Middle Gate Elementary School
7 Cold Spring Road, Newtown, CT 06470
Middle Gate Minute
A Bi-Weekly eNewsletter
Edition: August 28, 2016

Parent Teacher Association 
PTA Comments or Suggestions?  
Important Notes:  Notes 
Please be patient as we update our mailing list and we apologize if you have received this email blast in error as we revise it.

And please note important information about a new drop-off route that is being built
(some dates are tentative and subject to change)
Aug 29th:
First Day of School! 
Sept 6th & & 7th:
Parent Open House
Sept 9th:
Ice Cream Social
Sept 13th: 
PTA General Meeting

Sept 27:
Picture Day
Oct 24, 25, 26, 27:
Scholastic Book Fair
Nov 15, 16, 17, 18:
Used Book Fair
Dec 7, 8, 9:
Holiday Boutique
March 3 (TBD):
Sock Hop
Quick Links QuickLinks

Contact us
PTA Phone: (860) 532-0464
2016/17 PTA Board of Directors
Vice President
Corresponding Secretary:
Assistant Treasurer:
Yearbook Photos:
We are excited to have another year with you 

The PTA would like to take this opportunity to welcome back all of our children and families to another great year at Middle Gate. We also are very excited to welcome our incoming Kindergartners and their families, as well as the many new students to Middle Gate. We are planning some amazing events this year, some new and some longtime favorites. 


I know there are many activities and things to do in the first weeks of school. We are here for you if you have any questions or concerns that we can help you with. If you haven't joined the Middle Gate PTA Facebook page, I suggest you do. It is a great source of information for all families. Enjoy the last few days of summer break and have a wonderful year filled with fun, learning and friendship. 




Debbie DeBlasi

PTA President


P.S. Don't forget to submit those great First Day of School pictures for the yearbook!

As you may have noticed on campus, a "road" has been paved to provide access to our lower parking lot.  The purpose of this new access way is to support the student drop off process.  This process will not be in place for day one; however, we want to make you aware of this change.

Here is a document from Mr. Geissler about the new drop-off route including the image below.
Link to document

You will continue to receive notices about the new route and when it will begin operation.

To view the new route in OpenStreetMap: Link to online map

Remember all the fun times throughout the year 

All through the year, there will be different events and activities at Middle Gate school. The best way to preserve those memories is to submit them to the yearbook.

All during the year you can send pictures from the first day of school, the ice cream social, book fairs, movie nights, restaurant nights and more! You and your kids will love looking through the yearbook at the end of the year and remembering all these fun times together with friends!

We are using a different yearbook company this school year!! We are very excited to be working with https://www.coffeepond.com! The best part is they have an APP to upload pictures right from you phone or devise!!!!! Pictavo Comminity APP!

Download Pictavo Community
School ID: 63963

Any questions, contact: kelleymmichael@charter.net
Reminder to send in your forms 

We sent home PTA membership forms for you to complete and send back to the school. Your PTA Membership fee helps to support PTA programs and events for the school that otherwise could not happen. If you want to give your support, but feel you are unable to volunteer, this is one of the easiest ways for you to support Middle Gate.
Plus you get bonuses for being a member like the School Directory, and Free entry to the Ice Cream Social!
Don't forget to send in your membership!
Open House 9/6 and 9/7 

Open House presentations: are scheduled for Tuesday, September 6

and Wednesday, September 7.  A letter will be details regarding the event will be sent home during the first week; however, the specific times for each class are listed below.


Tuesday, September 6 

        6:00-7:00     Kindergarten and Grade 1

        7:30-8:30     Grade 4 and 3-Cologna*


Wednesday, September 7 

        6:00-7:00      Grade 2 and Grade 3 (Connors and DeSisto only)


Also, if you are looking for more clothes to fill your closet, Spirit Wear will be on sale at the Open House Nights - so stock up on T-Shirts and show your support for Middle Gate!

Friday Sept 9th  image-icecream

We all welcome you to the start of a new wonderful year at Middle Gate and let's celebrate with our annual Ice Cream Social!
Ice Cream, fun toppings, whipped cream and friends! Get together and see your old classmates together again - or make a new friend and welcome someone new to the school!
Always a favorite event. And remember, if you are a PTA Member, it is free!

Volunteers and Committee Chair-people needed for lower grades:

We will be needing volunteers and chair-people to start learning some of the events and activities that the PTA hosts. While we are excited that our children grow, and sad to see them move on to the upper schools, those families who have been our great support system move along as well.

This is the perfect time if your child is just entering Middle Gate in Kindergarten - or if you are new to the school - to get involved and learn from the veterans who have been doing it in the past.

If you are interested in volunteering or being a chair-person please reach out to Debbie DeBlasi at deborahadeblasi@gmail.com
Men's club for Dads/Guardians at Middle Gate

We are starting something new in this school year! We are starting up a Men's Club for all the Dads and Guardians at Middle Gate to do some activities with the kids. Why should the Moms have all the fun?

Also, this is a requirement by the CT PTA to be named a "school of excellence". Wouldn't it be great if we can add that award to the long list of awards we already won?

This club will be chaired by Gregg Baimel. They will have some activities to plan so there is more information to come on that!