Mustang Minute

October 11, 2019

**NO SCHOOL Monday, October 14- Columbus Day**

**No SCHOOL Tuesday, October 15- Teacher Inservice**


  • EPIC Halloween Celebrations (NEW)
  • Millburn Webstore
  • Bully Prevention Month
  • Reading Logs
  • PBIS Fundraiser Pick Up
  • MBAC

  • Communication

  • Tears, Tantrums and Battles: Preventing Power Struggles

  • Upcoming Events (Updated)

  • EPIC News (Updated)

  • Virtual Backpack

Halloween Celebrations

Halloween celebrations will occur on Thursday, October 31 from 1:00-2:00PM. All students are allowed to wear costumes during the celebrations. Costumes should not have weapons associated with them and we would appreciate no makeup because we don’t want students wearing it all day long. Students must bring their costumes in and not wear them to school. They will change into them before the parties. Costumes need to be easily put on and not require a lot of help from an adult.

****Students are not_to_bring_in_“goodie”_bags_or_food_items_for_their_class. Our celebrations are food free due to the many allergies we have in the building. We need to be considerate of those health issues. Although goodie bags can non-edible, our PTO provides all of our materials for students for our celebrations. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Millburn WebStore

The Millburn Webstore is available! Parents can now pay for activity fees, sports fees, and more! Simply go to to access the Millburn WebStore.

In the Millburn Webstore, you will have the option to make payments with a credit card, bank account, or for some items your child’s PushCoin Wallet. To add funds to your child’s PushCoin Wallet, go to

If you'd like to use the webstore or PushCoin, there are two ways to fund payments.

  • The eCheck funding option is always free for parents and the school district.
  • For credit or debit card payments there is an additional fee of 2.9% + $0.25 per transaction. The fee is charged by the card processor (not PushCoin). Millburn School District does not make any profit on this fee. The fee will be in addition to the original transaction amount. You will be able to see the total cost before submitting the transaction.

Bully Prevention Month

October is Bully Prevention Month. Over the next several weeks we will be discussing a variety of topics in regards to Bully Prevention:

  • Class Rules and Expectations
  • Recognizing, Reporting, Refusing
  • Bystander Power
  • Bystander Responsibility

For specifics on our lessons, please follow the link below to see an overview of our 2nd Step lessons, which includes our Bully Prevention Unit.

Reading Logs

This year, your child’s classroom will participate in 100 Book Challenge. Your child will be doing

lots of reading in school and at home. The reason for this program is simple: Research shows that students who read for one hour every day, from books that they can read and want to read, have a much better chance for success in school and beyond. The more time your child spends reading at his or her independent level, the better reader he or she will become.

We need your help! Every night your child will bring home books and a logsheet. Each logsheet line equals one 15-minute Step. For KDG families, the log sheet is coloring in a number box. Your child should read for at least 30 minutes per night. When she or he does, she or he will fill in two Steps, and you should sign for both. Use this time to sit with your child as the Home Reading Coach. The reading should be easy and fun for your child. It should not be a struggle.

We are requesting parents to be Home Coaches. The job involves only 5 things:

Home Coach Responsibilities:

  • Turn off TV, computers, phone, and games.
  • Observe your child reading for 30 minutes.
  • Think and talk about the books afterward.
  • Sign 100 Book Challenge logsheets.
  • Student packs up books for safe return to school.

Books are a window to the world! Thank you for being a partner with us in your child’s education.

Little Caesars Fundraiser Pick-Up

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 3:30-7pm

640 Freedom Way

Lindenhurst, IL

Pick up your Pizza Kits as soon as possible.

We will not be responsible for any Kits remaining as we do not have storage! Remember, if the products thaw they can be refrozen.

Questions: Please feel free to email Carol McGill at with any questions.

Millburn Before and After Care (MBAC)

Are you looking for supervision fo your child for before or after school? Millburn offers our own on site program for our Millburn families. We are currently accepting registration for this year's program. Please visit the our website for information on MBAC and registration forms. If you have any questions, contact Jimichael Slaby at

MBAC Information


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!

Tears, Tantrums and Battles: Preventing Power Struggles

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6:30-8pm

4374 Old Grand Avenue

Gurnee, IL

This workshop provides parents withe the necessary ingredients for understanding the dynamics of power struggles, preventing power struggles and redirecting them. In this fun and entertaining workshop, you will learn 12 specific strategies, preventing power struggles, the 7 tips for getting out of power struggles when they do occur and the 3 simple steps for setting limits guaranteed to make your life easier for years to come.

This workshop is hosted by Warren Township Youth & Family Services. To learn more

about our programs please visit our website at

Click below to register:

Upcoming Events

10/14- No Schol- Columbus Day

10/15- No School- Teacher Inservice

10/31- EPIC Halloween Celebrations

11/1- EPIC Family Fun Night


Dinner Night Out: Skip cooking and enjoy a delicious meal with other Millburn Families! Join us at McAlister's Deli on October 14th anytime from 11am - 9 pm! Simply mention Millburn EPIC and 20% of the sales that day will go to EPIC! Check out the flyer in the virtual backpack. (no flyer needed at time of purchase)

Millburn Kids Resale: SALE IS ONE WEEK AWAY!!! Registration forms are due today!!

Please join us in congratulating our second drawing winner –

Diana Jacobson!!!!

Our final drawing is today Friday, 10/11/19.

Volunteer Only Invite to PRESALE: Would you like to come early and shop the Millburn 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 to make other arrangements.

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 the volunteer help to be able to effectively run the sale.

Please follow this link to view opportunities:

Adult Volunteer -

If your student is looking for volunteer hours have them sign up here.

Student Volunteer- Fall 2019 Student Volunteers for Kids Resale

Activity Night: The first Middle School Activity Night for 2019-20 is on Friday, Oct 25th. The theme for the night is MONSTER MASH.

Students may choose to dress for the theme by wearing their most creative interpretation of the theme. This is a chance for them to be creative, however, please adhere to the dress code regarding short/skirt length, no masks, and no showing of any undergarments. Failure to abide by these rules will result in the student being asked to return home to change.

There will be a DJ & NITRO BALL!!!!



6th grade-6pm, MAIN entrance

7th/8th grade-6:30 pm, MAIN entrance


6th grade-8:30pm, MAIN entrance

7th/8th grade-9:00pm ACTIVITY entrance

For PICK UP, please pull in and find a parking spot. You can meet your child at the canopy area. You can also use the pick up late, but if everyone does this, the line of traffic will stretch out to Route 45! No students will be allowed to walk or ride a bike home.

Admission to the event is $2.00. Drinks, candy and pizza will be available for purchase.

All students attending MUST have a current student ID to show at the door. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. Students CANNOT go to their lockers to retrieve forgotten ID’s, as the hallway doors are locked. Also, all students must have a permission slip to attend Activity Night on file.

If you need to leave before the Activity Night is over, YOUR parent must come inside the building and sign you out!

The rules are NOT negotiable!

MMS EPIC Activity Night Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help us, so please join us, Friday, Oct 25th. We can use all the help we can get: serving up food & drinks to the masses, coordinating Bingo and just watching all the rooms of activity. Please sign up at For more information, reach out to Rimi Singh and Becky Varga at

Holiday Celebrations – Elementary School: Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer in the classroom Halloween parties. At this time, we have filled all the available volunteer spots for each classroom. If you haven’t heard from us and volunteered for the classroom Valentine’s Day Party watch your emails around the first of the year.

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

Box Tops: Please start using the new Box Tops for Education App- it is so simple, download the app, scan your grocery receipt and if there are qualifying products that were purchased – you will instantly receive E-Box Tops!

Any questions about Box Tops? Email:

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.

Upcoming dates:

October 14 Dinner Night Out McAlister’s Deli 11am-9pm

October 18/19 Kids Resale

October 25 MMS Activity Night

November 1 MES Family Fun Night

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

  • Gurnee Demons Basketball
  • Lindenhurst Park District Halloween Activities

Mrs. Kari Gedville

Assistant Principal

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