The Grizzly Roar
August 13, 2016; issue 76

6th Annual District 5 Celebration 

Join us for the 6th Annual District 5 Celebration at Grissom High School!

Saturday, August 13

This is an outdoor festival celebrating the eleven public schools in Madison County District 5 - South Huntsville. 
Booths, attractions, entertainment, inflatables, opportunities for great prizes, and more!
Mountain Gap P-8 Character Word of the Month

Each month we will have a new character word that will be the theme of the month.

The word for the month of August is: 
  Spirit Wear

There are TWO new designs this year! Forms were sent home with your students last week. 
The items can also be ordered online here and will be delivered to the school after the sale ends on August 24th. We should expect to see the product arrive for delivery to the students by mid September.
Library Volunteers 
We would love to have you join us as a library volunteer! Our lower campus classes will visit the library on Thursdays and Fridays this year.  On those days volunteers are needed to assist children as they look for books.  We also need volunteers on Tuesdays in the lower campus library and on Wednesdays in the upper campus library to help shelve and organize books, along with other routine tasks.  You can pick the day, time, and library where you would like to work. 
For more information, click  here
Clinic Volunteers
You do not need medical experience to be a clinic volunteer. Clinic volunteers deal with minor cuts and scrapes, upset tummies, headaches, etc. For more serious injuries, children will see the school nurse. For more information on signing up to be a clinic volunteer and to see time slots available, please click here.

  Spirit Wear

There are TWO new designs this year! Forms were sent home with your students last week. 
The items can also be ordered online here and will be delivered to the school after the sale ends on August 24th. We should expect to see the product arrive for delivery to the students by mid September.

The PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance quality arts education. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts for fun and recognition. The program brings families, school and communities together by supporting student success through the arts. For more information about the Reflections Program and the 2016-2017 theme, click here
Infosnap Registration

We want to thank all of you who have completed your InfoSnap registration for the 2016-2017 school year.  If you have not completed the registration, please do so as soon as possible. Registration information can be found on our website at, by clicking on the "Enroll My Child" button at the bottom of the page.  Information is available for both new and returning student registration and must be completed by both groups.
All students enrolled at a Huntsville City School on or before March 28, 2016 are considered returning students.  Completing the registration will help us with resources for your child's school, such as laptops, classroom schedules, and other materials.  It is very important to complete registration before the start of each school year.
Just prior to the start of this school year, there were many who had yet to complete their returning student InfoSnap registration.  Huntsville City Schools' inventory includes more than sufficient laptop resources for our schools, and as parents/guardians complete registrations, the district processes the information to place those resources to accommodate individual school needs, so timely registration helps us to help you and your child's school.
InfoSnap Codes for parents/guardians of returning students were distributed in April 2016.  If you have questions or need help with InfoSnap, you may contact their support staff at 866-752-6850 (8am-5pm), or email at

Summer Reading Project

Please be sure your student has completed their summer reading. Project is due August 31.
The purpose of summer reading is to encourage students to practice reading skills and to develop an enjoyment for reading.  Click here for more information on the required 2016 Summer Reading Project for middle and high school students.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge for the lower grades, click here . 
Breakfast in the Classroom

All students will have the opportunity to eat free breakfast in their classroom. We are encouraging your students to arrive around 7:45 to get to cla ss in time for breakfast.
New Meal Payment Options Program 

Huntsville City Schools has partnered with EZSchoolPay to provide parents with an easy to use method to view and manage their student's food services account.

Parents are always welcome to check the account of their children at any time there is no cost whatsoever associated with balance inquiries, viewing transactions history for the past 30 days and getting email alerts on balances. EZSchoolPay service also allows parents to make deposits for a 4% per transaction fee when adding funds to your student's account. Parents with multiple students can apply funds to all accounts in one transaction. Deposits made online are typically credited to the student's cafeteria account within 15 minutes, if made during normal school hours. 

For more information on the EZSchoolPay system, click here
Box Tops for Education

You may start turning in  your  box tops!  Remember to put the student's name and homeroom teacher on the bag. You don't have to count, just label the bag. For more information about the Box Tops for Education program, click here
School Supply Lists

For a complete list of school supplies for each grade, please visit our website. 

Student-Parent Handbook 2016-17

Please take a moment and review the Huntsville City Schools 2016-2017 Student-Parent handbook here.  
PTA Membership

Have you joined PTA? Please share the membership form with grandparents, neighbors and community members. 

School Calendar

For all school clubs and after school activities, please check the calendar on our school website.

To help minimize the amount of calls to the school regarding events, please check out the school website for important events on our school calendar.
Please stay in the know! 
Go to and click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page.

Huntsville City Schools 2016-2017 Calendar

Publix Partners

Please ask the cashier to scan your card every time you shop your local Publix. For every $37,500 spent cumulatively by our school's participants, Publix will award our PTA $250. You may check the board at customer service for our quarterly cumulative total.

If you do not have a Publix Partners card, stop by the Welcome Center to pick one up.
Mountain Gap Basics  at a Glance

Click  here to read 
Need to contact a school counselor?

Did you know that our school counselors have their own page on the school website? Check it out for all the services they offer.  Click  HERE .
Community Bulletin Board

Our Mountain Gap families are welcome to submit a note for this section of the newsletter. Email .
Community Sponsors

If you own a business, you can have your logo in the newsletter each week. Email for info.

Thank you to our community sponsors for their donation to our PTA so that we can help the many different programs within our school succeed! 
New anti-spam laws require us to have parents/staff who want to receive the newsletter to sign up each year. To join the mailing list, please send your email address to   
Mountain Gap P-8 School | 821 Mountain Gap Road | Huntsville | AL | 35803