Greengate Newsletter

October 2016

Message from the Head of School

Greengate Family,

I'm not sure what happened to August and September, but they both have flown by! I hope your child's school year is going well now that the first quarter is coming to a close. I can assure you that the students have been busy and actively engaged in learning. Progress reports will be emailed on Wednesday, October 19th. Please help your child use their progress from 1st quarter to set goals for improvement for the 2nd nine weeks.

We have scheduled parent conferences a little differently this year. We held new parent conferences at the end of September, without any disruption to our school day. Parents of students in their 2nd year or more will attend a conference with tutors and teachers on the regularly scheduled conference day, which is Friday, October 21st. This has allowed us to have a little more time for each meeting with parents. Please note: there will be no school for any students on Friday, October 21st.

All parents are encouraged to “like” us on Facebook, “follow” us on twitter, and visit our school website on a regular basis. Great things are happening at Greengate! Thank you to our staff, students, and community for your continued support. It takes all of us working together to make our school a success!

Debbie Hargett, Ed.D.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

We posted this video on the Greengate Facebook page, but I know that not everyone has Facebook, so I thought it would be good to share it in our newsletter. Please share it with others who have questions about dyslexia.
What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Student Council News

This year the Greengate Student Council is sponsoring Socktober. Every day in the United States, an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. The students at Greengate would like to prove that even the smallest act of kindness, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. Did you know socks are the least donated item? Our goal is to donate at least 50 pair of socks to a local homeless shelter. Please send in a new pair of unworn socks by October 27th. As an incentive for students and staff to participate in spreading acts of kindness, Greengate will have a crazy sock day on Friday, October 28th. Any student or faculty member who donates even one pair of new socks (children, or adults) will be able to participate.

Don't Forget Our Pork Butt Sale

Reserve your delicious smoked pork butt, perfect for tailgating or any friend/family gathering. Pork butts are $40 each and checks should be made payable to Greengate School. Orders must be turned in by Monday,October 31st, and pick up will be Friday, November 4th at the school from 11:00-4:00. Hurry-reserve yours today-only 128 pork butts will be available.

We also need volunteers to help in several ways . Parents will receive an email link to, where you can choose the day/time to volunteer to help.

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Come Paint at My Spirited Art and Support Greengate School

My Spirited Art in Huntsville is sponsoring a Greengate School Night on Tuesday, November 1st, at 6:30. We will be painting "Birds on a Wire". The template and all supplies will be provided. Cost is $35 per person, and $10 per person will be donated to Greengate. For more information go to Click on Calendar-Huntsville and scroll down to November 1st. You can reserve your seat!

BoxTops for Education

We are collecting Box Tops to support our school, so tell your neighbor, your family, or anyone else you know to start clipping. Our school receives 10 cents for every Box Top turned in. That is FREE money for Greengate. Thanks so much for supporting our school!

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Parent Conferences-No School October 21

Veteran's Day-No School November 11

November 18-Thanksgiving Dinner-More info later

November 18-Social Club Outing-TBD

Thanksgiving Break-No School- November 21-25

Upcoming Field Trips

Athens Storytelling-Sphinx-Olympians-October 19

Musical at Grissom High School-Sphinx-Olympians-October 28

My Hero @ Museum of Art-Centaurs-Olympians-November 10

Broadway Theater League-Sprites-Argonauts-November 17