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We’re miles ahead of where we were when we shut school in mid-March and as a lab school, we are determined to keep experimenting and learning.
We’re eager to share our learning with you in this month’s newsletter.

"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."

 -Robert Collier

May & June Flashback
A Warm Welcome to All on the First Day of the New Academic Year

It's been a challenging few months for all at Gateway, particularly our students, to adapt to a whole new way of learning. Our Founder, Indira Bodani shared a special message on the first day of virtual school to assure the Gateway Community of the unwavering Gateway spirit of love, hope and optimism. 

Watch Our Founder's Message Here!
Health Education During Virtual Learning

During lock down, many parents and teachers shared concern about the damage that excessive screen time can do to all of us. The Sensory-Motor department thus created a “Health Education - Virtual Learning Series”; a set of videos with strategies and tips that can help us ensure healthy virtual learning practices. 

Click here to watch their video on E-Learning - The Healthy Way!

Social-Emotional meets Sensory-Motor in this Middle-School Homeroom
Teachers and therapists from a Middle-School homeroom have incorporated Social-Emotional and Sensory-Motor principles in classes to help students with body and emotional regulation in virtual classes. 

They've also incorporated games like Pictionary in the homeroom to foster rapport building and help students learn how work in teams.

Who says we can't watch movies together anymore?

As part of their “Mass Media” class, NIOS 12th students are exploring the origins of mass media and examining the development of films over the ages. The class watched 'Harishchandrachi Factory' a Marathi film with English subtitles in a virtual meeting space. The movie was based on the making of the first film in India 'Raja Harischandra' by the pioneer himself. Teachers also paused the movie at intervals to help students get a sense of the movie and summarize it!

The Gateway Mental Health Helpline

After 2 months of being in lockdown due to COVID-19, the Gateway Mental Health Helpline was birthed. With the intent  to provide our community support, and a non-judgmental space to share thoughts, fears, and anxiety a few mental health professionals within our community members came together to provide this free of cost service to students, parents, team members, and families during this difficult time. This team comprises of the members from our Social Emotional Learning team, and Dr. Tanuja Prem, a parent at Gateway and counsellor. 

Serving on a Helpline for the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai 

Varsha Makhija was a part of a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) organized mental health helpline that was initiated due to the rising number of mental-health concerns in the city after COVID-19.

Coffee or Chai over Zoom with Parents!

While we see our students online for classes every day, we haven’t been seeing parents regularly over the last 3 months. Indira Bodani, Manika Khanna, Radhika Misquitta and Varsha Makhija have planned a coffee or chai zoom call where parents can come online to say hello, share experiences and ask questions. This virtual session is voluntary and open to the Gateway team too! 

Student Spotlight
Building Capacity in Students

Finding ways to keep ourselves busy during three months of lock-down can be quite a daunting task, but some of our students have found ways to help themselves cope with the situation.
Read about some cool things our students did during the lock down! 
There's a new blogger in town!
A'SBLOG is a blog website created by Arnav J from High School. He enjoys doing research on various topics like how things work, general news, conspiracy theories, among others. During the COVID-19 crisis, he decided to start a blog incorporating the research he has done.
Click here to visit Arnav’s blog!
Celebrating World Environment Day Through Song!
Rehaan Patel from Middle school sang and recorded two beautiful songs for World Environment Day on June 5th. These songs were uploaded to an international music and healing group by Poornima Agarwal, ex-Gateway teacher and Music therapist, who taught him these songs online. 
Click here to listen to Rehaan singing “The Prayer”
Click here to watch Rehaan sing “All things bright and beautiful”
Risshan's Youtube Channel of Songs and Original Stories!
High Schooler, Risshan Patil has a passion for singing and has performed at numerous events over the last few years. During the lockdown, he created some fun music videos and even wrote and narrated a story about a boy with autism who loses his voice.
Click here to listen to Risshan’s original story
Click here to listen to him singing “Yesterday” by The Beatles
Organizing and Hosting Webinars!
Rajdeep Saraf, a high school student, hosted a webinar on "The Life and Works of Frida Kahlo" on Zoom. He created an invitation, emailed students, teachers and his family members to invite them and prepared a presentation for this webinar. He then presented his research via screen sharing and shared his knowledge on the topic with the audience in this hour-long webinar! 

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

Attending Workshops and MOOCs

Sheetal Waychal and Radhika Chandrasekaran attended a webinar titled 'Dysregulated and Dysexecutive: Supporting Students with Autism, ADHD and Executive Dysfunction' by Dr. Hillary Murphy as part of the Autism Specialty Care Education Series organized by India Autism Centre. In this session, they discussed the different kinds of executive function breakdowns experienced by students and strategies to support them.

Varsha Makhija and Radhika Chandrasekaran attended a Parent Panel Discussion titled 'New School Year: Adapting to the New Normal' organized by Trijog. It featured Dr. Kersi Chavda, Dr. Vandana Lulla and Anureet Sethi discussing various changes to the school and home environment due to the lock-down and virtual schooling. They also tackled challenges arising due to the lock-down, and how teachers, therapists and parents can manage them.

Music teacher, Sara D’Souza completed a MOOC from Berklee College of Music on “Music and Emotional Wellness”. She is now using her learning to teach students the connection between music and emotions and how to use music for their own emotional well-being; including songwriting, creating personal playlists and using breathing and vocal techniques to stay calm. 

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

Gateway's Professional Development Programme (PDP) 

Launched in 2018, Gateway's PDP is our initiative to build a community of educators who share our vision of an inclusive society that ensures programmes for students with special needs meet both standards of excellence and standards of equity. We’re excited to tell you that the PDP is now going online! 
July 1st is the last day to sign-up! For more details, please visit our website by clicking the button below.

Click Here for More Details on Our Virtual PDP!

Online Panel Discussion on Virtual Learning

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to shut down overnight, it was left for us as educators to adapt, innovate and transform learning as we knew it. With the attempt to share knowledge and experiences from experts in the field, The Gateway School of Mumbai conducted an online 'Panel Discussion on Virtual Learning'  where we gathered as a community to discuss challenges to virtual learning for our students, as well as potential solutions. The selected panelists came from a variety of educational backgrounds, in order to present diverse and rich perspectives.

Watch the Video of the Virtual Learning Panel Discussion

Online Panel Discussion on Mental & Physical Health

It is difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle when we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Stress and anxiety are normal responses in a time of crisis. The Gateway School of Mumbai saw the need to start talking openly about these challenges, and organized an online panel discussion on ‘Mental & Physical Health During Covid-19’.
The panel consisted of experts in the field of mental and physical health within India and across the world who spoke about their work, new practices for virtual learning, and much much more! 

Watch the Video of the Mental & Physical Health Panel Discussion

Gateway Community Update

Welcome to Gateway!

We have a number of new students and team members this year and although we haven’t met them in person yet, we’ve wholeheartedly welcomed them to our community. Introducing our newest Gateway members!

Students
Aarav Mehta
Abhinav Karthik
Arjun Shetty
Aryamaan Dutta
Jay Doshi
Krishna Bhanushali
Naaz Chopra
Nirvan Nagar
Reece Rodrigues
Reian Menon
Rijul Bose
Saksham Hingle


Teachers
Georgia Misquitta - Homeroom Teacher
Hatim Patel - Homeroom Teacher
Jimita Shroff - 1:1 Support Teacher
Madhavi Pathare - Nurse
Rajpriya Das - Homeroom Teacher
Rupali Patel - 1:1 Support Teacher
Simran Advani - Homeroom Teacher
Kinnisha Andrew - Homeroom Teacher
Zeba Contractor - Homeroom Teacher

Monthly Social-Emotional Video
Each month, the Social Emotional Learning team sends an article or video to the Gateway team to share best practices and build competency.
This month's video takes you through the emotional journey of teachers figuring out how to adapt their teaching practices while moving to virtual learning mode due to the Covid-19 crisis. 
Watch the Journey of Teachers as They Moved to Virtual Learning!
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.
This month, we're sharing her article on "Zinc and COVID-19"
Read Kelly Dorfman's Article on Zinc and COVID-19
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