McMillan News

PTA Newsletter--November 2019


November 8: Reflection Entries Due

Patriotic Assembly @ 8:45 a.m.

November 14: PTA Meeting @ 12:15 p.m. in Mrs. Young's room

November 15: Popcorn Friday

November 18 - 22: Food & Clothing Drive

November 27 - 29: No School; Thanksgiving Break

Principal's Message

Time is flying by as we are already entering the holiday season. It was great seeing so many of you at our Halloween parade. It always amazes me when I see so many of you at the school, supporting your child(ren), watching the parade and then many who stay to provide help with class parties. I also know many, who weren’t able to stay, provided treats and helped from home. So, we thank all of you for the support you give our children!

Although every day is a time to be grateful for all we have, November is the month of Thanksgiving. I just want to express how much I appreciate Jill Goodman, our PTA President and all of our board members for the time and talents they share with our school! THANK YOU!

I would also like to share my gratitude for our students. The children we have at McMillan are amazing! As I was looking at books to share for our Principal’s book of the month, I couldn’t help but be grateful as I reflected on the kind children we have at our school. I also realize this comes from you as parents working together with our teachers to create thoughtful attitudes and kind children.

Love you all,

Mrs. Sanford

Reflections--Look Within

Reflections entries are due, Friday NOVEMBER 8th. Students can drop entries off at the office with Mrs. Bigelow or to their teacher. Please be sure to help your student fill out an entry form (found here ) Prizes will be given to all student that participate. Entries will be selected to move on and compete with other schools and the district and state.

Patriotic Assembly

Our Veteran's Day Assembly is right around the corner! It will be Friday, November 8 at 8:45 and any family members who have served or are active duty in the military are invited. Please let them know! Students are invited to compose an essay entitled "America's Heroes.'' Some of the essays will be read at our assembly, should not be more than 1 page in length, and turned in to the office by Monday, November 4. We will be creating a slideshow to honor Veterans and service members. Please send your pictures and information to by Tuesday, November 5th. The students and faculty really love seeing their family and friends honored in this slideshow. We look forward to honoring our service members in this unforgettable assembly!

If there are any cub scouts at McMillan, please wear your shirts for the patriotic assembly to help with the flag ceremony. Shirts need to be tucked in with their den neckerchief and slide.

Clothing/Food Drive

It’s time for our McMillan annual food drive with the Utah food bank. This is a great way to teach children about service in their community. Our theme this year is “Sock It To Hunger”! We will begin to collect food Monday, November 18th through Friday the 22nd.

Please bring non-perishable goods, canned or packaged food and drop them in the barrels near the front office. If we fill all five barrels the students will get to have a crazy sock day on Tuesday, November 26! Please help to make a difference in our community. Thank you for your support and let’s “SOCK IT TO HUNGER”!

Save up your used and outgrown clothing (all sizes), shoes(all sizes), blankets, sheets, curtains, towels, and soft toys for the Clothing/Food Drive Nov 18-22. Items can be in any condition. We have a unique opportunity to benefit both our school and local Salt Lake Valley charities. The more items we bring in, the more funds we earn for our school. Our goal is to bring in 5,000 lbs of donated items; that’s about one full kitchen garbage bag, per family. If you donate more than one bag, even better! Thanks for taking advantage of this unique opportunity to benefit both McMillan and local charities.

School Choir

The McMillan student choir will be performing in December. One performance will be at the Memorial Mortuary on 5850 South and 900 East on Dec 9th. The other will be at the Murray library Date & Time TBA. Please come support them!


The 2020 STEM Fair is quickly approaching! This is a great opportunity for all students K-6 to explore the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Your student will bring home detailed information after the individual class presentations in December. The 2020 STEM Fair will start with the preview night on January 13th and judging on January 14th. Winners will be announced at STEM Night on January 15th.

School Year Awards

Is there a teacher who has truly impacted your student’s education, is there a staff member who has helped your student in a meaningful way, and have you seen a volunteer who has put in countless hours at the school? Our students are surrounded by the very best at McMillan Elementary! Let’s show them how much we appreciate all their efforts!

Nominations for the 2019-2020

School Year Awards are being taken now for:

Outstanding Support Staff Member

Outstanding Educator

Outstanding Volunteer

If you have any questions or nominations, please contact Kellie Terry at 801-815-4808 or by email at

Spelling Bee 2020

The 2020 Spelling Bee word lists are now available online at The website also gives information on the Spelling bees as well as the rules, etc. Class bees will be coming up in January, so now is the time to get the lists and start studying. Everyone will be competing in their own classroom bee. McMillan has some amazing spellers! Good luck to everyone.

Box Tops

Box Tops is changing to a digital program, but we still need your clips! Please continue to send them in. For more information on the digital program, please visit

Move It Program

The Move It Program works with TOSH in promoting and encouraging a healthier lifestyle. We have a nutrition based activity that is led by a dietitian and her students. This program is scheduled every first Tuesday of the month during lunch recess teaches kids a hands-on approach in making healthier food choices and participate in fun activities. A physical therapist from TOSH comes to help along with PTA parents ever 3rd Thursday. The students are taught different games to play in an organized manner as well as provide outdoor physical activities regardless of weather. Volunteers are welcome for both activities, however, parents are needed particularly for the the nutrition portion of the program on Tuesdays. Classic Fun Center also falls under this program. All McMillan friends and family are welcome and have free admission for those two nights of the year. Upcoming Move It Days: 12-1 Outside of the Library: Nov 5, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 3, April 7, May 5

Pictures Needed

Calling All Pictures! Parents, please send in any and all pictures that you take of your kiddos throughout the school year so that they can be included in the yearbook! Right now I would especially like the pictures you took on the first day of school, back to school BBQ and and any field trips your children have gone on already! Please email them to and make sure to include the teacher’s name!

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