2015-2016 Proposed Budget

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The 2015-2016 proposed budget has been posted HERE.  Please have a look.  If you have any comments or questions, please email PTA Treasurer Jen Loya at jklpub@optonline.net. We will vote to approve the budget at the June PTA meeting.

Announcing Mill Hill Homework Club!!

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Introducing….. the Mill Hill School HOMEWORK CLUB!!

WHAT IS THE HOMEWORK CLUB? The Homework Club is a weekly after-school activity for students in Grades 3—5. Use this time to do homework or projects, seek help if needed, find a quiet space to read or practice IXL and/or other educational programs on the computers.

WHEN IS IT? Homework Club will be held on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the LLC. Depending on the level of interest, we hope to launch the club in May.

WILL TEACHERS BE ON HAND? The Club will be run by our own Mr. Chase, assisted by parent volunteers.

IF WE SIGN UP IS MY CHILD EXPECTED TO ATTEND EVERY WEEK? No. Use the Homework Club as needed. However, for planning purposes, we request that students notify us the Friday prior to their expected attendance.

IS THERE A COST FOR THIS? No. The Homework Club is a free service offered by Mr. Chase in conjunction with the PTA School of Excellence Committee. However, we ask that families who participate in the Club will help out with Parent-on-Duty assignments to the extent they can.

I’M INTERESTED…HOW DO WE SIGN UP? If you are interested in utilizing the Homework Club for your child, please fill out the form below and return it to the office by Friday, April 10. We will get back to you with more details including the start date.

QUESTIONS? Please contact either Kathy Murdock (203-255-9457 or mrskm@optonline.net) or Elizabeth Courtney (203-280-2869 or xeaux@yahoo.com) or Mr. Chase.

To sign up, please print, fill out, and return the form by Friday 4/10!!  CLICK HERE FOR FORM!!

Announcing IXL Math!

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Mill Hill School PTA has purchased the IXL Math Program for our students to use at home and in the classroom.  IXL is a comprehensive math review site with an unlimited number of practice questions in thousands of skills – all of which are aligned to state standards.  In addition to making math practice exciting, IXL is designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace.  To get your child started on your home computer, please go HERE.

Announcing: Mill Hill Mentors

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Mill Hill Parents:

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED….

      What’s for hot lunch today?

      Where do I park for after school pick up?

      What activity sign-ups are approaching?

Announcing….

 

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Mill Hill Mentors

Linking New & Returning Families Wanting to Know More

with a Mentor Parent In the Know 

Kindly Reply to millhillmentors@gmail.com  by Thursday, February 12

    Interested in Giving Back as a Mentor Parent to a Mill Hill Family?  Send the words “Mentor Parent” in the subject line of email to be added to Mentor pairing lottery.

     New to Mill Hill But Not Interested?  Send the words “opt outinsubject line of email (if no email received, 2014-15 new families will automatically be paired with a mentor parent).

     Returning Family But Still Interested in a Mentor ParentSend the word “Returning” in the subject line of email to be added to family pairing assignments.

COMING SOON: Welcome Coffee to be announced for initial introductions!

 

 

Reflections Winners Announcement!

National PTA Reflections Program

Congratulations to our Reflections winners! 

Our first place winners are now entered into the state-wide contest that is taking place now. 

 Visual Arts 3rd – 5th grade
1st  Wyatt Guibone-Goldsmith 5Sh
2nd  James Keller  5Sh
3rd  Neve Lutz  5Sh
Honorable Mention  Allison Loya  3Cr
 
Literature 3rd – 5th grade
1st  Jonas Mendez  5F
2nd  Jake Mansdorf  5Sh
(tie)  3rd  Connor Westerlund  5Sh
(tie)  3rd  Finn Preschlak  5Sh
 
Photography 3rd – 5th grade
1st  Campbell Reilley  5Sh
2nd  Whitney Bartol  5Sh
3rd  Ethan Righter  5F
 
Dance Choreography 3rd – 5th grade
1st  Kolby Northrop  3Ch
 
Visual Arts K – 2nd grade
1st  Brody Sommers  KM
2nd  Mina Seyal  2Ga
3rd  Matthew Anto  1O
 

Congratulations also to all of our participants!

Visual Arts:  Alexander Nikolayev  3Ch, William Ferullo 4V, Kaleigh Sommers 4M, Aerin Keesser 3R, Henry Schott 5Sh, Ian Harrison 5Sh, Macy Hallama 5F, Sophia Festini 5F, Emma Aurilio 5F, Sophia Mallek 5Sh, Sydney Woo 5Sh, Grace Gillmor 5F, Anthoney Caserta, Jr.  5Sh, Hailey Arman 5Sh, Alexandra Burstell 5Z, Clare Fusco 5Sh, Declyn Keiser 5Sh, Nicolas Oricoli 5Sh, Sophie Denny 3R, Tommy Kelly 5Sh, Siena Pokluda 5F, Asha Joliet 3R, Lydia Abbazia 2Ga, Claire Mallek 1E, Ella Schott 2Ga, Annika Vuppala 2Gr, Kailey Dalton 2Ga, Christina Morfopolous KS, Emma Ryan 2Ga
 
Literature:  Aidan Rivera 5F, Liam Keesser 5F, Ryan O’Connell 5Sh, Kaleigh Sommers 4M, Madeleine Greenberg 4M, Mia vonBrauchitsch 4V, Cecilia Illuzzi 3H
 
Photography:  Ryan Ginley 5F
 

Thank you to Mrs. Garavel and the office staff for collecting and taking care of our many wonderful entries.  Thank you to the classroom teachers and parents who encouraged their students to participate.

I would like to extend a most sincere THANK YOU to the judges who volunteered their time for our children.

Kristen Carley – Lecturer of Developmental English;   Housatonic  Community College
Henry Glavin – Artist and Photographer;   HenryGlavin.com
Andrea Shantz – Co-Chair of the Pequot Library Art Show

 

2014-2015 Student Council Winter Box Top Tournament Coming Soon!

The 2014-15 Student Council Winter Box Top Tournament Begins January 27th!Box_Tops_Logo

Turn your Box tops, cell phones and ink cartridges into money for our school.
Classroom contest award details
Week 1, top 16 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 2, top 8 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 3, top 4 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 4, same as week 3, until $60 is reached…
The children will vote in their classroom on what they purchase….
Visit the Box Top Page: http://millhillpta.com/programs/fundraising/box-tops/ for more info.

Mill Hill School earnings can be tracked at http://www.boxtops4education.com

Remember, the competition continues through the next few weeks. So continue to send in the box tops even if you miss the weekly collection date!

Hoops for Hope

Hoops4HopeFaculty Basketball Game

Stratfield Starfish vs. Mill Hill Hawks

Come cheer on your school team!

All proceeds benefit
The Dr. Tom Kennedy Toy Closet at Bridgeport Hospital

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:00-8:00 PM
Ludlowe High School Gymnasium

  • Suggested donation $5/person or $20/family

  • Bring a new toy from the attached wish list and receive a chance to win assorted gift cards

  • Spirit T-shirts available for $10 (see attached)

  • Bake Sale (snacks and drinks only, no dinner)

Book Swap Has been POSTPONED!!

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Book Swap Has Been POSTPONED! Stay Tuned.

Please email Monica Zwynenburg (monez@optonline.net) today so that the event can take place as planned.

 

From Our New Library & Media Specialist

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Mill Hill Parents:

Love books?

Interested in cutting-edge changes in how our students are engaged in physical and virtual learning?

Become a Volunteer In Mill Hill’s Library Learning Commons!

Please join us for an IntroductoryOpen House Thursday, December 4th from 9:30-10:15 to meet our talented, new Library & Media Specialist, Ms. Gina Gorton! 

Enjoy Coffee and a brief training session in the Library Learning Commons for new and experienced volunteers alike.  Learn how helping in the LLC expands our students’ literacies for the digital age!

If you have any questions or need to schedule an alternate training time,

please contact Molli Hourihan molli@optonline.net.

RSVP appreciated but not required.

2014 School Year Spirit Wear Order Form

2014 SCHOOL YEAR SPIRIT WEAR ORDER FORMS ARE COMING!!!

Look for 2014 SPIRIT WEAR order forms coming home THIS WEDNESDAY!!  In the mean time CLICK HERE for the draft order form to see what’s coming!

New products include boys and girls CAMO T-SHIRTS and HOODED SWEATSHIRTS!

The DEADLINE for ALL orders is NOVEMBER 14TH. Orders are processed together and delivered directly to your child’s classroom (or the school office for HOLIDAY ORDERS.)

All items available in both youth and adult sizes.

Next opportunity to order Spirit Wear is for Field Day t-shirts in the spring!

Don’t miss out, ORDER TODAY! GO MILL HILL!

Please contact Jennifer Sticco at jennifersticco@gmail.com with any questions.

2014-2015 Box Top Classroom Competition!

The 2014-15 Box Top Classroom Collection Competition has begun!Box_Tops_Logo

Students have 2 ways to earn points  for their class room.
1. Register your Stop and Shop card for a bonus 50 PTS
2. Turn in your Box Tops

week # 1 Collection date is Tuesday October 28

Classroom contest award details
Week 1, top 16 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 2, top 8 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 3, top 4 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 4, same as week 3, until $60 is reached…
The children will vote in their classroom on what they purchase….
Visit the Box Top Page:  http://millhillpta.com/programs/fundraising/box-tops/  for more info.

Mill Hill School  earnings can be tracked at http://www.boxtops4education.com

Remember, the competition continues through the next few weeks.  So continue to send in the box tops even if you miss the weekly collection date!

New Message from Mr. Chase

MH - Home of the Mind & Heart

CLICK HERE for the latest message from Mr. Chase

Quarterly BoE Update is Here!!

We just received a great update from the BoE Secretary, here’s her message:

Hi PTA Presidents,
In the Board of Ed’s ongoing efforts to increase/improve communication, I have written up a quarterly update, recapping what took place at our recent meetings and also giving a heads up regarding future topics.  I’ll be sending these out a few times a year, so please feel free to share with your communities.  It gives people a quick snapshot as to what the Board has been working on, and then provides links to minutes and FairTV should anyone wish to get more details.  If you have any questions regarding this or anything else BoE-related please let me know!
Thanks,
Jessica Gerber
BoE Secretary

CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATE

The 2014 School Climate Survey Window is NOW Open

The Fairfield school district wants to hear from you!!  Please see below message:

The 2014 School Climate Survey is currently being conducted for ALL students in grades 3-12, ALL parents, and ALL faculty and staff.  The survey has been designed by members of the District School Climate Team to seek the perceptions of all stakeholders in our schools.  Your responses are completely anonymous.  These responses will be used by your School Climate Team to develop action plans to address school climate.  The survey window will be open from October 20th, 2014 at 8:00am until 5:00pm on October 31st, 2014.  All parents should login to your Infinite Campus Portal to complete the survey.  We respectfully ask that those of you who have students in multiple schools complete a separate survey for each school.  The results will be shared publicly and posted to each schools’ website.

Response Rate as of 10/22
Infinite Campus Letter
Instructions for Parents & Students
Instructions for Faculty & Staff

Save the Date!! – Mill Hill Book Fair

Scholastic Book FairIt’s Bookfair season! Mark your calendars for the week of October 27-31 to stop by and visit the Mill Hill Bookfair and shop a wide variety of books!

VOLUNTEERS are needed. Please visit http://vols.pt/fBVs7x to sign up for as many time slots as you’d like. Your help is valuable and appreciated.

Book fair hours will be:

October 27: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
October 28: Bookfair breakfast** 8:30 – 4:00 pm
October 29: (earlys dismissal day) 8:30 am-2:15 pm and then 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
October 30: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
October 31: 8:30 am-11:00 am

**On Tuesday, October 28th come by early before school to enjoy munchkins, juice and coffee while browsing and shopping for your selections!

For more information, contact:

Heather Toll: tollheather@hotmail.com

Christina Boehk: christina_boehk@hotmail.com

Gen Lippman: gjrlippman@gmail.com

Walkathon: A Huge Success by any Measure!

We extend our deepest thanks to the Mill Hill community for making this year’s primary PTA fundraiser a huge success. Over 94% of all students contributed money to raise a grand total of $33,708.94!! That beats last year’s amount by over $4,000!

IMG_2082 Classes that achieved 100% participation were:KM, 2M, 3CH, 4V and 5F. Enjoy your popsicle parties!

IMG_2658The Top 2 Money raising classes:

In grades K-1 were: 1O ($2,765) and KG ($2,025)
In grades 2-3 were: 3CH ($3,804.16) and 3CR ($2,276)
In grades 4-5 were: 5S ($2,374) and 5H ($1,437)

All these classes will play kickball games against each other!

The top individual money raisers were:

Grades K-1: William Kelly ($1,192)
Grades 2-3: Georgia Wilson ($,1,955)
Grades 4-5: Tommy Kelly ($1,192)  

Enjoy your Amazon gift cards and pizza parties!

Finally, congratulations to our 3 cream-pie raffle winners: Cameron Collin, Tristan Andreski and Isaac Moriarty!

THANK YOU parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and STUDENTS!

-The Walkathon Committee: Elizabeth Courtney, Sue Domizio, Ellen Kelly and Jen Loya

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School Picture Day!!

Tuesday, October 14th. Say Cheese! Coffee Pond Photography will return to Mill Hill to capture our Hawks’ happy smiles. Order forms were sent home on October 1st and there are extra forms in the main office.

Here are a few things to remember before the big day:

  • EVERYONE: Please fill out the order form and hand it back to your teacher on Picture Day, whether or not you have placed an online order.

  • Between now and Tuesday: You may order online any time before picture day at www.coffeepond.com but please send in the CONFIRMATION LETTER TO SCHOOL on Tuesday! If you prefer to write a check, make it payable to Coffee Pond Photography and send it in on Tuesday.

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  • After Tuesday: You don’t have to order before Picture Day. However, note that orders placed after Picture Day are subject to a handling fee and must be ordered online. No checks accepted after Tuesday.
  • We are hoping to have pictures taken outdoors, weather permitting. Please have children dress accordingly.

  • Please note that Coffee Pond is unable to provide combs.

  • If you have any questions, email them at lifeguards@coffeepond.com or call them weekdays between 9am and 5pm, (800) 632-2323, extension 0.

  • Please contact the main office if you require assistance.

Thanks to those who have volunteered their time! Please contact Alex Carr with questions.

Message from Mr. Chase

MH - Home of the Mind & HeartClick here for the latest message from Mr. Chase.

Celebrating Our Wellness Week!

fun run 2014Click here or on image above for Mill Hill Fun Run flyer and registration form

 

 

A Thank You From a Local Father

Check out this great article by Thomas Lawlor, a Southport dad.  He mentions a few of our wonderful staff members from Mill Hill.
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A thank-you note that columnist Thomas Lawlor meant to send ... but never did: "Thank you to the Mill Hill School staff, including Jackie Skultedy, Joan Huff, Suzanne Grigg, Larry Shire, Deborah Crossly, Jeanne Gaughan and Tara Carlson. Other teachers have touched our lives but somehow elementary stands out the most. To the teachers of Fairfield, we couldnít buy enough stamps to thank you enough." Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield CitizenA thank-you note that columnist Thomas Lawlor meant to send … but never did: “Thank you to the Mill Hill School staff, including Jackie Skultedy, Joan Huff, Suzanne Grigg, Larry Shire, Deborah Crossly, Jeanne Gaughan and Tara Carlson. Other teachers have touched our lives but somehow elementary stands out the most. To the teachers of Fairfield, we couldnít buy enough stamps to thank you enough.” Photo: Contributed Photo

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