Mill Street Parent Newsletter

October 2021 Edition

Mill Street Continues to Excel!

District 203 has been ranked as the No. 9 public school district in the state and Mill Street has been ranked No. 6 among the best public elementary schools in Illinois, according to the most recent Niche Survey. We are proud of this recognition as it reflects the commitment our staff and parent community continue to make towards ensuring that Mill Street is the best place for students to learn and grow!
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Shield Testing

SHIELD testing began the week of 10/27. As a reminder, our testing schedule is as follows:
  • Tuesday- Grades K and 2
  • Wednesday- Grades 4 and 5
  • Thursday- Grades 1 and 3

Please speak with your child about the testing procedure and their experience. We have utilized several staff to assist in the process along with the SHIELD testing personnel, to ensure that students understand the process and are performing the test within a safe environment. The process has been challenging to some students however, and if your child shows signs of distress or is uncomfortable with the process, you may opt your child out of testing at any time by contacting Monika Bicker, our school secretary, at

Safety Issue

We have received several complaints regarding parents making left turns from the parent drive onto Mill Street during parent drop-off and pick-up timeframes. Please note signage posted at our drive stating that left turns are prohibited during drop-off and pick-up timeframes. This practice causes back ups on Mill Street and in our parent drive. This continued action may result in ticketing by the Naperville Police Dept. Thank you for your adherence to this restriction.


Mill Street School has partnered with The Naperville Education Foundation to bring R.I.S.E. to our community. R.I.S.E represents:

Removing barriers so students can succeed
Individualized support plans

Services on-site for students

Empowering families

Through this program we will be able to provide a variety of supports to empower families to access the resources necessary to meet their individual goals and to assist in removing barriers towards academic success for our students.

Supports may include resources to meet basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation and clothing, as well as access to medical and mental health professionals.

Our objectives in bringing these wraparound services to our community include

  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring comprehensive service plans aligned to family goals and needs
  • Building connections with community agencies to provide needed services to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our students

As the program gets underway in the coming weeks, more information will follow as to the process for connecting families to this new resource.

Playful Learning

In rising to the charge of our district leaders to #BeBold and innovative, Mill Street is working towards implementation of a Playful Learning Pilot Program. Our youngest learners will be provided opportunities to meet essential learning standards through purposeful play experiences throughout portions of their day. This move towards adding play experiences is grounded in research and is the culmination of two years of study by select members of our staff.

“Playful learning is a whole-child approach to education that incorporates guided play into existing structures. Guided play refers to play in a structured environment around a general curricular goal that is designed to stimulate children’ natural curiosity, exploration and play with learning oriented materials. In guided play, learning remains child-directed through exploration of well-designed and structured environments and through the support of adults who ask open-ended questions and gently guide the child’s exploration. Playful learning includes the premise that the teacher is intentional in planning and actively facilitating the play experiences, has identified learning goals and uses his or her skills to integrate them into child directed play. Teacher involvement in play is recognized as part of best practices.” (Saving PLAY-Gronlund, Rendon)

Due to the disrupted learning experiences of the past two school years, the majority of our youngest learners have missed opportunities to develop foundational skills related to executive functioning, collaboration, peer relationships, and social and academic skills, normally provided during in-person learning within a school setting. In bringing purposeful play experiences to our students, we hope to provide opportunities to address those gaps in an engaging and developmentally appropriate manner. More information will be forthcoming as the pilot unfolds and purposeful play becomes a consistent component of the school day. Purposeful play will not replace direct instruction, but will be utilized in combination with traditional teacher led learning experiences in order to provide a balanced approach to teaching and learning.

Book Fair Reminders

  • The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be accessible to students on October 4th-6th. Students will shop at a designated time with their class. The Book Fair Schedule by class, can be found HERE.

  • During the Book Fair, students have the opportunity to practice the life skill of purchasing books. This opportunity is completely optional and a parent decision based on your child's level of responsibility and understanding. There is no obligation to send funds with students.

  • Students who bring cash to school must bring those funds in a marked envelope (student name, teacher name/grade). It is recommended that students bring no more than $20.00.

  • All students will have the opportunity to complete a wish list of desired books.

A Spooky Celebration!

This year we will be honoring our tradition of celebrating Halloween by once again hosting classroom parties. As in the past, students may bring an appropriate costume to wear during the celebration. As you select your child's costume, please keep these parameters in mind:
  • Costumes may not include any type of play weapons nor may they depict gore or violent content.
  • Please do not send any costume props or accessories, make-up or hair coloring products.
  • Students must be able to dress in their costumes independently or with minimal support.
  • Costumes should be sent to school in a separate bag labeled with the student's name.
Due to space restrictions and our need to continue to provide at least 3ft. of space between occupants of our classrooms, parent volunteers will be limited to two per party.
Only confirmed parent volunteers will have access to the building. A costume parade will not be included in this year's celebration. Please reach out to your child's classroom teacher if you would prefer that your child not participate in the classroom parties or if your child is in need of a costume. Classroom parties will take place at 1:45 on October 29th.
Title 1 Parent Notification of Staff Qualifications

All schools who receive Title 1 funding are required to provide notification of staff qualifications to the school community. Please click the link above to read more.

October Happenings At Mill Street

10/4-10/6 Fall Book Fair

10/5 Last Run Club of the Season

10/5 Bus Evacuation Drill

10/6 Outdoor Ed. Field Trip - Grade 5

10/7 No School Evening PT Conferences

10/8 No School Morning PT Conferences

10/10 Mayneland Farm Fall Fundraiser

10/12 Picture Retakes

10/13 3rd Grade On My Own Presentations

10/14 Student Council Meeting

10/14 In-Person Home and School evening meeting

10/21 Fire Drill w/Naperville Fire Dept.

10/25 Red Ribbon Week

10/28 Vision and Hearing Screening

10/28 Structured Learning field trip to Johanson's Pumpkin Farm

10/29 Trimester 1 Grading Window Opens

10/29 Halloween Class Parties