Spring Book Fair Fundraiser begins on 3/27!

Calling all campers! It’s almost time to head to the great outdoors for our Mill Hill Spring Happy Camper Book Fair. Your reading adventure awaits March 27-31st. Shop for your family and maybe pick up s’more books for your classroom and the MH Library! For a sneak peek of some of the new books visit: http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/spring-es-video

VOLUNTEERS
We need your help to make our Book Fair a success. Help our children select favorite titles, meet new faces and even help give the students a small lesson on money! Sign up here to volunteer. Sign up for as many slots as you’d like!

Mill Hill Spirit Wear Day kicks off our fair on Monday, March 27th – wear blue and white with pride!

Campers get cozy at Mill Hill with a Pajama Day on Thursday, March 30th! Followed by a Mr. Chase read aloud at 6pm during conferences. 

Buy A Celebration Book (MH Library) or Book for the Classroom: S’more you read, the s’more you know from!

HOURS
Monday, March 27 (Mill Hill Spirit Wear Day!/Classroom Preview Day): 8:30 am – 4:00pm
Tuesday, March 28: 8:30 am – 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 29: (early dismissal day) 8:30 am – 4:00pm
Thursday, March 30: (early dismissal day/evening conferences) 8:30 am – 2:15 pm and 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, March 31: 8:30 am – 11am

QUESTIONS
Callie Acker: callieacker@gmail.com
Andrea Rahbari: andyruby79@gmail.com
Suzanne Riccobono: suzriccobono@gmail.com
Anne-Marie Tartaglia: amtartaglia115@gmail.com

Above & Beyond Spring Registration Begins 3/22!

ABOVE & BEYOND SPRING SESSION (last one for school year)

April 17 – May 26

Registration begins on March 22nd and closes on March 29th. Look forward to Art, Zumba, Fab Lab, Beading, Flag Football, Ultimate Sports, Cheerleading and more!

The site (http://www.ourstudents.info/mhs) is being updated at this time so stay tuned!

For more information on how to sign up visit our PTA site here.

Summer Adventure Camp K-2

Did you know there is a great summer program for incoming kindergarten through 2nd grade students, run by our very own Dr. Samuelson of Mill Hill? Click here more information

Helping Hands

Our PTA at Mill Hill has a “helping hands” fund, available for use to help any students in need. In the past, it has been used for purchasing sneakers for a child in need and to cover the cost of a field trip for a student who couldn’t otherwise go. It is also available to pay for PTA memberships for families in financial need. Anyone with questions or looking to request assistance can always come to us, or, to preserve anonymity, make requests through Kirsten Sabrowski, our school social worker.

Town Budget Issues: What You Can do!

Wendy Lavalee attended the PTAC meeting last night and gave us an update on school and town issues.

The Board of Education meeting (and public hearing on racial imbalance) which was scheduled for this evening is now rescheduled for Thursday, March 16th at Roger Ludlowe Middle School auditorium.  The hearing begins at 6:45 pm and the regular meeting shall start immediately after.  The meeting will include a discussion of possible reductions to the 2017-18 Board of Education budget.

Fairfield is looking at a potential $4 to $6 million cut from the State of Connecticut, so people at the PTAC meeting were very concerned about possible consequences.

Now is the time to make our voices heard.

If you can make the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, please do so.  There is also a Board of Finance town meeting scheduled for 9:30 this Saturday morning (March 18) at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, which will include an opportunity for public comment.

We also encourage everyone to write to our town and our state officials to express concerns, priorities, and ideas.

You can reach the Board of Finance at: BOF@fairfield.ct.org

The Board of Education can be found at: BOEmembers@fairfield.ct.org

The Board of Selectmen are at: BOSfairfield.ct.org

The Representative Town Meeting members are at: RTM@fairfield.ct.org

At the State level, you can reach our State Senator, Tony Hwang at: tony@tonyhwang.org

The State Representative for most of us at Mill Hill is Brenda Kupchick, who can be reached at: brenda.kupchick@housegop.ct.gov

Some Fairfield residents are represented by Laura Devlin at laura.devlin@housegop.ct.gov, and others are represented by Cristin McCarthy Vahey, who is at: Cristin.McCarthyVahey@cga.ct.gov

Lastly, you can reach our Governor, Dannel Malloy, here: governor.malloy@po.state.ct.us

Laura & Alicia

CANCELED: Hoops for Hope (new date TBD)

Due to today’s closure, the game will be postponed. Mr. Chase will work with all of those playing, volunteering, and NSS to determine a best date. Have fun in the snow! Thanks all!

Book Fair Fundraiser Coming Soon! (3/27-31)

Calling all campers! It’s almost time to head to the great outdoors for our Mill Hill Spring Happy Camper Book Fair. Your reading adventure awaits March 27-31st. Shop for your family and maybe pick up s’more books for your classroom and the MH Library! For a sneak peek of some of the new books visit: http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/spring-es-video

VOLUNTEERS
We need your help to make our Book Fair a success. Help our children select favorite titles, meet new faces and even help give the students a small lesson on money! Sign up here to volunteer. Sign up for as many slots as you’d like!

*NOTE CORRECTED HOURS*
Monday, March 27 (Classroom Preview Day): 8:30 am – 4:00pm
Tuesday, March 28: 8:30 am – 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 29: (early dismissal day) 8:30 am – 4:00pm
Thursday, March 30: (early dismissal day/evening conferences) 8:30 am – 2:15 pm and 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Friday, March 31: 8:30 am – 11am

QUESTIONS
Callie Acker: callieacker@gmail.com
Andrea Rahbari: andyruby79@gmail.com
Suzanne Riccobono: suzriccobono@gmail.com
Anne-Marie Tartaglia: amtartaglia115@gmail.com

Square 1 Art Fundraiser

It is time for the Square 1 Art fundraiser! Coming home soon in your child’s backpack is a custom catalog featuring your child’s artwork. It will detail keepsakes you can order containing their masterpiece. Mugs, framed art, pot holders, notebooks, key chains – there is a huge selection of keepsakes that make great gifts. These funds help support the exciting enrichment programs our PTA offers our kids.

Order online or on the paper order form before April 4th!! (No late orders can be accepted.) Together, we can help support Mill Hill, build your child’s self-esteem, and create lasting keepsakes from your child’s artistic achievements.

 

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Mill Hill Square 1 Art Coordinator: Alma Aurilio (almaaurilio@optimum.net)

Hoops for Hope: 3/15 6-8pm Details

North Stratfield Tigers vs. Mill Hill Hawks

All proceeds benefit: REACH youth programs at Bridgeport Hospital

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

6:00-8:00 PM

Ludlowe High School Gymnasium

  • Suggested donation $5/person or $20/family
  • Bake Sale (snacks and drinks only, no dinner)
  • 5th Grade Layup contest (points count toward game!)
  • DJ, Chance drawings, and souvenirs
  • Collection of items needed for REACH program:
    Composition Books  (used as journals for writing and drawing), Adolescent/Adult coloring Books, Sharpie Marker sets, Colored Pencils, Glue sticks, Glitter glue
    Medium, Large and X-large white mens Tee shirts
    Balloons, Playing cards, Uno Cards
    Supplies for therapeutic groups  – Farkle game; Outburst game; Head Bands game;  light colored dominoes
    Gift cards( used as part of a behavioral rewards incentive program)
    Any fast food places;  Dunkin Donuts; Taco Bell; Subway etc., or Itunes gift cards
    $5;  $10; $15; $20 increments

Girls On the Run is back for Spring!

What is Girls on the Run?

Girls on the Run is na onal non-profit character development program that encourages pre-teen girls (grades 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. Each session will include a group exercise, with emphasis on teamwork, which will culminate in a 5K (3 mile) run. *Program meets twice weekly for 10 weeks*

Registration Information: To register please go to www.girlsontherunffldcty.org and click on the Registration Information tab. Registration is done through online registration via Race Planner.

*Registration will begin Weds March 8, 2017 at 12 noon.*

For information regarding Financial Assistance please contact Diana Riolo at (203)966-4528 ext. 185

Mill Hill GOTR 2017 Flyer

PTA Meeting Thurs. 3/9 @7pm

All welcome! We are going to have our monthly PTA meeting for March at b.good in Fairfield, 1460 Post Road, at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 9. Many thanks in advance to Molli and Steve Hourihan for hosting us at their restaurant. We are going to have as our guest a member of the Fairfield Schools Board of Education, Ms. Trisha Pytko. This is a great opportunity for our members to ask her questions about the schools, the budget, the curriculum, the racial imbalance plan, and so on, and also an opportunity for her to get some feedback from parents about what our concerns are. We’re hoping that some of the parents who work during the day will be able to join us, so if you can, please do…we would love to see you there. (And there will be beer and wine available for purchase, which, if you ask us, makes for a much more fun meeting!)

Hoops for Hope (3/15)

Hoops for Hope, a charity basketball game hosted by Mill Hill’s 5th grade, will be on March 15from 6-8pm at Ludlowe High School!  Mill Hill Hawks vs. North Stratfield Tigers!   All proceeds will benefit the REACH youth psychiatric programs at Bridgeport Hospital.  Tickets will be sold at the door, $5 per person or $20 per family.  Thanks in advance everybody, and GO HAWKS!

Zumba for MH Moms (3/7)

Please join the PTA Wellness Committee for a FREE Zumba class on Tuesday, March 7 from 7-8pm in the MillPlease join the PTA Wellness Committee for a FREE Zumba class on Tuesday, March 7 from 7-8pm in the Mill Hill APR with our very own Stephanie Erhet. Grab a friend, grab your kids, or just grab yourself! Dress comfortably, bring water and a towel, and come for some fitness fun. Zumba veterans and newbies welcome. Doors open at 6:45. Hill APR with our very own Stephanie Erhet. Grab a friend, grab your kids, or just grab yourself! Dress comfortably, bring water and a towel, and come for some fitness fun. Zumba veterans and newbies welcome. Doors open at 6:45.

Dress Like Your Favorite Elementary Book Character

CELEBRATE READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY AND DR. SEUSS’  BIRTHDAY Thursday, March 2                                               We invite everyone to “Dress Like Your Favorite Elementary Book Character” Day on Thursday, March 2.  Come to school dressed as one of your favorites.  Maybe it’s the Cat in the Hat? Or even Pinkalicious…the sky is the limit!  (Just remember that masks or props of any kind will not be allowed.)

Box Tops – Collecting Now! (ends 2/27)

Now through Monday, February 27th
Mill Hill will be receiving a check for $1,106 from our fall Box Tops collection and competition. General Mills’ next Box Tops submission deadline is 3/1. Please send your Box Tops into school (preferably in small, ziplock bags), labeled with your child’s class and teacher. Prizes will be awarded to the classes who contribute the most. Thank you!

Volunteers Needed for Book Swap!

Thursday, March 2nd from 6 – 7:15 PM
Volunteers are needed to help collect and/or sort books on the mornings of February 27th and 28th and March 1st and 2nd, to help set-up on the afternoon of March 2nd, and to help check out books at the event. You can sign up here to volunteer now. Feel free to email Monica Zwynenburgwith any questions. We need your help to make this year’s Book Swap another great event for our Mill Hill community!

In the meantime, please also start collecting your gently used books. We’ll be collecting donations of children’s books from preschool age on up (and adult books, too). We’re hoping to increase the 4th grade and higher category collection, so if you have any older children, please have them clean out their bookcases as well. We’ll also accept DVDs (G and PG rated only, please). Children will receive a ticket for each book and/or DVD they donate and can pick out a “new book” with the tickets.

Homework Club: Now includes 2nd Grade too!

Homework Club has been going so well with the third through fifth graders that Elizabeth Courtney and Mr. Chase have agreed to open it up to our second graders as well! All 2nd through 5th graders are invited to stay after school for an hour of quiet time on Wednesdays to finish homework, read, get one-on-one tutoring, work on special projects, or explore the computer and library resources at Mill Hill. We also often have volunteers from the high school to help out, and the kids are really enjoying having them along. Here are the remaining dates for winter term 2017: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22. Students are not required to attend every week. If your child is not already signed up and would like to join, please contact Mr. Chase or Elizabeth Courtney. The Homework Club is a free resource offered by Mr. Chase and the School of Excellence Committee.

Tom Chapin Concert

Fairfield Arts for Youth, a program supported through PTAC, is bringing Tom Chapin, a writer and performer of family music (and the brother of the late Harry Chapin) to all of the Fairfield elementary schools…Mill Hill is on his schedule for Monday, February 27th at 9:30 am. There will be room for a limited number of Mill Hill parents who may wish to attend. If you are interested, please e-mail us to RSVP.

Let’s keep our children safe! – Message from Mr. Chase

SCHOOL DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
The Fairfield Police Department continues to closely advise the Fairfield public schools on all safety and security issues. One of the issues that came up at Mill Hill was our parent drop off and pick up practices, specifically, the many cars that park in unmarked locations (including the entrance “apron”) and cars that pass others while children are getting out of or into cars, etc. Please be sure to only park in properly designated areas (marked parking spots and Mill Hill Road).

BAND AND ORCHESTRA MORNING DROP OFF
For those who drop off early for orchestra and band, the procedure is to have children exit vehicles from the right and enter the school through the gymnasium doors. Cars MUST proceed forward around the bus loop as a point of redirection. Please DO NOT attempt a three-point turn at the point of drop off. This can cause unsafe circumstances and unnecessary traffic back ups.

I will be speaking with the Fairfield Police Department about rethinking the parking arrangements and posting additional signage. In the meantime, I think that we can all agree that taking the few extra minutes to park in designated spots and to abide by these safety rules is truly of the utmost importance for our school community. Please make sure that all people that drive your children to and from school, including babysitters, nannies, and grandparents, are aware of these rules. Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns

Reflections Contest!

HUGE thank you to Alissa Gatenby for chairing our Reflections Contest and spending so much time beautifully displaying our student’s work in the front lobby showcase. Take a look next time you are at Mill Hill (or see the photo below if you can’t get into school). Mill Hill Students are super-talented! Scroll to the bottom of the newsletter for a full list of winners and participants in this year’s contest. Congratulations to everyone who participated!!!

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