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.

Zootopia: Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, September 23rd

Gates open at 6:00pm, movie to begin at 7:00pm
Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair!
Pizza and concessions will be available for cash-only purchase.
Cost: $10 per family for PTA members and $12 per family for non-PTA members.
Any questions? E-mail Kerry Gueterman at kerrygueterman@gmail.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/

Fall Above & Beyond Sign Up Begins Sept 12th

The fall session of Above & Beyond begins September 26th and runs until November 17th. You must be a PTA member to sign up. Registration will be September 12-16th only. These classes will run for six weeks at Mill Hill. Log on to ourstudents.info/mhs/home to register on September 12th or to learn more about the classes offered. The classes offered this fall are Art with Mr. Erff, Karate, Mad Science, and Flag Football. Please contact Kristen Iannone at millhill.activities@gmail.com with any questions.

Mill Hill PTA Membership 2016-17 Info Confirmation

It’s that time of year! If you haven’t already, please take a moment to confirm your family information for the MHS online and printed directories and join the PTA for 2016-17. A link for was provided to families in an email from “Mill Hill School Directory” sent on 8/29/16. Simply click on the secure link and update your child’s teacher assignment. Then, review your family’s data and make any necessary changes. BE SURE TO SAVE. NOTE: if you prefer to have any or all of your family information kept private, you MUST specify your preferences under section 4 – “Review your Directory Display Settings.” You will then be directed to the Mill Hill PayPal page allowing you to join the PTA for 2016-17 (membership needs to be renewed every school year). Kindly confirm your family entry by September 14th. If you didn’t receive this (possible if you are a new Mill Hill), can’t find it, or have any questions, please contact mhsptamembership@gmail.com.

Looking Ahead!

Here are some dates to keep track of as we prepare for back to school :)

MEET THE TEACHER & WELCOME BACK PLAYDATE
Wednesday, August 31st 11:30-12:00pm
Stop by Mill Hill to meet your child’s teacher and get a glimpse of their new classroom.
Then visit the Mill Hill playground to see some old friends and meet some new ones. The ice cream truck will be there with ice cream for purchase!

WELCOME BACK COFFEE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Thursday, September 1st, 9:00am, All Purpose Room (APR)
Please join us in the APR for a Welcome Back Coffee on the first day of school. Meet other parents, learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities, join the PTA, or just enjoy some coffee and treats.

AUTHOR BILL HARLEY VISIT
Thursday, September 8th
Bill Harley, the author of this past Spring’s One Book, Two Schools Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year, will be visiting Mill Hill School and putting on two assemblies on Thursday, September 8th. The assembly for grades K-2 will run from 9:15-10:15am and the one for grades 3-5 will be from 10:30-11:30am. For any parents interested in attending, we will permit up to 50 parents to attend each assembly. Please RSVP to aliciamillhill@gmail.com if you would like to attend. We will email all parents who RSVP a confirmation prior to the assembly.

2016-2017 School Supply List

Here are the 2016-2017 supply lists for the Mill Hill students, listed by grade, in case you want to get ready early: Mill Hill Elementary School Supply lists 2016-2017.

Happy shopping, happy summer!

Our PTA Needs You!!

There are still quite a few committee positions open for next year!  Check out the openings and tell us how you would like to help!

Committee Chair Openings

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Mill Hill!!!

National PTA backgroundNational PTA Names Mill Hill Elementary a 2015-2017 National PTA School of Excellence!

We are excited to announce that Mill Hill Elementary has been named a National PTA School of Excellence! As a National PTA School of Excellence, Mill Hill made significant progress to welcome and empower families to support student success and school improvements during the course of the 2014-2015 school year.

Mill Hill joins an elite group of schools recognized by the National PTA for its partnership with families through the PTA to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students:

2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence

National PTA Press Release on 2015-2017 National PTA Schools of Excellence

The Mill Hill PTA initially explored participation in the School of Excellence program as an important extension of its existing wonderful PTA initiatives, and as a way to leverage its talented and enthusiastic staff and parent community to bring to life additional family-centric programs which would positively impact Mill Hill kids. The School of Excellence Committee later identified and launched exciting new programs to strengthen the family-school partnership at Mill Hill including: “One School, One Book”, IXL.com Math Support, the Homework Club and the Mill Hill Suggestion Box. The Committee also helped to expand existing Mill Hill programs such as Mr. Smith’s “Read Aloud” program, our Spring Book Swap and Mr. Chase’s Principal Coffees.

The School of Excellence Committee, in collaboration with Mill Hill staff and parent community, looks forward to building on these programs in the future and identifying additional opportunities to support our kids and our community.

A special thanks to the 2014-2015 Mill Hill School of Excellence Committee: Principal Kevin Chase, First-Grade Teacher Ann Oliver, Fifth-Grade Teacher Joan Huff, Chair Kelly Jacobson, PTA President Wendi Malone, PTA President-Elect Kristin Nierman and Mill Hill parents Annie Braley, Elizabeth Courtney, Tricia Donovan, Kim Fahey, Stephanie Gervasi, Wendy Lavallee, Gennifer Lippman, Kathy Murdock, Alisa Ryan and Monica Zwynenburg.

If you would like any additional information on Mill Hill’s School of Excellence program, or have an interest in participating in the 2015-2016 School of Excellence Committee, please contact Kelly Jacobson at keljacobson@yahoo.com.

2016-2017 A to E Rotation Calender

Please find the A-E rotation calendar here:

2016-17-a-e-schedule

Important message from Mr. Chase

Please find the Parent Packet, Student Welcome Back letter, and the updated Family Hand Book below:

Parent Packet 2015-2016

Student Letter 2015-2016

Family Handbook 2015-2016

MH - Home of the Mind & Heart

Join the PTA Online TODAY!

Online PTA Membership Registration

Existing Mill Hill Families : You will be receiving an email from Mill Hill School instructing you to confirm your family’s data in our system. If you DO NOT want your family’s information to be public, please check off your preferences (under section 4) when you confirm your information. Once you have confirmed your information, the system will automatically take you to a page where you can join the PTA through PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this option. Once you have paid, no further steps are needed. The online directory will be made available to all paid Mill Hill PTA members once all families have confirmed their data. PTA members will receive an email instructing them how to gain access to this directory at that time.

New Mill Hill Families: Click the link below to enter your family and student information into our online directory system. Once you have confirmed your information, the system will automatically take you to a page where you can join the Mill Hill PTA using PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account to use this option. Once you have paid, no further steps are needed. The online directory will be made available to all paid Mill Hill PTA members once all families have confirmed their data. PTA members will receive an email instructing them how to gain access to this directory at that time.

https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=MillHillSchool35156

2015-2016 School Year Supply List!!

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You asked?  We delivered!  

Here is the 2015-2016 School Year Supply List by Grade.  Enjoy shopping for school supplies at your leisure this summer instead of the night before school starts, with everyone else in town!  Get your bargains and avoid the last minute stress!  This list will be available all summer HERE.

We understand that these are difficult economic times for many in our community.  If your family needs financial assistance for the purchase of these items, please contact Mr. Chase.

Announcing IXL Math!

IXL

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

 MH Mentor

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!

 

 

Register for Stop & Shop’s A+ Rewards for Mill Hill Today!

SS-Logo1Have you registered for Stop and Shop’s A+ Rewards program yet?  It is an easy way to raise money for our school.  You earn points with each purchase made using your Stop & Shop Card that benefits the school you have registered with your card.  Sign up today.

link for instructions:

http://millhillpta.com/programs/fundraising/stop-and-shop-rewards/