Mustang Minute

March 12, 2021

"Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Topics

  • Plan on Traveling? (CDC Update)
  • Spelling Bee (NEW)
  • Zooming/Absence
  • In-Person Reminders
  • COVID-19 Information
  • MS&CG Victory Garden Project

  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

Plan on Traveling?

We continue to recommend avoiding all non-essential travel at this time.

Remember that wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance


If you are returning from travel and have not followed the 3 Ws, the CDC recommends:


  • NEW: Get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home for seven days after travel. Even with a negative test, travelers should stay home for the full 7 days.
  • If you do not get tested, it is safest to stay home for 10 days after travel.


This is not a mandatory quarantine or public health order.


Zooming is only allowed for those quarantining due to symptoms or have been exposed to a positive case, not after travel. Activities will be accessible in SeeSaw and Schoology if you choose to quarantine.

Spelling Bee

On behalf of Millburn School District #24, we would like to announce that our very own 8th grade student, Saroj Chilakuri has advanced in the Spelling Bee. He was the MMS winner and then moved to one of the top 12 spots in the Lake County Regionals Spelling Bee. From there, he was announced as the runner-up for the National Spelling Bee competition. If the winner is unable to attend, Saroj will attend to represent Millburn! We are so proud of his accomplishments and can't wait to see what his future holds. He has continued to be a role model and a dedicated student at school and in the community. Congrats Saroj!

Zooming/Absence (In-Person Only)

As a reminder, our teachers will be able to Zoom in any students that are quarantined due to COVID related issues.


Zooming in a blended classroom will not be the exact same experience as their in-person peers, but it will allow for them to get exposure to the core lessons that are being taught. SeeSaw and Schoology will still be accessible to those students while they are out.


Please note that this is only for students that are in quarantine due to COVID-related circumstances (exposure to a positive case or having symptoms). A student can start zooming the following school day once the school has been made aware. This allows time for the teacher to change the materials to an electronic format and adjust their lesson plans as needed. Parents are required to notify the health office FIRST about their child staying home. From there we will notify the teachers.


Zooming in students and teaching in-person students is not an easy thing and this is something we wanted to avoid right from the beginning of the school year. This is why we made classrooms either remote or in-person. We want to limit the time teachers have to teach both environments at the same time. Therefore, we decided that zooming in was only allowed for students that were in quarantine due to having symptoms or with being exposed to a positive case.

In-Person Reminders

We want to keep students in for as long as possible. In order to do that, we need all your help in limiting the spread of COVID-19:


  • Continue social distancing outside of school
  • Wear a mask when you are out and about
  • Do not send your child to school if showing symptoms (Refer to COVID guidelines below)
  • If a household member has COVID-19 like symptoms, the student must stay home for 14 FULL calendar days from the onset of household member’s symptoms, (returning on the 15th day) OR you may return sooner if you provide a Doctor’s note with alternate diagnosis for the symptomatic household member OR provide a negative COVID-19 test result for the symptomatic household member.


Let's work together to make sure in-person learning is here to stay!

NOTE: A “RT-PCR” COVID test is required to return to school. RAPID COVID tests will not be accepted. Please request a copy of your test result to provide to School Health office.

COVID Information

See below for our updated CVOID-19 Guidelines and also testing sites in the area.

MS&CG Victory Garden Project

Please consider being part of this year’s Millburn School & Community Garden’s food project for northern Lake County. This service project is based on a historic strategy for supporting community food and social needs. Garden Managers will guide you through the season of growing healthy, fresh produce to support food insecurity in our area.


What: Join a project to fill the garden plots with veggies and herbs by planting a raised bed; mentors are paired with each participant. You will harvest your crop throughout the season: 50% for you and 50% for the food pantry.


Where: We will be using the Grade Level Garden Beds and Community Plots located west of the elementary building. We will also include any local gardens that join us from their home spaces.


Who: Millburn Community includes staff, families, neighbors, and friends who wish to be part. Possible Project members can be: individuals, whole grade levels, classes, adults with a few students/children (MES & MMS), students, adults forming a team, scouts, any number of combinations


When: 2021 growing season - May through October. RSVP by March 19 to Regina Reynolds, project Director.


Why: Food insecurity and financial difficulties will continue this year. Victory Gardens not only provide fresh produce for the community it also helps teach the self sufficiency of being a grower, and gardening together builds a social well being which can help combat this last year’s isolation.

EPIC News

EPIC General Assembly Meeting: Come join us for our virtual General Assembly meeting on March 16th at 7:00. Meet our new Board members, find out what we have done this year, what are we working on and how you may be able to help. Here’s the link to our meeting – hope to see you there
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89015587412?pwd=TXZJQUJ4YzlMcE5mdTdqU0tjT2NpUT09


Spirit Wear: Spirit wear for each school is available for online purchase.

Elementary/Mustang orders can be place at https://millburnmustangs2021.itemorder.com/

This is a great gift if you have a child entering Middle School https://millburncougars2021.itemorder.com/


8th Grade Farewell Celebration: 8th Grade Families – Save the Date - We will be holding this Millburn tradition for our graduates on Friday, May 21st . See your save the date email for more information.

PHOTOS - please check your emails for information regarding pictures for the slide show.


7th Grade Families: We are still planning the 8th Grade Farewell Celebration. If you are still interested in helping with planning please contact president@millburnEPIC.com

We need your help! After spring break look for information about helping at the event. I takes many hands doing simple tasks the night of to make this night a success. Remember next year the 7th grade families do all the work for you to have a memorable evening.


Millburn Family Virtual Fun Run: Save the Date! The Millburn Family *Virtual* Fun Run is scheduled for April 24, 2021! The Fun Run will be virtual this year. Complete the 5k anytime between April 24, 2021-May 1, 2021. For more information go to MillburnEPIC.com starting March 15th.


District Talent Show: All Millburn students from Kindergarten thru 8th grade are welcome to participate in the EPIC 2021 Virtual Talent Show being held in April. We will be recording all acts and sharing a link to watch the show. The in-person rehearsal & recording appointments will be held at the Millburn Middle School cafeteria on April 6 & April 9 from 4PM- 8PM. April 13 date may be added, if needed. Social distance & proper sanitization procedures will be incorporated and masks will be required at all times for each & every 2 minute school- appropriate act. All participants must pre-register by March 29. Permission slip & full Talent Show rules and information can be found in Virtual Backpack. If you have any additional questions or any concerns, please contact us at districttalentshow@millburnepic.com


Spirit Wear:

Masks: Millburn masks available (mustang/elementary and cougar/middle school). Online orders will be taken each month and submitted at the end of the month. You will be notified by email when your orders arrive at the school and can be given to your child's teacher or pick up.

Next order due March 30th https://millburn2021.itemorder.com/

Magnets and Water Bottles: Magnets and water bottles are available for purchase. Magnets are the blue and red color scheme with both school logos, while water bottles are available in either Mustang red or Cougar blue. For more information and to order, visit https://millburnepic.com.


Dinner Night Out: Thank you to everyone who came out to McAllisters on Thursday. Save the date our next night is April 23rd at Oberweis.


Amazon Smile: Holiday Shopping? Or online shopping just because? 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.


Box Tops: We are continuing to collect box tops Drop them off at school. There is a bin for Box Tops (labeled Drop Your Box Tops Here) by the Main Entrance Doors of each school. Or pick them up from your porch, contact us as boxtops@millburnEPIC.com.


Jimano’s $$: Are you ordering dinner from Jimano’s? Look on your pizza box for the ‘Piece of Education’ logo and save that tab - Jimano’s will donate back to Millburn for each one of those saved! Turn these into the school with your Box Tops, add them to our bin, or let us pick them us Contact us at

boxtoplabels@millburnepic.com


Coca-Cola Give: Coca-Cola Give is a new destination for donating to your school. Each bottle of Coca-Cola products has a code on the inside of the bottle cap. (Not just soda – Dasani water, Powerade, Honest, etc).

2 Ways to give us the codes:

Enter the codes online

https://us.coca-cola.com/give/ Click Donate to your Local School. Enter Millburn Middle School or Millburn Elementary School (please make sure it is for the Illinois school NOT the New Jersey one). Join or sign in when you have an account.

Or

Send us the caps: contact us at boxtoplabels@millburnepic.com. Send them in, drop them off in a bin, or contact us for contactless pick up.



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