Here's What's Happening at Milan Elementary School!

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November Students of the Month are Respectful

The Milan Elementary Student of the Month theme for November was “Respectful” and honored students who consistently treated other people, the property of others and our school with respect.

Chosen as outstanding examples of this very desirable character trait were:

Kindergarten/Preschool: James Morehead, Tucker Grubb, Colten Evans, Khloe Hogston

First Grade - Dylan Pannone, Gracelynn Hyatt (not pictured), Alivia Cutter

Second Grade - Keagan Riley, Michael Hacker, Bailey Craig

Third Grade - Patience Boatwright, Kaydience Stahle, Gracie Chance

Fourth Grade - Leah Welch, Madison Finn, Morgan Hall, Sophie Riehle


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These December Students of the Month can Handle Responsibility!

"Responsible" was the Milan Elementary Student of the Month theme for December. Teachers were looking for students who could be counted on to act responsibly in their words and actions and in response to the teacher’s directions and assignments.

Those chosen as outstanding examples were:

Kindergarten/Preschool : Jase Russell, Will Potter, Jase Riehle, Emily Volz

First Grade - Carter Baker, Ava Kohrman, Allie Jo Buchanan

Second Grade - Trey Gill, Luke Potter, Aviah Moody

Third Grade - Wilbur Wheeler, Ally Marsh, McKenna Eaglin

Fourth Grade - Zack Hartman, Hunter Wickizer, Kiara Meyers, Alexander Burkett


Winter is Here! Be Prepared for Emergencies!

A reminder to parents about the “Emergency Early Dismissal Plan” form that you filled out online way back in August that gave instructions for your child in the event school would be dismissed early due to bad weather, heating problems or an electrical outage. This would be a good time to review that plan with your child and make sure s/he understands what to do and where to go if school lets out early. If you find your plan needs updating, please send a note to your child’s teacher right away. Please remember, the plan must not involve the student or the teacher calling home.

Again, we ask your help in limiting phone calls to school during inclement weather so the lines are kept free for outgoing emergency communication. The local media is notified immediately if a decision is made to release students early and it is posted on the school website in addition to the automated school notification call system. These sources will always be your best choice for information.



« As Valentine’s Day approaches, please keep in mind that MES will not accept deliveries of balloons to school due to safety concerns as stated in the Student Handbook.

« Please continue to monitor your child’s lunch account by visiting the school webpage and clicking on the “EZ Pay” logo to enter the meal payment program where you can find your child’s account balance.

« If your child is late to school in the morning, please come into the office and sign them in. Our computerized sign-in system is self-service and takes only moments to operate.

« Please label coats, hats, gloves, sweaters, backpacks, lunchboxes, swim bags, swimsuits, etc. whenever possible so they can be promptly returned to the owner.

« With the cold and flu season upon us we’d like to ask your help in keeping your child at home if they have a fever of 100° or higher until they are fever free, without medication for 24 hours. Also, your child should stay home if he/she has vomited in the past 24 hours. Thank you for your help in keeping our school healthy!

« If your child is absent, please be sure to notify the school before 9:00 a.m. by either emailing the teacher or calling the school office at 812-654-2922.

« If there is a threat of severe weather, please do not call the school. As soon as the Superintendent makes a decision regarding school closing, you will be notified via the automated calling system. School office staff will not have that information until the announcement is made. We appreciate your patience.


Kindergarten/Preschool Registration has been set for April 2. Watch for more information to come home soon!



Locally sponsored by Margaret Mary Health, Girls on the Run is a non-profit program that works to help pre-teen girls develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles by using fun, educational personal development lessons and running games that are spread over several weeks in the fall and spring. Each season ends with 5k run celebration. This wonderful program has been available for many years at Milan Elementary and has helped hundreds of young ladies on their path to a happy, healthy, successful life.

Unfortunately, in today's busy world, it is becoming harder and harder to find volunteers willing to share some time with these girls to help them on their way. Volunteers are being recruited right now and your help is needed! If enough volunteers are not available, the program cannot be offered. You do not need to be a runner, you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage girls.

Don’t let the idea of having to present a lesson or running scare you! You will receive all the tools and support you need to lead the easy-to-follow lessons with your co-coaches. Through these lessons, you will be helping our girls grow their confidence, stand up for themselves, and give back to our community. Not only will you be helping to transform and strengthen the next generation of girls, but you will experience some positive impacts yourself! You will receive all the needed training and materials to be an incredible coach at absolutely no cost! And no running is required on your part!

Our teams meet here at school twice a week for 75 minutes and coaches can choose to coach 1 or 2 times a week. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and may be male or female, but there must be a minimum of one female coach, age 21 or over, present at all times. You DO NOT NEED TO BE A RUNNER!!

Please consider making a difference in the life of a Milan girl today by following the link below to register as a volunteer. All program and training dates are provided on the link, but please HURRY as volunteers must be registered by January 31. If we don’t have enough volunteers by that date, we will not be able to offer this wonderful program.


If you’re considering being a volunteer but still aren’t sure, please email the council director at with any questions you may have.

Thank you for considering this wonderful opportunity!


Would You Like to Join Us for Lunch?

Each year Milan Elementary sets aside a special time for students to invite guests to join them for lunch here at school. To accommodate all of our anticipated guests comfortably, we are spreading this opportunity out over the upcoming months as follows:

Grade 4 = February 3-7

Grade 3 = February 10-14

Grade 2 = February 24-28

Grade 1 = March 9-13

Kindergarten = March 30-April 3

Preschool = April 20-24

More information will come home with your child a couple of weeks in advance of their session. Please remember to RSVP in advance so enough food can be prepared for everyone. The cost for an adult lunch is $3.25. You should plan to arrive about 10 minutes prior to your student’s lunch time so you can pay for your lunch in advance and be ready to join them as they go through the lunch line.


MES 2019-20 Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Don't miss out on this year's yearbook!

Order your child's copy today at

using our school’s Yearbook ID Code: 9642120

Prices begin at just $15.00

Hurry!!!! Order deadline is March 6.


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From the Desk of Mrs. Brenda Schwering, MES School Counselor


SAVE the DATE for the….

What: The Great Kindness Challenge

When: Monday, January 27th-Friday, January 31st

Where: Milan community

Why: To spread kindness to one another

Who: All students and their families

A few ideas for sharing kindness:

  • Smile at people
  • Compliment others
  • Send a card to someone who needs cheering up
  • Thank someone who has helped you
  • Perform a kind act
  • Help someone

I am excited to share an opportunity and an invitation to join efforts in creating a culture of kindness in our school and homes nationwide. Milan Elementary School is proudly participating in the proactive, positive initiative called the The Great Kindness Challenge. Last year we joined this initiative along with over 13 million students nationwide, over 24 thousand schools, and over 650 million acts of kindness.

Please encourage your child and hopefully as a family to complete as many kind acts as possible. Please feel free to visit the website at Thank you in advance for supporting your child in their efforts to make a positive difference in their school, home, and community. It is COOL to be KIND! Let’s make this the happiest week ever!


Student Reporter Zoey Griffith shares About Using Habit #1 at Home and at School

Habit #1 is to Be Proactive. To Be Proactive means to take charge of yourself and not other people. I use this habit during homework time. I can choose in class to either begin my homework or talk, and I choose to work on my homework. Also, I have a younger brother and when my mom is doing chores around the house I help take care of him.


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Important Dates:


10 - Yearbook Pictures; Robotics Club, 3-4:45

11 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

13 - G3/4 Basketball, 3-3:45

14 - G3/4 Basketball, 3-3:45; PTO meeting, library, 6:30 p.m., everyone welcome!

16 - G3/4 Basketball, 3-3:45

17 - Robotics Club, 3-4:45

18 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

20 - School in Session as a make-up day; G3/4 Basketball, 3-3:45

21 - Robotics Club Competition, Aurora ES, 4:30 p.m.; G3/4 Basketball, 3-4:45

23 - January Birthday Celebration; G3/4 Basketball, 3-4:45

25 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

27 - 31 - Great Kindness Challenge Week

29 - Youth Cheer, 2:25-5:00 p.m.

30 – National School Counseling Week begins; Youth Cheer Camp, 3-5:00 p.m.

31 - Robotics Club, 3-4:45; Youth Cheer Performance at MHS B-Ball game, 7:00 p.m.


1 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

5 - Open Swim resumes!! 5-7:00 p.m., admission is $1.00

6 - Q3 Mid-Term Grade Reports issued

7 - Robotics Club, 3-4:45

8 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

11 - Robotics Club Competition, Aurora ES, 4:30 p.m

12 - Open Swim, 5-7:00 p.m.

13 - Good News Club, 3-4:30 p.m.

14 - Robotics Club, 3-4:45

15 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

17 - Presidents Day=No School (possible snow make-up day)

18 - Robotics Club Competition, Aurora ES, 4:30 p.m

19 - Open Swim, 5-7:00 p.m.

20 - Good News Club, 3-4:30 p.m.

21 - Robotics Club Ending Celebration, 3-4:45

22 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.

26 - Open Swim, 5-7:00 p.m.

27 - February Birthday Celebration; Good News Club, 3-4:30 p.m.

28 - Spring Picture Day

29 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp. 9-10:30 a.m.