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"The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future".
- Gifford Pinchot

January Flashback

FABLe is Live!

The Gateway School of Mumbai, in partnership with Zaya, has just released India's first-ever mobile app to build foundational literacy skills - "FABLe"

We've been extremely privileged to work with a team from Pangea at Columbia Business School. The team was in Mumbai for a week to help strategize and will continue to work with us over the next few months to plan next steps for FABLe. Thank you Rupali Tirmal and Aarti Tarkar!

Find FABLe Assessment on iOS and Android. If you're interested in partnering, or to know more, please contact fable@gatewayschoolmumbai.org

Student Spotlight
Building Capacity in Students

We’re very proud of our students Ananya Hingorani and Keerthan Iyengar who completed the “Dream Run” category in the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2020. They ran for the charity “Habitat for Humanity”. Congratulations, champions!

Our student Pratyush Hire, who has won numerous state and district level awards in paralympic swimming competitions, has recently won the Mayor Award for Sport Achievement in Swimming for 2019-2020. We're so proud of Pratyush and his hard work! 
We had our first Grandstand showcase of the year, student driven; “We are the world”  where all were invited to travel the world with us to experience different cultures and countries. Students worked in groups to choose countries they wanted to represent, and researched about those countries for a few months. The countries represented were U.A.E, Thailand, Spain and Mexico, and students put up presentations, fashion shows, art installations and food stalls to best showcase their countries. We also had a panel of judges, to help pick the winners of this cultural showcase. A special thank-you to Fareeda Kanga, well-renowned food, travel, art and architectural journalist who graciously accepted our invitation to be on the panel of judges at this event!

The students of HSAP Sr. are doing a unit about "Community and Community helpers". As a part of their language class, the students visited a post office in Deonar. They interacted with the postmaster, who told them about the different services offered, and interviewed a postman to gain an understanding into his job-profile. By the end of the visit, the students realized that a postman does much more than just deliver letters. As one student rightly summarized, "Along with letters a postman also delivers happiness to people".

Our Lower School students, Super Troupers did a poster presentation on "Healthy Eating" as part of their Science and Humanities unit. They shared their learning about the different nutrients we need to eat for a healthy, balanced life, with a homeroom in Middle School!

Parent Spotlight
Building Capacity in Parents

This month’s Parent Support Group (PSG) session was conducted by Aditi Dalal and Sara D’Souza from the Arts Team. They facilitated a drum circle, and then parents worked in groups to create a soundscape for various environments using instruments and everyday materials.
The Social-Emotional team conducted a workshop titled "Supporting my child through Puberty - Moving from Managers to Consultants", facilitated by Ujjwal Yadav. The focus was to share the different changes in children during puberty, impact of brain development on decision making for children during puberty, and sharing support strategies with parents during puberty. The students joined their parents later on, and this gave them the opportunity to share and reflect with their parents about what supports them best.

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

As part of our professional development, teachers at Gateway visited various other schools to observe classroom practices. Thank you to NEXT, B.D. Somani, Sols Arc and Oberoi International School for opening your doors to us!
Members of Adveka foundation; A Mental Health Organization for Caregivers, conducted a workshop on managing burnout for Gateway staff. Through the workshop, facilitators kept us engaged across different activities and shared strategies on self-care and better work-life balance. It helped us understand the importance of self-care, and how to incorporate it into daily routines.
Radhika Chandrasekaran attended EduTech India 2020, an International Exhibition and Conference on Education, Education Technology and Infrastructure, on behalf of our Tech Task Force. Attending this conference served as a platform for interacting with other educational professionals in India, and a space to explore tech tools that we could use in our classrooms at Gateway.

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

Dr. Radhika Misquitta was part of a Roundtable Conference on "Regulation of Teachers and Teacher Education", which was organized by Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Mumbai University.
She also invited to, and spoke at a state-level seminar titled "Readjusting the Inclusion Lens - Transcending the Exclusion Mindset" organised by Smt. Kapila Khandvala College of Education, where she shared strategies that support inclusion for all students. 
Riddhi GogriRadhika Chandrashekaran, and Radhika Misquitta presented 4 research papers at an Open Conference on Computers in Education (OCCE- 2020) hosted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences. The papers they presented were written along with Rudri Joshi and Aditi Ghosh. The conference aimed to bring international contributors, speakers and researchers to consider concerns and approaches for empowering teaching, training and professional development with ICT (Information and Communication Technology). 

Gateway Community Update

Welcome to Gateway

Akshita Jeswani - Assistant Teacher
Meha Mehta - Support Teacher
We would also like to welcome our new interns: Kremika Shobhawat, Nyoshka D'Souza and Gayatri Meswani
We're happy to have you all on board!

Thank-You!

Much gratitude to the following parents for so graciously volunteering and supporting us during the NIOS 10th and 12th mid-term exams in December 2019 by being readers and writers. 
Archana Dabhoiwala, Shashi Wadhera, Santosh Saraf, Shilpa Alagh, Nidhi Kejriwal, Sanya Rohira, Nisha Shroff, Ramya Balan, Farida Warjri, Ruchi Gupta, and Neetu Chatterjee.

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 community-building ideas for the classroom!

10 Powerful Community-Building Ideas

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!

The Other Reason So Many Kids Are Picky Eaters

Book Club

In "Innovate Inside the BoxGeorge Couros and Katie Novak provide informed insight on creating purposeful learning opportunities for all students. By combining the power of the Innovator’s Mindset and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), they empower educators to create opportunities that will benefit every learner.
Please email Ms. Indrani Chatterjee at "i.chatterjee@gatewayschoolmumbai.org" if you’d like to join the book club.
Week one will start on Sunday, February 2nd, so please do sign up at the earliest! 

Looking Forward To

Gateway's Language-Art week, a week dedicated to comprehending and communicating through diverse means of expression, begins this week! See the posters below for more details.
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