Mills Moments

Friday, March 25th, 2022

Hello Mills Families,

We have gotten to Spring Break and it is hard to believe how fast this school year is going and how far we have come since August. First and foremost, we wish all of you an enjoyable break and hope you are able to find time to relax and spend quality time with your students. This edition of the Mills Moments has information about upcoming events so be sure to see what is included to be up-to-date with school happenings.

As a reminder, parents picking up and or dropping off pre-k students, please be mindful of the handicap parking spots. It is reserved for those that have a Disabled Parking Placard or license plate.

We are excited about the upcoming construction that will be starting here at Mills. For updated information throughout the process, please visit

The students in grades 3-5 will begin their Illinois Assessment for Readiness testing on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is an annual test that learners in grades 3-8 in the state of Illinois take. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness is a battery of tests that evaluate student performance in English language arts and mathematics. Students will take one test a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays of each week until the testing is complete.

It is very important that each student come to school on his/her testing dates and do the best he/she can on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness so that our district can properly serve him/her in the 2022-2023 school year.

We want to encourage you, once again, to view your child's report card! See how to view your child's report card by clicking below. Please contact Ms. Gomez, Assistant Principal, if you need assistance-

Encourage your student(s) to get involved in the contests

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Construction updates can be found here. Check back often to see how we are 'building a brighter future'.

Thanks to Ms Altshuler for a wonderful Spring Music Concert by grades 3-5!

Congrats to our Trojans of the Month!

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  • Registration for full and half day kindergarten is open.
  • To register, students must be 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2022.
  • Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted to District 401, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. District 401's liaison for homeless children is Director of Student Services, Dr. Kari Smith. You can contact Dr. Smith by sending an email to:

Memo from Nurse Gillespie

The State of Illinois requires all children in kindergarten and 2nd grade to have a dental exam. The dental exam is due by May 13, 2022. Click below for the form.

Spirit Wear

Order your school spirit wear here!

LAST CALL for Yearbook Orders!

Yearbooks are $15 this year and the deadline for ordering is 3/31/22. Order your 2021-2022 yearbook here.

Cafeteria Menu

The monthly menu for breakfast and lunch can always be found here. The menu is subject to change based on the availability of products each day.


If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about becoming a substitute teacher in District 401, please share this information with them. All our open vacancies can be seen on our district website. Start your day with a purpose and join our team!

Mark Your Calendars

March 28th- April 1st- Spring Break! School resumes Monday, April 4th.

Tuesday, April 5th- Family STEAM Night- "Building on a Dream" at EPHS at 5:00 PM.

Friday, April 15th- No School

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View all of our upcoming district events by visiting our district calendar

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