Mustang Minute

September 11, 2020

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl


  • Phase 3 begins Sept. 14 (NEW)
  • Parent Pick Up
  • Parent Night 1st-5th (NEW)
  • Yearbook Update (NEW)
  • Switching Between In-Person and Remote Learning
  • D.E.A.M.
  • iPads/Battery Life
  • Remote Learning Expectations for Parents and Students
  • Teacher Absence
  • School Supplies
  • MBAC
  • Suicide is Preventable and Help is Available (NEW)
  • Paraprofessional Openings at D24
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

Phase 3 Begins Sept. 14

Phase 3 of our reintegration of students into the building starts on Monday. 1st graders who have opted for in-person learning will be joining us! Students will continue to follow the same schedule as remote learning (K-2 from 8-12 and 3-5 from 8:30-12:30). We will have some students stay longer for more support in the afternoons. Those families already have been notified.

Please review Drop off and pIck-up procedures. You can find this information in the Parent Letter below.

Also attached is the FAQ that Dr. Lind sent out last week.

Parent Night 1st-5th

Parent Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23. Your child's teacher will share the link out to you as we approach the 24th. Here are the times for your child's Parent Night:

1st/2nd- 5:00PM

3rd/4th- 6:00PM

5th- 7:00PM

Sessions will be recorded and shared out if you can not attend.

Yearbook Update from Lifetouch


We have hundreds of yearbooks in our office needing to find a home. If you ordered a yearbook, stop by the office between 8-4 to pick yours up!

Switching Between In-Person and Remote

If you recall, we collected information from all parents this summer on their preferred option of either in-person instruction or remote learning. Parents were asked to commit through the fall.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate switching from remote to in-person at this time. Our class sizes have been created to allow 6ft of social distancing when in the clasroom. Homerooms have been set up based on these numbers.

We will reach out to parents later in the fall about the possibility of changing.


In an effort to help students and their families find ways to be active and move throughout the day we are providing a movement calendar we are calling DEAM (Drop Everything and Move). These calendars provide daily exercise activities for students. There are two calendar options; the long list-type calendar is suitable for students in K-5, the other more traditional calendar format is suitable for students in grade 3-5. You may print this calendar, write it on a separate piece of paper or pick one up in the front vestibule at school with other school materials. At the end of each month students can turn in their completed calendar for a chance to win a raffle prize. The prizes will be announced in the PE lessons students will do during their Specials time each week.

Have fun and stay healthy!!!

Mrs. Michel and Ms. Hoetzer

Choose one of the calendars below to use to track yoru exercises.

iPads/ Battery Life

We discovered this week that the battery on some iPads have been draining quickly due to Zoom meetings. We are asking for students to have their devices fully charged and have them plugged into their charges during all Zoom meetings. This will assure the battery will last the morning hours.

Teacher Absent Day

We are currently in the process of recruiting and training substitute teachers for remote learning. Until we can get this established, we will not have substitute teachers available for remote learning. For now, if there is a teacher absence during remote learning, teachers will be making activities for students to do independently for the day (asynchronously). Students will still have a morning meeting with one of our staff members via Zoom. At the meeting, we will still take attendance, and then review the day's activities before students are released to their activities for the day.

MBAC Registration

Once we return to in-person learning, MBAC will once again provide before and after school care for students. If you are interested in using this for your child, please complete the registration paperwork (see below) and submit it to Mr. Jimichael Slaby at

Suicide is Preventable and Help is Available

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center encourages all people to share a message of hope: Suicide is preventable, and help is available in Lake County.

“Many people are facing added stress and anxiety during the pandemic, and deaths by suicide are trending higher in Lake County this year,” said Sam Johnson-Maurello, Director of Behavioral Health at the Health Department. “So far this year, 55 Lake County residents have tragically died by suicide. Over the past several years, we have averaged 65 lives lost to suicide annually. Right now, we want every person to know that you are not alone, and help is available.”

The Lake County Health Department’s Crisis Care Program offers a free, confidential hotline for anyone experiencing a mental crisis or substance use issue at (847) 377-8088. Counselors are also available in person at 3002 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois. People wishing to speak with a counselor can call or walk in, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“A mental health crisis could include overwhelming depression, thoughts of suicide, poor concentration, disturbing thoughts, or feeling out of control,” said Joe Tranchita, Crisis Care Program Coordinator for the Health Department. “We can help you understand what is going on, help you explore your options, offer support, and refer you to the right resources.”

Another resource is Text-a-Tip, an anonymous text-communication system for youth who need help. The “Lake County Help” smartphone app, available for free download in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, allows you to send a message and get an immediate response from a licensed clinician.

In Lake County, anyone needing assistance finding mental health or substance use treatment, as well as food, shelter, rent or utility assistance, or other essential services can call 211 or text their zip code to 898211 to speak with someone who can help. For more information, visit the 211 Lake County website.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is an important resource for those who are having thoughts of suicide or people concerned for a loved one. The Lifeline provides free, 24/7 confidential support at 1-800-273-8255. The Lifeline is committed to advancing suicide prevention, along with improving crisis services.

Everyone can help prevent suicide. Learn more about the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and five action steps you can use to help someone in need.

Know where to turn if you or someone you know are in crisis:

  • Call the Crisis Care Program at (847) 377-8088;
  • Walk in for assistance at 3002 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, Illinois;
  • Download the “Lake County Help” app and send a Text-a-Tip message for an immediate response from a licensed clinician;
  • Call 211 or text your zip code to 898211;
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • Call 9-1-1.

Another way to show your support is by participating in the Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force’s 8th Annual 5K Walk for Awareness and Suicide Prevention. The event will be held virtually this year with a Facebook LIVE event on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Visit the task force’s Facebook page or register for the walk on Eventbrite.

Paraprofessional Postions Openings

School year position, but benefits are 100% paid for the full year. 100% paid insurance includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and $50,000 life. Enrolled in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF); vested after 10 years. Paid time off includes sick and personal leave. Starting salary is $12.07 unless applicant is experienced.


Primary Function: To provide support to one or more students with disabilities, enabling them to receive greater benefit from the district’s instructional program.

Organizational Relationships: The Special Education Paraprofessional receives guidance from the classroom teacher and reports to the Administration.

Performance Responsibilities:
  1. Under the supervision of the teacher, work with student or students to reinforce concepts initially introduced by the teacher.
  2. Assist student(s) in organizing tasks, schedules, materials or assignments.
  3. Establish a positive and supportive relationship with the student(s), which encourages independent functioning rather than dependency.
  4. Assist the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing the skills of individual students based on their needs, interests, or abilities.
  5. Help students operate and care for equipment or instructional materials assigned by the teacher.
  6. Distribute and collect workbooks, papers, and other materials for instruction,
  7. Guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up and assigned by the teacher.
  8. Assist with the supervision of student(s), including during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, lunchtime, trips to the office, nurse, Media Center or field trips.
  9. Check notebooks, correct papers, and supervise testing and make-up work, as assigned by the teacher.
  10. Help student(s) with their clothing, dressing skills as needed.
  11. Assist with lunch, snack, and clean-up routines
  12. Assist with wash-up and toilet routines.
  13. Help student transition from one room to another.
  14. Alert the teacher to any problem or special information about the assigned student(s).
  15. Maintain the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of fully licensed teachers.
  16. Participate in inservice training programs, as assigned.
  17. Support established classroom and behavior management procedures.
  18. Perform other duties that may be assigned by supervisor.

Terms of Employment: Must have or obtain a paraprofessional license as issued by the State of Illinois.
180 work days salary and work year established by the Board of Education.


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 attached below for the easy instructions.

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

For more information visit our website at

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

Parent Resources