The Grizzly Roar
August 27, 2016; issue 78

Character Education Word of the Month

Each month we will have a new character word that will be the theme of the month.

The word for the month of August is: 
Showing consideration for others by being prompt and responding in a timely way
Grandparents Breakfast

Don't forget to RSVP by Monday, August 29th! A flyer was sent home with students last week.The cafeteria asks that you bring small bills, as they do not carry a lot of change. 
Summer Reading Project

Please be sure your student has completed their summer reading. Project is due August 31.
The purpose of summer reading is to encourage students to practice reading skills and to develop an enjoyment for reading.  Click  here for more information on the required 2016 Summer Reading Project for middle and high school students.

For more information on the Summer Reading Challenge for the lower grades, click  here . 
Picture Day

Friday, September 2
Information will come home with your child next week! 
RoboGrizzlies Fundraiser

Friday, September 2nd

The Kona Ice truck will be at Mountain Gap all day! Please help support the RoboGrizzlies club. Flyers will be sent home with students next week. 
Don't forget!  

All Huntsville City Schools will be closed to observe Labor Day on  Monday, September 5th

To see our school calendar of events, click here
Is your child interested in joining Math Explorers, RoboGrizzlies, or RoboCubs? Click the information form below for a printable version. Sign up forms are also located in the Welcome Center.  
Last week HCS students through 8th grade took their STAR tests, which is one of the quarterly assessments that our teachers use. You can access their results b y going to the  Rennaissance Learning website.  Note: this is a new web address this year (hosted380 added to it). 

Want more information about what the STAR tests are or need login information? Check out this link on the Huntsville Council of PTAs webpage here

The PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance quality arts education. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts for fun and recognition. The program brings families, school and communities together by supporting student success through the arts. 

This year's theme is "What is Your Story?"
The entry deadline is Monday, October 17, 2016.
The entry form, general rules, and rules for each category are available here
If you have any questions, contact Misty Johnson or Adrienne Howard

ClassLink Information

Huntsville City Schools is pleased to share that we have adopted ClassLink, a single sign-on platform that will allow teachers and students to use one username and password to access everything they need!

For more information, click here
Library Volunteers 
We would love to have you join us as a library volunteer! Our lower campus classes will visit the library on Thursdays and Fridays this year.  On those days volunteers are needed to assist children as they look for books.  We also need volunteers on Tuesdays in the lower campus library and on Wednesdays in the upper campus library to help shelve and organize books, along with other routine tasks.  You can pick the day, time, and library where you would like to work. 
For more information, click  here
Clinic Volunteers
You do not need medical experience to be a clinic volunteer. Clinic volunteers deal with minor cuts and scrapes, upset tummies, headaches, etc. For more serious injuries, children will see the school nurse. For more information on signing up to be a clinic volunteer and to see time slots available, please 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.
New 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
For August Breakfast and Lunch Menus, click here

For lunch schedules and menu prices, click here
Need homework help?

Homework Alabama offers FREE online tutoring and academic resources from for Alabama residents from kindergarten students through college, plus adult learners. Get help in math, science, English, social studies or writing from a live tutor. Tutors are available 3 p.m. - 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7. The services can be accessed from an Alabama public library, from your home computer or from your mobile device.
Receive one-to-one, real-time assistance with your job search. Online tutors are available to help navigate job sites, complete applications, write/review resumes and cover letters and even practice for an interview. You can take a career assessment, search job openings and download resume samples and templates on the 24/7 SkillsCenter Resource Library.

Click  here to access the resources.
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
School Supply Lists

For a complete list of school supplies for each grade, please visit our website. 

Student-Parent Handbook 2016-17

Please take a moment and review the Huntsville City Schools 2016-2017 Student-Parent handbook here.  
PTA Membership

Have you joined PTA? Please share the membership form with grandparents, neighbors and community members. 

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.
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.
Our Mountain Gap families are welcome to submit a note for this section of the newsletter. Email
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.
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! 
Mountain Gap Basics  at a Glance

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