School Uniforms

 

There are two basic reasons that a School Dress Code is employed. Emotionally, children need not feel the power nor the defensiveness that “fashion” can create, even in very young children. The child, not the empowerment that clothes can create (or take away), is the issue at NewGate. No emotional or social advantage should be sought through children’s fashion.

Secondly, NewGate works very hard to create a safe physical environment and, therefore, asks that children wear the NewGate uniform, which includes shoes that are suitable for running. Open-toed or open-back shoes, very loose-fitting shoes, or shoes with wheels place a child’s physical safety at risk.

NewGate requires a school uniform for daily wear. This clothing may be purchased from the student store via https://newgate.hubbli.com/school-uniform-orders/ Clothing appropriate for physical education is also recommended and should be packed daily for elementary students. 

Toddlers

    • Toddlers are not required to wear school polo shirts, as they are often not available in their size.
    • Toddlers should dress in clothing that they can put on and fasten for themselves: elastic waistbands, Velcro sneakers, etc.
    • Toddlers should wear closed shoes with non-slip soles at all times. (They should not come to school wearing sandals, flip-flops, shoes with cleats, or roller shoes.)
    • Please label all student clothing.

Primary  Students

  • For daily wear and field trips, students are expected to wear the following uniform:
  • The NewGate collared polo or turtle neck shirt in good repair.
  • Primary students should wear closed shoes with non-slip soles at all times. They should not come to school wearing sandals or flip-flops, shoes with cleats, shoes with wheels, or shoes with platform soles.
  • Sneakers are required for athletic activities.
  • Khaki, navy blue, or black shorts, slacks, skirts, or “skorts” (no jeans).
  • Length: shorts/skirts should be suitable to the build and stature of the student and must not be revealing.
  • Fabric: close-weave cotton (athletic material used for PE only).
  • If students choose to wear sweatshirts in the classroom, they must be NewGate sweatshirts.
  • Again, please label all student clothing.

 

Elementary  Students

For daily wear and field trips, students are expected to wear the following uniform:

  • The NewGate collared polo or turtle-neck shirt in good repair.
  • Khaki, navy blue, or black shorts, slacks, skirts, or “skorts” (no jeans).
  • Length: shorts/skirts should be suitable for the build and stature of the student and must not be revealing.
  • Fabric: close-weave cotton (athletic material used for PE only).
  • Elementary students should wear closed shoes with non-slip soles at all times. They should not come to school wearing sandals, flip-flops, shoes with cleats, shoes with wheels, or shoes with platform soles.
  • Sneakers are required for athletic activities.
  • If students choose to wear sweatshirts in the classroom, they must be NewGate sweatshirts.
  • Clothing options for movement and physical education will be shared on an “as needed” basis.

 

Secondary Students (7th-12th grades) For daily wear and field trips, students are expected to wear the following uniform:

  • NewGate collared polo or turtle-neck shirt in good repair.
  • Khaki, navy blue, or black shorts, slacks, skirts, or “skorts” (no jeans).
  • Length: shorts/skirts should be suitable for the build and stature of the student and must not be revealing.
  • Fabric: close-weave cotton (athletic material used for PE only).
  • Secondary students should wear closed shoes with non-slip soles at all times. They should not come to school wearing sandals, flip-flops, shoes with cleats, shoes with wheels or shoes with platform soles.
  • Sneakers are required for athletic activities.
  • If students choose to wear sweatshirts in the classroom, they must be NewGate sweatshirts.
  • Clothing options for movement and physical education will be shared on an “as needed” basis.

 

 

Hubbli

Please check your email daily. We use Hubbli and other online resources to communicate with families. This saves trees. Important emails and announcements are archived in the password-protected area of our Hubbli website: www.newgate.hubbli.com.

All current parents have an account inHubbli. Login with the email that you use in Tads (personal email in most cases).  You can always reset your password.

You are a member of your child’s classroom group, the school community group, and any committees that you have joined.

 

Montessori Compass

Our school uses an online platform, Montessori Compass, to track student progress from the Toddlers House through Upper Elementary.

The Upper School (Secondary) uses a  different platform, Google Classroom, to share students their work plan and submit many assignments. 

Each platform sends parents weekly summaries.

Teachers upload photos into Montessori Compass to keep them private within the school community.

All parents have access to Montessori Compass using the email address that you shared with the school. Montessori Compass has a free APP on the Apple and Android Store. We recommend that you download it and check it for updates and notifications.

www.montessoricompass.com

 

 

Volunteering: The Gift of Time and Talent

 

Parents play a crucial role at NewGate. This is a community of parents and educators, many of whom are NewGate parents as well.

Parent involvement creates partnerships, builds community within the school, and gives the children a sense of connection outside the school day. Being directly involved in the school also provides an opportunity to view the school from a unique, internal perspective, giving families a much deeper appreciation for how devoted the teachers are to the children and how committed the administration is to their vision.

We encourage families to feel at home and participate in the broader life of the school through social, educational, and volunteer activities. As a community of parents and educators, our ideas and input help to literally shape the school.

NewGate strongly encourages families to feel at home and to participate in the broader life of the school through social and educational activities, committees, task forces, and the Montessori Family Alliance and community meetings. Many parents spend a considerable amount of time at NewGate as volunteers. We appreciate it immensely!

One of the most valuable contributions that families make to the school is the gift of their time and expertise. Parents, grandparents, and friends of the school are often found helping out in the office, assisting in the classrooms, serving as
field trip drivers, planning the next special event or serving on school committees.

Parents and grandparents, who give of their time and talent, share with their families special memories of experiences and friendships that endure well beyond their children’s graduations.
A few ways in which you can help out at NewGate School:

Volunteer a few hours a week to help in the office
Lend your time and support to our fundraising efforts
Volunteer to be an Ambassador Family to parents new to the school
Serve on one of the school’s committees
Help the teachers organize field trips or special lessons
Join us for weekly open houses to meet prospective families
Help organize special events
Help our students work in the children’s gardens
Share your talents and special interests
Volunteer your time to coach a team or after-school club
Serve as a Room Parent
Attend Family Alliance Evenings
Attend Community Meetings

NewGate depends on our combined talents.

 Board of Trustees

The NewGate School, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3), Tax-Exempt Florida educational corporation. It is governed by a self-perpetuating national Board of Trustees made up of leaders in the American Montessori educational community, present parents, and friends of the school.

The Board of Trustees:

  • establishes the school’s institutional mission and core values;
  • establishes policies under which the school will operate;
  • appoints educational leaders to run the school on a day-to-day basis;
  • provides fiscal oversight; and
  • plans for the school’s future.e actual process of exploring issues and reaching consensus takes place either at the committee level or at our Community Meetings.

Trustees

Kitty Bravo – Founder – Ex Officio Member of the Board

Andrew Cutler – Chair

Leslie Hites – Trustee

Robin Howe – Ex Officio Member of the Board

Kathy Leitch – Treasurer

Lorna McGrath – Vice Chair

Tanya Ryskind,J.D. – Secretary

Tim Seldin – President

Joyce St. Giermane, J.D. – Trustee