Archive for 2017
From all of us at Gateway, happy holidays! The last week of school in 2017 has been full of festive fun, including Lower School class parties, a winter sing-along, and a Middle School party hosted by the Parents Association. We look forward to a new year full of joy and learning.
On Nov. 28, Gateway participated in #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. We met our $50,000 matching gift incentive and raised over $160,000 total for our Annual Fund in one day! This is an extraordinary accomplishment for our community, and we extend our deepest thanks to all our #GivingTuesday donors.
The annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a great success, with Middle School visitors in the building on Nov. 20 and Lower School visitors on Nov. 21. Guests accompanied their students in the classrooms, labs, gym, and Grandstand for a taste of the typical school day. The event also included a visit to the School Store, where brand new lion T-shirts in navy and gold and other items were available for purchase. A big thank you goes out to all the parent volunteers who helped run the School Store and greeted visitors during the event.
Continuing the tradition of immersive outdoor experiences for our Middle School students, the 6th grade embarked on their first-ever overnight trip from November 2-3, at the Ashokan Center in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Ashokan is the oldest organization specializing in outdoor environmental education in the state. The students hiked through the woods, explored ponds and streams, and examined the native flora and fauna, applying the content and skills they learned in Science class, specifically the unit on watersheds. Taking advantage of their gorgeous surroundings and the break from city life, students also enjoyed group games, a ropes course, and s’mores around a campfire. See a photo gallery here.
On October 31, Gateway got into the Halloween spirit with festivities throughout the school. Younger students in the Lower School donned festive hats, enjoyed arts and crafts, and trick-or-treated their way through the hallways. Older students in the Lower School dressed up, partied, and played games in the Gym. The entire Middle School came together in Grandstand for their annual Halloween party, in which students were encouraged to wear costumes related to the curriculum. One group of students dressed as suffragettes to connect to their Humanities unit on women’s rights. The Parents Association generously provided food and drinks, and we are grateful for their perennial support. For more photos, visit this Facebook album.
The 8th grade is spearheading a community drive to collect much-needed items for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. From October 3-5, students are encouraged to bring in disposable diapers, batteries, Band-Aids/bandages, and/or gauze to donate. All items must be new, unopened, and not contain any liquids.
Update: We’ve tallied the donations—altogether, we collected 2,947 individual diapers, 8,668 Band-Aids, 647 batteries, and 87 packs of gauze. Thanks to everyone for helping with this community service effort!
The Gateway Lions won their season opener in exciting fashion against Brooklyn Heights Montessori, 3 to 2. After BHMS took an early 1-0 lead in the opening minutes, Gateway scored a goal off a rebound to tie the game at 1-1. In the second half, BHMS came out strong and scored within the first five minutes to lead 2-1. But the Lions’ defense remained resilient, fending off several more scoring attempts to stay within striking distance. With just five minutes left, Gateway scored again with an unassisted goal from about 30 yards away, to tie it at 2-2. The eventual game winner occurred with a beautiful pass and a successful shot with only one minute left. The Lions closed with a strong defense to preserve the victory. Go Lions!
The third annual Teamwork Adventure took place on September 15 at Club Getaway, an all-inclusive adventure camp overlooking the Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut. All students in grades 5-8 participated in this full-day, outdoor retreat, which emphasized respect, communication, and leadership and established a strong sense of community at the start of a new school year. Students enjoyed climbing walls, icebreaker activities, ziplining, and large group games under sunny skies and fresh air. Visit our Facebook photo gallery to learn more.
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Lower School families who joined us for the Annual Lower School Welcome Back Picnic on Sept. 6, hosted by the Gateway Parents Association. Students, siblings, parents, and caregivers gathered and enjoyed each other’s company at various locations throughout the school. The PA provided lunch and families brought picnic blankets and games. It was a great way to kick off the new year and get to know fellow classmates and their families. Thank you to the PA for hosting such a well-attended and successful event.
From all of us at Gateway, we wish everyone a happy, safe, and enjoyable summer, whether you’re staying local or traveling afar. It’s been a wonderful 2016-17 school year, and we look forward to continuing our work in the fall with the new and returning students.
On June 15, Gateway students and staff participated in the 9th annual Field Day. The event took place in Riverside Park with gorgeous views of the Hudson River and sunny weather. Students split into teams of navy, cyan, green, and yellow shirts, and they rotated among five stations that included relay races, ring tossing, potato sack races, bucket stacking, and hula hoops. In addition, plenty of watermelon was on hand for a refreshing snack.
On June 14, the Lower School recognized 20 students who will be moving on to middle school next year, whether at Gateway or beyond. Each student made remarks in front of friends and families, and received a certificate for successfully fulfilling the academic requirements of the Lower School. The Moving Up Ceremony was followed by class parties in each of the classrooms. We will miss seeing you in the halls of the Lower School, but we look forward to you joining the 5th grade in the fall!
From May 31 to June 2, members of the 8th grade participated in an annual trip to Frost Valley camp in upstate New York. During the trip, students applied the content and skills learned in Science and took part in various challenges and outdoor adventures, such as canoeing, hiking, swings, and zip lines. They also reflected on the personal and academic growth they have experienced while at Gateway. This trip was designed to emphasize reflection, communication, and leadership in order to provide a meaningful, culminating experience for students graduating from the Middle School. Click here to see a photo gallery on Facebook.
On May 12, the oldest students in the Lower School held a Science Fair in Grandstand for an audience of parents and fellow students. Earlier in the semester, each student chose a research question to investigate using the scientific method. Examples included “Do humans or dogs have more bacteria in their saliva?”, “Does soda clean pennies?”, and “Do certain colors of M&Ms melt faster than others?” At the Science Fair, students presented their hypothesis, materials, procedure, results, and conclusion, and answered questions from guests. Job well done to our cadre of budding young scientists.
The Gala on April 20 was a great success! Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to Gateway. Departing from tradition, the event featured a festive Western theme, complete with country music, cowboy hats galore, and even a mechanical bull. The funds raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, and the silent, live, and reverse auctions represent an inspiring commitment from our community, ensuring that our unique educational program will be available for current and future generations of bright children with learning differences. Special thanks go out to all of our generous Sponsors, The Joseph H. Flom Foundation, the Gala Committee, and especially Gateway parent and trustee Melissa Lis for chairing this year’s Gala.