / Order Deadline: Friday, Jan.17  @ 4:00 p.m.


?  Kindergarten Registration for the 2020 - 2021 School Year!!?
Do you have a son/daughter who will be 5 by December 31, 2020?  If you do, they are of age to start kindergarten in September.  Online registration starts Monday, January 13, 2020.  
Monday, December 9th
  • 1st day of middle school term 2 option classes
  • Burger Boy Hot Lunch
  • Bantam girls BB practice from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. / parent meeting from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
  • City boys BB practice from  3:30 - 4:45 p.m. / parent meeting from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, December 10th
  •  City girls BB practice from 7:00 - 8:15 a.m.  
  • The Central Alberta Brain Injury Society's Travelling Brain School (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)  
  • Bantam boys BB practice from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. /  parent meeting from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
  • Bantam girls BB seeding tournament at St. Francis (bus leaving at 3:15 p.m. - game starts at 4 p.m.)    
  • Gr. 6 Drama Presentation 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the main gym. (Drama Presentation recommended for ages 8 and up.)
Wednesday, December 11th
  • City boys BB practice from 7:00 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Kindergarten - Gr. 12 Worship @ 9:46 a.m.  (Band and Choir Showcase)
  • Popcorn orders due
  • Jr. boys & girls BB practice from 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. / parent meeting from 4:45 - 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, December 12th
  • Bantam boys BB seeding tournament at St. Francis  (bus leaving at 3:15 p.m. - game starts at 4 p.m.)
  • City girls BB exhibition game at Central Middle school (sharing a bus with the Bantam boys team - bus leaving at 3:15 p.m. / parent meeting after the game)      
Friday, December 13th
  • Monday/Wednesday Kinders:  Regular Classes
  • Tuesday/Thursday Kinders:  No School
  • last day to drop off presents for the Christmas Bureau Box
  • City girls BB practice from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Have a wonderful week,