Mustang Minute

October 23, 2020

Remote Learning for all 2nd-5th Grade students starts on Monday, October 26

"Popcorn is prepared in the same pot, in the same heat, in the same oil and yet....the kernels do not pop at the same time. Don't compare your child to others. Their turn to POP is coming!" - Unknown

Topics

  • Return to Remote Learning (NEW)
  • Picture Day- Postponed (NEW)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 2nd and 4th (Updated)
  • Mock Presidential Election (NEW)
  • Little Ceasar's Fundraiser (UPDATED)
  • EPIC Family Fun Night
  • D.E.A.M.
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Arbor Management Opening
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

Return to Remote Learning

With the recent decision on returning to remote learning for grades 2nd-5th, we now turn our attention to making remote learning just as successful as it was when we started the year. Luckily, all grades have experienced remote learning and the transition back should be familiar. For our newer students who have not experienced this, your teachers will help guide you through everything.


Important Points on Remote Learning:


  1. Our school day will still follow the same times. Kindergarten-2nd Grade will be from 8:00-12:00. 3rd-5th Grade will be from 8:30-12:30. The afternoon sessions will be synchronous (Live on Zoom) for our special education students, accelerated math students, and our students needing additional reading support. For everyone else, the activities will be asynchronous (on their own) to do independent reading and their Specials activities.
  2. iPads must be charged and ready to go each day. We recommend plugging the device into a charger during all Zoom sessions to help maintain the battery through the morning hours.
  3. Zoom sessions will be opened up five minutes prior to the start of the day.
  4. If you have multiple students in the home, spread them out as feedback from multiple devices in a room can cause echoing in Zoom sessions.
  5. If you need any technology support, please complete the tech request form. You can find this in our weekly newsletters (See above), or on our website on the left side under QUICK LINKS.
  6. Students should follow our remote learning expectations(see below)
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Millburn Elementary School Picture Day- Postponed

Due to the large number of students in Remote Learning, we are postponing Picture Day to a later date. We will share details of our next steps when they are available.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Dates: Monday, November 2 and Wednesday, November 4.


Times: 12:00PM-7:00PM


Teachers will be meeting with parents via Zoom for conferences this year. Parents were sent times to sign up on Monday, October 19 by your child's homeroom teacher. Each conference will be 20 minutes in length.


With conferences occurring sooner this year, please note that reports cards will not be sent home until a few weeks later. Trimester 1 does not end until November 13. Report Cards will be sent home on November 20.

November 2nd and 4th

With conferences occurring, November 2nd and 4th will be half days. K-5 students will be remote on these days. Those days will be SYNCHRONOUS and students will Zoom in with their teachers. Only our Structured Learning Programs (SLP) will be in school on those days.


Here are the times for grade levels on those days.


K-2: 8:00-11:00

3-5: 8:30-11:30

Mock Presidential Election

If you have not heard, our daily announcements this week have been about the presidential election. To help teach students about how this process works, we are holding our own "make-believe" Presidential Election with our two candidates:


  • Kermit The Frog
  • Miss Piggy


Next week, students will vote for their presidential choice. To teach students about the electoral college, each class has been assigned to a state. Each day next week, students will see how their votes in their classrooms help to determine the winner. We will use an interactive map (see below) and they will see how the class (state) results will tally electoral votes towards a winner.


This will be new for us, but this will at least give students some understanding of the process as they experience it during election week.

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LITTLE CAESAR'S PIZZA KIT FUNDRAISER

Last day to order is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25!!!


This is the perfect fundraiser at the perfect time!

Millburn is once again selling Pizza Kit's from Little Caesar's. The money from this fundraiser will go towards PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) at both schools!

Start Date: October 1st

Orders and Payment Due: October 25th

Pizza Kit Pick Up: Week of November 9th

Location: Millburn Middle School 3pm to 6pm


How to order??? Easy! Easy!

Go to www.PizzaKit.com

Click on "Products" then "Shop"

Select - "Ship Order to the Group"

ID# is 384255

EPIC Family Fun Night: Virtual Bingo and Costume Contest

Friday, Oct. 30th, 6-7pm

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Come (virtually) and play BINGO with other families. Prizes for each game winner and a Grand Prize winner. You MUST register by 4pm October 30 to participate in BINGO. Cards and Zoom link will be emailed to you an hour before the event. PLUSOnline COSTUME CONTEST. Submit pictures by OCTOBER 23rd. We will have online voting. To vote you will need to be signed up on the Millburn EPIC website. If you have not registered for the directory yet go to www.MillburnEPIC.com to register.

See below for more details about our Halloween BINGO and Costume Contest Family Fun Night.

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EPIC News

Board Elections: Our 2020/21 Board Elections will be from the evening of Friday, October 23rd to Tuesday, October 27th (closes at 11:59pm). We have 5 positions that are open, Vice President, Secretary, Community Fundraising Director, MMS Activity Director and MES Activity Director. We have candidates for 4 of the 5 positions. Please see the Candidate Biography in the virtual backpack for information on each candidate. Elected individuals will be announced on October 30th.


We will be sending out electronic ballots Friday evening. In order to receive a ballot, please make sure you are registered on our parent website www.millburnEPIC.com by 5:00 on Friday, October 23rd. Each parent/guardian will need to register their email to receive a ballot.

If you have any questions please send an email to president@millburnEPIC.com Questions please contact president@millburnEPIC.com


Family Fun Night: Virtual BINGO and Costume Contest, Friday, October 30th from 6-7pm. Come (virtually) and play BINGO with other families. Prizes for each game winner and a Grand Prize winner. You MUST register by 4pm October 30 to participate in BINGO. Cards and Zoom link will be emailed to you an hour before the event. PLUSOnline COSTUME CONTEST. Submit pictures by OCTOBER 23rd. We will have online voting. To vote you will need to be signed up on the Millburn EPIC website. If you have not registered for the directory yet go to www.MillburnEPIC.com to register.


See the virtual backpack for more details about our Halloween BINGO and Costume Contest Family Fun Night.


Box Tops: The first box top collection date has passed, but there is still time to submit your box tops before they are sent in to be counted! If you have any to be submitted, please get them to us by Wednesday, October 28th. Drop them off at school. There is a bin for Box Tops (labeled Drop Your Box Tops Here) by the Main Entrance Doors of each school. Or send them in if your child is in person. Or pick them up from your porch, contact us as boxtops@millburnEPIC.com. For every 25 box tops submitted, your child will be entered into the random $25 Target Gift Card Raffle.


Spirit Wear:

Masks: Millburn masks available (mustang/elementary and cougar/middle school). Online orders will be taken each month and submitted at the end of the month. You will be notified by email when your orders arrive at the school and can be given to your child's teacher or pick up.

Next order due: October 30th. https://millburn2020.itemorder.com/sale

Magnets and Water Bottles: Magnets and water bottles are available for purchase. Magnets are the blue and red color scheme with both school logos, while water bottles are available in either Mustang red or Cougar blue. For more information and to order, visit https://millburnepic.com.


Amazon Smile: Do you use Amazon? Consider making your orders through Amazon Smile –Millburn EPIC will get a percentage of every order done in our name. See the virtual backpack for the easy instructions.


Jimano’s $$: Are you ordering dinner from Jimano’s? Look on your pizza box for the ‘Piece of Education’ logo and save that tab - Jimano’s will donate back to Millburn for each one of those saved! Turn these into the school with your Box Tops, add them to our bin, or let us pick them us Contact us at

boxtoplabels@millburnepic.com


Coca-Cola Give: Coca-Cola Give is a new destination for donating to your school. Each bottle of Coca-Cola products has a code on the inside of the bottle cap. (Not just soda – Dasani water, Powerade, Honest, etc).

2 Ways to give us the codes:

Enter the codes online

https://us.coca-cola.com/give/ Click Donate to your Local School. Enter Millburn Middle School or Millburn Elementary School (please make sure it is for the Illinois school NOT the New Jersey one). Join or sign in when you have an account.

Or

Send us the caps: contact us at boxtoplabels@millburnepic.com. Send them in, drop them off in a bin, or contact us for contactless pick up.

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Arbor Management Opening

Arbor Management is Now Hiring!

Looking for Friendly Faces to Serve your Community!


Be an important essential worker and serve the students in your community at Millburn Dist 24!

Arbor is looking for Food Service Workers to help pack up food for our students.


Food Sanitation Manager Certificate is a Plus!


Hours: 8am-2pm


Please e-mail your resume to kwells@millburn24.net or call 630-415-8059


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Virtual Backpack

Parent Resources