Mustang Minute

April 16, 2021

COVID Update

Over the last two weeks, we have had 6 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our schools. This is not only affecting students that are positive, but due to contact tracing, it impacts other students that need to quarantine due to exposure. It also appears there is an increase in positive cases in our community according to the Lake County Health Department.

The rate of new cases of COVID-19 have returned to the rates we were experiencing in early February. We also continue to be advised by the Lake County Health Department that the significant spread is due primarily to large family gatherings (weddings, etc.), and youth sports. Please continue to be vigilant in watching for symptoms of illness, and keep students home when they experience symptoms. We have also had a significant increase in classroom relocations due to COVID-19 symptoms as well.

  • Continue social distancing outside of school

  • Wear a mask when you are out and about

  • Hand wash and/or sanitize on a regular basis

  • Do not send your child to school if showing symptoms (Refer to COVID guidelines below)

  • If a household member has COVID-19 like symptoms, the student must stay home for 10 FULL calendar days from the onset of household member’s symptoms, (returning on the 11th day) OR you may return sooner if you provide a Doctor’s note with alternate diagnosis for the symptomatic household member OR provide a negative COVID-19 test result for the symptomatic household member.

  • We continue to recommend avoiding all non-essential travel at this time.
    Remember that wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

    • Wear a mask

    • Wash your hands

    • Watch your distance

If you are returning from travel and have not followed the 3 Ws, please consider a 10-day self-quarantine to keep our communities safe. This is not a mandatory quarantine or public health order.

Let's work together to make sure in-person learning is here to stay! We want to keep as many children in school for as many days as possible!

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin

  • Lindenhurst Soccer
  • Lakes Basketball


  • Picture Day (NEW)
  • EPIC Virtual Talent Show (NEW)
  • 21/22 Student Placements
  • Spring Assessments
  • April D.E.A.M. Calendar
  • EPIC News (Updated)

Picture Signs Ups will be sent out on Monday, April 19th

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EPIC Virtual Talent Show

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21/22 Student Placements

The upcoming next school year is only a few months away, now is when we begin the process of student placement for the upcoming year. We do not randomly place students into classes at Millburn Elementary. The academic, social, and emotional make up of each child is taken into account when making these placements. Every child is placed with great care and supporting rationale. You will find a brief explanation of how this process works in the following paragraphs.

Around this time, each team of teachers, including the resource teachers for that grade level, starts the process of assigning students to their next homeroom grouping. First, students are placed into homerooms to make sure that an equal number of skill levels are maintained. Each class should have the same number of differing academic levels. The team of teachers will then look at what students are prone to not getting along with each other so this can be avoided. A gender balance of boys and girls in each homeroom is also important. The resource teacher works in conjunction with the grade level teachers to help ensure that each homeroom is appropriately balanced and scheduling parameters can be met.

After this initial process is complete, we will have our preliminary class lists. The next step is to determine what homeroom group matches best to the teachers in the next grade level. The team of teachers will try to match the homeroom groups with the appropriate teacher based on learning style, personalities, and academic needs and strengths.

Please understand that this entire process takes time and there are many checks and balances along the way. The lists are reviewed and adjusted often. The teachers are very conscientious and have always taken this process seriously. Parents and teachers alike know the importance of good matches.

Over the summer, the lists are checked for accuracy. Each summer the lists are adjusted for one reason or another. This may be due to students moving in or out. Or perhaps a teacher moves creating space for a new staff member. For these reasons, the lists are reviewed and adjusted over the summer. I will consult with the team of teachers on any adjustments I make to student placements.

Often times, parents feel they need to make a request for a specific teacher they have heard to be fantastic. It is unfortunate that we cannot take parent requests for student placement. Requests like this would clearly add too many parameters to an already difficult and time consuming process. Please do not ask your child’s teacher to recommend next year’s teacher or ask for a particular teacher. Requests like this will put the teacher in an uncomfortable situation since they are not in the position to grant such requests. Making student placements is a team process that one teacher alone cannot control.

If you feel it necessary, you may write a letter to me indicating the qualities you would like your child’s teacher to posses by the end of April. As always, if you have any questions, you can always call me at (847) 245-2800, or email me at

**If you are planning to move out of our district, please contact our office. We are in the process of preparing registration packets for next year.

Spring Assessments

April Showers Bring May Assessments????

In addition to class assessments that our teachers use for learning, the district and state also administer assessments as well.

MAP Tetsing (K-5)- Weke of May 3rd

ISA (5th Grade)- Week of May 10th

IAR (3rd-5th)- Week of May 17th

Below are the assessments we will be administering next month.

MAP Testing (K-5)- District

Starting the week of May 3rd, students will be given the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) online assessment in the areas of Reading and Math. Below is information about this assessment. We will not only see where students are at with their skills but also see how much growth they have made this school year. Students have as much time as they need to complete the test.
Lyla's Explains MAP Growth

ISA (5th)- STate

The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is administered to all 5th graders in the state of Illinois. This 3 part assessment covers a variety of science topics. Each testing session lasts up to an hour long. We plan to administer this assessment the week of May 10th. More information on how our Remote students will be given these assessments will be sent in the coming weeks.

IAR Testing (3rd-5th)- State

Starting the week of May 17, students in grades 3rd-5th grade will be administered the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This is a series of 5 assessments (2 English Language Arts and 3 Math). These assessments will be done in person on students iPads. More information on how our Remote students will be given these assessments will be sent in the coming weeks.

April D.E.A.M. Calendar

Here is the DEAM Calendar for this month. This is not a required activity, but is a wonderful way to get moving and active with your family and friends. If you choose to do this, simply print out the calendar or copy it down on a piece of paper and do the activity listed each day of the month. If you complete the calendar you will be entered into a raffle for a prize from the PE teachers!

Have fun!


Staff Appreciation: We need your help! Staff appreciation week is quickly approaching (May 3 – 7). We have some exciting things to show our Staff how much we appreciation all they do. Shhhh – everything is still a surprise. Please consider making a donation to help us give them an amazing week. See the link below or go to and look for Staff Appreciation Donation. Thank you!

Dinner Night Out: Save the date our next night is April 23rd at Oberweis.

Millburn Family Virtual Fun Run: The Millburn Family *Virtual* Fun Run is one week away! Grab your running or walking shoes and get moving! The Fun Run will be virtual this year and is scheduled for April 24, 2021! Complete the 5k anytime between April 24, 2021- May 1, 2021. For more information and to sign up go to

8th Grade Farewell Celebration: 8th Grade Families – Save the Date - We will

be holding this Millburn tradition for our graduates on Friday, May 21st . Keep an eye out – invitations will be arriving soon. Things to look for in the 8th Grade Newsletter:

PHOTOS - Final due date Friday, April 19

Survey for gift – please complete by April 23rd.

7th Grade Families:

We need your help! In the next few weeks look for information about helping at the event. I takes many hands doing simple tasks make this night a success. Remember next year the 7th grade families do all the work for you to have a memorable evening. If you have any questions please contact:

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 March 30th

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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