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Monday Message Nov 11- 15

posted Nov 11, 2019, 5:57 PM by Sophia Cimbal

November 11-15, 2019
Good evening, this is Principal Brink calling with your weekly announcements.  Happy Veterans Day to all of our family members that have previously served or are active military.  We truly appreciate all of your service to our country!  To celebrate, our third graders will be performing our annual Veteran’s Day show from 6:30-7:30PM in the gym at Gates on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  All in the community are welcome.  Then the students will perform for the school on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 2:45pm.  We will be celebrating our Veterans all week!  VETERANS DAY parent letter 2019-2020.docx 

“Stuff the Turkey” food drive is going on at Gates to donate to our local food pantry to help families during the holidays.  See handout for a list of nonperishable food items.  Your donations are greatly appreciated.  Students will participate in the Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 21 during their Resource time.  Stuff the Turkey Flyer.pdf 

Since we are starting the inclement weather alerts early this year, please stay tuned to your local tv stations, Facebook, Twitter, and phone for updates from CCPS.  Make sure you have a back up plan for your child in the event we have an early release or late start to our day.

Please see the rest of the events for November!  It is going quickly!

November Monthly Events:
11/11-15  3rd Grade CoGat Testing
11/12  OB Gates Veterans Program 6:30-7:30PM 
11/14 PTA Board Meeting 6-7PM in the library 
11/19 2nd Grade Field Trip to Henricus Park-be sure to complete volunteer form quickly if you plan on attending the field trip
11/21  Turkey Trot-service learning opportunity sponsored by the PE department to support our local Food Pantry.  Here is the information: Stuff the Turkey Flyer.pdf 
11/22  Make Up Fall Pictures;  9:30AM 2nd Grade Outreach Program with Jamestown;  12:40-1:40pm 5th Grade Student Led Conferences during their lunch time
11/25  Parent Teacher Conference Days  11AM-7PM; no school for students
11/26  Parent Teacher Conference Day 7:30am-3:30pm; no school for students
11/27-29  Thanksgiving Break Schools closed

Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

Introducing Canvas

posted Nov 11, 2019, 5:52 PM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 5:53 PM ]

Conference Days for Nov 25th and 26th

posted Nov 11, 2019, 7:32 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 7:34 AM ]

Teachers have set up their own schedules for conferences these days. If you do not have a time please contact your teacher to see which times are available.

  • November 25th- Hours 11 am to 7 pm.  All schools must be open at this time and all teachers work those hours.

  • November 26th- Hours 7:30 am - 3:30 pm-All schools must be open at this time and all teachers work those hours.

 Student Led Conferences for 1st 9 weeks:  5th grade teachers will be having SLC on the Friday before Thanksgiving November 22, 2019, with the Lunch & Learn model we have used over the last two years.

Monday Message 10/28

posted Oct 30, 2019, 6:35 AM by Sophia Cimbal

parent message 10-28-19

Good evening Gates Families,

This is Mr. Rowland with your weekly update.

October comes to a close this week.  Fall is starting to really take hold.  Saturday I broke out the rake and raked the yard to try and keep up with the leaves.  Did you?  Ms. Brink should be winging her way home and will return to her regular parent message duties next week.

Here are a few upcoming events.  Youth Blast Sports will present Promote Respect assemblies to students on Tuesday.  This was a rescheduled event from earlier in the month and ties in nicely with Bullying Prevention Month.  Thanks to Youth Blast Sports for being one of our business partners.

Thursday, Kindergartners will present their project based learning culminating activity about Letterland.  Not only will there be a little song and dance, all 26 letters will come alive in the Gates Letterland Wax Museum.  Those in attendance will learn about the letter, it’s sound, and words that begin with that letter.  What fun!

If you are taking part in any evening festivities Thursday night, please be safe.  We want everyone to return for Friday.

For future planning, parents don’t forget next Tuesday, November 5th, is election day!  I know ... how could you forget with political signs decorating neighbors yards and every other tv commercial is an ad spot.  However, it is also a teacher workday and students have the day off.

In the email, there will be a list of other upcoming events.

Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

Have a safe evening and good night!
Here are the October Events: 
10/28  Bricks for Kids Afterschool program starts 4PM Library
10/29 Promote Respect Lessons with Youth Blast Sports at Gates moved to the 
10/31 - K PBL - Letterland
10/31  Book It Pizza Hut Reading Program
11/1  4th & 5th Grade Book & Breakfast 8:30AM Library
11/3-11/11 - 3rd Grade CogATs
11/5 Election Day, Teacher Workday, No school for Students
11/7 PTA Spirit Night - Launch Trampoline Park - 5-7
11/21 - Turkey Trot - During resource
11/22 - Make-up Pictures
11/25 - 11/26 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 
11/27 - 11/29 - Thanksgiving Break 
Great things keep happening at OB Gates!
Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

Monday Night Message Oct 14-18

posted Oct 16, 2019, 5:51 PM by Sophia Cimbal

ctober 14-18, 2019

Good evening, this is Principal Brink, calling with your weekly announcements for October 14-18, 2019.  Thank you to everyone that participated in our PAY to PLAY Day for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.  In less than 24 hours we collected $576.79 in honor of our school counselor, Kelley Arrowood.   We are so grateful for all of your support!

OB Gates Redistricting meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15 at 6:30-7:30PM in the cafeteria.  Please join us to learn about this process.

Promote Respect Month is CCPS program for teaching lessons about anti-bullying.   Youth Blast Sports is coming in to do the assemblies on Wednesday for all of our students on Promoting Respect!  The Chesterfield County Standards for Student Conduct and Attendance defines bullying as: “Any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma. "Bullying" includes cyber bullying, but does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.”

Our school counseling department has shared this helpful document to teach our students and parents how to report events appropriately.  As always, please contact the school directly if you have immediate concerns. Social media is not the best platform for communication.  Bullying V Conflict Poster.pdf 

Safety & Security Updates:  Thank you for you patience as we try to navigate safely how to have our students dropped off in the morning.  Mr. Rowland is asking that you complete this brief 2 question survey.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdM1DvNE_e9GM_6u0ZtMMxnEbQZ2EJ5FymVMXTBzrvhOfI4bw/viewform

Lastly, I will be out of the building from Oct. 21-29, traveling to China with other Administrators from around the USA.  For the 2020-2021 school year, we would like to begin a Dual Language Immersion class focusing on Mandarin Chinese.

Here are the October Events: 
 10/15  Community Meeting for OB Gates Redistricting  6:30PM at Gates
10/16 Promote Respect Lessons with Youth Blast Sports at Gates (Anti-Bullying Program)
10/18-24  Book Fair at the OB Gates Library
10/18  Theatre IV Grades K-2 Pocohantas
10/20-29  Principal Brink in China with the Confucius Institute
10/21  PTA Skate Night Chester Skateland 6-8PM
10/22  STAR Breakfast Invitation Only 9:30AM Cafeteria
10/23  Richmond Ballet visits for production
10/23  PTA at Launch Trampoline Park Fundraiser 5:30-8PM
10/24 Vision & Hearing Screenings Grade 3
10/25  Kindergarten Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch
10/28  Bricks for Kids Afterschool program starts 4PM Library
10/31  Book It Pizza Hut Reading Program
11/1  4th & 5th Grade Book & Breakfast 8:30AM Library

Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

Come work for CCPS! Job Fair for Instructional Assistants & Bus Drivers

posted Sep 29, 2019, 4:55 PM by Elizabeth Celuck

Come drive for us!

• We will train you to earn a CDL
• Get paid for training
• Full- time position with benefits including VRS
• Starting pay for Chester eld County is $14.84

Job Fair
October 8, 2019 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
See attachment below for more information
Interested in a 10-month work schedule with summers off?

Instructional Assistants - Special Education
The staring pay for IA - Special Education on is $12.80. 
This job is 6.5 hours a day. (weekends, holidays and Summers off)

Job Fair
October 8, 2019 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
See attachment below for more information

Letter from the County on Redistricting 2020

posted Sep 27, 2019, 10:33 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Sep 27, 2019, 10:47 AM ]

Dear Team Chesterfield families,

As we approach the fall 2020 opening of a new, replacement Matoaca Elementary School, redistricting is necessary in order to optimize classroom space and address student enrollment at other schools.

The new Matoaca Elementary, under construction on the site of the soon-to-be-former Matoaca Middle west campus, is designed to accommodate 750 students. Currently, there are fewer than 400 students attending Matoaca Elementary.

A preliminary redistricting proposal under consideration by the School Board would shift approximately 110 students from Ettrick Elementary to Matoaca Elementary and approximately 95 students from Gates Elementary to Matoaca Elementary.

Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold three information meetings about proposed redistricting that involves three schools: Gates, Ettrick and Matoaca elementary schools.

·         Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at Matoaca Elementary

·         Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Gates Elementary

·         Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Ettrick Elementary

These neighborhoods are proposed to transfer from Ettrick Elementary to Matoaca Elementary: Branch and Evans Estate, Bright Oaks Estates, Chesdin Heights, Crafton Heights, Deboer, Deere, Flintshire, Gateway Farms Apartments, Hickory Hollow, L.P.D. Enterprises, Millcroft, Nash Grove, Pypers Pointe, Rivers Trace, Taylor Hall Estates, Trentwood, Whispering Winds and parcels not in recorded subdivisions in the vicinity.

These neighborhoods are proposed to transfer from Gates Elementary to Matoaca Elementary: Beach Estates, Beechwood Forest, Chesdin Landing, Chesdin Shores, Deerwood, Rivers Trace (section K) and parcels not in recorded subdivisions in the vicinity.

Again, this is a preliminary proposal that will be discussed more in depth at the meetings noted above. We welcome your feedback at the meetings.


Dr. Merv Daugherty

Weekly message from Mrs. Brink 9/17/19

posted Sep 17, 2019, 2:10 PM by Sophia Cimbal

September 17, 2019


Good evening, this is Principal Brink calling on a Tuesday this week.  I apologize for the delayed message but I believe the seasonal allergies and cough are setting in! 


Health & Wellness

 Please remind your students to wash their hands and share crayons and not their germs!   Just a friendly reminder from Nurse Noble, students who are running a fever must be fever free unmedicated for 24 hours prior to coming back to school.   She also wanted me to share that when a student is brought to the clinic for a check such as falling on the playground or for a band aide, and it is not a serious injury or concern, she will document and then call parents prior to her leaving at the end of the day.  In the event of an emergency, she will call the parents immediately. Therefore, if you are picking up your child at parent pick up, Nurse Noble may still be calling parents at the end of the day. It doesn’t mean your child is not important to us; our clinic is very busy all day long!  Thank you for understanding.



Traffic in the mornings is relentless with 3 schools on one street; over 30 buses and daycare vans trying to drop off students in our bus loop; and all of the parent drop offs coming in both directions.  Remember that our school day begins at 9:25am and we open the doors for students at 9:15am to start serving breakfast as they make their way to class. I am concerned at the number of students being dropped off in the front of the building with no adult supervision.  Carpooling may be a better option or simply putting your child on the bus. If you see the buses pulling out of CTC next door, please let them through so our students can arrive. The buses line up over there until most of our first load of buses come in starting at 9am and they are having trouble pulling in to our loop.  Any assistance will be helpful! Most importantly, students arriving late to school must be signed in by an adult. Please do not drop them off and pull off. Again it all goes back to safety.



Our new security guard at the end of the day has also made a request that parents please park in a designated space and only park in our handicap spaces if you have the DMV authorization. Mr. Ramos does have a reminder sticker that he will start placing on cars that are illegally parked; they are the same as Bird HS.   Thank you for not blocking the front of the building and our fire lane! We had our first fire drill last week and the students did amazing! This week we will practice our Lock Down drill on Thursday morning. Safety is a priority!  



Lastly, this Thursday we will welcome our ECSE PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade parents to Back to School night from 6-7:30PM.  Children are welcome to come with their parents but must stay with their parents at all times. We will start in the Gym and then the teachers will escort their parents back to their classrooms or location they will be presenting.  At 7:15PM we will wrap up and clear the building at 7:30PM. We look forward to sharing our curriculum and class expectations!


September Activities:

  1.  Grades PreK-2 Back to School Night for Parents  September 19, 2019, 6-7:30PM Gym

  2.  1st PTA Spirit Night at BRUSTERS ICE CREAM on Iron Bridge Road Wednesday, September 25, from 4:30-9PM


Save the DATE! Watch Dog DAD Kick Off Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6-7PM Cafeteria


Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

Monday Message for Sept 9-13

posted Sep 11, 2019, 7:21 AM by Sophia Cimbal

September 9-13, 2019

Good evening, this is Principal Brink, calling with your weekly announcements for September 9-15, 2019.  Today we welcomed all of our Kindergarten students back for their first day as a whole class!  It was so nice to see so many smiling faces!  

This week, we will have our annual Back to School Night for grades 3, 4, and 5 and ALL students K-5 in our ADP and IDP programs with Ms. Lawson and her team.  Please come join us starting at 6PM in the gym for an overview of how to access school information, brief PTA voting, and the introduction of our teachers & staff.  After our short meeting, parents will be escorted to their child’s classroom with the teacher.  Please do not go into a classroom without the teacher present.

PreK-2 will have their Back to School Night next Thursday, September 19 starting at 6PM in the gym.   We will follow the same routine with the presentations tailored for our primary students.  

This week, our 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students are taking the MAP Pre-assessment.  Students are assessed in both Literacy and Math.  Next week, we will be working with 2nd grade and this is the first year that they too will participate in the testing.  The purpose of the assessment is to measure growth throughout the school year so that each student is able to demonstrate at least one year’s growth from the start of the year to the end of the year.  Students will be reassessed in January and then again in April.  Please encourage your student to just try their best!

September Activities:
1. Grades 3-5 Back to School Night for Parents September 12, 2019, 6-7:30PM Gym.   All ADP & IDP will attend grades K-5.
2. Grades PreK-2 Back to School Night for Parents  September 19, 2019, 6-7:30PM Gym
3. 1st PTA Spirit Night at BRUSTERS ICE CREAM on Iron Bridge Road Wednesday, September 25, from 4:30-9PM

Save the DATE! Watch Dog DAD Kick Off Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6-7PM Cafeteria

Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

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posted Aug 12, 2019, 7:29 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Aug 12, 2019, 7:32 AM ]

August 9, 2019

 Good afternoon STAR Families!  This is Principal Brink with a few important announcements for the start of the school year.  This is a long email! I will send the next Parent message on Monday, August 19, 2019, 6PM, and every week thereafter except holidays.

 First I would like to welcome ALL NEW STAR Families that have registered since my last message in July and ALL returning STAR families!  We are so excited to start the new school year!  

 To kick off our year, we will host our 3rd Annual Grill N Chill on August 29, from 5-7PM.  This is a great opportunity for STAR families to bring their school supplies to school early and drop off in their classroom; meet your teacher and other students and families; complete any enrollment or registration needs; drop off medicine or health plans; and have dinner on us!  The teachers will be in their classrooms from 5-6PM, then they will come out to the playground section to join families in their respective grade level sections to mingle and eat from 6-7PM. Parents and students may drop off during 6-7PM in the building, then join us on the playground. Thanks to our many sponsors, PTA; Jerry Manning & Gates Athletic Association; Blast Youth Sports (formally Dong’s Karate); and Niagara water, for helping us kick off to a great school year!  Hotdogs, chips, cookies, and water will be served. We also have some fun activies planned for our students!  Mr. Rowland and I will have the pleasure in grilling for our families! If you are not able to join us, then August 22 from 8AM-5PM, you may drop off student supplies to the front office and we will ensure they make it to the classroom. Please label everything including clothing! We look forward to meeting everyone!

 Throughout the summer months, we have been steady in enrollment but if you know anyone who has not registered for school, please have them do so now because our staffing is dependent on keeping our class sizes as low as possible!

 Within the last two weeks, we have lost a teaching position and not able to hire for the 4th grade vacancy due to a drop in enrollment; we have to fill internally by moving a teacher from one grade level to the next. This could have a potential domino effect for three grade levels. Over the last week, I have been watching numbers in grades K, 1, and 2 which are our lowest in enrollment. These are the grade levels I have been instructed to collapse a class from 5 teachers to 4 which means students will be assigned to a new class. Since we are continuously enrolling students daily, we have NOT determined at this time which grade level and teacher(s) will be impacted.  August 12, ParentVue will go live for parents to see what class their child has been assigned. Please do not anticipate that this will stay the same in the next couple of weeks.  Grades 3, 4, and 5 are set and not subject to change at this time. September 30 is VDOE attendance deadline so we may have an opportunity to regain this position if we can have students registered within the next two weeks.  My goal is to be as transparent as possible so to not catch anyone off guard if their child's teacher changes in the next couple of weeks.  Parents will be notified if their child's class is impacted.

 On a brighter note, I have been meeting with our Leadership Team of Teachers, PTA, and numerous Business Partnerships such as Church of the Nazarene Courthouse Road, Blast Youth Sports (formally Dong's Karate), Marcos Pizza, Heinz Investments & Nationwide Insurance, Gates Athletic Association, & Niagara Water planning for an amazing school year!  If you have a small business or know of someone who is interested in supporting our school and sponsoring a STAR Breakfast, please contact Mr. Rowland at Richard_Rowland@ccpsnet.net  

 So without further ado, here is some important information for starting the school year including upcoming events!

Here are the school supply lists for the 2019-2020 school year:

Kindergarten  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Veww3LxwKKVg1kTfVZoSWODbSlNAywh-K2hvgf-tkuM/edit?usp=sharing


Grades 1-5  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gKg0k4Lk9miJBa9LE14kDz9_Tpy94CHclYI6lAZpxx8/edit?usp=sharing


CCPS Volunteer Online Form-must be renewed each year-An important form that all adults who want to attend field trips with their child; volunteer in the classrooms; participate in Watch Dog Dad; and/or any other school events where you will be working with children; please complete the CCPS Volunteer form.  

Click HERE for a document with all the information on the new volunteer application process. (Link to the application is included.)


NEW PRE-K & Kindergarten Parents, We are so excited to welcome you to the beginning of your child’s educational journey!  In order to assist in making this transition as smooth as possible, we would like to invite you to attend the Pre-K & Kindergarten Orientation on August 29, 2019, at 10AM in the cafeteria.  Our Administrative team, Teachers, and support staff have planned an exciting morning for our new STAR students including riding a school bus around the bus loop and tour of their new classroom and the school.  You may bring all of their school supplies & your burning questions, too!

For parents, we will help you prepare for the first day of school so that you will feel secure that your child will have a great first school experience!

NEW for only Kindergarten this year is a staggered start schedule.  All CCPS elementary schools will welcome students as follows:

  •  A-L last name  on September 3rd & 4th, 2019.

  • M-Z last name on September 5th & 6th, 2019.

  • All Kindergarten students will come together on Monday, September 9, 2019, as a whole class!

  • Transportation will operate on a normal schedule during this transition to Kindergarten.


Please be sure to bring in your immunization forms, physicals, birth certificates, proof of residency, or any other documents to complete your child’s registration. Students may not start school without a completed immunization form.  Ms. Holmes, our Registration secretary, has been calling parents reminding them of the important documents that need to be completed. You may contact her at Shekinah_Holmes@ccpsnet.net or 768-6195 #0 for the office if you have questions.

Summer Office hours are 7AM-5PM Monday-Thursday and registration hours are 8AM-4PM until August 26, 2019.  Then we will operate 8AM-4:30PM Monday-Friday.

Transportation Bus Routes will be posted on the CCPS website starting August 26, 2019. Please be sure to review with your child their bus number/route and where they will get on and off the bus each day.  Students in Kindergarten must have an adult or older sibling, babysitter, to receive them off the bus in the afternoon.  Be sure your child knows who will be waiting for them at the bus stop. CCPS bus drivers will not release the child if the above is not there and the student will be transported back to school. As I receive more information, I will update.

Upcoming fun events August & September-SAVE THE DATES!


  1. August 14-ParentVUE live-look for message from CCPS to confirm.

  2. August 22, 2019, PTA & I need volunteers to stuff parent packets & deliver materials for teachers to classrooms. 10AM-Noon.  Students/Clubs who need volunteer hours are welcome to come assist.  I will sign off for them on their forms.

  3. Kindergarten Orientation August 29, 2019 10 am cafeteria

  4. Grill N Chill Back to School Celebration  August 29, 2019 5-7PM 


  1. First Day of School September 3, 2019, 9:25AM-3:55PM All students Grades 1-5; Kindergarten last name A-L (3-4 only)

  2. Kindergarten last name M-Z  First Day of School September 5-6, 2019

  3. ALL Kindergarten Monday  Whole Class, September 9, 2019

  4. Grades 3-5 Back to School Night for Parents September 12, 2019, 6-7:30PM Gym. 

  5. Grades PreK-2 Back to School Night for Parents  September 19, 2019, 6-7:30PM Gym

  6. 1st PTA Spirit Night at BRUSTERS ICE CREAM on Iron Bridge Road 5-9PM


Stay tuned for more important updates and events!


Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Don’t forget that you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter!  Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

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