The Grizzly Roar
January 14, 2017; Issue 98

NO NAME CALLING WEEK
January 17th-20th, 2017

Celebrating that Mountain Gap P-8 is No Place for Hate

Tuesday, January 17
RENEW the PROMISE! Each student will receive a bookmark with the No Place for Hate promise.  Teachers will spend some time reviewing the promise and asking their class to recite it.
 
Wednesday, January 18
Allies and Upstanders!  Each class will respond to the prompt, "One way that I can be someone's ally is..." or "I am an Upstander when..." either through writing or drawing.
BE AN UPSTANDER:
Be an UPSTANDER not a BYSTANDER:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYRpkIihG7w
 
Thursday, January 19
Diversity Day!  A lot of bully behaviors stem from discomfort about differences.  Today we will focus on the fact that we can learn from each other and appreciate the qualities of those that are different from ours.  All grades will MIX IT UP at lunch and sit by someone new!  Make an effort to get to know someone you don't know well. Discussion topics provided.
 
Friday, January 20
We are Mountain Gap Day!  "Everyone should feel safe and happy in school" is the last line of the 'No Place For Hate' promise.  We encourage all students and staff to wear Mountain Gap spirit wear to show that though we are all different, together  we make an awesome team!
Spirit Night

Tuesday, January 26th
Benefits Ms. Wilson's Art Program
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.
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 January is: 
Fairness
City-Wide Physical Exams

Sponsored by TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center

Saturday, January 14th 
8:00- 10:00am
at D1 Huntsville (Jones Valley)
Cost- $10 per athlete

Click here for the required forms to fill out. 
Pep Rally for the Grizzlies last home basketball game!

Thursday, January 19th
12:45 - 1:30
MGS Basketball Games

Tuesday, January 17th
MGS vs Williams
3:30 pm at Williams

     Thursday, January 19th
     MGS vs Westlawn
     3:30 pm at Mountain Gap
Soccer Schedule

Click here to view the MGS Soccer Schedule
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
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. 
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.
For lunch schedules and menu prices, click here
Our Mountain Gap families are welcome to submit a note for this section of the newsletter. Email  mgsptaevents@gmail.com.
Teacher Appreciation Weekend at U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Saturday 1/14 - Monday 1/16
Cost: teachers FREE!
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Teachers get in free this weekend at the USSRC! Present your school identification throughout the weekend and receive free general admission for yourself and one guest to the museum.
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.
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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. 
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! 
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.
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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