Mustang Minute

February 19, 2021

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
—Booker T. Washington

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  • In-Person Reminders (NEW)
  • Zooming/Absence
  • COVID Self-Certification
  • COVID-19 Information (UPDATED Guidelines)
  • Art To Remember
  • MS&CG Victory Garden Project (NEW)

  • Virtual Book Fair
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

In-Person Reminders

We want to keep students in for as long as possible. In order to do that, we need all your help in limiting the spread of COVID-19:

  • Continue social distancing outside of school
  • Wear a mask when you are out and about
  • Do not send your child to school if showing symptoms (Refer to COVID guidelines below)
  • If a household member has COVID-19 like symptoms, the student must stay home for 14 FULL calendar days from the onset of household member’s symptoms, (returning on the 15th day) OR you may return sooner if you provide a Doctor’s note with alternate diagnosis for the symptomatic household member OR provide a negative COVID-19 test result for the symptomatic household member.
  • We continue to recommend avoiding all non-essential travel at this time.

    Remember that wherever you go, you should always follow public health guidelines - the 3 Ws - to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

    • Wear a mask
    • Wash your hands
    • Watch your distance
  • If you are returning from travel and have not followed the 3 Ws, please consider a 10-day self-quarantine to keep our communities safe. This is not a mandatory quarantine or public health order.

Let's work together to make sure in-person learning is here to stay!

Zooming/Absence (In-Person Only)

As a reminder, our teachers will be able to Zoom in any students that are quarantined due to COVID related issues.

Zooming in a blended classroom will not be the exact same experience as their in-person peers, but it will allow for them to get exposure to the core lessons that are being taught. SeeSaw and Schoology will still be accessible to those students while they are out.

Please note that this is only for students that are in quarantine due to COVID-related circumstances (exposure to a positive case or having symptoms). A student can start zooming the following school day once the school has been made aware. This allows time for the teacher to prepare their Zooming station to be set up.

COVID Self Certification

ALL In-person families MUST certify your child is free of COVID symptoms DAILY before sending your child to school as well as if they are remaining home due to illness or quarantine.

If you have not already done so, please visit and complete your child's daily self-certification.

If you are unable to create an account, please submit a work ticket and call the school to provide verbal certification until your account is established.

Please remember to complete the self-certification every school day. Thank you!

COVID Information

See below for our updated CVOID-19 Guidelines and also testing sites in the area.

Art To Remember

The deadline for ordering art keepsakes this year is February 26. Thank you to the families who chose to participate! The Art to Remember forms and original artwork have been passed out to teachers. Many teachers were able to hand them out to students with their supply pickups, but some may be waiting for students to return in person. Please email Mrs. Hauser at if you have not received your code yet and are interested in ordering. Thank you!

MS&CG Victory Garden Project

Please consider being part of this year’s Millburn School & Community Garden’s food project for northern Lake County. This service project is based on a historic strategy for supporting community food and social needs. Garden Managers will guide you through the season of growing healthy, fresh produce to support food insecurity in our area.

What: Join a project to fill the garden plots with veggies and herbs by planting a raised bed; mentors are paired with each participant. You will harvest your crop throughout the season: 50% for you and 50% for the food pantry.

Where: We will be using the Grade Level Garden Beds and Community Plots located west of the elementary building. We will also include any local gardens that join us from their home spaces.

Who: Millburn Community includes staff, families, neighbors, and friends who wish to be part. Possible Project members can be: individuals, whole grade levels, classes, adults with a few students/children (MES & MMS), students, adults forming a team, scouts, any number of combinations

When: 2021 growing season - May through October. RSVP by March 19 to Regina Reynolds, project Director.

Why: Food insecurity and financial difficulties will continue this year. Victory Gardens not only provide fresh produce for the community it also helps teach the self sufficiency of being a grower, and gardening together builds a social well being which can help combat this last year’s isolation.

Virtual Book Fair

We are working hard to keep kids reading and raise critical funds for our school with our Scholastic Online-Only Book Fair from February 15th-28th.

The Fair will connect your kids to notable books and inspiring characters — helping them become lifelong readers. And you’ll love the new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives — directly from the interactive booklist.

Plus, enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Access to over 6,000 products
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping:

Thank you for continuing to support our school.

Lake Villa Library Survey

As part of our strategic planning process, Lake Villa District Library (LVDL) is conducting a survey to learn more about our patrons: what they value about the library; what collections, services, programs, and facilities they use; and what they would like to see from the library in the future. Even if you do not have a library card or have not visited the library recently, your responses are important for future planning purposes. If you have used the library in the past year (in-person or online), please think about your experiences with our collections, services, programs, and staff when responding to this survey.

All responses are strictly confidential and will only be shared in summary format with the library's staff and Board. The survey report will be used to plan future collections, services, and programs.

If you have any questions about this survey or would like assistance in responding, please contact Mikael Jacobsen, Library Director, at 847-245-5100 or

This survey should take you about 8-10 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your time!


MES Book Fair: Mark your calendars for our virtual book fair February 15-28.

Millburn Elementary is hosting its first ever Virtual Book Fair! You can shop for your children's favorite books from Feb. 15th to Feb. 28th. You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25.

Please be sure to send the link to all of your loved ones they can either purchase books online or they can set up an e-wallet for your student. Then your student can purchase books with those funds. Just follow the link below for quick and easy steps.

Here is the link to our Virtual Book Fair:

MES Family Fun Night: Rae Ann Collins (a Millburn mom) will be leading the painting class (thanks to her for her time and talent). She will go through the received supplies so no need to unpack or do anything in advance, but please gather the additional materials: water to clean brushes, pencil, paper towel/baby wipes to clean hands, newspaper (to put down on work are) and make sure to wear a smock or something (as acrylic paints will not wash out of clothes/hair).

Did you miss registration? You can still join us. Check the list of supplies you can gather and email for the zoom link.

Here's the material list if you wish to get your own supplies for additional family members (these are the same materials for both the 6pm/bird and 7:30 dog)

  • canvas brush (8X8)
  • paint brushes (at least one big and one small)
  • Qtips
  • mixing trays (paper plate will do)
  • acrylic paints (red, purple, yellow, green, white, black, pink, blue....but any colors will work) and glaze is optional

Millburn Family Virtual Fun Run: Save the Date! The Millburn Family *Virtual* Fun Run is scheduled for April 24, 2021! The Fun Run will be virtual this year. Complete the 5k anytime between April 24, 2021-May 1, 2021. More information and registration will be available starting March 1, 2021!

Dinner Night Out: Mark your calendar our next dinner night out is on March 11th at McAllister

District Talent Show: We are moving our talent show to April. Additional details, information & sign up will be available March. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Behnke or Sherri Golebiowski at

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 February 28th

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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