GatorGab 1/31/2020

Gatewood celebrates World Hijab Day!
January 31, 2020

January 31, 2020

2/5 – Grade 5 to Starbase 9:45 – 3:00

2/6 – Grade 5 to Starbase 9:45 – 3:00

2/6 – Online Conference Scheduling closes at midnight

2/7 – Grade 5 to Starbase 9:45 – 3:00

2/6 – Jr. Naturalist Club 4:05 – 5:15

2/7 – Grade 1 Christen Play-in-a-Day 3:15 – SHARP!

2/9 – PTO Purse Bingo Event – Hopkins VFW Noon – 3:00 (see registration below)

2/10 – Grade 5 to Starbase 9:45 – 3:00

2/12 – Grade 6 to Mill City Museum 9:45 – 2:00

2/13 – NO SCHOOL – Conferences 11:00 – 7:00

2/14 – NO SCHOOL – Conferences 8:00 – 4:00

2/17 – NO SCHOOL – President’s Day

2/18 – Kindergarten Round Up 6:00 pm

2/18 – Bell Museum Explorer Dome at GW – Grades 3 – 4

2/21 – Gatewood Reading Event 10:00 – 2:00

2/25 – Int’l Wolf Center at GW – Grades 3 – 4

2/26 – Grade 5 to Eagle Bluff 9:45

2/27 – Late Start Day – School will start at 11:33.  All buses will run 2 hours later than normal.  If you need child care and your student is not in Kids & Co., child care is available from 8:00 – 11:15 for $10/student.  Contact Kristi for a reservation – (952)988-5250.

2/28 – Grade 5 Eagle Bluff return 2:00

One of the things I do is offer to read a story each month to all classes. This is one of my favorite things I get to do. In January, I read the story, "The Cool Bean." It is a wonderful story about how we all can be a Cool Bean by being kind and doing simple things for others. The author, Jory John, wrote two other books that I read last year: "The Bad Seed" and "The Good Egg." I read the same book to pre-schoolers through 6th graders. It is so much fun for me because your children are respectful, focused listeners and they have great observations and questions. Some of my past favorite read-alouds are "The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors", "Alan's Big Scary Teeth", and "The Book With No Pictures." Ask your children about some of the stories I've read and see what they remember. I'm narrowing down my book for February so I'll soon be back in classes reading a new story. As always, thank you for what you do to support your children and all of us here at Gatewood.

Hopkins Education Foundation's Royal Bash: Great Ideas Blossom Here!

Ticket Sales are brisk! Join your friends, neighbors, and Hopkins staff at HEF's Royal Bash on Saturday, February 22nd at the Marriott Minnetonka Southwest. Your evening will include a wonderful sit down dinner, games, silent and live auctions, a short program and music by DJ Instant Request. It will be an evening to remember.

Since 1995, HEF has awarded $2.9 million in grants to Hopkins Public Schools. Proceeds from the Royal Bash help to fund these grants.

To find out more about HEF, the Royal Bash or to purchase your tickets, visit

MN Dept of Health Influenza Symptoms from Nurse Lauren

If your child exhibits a fever of 100 F or more and has a cough or a sore throat, they may have influenza. Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after his or her fever is gone without fever-reducing medicine.  For many children, this could be 5 to 7 days. Your child should feel well enough to  participate in school before returning.  If you have questions about your child's health symptoms, call your child's doctor or clinic. Please call the school if your child is absent with influenza-like symptoms or any other illness, such as strep throat.


Join us for a new event sponsored by the Gatewood PTO. Instead of cash prizes come play bingo for a chance to win Coach, Michael Kors and Kate Spade handbags and wallets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the VFW.

Date: February 9th 

Time: 12pm-3pm 

Location: Hopkins VFW - 100 Shady Oak Rd

Cost: $30 to reserve a spot to play 11 games of bingo

Who: Open to the public

Reserve a spot here: 

Sara Jessen will also be selling Touchstone Crystal Swarovski jewelry

 Proceeds benefit Gatewood Elementary.


Order forms for yearbooks are in the school office.  You can also order online at and enter yearbook ID Code: 1929620. Orders are due on March 27th!

Please see the Electronic Backpack section of our webpage for the following information:

  • Tech Academy – January 27 – February 24 – Lego Robotic Builders!
  • Animal Humane Society Day Camp – February 17th
  • Parenting for Racial Justice
  • Young Rembrandts’ Alien Invasion Drawing Class – During spring break
  • Hopkins Hurricanes Youth Wrestling
  • Watch Me Create Art Class – Winter Wonderland
  • Girls GAL Softball is right around the corner! Registration open January 1, 2020 ages 5-18. See the flyer for details.
  • KidCreate Studio Art Classes
  • Park Valley Soccer
  • Hopkins Fastpitch
  • African-American Read In – Hopkins Public Library – February 5, 5:30 – 8:00.

An evening to celebrate African American literature and African American authors through open readings and book giveaways in celebration of Black History Month.

More information for any of these classes can be found at:


School Hours

Grades K–6

Office Hours 

Kids & Company


Mark French

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