Mustang Minute

November 22, 2019

**Report Cards Were Sent Home TODAY**


  • Parent/Teacher Conferences(NEW)
  • Former Millburn Family (NEW)
  • Reading Steps (NEW)
  • Ecology Club (NEW)
  • Dismissal Changes
  • Millburn Webstore
  • Kindergarten Lunch Helpers/ Winter Time
  • MBAC

  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (Updated)

  • EPIC News (Updated)

  • Virtual Backpack

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We are looking forward to meeting with families next week and share all the exciting progress your child has made this year. It is a busy two days for teachers and time goes by very quickly. We will do our best to stay on our schedules. We do ask for families to arrive on time as well to assure we can keep to our schedule.

After conferences, make sure you check out the book fair in the east gym. Also, stop by the STEM lab between 1:00-3:00 where you will find Dr. Lind providing a drop-in session for families to share thoughts and ideas that may help in our strategic planning for the district.

Before you leave, please look through the lost and found table by the office. We have collected a very big assortment of items over the last few months. Items left over after conferences will be donated to the EPIC Resale in the Spring.

Below are some helpful tips as you prepare for next week's conferences.

Before the conference

  • Ask your child how she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
  • Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help her.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
  • Prepare a list of questions such as:

1. What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
2. Does my child hand homework in on time?
3. Does my child participate in class?
4. Does my child seem happy at school?
5. What can I do at home to help?

During the conference

  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services such as English classes, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
  • Thank the teacher.

After the conference

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

Former Millburn Family

It is with a heavy heart to pass along some unfortunate news. A former Millburn Family, the Edwards Family (Parents: Ken and Melissa; Children: Dillion, Brendan, Rowan, and Nedra) moved away from Millburn in 2018 to Texas. Last week, Melissa and Brendan lost their lives in a car accident. Brendan was a 6th grader at Mountain Valley Middle School in Canyon Lake, TX.

We know that many of you may know the family. Our social workers and psychologists are available for any student who is coping through this loss.

A meal train account has been set up for the family:

Reading Steps

We are very proud of our students with all the reading that is occurring both at school and at home. Many of our students have set goals for themselves on how many steps they would like to achieve by the end of the school year. This week, we announced several classes where all students have reached 100 or more steps!

Keep the momentum going!

Ecology Club- Grades 3rd-5th

Interested in being greener here at school? The Ecology Club meets in three sessions during the year to explore ‘eco’ problems through organic gardening, checking how we use resources, and making useful objects from garbage created in the building. You can be part of this change! Each session is $50. Club members will make handmade paper, grow plants in the green house, take care of an earthworm farm, and participate in an Earth Day project. We meet every Wednesday in the science lab except early dismissal Wednesdays.

To sign up for Ecology Club please go to Please click on Webstore and then select MES Ecology Club

Dismissal Changes

Any changes to a child's dismissal procedures need to be communicated to the office by noon. Once we receive this communication, our office staff will contact the teacher to inform them of the change. We have encountered parents emailing teachers during the day about changes, but emails may not be checked until the end of the day after students have left. Contacting the office assures that the change can and will be done.

Please direct any changes to Mrs. Hayes:


If you are changing any of your plans with MBAC, you should contact Mr. Slaby directly, in addition, to contacting the main office.


Millburn WebStore

Millburn WebStore/Outstanding Fees

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

Please check your child’s PushCoin account weekly to view any fees your child may have incurred (e.g., lost library book, MBAC fees, lunch overages). If you have not created a PushCoin account for your child, please visit, click "I don't have an account," and follow the prompts to set up your child's account. Once you’ve created a PushCoin account for your child(ren), you will receive monthly emails from PushCoin if your child has an outstanding fee balance. Note that low balance lunch reminders are no longer sent home with your child. However, you can set a low balance or negative balance notification through PushCoin. This will be sent to the email address you provide.

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 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!

Upcoming Events

11/22- Report Cards Go Home

11/25-11/26 Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/27-11/29 No School- Thanksgiving Break

12/3- Early Dismissal @ 12:55

12/11- MMS/MES Choir Concert @ 7PM (MES East Gym)

12/20- Early Dismissal @ 12:55

Winter Break: Dec. 23- Jan. 3


Donuts with Dad –Donuts with Dad is on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. Please RSVP by TODAY November 22nd. Visit us at to RSVP.

MMS Book Fair – Our Scholastic Book Fair is open for business! Join us on Monday and Tuesday during conferences to see our vast inventory. Students and Staff can also shop during school hours. Check off your Holiday Gift list with books from our Book Fair. Hope to see you there.

Volunteers still needed PLEASE! Visit us at click on Middle School Book Fair for more information. We are flexible in our times – just let us know what works for you.

MES Book Fair – Follett Book Fair is returning to MES this fall with a wide selection of award winning books! Stop by on November 25 & 26 in the East Gym during Donuts with Dad or Parent/Teacher Conferences to see what Follett has to offer. Children will also be coming to the fair during the school day with their classes. Gift cards will be available through GiftFly. Please note that any unused amount will remain on the gift card, but does not have an expiration date.

See the Virtual Backpack for information on Gift Cards, Book Fair Flyer and prices with tax (to make sure your student has the right amount).

Volunteers still needed PLEASE! click on Elementary Book Fair.

BONUS: All Book Fair Volunteers are eligible for a 20% discount on all purchases!

Spirit Wear: 2 ways to get spirit wear!

Online: order DUE TODAY Nov 22 for Mustang and Cougar spirit wear! Great for holiday gifts.

Recycle/Swap: Do you have spirit wear your child has grown out of? Recycle/Swap them out! Drop off donations at the offices, during conferences/book fair/donuts for dad and other upcoming events, then select from other products available in April at the Fun Run. Details will continue to be posted.

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.

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: With a total of 376 box tops submitted – Congrats to Mrs. Laughman’s class for being the Box Top Classroom Party winners! Their party is being planned – details coming soon!

The $25 Target Gift Card random winner is: Abby Beaman – 3C

These students earned a special prize for submitting 200 or more box tops:

Abby Beaman – 3C

Gia Awkerman – 2C

AWESOME JOB! With all of the submissions, Millburn has earned over $500 from the Box Tops for Education program during the back-to-school-drive! The next due date will be in January. Stay tuned for more info and keep saving your Box Tops and scanning your grocery receipts!!

Any questions, please email:

Student Directory: It’s not too late – please register to our school directory. Thanks to everyone who has registered and updated information. It does not automatically update with student information every year. We need you! :) So that we have accurate records for each student, please be sure to sign into the website and update your student(s) information. You do not have to add any personal information unless you desire. We respect your privacy!

Registration is FREE! See below for details, please.

Click here to update your registration with your student's information:

Upcoming dates:

November 25/26 Donuts for Dad (MES)

November 25/26 Book Fair (MES)

November 25/26 Book Fair (MMS)

December 15 Dinner Night Out – Jimanos Pizza

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

No new items

Parent Resources