Principal's Message

Principal's Message August 21, 2017

Dear Gates Parents,

Welcome back! It is hard to believe that the summer is coming to an end and that the new school year is just a few weeks away!

All parents will be able to log onto Powerschool on Tuesday, August 22nd to update their online emergency card and to find out the name of their child’s classroom teacher.  On Tuesday, August 29th a complete class list for each classroom will be posted on Powerschool.  Please take this time to thoroughly update all contact numbers so that we can reach you in case there is an emergency.If you have forgotten your password you can still go onto the Parent Portal and click on a box, which will send you a temporary password.  Once you get a temporary password you will be able to create a new family password.  If you need further assistance, feel free to contact Louise in the office and she will be happy to help you. 

We have several new staff members that I would like to introduce to you!

Grade 3 Classroom Teacher – Mrs. Abigail Johnson will be joining third grade teachers Mrs. May and Mrs. Hussey this year. Mrs. Johnson’s teaching career began at the McCarty-Towne School where she taught third grade for five years.  She took an extended leave of absence for child rearing and returned to teach this past year at the Merriam School in third grade.  Mrs. Johnson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University and her Masters of Education at Lesley University.  We are very excited to welcome Mrs. Johnson to the third grade team at Gates.


.8 Speech & Language Therapist – Mrs. Alessandra Spaulding will be splitting her time at the Gates and Douglas schools.  Mrs. Spaulding earned her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology at Boston University.  Clinical experiences include working at the Bowman Elementary School in Lexington, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Spaulding Outpatient Center for Children at the Lurie Center.  She recently completed her clinical fellow at S&L Therapy in Brookline, Ma.  Mrs. Spaulding is a former Gates student and is very excited to join full-time Speech and Language Therapist, Mrs. Allison Larsen at the Gates School.

Grade 1 Classroom Teacher - Mrs. MacLean will be returning from her maternity leave in December. Mrs. Katie Cushing has accepted Mrs. MacLean’s first grade maternity position and in June had the opportunity to shadow Mrs. MacLean in her classroom.  Mrs. Cushing earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fitchburg State University and completed her Masters of Education in Elementary Education from Lesley University.  She completed he first grade student teaching at the Mulready Elementary School in Hudson, Massachusetts and has worked at the Gates school for the past three years as a special education assistant. Mrs. Cushing is excited to join Mrs. Holt and Ms. Whitcomb in first grade.


Additional New Staff – Mrs. Rachael Carlstrom will be joining Mrs. Johnson as her third grade classroom assistant. I am also happy to announce that this summer 5th grade teacher Heather Ryder gave birth to her second son, Lawson Michael Ryder.  Ms. Ryder will be on maternity leave during the 2017-2018 school year.


I am sure you will have an opportunity in the coming weeks to meet our new staff.  I would like to remind everyone that the Gates School is on the late schedule this year, which means that we will begin our day at 9:00 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:30 p.m.  We officially open our doors 15 minutes before the start of the school day at 8:45.  Students who arrive prior to 8:45 are asked to wait outside, unless we have stormy weather.  Please note that students are not supervised until the bell rings at 8:45.  All Thursdays are early dismissal days at 1:00 p.m.  Parent pick-up is located in the 6thgrade pod.  Parents will be able to access the 6th grade pod by entering the side door at 3:30, which is the second door on the left side of the building. Our official first day of school is Tuesday, Sept. 5th.  The staff will be participating in 2 days of professional development on Aug 30th – Aug 31st.  Please note that we will be off campus on Aug 31st.

Finally, the Back-To-School-Night has been scheduled for September 26th & 27th.  Please check the Gates homepage for grade specific times. The Gates website has been updated with lots of important information and dates, so please check it out!  Lunches are $2.75 and milk is $.50.  For additional information regarding lunches & food service please check out the following link: and the Fall 2017-2018 Newsletter which includes lunch prices, how to prepay lunch online or by check, and a link to the online application for free or reduced lunches.


I am looking forward to a new school year! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact the office and we will be happy to help you out!  Enjoy the last few weeks of August and we will see you in September J

Lynne Newman, Principal

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