Mustang Minute

January 15, 2021

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago."

Warren Buffett, investor and philanthropist

**Yearbook Orders are Due Next Thursday- See Below for Details**


  • In-Person Phase-in Plan
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Bus Riding (NEW)
  • COVID Self-Certification (NEW)
  • Zooming/Absence (NEW)
  • iPad Cleaning (NEW)
  • Valentine's Day Plans (NEW)
  • Yearbook Information
  • Support Staff Needed (NEW)
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

In-Person Phase-In Plan

We are all set to bring back in-person learning students in Early Childhood (EC), Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and Structured Learning Programs (SLP) on Tuesday!!

Here is our tentative plan for the rest of our in-person students coming back into the building:

  • Week of January 25- Phase 4 (2nd/3rd Grade Added)
  • Week of February 1- Phase 5 (4th/5th Grade Added)

We do want to give advanced notice IF there are any changes to this timeline. Should that occur, we will notify families as soon as we can.

We will continue to follow our scheduled school day like we have this school year:

K-2nd: 8:00AM-12:00PM

3rd-5th: 8:30AM-12:30PM

Student Schedule- Click HERE

Also below is a copy of the letter sent on Wednesday, January 13 about In-Person Procedures.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend!

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Bus Riding

Good airflow is a recommendation to help alleviate the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, our buses will be opening some windows (not all the way down) to create this airflow. Please make sure your child has dressed appropriately as it might get a little cold on the bus do to this airflow. The heaters will be running to help balance out the temperature.

COVID Self Certification

Millburn District 24 has partnered with Frontline to offer COVID self-certification to staff and students. You will receive a communication from School Messenger with instructions on how to set up your child's self-certification account. If you run into difficulties setting up an account, please call the school office to verbally certify that your child does not have any of the following symptoms: a fever of 100.4 and above, new cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle/body aches and/or chills, new loss of smell or taste, sore throat, new congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain from unknown causes, and/or new onset of moderate to severe headache from unknown cause.

COVID Information

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

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. A student can start zooming the following school day once the school has been made aware. This allows time for the teacher to prepare their Zooming station to be set up.

iPad Cleaning

It is part of the student responsibility of using a school device to maintain the device- this includes cleaning it, regularly. Below is directly from the Apple Website

To Clean Your iPad

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Valentine's Day Plans

With the circumstances this year, Valentine's celebrations will need to be adjusted. We will not be exchanging Valentine's Day cards between students and staff. Instead, we will do a Spirit Week leading up to Valentine's Day. On Friday, February 12, teachers will do fun activities associated with Valentine's Day. In addition, EPIC will be providing a craft for our students to work on for Valentine's Day.

Yearbook Information

Don’t forget to order this year’s historic yearbook before we run out! Your student will not want to miss out on all of the stories that are making this year so unique. The deadline for ordering the yearbook is January 21, 2021. On January 22, the final quantity will be submitted for yearbooks sold. Don't miss out!

Support Staff Needed

Looking to make a difference? Wanting to be part of the most amazing school ever?

We are looking for dynamic, committed, and reliable individuals for a few support staff positions we have available. Below are links to the job descriptions. If you are interested, click the buttons below to apply.

Click Job Descriptions

Read to Succeed Tickets Extended

Unused tickets earned during the 2020 season will be valid through August 31, 2021.

Thank you for your participation in Read to Succeed. We know that this has been a trying year and because of this, we have extended unused 2020 Read to Succeed tickets through August 31, 2021.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send us a note.


The Six Flags Read to Succeed Team


MES Family Fun Night: A Virtual Painting Experience

Come join us on February 19th when our elementary students and their families are invited to enjoy a guided virtual painting experience with other students and families. (Limited space available.). This is a free event for our Millburn Families.

Please select ONE design (note time of virtual lesson) for your family. Provide the name of one student, but EACH Elementary Student within the family should be registered in the total number of items ordered (see below for option for MMS students within the family to also participate). Registration includes materials (canvas, brushes, mixing trays, cups with acrylic paints and glaze) to create an art piece under the guidance of a virtual instructor.

Registration is limited and available on first come first serve basis from 1/15 through 1/29. Materials will be labeled for families and available for pick up in MES lobby on Friday 2/12 and Monday 2/15 (no student attendance, but lobby will be open). Materials not claimed by 2/16 will be available to families who missed the registration and/or MMS students of a family who has registered. Register at

Prior to the event Friday 2/19, families will get an email with a Zoom link, which the students can access from their school devise and/or other devises. We look forward to seeing all the creative art work that night!

Dinner Night Out

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Millburn at MOD Pizza.

Mark your calendars – our next outing is February 10th at Chipolte

District Talent Show

We are moving our talent show to April. Additional details, information & sign up will be available March. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Behnke or Sherri Golebiowski at

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 January 29th

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


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

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

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 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.


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

Check out our website for information or follow us on Facebook

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