Middle Gate Elementary School
7 Cold Spring Road, Newtown, CT 06470
Middle Gate Minute
A Bi-Weekly eNewsletter
Edition: February 6, 2016

Parent Teacher Association 
PTA Comments or Suggestions?  
Important Notes: Notes
General PTA meeting Feb 8 at  7:00pm
(some dates are tentative and subject to change)
Feb 8: 
PTA General Meeting 7pm

Feb 10: 
Little Miss Valentine
(Parks and Rec event)

Feb 15:

Fourth Grade Diversity Day

Feb 27 & 28: 
Pizza with Dad

Mar 3:
Sock Hop

April 5:
General PTA Meeting

April 22:
Parent's Night Out with
Silent Auction

April 25:
PTA Awards Dinner

May 8:
4th Grade Spring Concert

May 19 (TBD):
Middle Gate Madness 
(updated every newsletter) 
Quick Links  QuickLinks 

Contact us
PTA Phone: (860) 532-0464
2016/17 PTA Board of Directors
Vice President
Corresponding Secretary:
Assistant Treasurer:
Yearbook Photos:
Wed Feb 8 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The next PTA General Meeting will be held on Wed Feb 8 in the Cafeteria. Come be a part of your child's school and help to plan activities and school improvements.

All are welcome, and babysitting is always available and free!

- Debbie
A Newtown Parks & Rec Event image

Friday, February 10th 2017 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sandy Hook Elementary Café Semi Formal Event $20 per Daddy/Daughter CoupleJoin Newtown Parks and Recreation, and enjoy an evening of music, fun games, refreshments, snacks, and get your photo taken by: Sandra Lynn Photography!


Get ready for a great daddy/daughter evening Pre-Registration is required. Space is limited

(Girls aged 8-12 years old)


Please Register by Friday, February 3rd. Register Online: Activity# 214103 A


4th GRADE DIVERSITY DAY - FEB 15 Diversity
Fourth Graders Celebrate Diversity   diversity

Wednesday, February 15th from 9am-12:00pm.


Parent volunteers will help 4th graders understand and appreciate our differences and to choose kindness!!At this dynamic educational event 4th graders will visit 3/4 interactive stations to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" and to gain empathy and acceptance.


All volunteer spots are full

Contact: Jennifer Chaudhary jen@4newtown.com or text: 203-240-6038.

(Once the volunteer list is complete, you will be contacted via email with more detail as the date gets closer).
BOX TOPS DUE  - FEB 17 BoxTops

Box Tops Reminder!


The Winter/Spring Box Top contest has begun!  Our next Box Top contest starts now and will end on February 17th!  Be sure to write your child's full name as well as their teacher's name on the baggies or envelopes that your child submits so appropriate credit will be given. 


The class who turns in the MOST Box Tops will win.  We will have two winners:  one class from grades K-2 and one from grades 3-4.  Each of the two winning classes will receive the famous "Box Tops Class Champion Trophy" for their time as reigning champion AND a special class PIZZA LUNCH PARTY!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. 


Thank you all for your continued support and GOOD LUCK!

Your Box Top for Education Coordinators:

Sarah Lynch ( sarah.lynch08@gmail.com) and Kara Tinkler ( kara1227@charter.net)
Nominate a Teacher Today
Dear Parent or Guardian:
You and your children are invited to 
nominate an outstanding teacher in Newtown Public Schools* for
VFW Teacher of the Year.  
The attached flyer provides the nomination form and details about the contest, as well as teacher attributes to consider when making a nomination.
The completed nomination form accompanied by a brief statement of support will be accepted until February 15 and must be submitted via email or USPS directly to Donna Randle, as outlined in the flyer.
Best regards,
Jean M. Evans Davila, Assistant Superintendent 
VFW Teacher of the Year Flyer
*Note: To be eligible for this honor, the nominated individual must be an active teacher in Newtown (cannot be retired or no longer teaching in District).  Nominations will be accepted from students, parents of students, fellow teachers, staff members (certified or non-certified), administrators, residents and non-residents of Newtown.  A teacher cannot self-nominate, and a teacher's family members cannot nominate him or her.  
SOCK HOP  - MAR 3 sockhop
Friday, March 3rd    6:00-8:00PM Location: Reed Intermediate School image
Join us for a fun night of getting dressed up in 50's attire and dancing to the sounds of DJ Red Supreme!
ADMISSION: $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is February 19th or sell out, whichever occurs first. Tickets will not be available at the door for this event.
Pizza, ice cream and snacks will be available for purchase.
Please fill out the attached form and send it back to school along with your payment (cash or check made out to Middle Gate PTA) in an envelope marked 'SOCK HOP'.
All MG students, parents and siblings and friends are welcome.
This is not a drop off event.
Volunteers Needed for Publishing Center  
This has been sent to all those on the Publishing Center list but we are reaching out to everyone in the Middle Gate family as we need help from here on out in the Publishing Center, otherwise our little ones will not get books published. We do not want to see this happen.
Well it is time to kick up the Publishing Center working sessions again. Hang on tight, here we go! This is the time where finish some small things and then really start to build the books for the kids. From now until June, this is where we really need your help to make this happen. We cannot do it without your help.
We will be meeting Monday February 13th 11:30-2pm and Friday February 17th 11:30-2:30. Come for as little or as much as you can. During these two sessions, we will be working on putting together the "inside packets" for the books. This is something that can also be done at home, once you have learned the process. To sign up for one or both working sessions, see the links below.
Monday February 13th - http://signup.com/go/v2Q363
Friday February 17th - http://signup.com/go/7NmDku
*** many more working sessions will be scheduled as class story deadlines approach.***
Please contact with questions,
203-240-6038 (call or text)
Jennifer Chaudhary
Seeking Donations for Silent Auction for Parents' Night Out image
Middle Gate Elementary School's PTA will be hosting a Silent Auction at our "Parent's Night Out" fundraiser on April 22, 2017.   This fundraiser, held at Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown, will support our PTA. Our PTA funds such programs as school assemblies, grade enrichment, and cultural arts programs.   We have purchased instruments for the students as well as iPads and provided teachers with supplies when they are needed.
We are currently seeking donations of items and services to be auctioned off at the event.   If you are able to donate please let us know.   It doesn't matter how big or how small, all donations are gladly accepted and greatly appreciated.

Any questions, please contact kelleymmichael@charter.net
Don't miss the next BOF meeting - NYA is hosing an Open Play 
For the next BOF meeting and Legislative Council meeting the BOE has cooredinated with NYA to have an Open Play at the same time:
Feb 16:  BOF meeting
March 23: the Legislative Council meeting from 7:30-9:30.
Cost: $5 per kid.
Order Yearbooks!  On-Line Order Only. image
All orders must be placed on their website, www.coffeepond.com
no order forms will be distributed.
Hard Cover $30
password: middlegate2017

Soft Cover $27

Please remember to upload your photos from events and activities at Middle Gate. The kids love looking through the yearbook at the end of the year and remembering all the fun times with friends. If you haven't already uploaded the APP, it's easy and convenient. The Pictavo Community APP and the school id is 63963. Any questions, please contact kelleymmichael@charter.net
Roles and Responsibilities: Students and Staff in a School Setting
For those that are interested in the forum about Bullying that took place Jan 23, Dr. Erardi said the video should be up on their page in 1-3 days as it was recorded. After a brief introduction from Dr. Erardi, they had the principals from NMS and NHS speak about the programs/processes they have in place to help students with bullying/harrassment issues. They talked about positive programs they have to bring students together. The Assistant HS Principal spoke on this topic as well. Then the audience was divided into three groups. There was at least one BOE member in each of the groups taking down information for further action. They had elementary school, 5-8 and high school groups. The top 3 or 4 suggestions in each group was presented by the BOE member from that group. These ideas/issues that need to be handled differently/suggestions will then be typed up and sent to each of the schools by Dr. Erardi. If you get a chance to watch it, it is interesting to see what the feedback was.
Also, just to let everyone know this information (they had cards available at the meeting for people to take):
Newtown - School Safety Card
o To report safety and/or bullying concerns that are occurring at school, on the bus, or on a social media site
o It's important that your voice be heard
o Load this number into your phone for easy access

The other side says:
Newtown's Safe Schools Tipline
o Safety is our first priority
o Talk to a parent, teacher, counselor, principal first if you can
o If you are not comfortable talking face-to-face, use this number for anonymous reporting (no caller ID)
o 24-hour response
o Call promptly and share what you know.
See it. Hear it. Report it. PREVENT IT.
Shutterfly only through 2/15 image

Here's another sweet deal from Shutterfly that gives back 13% of your purchase to Middle Gate!

Now through 2/15/17, if you order a ceramic mug you can get 40% off AND get FREE chocolate! All you have to do is click on the link below, make your purchase (don't forget to enter the promo code) and Middle Gate will receive a 13% of the sale. We thank you for continued support!
We are just about $83 away from reaching our goal of $500 - just for sharing your memories!!

Here are the details: image

PROMO: 40% off Mugs and Get FREE Chocolate
END DATE: 02/15/2017

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Budget Season is here!

Mr. Geissler's budget was submitted to the Superintendent and the Superintendent's budget was submitted to the Board of Education. We need parents to be involved in this process to avoid more cuts in the budget. We will provide updates periodically regarding meetings, voting, etc. Here are a few dates to keep in mind:

2/16- Board of Finance PUBLIC HEARING
3/8 -  Board of Finance TO Legislative Council
3/22- Legislative Council PUBLIC HEARING
4/5 -  Legislative Council ADOPTS THE BUDGET