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 healthy! – Message from Mrs. McCarthy

Dear parents – winter with cold and flu season is approaching quickly! Some measures to try to keep healthy:
Ensure proper amount of sleep at night.You don’t need to tell your child’s teacher that your child didn’t get enough sleep–they can tell!! Also, when we are tired, we are more prone to get sick!
Encourage frequent hand-washing, especially after coughing and sneezing.
Keep children home from school when ill, especially when contagious.
Children SHOULD NOT return to school until they have been FEVER FREE for 24 hours.(A child who is still sick may not have a temperature first thing in the morning, but temperature may rise as day progresses.**Also, medications that reduce fevers, i.e., Tylenol and Motrin, DO NOT make your child less contagious and your child SHOULD NOT come to school just because the medication has reduced their fever.
PLEASE feel free to call with any questions!!! Mary McCarthy RN, Mill Hill School Nurse

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!!!

New IXL Science & Social Studies – Free Trial!

IXL is providing current Mill Hill Students a complementary 60 day trial of their new Science and Social Studies content for grades 2-8. To access the new content, login as usual (see below). Once on the site you can access the new content by clicking either Science or Social Studies on the green menu bar towards the top of the screen. Kindergarten and first grade students should be able to access the new content as well.
To access IXL go to: https://www.ixl.com/signin/mil lhill
Username: Your child’s first initial and last name – no spaces
Password: millhill
Click on the “Math” tab (or on the other tabs for the content you want to access (e.g. Science, Social Studies) and navigate to your child’s grade level…or test out other grade levels as desired.

Science Curriculum Update

The Fairfield schools last updated the science curriculum in the 2006-2007 school year. Since then, the Next Generation Science Standards were developed, and adopted by Connecticut in 2016. The purposes of the standards include combating ignorance of science, creating common standards for teaching in the U.S., and developing greater interest in science among students so that more of them choose to major in science and technology in college. Overall, the guidelines are intended to help students deeply understand core scientific concepts, to understand the scientific process of developing and testing ideas, and to have a greater ability to evaluate scientific evidence. An important facet of the standards is that the teaching of content is integrated with the teaching the practices of scientists and engineers.

Our school district has been researching and creating a new draft curriculum, with the plan to present the new curriculum to the Board of Education next year and to implement the new curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year. For anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the recent parent focus group, but who is interested in helping the Fairfield teachers and administrators who are working on these updates, the draft documents are available on the Fairfield Public Schools website here and you can use their feedback form to provide your comments.

Book Swap Save the Date: Thurs. March 2nd

Book Swap – Thursday, March 2, 2017

Start collecting your gently used books because the Mill Hill Book Swap is coming on March 2nd at 6:00 pm.  We will collect donations of children’s books from preschool age and up, including adult books.  We would like 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 will also accept DVD’s (G and PG rating only)! Children will receive a ticket for each book/DVD they donate and can pick out a “new book” with the tickets.  Books and DVD’s will be collected in the front hallway right before the start of school on the mornings of February 27, 28 and March 1, 2.
More information coming soon.  Any questions, please contact Monica Zwynenburg at monez@optonline.net.

Pink in the Rink Feb 11th @ 7pm

PINK IN THE RINK
Saturday, Feb 11th 7:00 pm
Mill Hill is having a Family Fun Night to see the Bridgeport Sound Tigers play the Providence Bruins.  A portion of each ticket supports Cancer Couch, an organization which helps fund research for metastatic breast cancer.  The Cancer Couch was founded by a former Mill Hill mom and breast cancer survivor, Dr. Rebecca Timlin-Scalera…so if you can make it, please do so, and know you are doing your part to help fight a disease which has touched our community closely.  Tickets are $20 per person, and the form and payment are due to the office by Friday, February 3rd.

Art in the Classroom is back!

How would you like to help your child’s class learn about different art styles and artists? Well, we have the program for you! Art in the Classroom (which has run for many years at Mill Hill) is coming out of hiatus. This program is designed to help children learn how to look at the works of art and teach them to use and develop their observation skills. Volunteer parents (that would be you!) come to the class and present a 45-minute lesson on a topic based on materials that are provided for you. It’s a wonderful way to be involved in the classroom and expand the children’s experience with art. You can do a single presentation, or several over the rest of the school year. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact David McKinnis, our Art in the Classroom coordinator.

Connecticut Food Bank Food Drive starts Jan. 30th

CONNECTICUT FOOD BANK FOOD DRIVE 

January 30 through February 10, Mill Hill will be participating in a school-wide food drive competition to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank. The class that brings in the most non-perishable items in grades K-2 and 3-5 will each receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card to purchase indoor recess items of their choice for their classroom.   

While all non-perishable foods will be accepted, here are tips on healthy foods to shop for: 

  • Choose pop-top lids when available
  • Look for no/low-sodium items (they have less than 140 mg of sodium per serving)
  • Look for no/low added sugars/avoid if sugar is in the top three ingredients
  • Consider gluten free items
  • Focus on foods for meals rather than snacks and desserts
  • Check that food is within the expiration date

Any questions, feel free to contact Michelle Alprin.  

Father/Daughter Dance January 20th 7-9pm

The Father/Daughter dance is coming up on January 20th from 7pm-9pm. All grades invited!
Please RSVP by January 18th.
Email Danielle Bartlett with questions at elleinad3@aol.com
And Suzanne O’Neill at suzanneoneill@yahoo.com if you’d like to volunteer for snacks.

Homework Club Returns Wednesday, January 4th

Homework Club is resuming on Wednesday, January 4th!  All students, grades 3 through 5, 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. Here are the dates for Winter term 2017: January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 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.

        

January PTA Calendar & Hot Lunch Menu

Click on links below to download and print the January calendars.

January PTA Calendar

January Hot Lunch Menu

 

December Calendar

Click to download and print the December calendar

Above & Beyond Winter Session Registration Begins

Above & Beyond Winter Session 2017 begins on Tuesday, December 6th at 6 am and ends on December 13th. Please log on to ourstudents.info/mhs/home to register. You must be a PTA member in order to sign up for these classes. Please contact the Above and Beyond chair with questions.

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.

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