Mustang Minute

September 25, 2020

"No school can work well for children if parents and teachers do not act in a partnership on behalf of the children's best interests." - Dorothy Cohen


  • Parent Night Review
  • MAP Testing
  • D.E.A.M.
  • Teacher Absence
  • MBAC
  • Paraprofessional Openings at D24
  • EPIC News (NEW)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

Parent Night Review

Thank you to all the families for participating in our virtual parent night on Wednesday. We hope you were able to gain insight into what your child will experience this year in school, no matter what learning environment they will be in.

Below is the video Mrs. Gedville and I created on our current safety practices we have developed for this school year.

MAP Testing

We will once again do MAP testing with students this year in the areas of Math and Reading. These tests allow our educators to get a better understanding of what skills students have mastered and what skills need to be worked on this year. MAP testing truly helps assist with our lesson design and map out our instructional plans for the year.

Here is our plan to administer MAP testing for grades 1st-5th grade.

Week of September 21: Done this week

Week of September 28: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade (Remote and In-Person)

We know that there will be classrooms doing this assessment from home. This will be new to the student and even new for us. Below we have provided guidance on how to make this an effective experience for your child.

Preparing for MAP Remotely

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What is MAP Growth?

Lyla's Explains MAP Growth

Parenting the Anxious Child

This 2-week group provides parents a better understanding of what anxiety is and how it uniquely impacts children, role of attachment, practical strategies for parenting and tips that can help their children. Parents are encouraged to openly discuss their challenges and try new strategies at home. This group is open to parents of children formally diagnosed with anxiety or whose worrying impacts their life. This group is presented by child and family therapist Alison Koehler, LCPC.

Hosted by Warren Township

Fee: $20 Resident / $40 Non-Resident - *Registration is per couple*

Monday's and Wednesdays (Oct. 12, 14, 19, 21)

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Via Zoom


October is right around the corner and we wanted to make sure you had your October DEAM Calendars ready to go! 3rd-5th grade students can take a picture of their completed September Calendar and email to or K-2 students can take a picture in SeeSaw and upload it to their PE class journal. We will do a raffle for September winners during next Thursday's PE lessons! Have fun and keep moving!

Mrs. Michel and Ms. Hoetzer

K-5 DEAM Calendar

3-5 DEAM Calendar (remember, you just need to pick one)

MBAC Registration

Once we return to in-person learning, MBAC will once again provide before and after school care for students. If you are interested in using this for your child, please complete the registration paperwork (see below) and submit it to Mr. Jimichael Slaby at

Paraprofessional Postions Openings

School year position, but benefits are 100% paid for the full year. 100% paid insurance includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and $50,000 life. Enrolled in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF); vested after 10 years. Paid time off includes sick and personal leave. Starting salary is $12.07 unless applicant is experienced.


Primary Function: To provide support to one or more students with disabilities, enabling them to receive greater benefit from the district’s instructional program.

Organizational Relationships: The Special Education Paraprofessional receives guidance from the classroom teacher and reports to the Administration.

Performance Responsibilities:
  1. Under the supervision of the teacher, work with student or students to reinforce concepts initially introduced by the teacher.
  2. Assist student(s) in organizing tasks, schedules, materials or assignments.
  3. Establish a positive and supportive relationship with the student(s), which encourages independent functioning rather than dependency.
  4. Assist the teacher in devising special strategies for reinforcing the skills of individual students based on their needs, interests, or abilities.
  5. Help students operate and care for equipment or instructional materials assigned by the teacher.
  6. Distribute and collect workbooks, papers, and other materials for instruction,
  7. Guide independent study, enrichment work, and remedial work set up and assigned by the teacher.
  8. Assist with the supervision of student(s), including during emergency drills, assemblies, play periods, lunchtime, trips to the office, nurse, Media Center or field trips.
  9. Check notebooks, correct papers, and supervise testing and make-up work, as assigned by the teacher.
  10. Help student(s) with their clothing, dressing skills as needed.
  11. Assist with lunch, snack, and clean-up routines
  12. Assist with wash-up and toilet routines.
  13. Help student transition from one room to another.
  14. Alert the teacher to any problem or special information about the assigned student(s).
  15. Maintain the same high level of ethical behavior and confidentiality of information about students as is expected of fully licensed teachers.
  16. Participate in inservice training programs, as assigned.
  17. Support established classroom and behavior management procedures.
  18. Perform other duties that may be assigned by supervisor.

Terms of Employment: Must have or obtain a paraprofessional license as issued by the State of Illinois.
180 work days salary and work year established by the Board of Education.


Box Tops: Get ready for the first box top collection date – Friday, October 16th! Starting next week, there will be a bin for your Box Tops by the front doors of the school labeled: “Drop Your Box Tops Here”. You have so many choices to get your baggies of Box Tops into us before October 16 – A bin at school, send them in with your child if they are in person, or let us pick them up from your porch! For every 25 box tops submitted, your child will be entered into the random $25 Target Gift Card Raffle.

Please email us at: for any questions.

Don’t forget to scan your grocery receipt to earn digital Box Tops for Millburn! We see who is scanning their receipts with the new ‘Give Credit’ option on the app. These students will receive credit and be entered into the raffle!

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: September 30th.

Board Elections: There are five EPIC board positions up for election this year: Vice President, Secretary, Community Fundraising Director, Elementary Activities Director and Middle School Activities Director.

All positions are two-year terms. Full descriptions can be found on the EPIC website at or in the Virtual Backpack. Questions please contact

Nominations will be accepted through October 7th. Nominations will be posted for community review beginning the weekend of October 9th. The election will be held online from October 21-23. Elected individuals will be announced on October 30th.

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.

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.

Virtual Backpack

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Parent Resources