Mustang Minute

January 10, 2020


  • 5 Essentials Survey
  • MAP Testing Next Week (NEW)
  • Spelling Bee (NEW)
  • MLK Day (NEW)
  • Student Council Toiletries (NEW)
  • Read to Succeed Program
  • Dismissal Changes
  • Millburn Webstore
  • MBAC

  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (Updated)

  • Food Service Employment

  • EPIC News (Updated)

  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

5 Essentials Parent Survey- CLICK HERE

Schools can see results when 20% of families complete the survey. Currently, we are at 4% of Millburn Families who have completed the survey. Please take a few moments to provide feedback to help us grow as a school.

MAP Testing

The winter session of our district assessment, Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), will begin next week for all students. Students were administered the assessment last fall and now we want to see how students are progressing with their skills.

For Kindergarten students this will be their first time. To help, KDG teachers will work with groups of KDG students to administer the assessment.

Below is the schedule for testing. To help alleviate students missing sessions and having them make-up the tests, please do your best to have your students here on those days and times.

Below is also an overview video on the assessment designed for parents.

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MAP Growth Parent Video

MAP Growth Parent Toolkit Video

Spelling Bee

On behalf of Millburn Elementary School, we'd like to congratulate our winner and runner-up from our school-wide Spelling Bee. Congratulations to our champion Julia Wallenfang (5th) and our runner-up Aarav Bagaria (5th). Julia will represent our school at the Sectionals Competition taking place on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020. This competition will be held at Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake. If for any reason, Julia cannot be present at the competition, Aarav will take her place in representing Millburn Elementary School.

We would also like to recognize all of our Spelling Bee participants. They all worked hard and did a fantastic job! Our 4th grade participants were: Wyatt Bell-Nance, Rheya Jaganathan, Jakob Henders, Shrey Patel, and Joey Renninger. Our 5th grade participants were: Samantha Hlinak, Julia Wallenfang, Aarav Bagaria, Grant Summy, and Hadassah Migues-Gaytan. Congratulations to all!

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King

We are inviting you to participate in a breakfast and program honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, January 21st. A celebration breakfast will take place in the MES cafeteria starting at 6:30. Coffee, tea, juice, bagels, and a variety of other breakfast breads will be served from 6:30-7:00 AM. There will be a short program in the gym from 7:10-7:30. We will view a video of the previous week's service and learning activities from MMS and MES, and the MES students will lead us in several songs that they are practicing in music class.

Parents will be dismissed at 7:30 in order to beat the bus traffic. MMS students will remain in the gym and be dismissed directly to their buses after MES students go to class at 7:45.

PLEASE RSVP HERE so that we can get an accurate count for purchasing breakfast items.

Student Council Toiletries

Student council is collecting toiletries to give to local charities to help those in need. You can send in toiletries from Monday, January 13th to Friday, January 24th. Thank you!

Read to Succeed Program

The 2020 Six Flags Read to Succeed program has begun! NEW this year are eReading logs, which are being sent home with all students this week. All directions are on the form, along with a unique code for your child's teacher. (All teacher codes are different.) Parents will need to register their child/children on the website and enter their child's teacher's unique code. Registration can be done on either a computer or smartphone. Simply keep track of your child's reading and record it onto the website by April 17, 2020. Students who read 6 hours will receive a FREE ticket to Great America. If students choose to read more than 6 hours, they can earn discounts on additional tickets for family members, season passes, and memberships. What a great way to earn a reward for all the hard work and reading that is being done by our MES students! If you have any questions, feel free to contact your child's teacher or Renee Marasco at

Feel free to use your read steps towards this!

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, it is best to 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 the 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


13-17- MAP Testing

20th- No School MLK Day

24th- Box Tops due

25th- Kid’s Resale Donation Drive 9 – 11 MMS

29th- Winter Band Concert @ 7PM


1st- Crafting Day @ MMS

5th- Spirit Day, Early Release @ 12:55PM

6th- EPIC Talent Show Rehearsal

14th- Valentine's Day Celebrations

17th- No School- President's Day

18th- No School- Teacher Inservice

20th- EPIC Talent Show


General Assembly Meeting: Our next general assembly meeting is on Tuesday January 14th at 7:00pm at MES Media Center. Join us for information about what we did the first part of the year and what is coming up. All attendees will be put in a raffle and could win one of the following:

- Ticket to Millburn Madness

- EPIC Water Bottle

- School Magnet

Hope to see you there!

Kids Resale: DONATION DRIVE - It is that time of year again!!!

If you have children's items that you would like to donate to the Kids Resale we will be at MMS on January 25th from 9 - 11am.

We have a donation form available.

Save the date for the Spring Resale March 6th and 7th.

Box Tops: The Winter Wonderland Box Top Drive is underway with a due date of Friday, 1/24/2020. Please send in all of the box tops that you have been collecting over the holidays and help Millburn raise extra money! The classroom with the most box tops submitted will win a classroom party and there will again be a random winner of a $25 Target Gift Card (every 25 box tops submitted earns 1 raffle ticket).

***The first winning classroom of this school year, Mrs. Laughman’s classroom, had the best time watching winter movies with popcorn and hot chocolate during their Box Top Party.

Also, any student who turns in 200 or more box tops will get a sweet treat!

Please keep saving your Box Tops and scanning your grocery receipts!!

Any questions about Box Tops? Email:

Activity Night: The second Middle School Activity Night for 2019- 20 is on Friday, Jan 31st.

We are looking for volunteers to help us, so please join us, Friday, Jan 31st, for a night of crazy chaotic fun (without phones or electronics)! We can use all the help we can get: serving up food & drinks to the masses, and watching all the rooms of activity. For more information, reach out to Rimi Singh and Becky Varga at

Crafting Day: Mark your calendar for our next Crafting Day on Saturday February 1st. Join us for a day of crafting plus more! Enjoy lunch and dinner while working on your crafts, see vendors from Stamp it Up, Scentsy, and Pampered Chef, enter our 50/50 raffle and our prize raffle which includes items from our vendors, a Michael’s gift card from EPIC and a free admission to our next Crafting Day. See the virtual backpack for the registration form.

Want to reserve a vendor table to display/sell your product? See the virtual backpack for the vendor registration form.

District Talent Show: District 24 will have an EPIC Talent Show on Thursday, February 20 from 6PM - 8PM at Millburn Middle School. All Millburn students, from Kindergarten thru 8th grade, are welcome to perform in the Talent Show. All Acts must attend the mandatory rehearsal Thursday, February 6 from 6PM - 8PM at Millburn Middle School. All acts (dancing, singing, gymnastics, playing an instrument, karate, magic, etc.) must be school appropriate, and performances can be no longer than 2 minutes in length. Permission slip for Talent Show participation can be found in the virtual backpack or website. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Behnke or Sherri Golebiowski at

Spirit Wear: Recycle/Swap: Do you have spirit wear your child has grown out of? Recycle/Swap them out! Drop off donations at the offices 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

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:

January 14 General Assembly Meeting 7:00 at MES

January 24 Box Tops due

January 25 Kid’s Resale Donation Drive 9 – 11 MMS

January 31 MMS Activity Night 6 – 8

February 1 Crafting Day

February 20 District Talent Show

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

  • EPIC Talent Show
  • Box Tops Winter SHeet
  • EPIC Resale Information
  • LVDL Kindergarten Readiness Workshops
  • Lindenhurst Park District Drop Off Program- Feb 28
  • Lindenhurst Park District Guitar Stars
  • Lindenhurst Park District Soccer
  • Lake Villa Baseball/Softball

Parent Resources