Amazing Programs are held before or after school. They are an enrichment program for students in kindergarten through grade six. For a fee, student may choose to sign up for these classes that run for eight weeks. A variety of fun and interesting activities have been offered in the past such as embossed art, figure drawing, basketball, chess, cooking, and jewelry making. A schedule of offerings is sent home periodically throughout the school year. To join, students must submit a payment and permission slip completed by a parent/guardian.
Last year student council members worked hard to organize both a towel drive and a blanket drive for the Household Goods Recycling Ministry. At the end of February, the student council organized a coin drive to benefit animals in need. Student Council members also ran the annual Student Council Carnival. The Student Council is currently under the direction of two parent advisors, Barb Tibbetts and Chris Fenniman. For more information, see the September Gazette.
Students participating in chorus have opportunities to perform at Gates School assemblies, Gates Chorus concerts, the Pan Choral Concert at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and other special events. Last year, the chorus visited and performed for two nursing homes, Robbins Brook Senior Living Community and Life Care Center of Acton. If you are a student interested in joining the Gates School Chorus or Select Chorus, then please contact Mrs. Ward.
Parental support is a key factor in the success of a child’s music education. Please ask your child what they are doing in music class. If they are interested in taking private music lessons, the music department has a list of teachers for all instruments.
Resources for Home Enjoyment of Music Indian Hill Music Center in Littleton provides music instruction and concerts. Fleet Boston Celebrity Series presents a series of excellent concerts for children entitled “Family Musik.” For more information go to www.celebrityseries.org. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has a series of family concerts led by Pops conductor Keith Lockhart. More information can be found at www.bso.org.
The Gates Recycling Committee is lead by Mrs. Ward and consist of students and parents who work together to collect used paper at Gates for recycling. Volunteers meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-9:00. They work together to empty paper recycling bin from the school into the recycling dumpster. Profits from the paper we recycle go back to Gates School.