Holiday Craft Party

Save the Date! Mill Hill’s Annual Holiday Craft Party is coming up Wednesday, Dec 14th from 3:30-5:00pm. Grab your friends and join us for a fun afternoon filled with cocoa, cookies, and crafting! This year we will be making a “Let it Snow” banner — perfect to hang in your home all season long!

Information will be sent home this week with RSVP details and cost. If you have any questions, please email Amanda Bonneau. Hope to see you there!!

Odyssey of the Mind

The Odyssey of the Mind program teaches students to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. Mill Hill has participated in this program in the past, but in order to bring it back to Mill Hill, we need your help! If anyone is interested in learning more about this program, we have attached the following link. Additionally, our Board of Education representative Jen Maxon Kennelly has reached out to offer assistance to any parents interested in learning more about or heading up OM for Mill Hill School. Please email us if you have any interest.

PTA Reflections Contest

It’s that time of year again for the Reflections Contest at school! Reflections is a national PTA contest for arts and literature. Categories include literature, visual arts, photography, dance choreography, film production, and musical composition. The theme this year is “What is Your Story?”. All submissions should incorporate this theme. Entries are judged on theme, mastery of medium, and originality. Click here for the entry form and rules. Information was sent home with your child last week. Submissions may be turned in at school from December 1st – January 9th. Late entries will not be accepted. If you have any questions, email Reflections Chair Alissa Gatenby.

Gift Giving Program

The Holiday Season is upon us and our Mill Hill Social Worker will be coordinating the gift-giving program for children within our school district. If you are interested in receiving gifts for your family this season, please contact Kirsten Sabrowski by Dec. 9, 2016. Your request will be made anonymously and gifts will be delivered to your child’s school for pick-up. If you find yourself in the position to sponsor a family, “wish lists” will soon be displayed in the front lobby. These donations will be made anonymously, and gifts will be given to a child in the Fairfield Public Schools, K-12. Each year, the appreciation of those who receive is overwhelming, as well as is the generosity of those who give.

Toy Drive for Al’s Angels

TOY DRIVE FOR AL’S ANGELS
Mill Hill’s Fifth Graders will be collecting new, unwrapped toys from November 28th through December 9th for the Al’s Angels Holiday Toy Drive. Students donating toys will receive a chance to win prizes from Saugatuck Sweets. So when you do your holiday shopping, please consider picking up something extra to help out kids in need.

Congrats to 3R!

Congratulations to 3R for having the highest participation in last Friday’s Pink Pledge Day. Mill Hill collected over $850 for the Nora Pfriem Breast Center in Bridgeport. Thank you everyone for your participation in this fun day and support of a very worthy cause!

3R and Pink 3R and Pink 2

Fall Spirit Wear is Here!

The Mill Hill Fall Spirit Wear Sale is happening now!  Check out the new design in person.   Samples are on display on the bulletin board across from the APR.  New this year, we are offering a performance wear tee for all of our athletic kids!

You have two ways to order:

  1. Fill out and send in the paper order form that was sent home with your child earlier this week, or
  2. Order your Spiritwear online at https://millhill.itemorder.com/

You can forward this email to any family or friends you think would like to help support Mill Hill and show their school spirit as well.  Please be sure to complete and return the form no later than Friday, November 11th.  Extra forms are available in the office if needed.

The next opportunity to order will be in the spring, so don’t wait and order today!  Any questions, please contact spiritwear.millhill@gmail.com.

Homework Club Returns!

Could your child use some one-on-one help with their homework? Or quiet time to get their reading done? The Homework Club is a FREE service offered by the Mill Hill PTA and Mr. Chase. Students in grades 3–5 are invited to join. The Club will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 3:45-4:30. Attendance is not mandatory, but please sign up now if you think your child would like to participate. A flyer is coming home this week. The fall session for the Homework Club will start November 2nd and will meet Nov. 9, 16, 30 and December 7, 14. Mr. Chase will run the club with assistance from staff and possibly older students. If you have any questions or know a middle or high school student who would like to help please contact Mr. Chase or Elizabeth Courtney.

Homework Club Flyer

November 2016 Calendar

Download and print the November calendar here. And hot lunch menu here.

Costume Parade Monday 10/31 @ 2:15pm

Our annual costume parade will be on Monday, October 31st at 2:15pm (bus loop). Students should come dressed for school as they normally would and bring a costume that is easy to put on. Students in grades 2-5 are expected to be able to dress themselves in their costume. Please remember safety first – no costumes that obstruct a student’s vision and no weapons. Also, no costumes that are violent, gory, or scary – we are an elementary school :)

411 on Dress for Recess!

Message from the Playground committee

Mill Hill School values and recognizes the benefits of free, unstructured, outdoor play for our students’ bodies, minds and hearts.

Outdoor play will be supported at every available opportunity, so please help your child to dress for the weather that day so they can get the most out of their outdoor time!

RAINY WEATHER

Moderate to heavy rain: the children will have indoor recess.

Very light drizzle or mist: the children will likely be outside getting some fresh air and a spritz!

COLD WEATHER

Children should come to school with hats to cover ears, gloves/mitten and a warm coat or jacket. Please consider what is on their legs and feet as well to minimize exposed skin and keep them dry.

SNOW!

Children who come to school with snow pants AND show boots along with cold weather gear listed above will be allowed to play and enjoy the snow!

Please send children with a plastic bag containing their snow pants and snow boots on days they would like to play in the snow at recess.

Amazon Smile. You Shop. Amazon Gives!

Amazon Smile

Many thanks to PTA Treasurer Shannon McElroy who has set us up with another easy way to raise money for Mill Hill. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. There are nearly a million organizations to choose from, but we hope that you’ll consider choosing ours:  Mill Hill PTA.   You may want to add a bookmark to your browser to make it easier to return and start your shopping.  Each purchase through Amazon Smile will give us .5 % of the purchase price: it’s not an awful lot per item, but it adds up in the long run!

Mill Hill Virtual Tag Sale is Here!

Tag Sale anyone?  Many of you are familiar with online tag sales. We have come up with a creative way to help the Mill Hill community sell their unwanted items, as well as benefit our students!
A Facebook tag sale page has been created. It is called “Mill Hill Virtual TAG SALE” and it is a closed group. The Administrators are Elizabeth Courtney and Leigh Ann Dwyer. We will be inviting members of the Mill Hill community to join and use the site. For the moment, we would like to limit membership in this group to Mill Hill families. All items for kids, adults and households are welcome.
Our only request (apart from usual tag sale etiquette) is that sellers consider donating a portion of their proceeds (your choice!) to the Mill Hill PTA. Users of the FB site will find a link to a donation form that must accompany any donations to the PTA.
The site is now LIVE and if you don’t receive an invite and would like to join, please contact Elizabeth Courtney or Leigh Ann Dwyer. Questions welcome….we hope this will be a great service to all Mill Hill families.

Box Tops are Back!

Mr. Smith has kindly agreed to run his Box Tops competition for the school again this year…details will be coming soon, but for now, please start sending all your accumulated Box Tops in with your kids. We will also be collecting used printer ink cartridges (but no cellphones this year). All of the money raised will directly benefit Mill Hill School.

For more information about Box Tops visit here http://millhillpta.com/programs/fundraising/box-tops/

Walk It Wednesdays

Wednesday, September 28 (more dates below)
The Mill Hill PTA Health and Wellness Committee invites ALL students and parents to walk (or run, skip, bike, or scooter) to school on Wednesday mornings, starting THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th.  If you live too far to walk, feel free to park and walk from Acorn Lane or Split Rock Road.  Come a little early for some extra outdoor play before the first bell.  Walk or not, all are welcome at the playground at 8:30am. (Although, please note, this is not a drop-off event; all students must have adult supervision.)  Walk it Wednesdays will kick off this Wednesday, September 28th with coffee and other refreshments.  Feel free to contact Melissa Kinasewitz with any questions at mlisella@yahoo.com. Other fall dates: October 5th, 19th, 26th, November 2nd, 9th, and 16th (all dates weather permitting). Mark your calendars!

Mill Hill Chess Club

The Mill Hill Chess program offers opportunities for beginner players to learn the fundamentals of chess play and more experienced players to enhance their chess skills in a welcoming and comfortable environment.  The game of chess is a lot of fun and fosters critical thinking, logic, creativity and good sportsmanship…and the Mill Hill Chess program offers a great opportunity for kids to build friendships outside of their class and grade. All classes are taught by DJA Chess Instruction.
Learn to Play Chess Program – Kids new to the game of Chess will be taught the fundamentals of chess play, rules and etiquette.  This 6-week program will take place on THURSDAYS from 8 – 8:45 am in the Art Room beginning October 6th – and is open to all kids in Grades 1-5. Cost for the 6-week program is $60.
Mill Hill Chess Club – Open to kids in Grades 1-5 who have participated in the Learn To Play Chess Program – or who can demonstrate a basic knowledge of Chess Play.  Kids meet weekly on FRIDAY mornings from 8 – 8:45 am in the Art Room to learn more advanced techniques and strategy. The first 15-week session will begin September 30th.  Cost for the 15-week session is $120.
If you have a child who is interested in participating in either program above, please contact Kelly Jacobson at keljacobson@yahoo.com by Tuesday, September 27th.

Cub Scouts Info & Sign-up

Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has provided fun and educational experiences for boys, with an emphasis on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service.  Our Mill Hill Pack 98 is a great group of boys that get together throughout the year for fun and rewarding activities. Come learn more about what Cub Scouts has to offer at our annual Information and Sign-Up Session on Tuesday, September 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the APR (you can drop by anytime).  All boys in grades 1 through 5 are welcome to join and the fee for membership is $100. For more information or if you are interested but unable to attend this session, please contact Paul Jacobson at pajake@yahoo.comor Kelly Jacobson at keljacobson@yahoo.com.

Girls on the Run

GIRLS ON THE RUN – EMPOWERING GIRLS IN GRADES 3-5

Registration begins Monday, September 19th at Noon!

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national, non-profit character development program that encourages pre-teen girls (grade 3-5) to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTR at Mill Hill will be meeting on Wednesdayafternoons 3:30-5:00 and Friday mornings 7:30-8:45, beginning September 28th. The program will run for ten weeks and will conclude with a 5K (3 mile) race in early December. For more information please go to (http://girlsontherunffldcty.org).  Contact Alisa Ryan(alisaryan@gmail.com) if you have questions.

The Walkathon is Coming!

Friday, October 14th 2016

The Mill Hill School Walkathon campaign has officially begun. This is the PTA’s PRIMARY fundraiser and donations support ALL the PTA programs. Help make our fundraiser a SUCCESS!! 100% of ALL money directly benefits your children. The Walkathon will be held Friday, October 14th from 1:30 to 3:00 pm at Mill Hill (volunteer start time is 1:00). Students and teachers will walk together in this community-building event.  Forms were sent home in your child’s backpack but they can also be found here: http://millhillpta.com/programs/fundraising/walk-a-thon/. Forms and money must be handed in by Friday, October 7th to count toward exciting prizes!

Questions? Volunteers? Please contact Kim Fahey kimfahey1974@gmail.com and Leigh Smith Leighcdaily@gmail.com (Walkathon Co-Chairs) and the 2016 Walkathon Committee.

Stop & Shop Rewards Begins September 12th

After 4:00 pm on Monday, please follow the link below to register your Stop and Shop Card for the A+ school rewards. Search for Mill Hill School (Southport) and register your Stop and Shop card. For every purchase you make, Mill Hill will share in a percentage of the A+ rewards that Stop and Shop donates to schools every year. https://stopandshop.com/aplus/school-total/

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