Mustang Minute

February 5, 2021

4th/5th Grade In-Person Begins Monday, February 8th

"You never know what people are going through and sometimes the people with the biggest smiles are struggling the most, so be kind." - Unknown

Valentine's Spirit Week

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  • In-Person Phase-in Plan (Updated)
  • COVID Self-Certification
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Zooming/Absence
  • Art To Remember
  • D.E.A.M. Calendar for February (NEW)
  • Valentine's Day Plans and Spirit Week (Updated)
  • Virtual Book Fair (NEW)
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

In-Person Phase-In Plan

We are all set for 4th/5th Graders to come back for In-Person learning on Monday, February 8th.

Also below is a copy of the letter sent to in-person families about In-Person Procedures. Please read and review procedures with your child.

COVID Self Certification

ALL In-person families MUST certify your child is free of COVID symptoms DAILY before sending your child to school as well as if they are remaining home due to illness or quarantine.

If you have not already done so, please visit and complete your child's daily self-certification.

If you are unable to create an account, please submit a work ticket and call the school to provide verbal certification until your account is established.

Please remember to complete the self-certification every school day. Thank you!

COVID Information

See below for our updated CVOID-19 Guidelines and also testing sites in the area.

Zooming/Absence (In-Person Only)

As a reminder, our teachers will be able to Zoom in any students that are quarantined due to COVID related issues.

Zooming in a blended classroom will not be the exact same experience as their in-person peers, but it will allow for them to get exposure to the core lessons that are being taught. SeeSaw and Schoology will still be accessible to those students while they are out.

Please note that this is only for students that are in quarantine due to COVID-related circumstances. A student can start zooming the following school day once the school has been made aware. This allows time for the teacher to prepare their Zooming station to be set up.

Art To Remember

The deadline for ordering art keepsakes this year is February 26. Thank you to the families who chose to participate! The Art to Remember forms and original artwork have been passed out to teachers. Many teachers were able to hand them out to students with their supply pickups, but some may be waiting for students to return in person. Please email Mrs. Hauser at if you have not received your code yet and are interested in ordering. Thank you!

D.E.A.M. February

Here is the February DEAM Calendar. You can print it, or just copy it down on a piece of paper. Have fun!

Virtual Book Fair

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair from February 15th-28th.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

Thank you for continuing to support our school.

Valentine's Day Plans

With the circumstances this year, Valentine's celebrations will need to be adjusted. We will not be exchanging Valentine's Day cards between students and staff. Instead, we will do a Spirit Week leading up to Valentine's Day. On Friday, February 12, teachers will do fun activities associated with Valentine's Day. In addition, EPIC will be providing a craft for our students to work on for Valentine's Day.


Dinner Night Out: Mark your calendars – our next outing is February 10th at Chipolte

MES Book Fair: Mark your calendars for our virtual book fair February 15-28. Millburn Elementary is hosting its first ever Virtual Book Fair! You can shop for your children's favorite books from Feb. 15th to Feb. 28th. You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

Please be sure to send the link to all of your loved ones they can either purchase books online or they can set up an e-wallet for your student. Then your student can purchase books with those funds. Just follow the link below for quick and easy steps.

Here is the link to our Virtual Book Fair:

District Talent Show: We are moving our talent show to April. Additional details, information & sign up will be available March. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Behnke or Sherri Golebiowski at

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 February 28th

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

Amazon Smile: Holiday Shopping? Or online shopping just because? 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.

Box Tops: We are continuing to collect box tops 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 pick them up from your porch, contact us as

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

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 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.


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

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