Middle Gate Elementary School
7 Cold Spring Road, Newtown, CT 06470
Middle Gate Minute
A Bi-Weekly eNewsletter
Edition: Nov 6, 2017

Parent Teacher Association 
PTA Comments or Suggestions?  
Important Notes: Notes
Picture Retake and Club/Scout/Group Picture day Thurs Nov 9
(some dates are tentative and subject to change)
Nov 6
Movie Night - The Lego Batman Movie 
Nov 9
Picture Retake & Group Photos Day 
(Clubs, Scouts, 4th Grade, etc.) 
Nov 14
General PTA Meeting
Jan 11 
4th Grade Chorus Concert  
Jan 18  
General PTA Meeting

Apr 10

General PTA Meeting
May 7
4th Grade Chorus Concert  
Dec 4, 5, 7
Holiday Boutique

MGS PTA Google Calendar
(updated every newsletter) 
Quick Links  QuickLinks 
Contact us :
PTA Phone: (860) 532-0464
2017/18 PTA Board of Directors
Vice President
Corresponding Secretary:
1st Treasurer:
Emily Howard
2nd Treasurer:
Stacy Liparidis
Assistant Treasurer
Meredith Britton  
Yearbook Chair:
Regarding the Newtown School Websites:

In case you didn't receive the emails:

Newtown Staff and Parents,

This morning, we were made aware that our district website was compromised, which displayed ISIS-type propoganda.  Newtown was just one of multiple school districts impacted.  Both local and federal authorities were contacted and are currently involved in investigating this issue.  At this time, the Newtown website has been dismantled.  Please know that there is no immediate threat, and all students and staff are safe..  
If you should need information that was previously located on our district or school website, please contact Central Office or any one of our schools.

Lorrie Rodrigue

Dear Staff and Parents:

I wanted you to have the latest information regarding the "hacking" of our Newtown website.  We now know that over 800 sites were hacked across the United States.  Our host server, School Desk, is located in Georgia.  Currently, FBI is investigating this and are working with local authorities as well.
While we are confident that all staff and students are safe, we have increased police presence at all schools in the district.  I have directed our Technology Department to keep our site down until further notice until we can be assured that security measures are in place.
Please don't hesitate to contact me on my cell phone if you have additional questions at  203-360-2566.

Thank you,
Dr. Lorrie Rodrigue
Movie Night Mon Nov 6 at 6:00pm image

Tonight's the night! Grab your chairs, sleeping bags or blankets and come enjoy an awesome movie with us ..Lego Batman!



Doors open at 6:00pm, Movie starts at 6:30pm

Pizza, Cookies, Popcorn and Drinks will be available for purchase


*** If you'd like to pre-order pizza, please send your name and # of slices ($2/slice) to [email protected]). ***

Thursday Nov 9 

Families simply send in complete package they received for return to photographer
in exchange for new photo. New photo packages will be returned to school and sent home.

The 9th is also the day for group photos:
- Girl/Cub scouts, school clubs, etc.
- in addition to the 4th grade level group photo. 
Volunteers Needed for Veteran's Day Celebration image


Thank you to all who have volunteered to donate food for our Veteran's breakfast on Nov 10th.  Our guests of honor are invited for 8:10am so if you could have food dropped off by then that would be great!  If you need to drop off the day before please just let me know so I can make arrangements to store it. Email Amy Habboush 


There will be about 25 people there.  If anyone else would like to make an egg casserole type dish please let me know.  Please consider being apart of this committee next year. Mrs. Baron has been running this program for many years.  It is a great learning experience for all and the children benefit so much from this.

Directories are Done!


PTA members will be getting a directory sent home with their oldest child on Monday.  Special thanks to Lara Wheat for tracking memberships and to Mary Oldi who put the whole directory together.

General PTA Meeting Nov 14 at 6:30pm


Our next PTA meeting is November 14th at 6:30pm. There will be childcare available. 


  Reflections Projects Deadline Dec 8 image

If you are unfamiliar with this project, it is a way for students to express themselves in words, pictures, photography, dance, video and music that isn't generally part of the school curriculum.
It is OPTIONAL!   If your child wants to submit a project they will need your help. The deadline is December 8th.  
Go to the PTA page off of the Parents tab on the MGS website for detailed instructions PTA Reflections Page.   Please contact Melanie Raslan [email protected] or Corina Michalchik-Renak [email protected] with any questions.
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE - DEC 4, 5, 7Holiday 
Annual Holiday Boutique - Dec 4, 5, 7  image


The annual Middle Gate Holiday Boutique will be held December 4th, 5th and 7th!  Children will be able to browse and shop for inexpensive gifts for all of their family members.


Please be on the look out for volunteer opportunities and further information which will be sent home via flyers in backpacks and outlined on the MG PTA Facebook page.  If you'd like to be involved or if you have additional questions please email Kathleen Shope [email protected] 

Shutterfly / Tiny Prints Fundraiser image
It's that time of year again when people are printing holiday cards, or looking for gifts for friends, family, and teachers. Why not do what you are already doing, and give back 13% of your purchase to Middle Gate?


It's easy, just click through from the Middle Gate storefront link: 



Shutterfly deals
But you have to request your code from [email protected]

On Tiny Prints:
But you have to request your code from [email protected]


Here are some other codes:

Deal: 25% off Your Order @ Tiny Prints
Promo Code: GET254U Valid thru: 12/31/2017

Deal: Exclusive Offer - Get one FREE bookmark at Shutterfly
Promo Code: HAPPYREADING Valid thru: 11/30/2017

Deal: Exclusive offer - One FREE Calendar for NEW Shutterfly customers
Promo Code: FREECALAFF Valid thru: 12/31/2017

Deal: 25% off Your Order @ Shutterfly
Promo Code: SFLY25OFF Valid thru: 12/31/2017

Deal: Free 8x8 Photo Book for New Shutterfly Customers
Promo Code: AFFPHOTOBK Valid thru: 12/31/2017 

Send Yearbook Photos To: Kelley Michael
The Pictavo App is having some technical difficulty.
To send pictures for the Year book please send to Kelley Michael