Mustang Minute

October 18, 2019

**EPIC Resale Starts Today @ MMS**


  • National School Bus Safety Week (NEW)
  • EPIC Halloween Celebrations
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences (NEW)
  • 3rd-5th Grade Literacy Grades (NEW)
  • Veteran's Day at Millburn Elementary (NEW)
  • Millburn Webstore
  • MBAC Parking (NEW)
  • Bully Prevention Month
  • Reading Logs
  • ONEderful Kids (NEW)
  • MBAC

  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (Updated)

  • EPIC News (Updated)

  • Virtual Backpack

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National School Bus Safety Week is October 21 – 25, 2019

According to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 70 times safer than any other mode of transportation to school. Here are some tips that will help the Millburn District 24 transportation staff get your child to and from school safely.

Getting Ready for School

  • Have your children put everything they carry in a backpack or school bag so that they won’t drop things along the way.

  • Encourage them to wear bright, contrasting colors so they will be more easily seen by drivers.

  • Make sure children leave home on time so they can arrive at the bus stop before it is due, ideally at least ten minutes early.

At the Bus Stop

  • Have children wait in a location where the driver can see them while driving down the street. Try to avoid waiting in a house or car.

Getting On and Off the Bus

  • Warn children that if they drop something getting on and off the bus, they should never pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver’s instructions.

  • Remind children to look to the right before they step off the bus.

  • If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited to see you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.

Halloween Celebrations

Halloween celebrations will occur on Thursday, October 31 from 1:00-2:00PM. All students are allowed to wear costumes during the celebrations. Costumes should not have weapons associated with them and we would appreciate no makeup because we don’t want students wearing it all day long. Students must bring their costumes in and not wear them to school. They will change into them before the parties. Costumes need to be easily put on and not require a lot of help from an adult.

****Students are not_to_bring_in_“goodie”_bags_or_food_items_for_their_class. Our celebrations are food free due to the many allergies we have in the building. We need to be considerate of those health issues. Although goodie bags can non-edible, our PTO provides all of our materials for students for our celebrations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences are coming up on November 25th and 26th from 12-7PM. This is an opportunity for you to discuss your child's progress in school and ask any question to better understand their learning.

We will, again, be using Sign-Up Genius for you to sign up to meet with your child’s homeroom teacher. You will be sent information from the homeroom teacher on how to pick a time. These will be 20 min conferences. The last conference time to sign up for will be at 6:40 on Monday the 25th and Tuesday the 26th. Teachers will send you information on Friday, November 1st to sign up.

Literacy Grades 3rd-5th

Parents of 3rd-5th Grade were sent an email this week on how we will address grading with our new literacy program this year. Attached is a copy of this letter for families to review. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Walshire.

Veteran’s Day at Millburn Elementary

Millburn Elementary School invites all veterans to join us in celebrating Veteran's Day on Monday, November 11th.

In order to enrich our Veteran's Day curriculum, MES is looking for relatives and friends of our students and staff to be honored at our all-school assembly, and to speak with classes about their experiences and military life on Monday, November 11th from 1:00-2:15 pm. The Millburn staff also invites all who have served to a special luncheon from 12:00-1:00 pm to thank you for your service.

Invitations went home with all students this week. Please RSVP by returning the bottom portion of the form to your child's homeroom teacher by November 1st. Also, be sure to complete the attached form for the Student Council's Wall of Heroes display. Please include a copy of a picture of your veteran on the form. (We will try to return all pictures, but it cannot be guaranteed.) It is our hope to recognize our veterans and educate our students as our school celebrates the 100th anniversary of this federal holiday. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Fritsch at or Renee Marasco at

Millburn WebStore

The Millburn Webstore is available! Parents can now pay for activity fees, sports fees, and more! Simply go to to access the Millburn WebStore.

In the Millburn Webstore, you will have the option to make payments with a credit card, bank account, or for some items your child’s PushCoin Wallet. To add funds to your child’s PushCoin Wallet, go to

If you'd like to use the webstore or PushCoin, there are two ways to fund payments.

  • The eCheck funding option is always free for parents and the school district.
  • For credit or debit card payments there is an additional fee of 2.9% + $0.25 per transaction. The fee is charged by the card processor (not PushCoin). Millburn School District does not make any profit on this fee. The fee will be in addition to the original transaction amount. You will be able to see the total cost before submitting the transaction.

MBAC Parking

MBAC Parents are required to park in the parking lot. Parking in the bus lane is prohibited.
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Bully Prevention Month

October is Bully Prevention Month. Over the next several weeks we will be discussing a variety of topics in regards to Bully Prevention:

  • Class Rules and Expectations
  • Recognizing, Reporting, Refusing
  • Bystander Power
  • Bystander Responsibility

For specifics on our lessons, please follow the link below to see an overview of our 2nd Step lessons, which includes our Bully Prevention Unit.

Reading Logs

This year, your child’s classroom will participate in 100 Book Challenge. Your child will be doing

lots of reading in school and at home. The reason for this program is simple: Research shows that students who read for one hour every day, from books that they can read and want to read, have a much better chance for success in school and beyond. The more time your child spends reading at his or her independent level, the better reader he or she will become.

We need your help! Every night your child will bring home books and a logsheet. Each logsheet line equals one 15-minute Step. For KDG families, the log sheet is coloring in a number box. Your child should read for at least 30 minutes per night. When she or he does, she or he will fill in two Steps, and you should sign for both. Use this time to sit with your child as the Home Reading Coach. The reading should be easy and fun for your child. It should not be a struggle.

We are requesting parents to be Home Coaches. The job involves only 5 things:

Home Coach Responsibilities:

  • Turn off TV, computers, phone, and games.
  • Observe your child reading for 30 minutes.
  • Think and talk about the books afterward.
  • Sign 100 Book Challenge logsheets.
  • Student packs up books for safe return to school.

Books are a window to the world! Thank you for being a partner with us in your child’s education.

Millburn Before and After Care (MBAC)

Are you looking for supervision fo your child for before or after school? Millburn offers our own on site program for our Millburn families. We are currently accepting registration for this year's program. Please visit the our website for information on MBAC and registration forms. If you have any questions, contact Jimichael Slaby at

MBAC Information

ONEderful Kids Group

ONEderful kids is a group for families with children who have type 1 diabetes. We will be meeting on October 24th from 6:45-7:30 at Brainstorm ( 625 N Bridgeport Terrace, Lindenhurst, Illinois). We will also be meeting in November if you can't make it in October. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Konicki at


We encourage all families to reach out to us (teachers, administrators, office staff) if you have any questions or concerns you would like for us to address. We aim to make our school the best learning experience for your child and your input is valuable in making that happen. Do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help!

Upcoming Events

10/18-10/19- EPIC Resale

10/31- EPIC Halloween Celebrations

11/1- EPIC Family Fun Night


Student Directory: We currently have 449 students in our school directory. It does not automatically update with student information every year. We need you! :) So that we have accurate records for each student, please be sure to sign into the website and update your student(s) information. You do not have to add any personal information unless you desire. We respect your privacy!

Registration is FREE! See below for details, please.

Click here to update your registration with your student's information:

Millburn Kids Resale: TODAY is the Day!

Millburn Epic Kids Resale volunteer only invite presale begins at 3:15pm. If you have volunteered for the sale or will be and you’re on the list, check in at the door at 3:15 for entry.

Sale opens to the public at 4:00pm.

We are excited for another great sale! Thanks to all parents and administration for your support! Please join us in congratulating Steph Gates for winning the last drawing receiving 75% of her sales proceeds.

A huge thank you again, to all of the supporters of our sale! We cannot make this a success without your support! Happy Friday!!

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Activity Night: The first Middle School Activity Night for 2019-20 is on Friday, Oct 25th. The theme for the night is MONSTER MASH.

Students may choose to dress for the theme by wearing their most creative interpretation of the theme. This is a chance for them to be creative, however, please adhere to the dress code regarding short/skirt length, no masks, and no showing of any undergarments. Failure to abide by these rules will result in the student being asked to return home to change.

There will be a DJ & NITRO BALL!!!!



6th grade-6pm, MAIN entrance

7th/8th grade-6:30 pm, MAIN entrance


6th grade-8:30pm, MAIN entrance

7th/8th grade-9:00pm ACTIVITY entrance

For PICK UP, please pull in and find a parking spot. You can meet your child at the canopy area. You can also use the pick up late, but if everyone does this, the line of traffic will stretch out to Route 45! No students will be allowed to walk or ride a bike home.

Admission to the event is $2.00. Drinks, candy and pizza will be available for purchase.

All students attending MUST have a current student ID to show at the door. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Students CANNOT go to their lockers to retrieve forgotten ID’s, as the hallway doors are locked. Also, all students must have a permission slip to attend Activity Night on file.

If you need to leave before the Activity Night is over, YOUR parent must come inside the building and sign you out!

The rules are NOT negotiable!

MMS EPIC Activity Night Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help us, so please join us, Friday, Oct 25th. We can use all the help we can get: serving up food & drinks to the masses, coordinating Bingo and just watching all the rooms of activity. Please sign up at For more information, reach out to Rimi Singh and Becky Varga at

Family Fun Night: Join us at Sleep Under (Movie and Popcorn) our first Elementary Family Fun Night on Friday, November 1st from 5:30-7:45pm. It’s not a SLEEP OVER – It’s a SLEEP UNDER where you can come and watch a movie with your family and friends. Preorder a pizza and bring a blanket – get comfy and settle in for our movie. Students will be voting on the movie in class. See the flyer that was sent home or visit the virtual backpack for more information and pizza order form.

2019-2020 Millburn EPIC Sponsorship: Consider becoming an EPIC sponsor this year at the Gold, Silver or Bronze levels or participate in the $24 for 24. The support that is received from our sponsors directly provides the ability to enhance instruction and provide educational opportunities for our students to enrich their learning experience.

For more information visit our website at

Box Tops: Please start using the new Box Tops for Education App- it is so simple, download the app, scan your grocery receipt and if there are qualifying products that were purchased – you will instantly receive E-Box Tops!

Any questions about Box Tops? Email:

Amazon Smile: 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.

Dinner Night Out: Thanks to everyone who came out to McAllister’s Deli on Monday. Details coming soon for our next Dinner Night Out in December.

Upcoming dates:

October 18/19 Kids Resale

October 25 MMS Activity Night

November 1 MES Family Fun Night

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

  • National School Bus Safety Week Information
  • Paws for Change- Halloween Ball

Mrs. Kari Gedville

Assistant Principal

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