Principal's Update

Millstone Primary School

August 2021

Millstone Primary School friends and families,

First, I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying a restful summer and finding time to cross adventures off of your bucket lists. I cannot wait to hear about all of the fun trips, pool days, and good books that were enjoyed these past seven weeks. The Baker family has been soaking up the sun on the beaches and ball fields, all while making sure we get lost in a book each day. The slower pace, the endless Vitamin D, and perfect weather make summer the perfect time to recharge our batteries.

Although I am not ready to punt the rest of summer away, the calendar is inching towards September...which means it is Back to School time!! During the 2021-2022 school year, the Primary School will continue to provide quality, personalized instruction in each classroom, along with a strong commitment to social and emotional learning. As always, empathy and kindness are the foundation for all learning and will continue to drive every relationship between our students and their teachers. Academically, you will hear much about Reading and Writing Workshop, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) instruction, digital tools to support instruction, and a keen awareness for social and emotional learning. We are also excited to add American Sign Language to our related arts offerings this year!

Communication between home and school is a necessary ingredient for a successful school year. While we continue to navigate ongoing pandemic guidelines, open, regular, and solution-oriented conversations between parents, students, teachers, and administration will be the expectation. We all have the same goal, to make this year as stress-free and “normal” to the children as possible, and teamwork will be the driving force. We look forward to sharing information with you in a timely and efficient manner. In addition, our parent-student handbook which provides important information about our school’s philosophy, procedures, and policies is accessible on our website ( I encourage you to follow us on Twitter @MillstonePS and @p_baker114 for information and exciting happenings in our school!

The Primary School community and I look forward to another great year.

See you soon!

Dr. Baker

(I hope Mrs. Baker doesn't find out that I posted this picture for the whole world to see!! LOL)

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New Faces, New Places!

One of the most important responsibilities of a building principal is the recruiting and hiring of new teachers. Our goal is to add professionals that share our values and commitment to students, while also considering the amazing culture we have built at Millstone Primary School. I am very excited to introduce these amazing educators to our community and know your children will love being in their classrooms!

  • Alexandra Amico, Preschool
  • Megan Bordonaro, Kindergarten
  • Melissa Rosenman, Sign Language
  • Rachel Levinson, Gifted and Talented

In addition to new staff, we also have some movement among the ranks!

  • Miss Pryzgoda, Special Education
  • Mrs. Hanson - Reading Specialist
  • Mrs. Mueller - Grade 1

Preschool families, don't be confused if you see Mrs. Tetro as your child's teacher...Miss McCormick got married over the summer!

Parent Homework Assignment

Yes, you read that correctly!! Please make sure your daily pickup preference is communicated to your child's teacher on the first day of school. If you are opting for "parent pickup," please clearly state the days of the week you will be present to receive your child after school. If we do not have a note, the teachers and front office assume that the child will be placed on the bus. Notes from 2020-2021 WILL NOT carry over to this year, which is why we are asking all parents to review student pickup procedures. Thank you for your attention to this important procedural notification.

Mark Your Calendars

August 23- Bus information available

  • Please visit the district website for login information
  • Class Placement Letters sent home

August 30, 10:00am -
Grade 1-2 New Student Tour
  • New students in grades 1&2 and 1 parent/guardian are invited to campus to tour the building
  • Register HERE

August 31, 9:30am - Kindergarten Orientation

  • All incoming kindergarten students and 1 parent/guardian are invited to meet their teacher, tour the building, take a ride on a school bus (!!), and learn more about our program.
  • Parents/guardians can bring school supplies to drop off in their child's classroom

September 8 - First day of school!!

September 9, 6:00pm - Back to School Night

  • Classroom sessions only
  • More details regarding the event's schedule will be shared via ListServ as the date approaches

Millstone Primary School

Vision Statement

We envision a unique, inclusive learning community at the forefront of education.

Parents, staff and students will model and promote individuality, integrity, respect, and civic and social responsibility.

Through an engaging, innovative curriculum, we will challenge students to become independent, self-directed learners who are adaptive problem solvers inspired to impact and thrive in an evolving society.

In realizing this vision, we will establish our community as an exemplary leader in education.