The Gateway Parents Association (the “PA”) is a parent-run, volunteer organization whose mission is to support the school and build community. The PA plays a critical role in the success of the Gateway program. For over 50 years, Gateway has had a special relationship with parents, one that is characterized by empathy and mutual respect. Today, Gateway continues to emphasize the importance of parent volunteers who are dedicated to fostering a strong, supportive community for the benefit of students, parents, faculty, and staff.
The PA hosts three general meetings during the school year, which are open to all Gateway parents. These provide opportunities for school administrators to talk informally with parents about current activities in the school, and for parents to plan upcoming events, share resources with one another, and discuss topics that can benefit the entire community. The general meetings are truly collaborative and open, and they allow parents to meet one another in person.
The PA sponsors a variety of activities and events during the year, both independently and in partnership with the school. These include:
Every parent is automatically a member of the PA, and the school encourages all parents to volunteer. Those interested in serving as a Class Representative for their child’s classroom/grade or in volunteering for any of the PA-sponsored events should email the PA Leadership directly.
The life of the Gateway community truly prospers when parents come together and support the school. By getting involved, parents not only make new friends and share in fun experiences, but also make a meaningful difference in their children’s school.
“Our children need Gateway and we as parents need Gateway too. The parent body here has a common bond. We understand each other, accept each other and share something in common (our children who each have their own special challenges) which bonds us into a strong community.”
— Gateway parent