The Grizzly Roar
October 22, 2016; issue 86

Half-Day of School

Wednesday, October 26th will be a half day of school for students. 

Preschool students will be dismissed at  11:00

                         Elementary and middle  school  will dismiss at  11:30

          All buses will be running for both  schools
**Information about Space Week will be sent home with students on Monday** 
Student Council Fundraiser
September 26-Nov. 18  (through football season)

1, 2, 3, 4 Alabama and Auburn declares a Penny War! Each team has their own jug for collecting money. Gain points by adding pennies and bills to your class jug. Lower point totals by adding silver coins to their jugs. MOST POINTS TEAM WINS!!!
Jugs will be located at the Welcome Center and Middle School Car Drop Off 

Proceeds benefit the Make a Wish Foundation for Kids

Point Rules:
Pennies + 1
$1 + 100 Points
$5 + 500 Points
$10 + 1000 Points
$20 + 2000 Points

Nickels - 5 Points
Dimes -10 Points
Quarters - 25 Points

Want to help count the coins?  Contact Ms.Queeney  (counselor) or Ms. Thompson (4th grade teacher):
Magnet Program Registration Open Now Through November 4, 2016

Visit  for an online application and to find out more information. The last day to apply for a  magnet  program for the 2017-2018 school year is Friday, November 4th.
Character Education Word of the Month

Each  month we will have a new  character  word that will be the theme of the  month. Please discuss this word and its meaning with your students.

The word for the month of October is: 
Basketball Games

MGS vs Challenger 
Tuesday, November 1st 
6pm at Grissom High School

MGS vs McNair
Thursday, November 3rd
3:30pm at Mountain Gap
For lunch schedules and menu prices, click here
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
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.
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. 

Our Mountain Gap families are welcome to submit a note for this section of the newsletter. Email
Registration forms for Mountain Gap "Club" Baseball Tryouts can be found here
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Click  here to access the resources.
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 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. 
Sam's Club BONUS Back to School Box Tops

Buy 3 or more Box Tops for Education items in one transaction at Sam's Club between 8/16/16 and 11/16/16 for eligibility. 

For more information and a list of promotional items, click here
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! 
Student-Parent Handbook 2016-17

Please take a moment and review the Huntsville City Schools 2016-2017 Student-Parent handbook here.  
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.
Mountain Gap Basics  at a Glance

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Mountain Gap P-8 School | 821 Mountain Gap Road | Huntsville | AL | 35803