2021-2022 Enrollment now open for in-house registration!

Wed, Jan 20 12:46pm

Hi Open Gators,   Enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open for current Open Gate families. Please head to your family portal page to register your child(ren) for in-person and virtual cl ... [More]

Fundraising Notice and Upcoming Notes

Mon, Jan 18 3:32pm

Hi Gators, *Please Read All, Roll Call in Comment With our fundraising efforts facing so many obstacles this year, we want to be clear about each family's obligation, and do our best to raise funds in ... [More]

OGNS Family Playground Sign-Ups now open for 1/18-1/22

Sun, Jan 17 6:01pm

Hey Everyone!    OGNS Family Playground sign-ups for the week of 1/18-1/22 are now open! You can find sign-ups under the "More" tab at the top of Konstella.   Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve ... [More]

Wednesday Outing Reminder 1/13

Tue, Jan 12 1:11pm

On Wednesdays from 10:30 to noon, Open Gate is planning an exercise outing for families over by the Port of Redwood City Marina. Stop by any time between 10:30 and noon for scooter riding, biking, wal ... [More]

Free Parent Ed Opportunity for Schools: PRACTICING TOGETHER: NAVIGATING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ANTIRACISM WITH CHILDREN

Mon, Jan 11 5:56pm

Dear Open Gate Families, One of our Sister Schools in San Francisco (part of the CCPPNS {California Council of Parent Participation Nursery Schools of which Open Gate is a member!) is hosting the foll ... [More]

Benefits of OG Playground use?

Wed, Jan 6 2:55pm

Wondering if the families who have taken advantage of our Playground times would share the benefits of this program? Thank you!

OGNS Stays Virtual Through January

Wed, Jan 6 9:48am

Dear Open Gators,   The Board met yesterday evening to discuss our re-opening of in-person classes this month. Our county, and state, is currently experiencing a surge in Covid19 cases. The numbers ar ... [More]

Regular Exercise Outing For Families

Tue, Jan 5 9:52pm

On Wednesdays from 10:30 to noon, Open Gate is planning an exercise outing for families over by the Port of Redwood City Marina. Stop by any time between 10:30 and noon for scooter riding, biking, wal ... [More]

Family Playground sign-ups for the week of 12/21-12/25 are now open!

Mon, Dec 21 2:46pm

OGNS Family Playground sign-ups for the week of 12/21-12/25 are now open! You can find sign-ups under the More tab at the top or Konstella.   Sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. You may ... [More]

Warm Fuzzies!

Fri, Dec 18 6:04pm

Can I just tell you how much it means to me when you guys send me photos of activities that I have put in lesson plans or posted a video of and you try it and you send me photos of your child or child ... [More]

StoryTime: 12/17 Pajamas and Hot Cocoa Party Materials Pick up

Sun, Dec 13 9:57am

Materials for the 12/17 StoryTime can be picked up in the Social Hall from 12:00-1:00 pm on Monday, 12/14. Thank you!

December Activity Bin Pick up: 12/14 Noon!

Sun, Dec 13 9:55am

Please pick up your Bin in the Social Hall between noon and 1 pm tomorrow. If you are in the 12/17 Pajama and Hot Cocoa party, you can also pick up your materials for that StoryTime at the same time.

Fundraising Notes

Fri, Dec 11 2:43pm

Hi everyone.  A few reminders... 1.  By now, I hope everyone has gotten in touch with their buyers of their Holiday Bazaar items. 2.  Please close the loop here by letting me know if your item has bee ... [More]

RCSD Parent Panel Thurs 12/10 at 7:30pm

Wed, Dec 9 5:39pm

Hi Open Gate,   Just a reminder, our RCSD Parent Panel is set for tomorrow, Thursday 12/10 at 7:30pm. We will have speakers from Orion Alternative, Clifford, Adelante Selby, and Roy Cloud. Please join ... [More]

OGNS going Virtual Level I + Family Playground Time

Sun, Dec 6 4:51pm

Dear Open Gators,   Thank you so much for your patience as we figured out going fully virtual. Until Jan 11th, all OGNS families will be in our Open Gate at Home Level I virtual program.  We are also ... [More]

Order Scholastic Books for the Holidays

Sun, Dec 6 9:48am

Dear Families, During the COVID crisis, you can have your books shipped to your home. With a $25 order, you will get FREE shipping and a FREE Book (use code: READS). All orders also earn FREE Books fo ... [More]

RCSD Parent Panel Thursday 12/10 at 7:30pm

Thu, Dec 3 12:05pm

Hi Gators,   Amidst all this craziness, it's time for some us to start thinking about kindergarten! What?? We've organized a panel of parents from various schools within RCSD to share their experience ... [More]

Making Holiday Cards? Another Big Fundraising Opportunity!

Wed, Dec 2 9:07am

Hi!  Sorry for the short notice, but if you're anything like me, you haven't made your holiday cards yet!  Please consider using Minted to help raise funds for OGNS.  This could really help our school ... [More]

Document for Bazaar Items

Tue, Dec 1 9:27am

Hi all,   If you haven't contacted all of the buyers of your donated items, please do so asap.  (We want this experience to be a positive one so that these people may participate again in the future.) ... [More]

OGNS Programming Changes for December 2020

Mon, Nov 30 8:56pm

Dear Open Gators,   The Board met this evening to discuss the rapidly changing Covid19 situation and whether Open Gate should hold in-person classes in December. After considering the high rates of tr ... [More]

December Activity Bins: Opening back up for LAST CALL

Mon, Nov 30 9:43am

Given the possibility that Open Gate might be going ALL VIRTUAL for December (Board Vote to happen today: Monday 11/30), I wanted to give everyone one more opportunity to sign up for the December Acti ... [More]

OGNS IN-PERSON SCHOOL CLOSURE 11/30-12/4

Sat, Nov 28 8:22pm

Dear Open Gators,   Unfortunately, San Mateo County was recently placed in the the Purple Tier, which is the category of highest risk in California's Covid19 monitoring list. Given this and possible g ... [More]

Fundraiser!!...Honey Bear Trees

Fri, Nov 27 7:52am

Hi Gators! Our next fundraising opportunity is already upon us.  The Honey Bear tree lots on Woodside Rd. (by Valota) and El Camino (between Howard and Whipple) give 15% of our purchases to Open Gate. ... [More]

Holiday Bazaar Wrap-Up

Tue, Nov 24 3:49pm

Hi Open Gators!   The Holiday Bazaar Auction has come to an end and it is time to wrap-up last minute details.   Firstly, if you have not already done so, please complete payment on your auction invoi ... [More]

Hot Item Alert!

Tue, Nov 17 9:50pm

One more donation, y'all...  A weekend in the Brookes' family home in Tahoe!  Bidding will be happening until Sunday.  

Final Bazaar-Related Message!

Tue, Nov 17 11:07am

Hi Open Gators! Last message about Holiday Bazaar... I promise! (I think!)  Please do read.   Here is the marketplace for tonight's Holiday Bazaar.  You are able to see the offerings starting now, but ... [More]

REMINDER: Holiday Bazaar Kickoff Party IN UNDER 24 HOURS!!!

Mon, Nov 16 11:41pm

This is a reminder to join our Open Gate Holiday Bazaar Kickoff Party from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Pacific (TUESDAY). We're celebrating with a Fun Hat Chat Roulette on Zoom. Wear a fun hat, and rotate around ... [More]

Happy Diwali!

Sat, Nov 14 1:04pm

May this Diwali bring universal compassion, the inner joy of peace and love, and the awareness of oneness to all. Happy Diwali! Love, TK

Semi-Ridiculous Survey To Help Prepare For Chat Roulette

Fri, Nov 13 6:47pm

Hi Open Gators,   Please help us prepare for the Fun Hat Chat Roulette on Tuesday by completing this optional semi-ridiculous short survey. Aggregate results may be shared with the Open Gate community ... [More]

Holiday Bazaar Kickoff Party - Fun Hat Chat Roulette on Zoom THIS TUESDAY

Thu, Nov 12 8:48pm

***This Tuesday, Nov. 17th, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm Pacific*** (come and go as you'd like), join our Open Gate Holiday Bazaar Kickoff Party! We're celebrating with a Fun Hat Chat Roulette on Zoom. Wear a ... [More]

OGNS Covid-19 Safety Policy Regarding Traveling

Wed, Nov 11 12:52pm

Hi Open Gators,   The Board met last night and discussed the issue of Covid-19 safety around traveling, especially with the holidays coming up. The following is Open Gate's formal policy:   Upon trave ... [More]

How Bazaar...

Mon, Nov 9 3:15pm

Hi friends! Thank you so much for your time and attention on the Holiday Bazaar so far.  I think we earned a solid B+ for getting those donations in on time!   Next step:  Please go back to the doc to ... [More]

Holiday Bazaar - Add your donation items

Thu, Nov 5 2:58pm

Hi friends, If you haven't added your donation items to the list, please do so here.  If you need help, please let me know.  Ideally, I'd like them this weekend so I have enough time to set up the who ... [More]

Extra Pumpkins??

Sun, Nov 1 5:51pm

One of Open Gate’s best post-Halloween traditions is practicing our hammering on leftover (non-carved) pumpkins. It works best with larger pumpkins that are more stable for our little contractors. Let ... [More]

Holiday Bazaar Master Document

Wed, Oct 28 1:41pm

Hi Gators, Please use this spreadsheet to let us know what you're donating to the Holiday Bazaar.  Check out what others are writing for some ideas.  Let me know if you need help.   One more important ... [More]

Holiday Bazaar Zoom Tues 7:30pm

Mon, Oct 26 7:53pm

Do you need ideas for what to donate to the Holiday Bazaar? Do you have questions or want to run some ideas by us?? Are you asking yourself "what is a Holiday Bazaar and why do these people keep talki ... [More]

Holiday Bazaar Information Zoom!

Fri, Oct 23 12:35pm

Dear Gators,   Holiday Bazaar will be in just a few weeks!  It will be a virtual marketplace with items for direct purchase as well as bidding on auctioned items.  We will be the ones stocking this ma ... [More]

Interest in Halloween Walk-Through at OGNS?

Sun, Oct 11 9:24pm

Hi Open Gators!   Happy Sunday! This year Halloween is on a Saturday and, since we can't do typical Halloween activities due to Covid19, we were wondering if folks would be interested in a Halloween w ... [More]

October Activity Bin Pick Up Reminder

Sun, Oct 11 4:18pm

Anji, Crystal, Jenny, Sruthi, Lizzie, Janet, Becky:   You may pick up your October Activity Bin on Monday, October 12 from 11:00-12:00 in the Social Hall.  If Monday doesn't work (as it part of a long ... [More]

September Activity Bin Lesson Plans (also Lesson Plans for Virtual Program)

Mon, Sep 14 4:21pm

  Hi Gators!     In order to streamline my curriculum development, monthly Lesson Plans will coordinate with the Activity Bin Subscription, and will also be some of the lessons we will do together in ... [More]

2020-2021 Open Gate Enrollment Agreement

Tue, Sep 8 5:16pm

Hi Gators,   Attached is the updated 2020-2021 OGNS Handbook as well as the enrollment forms that TK sent out when she first announced our re-opening plans (Program Description, Health & Safety Policy ... [More]

September Activity Bin Pick Up

Sun, Sep 6 6:13pm

  Please pick up your September Activity Bin on Monday, September 14, from 12-1 pm in the Social Hall at Open Gate.    If you are in the In-Person 3day/PreK class, you can pick yours up after class en ... [More]

2020 School Year Calendar

Wed, Sep 2 4:06pm

Please find attached our currently working School Year Calendar for 2020-21.      Please be aware that as we progress through this year, the calendar may need to be altered due to how regulations chan ... [More]

New Konstella Groups

Tue, Sep 1 5:26pm

Hi Open Gators,   We have made the changes to Konstella class groups. There are now 4 classrooms and you should have been added to the one your child is enrolled in:   1) In-Person 2day 2) In-Person 3 ... [More]

Looking for child-sized outdoor tables (lend or donate)

Sun, Aug 30 1:37pm

Dear families,    We are looking for a child-sized outdoor table to use in the yard for Art experiences this year.  As you know, we'll be outside  a great deal of the time, so we will be bringing a lo ... [More]

TECH Help needed! (School Calendar)

Sun, Aug 30 12:44pm

I am using a new calendar from Vertex42.com.  I believe it is the same template the RWCS uses.  I am formatting it on my Chromebook in GoogleSheets.  I am having a problem saving it without the format ... [More]

Parents Place Offering

Thu, Aug 20 1:21pm

https://mailchi.mp/jfcs/today-boys-and-discipline-workshop-995732?e=ddbbb7a0a9   The Sacred Role of Grandparents in the Time of Covid-19   Special Event with Author Jane Isay   Tuesday, September 1 fr ... [More]

Cancellation of Summer School

Fri, Jul 10 2:48pm

Hi Everyone, I wanted to provide an update regarding  summer school.  After a lot of thought, and with COVID-19 guidelines continually changing, it was decided that it would be best to completely canc ... [More]

Open Gate Alumni

Tue, Jul 7 5:04pm

Hello Open Gators,   I have created an "Alumni" classroom for parents of alumni who would like to continue receiving updates from Open Gate through the end of this summer. For everyone else who will b ... [More]

Using Konstella

Tue, Jul 7 1:51pm

Hi Everyone!   Welcome to Konstella! We are still figuring out the nuances and we could use your help. Once you sign into Konstella, you can add your child(ren) to your profile and enroll in the appro ... [More]

Happy 4th of July

Sat, Jul 4 9:53am

Hey Gators! Happy 4th of July! We miss you all! Hope you find a safe way to celebrate and have some fun! Anji

Testing announcements

Mon, Jun 29 8:18pm

Hi, Welcome to those of you who have joined Konstella. This is a test announcement.