Learning Gate News 2018-19
Help the Heron
It is the final days of Help the Heron! We are at 33% participation. Each class that gets to 100% will be invited to participate in the Heron Hoopla Challenge! 

One way to reach our goal is to have each family create their own Help the Heron Share Page. 

Let’s help fill Momma Heron’s nest by 10/4!!!!!!

Here are the class standings as of 9/26
Ms. Betsy- 25%
Ms. Leah- 40%
Ms. Karoliina- 25%
Ms. Jessica- 50%
Ms. Rebecca- 50%
Ms. Nicole- 50%
Ms. Vicki- 50%
Ms. Lauren- 50%
Ms. Alisa- 75%
Ms. Sarah- 45%
Ms. Anna- 60%
Ms. Ellie- 60%
Ms. Wendy- 50%
Ms. Leslie- 55%
Mr. Chris- 50%
Ms. Linda- 50%
Ms. Hayley- 50%
Ms. Sara- 50%
Ms. Beth- 50%
Ms. Dina- 40%
Ms. Alex- 50%
Ms. Alyson- 40%
Ms. Holly- 50%
Ms. Lindsay- 50%
Mr. Matthews- 40%
Ms. Melanie- 50%
Ms. Kara W.- 40%
Ms. Breen- 25%
Ms. Greenlaw- 55%
Mr. Brown- 10%
Ms. Mandel- 20%
Mr. Mellum- 5%
Ms. Armstrong- 15%
Ms. Siobhan- 25%
Ms. Kara S.- 20%
Mr. Tone- 10%
Ms. Hughes- 25%
Mr. Wilson- 25%
Mr. Reese- 45%
The Great Hatching is Thursday, October 4th 
United Skates on Armenia 
Free Skating for all!
One parent education hour per family 

Let’s celebrate the egg donations in Momma Heron’s nest as a community! 100% goal! 
A Shout of thanks to some great volunteers at the Eggstravaganza from Chef Jill!
Yearbook News
Today is the last day to order a yearbook and get a 15% discount!
Canned Food Drive
6th graders will be collecting canned food items to benefit two local food pantries that help out LG. Please consider donating to this great cause! Let's see how many cans we can collect! These cans will also be used to create our Fall Festival remote controlled car obstacle course!

Learning Gate PTSA
Happy fall, y’all, from the PTSA! 

With fall upon us, some of our favorite events are being planned and being held.

Our amazing Multicultural Night, which was so popular last year, will now be held on October 26.  We can’t wait to see and try everybody’s cultural goods and learn a little something about our Learning Gate Families.
The Festival Under the Trees will be held on November 3rd! With amazing booths and family fun, it’s a great way to celebrate the fall season! Bingo for Books will be held in Heron Hall again this year. It was wonderful seeing the children so excited to participate. We hope you’ll join us again. 
Do you have a budding artist in your family? Well, they’re going to want to look into our Reflections program. Reflections is a state-run art contest. Each artist will submit a project that then will be judged by our Reflections Committee. The theme this year is “Heroes Around Me.” All projects must be submitted by October 15, 2018 for consideration. Please email   president.lgcsptsa@gmail.com with any questions you might have on this terrific program.
We are looking for some creative crafters to join our Decorators Club. This club is a free club available for students in 3rd to 6th grade and will meet on Wednesdays in the log cabin from 3:30-5pm. We will work on decorations for upcoming events for the school and the PTSA. If interested in signing up please email:  president.lgcsptsa@gmail.com
In closing, we would also like to mention there will be a survey coming around soon!
Jennifer Crooker PTSA President

Reflections: National Arts Competition

What Is Reflections?
R eflections is a cornerstone program of the National PTA that celebrates student's participation in the Arts. This competition is open to ALL LGCS students grades K-8th. PTSA membership is  NOT  required for students to participate with Reflections.   The Divisions are as follows: Primary (K-Grade 2); Intermediate (Grades 3-5); Middle School (Grades 6-8); and Special Artist (K-Grade 8).  
LGCS PTSA is excited to be participating in this year's National PTA Reflections Art Program in the Visual Arts category. The theme this year is "Heroes Around Me."
Students must submit their entries to the front office by no later than   Monday, October 15th.
Please click  here  to download and print the Student Registration packet.   

All students MUST submit a FULLY COMPLETED Student Entry Form and a Media/Consent Form with their entry. Each entry must contain a title and all entries MUST include an artist's statement as explained in the rules for participation.
Visual Arts:  Works of both fine and design arts are accepted, including but not limited to: architectural drawing and models, ceramics, collage, computer generated images and graphics, crafts, drawing, fashion clothes and jewelry, fiber work, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. 2D artworks must be mounted on sturdy material and no larger than 24x30 inches with matting. Framed entries are not accepted. Include one digital image of artwork with your submission on a USB device. 3D artwork submissions must contain 3 digital images of artwork at different angles. Image(s) are used for artwork identification, judging and exhibition purposes. Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG on a USB device.
Literature : Accepted forms of fiction and nonfiction include: Prose, poetry, reflective essay, screen play and play script, narrative and short story. Entrants may write in their primary language as long as an interpretive English translation is also attached. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Writing must not exceed 2,000 words and may be handwritten or typed. Accepted formats: Single-sided print on 8 ½x11" paper or a PDF file on a USB device.
Photography : Photo must be a single print/digital image. Collages and collections of photos are not accepted. Entrant must be the photographer and may use a variety of digital editing techniques including but not limited to, multiple exposure, negative sandwich and photogram. Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Print image dimensions must be no smaller than 3x5 inches and no larger than 8x10 inches. Accepted print formats: Mounted on mat or poster board no larger than 11x14 inches. Framed prints are not accepted. Digital image dimensions must be at least 640x960 (pixels) and 300 dpi (resolution). Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, GIF, or PNG on a USB device.

Visual Arts and Photography categories have specific sizes and information regarding mounting the entries that must be followed. Parents and students,  please read the submission rules very carefully as failure to follow the rules may prevent your student's art piece from being submitted.  Please contact Jennifer Crooker at  president.lgcsptsa@gmail.com  if you have any questions.

What Is Reflections About?
Click the video to learn about how your K-8th students can bring this year's theme to life through their own creativity and ingenuity!

Will You Lend Us Your Support
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Reflections program and competition. We are also looking for judges with expertise in the different Art categories that our students will compete. If you are interested, please email us at lgcsptsa@gmail.com 

How Are Student Submissions Judged?
Volunteer judges will judge all entries primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme for this year. Judging will take place at the local, regional, state and national levels. Winners will have the opportunity to win prizes and advance to the next level of competition. We seek judges who have a background or commitment to the Arts to do the judging.

There are also opportunities available for special needs students to participate as well. The special artist form is included in the packet.

See below for some of our past submissions an LG student who won his division at the Hillsborough County Council PTA Reflections competition. He then went on to make us very proud by competing at the state level. We have had over 50 wonderful and creative submissions in the last three years. We invite all LG students to enter Reflections.
Counselor's Corner
"Nature Does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished" -Lao Tzu
Sylvie Fanous-Samaan Silva
Middle School Guidance Counselor
Learning Gate Community School
813-909-2700 x 320
Winter Wonder Week 2019
❄ Who says we don't have winter in Florida ❄
 ⛄ Join us for this year’s frosty WINTER WONDER WEEK 2019 at Learning Gate Community School ⛄
January 7th-11th 2019 (7:00am-6:00pm)
LGCS Students in grades K-6th
See flyers for more information.
Field Trip Volunteers
If you would like to be considered as a chaperone for your student’s field trips this school year, all paperwork, including a Chaperone Form, and a copy of your driver’s license and auto insurance must be turned in to the front office. Additionally, a Hillsborough County Volunteer Application, must be completed online here .

You will only receive a Sign-Up Genius invitation if all information is on file. Remember, only Hillsborough County approved vehicles will be permitted to drive. 
Lunch Information
Lunch Accounts/Ordering:
Food Service Contact:   jill@learninggate.org
Monthly Menu : October Menu

Kona Ice on Hanna campus: last Friday of the month
10/26, 11/30, 12/14
Kona Ice on Lutz Lake Fern campus: first Friday of the month
10/5, 11/2, 12/7

These two amazing 6th graders,
Jeffrey and Logan,
 have been helping with compost everyday and doing an exceptional job!

Lost and Found
Take a look at the new items in the lost and found at Hanna Campus!
Library Volunteers
We need assistance during the times classes are coming in and out of the library. Volunteers will work the circulation desk for checking books in and out, assist the children with locating books, light cleaning, and shelf returned books. Opportunities available throughout the school year!
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