Mustang Minute

April 23, 2021

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you'll be doomed if you don't try."- Beverly Sills

NO School on Monday, April 26 Remote Planning Day

Virtual Backpack-Click HERE

New Items: Gurnee Park Distrct Summer Camps

Come join EPIC at Oberweis in Gurnee today, April 23rd anytime between 9am and 10pm. Just mention you are from Millburn.


  • Safety Week (NEW)
  • Picture Day Sign-Ups (NEW)
  • Specials for 4/27-4/30 (NEW)
  • Spring Assessments
  • April D.E.A.M. Calendar
  • EPIC News (Updated)

Safety Week

Next week is Safety Week. Throughout the week we will be doing our safety drills with students (evacuation, severe weather, bus evacuation, intruder). This is a good time for families to review their safety procedures in the home!!!

Picture Day Sign-Up

Picture Day is coming up on Thursday, May 13th from 3:00PM-6:00PM. With the circumstances this year, these will be optional for families.Last names A-K will be at Millburn Elementary and L-Z will be at Millburn Middle School. Use the links below to Sign-Up.

Specials for 4/27-4/30

This week there will be no new Specials lessons. We have set this week aside as a make-up week. If you are all caught up, use the Choice Boards during your specials time each day. Please check Schoology to see what assignments are missing and what your current grade is. Younger students can see what lessons they haven't completed in the Activities section of each class in SeeSaw. If you need help with anything please visit the Specials teachers in their Office Hours.

Spring Assessments

April Showers Bring May Assessments????

In addition to class assessments that our teachers use for learning, the district and state also administer assessments as well.

MAP Tetsing (K-5)- Weke of May 3rd

ISA (5th Grade)- Week of May 10th

IAR (3rd-5th)- Week of May 17th

Below are the assessments we will be administering next month.

MAP Testing (K-5)- District

Starting the week of May 3rd, students will be given the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) online assessment in the areas of Reading and Math. Below is information about this assessment. We will not only see where students are at with their skills but also see how much growth they have made this school year. Students have as much time as they need to complete the test.
Lyla's Explains MAP Growth

ISA (5th)- STate

The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is administered to all 5th graders in the state of Illinois. This 3 part assessment covers a variety of science topics. Each testing session lasts up to an hour long. We plan to administer this assessment the week of May 10th. More information on how our Remote students will be given these assessments will be sent in the coming weeks.

IAR Testing (3rd-5th)- State

Starting the week of May 17, students in grades 3rd-5th grade will be administered the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This is a series of 5 assessments (2 English Language Arts and 3 Math). These assessments will be done in person on students iPads. More information on how our Remote students will be given these assessments will be sent in the coming weeks.

April D.E.A.M. Calendar

Here is the DEAM Calendar for this month. This is not a required activity, but is a wonderful way to get moving and active with your family and friends. If you choose to do this, simply print out the calendar or copy it down on a piece of paper and do the activity listed each day of the month. If you complete the calendar you will be entered into a raffle for a prize from the PE teachers!

Have fun!


Dinner Night Out: Come join us at Oberweis in Gurnee today, April 23rd anytime between 9am and 10pm. Just mention you are from Millburn.

Millburn Family Virtual Fun Run: The Millburn Family *Virtual* Fun Run starts tomorrow. Grab your running or walking shoes and get moving! The Fun Run will be virtual this year and is scheduled for April 24, 2021! Complete the 5k anytime between April 24, 2021- May 1, 2021. There is still time to sign up. For more information and to sign up go to

Staff Appreciation: We need your help! Staff appreciation week is quickly approaching (May 3 – 7). We have some exciting things to show our Staff how much we appreciation all they do. Shhhh – everything is still a surprise. Please consider making a donation to help us give them an amazing week. See the link below or go to and look for Staff Appreciation Donation. Thank you!

EPIC Board Elections: We will begin accepting nominations and candidate biographies next week. Please contact for nominations, more information or any questions.

8th Grade Farewell Celebration: 8th Grade Families – Invitations are mailed. If you did not receive one please reach out to us.

We will be holding this Millburn tradition for our graduates on Friday, May 21st . Our FRIENDS themed evening is for our graduates and their parents/guardians only.

Things to look for in the 8th Grade Newsletter:

Survey for gift – please complete by April 23rd

Sign up for the event – Closes May 14th.

7th Grade Families:

We need your help! In the next few weeks look for information about helping at the event. I takes many hands doing simple tasks make this night a success. Remember next year the 7th grade families do all the work for you to have a memorable evening. If you have any questions please contact:

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 March 30th

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.

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