Mill Valley Weekly

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Hello Mill Valley Families,

It is hard to believe we are in the month of December. The excitement of the season is already evident, as we kick off next week's 12 Days of Holiday Spirit. We are hoping to continue with some of our past traditions, however, they will look different due to our current circumstance in order to continue to Stay Safe to Stay Open.

First of all, we are so thankful to help our families in need through the generous donations that were given in place of our coin wars. Something new this year is our Winter Carol. This will replace our traditional winter concert and all school sing. To find out more about this new event, please see the details below.


Robin Schrot, Principal

Allyce Harris, Associate Principal

Center For Disease Control (CDC) Optional Quarantine Strategies

The CDC released optional quarantine strategies on December 2, 2020 that allow for a reduction of quarantine time from 14 days to 7 or 10 days if criteria are met. With these strategies, the residual post-quarantine transmission risk is estimated to be about 5% with an upper limit of about 12%.

MNS is obligated to comply with all Waukesha County Department of Public Health (WCPH) COVID guidelines. MNS is in continuous dialogue with Wisconsin DHS, DPI and our partners at WCPH. In communication today, December 3rd, with WCPH we are instructed to await implementation of the CDC optional quarantine strategies until such time that WCPH, Wisconsin DPI and DHS have given the go-ahead.

In anticipation of the implementation of the optional quarantine strategies you may refer to the following resources: CDC OPTIONAL QUARANTINE STRATEGIES


Friday PAW PRINT Recipients

Mil Valley Specials

A Mill Valley Winter Carol ~ December 18th

T1 Report Cards

Student report cards will be available to view in Infinite Campus on Wednesday, December 9th. Below are the instructions. If you need assistance, please call 262-971-1830 and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

1. Login to Infinite Campus Parent.

2. Click Reports on the Menu.

3. Change student in upper right corner, if necessary.

4. Click on report to open. (In this case T1 Report Card.)

Virtual Learners & Parents...You're Invited!

Each week during trimester 2, our virtual students and parents will have the opportunity to connect with Mrs. Schrot and Mrs. Harris.

The optional meetings for next week are...

Kdg & 1st grade parents meet on Wednesday, Dec. 9th from 11:30-12:00.

HERE is you invitation with the Google Meet link.

4th Grade Learners meet on Wednesday, Dec. 9th from 12:00-12:30.

HERE is your invitation with the google meet link.

Here are all of the optional meeting dates for the other grade levels...

December 16th:

  • 2nd grade parents meet 11:30 - 12:00
  • 3rd grade learners meet 12:00 - 12:30

January 13th:

  • 3rd grade parents meet 11:30 - 12:00
  • 2nd grade learners meet 12:00 - 12:30

January 20th:

  • 4th grade parents meet 11:30 - 12:00
  • Kdg & 1st grade learners meet 12:00 - 12:30

***You will receive a reminder email the day before with the Google Meet link***

HERE is your virtual newsletter for 12/3/2020.

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Destination Imagination

We are so excited to kick off a new season of Destination Imagination in the Muskego Norway School District! DI is an international program that allows kids of all ages to be involved in creative problem-solving. If you participate in DI, you will join a small team with other students from your building to solve an open-ended problem, or “challenge,” and then present your solution at tournaments. This year DI will be mostly virtual. At this point all the tournaments will be virtual. Meetings with team members will be virtual or in person with masks and social distancing at school only. These meetings will take place after school hours or on the weekends at the direction of the team manager. Whether your child participates virtually or in person, they will continue to learn and practice the critical life skills our program was built upon: Creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. DI is open to students in first through fourth grade at Mill Valley.

**Would your child like to be involved in DI? Before nominating your child, please consider if your child has any of the following criteria:

  • motivated learner

  • likes challenges

  • creative thinker

  • enjoys expressing self orally

  • likes to write creatively

  • likes to draw and make things

**Would you consider being a coach (team manager) and spending more time with your child?

  • As a coach, your role is to give direction, not to solve the actual problem. The students are to solve the problem as a team.

  • You will organize meeting dates and times for the students to work on the problem either virtually or in person.

The different challenges are found at this website We say “open-ended” because they have no right or wrong answer. It’s up to you and your teammates to decide how to solve your challenge. You will have an adult team manager working with you, but he or she can’t actually tell you what to do… you and your teammates have to figure out your own solution.

Parents if you are interested in more specific information about this after school activity, please join Rachelle Enk and Julie Hetzel (Mill Valley DI Coordinators) for a virtual meeting on Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00pm. Here is the Zoom link for the meeting:

Meeting ID: 957 5114 8164

Passcode: 1bfTJe

If you are unable to attend, attached is the general information sheet with the information that will be shared at the meeting. If you are already familiar with DI and want to sign up your child please complete the sign-up google form attached here . If you still have more questions please contact Rachelle Enk or Julie Hetzel.

Julie Hetzel Mill Valley Elementary Coordinator (Grades 3, 4)

262-971-1830 ext. 8522

Rachelle Enk Mill Valley Primary Coordinator (Grades 1, 2)

Mill Valley

262-971-1830 ext. 8520

Mill Valley Staff Favorite Things

Several parents have asked for our teacher/staff wish lists.

Back by popular demand...HERE are our FAVORITE THINGS!

Mindfulness Week 8

Here are the lessons for the week of 11/30/2020.

Lessons are specific to grade levels.

Kindergarten - Lesson Week 8

1st - 2nd Grade - Lesson Week 8

3rd - 4th Grade - Lesson Week 8


Read to Succeed Tickets Extended

Unused tickets earned during the 2020 season will be valid through August 31, 2021.

Thank you for your participation in Read to Succeed. We know that this has been a trying year and because of this, we have extended unused 2020 Read to Succeed tickets through August 31, 2021.

December Internet Safety Information

Among Us is one of the most popular games of 2020. A space-themed game with 4-10 players that are Crewmates, who need to complete tasks around a spaceship. There are imposters that try to sabotage the crewmates. HERE are a few things parents should be aware of with this game.
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Thank you Mill Valley!

A BIG thank you to all our Mill Valley families! Thanks to your generous hearts we raised $2,500 for Mill Valley families in need. We were able to purchase twenty-two $100 gift cards and set aside the remaining $300 to keep at Mill Valley for any needs that may arise throughout the years. We are forever grateful for your contributions.

Spreading Holiday Cheer for all to Hear...

MV PTO is hosting our first ever Virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest!

Snap a picture of your gingerbread house and message it to MV PTO via Facebook Messenger. All submissions are due NO LATER than December 14th.

The gingerbread house photos will be anonymously posted on Facebook with a corresponding number from December 15th-18th.

Vote for your favorite house! You will ONLY get 1 VOTE (and we encourage you not to vote for your own gingerbread house).

WINNERS will be announced Monday, December 21st! 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded prizes!

***REMEMBER...DO NOT POST a picture of your Gingerbread House. Send it through messenger!***

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Bracelets have arrived!

All preordered bracelets were delivered.

There is still time to GET YOURS! The holidays are just around the corner.

Show your MV spirit by getting your Mill Valley Pura Vida Spirit bracelets! We have 2 different styles available, red/black/white(1) or red/black(2). Style #1 is almost SOLD OUT!


WOLF TRACKS - Upcoming Events

12/7-12/14: Gingerbread House Decorating Contest

12/9: MV PTO Restaurant Night @ Alpine Lanes

12/15-12/18: VOTE for your Favorite Gingerbread House

12/21: Gingerbread WINNERS Announced

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

Muskego & Community Events

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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.

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.