Mustang Minute

July 17, 2020

“If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.“ – Diane Loomans


  • Return Plans/ Parent Survey (NEW)
  • Summer Learning (NEW)
  • Face Masks
  • Yearbook
  • Art to Remember- Pick Up Next Wednesday (UPDATE)
  • EPIC News
  • Virtual Backpack

Return Plans/Parent Survey

Dr. Lind sent our general return plan to families yesterday. Families will have an option to have their child(ren) come in for in-person instruction or choose remote learning. For in-person instruction at Millburn Elementary, here are the basics:

  • Students attend for 5 hours with lunch in the classroom

  • Students remain in one classroom with teachers pushing in as needed

  • Students have specials in the classroom or outside with class if available

  • Class sizes range from 14-17 with desks spaced 3-6ft apart

  • Masks must be worn at all times in the building unless eating

  • Busing will be available, with no more than 20 students on board

  • Childcare will be available through Millburn Before/and After Care (MBAC)

Many of our next steps for planning depend on how many families elect for in-person instruction. We will need to review staffing, busing, building needs, and even scheduling. For example, staggered start times for K-2 and 3-5 may need to be considered to reduce the number of students on the bus and to allow for better social distancing when entering the building.

We ask that all families complete their intentions for their child by Dr. Lind by Thursday, July 23. Click below to access the registration.

Summer Learning

We know everyone is having fun, relaxing, and enjoying time with your family. We are about a month away from the start of school! Let's start off on the right foot and refresh our minds and skills we've learned so we are ready for next year. We encourage families to work on our summer learning activities. IXL is available for students to work on and we have packets available to pick up in our office.

Below is the list of students who have done over 5 hours of IXL! I wonder how many students will get to 10 hours by the first day of school!!!!

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Face Masks

As we continue to plan our return with students in the fall, we know that the use of masks will be essential to our learning environment. We are sure your child has already experienced wearing a mask at times over the last few months. Now the challenge will be wearing it for longer periods of time.

There are many companies that are selling masks, but which one is right for you? It really is like choosing a pair of shoes. You want them to be comfortable and still serve the purpose. The CDC recommends face make following these guidelines:

  1. Face masks should fit snugly and comfortably
  2. They must be secured with ties or ear loops
  3. They should comprise multiple fabric layers
  4. You should be able to breathe without restriction while wearing the face mask
  5. You should be able to wash the face masks without causing damage or losing the face mask’s shape

We do suggest families start looking for options for their child and to have them get use to wearing it for longer periods of time. Try wearing the mask around the house in relaxed environments: watching TV, playing a family game, etc.

Yearbook Update

Lifetouch was shut down due to COVID and is currently working with a smaller staff for safety purposes. Unfortunately, we do not have information as to when the yearbook will be delivered. Once it has been delivered, families will be made aware and will be informed of how they will be distributed. We apologize for the delay.

If you are still interested in purchasing a yearbook, there is still 15 -20 left for sale. You can purchase it on Push Coin. Once you have done that, please email the receipt, along with your child's name and homeroom, to Miss Maier at

Art To Remember- Pick up Next Wednesday

Mrs. Hauser will be at MES on Wednesday, July from 8-12 for families to come by and pick up their Art to Remember items. If you cannot make it, stop but he office after Wednesday between 8-12 to pick up yoru items.


Box Tops: Don’t forget about your Box Tops! If you would like to submit any Box Tops that you have, please email us at: We will be happy to pick them up from your porch or mailbox. Any Box Tops submitted over the summer will be saved for the 2020-2021 school year and your child will get credit for their new classroom. Don’t forget to scan your grocery receipt to earn digital Box Tops for Millburn!

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. Have a lot and want to give them now? 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 We will sent up a pick up time and we will do the work for you.

Board Elections: We are going holding elections in the fall. Open positions will be: Vice President, Secretary, Community Fundraising Director, MMS Activity Director and MES Activity Director. If you are interested in a position and would like to reach out to us please contact us at

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.

For more information visit our website at

Questions or concerns contact us at

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