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Commuting during the Washington Bridge closure

above: Channel 10 came to campus in April to learn more about the community's response to bridge traffic.

Act now!

Take-home dinner
Order by midnight each Thursday for dinner the following week
Sage Dining is offering take-home dinner packages. Each package feeds four, for $50 each.  The menu is here and can also be found on the Touch of SAGE app. Meals will be fully prepared and ready to reheat in the oven. Sign up now at www.gordonschool.org/gators - if you haven't set up a profile, you will need to. Then, navigate into one of your Gordon students' profiles, and the the rest should be clear. For questions about ordering, please contact Mrs. Alario (jalario@gordonschool.org). 

above: Mr. Cicatiello has been biking to Gordon from Wayland Square for years now, and he's eager to have students join him this spring 

Biking the bridge

Mr. Cicatiello needs to temporarily suspend his Tuesday and Thursday bike to school meet ups. We will let you know when they resume. In the meantime, if you are a caregiver and would like to ride with your child and need advice on the route that has made for the easiest crossing of Veterans Memorial Parkway, contact Mr. Cicatiello at tcicatiello@gordonschool.org.

above: One family's take-home meal on a Wednesday night. Order information below.

Making your evenings easier

Dinner prep made easy
Order by midnight each Thursday for dinner the following week
Sage Dining is offering take-home dinner packages. Each package feeds four, for $50 each.  The menu is here and can also be found on the Touch of SAGE app. Meals will be fully prepared and ready to reheat in the oven. Sign up now at www.gordonschool.org/gators - if you haven't set up a profile, you will need to. Then, navigate into one of your Gordon students' profiles, and the the rest should be clear. For questions about ordering, please contact Mrs. Alario (jalario@gordonschool.org). 

Car seat fun
The Gators team is preparing take-home car kits with simple activities—coloring, LEGOs—to make the commute go a little faster. Pick yours up beginning Monday at the Nelson Center desk, after dismissal.

Rocking the commute
Need new tunes? Try a sixth grade family’s playlist, Ms. Sandoval’s quiet-in-class-work playlist or one of the one two Commons playlists (325 hours of solid gold). Share your own list with the community via Mr. Griffin at 401 480 9933.

It’s never too late to sign up for the public bus


Statewide Bus, the company that services schoolchildren throughout the state, offers free transportation to Gordon for students who live in:

- Smithfield 
- Providence
- Lincoln
- East Providence
- Pawtucket
- Central Falls
- Cranston
- Johnston
- Bristol
- Warren
- Barrington

Signups for next year will be open April 1st 2024 and you are guaranteed a spot if you sign up before July 31st, at https://www.eride.ri.gov/transparForm/.

Families can register for bus transportation at any time: Statewide will review new registrations and communicate directly with families as to whether or not they can accommodate based on current routes and bus capacities.

More information at www.gordonschool.org/bus

Working remotely from Gordon

Skip the commute
The Commons continues to remain open and busy with coffee, wifi, lunch and seating for parents who want to wait out rush hour - or stay all day! Basic work-from-Gordon guidelines are here.

Free lunch
During bridge construction, caregivers who are working from Gordon can grab lunch in the dining hall. They should eat in the Commons and return their dishes to the dining hall. They should NOT use the occasion to visit their children. The service line is open 11:25am to 1:15pm but please avoid the service line between 12:45 and 1pm.

Private workspace
Gordon has small tutoring rooms for remote workers who need privacy for one hour slots. Stop in at the front desk to see if one's available. To reserve one in advance, call the front desk at 401 434-3833 between 7:30 and 3:30 or email alima@gordonschool.org


 

Carpooling

above: according to a survey we ran in January, 56% of you were interested in carpooling, but 20% hadn't begun.

Carpooling

Families have been connecting to form carpools, since long before the bridge construction, and it's always a great idea to reach out to your neighbors. Veronica Jutras has been doing some matchmaking for families, too, and she still welcomes inquiries at vjutras@gordonschool.org.

The key to carpooling is to have a consistent plan and remember that it doesn't have to be all-or-nothing. Maybe it's one day a week. Or all five mornings, but not the afternoons. The possibilities are endless and every shared ride gets a car off the road.

above: a map of faculty and staff in Mr. Griffin's neighborhood. Clicking a red dot gets you information on that household. Follow the directions below to get a map of student families in your neighborhood.

Planning a carpool using the online directory

Families can reach out to one another directly, using information from Gordon's online directory. To access this information, log in to www.gordonschool.org/parentlogin, click on the directory and then click on "student" in the drop down menu.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll notice a box appears on the right that lists all the cities where families live. This can be filtered using the checkbox tool.

You can also select “map” to see address locations relative to you. If you do select the map option, a map will appear with red dots indicating where folks live. You can zoom in on homes and click on them to get their identities, then look them up in the directory.

Babysitters and caregivers as a carpool strategy

Some families have had a lot of success finding rides and after school child care support by posting on the RI Babysitters Club: A place to find and share sitters Facebook and care.com 

If you already have a sitter who transports your children to and from school and you're open to having others in that car under their care and splitting costs, please let Veronica know at vjutras@gordonschool.org 
 

Need a booster seat?

To make carpooling easier, there is a booster seat bank under the bell tower. Got booster seats you don't need? Leave them. Need a booster seat, to borrow or to keep? Grab one!

Routes and resources

To the East Side after school

Many people are finding the Waterfront route to be the best way to get from Gordon to Providence's East Side in the afternoon and evening.

Here's the route; to get step-by-step directions, tell your maps app you want to go to POVAR Animal Hospital, then to the East Side.

To and from Rumford and points north of 195 on the East Providence side of the bridge

From Rumford straight down Pawtucket Ave to Martin St. Same in reverse. Stay in the easternmost lane (left going south) wherever there are multiple lanes. Avoid all side streets and definitely avoid Broadway! For step-by-step directions, tell your maps app you want to stop at Kent Heights Elementary School.

What's working for you?

What's working for you? Use the form at www.gordonschool.org/commutes to share your favorite route.

Get ahead in the mornings

Our Early Gators drop-off program will continue to be ready to receive children at 7:15am, free of charge, every day, to allow families flexibility as they plan their morning commute.