Gateway parents enthusiastically work with the faculty and staff to create a wonderfully active and strong school community. Both parents and children make connections that last for years. Our shared vision of supporting our children with quality education, fun and plenty of love is a powerful unifying force that brings us together to learn and celebrate in many different ways throughout the school year!

2017-18 Parent Education

We offer our families a robust slate of parent education events. Here’s what’s on the docket for 2017-18:

Nov. 3  9:15 am – Teaching Children to Read in Grades K-3 with Kris Broek, Resource Support CoordinatorOct. 6 9:15 am – Mind Your Ps and Qs: Raising Children to be Polite and Respectful with Dr. Sherri Helvie, Asst. Head of School

Nov. 30 6:00 pm – Parenting in the Digital Age with Lori Getz of Cyber Education Consultants

Jan. 16  5:30 pm – Sex Ed for Parents in Grades K-4 with Jennifer Devine of Superstar Health Education.

Jan. 16 . 7:30 pm – Sex Ed for Parents in Grades 5-8 with Jennifer Devine of Superstar Health Education.

Feb. 7  6:00 pm– Instilling a Love of Math in Grades K-5 with Dr. Sherri Helvie, Asst. Head of School

Feb. 28   Crocker Theater, Cabrillo College – 2016 Speaker Series: The Science of Sleep with Dr. Mark Rosekind, sleep and fatigue expert. Administrator of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Mar. 2   9:15 am  Overview of Learning Differences with Kris Broek, Resource Support Coordinator

Apr. TBA – Movie Screening (TBA)

Gateway Families Association (GFA)

All Gateway parents belong to the Gateway Families Association (GFA), which builds community through school-wide events and serves as a means of communication for parents with the administration and the Board of Trustees. The GFA is run by an planning committee, and holds open monthly meetings for our families. You can reach the GFA planning committee at

This year’s GFA Officers are:

President: Claire Haiken

Treasurer and Scrip Coordinator: Karen Jensen

Volunteer Coordinator: Joanna Eskilson

Room Parent Coordinator: Karen Jensen and Suzanne Heinze

Gateway Gear Coordinator: Angela Rowe

Scribes: Angela Rowe and Suzanne Heinze

Gateway parents are involved, active and inspired. From fundraising to field trips, the parent community makes a vital contribution to the life of the school. Volunteer opportunities range from working in the classroom and driving on field trips, to being a room parent or assisting with special event planning such as Grandfriends Day, Bike to School Day and Staff Appreciation Luncheon. Parents also choose to get involved by serving as Parent Ambassadors for tours and open houses, helping with our Auction Committee, and serving on the Board of Trustees and/or its various committees.

School Traditions

Gateway School is rich with school-wide traditions and celebrations. From our monthly all-school assemblies to our annual all-school celebrations, Gateway families have the opportunity to join with students, faculty and staff in sharing our school culture and values.

First Friday  These monthly assemblies are held in front of the Peace Trees on the blacktop. Our entire community is invited to attend, and celebrate student learning and our strong values and culture.

Ofrenda  The first week in November, our entire community lovingly builds an ofrenda to memorialize loved ones who have passed away.

Grandfriends Day  The Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break, Grandparents and other “grand-friends” are invited to spend time in the classrooms. Classroom teachers and specialists design an activity for the students to share with their loved ones.

Ocean Day  The Thursday before Spring Break is a celebration of our school-wide science curriculum’s focus on the oceans.

One World One Earth Day  The second Friday in April, we celebrate the ties that bind our diverse community together, with ingredients for the One World Salad produced by the school’s Life Lab.

Spring Concert & Art Tour  Held in May, these two events showcase our arts program and the incredible creativity and learning of our student artists.

Step Up and Graduation  Each eighth grade student delivers a speech to the audience, a rite of passage that highlights the graduates’ individual self-expression, confidence and knowledge of their own learning profiles..