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

Parent Teacher Association 
PTA Comments or Suggestions?  
Important Notes: Notes 
Yearbook Cover Entries (4th graders) DUE: Dec 4
Reflections Entries DUE: Dec 9 
(some dates are tentative and subject to change)
Dec 4: 
Fourth Grade Yearbook
Cover Entries due

Dec 8 & Dec 9:
Holiday Boutique
Dec 9: 
Reflections Submissions Due

Mar 3 (TBD):
Sock Hop
(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:
Attention Fourth Grade Students!!
Entries Due Dec 4 for the 2016-2017 Yearbook Cover

Here is your chance to leave your lasting mark on Middle Gate history!   You are being asked to draw a picture that might be chosen to be the cover of this year's yearbook!


Our theme is a play on the "There's no place like home" theme from this year's Newtown Labor Day Parade:


There's No Place like Middle Gate


Use a piece of paper to draw your picture.

Please check each of the following to make sure you follow all of the rules for your entry:

  • The picture should feature this year's theme: "There's No Place Like Middle Gate".
  • All entries must include the year 2016-2017 in the picture as well as our school name.
  • Make sure you put your name on the drawing.
  • Use your neatest drawing and writing.
  • Use only crayon, pencils, markers or colored pens
  • Be creative and have fun!

All entries will be voted on and judged by the teachers and PTA.

The winner will have his or her drawing featured as the COVER of the 2016-2017 yearbooks.  

All other entries will be used throughout the yearbook as well, if possible.


There's no place like Middle Gate!


Here is the Flyer 


Any questions please contact:

Kelley Michael


Classes will visit as well as open Friday Night until 8pm image

The Holiday Shopping Boutique will be
Thursday, December 8th and Friday December 9th.

Teachers will sign up their classes for time to shop. The gifts will all be priced very reasonably, with the most expensive items being $5. This will include wrapping and labeling the gifts for the children to bring home.

Teachers will let the students know what the day and time is for their class and we will post the class schedules on Facebook. Any donations of wrapping paper, small/medium gift bags, tissue paper and scotch tape are greatly appreciated.

We will provide a volunteer spot link to sign up once we know the teacher schedules. In addition to the daytime hours when students are shopping with their class, the Boutique will be open from dismissal until 8  p.m.on Friday evening in case parents would like to bring their children back or bring siblings to shop as well.

Submissions Due Dec 9
8:30 am - 10:00am
MGS Cafeteria 

We are pleased to announce that once again your child will have the opportunity to participate in Reflections, a nationally sponsored PTA arts program!  All children at Middle Gate School from kindergarten through 4th grade are eligible to submit an entry based on the theme " What Is Your Story? " in any or all of these categories:  visual arts (drawing, collage, painting, etc.),  musical composition, photography,  literature (story, poem, essay, etc.),  dance choreography, or film production.


 This is a unique opportunity for self-expression and "reflection". ALL participants receive a Middle Gate certificate, and will have their work displayed at the school. First-Place winners (per division) continue on to the state level, and if chosen, could go on to the national level!


For more information or to print out an entry form and rules go to Parents - PTA - Reflections on the Middle Gate website.


Any questions please contact Jill Baimel (203)364-1979, Kris Powers (203)426-8665 or Melanie Raslan (203) 561-1479.


Have fun and good luck!!


Please visit the PTA Reflections Webpage for more information and to download the entry forms and guidelines.


There is also a Theme Search Contest for a children to submit their ideas for a future Reflections Theme. Visit the MGS PTA Reflections webpage and look for the Theme Search Contest box for forms. Submission for the Theme Search Contest are due Nov 18 

Newtown Public Shools Visual and Performing Arts 2016-2017 Winter Performance and Exhibit Schedule
Attached is a flyer with a list of all the Newtown School performances and exhibits.

Winter Performance Schedule
Seeking donations of items

Middle Gate Elementary School's PTA will be hosting a Silent Auction at our "Parent's Night Out" fundraiser.  This fundraiser, held at Rock Ridge Country Club in Newtown, will raise money for the Middle Gate PTA. The PTA funds programs such as school assemblies, grade enrichment, and cultural arts programs.  We have purchased smart board add-ons, picnic tables, shelves for classroom libraries, educational games, a shed for the Phys Ed department so they may purchase additional sports equipment.  We are looking to make some great improvements for this year. Please help us achieve our goals for Middle Gate.


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.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kelley Michael kelleymmichael@charter.net or 203-770-1276.  We thank you for your consideration and your generosity.   


Silent Auction Committee

Kelley Michael


Flyer for Silent Auction Donations 

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
password: middlegate
Order Holiday Cards - and give back to Middle Gate!   image

The Holidays are just around the corner and you know you will be ordering cards to send to friends and family. Why not do the thing you usually do and raise some money for the school! Click through to this special Shutterfly and tinyprints site and 13% of your sale will go to Middle Gate! image

Middle Gate Shutterfly Fundraiser

This offer is good on any cards, prints, gifts and more! Once you get to the site you can choose Shutterfly
or Tinyprints.

(note: the landing page does not always view well in Firefox)

PLUS save on tinyprints orders!
Here is a coupon for 30% off your entire order and FREE shipping on tinyprints for the first 100 people:

tinyprints Coupon Flyer

As a thank you we are pleased to offer you 30% off site wide, no min order, PLUS Free Shipping
from tinyprints.com Visit our page http://mgs.shutterflystorefront.com/ 
Click through and shop, 13% of your order will be donated to our school. 

This is not an advertised offer and is only available to you as a Middle Gate PTA supporter when you shop through our fundraising page. This discount is only valid for a limited time, so shop now before it is too late!

Use this code at checkout to receive this exclusive offer
 Expires:  12/31/16
*Code Valid for the first 100 Uses.  Offer expires 12/31/2016 ( 11:59 P.M. PT). Save 30% off site wide, plus free shipping when you use the code TPSC6BAB5A at checkout. There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion. The 30% offer is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges, gift certificates or personalized postage stamps. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. Offer is only valid on Tinyprints.com and is not applicable on third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.
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