Mustang Minute

February 28, 2020

No School Monday, March 2nd- Casimir Pulaski Day


  • Student Placement 2020-2021 (NEW)
  • 2020-2021 SchooL Calendar (NEW)
  • Ecology Club-Spring Session (NEW)
  • Student Council (NEW)
  • Read to Succeed
  • Kindergarten Registration
  • State Assessments
  • Millburn Cares- St. Baldrick's
  • Middle School Band Jazz Dinner
  • ONEderful Kids (NEW)
  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (UPDATED)


  • Virtual Backpack (UPDATED)

2020-2021 Planning

We will soon be in the process of planning and placing students into homerooms for next year. Please find a letter below with some information on how this process works. As a reminder, class lists WILL NOT be sent via email over the summer. Parents will need to log into PowerSchool to see their child’s homeroom teacher once it goes live in August. Parents are encouraged to set up their accounts ASAP to access before the next school year begins.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Here is a copy of next year's school calendar. (click the button below) Please note that Parent/Teacher Conferences are now in early November with a full week off over Thanksgiving.

Ecology Club- Spring Session

Interested in being greener here at school? The Ecology Club meets in three sessions during the year to explore ‘eco’ problems through organic gardening, checking how we use resources, and making useful objects from garbage created in the building. You can be part of this change! Each session is $50. Club members will make handmade paper, grow plants in the green house, take care of an earthworm farm, and participate in an Earth Day project. We meet every Wednesday in the science lab except early dismissal Wednesdays.

To sign up for Ecology Club please go to Please click on Webstore and then select MES Ecology Club

Student Council

Student Council will be collecting aluminum pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. The proceeds from the pop tabs collected, will help support the operating costs of the Ronald McDonald House. Who would have thought that by drinking a pop you could help others out by recycling the pop tabs? We will begin collecting them starting on Tuesday, March 3rd. Please send them in with your child and they can drop them in the bins by the front and back door of the school entrances. Thank you for all your support this year.

Read to Succeed

The Great America Read to Succeed program is in full swing! Your child can participate by reading 6 hours and logging those minutes on the Six Flags website. It is very easy. Simply go to and enter your child's teacher's unique code to set up an account for your child. You can log all the hours at once or one day at a time. All minutes need to be entered by April 1, 2020 in order to receive a free ticket to Great America this summer! If you have any questions, please contact Renee Marasco at

Kindergarten Registration 2020-2021

Wednesday, April 1st, 4-6pm

18550 Millburn Road

Old Mill Creek, IL

If you have a child who will turn five years old on or before September 1, 2020, please take note of the following information. Millburn District 24 will be accepting registration for Kindergarten on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Millburn Elementary School, 18550 Millburn Road, Wadsworth.

You must call the school to request a registration packet. Millburn Elementary School's main office number is 847-356-8331. All required paperwork should be completed when you bring it with you to begin the registration process. If you are unable to attend the registration date, you may drop off the completed packet prior to April 1, 2020. Kindergarten screening for readiness will take place in August prior to the start of school.

What else should parents bring to registration?

1) Your COMPLETED registration packet.

2) Your child's ORIGINAL birth certificate - Must be Issued from the County (not the hospital keepsake) - we will make a copy, no charge.

3) Proof of Residency - The registration packet will contain a form with a list of required documentation.

4) Your calendar - You will be able to make an appointment for screening, which is done in August.

FIRST GRADE - If you currently have a child enrolled in a kindergarten program other than the Millburn District, please notify the office if you intend to register your child for first grade in Millburn. Your child must be six years old on or before September 1, 2020, to register for first grade in this district. If you know anyone in our district who may not receive this notification, please ask them to contact the school. We appreciate your help as we prepare for next

school year!

State Assessments

Millburn Elementary is preparing for our upcoming state assessments.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Our 5th graders will be administered the Illinois Science Assessment on March 17th, 18th, and 19th. Each session will take approximately 45min. Last year, 79% of our students were proficient with their science skills, which is awesome! Yet, we continue to strive to improve each year.

Here is a link for more information on the ISA: ISA Information

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

The IAR is a computer-based standardized assessment for all students in Grades 3 - 8 that is meant to measure students’ progress toward the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics, as well as the Standards for Mathematical Practices. Millburn Elementary will test April 2nd-9th. This will provide the school district with information on student learning and facilitate continuous improvement of our educational programs.

English Language Arts

Grade 3 : 2 tests (75 minutes each)

Grades 4 - 8: 2 tests (90 minutes each)


Grades 3 - 8: 3 tests (60 minutes each)

Practice Tests and Questions

One way to help your child is to learn more about the content for your child's grade level and the types of questions on the IAR exam by using the links below.

ELA Practice Tests - Select grade level and click on "Standard Test Nav Version" button

Math Practice Tests - Select grade level and click on "Standard Test Nav Version" button

Online Student Tutorials

These tutorials will show you the variety of question types students will encounter when taking the IAR online. First, students are exposed to a question type and then they are given a content-based example for practice.

Grade 3-5 ELA

Grades 3-5 Math

Equation Editor Tutorials

The equation editor is a tool students will need to know how to use for the math portion of the IAR. It allows students to build equations to show solutions to test questions.

Equation Editor Tutorial (Grades 3-5)

Practice with Equation Editor (Grades 3-5)

Millburn Cares- St. Baldrick's

Be a hero for kids with cancer!

Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

Millburn Elementary, with the help of Student Council, will be hosting a St. Baldrick's event. The event will be held on Friday, March 20th from 4pm-6pm. If you are interested in participating, or donating to this great cause, visit our website at

You can also contact Lisa Palmisano at for more information.

Millburn Jazz Ensemble Dinner

The 15th Annual Millburn School Jazz Ensemble Stage Show Dinner will be on Wednesday, March 4th, at 6:30 P.M.. in East Gymnasium of the Middle School. The Jazz Ensemble will be playing 2 sets of music while the Symphonic Band serve as our waiters and waitresses for the evening. Please mark your calendars so you do not miss this event. Please fill out your ticket form as soon as possible. Forms can be found int he Virtual backpack. Seats will fill up fast! Please turn in to the main office. The night of the dinner you can pick up your tickets at the door.

ONEderful Kids

The ONEderful kids group will be meeting on Thursday, March 5th at 6:30-7:30 at Brainstorm. This group is designed for families with children who have type 1 diabetes. We will be meeting in March, April and May. 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


2nd- No School- Casimir Pulaski Day

4th- Early Release @ 12:55

6-7- EPIC Resale

13th- EPIC Family Fun Night

18th- 2nd Grade Music Concert

Spring Break: March 23-27


Millburn Madness: Early Bird Tickets for Millburn Madness are now available for purchase! It is going to be an exciting night filled with food, live and silent auctions, drinks, and entertainment provided by Bella Cain! Please follow the link below to buy your tickets before the price goes up! Childcare is also available through MBAC (Millburn Before After Care), details can be found in the virtual backpack!


Registration forms are due today!!

Please join us in congratulating our second drawing winner - Tracy Zutkis.

Our final drawing is today Friday, February 28th.

Volunteer Only Invite to PRESALE: Would you like to come early and shop the Millburn EPIC Kids Resale BEFORE the doors open to the public? Make your selection from great name brand items at fantastic prices from 3:15pm to 4pm on Opening Day of the sale! The PRESALE is an invite only event for volunteers that help out either before, during or after the sale. We are very flexible with the hours and opportunities to volunteer. If there isn’t a time or date that works for your schedule, please contact us.

VOLUNTEERS: We still have many volunteer slots open to help out during the sale operations or after the sale for clean-up. We are only successful with our volunteers’ help.

Please follow this link to view opportunities:

Adult Volunteer -

MMS Book Fair: Join us for our BOGO Book Fair. Staff and Students can shop during school hours on Thursday March 5th and Friday March 6th. The Book Fair will be opened for everyone on Friday March 6th from 3:30 to 8 and Saturday March 7th from 8 to 12:00.

MES Family Fun Night: March 13th from 5:30-7:30 PM

Come play brain games with Busy Brains Children's Museum and Minute-to-Win-It activities for the whole family.

5:30-6:30 pre-ordered dinner (pasta, salad, bread) and concessions for purchase while exploring Busy Brains activities. Pre-order dinner online or return form & check made out to Millburn EPIC by 3/6. 6:30-7:30 the fun continues with Busy Brain and MES student counsel's Minute-to-Win-It activities

Contact us with any questions:

Volunteer opportunities at

Spirit Wear: Recycle/Swap: Do you have spirit wear your child has out grown? Recycle/Swap them out! Bring an item and receive a ticket to pick a “new” item at our Swap Day in conjunction with the Fun Run on April 4th. Drop off donations at the offices and other upcoming events.

Last Drop off Date is March 13th at Family Fun Night MES. March 13th at Family Fun Night MES

Millburn Family Fun Run: What better way to THINK SPRING than to host a family 5K! We encourage walkers or runners for our 5K event on Saturday, 4/4. Check-in will be at 8:30 am. Registration forms and details can be found in the virtual backpack or register online on our EPIC website:

Come rain or shine, on Saturday, April 4th - it will be running time! Hope to see you there!!

Millburn Scholarship Program: EPIC is thrilled to offer three $1,000

scholarships to 2020 senior Millburn alums who have plans to continue their education after high school. Please see the attached application to find out how to apply. Completed applications are due by Wednesday, MARCH 4th, 2020. Please email Meghan Edelmann at if you have any further questions.

Online Auction: Thank you so much to all of the families that participated in the online auction! The auction generated over $7,000 for our school!

MES Book Fair: Thank you to everyone who helped and came out to support our school!

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.

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

Upcoming dates:

March 4 Scholarship Applications due

March 6/7 Kid’s Resale

March 5-7 MMS Bogo Book Fair

March 13 MES Family Fun Night

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

  • 2020-2021 Class Placement Letter
  • EPIC Family Fun Run
  • Lake High School Performance- Little Shop of Horrors Event
  • Parent University

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