Mustang Minute

December 18, 2020

On behalf of our Millburn Elementary Staff, we want to thank all families for all their hard work over the last few months. We know this has not been easy for everyone. Yet, we came together to make it the best experience for our students. You have done a great job and you deserve a winter break just as much as anyone.

"You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– A.A. Milne

School Resumes On Monday, January 4, 2021


  • MES Office Closed During Break (NEW)
  • Picture Day Update (NEW)
  • Yearbook Information (NEW)
  • IXL Update (NEW)
  • Support Staff Needed (NEW)
  • Updated School Calendar
  • Media Center Check-Out
  • Read to Succeed News
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

MES Office Closed During Break

Our office will be closed from December 21-January 1. If you need any tech support, click the link above to complete a tech support ticket.

Picture Day Update

We have decided to postpone Picture Day until Springtime. We are working with Color Portraits to have plans set up for both in-person and remote students. We will update you with more information in the coming months.

In the meantime, we need to start looking at our yearbooks for this year. Because of our delay in our individual picture day, we have come up with another option for students to put their picture in the yearbook so those are ready by the end of the school year. Please read below.

Yearbook Information

Whether your student is in school or learning virtually, the Millburn yearbook staff is working harder than ever to get every student in the yearbook during this unique, historic year. Walsworth and High5.ID have helped us by offering Selfie Portraits. It’s a quick, easy and safe way to make sure we get your student in the yearbook!

  • Use the link in the yearbook website link to take your picture. Make sure you have your student's ID number handy. This can be found in Powerschool, their report card, or Push Coin. Your child may even know it, as they used it for lunch last year.
  • You or your student will take their selfie portrait on your phone, Ipad, or computer webcam and upload.
  • Photos are sent directly to our system and are used to create yearbook portraits and school IDs.

This entire three-step process only takes a few seconds. If your photo is rejected for quality issues, you may be asked to retake and submit. The deadline to receive all student portraits is January 8, 2021.

Don’t forget to order this year’s historic yearbook before we run out! Your student will not want to miss out on all of the stories that are making this year so unique.The deadline for ordering the yearbook is January 21, 2021,

IXL Update

Wow, we are extremely proud of our students working hard to get pinpoint levels in IXL. We have 70% of students that have pinpoints heading into Winter Break. If your child has not filled their stars, it's not too late. Have them spend some time in the Diagnostic section over winter break so they can fill in their stars.

For everyone else, you can take a break. But if students are still looking for some adventure, IXL is providing Winter Adventures for students at each grade level. There are recommended skills for students to work on. Follow the link below to access these adventures.

IXL Winter Adventures

Support Staff Needed

Looking to make a difference? Wanting to be part of the most amazing school ever?

We are looking for dynamic, committed, and reliable individuals for a few support staff positions we have available. Below are links to the job descriptions. If you are interested, click the buttons below to apply.

Click Job Descriptions

Updated School Calendar

Monday- January 18- No School- MLK Day

Tuesday, January 19- Student Attendance Day (THERE WILL BE SCHOOL!!)

Monday, February 15- No School- Remote Planning Day

Tuesday, February 16- No School- Teacher Insititute Day

Media Center Check-Out- 3rd-5th Can Now Check Out!!!

Students have always had the ability to check out E-books and Audiobooks in Destiny Discover which can be found in the Clever app. Click the link below to see a video on how to do that.

Something NEW..we want to try checking out books for students. 3rd-5th Grade students can put an actual physical book on hold and it will be checked out to them and available for them by Thursday in the vestibule!

IF a student wants a physical book they MUST put it on hold before Tuesday of the week they plan coming in to get it. Students will be sent an email on Wednesday, confirming that their book will be ready for pick up. If they do not get an email, the book is not ready and they will get an email the following week. Books will be placed on a cart in alphabetical order by student's last name. There will be sticky paper to indicate the name of the student on the spine of the book.

This is something new that we are trying so we are limiting checkout to one book per student and we are starting with 5th grade. Thank you for your patience. Please return books to the book bin in the vestibule of MES.

Please keep up with what is going on in the MES Media Center by following us on TWITTER @yourmediacenter

Read to Succeed Tickets Extended

Unused tickets earned during the 2020 season will be valid through August 31, 2021.

Thank you for your participation in Read to Succeed. We know that this has been a trying year and because of this, we have extended unused 2020 Read to Succeed tickets through August 31, 2021.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send us a note.


The Six Flags Read to Succeed Team


Note from EPIC: Happy Holidays to everyone! We are wishing everyone a wonderful winter break. Thank you for your continued support.

District Talent Show: Calling one, Calling all to the ANNUAL MILBURN DISTRICT 24 TALENT SHOW! Get your acts together - we will holding our annual Talent Show in February – Virtually. Start thinking about your 2 minute act either by yourself or with a friend or 2. Is it going to be a dance? Are you going to sing? Or play and instrument? Oh – maybe you have a special magic trick or other talent you want to share? After break look for more information about registering your act and important dates.

Magnets and Water Bottles: Magnets and water bottles are available for purchase. Magnets are the blue and red color scheme with both school logos, while water bottles are available in either Mustang red or Cougar blue. For more information and to order, visit

Amazon Smile: Holiday Shopping? Or online shopping just because? 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.

Box Tops: We are continuing to collect box tops Drop them off at school. There is a bin for Box Tops (labeled Drop Your Box Tops Here) by the Main Entrance Doors of each school. Or pick them up from your porch, contact us as

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 for contactless pick up.

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