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Summer Update from Mrs. Brink

posted by Sophia Cimbal

July 18, 2017


Good evening, this is Ms. Brink, Principal of Gates Elementary, calling with a few summer updates.  Welcome NEW Kindergarten students and NEW students to Gates Elementary!  We are excited to have you at Gates next school year.  I hope everyone is READING anytime, anywhere, anything, and filling in the boxes on your Reading Chart.  Our Kindergartners should have a large white one in their registration packet and all other rising 1st-5th students at Gates brought home a large yellow chart!  Don't let the Summer Slide hold you back at the beginning of the school year!


Last Friday, our staff at Gates was notified that Mrs. Dillon would not be returning as the Assistant Principal.  I have attached a letter in the email correspondence.  Parent AP letter update.docx 


Are you in need of childcare for next year?  If so, please check out the handout from the YMCA attached to the email.  We have established a partnership with the YMCA to  provide before and after school care or just an after school program here at Gates.  The prices are reasonable and we are so excited to have this opportunity for our students.  If you are interested, please go on the YMCA website under Gates Elementary for more information.  YMCA flier - OB Gates (1) (1) (1).pdf 


Our PTA met last night to begin planning for the school year.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Erin Williams erwhitaker@verizon.net  or Angie Barber  abarber923@gmail.com


Save the Dates:  

  • Kindergarten Orientation: Thursday, August 31, 2017, 9:30-10:30AM

  • Drop & Go:  Thursday, August 31, 2017, 2:00-6:00PM

  • First day of School:  September 5, 2017 9:15AM-3:45AM

  • Back to School Nights:  Grades 3-5 Thursday, September 14, 6-8:00PM;

Grades K-2 Thursday, September 21, 6-8:00PM


Remember to follow us on Facebook  OB Gates PTA  or Twitter  @obgSTARS

Great things keep happening at OB Gates!

Chinese New year!

posted Feb 24, 2017, 7:59 AM by Sophia Cimbal

What a great time we had celebrating the New Year! 

Thank a teacher by nominating them for an R.E.B. Award

posted Feb 1, 2017, 12:29 PM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Feb 1, 2017, 12:30 PM ]


Here is the link to nominate a deserving teacher. 

Inclusion Video

posted Dec 13, 2016, 5:57 PM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Dec 13, 2016, 6:05 PM ]

Inclusion Week: Was a Success 

Friday 10/4 is wear red/white/blue in support for Election Day on the 8th.

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:32 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

3 hour Early Release/ No school

posted Nov 1, 2016, 7:30 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Nov 1, 2016, 7:31 AM ]

Just a reminder that that  Friday 10/4 is a three hour early release and Monday 10/7 and Tuesday 10/8 are Student Holidays. 

Veteran's Day PTA reflections

posted Oct 26, 2016, 5:12 PM by Sophia Cimbal

Flyer image
See Flyer below for complete rules and regulations.

No school on 10/10/2016

posted Oct 10, 2016, 3:19 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Oct 10, 2016, 3:19 AM ]

Parents and staff members,

This is Chesterfield County Public Schools calling with an important update for the following schools: Gates Elementary, Salem Elementary, Salem Middle, Bird High School and the Chesterfield Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse.

Hurricane Matthew didn’t hit the Chesterfield area as hard as first predicted early last week, but water and downed trees have affected power at your child’s school. There is no power currently at Gates Elementary, Salem Elementary, Salem Middle, Bird High and CTC@Courthouse. The school division's Central Office is also without power.

As a result, school is cancelled at those locations today. Staff members are asked to work from an alternate location today.

Once again, school is cancelled Monday, Oct. 10, for students attending Gates Elementary, Salem Elementary, Salem Middle and Bird High. CTC@Courthouse will be closed but students will still report to their home school.


Tim Bullis
Director, Community Relations
Chesterfield County Public Schools

Book Fair Sign up for the week of October 10th

posted Sep 28, 2016, 8:07 AM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Sep 28, 2016, 8:08 AM ]

If you are able to help out with the fall Book Fair Please use the following link to sign up on Sign up Genius 


posted Sep 19, 2016, 4:32 PM by Sophia Cimbal   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 4:33 PM ]

Calling PTA scoopers and supporters!  We are at Bruster's on Iron Bridge tomorrow night, 9/20, from 5-9pm.  We need help with scooping ice cream and directing Gates people to our window.  If we you would like to help from 5-7 or 7-9, please respond and let us know.  Thank you for your support of the PTA and OB Gates!!

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