GatorGab 1/24/2020

Grade 5 Band Concert
January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

1/27 – WJH Jazz Band performs at 10:45

1/28 – Kindergarten to Carver Park 9:45 – 1:30

1/30 – Band Concert 7:00 p.m.

1/29 – Online Conference Scheduling opens

1/31 – Grade 1 St. Andrew Play-in-a-Day 3:15 – SHARP!

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

February 1st is World Hijab Day and this is an opportunity for all of us to learn more about why women wear a hijab and why it is important to some Muslim women. In a very few countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan women are oppressed and have no choice—they are required to wear one. To us who are free, this is completely against everything  we believe to be fair and equitable. In many countries Muslim women choose not to wear a hijab. Some countries, both in Europe and Muslim majority countries, laws have been passed  banning some or all types of hijab in public or in certain types of locales. Muslim women feel pressure to wear and to not wear a hijab.  No one should ever feel forced to wear a hijab.

World Hijab Day is a time to help make a hijab feel less “foreign” or different and help non Muslims be sensitive to the stigma that many Muslim women face when wearing it such as stares and negative comments. 

There are many forms of hijab and there are many reasons why women actually choose to wear one. Women who choose to wear it often view it as a form of empowerment. These women feel that people aren't judging them by their looks, but rather paying attention to their words and character.

At Gatewood, we will honor and recognize World Hijab Day on Friday, January 31st. We will share information and work to increase  our knowledge and understanding. Thank you for your support and for helping your children talk about this at home.

Purchase Your Tickets to Hopkins Education Foundation's Royal Bash!

Cheers to 25 years! HEF is having a party and YOU are invited. Join friends, neighbors and Hopkins staff at the Royal Bash on Saturday, February 22nd at the Marriott Minnetonka Southwest. Your evening will include a beautiful sit down dinner, games, silent and live auctions, a short program and music by DJ Instant Request. It will be a night 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 

A Shout Out to Grade 6 Parents

Looking for parents that are interested in helping with the Grade 6 End of the Year Event.  This will take place on Friday June 5th from Noon – 4:00.  If you are interested, please contact Kristi Wright at (952)988-5250.  We’ll schedule a time to meet in April!

Children's Dental Services

Free Dental Care: Give Kids a Smile is a free, charitable program coordinated by the Minnesota Dental Association to provide free dental care to children ages 3-18 whose families face financial or other challenges accessing dental care. This year, Give Kids a Smile will run on Friday, February 7th and Saturday, February 8th at participating dental clinics statewide.  Appointments are being taken now. Please call 211 or 1-800-543-7709 or for participating dental clinics near you. Parents must call the participating dental office and make an appointment in advance. Office hours vary and walk-in care is not available.  Call your school nurse at 952-988-5213 if you have any further questions. 


Greetings from the Hopkins Royals Spirit Shop!

New Items:

We have partnered with Love Your Melon, and created a custom Hopkins hat.  The hat is a cuffed beanie in dark charcoal with the H logo. Place your order today!

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.

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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