The Grizzly Roar
February 18, 2017; Issue 103

PTA Meeting

Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00
There will be a brief PTA meeting and then we will celebrate Black History Month and the diversity of this country with a student                      presentation following the meeting. 
NO School
Monday, February 20th

No school for students and teachers. Central Office will be open. 
Yearbook Sales Extended

The last date to purchase Mountain Gap's 2016-2017 yearbook ends at midnight, March 3. Purchases can be made online  HERE. After that time the online link will no longer be available.
This year's theme is "To Infinity and Beyond" and represents Mountain Gap P-8 students reaching beyond the stars! 

The book will be in full color, 104 pages and 8.5" x 11". There is also a new option this year: In addition to the hardcover book, you may also purchase the yearbook as an eBook! The eBook makes it simple to digitally share pages and photos with family and friends!
All purchases this year will be made using our online sales site. When you go this  LINK you will be given the option to purchase the yearbook alone for $35, the eBook alone for $25, or both the yearbook and the eBook for $45.

Books will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis, and a limited quantity has been ordered for purchase. When these are gone they are gone! Please make your purchase soon to make sure your book is reserved. Books will be delivered to students during the last week of school in May.
Jump Rope for Heart

This event takes place in the Middle School Gym on Friday, Feb 24th
Parents are invited to join the fun! Please see the schedule below. 

Kindergarten:  12:40 - 1:20
1st Grade: 1:25 - 2:05
2nd Grade: 10:00 - 10:40
3rd Grade: 11:55 - 12:35
4th Grade:  9:15 - 9:55
5th Grade:  2:10 - 2:50

*Pre-k will not be jumping
Mountain Gap Shirts for Sale

Orders due by Friday, Feb 24th

New design of MGS shirts available in a variety of colors for a short time! 
Short sleeve shirts are $15 and long sleeve shirts are $20
Order form can be found online HERE 
Benchmark 3 Testing

Monday 2/27 - Friday 3/3
K - 5th: Reading and Math
6th - 12th: Reading, math, science, and social studies

Grissom Cheer Tryouts

March 22-24, 3:30-5:00
Pre-tryout meeting 3/2 at 6:00pm in the GHS Senior Cafeteria. 
Information and physical forms will be available in Coach Ceraolo's room FF6 and at each middle school office. 
Early Registration Now Open!

The 4th Annual Grizzly 5k/Fun Run
Wellness Fair will take place on 
Saturday May 20, 2017
Click here to register!
Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on information! Click here for our Facebook page.

       Hosted by the Mountain Gap PTA
Summer Labs Registration

Registration is now open for Huntsville City Schools' Summer Labs! The summer program has seven weeks of summer fun planned, and camps will be offered in subject matter ranging from Culinary Cook-off to Itsy Bitsy Bugs Life! 
Don't miss out on the early bird pricing - available until April 2. In addition, if your child attends all seven weeks, the last week is free!
Early Bird Pricing (ends 4/2):
$20/registration fee
$110/week for full days (7 :00am - 5:45pm)
$70/week for half-days (7:00am - 12:00pm or 12:00pm - 5:45pm)

For lunch schedules and menu prices, click here

**NOTE** MGS February Menus are slightly different than HCS February menus 
Our Mountain Gap families are welcome to submit a note for the Community Section of the newsletter. Email
HudsonAlpha After School Program

HudsonAlpha is re-launching our FREE after school program, Launching Aspiring Biotechnology Scientists! The goal of L.A.B.S. is to equip rising 9-11th grade students with the basic skills and knowledge that are essential to join the future STEM opportunities. Students selected to participate will meet and work in the educational labs at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology weekly after school.
For more information, including dates, requirements and how to apply, please encourage your students to visit our website.
Congratulations, Grizzly Family!! We have been recognized as a 2016-2018 National PTA School of Excellence! Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers and amazing families for helping us to achieve this! 
PTA Membership

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

2016-2017 NACCS Character Word Contest

The Second Annual North Alabama Community of Character Summit is hosted by the Character Foundation of North Alabama, a 501(c)(3) organization, sponsored by the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.

Eligible to all students in K-12

Students may submit an essay or a creative art project that illustrates one of four character words- Courage, Fairness, Generosity, and Perseverance.
Need IT Help?

Information about the IT Help Desk is available for students and families after school hours. 
After Hours Call Center- Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-7:00pm (when school is in session)

IT Help Desk direct line: 256-428-6900
IT Help Desk offers technical support to System Technicians, Teachers, and Students to better utilize our digital curriculum. 
Need to contact a school counselor?

Did you know that our school counselors have their own website? Check it out for all of the services they offer! Click here to visit their site. 
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.
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
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! 
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.
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   
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