Mustang Minute

January 22, 2021

"A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others." —Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

See Below for REVISED Phase-In Plan

Family Fun Night Registration Due January 29..See EPIC News for Details


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

REVISED In-Person Phase-In Plan

We will need to push back our plans to add 2nd and 3rd grade classes for in-person learning at Millburn Elementary for hopefully only one week to February 1. This may also cause us to push the start of 4th and 5th grade students for in-person learning back one week or more. We will have more information available next week. This is due to a water issue that I will explain below, and not due to COVID-19. We apologize for this very disappointing news for kids, teachers, parents, and administrators that were looking forward to having more of our kids back in the building next week.

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

COVID Self Certification

ALL In-person families MUST certify your child is free of COVID symptoms DAILY before sending your child to school as well as if they are remaining home due to illness or quarantine.

If you have not already done so, please visit and complete your child's daily self-certification.

If you are unable to create an account, please submit a work ticket and call the school to provide verbal certification until your account is established.

Please remember to complete the self-certification every school day. Thank you!

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 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.

Art To Remember

The deadline for ordering art keepsakes this year is February 26. Thank you to the families who chose to participate! The Art to Remember forms and original artwork have been passed out to teachers. Many teachers were able to hand them out to students with their supply pickups, but some may be waiting for students to return in person. Please email Mrs. Hauser at if you have not received your code yet and are interested in ordering. Thank you!

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.

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.


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: 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.

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