Mustang Minute

January 29, 2021

2nd/3rd Grade In-Person Begins Monday, February 1st

4th/5th Grade In-Person Begins Monday, February 8th

"It's easy to love the snow because at the end of every snowstorm it's as if the world has started over. There is no dirt, no footprints, just a layer of seamless, indiscriminate nature connecting everything to everything else. Isn't that the amazing thing about the natural world? You can tear it down, you can drill holes in it, you can ignore its power with all your might, but one morning you wake up and it has selflessly given despite all of our abuse. I think I'll make a snowman."



-Andrew McMahon

Topics

  • REVISED In-Person Phase-in Plan (Updated)
  • COVID Self-Certification
  • COVID-19 Information
  • Zooming/Absence
  • Art To Remember
  • D.E.A.M. Calendar for February (NEW)
  • Valentine's Day Plans and Spirit Week (Updated)
  • Virtual Book Fair (NEW)
  • EPIC News (Updated)
  • Virtual Backpack (Updated)

REVISED In-Person Phase-In Plan

We are all set for 2nd/3rd Graders to come back for In-Person learning on Monday, February 1st.


4th/5th Grade In-Person Return- Monday, February 8, 2021


Also below is a copy of the letter sent on Wednesday, January 13 about In-Person Procedures. Please read and review procedures with your child.

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 https://healthofficeportal.com/SHM_Millburn_District_24/Portal/Login.aspx 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.

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. 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.

New MES Staff

We are happy to introduce some new staff members that have recently joined us.

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 mhauser@milburn24.net if you have not received your code yet and are interested in ordering. Thank you!

D.E.A.M. February

Here is the February DEAM Calendar. You can print it, or just copy it down on a piece of paper. Have fun!

Valentine's Day Plans

With the circumstances this year, Valentine's celebrations will need to be adjusted. We will not be exchanging Valentine's Day cards between students and staff. Instead, we will do a Spirit Week leading up to Valentine's Day. On Friday, February 12, teachers will do fun activities associated with Valentine's Day. In addition, EPIC will be providing a craft for our students to work on for Valentine's Day.
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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:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/millburncommconssd24


Thank you for continuing to support our school.

EPIC News

MES Family Fun Night: A Virtual Painting Experience – Come join us on February 19th when our elementary students and their families are invited to enjoy a guided virtual painting experience with other students and families. (Limited space available.). This is a free event for our Millburn Families.

Please select ONE design (note time of virtual lesson) for your family. Provide the name of one student, but EACH Elementary Student within the family should be registered in the total number of items ordered (see below for option for MMS students within the family to also participate). Registration includes materials (canvas, brushes, mixing trays, cups with acrylic paints and glaze) to create an art piece under the guidance of a virtual instructor.

Registration is limited and available on first come first serve basis from 1/15 through 1/29. Materials will be labeled for families and available for pick up in MES lobby on Friday 2/12 and Monday 2/15 (no student attendance, but lobby will be open). Materials not claimed by 2/16 will be available to families who missed the registration and/or MMS students of a family who has registered. Register at www.millburnEPIC.com

Prior to the event Friday 2/19, families will get an email with a Zoom link, which the students can access from their school devise and/or other devises. We look forward to seeing all the creative art work that night!


Dinner Night Out: Mark your calendars – our next outing is February 10th at Chipolte


MES Book Fair: Mark your calendars for our virtual book fair February 15-28. Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! 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. Let us encourage our students to keep reading and enjoy new books to start off 2021!


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 districttalentshow@millburnEPIC.com


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 January 29th https://millburn2021.itemorder.com/

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 https://millburnepic.com.


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 boxtops@millburnEPIC.com.


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 boxtoplabels@millburnepic.com

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