The Grizzly Roar
December 14, 2016; Issue 95

Yearbooks on Sale

Mountain Gap's 2016-2017 yearbook is now on sale!!
Click  here to purchase.

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!

ALL purchases this year will be made using our online sales site. When you go to the 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.

Online sales will end January 31, 2017 or when all books have been sold.
Reminder for Parents in Car Line

Parents, when you are waiting in the car line to pick up you children and they have come out, please DO NOT pass the buses if their stop sign is out. 
There is a $400 fine per bus if you get caught! 
New Visitor Login System

MGS has implemented a new visitor login system. Please know that you will need your driver's license every time you come into MGS as a visitor.

Your first visit they will scan your license into the system at The Welcome Center. All visits after that, YOU will scan your license in at the welcome center kiosk and a badge will print with your destination. Thank you in advance for your patience as we learn our new system!
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 children.

The word for the month of December is: 
Compassion
Reminder for excused absences 

If your child is absent, please turn in an excuse within 2 days of the absence. Please take excuses to The Welcome Center.
Spirit Wear

Did you miss the opportunity to purchase spirit wear? Never fear, we have an online store through spirit gear direct. You can order this year's designs and more!
Click here for more information.
MGS Basketball Game

Wednesday, January 4th
MGS vs Hampton Cove
3:30 pm 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
Our Mountain Gap families are welcome to submit a note for this section of the newsletter. Email  mgsptaevents@gmail.com.
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. 

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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.
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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  mgsptaevents@gmail.com 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 www.mountaingapp8.org and click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page.
Mountain Gap Basics  at a Glance

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