A reminder that Original Works Art project is due on Friday Oct 7.
So far Mrs. Walter has only received 17. If your child really loves art and is particular about their project being the way they want it, you will want to have them complete it at home. Otherwise, they will only have time during Art class to complete it. The picture will be sent home to you and you can return it with your order and payment.
This is a great fundraiser and way to get your shopping done. Thank you.
CHANGE IN POLICY - BACKPACK FLYERS
Flyers in Back Packs Promoting Business
Please note, due to a change in policy, the Superintendent's office said
we can no longer put flyers in the back packs that promote a business. Even if that business is giving a percentage back to Middle Gate as a donation.
Therefore, going forward, the only way people will know about these events will be
via Facebook, the PTA Bulletin Boards, the Middle Gate Minute, and the PTA Website.
PTA FORM CONTEST
Popsicle Party Winner Results are in!
Here is the information you have been waiting for! The Popsicle Party results. The winners are:
K- Mrs. Massett
1 - Mrs. Salvatore
2- Mrs. Taylor
3 - Mrs. DeSisto
4 - Mrs. Beauty
Grand Champion winners of the most Memberships for the classroom is a tie!
Mrs. Massett's class received 90%memberships and
Mrs. Taylor's class received 90% memberships. So they will each receive the Grand Champion Trophy for their classroom!
Thank you to all the kids and parents for making this year's membership drive such a success.
Membership increased about 14% over last year (Get ready to lip Sync Mr. Geissler and Mr. Sullivan!)
Business Memberships increased about 63% over last year and we still have three or more coming in so that number should increase too!
Thank you to
Lara Wheat who is the person who collects and enters all the membership data and keeps track of the numbers, etc. It is a very time intensive project and we appreciate you!
UPDATED PTA WEBPAGE
Great Information and Up-Coming Fundraisers!
Did you know
the PTA has a webpage on the Middle Gate site? You can get there by selecting "PTA" under the "Parents" menu item or click here:
PTA Web Page
This is a sample of the information you will see:
Calendar - showing PTA events and times
Fundraiser Flyers - Don't miss out on all the great Restaurant Night flyers or other year-round fundraisers that raise money for Middle Gate
PTA Forms - like the PTA Membership form, Volunteer Interest Form and Dismissal Pad Order Form
School Rewards Information - like Box Tops and Stop & Shop A+ rewards
PTA Programs - like GeoKids and Reflections
PTA Shopping - Find Spirit Wear online, headphones for school, or PTA Membership discounts
PTA Board Members - who they are and contact information
Visit the site often to find out the latest fundraisers, or if you are looking for information. This is a webpage you should save in your favorites.
TRUNK OR TREAT
Saturday, October 22nd (rain date 10/29) Reed Intermediate School Parking Lot
Please join us for a ghoulish good time- a costume parade, prizes for best costume, best decorated car, and more! spots are limited!!
Decorate a Car - set up at 1:00 pm: Enter a decorated car for $5 (includes 2 wristbands!). please anticipate supplying a few bags of candy per car- we will email when we have the total number of attendees.
Enjoy the Event - Starts at 2:00 pm: Just in it for Trunk or Treat? Wristbands are $5 (kids 12 and under). candy bag donations are welcome and appreciated.
"Why is my child giving me a hard time about going to school?"
"How do we get our kids to share about their day?"
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION - DUE OCT 21
Send in your Box Tops by Oct 21!
Box Tops are a great way to raise money for the school by simply buying and using products you already enjoy. Simply clip Box Tops from your package, tape them to a piece of paper, and send them in with your child with their name/teacher's name on the paper. Here is the Flyer with a list of participating brands:
Each box top is worth 10 cents.
That doesn't seem like a lot, but look how much Middle Gate has raised over the past few years!
Box Top Amount
Lifetime earnings since Middle Gate has participated in the Box Tops program, is
$20,891.48! Amazing! That is 208,914 Box Tops Clipped and Saved!!!
If you really want to get Gung-Ho for Box Tops - there is even a
Box Tops App you can download on your phone and get
bonus box tops for your school. Simply download the app on your phone or tablet, look for offers on products you already buy, take a photo of your receipt and submit! It's that easy!
STOP AND SHOP A+ REWARDS
Start Earning Points for your School on Oct 7
Did you know how easy it is to earn money for Middle Gate just by doing your regular shopping at Stop & Shop? A+ School Rewards points accrue with each purchase where the Stop & Shop Card is used.
It even works with purchases made online with Peapod by Stop & Shop. These points determine the cash total which is automatically credited to our school's account. All you need to do is register your card.
No. You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same. Your card will automatically begin to earn points on
October 7, 2016
NEW VOLUNTEER PROCEDURES
A letter from the Director of Security:
To better serve our students and staff, we have finalized the new procedures and required forms (available at schools and on the district website) related to school volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year.
Recognizing our responsibility to safeguard our students and staff, all parents and/or relatives wanting to volunteer in our schools and on school field trips must submit to a criminal background investigation, and complete a Volunteer Information Form and Waiver of Liability Form each school year. Volunteers who will be working with students without direct sight-line supervision will also be required to submit fingerprints.
Volunteer Procedures in the Newtown Public Schools
1. Each school year all volunteers must submit to a criminal background investigation and complete the aforementioned forms well in advance of the activity they wish to attend.
2. As mentioned above, volunteers without direct sight-line supervision will also be required to submit fingerprints.
3. The Director of Security will conduct the background investigations, with fingerprints (when applicable) to be analyzed by the CT State Police (SPBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
4. On the day of the event, prior to engaging in any volunteer activities, each volunteer previously approved to volunteer will present their driver's license to the respective school security officer for scanning in the Raptor System (sex-offender registry).
We have lots of events this year that wouldn't be as wonderful without the support of all the parent volunteers that help make them happen. If you can only pick a few hours, one event or three events, every minute of time you give us helps provide fun and engaging activities for the students of Middle Gate.
If you want to see the list of planned events and tasks, and sign up for something that interests you, please print, complete and send in the form to the school in an envelope marked "PTA Volunteer Interest Form"
Reminder to update your information for returning students
INFOSNAP: If you have not already done so, please update your INFOSNAP online information for returning students as soon as possible. It is critical that we have accurate and current information for all students and their families. If you have any questions, please contact the office.
Select the student you wish to register along the top (if applicable)
Select the InfoSnap Student Registration Icon on the left side for 2016-2017.
Agree to the terms and conditions
Click Begin Forms
NEW DROP OFF DRIVEWAY
IMPORTANT FOR MORNING DROP OFF - NEW DRIVEWAY
As you may have noticed on campus, a "road" has been paved to provide access to our lower parking lot. The purpose of this new access way is to support the student drop off process. This process will not be in place for day one; however, we want to make you aware of this change.
Here is a document from Mr. Geissler about the new drop-off route including the image below.
Link to document
You will continue to receive notices about the new route and when it will begin operation.
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!
Volunteers and Committee Chair-people needed for lower grades:
We will be needing volunteers and chair-people to start learning some of the events and activities that the PTA hosts. While we are excited that our children grow, and sad to see them move on to the upper schools, those families who have been our great support system move along as well.
This is the perfect time if your child is just entering Middle Gate in Kindergarten - or if you are new to the school - to get involved and learn from the veterans who have been doing it in the past.
If you are interested in volunteering or being a chair-person please reach out to Debbie DeBlasi at
Do you want to advertise a MG event or program or are you looking for volunteers for a MG event or program? Then send us your information for submission in the Middle Gate Minute. The Middle Gate Minute is a Bi-Weekly publication. Please include a 1-3 sentence description and contact information for all submissions. If you want to attach a flyer or other document, it is best to send as .doc or .pdf
MG Weekly editor reserves the right to edit all submissions. All submissions due the Thursday before the next newsletter publication date.
Send your request to
Liz Van Sickle (Subject: Middle Gate Minute). SUBMISSIONS DUE: Oct 17 NEXT ISSUE IS: Oct 13