Mill Valley Weekly

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

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Hello Mill Valley Families,

On Tuesday, Connor turned 1 year old. As I reflect on the past year with him I think about the journey that had lots of picture perfect moments and also the times that were a little messy and challenging! The family photo is a perfect moment in time and the messy times are like the memorable cake smash Connor enjoyed on his birthday.

This is similar to the journey that we are experiencing as a community as we continue to navigate through this pandemic. Just like raising our own kids, we can't do it alone. We do it with support of family, friends, and the community. This year education is no different. Our teachers are working tremendously hard to provide in-person and distance learning for students. Our staff is banding together to ensure our students' days go on without a missing beat. You, our parents, are becoming your child's teacher for periods of time so student learning doesn't stop.

Reach out to a staff member and thank them for their tireless efforts as we continue to Stay Safe to Stay Open. Reach out to a friend who helped be a part of your village to support your family. I know I have a lot of people to thank this past year with Connor.


Allyce Harris, Associate Principal

Thinking Students...Changing the World!

Friday PAW PRINT Recipients

COVID-19 Response, Reentry & Recovery Efforts

District staff continue to be vigilant in the effort to stay safe to stay open. We work to maintain physical distancing with colleagues and students, consistently wear and ensure students are wearing face coverings and accurately identify close contacts when a positive COVID-19 case is identified. DHS and CDC continue to recommend that students and staff who are symptomatic with COVID-19-like illness stay home (Checklist for Families). This greatly improves our ability to prevent widespread transmission in our schools, keeping students and staff who are participating in in-person instruction as safe as possible. Rapid isolation and quarantine practices are still the best tools available to schools to control transmission. Waukesha County Public Health Department places the duty of conducting contact tracing and informing parents of the need to isolate or quarantine students on the school district.

Waukesha County Health Department and County Executive are reporting their highest positive cases to date and are reaching their capacity with contact tracing efforts (see the Waukesha County letter and Waukesha County's COVID-19 website). Our school district has also seen an increase in the number of students and staff isolations due to a positive test result and quarantines due to a close contact. This has resulted in more students and some full classrooms having to transition to temporary distance learning. The wide community spread in Waukesha County continues to negatively impact student and staff absences in our schools which may force additional classrooms or a full school to transition to temporary distance learning. While we work to control transmissions in our schools through our commitment to mitigation measures and contact tracing, events and gatherings outside of school still impact our case data. As families, you can help ensure that we are able to offer in-person learning in our schools by limiting unnecessary interactions that result in increased transmission of the virus. With the upcoming holidays, please consider your plans. Staff, students and families who are in person need your help to ensure schools remain open for as long as possible. We need to all work together to make this a reality.

Friendly reminder that should we need to transition students to temporary distance learning, the decision is typically quick and without much advanced warning. Therefore, please have a back-up plan ready. Also, remember to use the Daily Checklist for Families each day and keep sick children home so as not to create a potential outbreak at school that may cause a classroom, a school or the district to move to temporary distance learning. For updates, please review the Parent Reentry FAQ and Learning Plans available on our website.

Parent Satisfaction Fall Pulse Survey

Thank you to the parents who made time to complete the October satisfaction pulse survey. Leadership teams at each school made time to review their respective data and established strategic actions they would engage in to increase the overall satisfaction level of our parents. Be on the lookout for opportunities to provide feedback in the near future. The survey results from October are available to view.

Mil Valley Specials

SAVE THE DATE: December 18th, 2020

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Lock Down Drill next Tuesday

In cooperation with the Muskego Police Department we be conducting a drill of our lock down procedure on Tuesday, November 17th. Students and teachers talk together about what we would do if an intruder were in our building. They discuss ways they could safely exit the building, what they could use to barricade the doors, and what they might do if an intruder entered their classroom. Please know that our purpose for this drill is to ensure that we have the best plans in place in case of a true emergency. We have many steps in place to provide a safe learning environment here at Mil Valley Elementary and we are grateful for the partnership with the Muskego Police Department.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mindfulness Week 6

Here are the lessons for the week of 11/9/2020.

Lessons are specific to grade levels.

Kindergarten - Lesson Week 6

1st - 4th Grade - Lesson Week 6

Parent ~ Mindbody Sessions

Class 2

Stress and challenging emotions (November 18th @ 6:30 - 7:15 pm)

In this session we will discuss what causes us stress and how it affects our nervous system and brain. We will explore challenging emotions that often accompany stress and practice Mindfulness tools and strategies we can use to better manage those emotions, reduce stress and improve our ability to self regulate.

Instructor Anna Silberg

Meeting ID: 813 8521 1224

Passcode: 991997

Cold and Snowy Weather is Upon Us

Please make sure your child is wearing everything they need to keep them warm at recess.

  • Winter coat

  • Hat

  • Gloves

  • Snow pants

  • Snow boots

Students who do not wear snow pants AND snow boots during recess will be allowed on the blacktop area only.

It is always a good idea to pack extra socks and gloves. They tend to get wet from the first recess and it’s nice to have a warm pair for second recess.

Virtual Learners Newsletter

HERE is your virtual newsletter for 11/12/2020.

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Gourmet’s Delight Cheesecake Pick Up

Cheesecake pick up will be on Monday, November 16th from 5:00-7:00 at Mill Valley. We will be utilizing a similar process to student pick up to ensure a “no contact” pick up experience. We will need volunteers to help sort and bring the cheesecakes to the cars. If you are able to volunteer, PLEASE SIGN UP HERE.

Mill Valley Dinner Night Out - Matty's Bar & Grill

Monday, November 16th from 4pm to 10pm

Dine in or carry out available.

50/50 raffle for a Muskego Warrior Basket and Matty's Gift Card.

$1 per ticket or $20 for wingspan.

You do not have to be present to win.

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Get yours now! Style #1 is almost SOLD OUT.

ONLINE ONLY Facebook *presale* for these LIMITED bracelets.

Get yours now for ONLY $5.

WOLF TRACKS - Upcoming Events

11/13: Raffle tickets due

11/15: Raffle drawing

11/16: Cheesecake Pick Up

11/16: Matty's Restaurant Night

11/20: Virtual Bingo

Join Mill Valley PTO Facebook page TODAY! CLICK HERE. Mill Valley PTO at

Lost & Found: Unclaimed items will be donated after Thanksgiving break.

Online Volunteer Application

Volunteer Applications are now available electronically on our website HERE.

Please remember, due to our current state, we are only allowing essential visitors in our schools at this time. However, you are welcome to complete the application at anytime.

Muskego & Community Events

When and How to Notify MNS about COVID-19


The more you keep MNS informed the better we can


Parent FAQ Updates...

Please note that we continue to update our Parent FAQ document with relevant information. We encourage you to take some time to read it thoroughly. Please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Schrot, or Mrs. Harris, with additional questions.