The Middle School Holiday Party hosted by the PA was a wonderful way to finish off another fantastic semester at Gateway. The party was filled with dancing, cornhole, and plenty of holiday cookies. Wishing everyone a deserved, restful vacation!
Thank you to everyone who donated toys to the PA’s Toy Drive last week! It was a very successful toy drive; we collected 223 toys this year that will all be going to the children of Iris House, a community service organization based in Harlem. We appreciate the Gateway students’ enthusiasm and participation in donating toys for this wonderful cause. Thank you also to the PA for the Pantry Drive back in October, in which our generous Gateway families donated 460 items to support the Ronald McDonald House.
High fives all around from Mr. Norm Lewis! Middle School students in the cast of “The Who’s Tommy” musical were lucky enough to receive feedback from original 1993 Broadway cast member of “Tommy,” Norm Lewis. The Broadway star is known for many impressive roles, including King Triton in “The Little Mermaid,” Billy Flynn in “Chicago,” and Javert in “Les Misérables.” Norm was also the first African American to take on the lead role of The Phantom in “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Most recently, Mr. Lewis was seen in the NBC television special, “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert!,” alongside John Legend and Sara Bareilles. He is also known for his recurring role on the hit drama, “Scandal.” The Gateway cast of “Tommy” performed “Pinball Wizard” for Norm and listened attentively to his notes and suggestions. Thank you so much, Mr. Lewis!
The Gateway School is proud to have hosted “No More the Dog Ate My Homework: Developing Executive Functioning Skills to Foster Independence.” This interactive discussion explored how mainstream and inclusion teachers can integrate systems that encourage students with learning disabilities and attention deficits to develop increased independence while supporting skills such as time management, self-monitoring, and organization. Gateway Faculty described specific executive functioning skills, offered practical techniques to help teachers develop these skills in students, and demonstrated systems and strategies to prepare students for successful participation in mainstream settings, as strong executive functioning skills are integral to succeed both academically and in life.
Check out Gateway School’s new student-run newspaper: The Gateway Gazette! Led under the supervision of Ms. Lincoln and Ms. Smith, The Gateway Gazette student team published its first issue this month. Be sure to check it out for updates on school events, sports, classes, and field trips. The newspaper even includes interviews with Gateway teachers and fun, student-drawn comic strips! Well done, Gateway Gazette team!
Over the weekend Gateway participated in the 20th Annual Ronald McDonald House Kids Charity Fun Run. The run supports Ronald McDonald House which provides lodging and care for families while their child battles cancer. Team Gateway had over 20 runners and raised $2,500. It was a fun day for a great cause. Thank you to our wonderful parent organizers!
Congratulations to the recipients of this month’s Community Leadership Badges! Three Lower School students won awards for Resilience. Receiving a Community Leadership Badge is a huge honor for our Lower School students, and the sense of camaraderie is palpable when the winners are announced on the loud speaker and the whole Lower School erupts in cheers. We are so proud!
Happy Halloween from Gateway! We had some fun celebrations at the end of the day yesterday. The Middle School had a party in Grandstand hosted by the PA which consisted of pizza, snacks, dancing, games, and, of course, a costume contest. The older Lower School classes had a party in the gym complete with freeze dance and a “mummify your teacher” competition, and the younger Lower School classes wore silly hats and trick-or-treated around the school.
We are extremely pleased to have initiated what we hope will become an annual professional lecture series. Our inaugural lecture, “Mathland: A Roadmap to the Hidden Obstacles for Language Learning-Disabled Students,” was held at The New School and featured Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D. Her presentation synthesized a growing body of research and the basis of our instructional approach to math at Gateway. Dr. Soifer specializes in the relationships among language, learning, and literacy in children from preschool through high school age. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Soifer focuses on early identification and remediation of language-based learning challenges in children. She presents regularly and consults with schools on curriculum and staff training. Her professional development program, Classroom Language Dynamics©, has been introduced into schools in the tristate area. In her lecture, “Mathland,” Dr. Soifer shed light on the mathematical learning needs of students with language-based learning disabilities.
The sixth grade had a wonderfully successful overnight trip in the Catskill Mountains for the second year running! In a new tradition established last year, the entire sixth grade took part in this two-day, one-night retreat experience. Students applied the content and skills learned in their science curriculum to exciting challenges and outdoor explorations. The trip emphasized collaboration, communication, and community.
Last week several Lower School classes were visited by our friends from the Art Farm in the City. The Art Farm visits correspond with the Lower School science curricula, and students learned interesting facts about these animals, like what their natural habitats are and how some experience metamorphosis.
The Gateway School was founded in 1965 by Elizabeth Freidus and Claire Flom. Elizabeth Freidus was an educator at Columbia University Teachers College, and Claire Flom was the mother of Gateway’s first student – Peter Flom, ’68. This past year, Jason Flom – brother to Peter and son of Claire – wrote the charming children’s book, Lulu is a Rhinoceros, along with his daughter, Allison Flom. The book follows Lulu’s adventure through the big city as she learns how to be true to herself and know who she really is on the inside despite how others may judge her outward appearance. Yesteday, the Lower School received a memorable visit from Jason, Allison, and the star of their book, Jason’s bulldog Lulu. Our Lower School students were lucky enough to have an exclusive meet and greet with Lulu herself and hear a personal reading from the authors – the son and granddaughter of Gateway’s founder. It was a truly special experience, and we hope everyone enjoys Lulu’s beautiful story.
On Friday, Sept. 21, the entire Middle School spent the day at Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut for our annual Teamwork Adventure. The trip is a great and fun way to build camaraderie and community for our Middle Schoolers at the start of a new year in a beautiful outdoor setting – overlooking the Berkshire Mountains!
On September 5, Lower School families came together to celebrate being back to school with the annual picnic at West End Towers Playground. It was wonderful seeing families enjoying each other’s company and starting off the year with energy and excitement! We look forward to continuing to build our Gateway community this year. Thank you to those who participated and a special thanks to our PA organizers and hosts: Helen Brown, Heidi Bonilla, Jennifer Serrano, and Monika Wyszomirska.