Mustang Minute

November 8, 2019


  • Being Late to School/Procedures (NEW)
  • Veteran's Day Assembly, wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE (NEW)
  • Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures (NEW)
  • Millburn Webstore (NEW)
  • Double Lunches
  • Kindergarten Lunch Helpers/ Winter Time
  • 3rd-5th Grade Literacy Grades
  • MBAC

  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (Updated)

  • EPIC News (Updated)

  • Virtual Backpack

***Parents/Guardians will now be required to come into the school and sign their child in if a student enters the building after 7:55***

Our first-morning bell rings at 7:45. We allow ten minutes for students to enter the building, take off their belongings at their lockers, and be ready in their classrooms by the time the second bell rings at 7:55. That bell begins our school day. Students who enter the building after 7:55 are considered tardy to school. As of today, about 10% of our students have been tardy 3 or more times this school year.

We all know the importance of being on time to school, to work, or to appointments. Teachers arrive at school early to ensure that the final preparations are ready for the full day of teaching. Arriving at school 10 minutes late causes a disruption to the entire class, not just the teacher who has already started teaching the lesson. If a student arrives 10 minutes late each day, think about how much instructional time is lost throughout the school year.

Here are a few tips to help establish a more efficient daily routine.

Wake Up Earlier

Set the alarm for not only yourself but for your children at least 15 minutes earlier than you would wake up. If you find that you need a little more time for your morning routine, add an additional 5 minutes to your alarm.

Layout Clothes the Night Before

What to wear seems to be one of the most time-consuming tasks in the morning. Have your child pick out his or her clothes, including socks and shoes, the night before.

Pack Backpacks and Lunchboxes the Night Before

Each evening after homework is completed and checked, have your child put everything back in the backpack. Getting a head start on lunches is easy. After dinner, have your child help pack his or her lunchbox. This could be as easy as putting fruits and vegetable in sealed containers and preparing water bottles for tomorrow’s lunch. In the morning, you’ll just need to make the sandwiches as your child brushes his or her teeth.

Create a “Last Stop” Area

The ideal place for your last stop area is near the door you leave from each morning whether it’s your garage door or front door. This is where you’ll place your keys, backpacks or musical instruments each evening. It’s a good idea to have a spot for other seasonal items such as jackets, sweaters or umbrellas.

Pack the Car

Once you’ve finished putting the final touches to your child’s lunch, it’s time to pack the car. Since everything you have to pack is in the last stop area, you won’t be running around the house looking for the items.

Being organized and having your child arrive at school on time helps reduce classroom interruptions and distractions allowing teachers to focus on teaching lessons to all students. Try making doctor or dentist appointments after school so that your child doesn't miss a minute of learning.

Veteran's Day at Millburn Elementary- Wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE

Millburn Elementary School will be celebrating Veterans Day on Monday, November 11th. We have some very special guests taking part in our all-school assembly and then visiting with students in their classrooms in the afternoon. We are asking all students and staff to wear red, white and blue that day.

Drop Off/ Pick up Procedures

We are seeing more and more families drop off students in the morning. Please remember to be patient when waiting to drop students off. To avoid students walking between cars, do not double park in the drop off lane. If you do park in one of our parking stalls, use the crosswalk to escort yoru child to the sidewalk safely. When picking up your child, all cars MUST park in our parking lot and walk in to sign their child out. Parking a vehicle along our fire lane is prohibited. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Kindergartener Lunch Helpers/ Winter Weather

Our Kindergarten students have done a great job with learning the lunchroom procedures. We are seeing students not need as much help, becoming more independent with getting the lunches and opening their cold lunch items. Yet, as we approach winter, our next obstacle is snow gear. When students leave the cafeteria, they proceed to get on their winter coats, gloves, hat, and snow pants on before going out for recess.

We would appreciate any parent helpers to come on cold weather days around 11:15 to help our Kindergarteners get their gear on. It would only be a few moments of your time, but the more hands the better!

Double Lunches

We recently were notified that Arbor Management, our food service provider, has been allowing students to take two entrees for their lunch. When this occurs, students are charged double since they are taking double lunch. The cost quickly goesup and some families have now depleted their lunch account in a rapid time frame.

We have directed Arbor to no longer allow students to take double lunch. We firmly believe parents control what their child should eat and how much they should eat.

Yet, we do not want to stand in the way if parents are allowing their child to take double lunch. If you are allowing your child(ren) to take double lunches, we are asking that you complete a form using the link below. This will then be shared with Arbor Management so students are identified, allowing them to take double lunch.

Link: Parent Permission for Double Lunches

We encourage all families to access PushCoin to review any balances you may have.

Literacy Grades 3rd-5th

Parents of 3rd-5th Grade were sent an email this week on how we will address grading with our new literacy program this year. Attached is a copy of this letter for families to review. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Walshire.

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

11/11- Veterans Day Assembly

11/15- Trimester 1 Ends

11/22- Report Cards Go Home

11/25-11/26 Parent-Teacher Conferences

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


Donuts with Dad – Mark your calendar for Donuts with Dad on Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, November 26th. Forms went home today in your student’s folders or view in the virtual backpack or online at

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 need: Elementary Book Fair.

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

MMS Book Fair – The Scholastic Book Fair is one week away and there’s something for everyone! Adventure, sci-fi, best-selling, and even “laugh-out-loud” stories. Find one book; find 10! Visit the MMS Media Center during school hours AND conference times. Don’t miss out! The Book Fair ends November 26th.

Fun all week leading up to Book Fair week! Each day you participate during your lunch period you will receive a raffle ticket. Winners are announced after the break

Third Place Prize: Book Fair Swag Bag

Second Place Prize: Movie gift card & Book Fair swag

First Place Prize: Amazon gift card & Book Fair swag

Monday 11/ 18 Donate a used book to Bernie's Books

Tuesday 11/19 Wear your favorite winter hat

Wednesday 11/20 Wear your favorite sport attire

Thursday 11/21 Show your eWallet print out

Volunteers needed: Middle School Book Fair.

See the Virtual Backpack for information on eWallet.

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: Please start using the new Box Tops for Education App- it is so simple, download the app, scan your grocery receipt and if there are qualifying products that were purchased – you will instantly receive E-Box Tops!

Any questions about Box Tops? Email:

Student Directory: We currently have 449 students in our school directory. 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)

Questions or concerns contact us at

Virtual Backpack

  • Book Fair Information

Parent Resources