The Grizzly Roar
January 7, 2017; Issue 97

*** Attention ***
Due to possible weather travel issues, all Huntsville City Schools weekend activities for January 7th & 8th, including any academic or athletic events, are cancelled.
Report Cards

Report Cards will come home with students on 
Monday, January 9th 
Math Explorers and Robocubs

Math Explorer meetings will resume on Thursday, January 12th. 
RoboCubs meetings will resume on  Friday, January 13th .
Academic Team

Academic Team Competition
Monday, January 9, 2017 - 4:00pm
With Ms. Watson at Mountain Gap, Room 106.

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
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.
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. 
MGS Basketball Games

Tuesday, January 10th
MGS vs Chapman
3:30 pm at Chapman

     Thursday, January 12th
     MGS vs Whitesburg
     3:30 pm at Mountain Gap
Soccer Schedule

Click here to view the MGS Soccer Schedule
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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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.
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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! 
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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