Elementary News...

April 2021

Spring Break & Beyond

Mr. Hobson and I wish our students, families, faculty, and staff a wonderful and restful Spring Break. We hope you find time to relax, recharge, and, of course, enjoy baseball's Opening Day!

Please remember that all students will participate in remote learning from April 6th-April 9th immediately following Spring Break. All Millstone Elementary students will follow the Virtual/Remote Learning Full Day Schedule. The correct schedule for these days has been linked below.

All In-person students will return to the building on Monday, April 12th. At that time, we will welcome back any students returning to the building from our virtual school program. In-person students will resume a shortened day schedule upon their return on April 12th.

If you requested a change in placement for your child(ren), you will be receiving a new class placement letter the week of April 5th. If you do not receive your child(ren)'s new homeroom assignment by Friday, April 9th kindly call the main office for assistance.

A Message from Ms. Guidry

I don't know about you, but we are certainly enjoying the transition to longer days and warmer weather as we move into next week's Spring Break. Year after year, we find that along with more mild temperatures, spring also brings with it a time for forging new friendships, changes in longstanding friendships, and possibly new unfamiliar social dynamics.

Social skill development is still occurring even in the upper elementary grades and many of our students continue to need support with establishing positive friendships and appropriate conflict resolution when interacting with peers in-person and online. With increased reliance and familiarity with technology, it's not surprising that many of our students find themselves trying to apply friendship skills in new contexts such as online gaming, text messaging, or email.

In school, we remind students of the expectations for behavior and model appropriate interactions with peers. We keep lines of communication open encouraging students to talk about the new challenges they may be encountering. At home, you might be wondering how best to support your student as they navigate changing friendships and new social situations. I often ask students to “THINK” before they speak, text, or post on social media.

Simply put the acronym “T.H.I.N.K.” encourages students to ask themselves the following questions:

Is it true? Is it helpful?

Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Continuing to reinforce positive communication strategies as well as closely monitoring your child’s online activity is tremendously helpful in supporting the social skill development of kids and tweens! Frequently review your child’s online chats, text messages, and social media posts. Using the simple “THINK” language can be a wonderful way to reinforce positive communication between peers in-person and online!

At Millstone Elementary School, we believe everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect, being ready to learn each day is our primary responsibility, and everyone contributes to making our school look great and operate smoothly! We thank you for your continued reinforcement of these core beliefs at home.

Attention 3rd & 4th Grade Families...

Is your 3rd or 4th grader interested in learning a new instrument? If your student is interested in participating in our instrumental music program during the 2021-2022 school year, please check-out Mr. Gruber's webpage below.

On this site, you will be able to view instrument demonstrations, gain insight into how to match your student to an instrument, and sign-up to receive more information.

Community Health Reminders...

Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to minimize the exposure to and spread of Covid 19 in our community.

Please remember:

  • A student identified as a close contact to a positive Covid-19 case must quarantine from school. Please notify our school nurse, the main office, and/or your child's teacher if you believe your child(ren) will need to quarantine so that we may assist you.
  • If your child or any member of your household has been tested for Covid-19, all school-aged siblings must quarantine from school until a negative PCR lab result has been received by the school nurse. Please notify our school nurse, the main office, and/or your child's teacher if you believe your child(ren) will need to quarantine so that we may assist you.
  • If your child(ren) is experiencing a fever or any comparable Covid-19 symptoms, please keep your child home from school. Feel free to contact Mrs. Blazier, our school nurse, for further assistance.
  • Should we identify your child(ren) as a close contact during school hours or observe Covid-19 comparable symptoms, we will contact you to pick-up your child(ren). If you are unable, kindly provide us with the name and number of someone who can.