Mustang Minute

April 2, 2021

"The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) aired a documentary . . . about Spaghetti growers in Switzerland―on April 1, 1957. . . Soon after the broadcast, the BBC received phone calls from viewers eager to know if spaghetti really grew on trees and how they might grow a spaghetti tree of their own." ―Leland Gregory

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  • Spring Assessments (NEW)
  • April D.E.A.M. Calendar
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

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. 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!


District Talent Show: Last day to register is today, Friday April 2nd. All Millburn students from Kindergarten thru 8th grade are welcome to participate in the EPIC 2021 Virtual Talent Show being held in April. We will be recording all acts and sharing a link to watch the show. The in-person rehearsal & recording appointments will be held at the Millburn Middle School cafeteria on April 6 & April 9 from 4PM- 8PM. April 13 date may be added, if needed. Social distance & proper sanitization procedures will be incorporated and masks will be required at all times for each & every 2 minute school- appropriate act. Permission slip & full Talent Show rules and information can be found in Virtual Backpack. If you have any additional questions or any concerns, please contact us at

Spirit Wear: Spirit wear for each school is available for online purchase. The store is open until April 11th.

Elementary/Mustang orders can be place at

This is a great gift if you have a child entering Middle School

Millburn Family Virtual Fun Run: Save the Date! The Millburn Family *Virtual* Fun Run is scheduled for April 24, 2021! The Fun Run will be virtual this year. Complete the 5k anytime between April 24, 2021- May 1, 2021. For more information and to sign up go to

8th Grade Farewell Celebration: 8th Grade Families – Save the Date - We will be holding this Millburn tradition for our graduates on Friday, May 21st . See your save the date email for more information.

PHOTOS - please check your emails for information regarding pictures for the slide show.

7th Grade Families: We are still planning the 8th Grade Farewell Celebration. If you are still interested in helping with planning please contact

We need your help! After spring break look for information about helping at the event. I takes many hands doing simple tasks the night of to make this night a success. Remember next year the 7th grade families do all the work for you to have a memorable evening.

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

Dinner Night Out: Save the date our next night is April 23rd at Oberweis.

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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