Miller News

October 2021

Thank You

We would like to thank everyone for a very successful start to the 2021-2022 school year.

4th Grade McTeacher Night!

Fourth grade Miller students had their McTeacher Night fundraiser on September 21st. The funds they raise go towards future field trips.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Oct. 5 - PTO meeting @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 11 - Columbus Day (observed)
  • Oct. 15 - No school
  • Oct. 20 - Awards Assembly
  • Oct. 22 - Picture Retakes
  • Oct. 27 - 90 Min late start
  • Oct. 29 - Character Trait Assembly
  • Oct. 29 - Halloween Celebrations
  • Nov. 1 - No School
  • Nov. 2 - PTO meeting @ 5:00 p.m.

3rd Grade Fundraising

The 3rd grade classes will be selling pop-it fidget spinners that say Miller Elementary

$3.00 each or 2 for $5.00

They will be available before school (7:45-8:00) and after school (3:20-3:45)

5th Grade G.R.E.A.T Program

Every year all the 5th grade students in the district participate in a program called G.R.E.A.T. This program has lessons about bullying, drugs, and making good choices. Officer Moyer will meet with each 5th grade class once a week.

  • Tuesdays - Mr. Torres's class 11:45-12:45
  • Wednesdays - Mrs. Kennedy's class 11:40-12:40 and Mrs. Forrester's class 12:40-1:40

Bullying Awareness/Prevention Month

October in National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to focus and raise awareness on bullying. During this month, many groups across the country will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to the issue of bullying.

As a parent, you want to protect your children and you want to teach them how to stick up for themselves and for what is right. Help your child learn how to prevent bullying by talking to them about the issue and encouraging them to speak up.

Explain to your children what bullying is, and that it is NEVER acceptable. Express your concern and make it clear you will listen and you want to help.

Teach your child what to do when they see or are a victim of bullying. Talk to them about which adults they can turn to and what to say when asking for help.

Let’s focus on being KIND!

Every Monday in October: Kick up Kindness

· Wear shirt with positive/kind words & boots

Week of October 4th: Perform Random Acts of Kindness

· Have 3-5 do kind things for K-2

· Help with breakfast – Read to young ones – Do an activity, etc.

· Try to catch students (and staff) going above and beyond to be kind to others & let Ms. Heil know

Week of October 11th: Stand Up for Others

· Be part of the solution, not the problem

Week of October 18th: Don't let anyone at school eat alone in the cafeteria or on a field trip.

· Make it the week of #NOONEEATSALONE

Week of October 25th: Morning Meetings

· Teachers will hold a discussion in the classroom where they allow students to openly speak and discuss their experiences with bullying and cyberbullying, and how these experiences have effected them and how they dealt with these moments.

Hispanic Heritage Month

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

Click on the link to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month

Community Resource of the Month

Parents have different needs when it comes to parenting help. Some may just want a helpful tip or two to make sure their child goes quietly to bed at night - and stays there. Some may need a simple plan to stop tantrums while shopping. But others could be facing more serious trouble and need in-depth help to get through.

Russel Child Development Center is a community- based nonprofit organization. It is the umbrella organization for seven early childhood programs in 19 Southwest Kansas Counties. Some of the programs offered include: attachment and behavioral catch-up, child & adult food programs, learn-and-play activity groups, targeting case management, and positive parenting classes.

Services are offered in English and Spanish, in person, or online via Zoom. To schedule an appointment or to inquire about various programs, call 620-275-091.

Teaching Tidbit (provided by the Russell Child Development Center)

7 Triple Positive tips

  1. Praise, pay attention, and reward your child for behaving well.
  2. Discuss rules with the children and involve them in deciding on household rules.
  3. Respond to misbehavior by calmly and firmly telling your child what to stop doing and what to do.
  4. Respond to misbehaviors right away and try to consistent and react the same way every time.
  5. Expect reasonable behaviors from your child but don't expect perfection.
  6. Don't be hard on yourself. You are learning, too.
  7. Take care of yourself.