The Grizzly Roar
January 28, 2017; Issue 100

PTA Reflections Awards 

The Huntsville City PTA Reflections Awards Ceremony was held on Tuesday, January 24th. Congratulations to the following students who placed at the city level! Those finishing in first or second place will move on to the state level competition.

Visual Arts Intermediate Division
Ava Cahue - 2nd place

Photography Primary Division
Jack Chapman Honorable - Mention

Photography Middle Division
Lori Beth Chapman - 3rd place

Dance Middle Division
Reyna Foslien - 1st place

Literature Middle Division
Erin Howard - 1st place
Jessica Smith - Honorable Mention
LAST DAY TO PURCHASE A YEARBOOK IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 31!

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.
January Superheroes

Congratulations to these outstanding students! 




Pre K:
Ryliegh Doolittle - Miss Crutchfield
Grayson Schwall - Miss Escobio

Kindergarten:
Griffin Polk -  Mrs. Trott-Smith
 Corrine Chudy - Mrs. Trott Smith

1st Grade:
Ze'Eva Gale -Ms. Boyd
Christopher Archer - Mrs. Lowery

2nd Grade:
Maggie Markle - Mrs. Lundgren
Asher Hall

3rd Grade:
Rebekah Pittenger
Nathaniel Baguinat

4th Grade:
Gavin Greaves
Sarabeth Johnson

5th Grade:
Wyatt Wood
Isabel Young

6th Grade:
Delali Yao-Kumah.  
Jordan Isley

7th Grade:
Param Chauhan
Ashley Lin 

8th Grade:
Madeline Rathz
Pete Varmette
Save the Date!

Saturday, February 11th
Grades PreK-5 Family Social Event will be held from 2-4.

Grades 6-8 Enchanted Masquerade Dance will be from 6-9. (Semi-Formal Attire and Masquerade Masks are encouraged.)

Volunteers needed for both events! 

Volunteer signups for the Enchanted Masquerade Middle School Dance can be found by clicking  here
Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be sent home with students on Monday, February 6th
Track Tryouts

Boys and Girls Track Tryouts
Tuesday, February 7th
3:00 - 4:00pm

    Thursday, February 9th
                              3:00 - 4:00pm
Soccer Schedule

Boys vs St. Sebastian - Thursday, Feb 2
6pm at Bell Mountain

Boys vs MGS Co-ed - Saturday, Feb 5
2:30pm at Bell Mountain

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
For lunch schedules and menu prices, click here

For January menus, 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  mgsptaevents@gmail.com.
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.
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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  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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