Mustang Minute

Week of August 15, 2022

Welcome to Mustang Minute!

The Mustang Minute is a weekly newsletter brought to you by Home & School (H&S).


As parents of Mill Street Students, we encourage and facilitate a cooperative partnership among our students, parents/guardians, and school staff and administration to support and enhance the school experience of each student. H&S is our school’s version of a PTO or PTA, except there are no dues--just an open invitation to stay informed and get involved at whatever level you can.
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This Week at a Glance:

Wednesday, August 17th - First Day of School

Looking Ahead:

August 26th - New Family Coffee, 8:30 a.m


August 30th- Curriculum Night (Parents Only), Grades 4/5, 6:15 - 7 p.m.


August 31st - Curriculum Night (Parents Only), Grades 2/3, 6:15 - 7 p.m.


September 1st - Curriculum Night (Parents Only), Grades K/1, 6:15 - 7 p.m.


September 5th - No School, Labor Day


September 9th - Picture Day

School Hours: 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

8 a.m - Doors open and student drop off begins


8:15 a.m. - Instructional learning begins


2:30 p.m. - Kindergarten dismissal with grades 1-5 immediately thereafter

First Day Procedures

In order to support students in finding their various classrooms and teachers on the first few days of school, all students arriving from the bus lane and the parent drive will be directed by staff to the multipurpose room and or gym to connect with their teacher. Students will line up in those spaces prior the the morning bell and will be escorted to their classrooms by their classroom teacher and other support staff. It will be helpful for students to know their grade level and teacher name.


Parents will not be allowed into the building. All staff will be involved in supporting students in this process. We will follow this same procedure on the 2nd day of school and then will allow students to find their way to their own classrooms on Friday of our first week. As always, staff will be on duty in the hallways and on school grounds to help any students in finding their way.

Parent Drive Arrival and Dismissal Procedures and Restrictions


  • Please have signage with your child’s/children’s name(s) and grades visible in your windshield at pickup. This will greatly assist the staff working outside to identify your child in the crowd and help move the line along at a faster pace.


  • Please do not use cell phones while in the carpool line. Cell phone use in the carpool line is prohibited per Illinois State Law and can result in ticketing.


  • Please do not turn left onto Mill Street. Left turns are prohibited during peak traffic times and will result in ticketing.


  • At no time may students be dropped off on Mill Street.

A.M. Procedures


  • Parents may enter the parent drop off lane no earlier than 7:50 and must pull forward to door 6.
  • Students may not exit their vehicles until 8:00 a.m. when staff are present and begin their active supervision.
  • Parents may not exit their vehicles while in the carpool lane. Children must be independent in managing carseat/seatbelts and materials. Staff will be available to help students as needed.
  • Families who arrive after 8:15 must park and escort their children into the office and must sign them in.

P.M. Proccedures


  • Parents may not enter the pick up lane prior to 2:15 and at that time must pull forward to door 6.
  • Parents must post a sign in their windshield listing students names and grades.
  • Vehicles must continually pull forward and students will come to the vehicle from their position on the sidewalk.
  • Parents may not exit their vehicle while in the carpool lane. Staff will assist students in finding and entering their vehicles.
  • Parents who arrive past 2:45 must park and retrieve their students from the main office. Parents who are habitually late will be required to meet with building administrators to address the issue.

Walker Proccedures


  • Please reference the Mill Street Safe Walking Route
  • Students who walk home will exit from door 5. It is recommended that parents or guardians meet students and escort them home safely.
  • Students may not remain on school grounds or the playground immediately after school, but must first go home and then may return after school hours.
  • Students in grades 3-5 may ride their bikes to and from school. Bikes must be locked in the provided bike racks and walked on school grounds.
  • Students in grades K-2 may ride bikes to and from school only if accompanied by an adult.
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Pets

Pets are not allowed on school grounds when students are present and/or during arrival and dismissal times.

Reminder: Bus Schedules

At this time the transportation department is still finalizing bus routes. It is always recommended to double check the evening before school begins since changes can occur in routes and pick-up times.


Infinite Campus ---> More ---> Transportation


If you need assistance regarding transportation information, call the Transportation Department at 630-420-6464.


All bus riders will be met by staff members at the start of the school year to guide children to their grade level classrooms.

School Supplies

School supply kits will be in classrooms on day 1 for those that preordered kits.


If you did not preorder a supply kit, you can see the required supply lists here. Please send in these items on the first day of school.

MAP Testing Schedule

Students will be taking the new NWEA MAP Reading Fluency Assessment along with the NWEA MAP Growth Assessment. Both assessments provide diagnostic data used to plan instruction.


Monday, August 22nd

Reading: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd


Wednesday, August 24th

Math: 3rd, 4th & 5th


Thursday, August 25th

ELA: 3rd, 4th & 5th


Monday, August 29th

Reading: 3rd, 4th & 5th


Tuesday, August 30th

Math: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd


Wednesday, August 31st

ELA: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd

Your Child is Going to Make New Friends...You Should Too!

Are you new to Mill Street or did your family begin at Mill Street during the height of the covid-19 pandemic (2020/21 or 2021/22 school year)?


If so, please join us for our New Family Coffee on Friday, August 26th at 8:30 a.m.

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Mill Street Night Out: Friday, August 26th

Join us for our first Mill Street Night Out at Jason's Deli on Friday, August 26th from 5-9.


You must mention Mill Street Elementary when ordering in person or use the QR code below to place a takeout or pickup order online.


15% of sales come back to Mill Street H&S!

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Reporting a Student Absence

If your student is sick or will be absent, please report the absence via Infinite Campus (directions below) or call the health office at (630) 420-6355.


You may leave a voicemail if calling outside of school hours. Please be ready to record the following:


  • Date
  • Student’s Name (please spell the last name)
  • Teacher’s Name
  • Reason for absence


Directions on using Infinite Campus's Online Absence Request tool to submit an absence, late arrive or early departure request for their student(s):



  • Select "More" from the left-hand navigation menu, and then choose "Absence Request."


  • Choose the appropriate student(s), the reason for their absence, their absence type, the date(s) of their absence and any additional comments you would like to share.


  • Your submitted absence request(s) will appear on the next screen as "Pending." When the request has been approved, the status will change to "Processed."


  • You can change/delete requests while they are "Pending," but once they are "Processed" a parent/guardian must contact their child's school to make a change.


You can also visit the Mill Street website, hover your mouse over "Our School' in the top navigation menu and select "Contact Us." Then, on the left-side navigation menu, select "Reporting an Absence."



If your student is being picked up for an appointment or your student is leaving school early for the day...please email their teacher and notify them of the pick-up time and if your student will or will not be returning to school that day. It is important the teacher knows the students schedule so they can plan accordingly. Please bring an ID with you if you're signing a student out early or leaving for an appointment. Thank you.

2022-23 Breakfast and Lunch Service Information

This Fall, Naperville 203’s Nutrition Services program is transitioning back to traditional meal service.The USDA waiver that allowed for free breakfast and free lunch to all students has expired. Click above for more information and meal rates.

My School Bucks

Please make sure your students have adequate funds on their meal account. Deposit funds for breakfast/lunch or review balances and purchases here.

Mill Street Social Media

Did you know there are several ways you can stay informed on all that is happening at Mill Street?


Follow Mill on Facebook on the Mill Street Elementary Home and School page, as well as the Mill Street Principal Communication page. Find Mill on Instagram @millsthomeandschool.

Scout Pack 562

Mill Street Families, we are restarting Scout Pack 562 for '22/'23 school year. We want to presenting to the Kids (future Scouts) and the future Parent/Leaders information and questions. Please complete this form so we can directly connect with interested families.


Many may be new to Scouting due to the COVID shut downs. Both Boys & Girls are able to join for all Mill Street grades. Pack meetings are for all grades and Den meetings are grade specific.


Feel free to share/reach out to other friends as emails are easily overlooked. The more the merrier and the stronger the future of the Pack!


We will set a meeting up in Aug. (TBD) to discuss and answer any questions including, but not limit to:


  • Calendar of Events - a tentative list of activities and dates by month for the Pack. Den meeting (grade specific) planning will come closer to the start of the school year.
  • Time Commitments - what a Scout, Den Leader, and Committee member may expect when participating
  • Parent Engagement - what is needed to deliver a quality program and meet Youth Protection guidelines.
  • Budget Planning - what is the likely cost outlay for a year of Scouting for both Scouts and Leaders
  • Website / Communication - we will work to update various Sites (work in progress)


Please don't hesitate to contact me in advance of the meeting with questions.


Yours in Scouting.


Mark Coyle

ms.pack562.cubmaster@gmail.com

School Reminders

Late students in the morning: Parents, please walk your student into the building and sign them in. A parent is required to sign their student in at the main office with a time and signature. Do not drop your student off and have them walk in alone without a parent. Students are expected to be in their classroom at 8:10 am with instructional learning to begin promptly at 8:15 am. Thank you.


If your student is being picked up for an appointment or your student is leaving school early for the day...please email their teacher and notify them of the pick-up time and if your student will or will not be returning to school that day. It is important the teacher knows the students schedule so they can plan accordingly. Please bring an ID with you if you're signing a student out early or leaving for an appointment. Thank you.


If your student is sick or will be absent, please report the absence via Infinite Campus or call the health office at (630) 420-6355 and speak to Mrs. Robinson. You may leave a voicemail if calling outside of school hours.

Mill Street Home & School

The Naperville District 203 Home & School Association’s mission is to encourage and facilitate a cooperative partnership among our students, parents/guardians, and District staff and administration to support and enhance the school experience of each student. Home & School initiates and/or supports various programs through the donation of time and sponsorship from its District school population and community members. Home & School remains constantly fluid to meet the ever-changing needs of our diverse student population.