September 13, 2018
Find Out What's Happening
In this issue:
*A Note from Our Principal
*September is Attendance Awareness Month
*GATE Parent Sessions
*Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night - Sept 19th
*Order Your Yearbook
*Athletic Event Bag Procedures
*Upcoming Volleyball Games
*Upcoming Football Games
*Softball Tryouts
*8th Grade Panoramic Photo - Sept 17th
*Wyldlife Club
*FREE Tutoring
*Planet Fundraiser
*Join PTA
*Plug in to PTA
*Become a Substitute Teacher
*Whitesburg Lions Sports Schedules
*Always collecting...
A Note From Our Principal
Dear Whitesburg Families, 

I continue to be impressed with the amount of support that our community and families provide our students in so many different areas. With that being shared, our school volleyball and football teams are off to a great start with our volleyball team winning all but one match so far and our football team being undefeated! This success is partly due to the strong support from our Whitesburg Band and Whitesburg Cheerleaders as they continue to encourage.  
On Monday, September 17, we have a big rivalry game with Challenger Middle at Milton Frank Stadium. We want to fill the stands with a lot of orange and blue! The game begins at 6:30 pm, and the Grissom Tiger Marching Band will be at the game so you know it will be an exciting time for our students to cheer our team on toward another Whitesburg victory!  

Thank you again for the daily efforts that you make to help ensure that your child is prepared to have a successful day at school. Their success does not happen by accident!

Bradley A. Scott, Ed.D

Attendance Awareness Month
There’s no better time than the beginning of the school year to remind and encourage students to be in school on time, every day. September is Alabama Attendance Awareness Month, in support of the national campaign and work seen in schools all over the state. Millions of hours of instruction and learning are missed every year due to absences.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 15 days of school for any reason. Poor attendance can start as early as kindergarten and continue to impact achievement through high school. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school.

Please click the link to Huntsville Cit School's attendance policy for additional information.

Parents, you may email pictures of your doctor's excuse or parent note to  to ensure that the note reaches the office in a timely manner.
GATE Parent Sessions
Buffalo Wild Wings Spirit Night

Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting a Spirit Night for Whitesburg on Wednesday, September 19th.

Plan to stop by for dinner that night!
Order Your Yearbook
The Lion's Den Yearbook has begun taking orders for the 2018-2019 book
Pre-ordering yearbooks helps the yearbook staff plan and prepare the book, and it helps you avoid end of the year stress. Do future-you a favor and order one now!

There's the added benefit of a special pre-sale price of $35 through October 30th. After that, yearbooks will return to their regular price of $40 through the deadline of March 1.

You can make your payment to Mrs. O'Neal in room 134 by returning the order form that went home with your student along with cash or a check made out to Whitesburg P-8 OR you can order online.
Attention Sports Fans
New Athletic Event Bag Procedures
Huntsville City Schools is implementing new restrictions on the types of bags that will be allowed inside football stadiums, athletic fields, and gymnasiums for HCS hosted athletic events. The purpose is to provide enhanced security in the interest of improved safety for all attendees and participants.
The measures started September 4, 2018.

Prohibited Bags
This procedure pertains to bags and is not an all-inclusive list of items that are prohibited from HCS facilities. Bags that are prohibited include but are not limited to:
  • purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction
  • luggage of any kind
  • computer bags/cases
  • camera bags/cases
  • binocular bags/cases
  • any bag larger than the permissible size

Permitted Bags
Individuals are encouraged not to bring any types of bags inside HCS facilities during athletic events. However, the following types of bags are permitted:
  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12";
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar); and
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5" (approximately the size of a hand).
  • Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a designated gate.

The public will still be allowed to carry items such as binoculars and cameras inside stadiums, athletic fields, and gymnasiums in a permissible clear bag. Individuals may bring one large clear bag - either a one-gallon Ziploc style bag or the 12" x 6" x 12" clear bag - plus a small clutch that does not exceed 4.5" x 6.5". The small clutch allows privacy for small personal items and is easily searched.

Blankets are allowed during inclement weather; but must be thrown over the shoulder or arm.

Individuals with proper credentials from Huntsville City Schools or a recognized media organization may be granted an exemption to bags that do not meet the guidelines. Bags will still be searched prior to entry, and only bags that pass inspection will be allowed into Huntsville City Schools facilities.
Upcoming Volleyball Games
Cheer on our volleyball team as they take on two rivals at Whitesburg on September 20th!
Game 1: Whitesburg vs Chapman, Thursday 9/20 4:00 @ Whitesburg

Game 2: Whitesburg vs Huntsville, Thursday 9/20 6:00 @ Whitesburg

Let's go Lions!
Upcoming Football Games
Come cheer on the Whitesburg Lions at these upcoming football games! A Whitesburg football game is a fun event for ALL of the students at our school to attend!

Whitesburg vs Challenger - Monday 9/17, 6:30 pm at Milton Frank Stadium

Whitesburg vs Hampton Cove - Tuesday 10/2, 6:30 pm at Milton Frank Stadium

Go Lions!
Softball Tryouts
Eighth Grade Panoramic Photo
Take part in this fun Whitesburg tradition! At 11:30 am on Monday, September 17th, eighth grade students will gather to take a panoramic photo of the entire class. Make sure your student is at school that day so they don't miss it!
Wyldlife Club
An Opportunity for Middle School Students

Wyldife is the middle school version of the Young Life program here in Huntsville. 

Wydlife leaders partner with local schools during the day in caring for kids. We meet once a month in the evening for what we call “Club”. Club is an hour long event where every kid can come, feel welcome, and have a great time with their classmates and Wyldlife leaders. 

The monthly Wydlife Club meets at 201 Bob Wallace Ave. For more information, call the Young Life office at 256-533-1251 or contact Cody Sanders at 337-280-4820, or learn more online.
Free Tutoring
Free Tutoring is being offered to the students of Whitesburg School.

Where: Latham United Methodist Church, 109 Weatherly Road SE

When: Tuesdays, 7-9 pm

Call 256-881-4069 for more information and to notify them of your needs!
Planet Fundraiser
This year Whitesburg PTA has partnered with a new fundraising app: Planet Fundraiser.

If you shop at Target, Publix, Walgreens or a number of other local businesses, you can earn money for our school by simply taking a photo of your receipt and submitting it on the Planet Fundraiser app. Our earnings keep growing! The more participants we have, the more we earn.

1. Download “Planet Fundraiser” app 
2. Create an account and add Whitesburg P8 PTA as your campaign of choice (you can select more than one).
3. Shop at local merchants or several online stores including “Shipt”
4. Submit receipts by the 5th of the next month (ex. All August receipts must be submitted by September 5)
5.Invite other friends and family
6. Repeat!

Here's the Planet Fundraiser website if you'd like to learn more.

Join the Whitesburg PTA
Blue Level : $5, an individual PTA membership

Orange Level : $50, PTA membership for all children enrolled at WP8, a car magnet and 1 school T-shirt (size/color is now limited)

Lion Level : $100, PTA membership for all children enrolled at WP8, a car magnet, 1 school T-shirt (size/color is now limited), 4 tickets to our Orange and Blue BBQ dinner, and a family ornament on the Tinsel Trail Tree. Additionally, your child's teacher will receive a book donation in your child's name.

Click here to purchase your 2018-2019 membership!

Plug In to PTA
We have some openings this year for our committees.

Reflections Chair : Promote, collect, and submit student entries to the city PTA reflections competition. (Time sensitive as the reflections contest begins soon)

Spooky Science Night Committee : One of PTA's biggest events will need lots of help planning, preparing and staffing. Its a great night of fun, Halloween-themed science activities for the whole school community.

If any of these positions spark your interest, we'd love to speak further with you! Email

Community Events
Become a Substitute Teacher
Whitesburg is frequently looking for subs to cover classes when teachers must be absent. This is a flexible, convenient, and rewarding part-time job, especially if your children are Whitesburg students. Consider applying!
Whitesburg Lions Sports
Come out and see our Lions roar at a football game this fall!
Come out and support our Whitesburg Girl's Volleyball Team!
Always Collecting....
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1 DIME each!
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We can never have enough of these!
2018-2019 School Calendar
Click here to access a printable copy.
Phone numbers
Front Office


Merts Administrative Office

Safe Schools Emergency Hotline

Fern Bell Recreation Center

Whitesburg P-8 School Site

Whitesburg P-8 PTA Site

Huntsville City Schools Site

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