Mustang Minute

January 17, 2020

No School on Monday, January 20th to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Day


  • 5 Essentials Survey (UPDATED)
  • Flu Season (NEW)
  • 2nd Step Information (NEW)
  • Smartwatches (NEW)
  • Millburn Cares- St. Baldrick's (NEW)
  • Student Council Toiletries
  • MBAC

  • Communication

  • Upcoming Events (UPDATED)

  • Food Service Employment


  • Virtual Backpack (UPDATED)

5 Essentials Parent Survey- CLICK HERE

Schools can see results when 20% of families complete the survey. Currently, we are at 6% of Millburn Families who have completed the survey. Please take a few moments to provide feedback to help us grow as a school.

Flu Season

The peak of the cold and flu season is upon us. To prevent widespread flu in the school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home for an extra day of rest and observation if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
  • Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep)
  • Headache
  • Stomach ache

Definitely keep your child at home for treatment and observation if he or she has any of these symptoms:

  • Fever (greater than 100 degrees and your child may return to school only after his or her temperature has been consistently below 100 degrees, by mouth, for a minimum of 24 hours)
  • Vomiting (even once)
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • General malaise or feelings of fatigue, discomfort, weakness or muscle aches
  • Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough

To help prevent the flu and other colds, teach your children good hygiene habits:

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw it away and then wash hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Colds are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until "fever free" for a minimum of 24 hours. Often when a child awakens with vague complaints (the way colds and flu begin) it is wise to observe your child at home for an hour or two before deciding whether or not to bring to school. Your child should be physically able to participate in all school activities on return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom.

As a school, we have our custodians and the night time cleaners disinfect surfaces, door knobs, and banisters on a daily basis. We are also ensuring that there is soap and hand sanitizer in all dispensers and encouraging everyone to remind students about the importance of hand washing. In this week's Virtual Backpack, please find flu guides for parents from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

2nd Step Program

Millburn Elementary uses the 2nd Step Social Emotional curriculum with students in grades K-5. Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments uniquely equipped to encourage children to thrive. More than just a classroom curriculum, Second Step’s holistic approach helps create a more empathetic society by providing education professionals, families, and the larger community with tools to enable them to take an active role in the social-emotional growth and safety of today’s children. It’s a difference you can feel the moment you step through the doors to a Second Step school: a sense of safety and respect grounded in the social-emotional health and well-being of the entire school community.

Follow the link below to see more details on the lessons we provide our stdunest on a weekly basis.

Smart Watches

Smartwatches have evolved over the last few years, providing better ways to be healthy and safe. We do allow students to wear Smartwatches, but cellular features need to be shut off during the school day. Any two-way communication (phone calls, text) must also be disabled during the school day. The Millburn Student/Parent handbook states:

Students are not allowed to use or have turned on any electronic signaling and cellular radio-telecommunication devices (cell phones) while in a school building ten minutes before and ten minutes after school hours and at school sponsored activities unless authorized and approved by the Administration or supervising faculty member. These restricted electronic devices include, but are not limited to, cellular telecommunication devices, personal digital assistant devices, walkie-talkies, and devices that incorporate voice or picture communication.

Please talk with your child if they have a Smartwatch and review the handbook expectations with them.

Millburn Cares- St. Baldrick's

Be a hero for kids with cancer!

Join this St. Baldrick's event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you'll be a part of the excitement!

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government.

Get involved and you'll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers!

Millburn Elementary, with the help of Student Council, will be hosting a St. Baldrick's event. The event will be held on Friday, March 20th from 4pm-6pm. If you are interested in participating, or donating to this great cause, visit our website at

You can also contact Lisa Palmisano at for more information.

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!

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


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: Thank you to everyone who came to our meeting on Tuesday.

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:


Are you unable to sell at the resale? You can still help by donating your kid’s outgrown toys and spring and summer clothes.

Our donation drive is in two weeks - Saturday January 25th 9-11 am at Millburn Middle School

What you can donate:

•Spring and Summer, clean, re-sellable clothing

•Toys, Puzzles, games, books

•Gently used bikes and kid’s sports equipment

•Baby Gear: Strollers, High chairs, Bouncy Seats, etc.

•Misc. Items: Yard toys, doll houses, Kitchen Sets, etc.

Questions please contact us at

Come shop the Resale March 6th & 7th

100% of proceeds from donations go to Millburn EPIC


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

Millburn Scholarship Program: EPIC is thrilled to offer three $1,000 scholarships to 2020 senior Millburn alums who have plans to continue their education after high school. Please see the attached application to find out how to apply. Completed applications are due by Wednesday, MARCH 4th, 2020. Please email Meghan Edelmann at if you have any further questions.

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 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

  • Parent Guide to the Flu
  • How to talk to yoru child abotu the flu
  • Grayslake Youth Volleyball

Parent Resources