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February Flashback

PTA-Organized School Picnic
Our Parent-Teacher Association organized yet another fun-filled picnic for students, parents and teachers. A visit to Casa Commodore in Ali Baug called for an exciting ferry ride, games, swimming, yummy food and lots of fun was just the break our students needed!

Parent Appreciation Day 

To honor the Gateway parents for all they do, we organized a “Parent Appreciation Day” where parents came to school and students and teachers conducted activities to show our gratitude. Activities conducted in homerooms included photo sessions where students were the photographers, a breakfast potluck, a dance party, a song “Meri Ma” by Risshan Patil, and handing out of appreciation notes and cards to parents. All parents, students and teachers then assembled in Grandstand where the whole student body sang “Wind beneath my wings” to their parents.

Sports Day 2020
Another year, another Sports day gone by! Firstly a BIG Congratulations to our Blue Beasts for winning the House Cup 2020!! 
This year's event themed 'Sports for All' demonstrated a variety of new components where our students showcased skills ranging from Gymnastics to Yoga and were trained by external professionals in these areas. We thank one of our own Gateway Parents; Nidhie Kejriwal for her expertise in Yoga and national-level gymnast Ishaan Mahimtura for their extensive guidance and training! Our students truly pushed their athletic boundaries and competed in games testing endurance, strength and agility. We were proud to see our students take their physical levels up a huge notch. The sports day spirit soared as the parents, teachers and alumni went head to head in multiple games to contribute to their house points. Soccer, dodgeball and hockey matches were also played! All in all, it was a thrilling event and everyone left in high spirits!
We would like to thank Sheila Kanungo, National Champion Pistol Shooter, sister of our founder Indira Bodani and student Yuvraj Bodani's auntfor being our Chief-Guest for the event. She was bestowed the Shivaji Chhatrapati Award; the highest award for sport in Maharashtra and has represented India on multiple platforms and won gold and silver medals at the World Masters Shooting Championship, Commonwealth Shooting Championship and many more. She is also the Honorary Secretary of the National Rifle Association of India and it was an honor to have her as our respected Chief-Guest. 

Language Art Week

This year, the Gateway Language and Arts teams collaborated to celebrate a schoolwide Language Art Week! The program objective was to experience diverse means of expression in Language and Art, through which we interact with the world around us. We also celebrated during this week, the World Read Aloud Day on the 5th of February. Authors, writers, poets, as well as family and friends of students, came in to read aloud to our children and share their joy of stories with us. 

We had exciting performances like the Hindi adaptation of 'The Mountain who Loved the Bird' by the Gillo Repertory Theatre, as well as special storytelling workshops designed with elements of music, drama and dance. The highlights were a special talk by our guest Rayna Arya on her book of poems and about the journey of her life, as well as an art workshop by our very own ex-student Aniruddha Desai. As always, the interaction with our children and their participation was the most rewarding of it all! A heartfelt thank you to all our guests and the Gateway community for joining in and making this an enriching experience for all of us.

Watch the highlights of our Language Art Week!
Massage Therapy at Gateway
A great big thank you to Tanishka Kirpalani, a partner at Stress Busters Health and Well Being for sending three massage therapists over three days to Gateway for our staff. We are very grateful for your generosity and the relaxing massages we received!

Student Spotlight
Building Capacity in Students

Our student, Soham Sharda is learning to code through an online course, and here’s a short write-up by him on his latest achievement.  

“Hi Gateway, I got introduced to coding in my ICT class and I have Saturday and Sunday classes for computer learning with the organization WHITEHATJR. I recently launched my first ever app in 2020 with WHITEHATJS the organization, and I have been selected in Top 30 among 7000+ students. We were supposed to make a project for Silicon Valley and WHITEHATJS organization liked what I did, but since it was my first time trying this project, I didn’t get selected but then got a SILICON VALLEY CODE OF HONOR."

We’re so proud of Soham for working hard at his passion and sharing his work with us all!

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

Nikhita Sharma, Prerna Dharamdasani, Bindiya Hassaram and Radhika Misquitta attended Maharashtra Dyslexic Association's (MDA) National Conclave on Specific Learning Disabilities. It was a great opportunity to learn about the most current work being done in India, and interact with like-minded individuals, all striving towards the same goal for our students. 
Rudri Joshi, Pooja Thakkar and Radhika Chandrasekaran were sent by Gateway for a Professional Development trip to the US. They attended the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Expo 2020 in Portland, Oregon. They also visited numerous schools for students with special needs in order to observe their practices and learn from them - Park Academy and Serendipity Centre in Portland; The Gateway School of New York, The Gillen Brewer School, Cooke Grammar School, Cooke Academy and Cooke SKILLs in New York. It was a great learning opportunity for them and they're excited to reflect on and action their learnings!

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

Varsha Makhija and Aditi Ghosh visited Shridha School at Indore as part of the Gateway outreach for sharing of best practices in the sphere of inclusive education. Aditi conducted a teacher training workshop in 'Understanding By Design' as well as a Language workshop for parents called 'Reading with our Children'. Varsha supported with student evaluations, vision building and alignment sessions for the teachers. She also conducted a Social-emotional workshop for Shridha parents and the larger community at their Open House for new parents. The continuing collaboration between Gateway and the Shridha team has been an immense learning experience for us. Our interactions help us to continuously grow and enrich our understanding of the evolving context of education, for children with disabilities, in Central India.

Varsha Makhija and Manika Khanna were invited to conduct an interactive class on mental health for sixty 2nd grade students at Oberoi International School as part of their unit on health. The students reflected on their strengths and how they can help their body, mind, and heart stay healthy

Sanya Modi attended the 52nd Annual Conference of the Indian Speech and Hearing Association: ISHACON 2020  in Chandigarh where she presented a poster on the topic "Collaboration of speech-language pathologists and teachers in mainstream and special education schools - A survey". It was a great opportunity for her to talk about school-based therapy practices at Gateway with other speech therapists from all over India and overseas. The theme of the conference was "Beyond 2020" and was attended by over 500 audiologists, speech-language pathologists and students from India and across the globe.

Gateway Community Update

Welcome to Gateway

Ashita Langde - Support Teacher

Monthly Social-Emotional Article

Each month, the Social Emotional Learning team sends an article to the Gateway team to share best practices and build competency. This month they've shared an article on Self-Compassion.

How to bring Self-Compassion to work with you
Internships at Gateway
We also had a few students currently doing their Bachelors in Special Education (B.Ed Special Education)  from SNDT University, intern with us this month: 
Grace Joice mentored by Mariam Munir
Nirali Shah mentored by Khadija Rangwala
Unnati Thakar mentored by Afaf Kazi
Niti Mehta mentored by Daya Chatani

Monthly Nutrition Article

Kelly Dorfman is one of the world’s foremost experts on using nutrition therapeutically to improve brain function, energy and mood.  She works collaboratively with other medical professionals to help people develop creative strategies to address complex ailments and symptoms. One of Kelly’s special interests is children; which led her to write an award-winning book, "Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments" 
Stay tuned to this section of our newsletter for her articles!

Piracetam - A powerful tool for Learning Disabilities and Dyspraxia

Looking Forward To

Gateway Jam - A musical evening

For the first time ever, GSoM brings you a memorable musical evening that is guaranteed to make your heart sing!
A celebration of music where our students, the Gateway community, bands from other schools, and external professional musicians, come together and express themselves in a safe space to create magic! Be part of this wondrous experience as our budding musicians enthrall you with their songs and beats, share the platform with experts, and create a fantastic world that speaks the common language of music through their performances and a musical jamming session for all!

Please save the date. Come, listen, and play on!
When: Saturday, 28th March - 5 pm
Where: The Gateway School of Mumbai

The Gateway School of Mumbai · Sion Trombay Road · Next to Deonar Bus Depot · Diagonally Opp TISS · Govandi East · Mumbai 400088 · India 

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