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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, 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.

Pink for a Purpose, October 28th

This year Mill Hill will be participating in the Pink for a Purpose fundraiser for the Nora Pfriem Breast Center. On Friday, October 28th, we ask that all Mill Hill students, faculty and staff wear something pink to school and bring in a minimum contribution of $1. The classes will have a friendly competition to see who has the highest participation. The winning class(es) will get to have their picture taken with a pink police cruiser. All money donated to the Nora Pfriem Breast Center goes to help care for those who otherwise couldn’t afford treatment when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. In addition to this show of support, families are welcome to purchase a “Pink Up Your Home” kit which includes the following: pink lights, pink luminaries, pink ribbons to tie around lamp posts and trees, pink tea, pink flags, etc. These kits can be purchased for $10 at the following locations:

Billy’s Bakery
1885 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825 | 203.337.5349

Firehouse Deli
22 Reef Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 | 203.255.5527

So Chic Fairfield
1300 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 | 203.292.6334

Miller Nissan
930 Kings Highway, Fairfield, CT 06825

Poster’s Hardware 
2155 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825 | 203.368.3242

Spic-N-Span Market
329 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT 06890 | 203.259.1688

Total Look Salon & Spa 
3482 Post Road, Southport, CT 06890 | 203.255.9510

Norma Pfriem Breast Center(s)
111 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 | 203.255.5300
5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull, CT | 203.337.8790
Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT | 203.384.3392

Park Avenue Medical Center Integrative Medicine
5520 Park Avenue, Trumbull, CT | 203.337.8660

Be sure to share your photos on their Facebook page

Adventure Park Fun on October 27

Can you FLY through the trees? Excited to try? The Mill Hill PTA Health & Wellness Committee invites everyone for an afternoon of zip-lines, climbing and fun at the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. WHEN? Thursday, October 27th (early release day) at 2:30 pm, ending at 5:30. Special group rate of $31.90 per participant. Children 5 and 6 years old MUST have an adult on the course with them; older children can traverse the courses by themselves. Older siblings and other non Mill-Hill friends welcome. ALL children must have adult supervision; this is not a drop-off event. A flyer will be coming home. Please return the flyer and payment as soon as possible, but no later than October 20th. An online waiver MUST be filled out. Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Courtney 203-280-2869 or Carmen Weber 203-521-2585. Come join the fun in the trees!

Fall Book Fair Coming in October

The Fall Book Fair is coming this month! Mark your calendars for the week of October 24th – 28th to stop by and shop for a wide variety of books! VOLUNTEERS are needed! Please visit to sign up for as many time slots as you can to help out at this event.
Book Fair Hours
Monday, October 24: 8:30 am – 4pm
Tuesday, October 25: 8:30 am – 4pm
Wednesday, October 26: (early dismissal day) 8:30 am – 2:15 pm and 5pm – 7:30 pm
Thursday, October 27: (early dismissal day) 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, October 28: 8:30 am – 11am
Contacts for more information
Callie Acker:
Andrea Rahbari:
Suzanne Riccibono:
Anne-Marie Tartaglia:

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

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 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 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

Girls on the Run


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 (  Contact Alisa Ryan( 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: Forms and money must be handed in by Friday, October 7th to count toward exciting prizes!

Questions? Volunteers? Please contact Kim Fahey and Leigh Smith (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.

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 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 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

Looking Ahead!

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

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!

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.

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 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



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”, 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

2016-2017 A to E Rotation Calender

Please find the A-E rotation calendar here:


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

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