From Our New Library & Media Specialist


Mill Hill Parents:

Love books?

Interested in cutting-edge changes in how our students are engaged in physical and virtual learning?

Become a Volunteer In Mill Hill’s Library Learning Commons!

Please join us for an IntroductoryOpen House Thursday, December 4th from 9:30-10:15 to meet our talented, new Library & Media Specialist, Ms. Gina Gorton! 

Enjoy Coffee and a brief training session in the Library Learning Commons for new and experienced volunteers alike.  Learn how helping in the LLC expands our students’ literacies for the digital age!

If you have any questions or need to schedule an alternate training time,

please contact Molli Hourihan

RSVP appreciated but not required.

2014 School Year Spirit Wear Order Form


Look for 2014 SPIRIT WEAR order forms coming home THIS WEDNESDAY!!  In the mean time CLICK HERE for the draft order form to see what’s coming!

New products include boys and girls CAMO T-SHIRTS and HOODED SWEATSHIRTS!

The DEADLINE for ALL orders is NOVEMBER 14TH. Orders are processed together and delivered directly to your child’s classroom (or the school office for HOLIDAY ORDERS.)

All items available in both youth and adult sizes.

Next opportunity to order Spirit Wear is for Field Day t-shirts in the spring!

Don’t miss out, ORDER TODAY! GO MILL HILL!

Please contact Jennifer Sticco at with any questions.

2014-2015 Box Top Classroom Competition!

The 2014-15 Box Top Classroom Collection Competition has begun!Box_Tops_Logo

Students have 2 ways to earn points  for their class room.
1. Register your Stop and Shop card for a bonus 50 PTS
2. Turn in your Box Tops

week # 1 Collection date is Tuesday October 28

Classroom contest award details
Week 1, top 16 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 2, top 8 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 3, top 4 classes earn $10 for the teacher to spend on Amazon
Week 4, same as week 3, until $60 is reached…
The children will vote in their classroom on what they purchase….
Visit the Box Top Page:  for more info.

Mill Hill School  earnings can be tracked at

Remember, the competition continues through the next few weeks.  So continue to send in the box tops even if you miss the weekly collection date!

New Message from Mr. Chase

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CLICK HERE for the latest message from Mr. Chase

Quarterly BoE Update is Here!!

We just received a great update from the BoE Secretary, here’s her message:

Hi PTA Presidents,
In the Board of Ed’s ongoing efforts to increase/improve communication, I have written up a quarterly update, recapping what took place at our recent meetings and also giving a heads up regarding future topics.  I’ll be sending these out a few times a year, so please feel free to share with your communities.  It gives people a quick snapshot as to what the Board has been working on, and then provides links to minutes and FairTV should anyone wish to get more details.  If you have any questions regarding this or anything else BoE-related please let me know!
Jessica Gerber
BoE Secretary


The 2014 School Climate Survey Window is NOW Open

The Fairfield school district wants to hear from you!!  Please see below message:

The 2014 School Climate Survey is currently being conducted for ALL students in grades 3-12, ALL parents, and ALL faculty and staff.  The survey has been designed by members of the District School Climate Team to seek the perceptions of all stakeholders in our schools.  Your responses are completely anonymous.  These responses will be used by your School Climate Team to develop action plans to address school climate.  The survey window will be open from October 20th, 2014 at 8:00am until 5:00pm on October 31st, 2014.  All parents should login to your Infinite Campus Portal to complete the survey.  We respectfully ask that those of you who have students in multiple schools complete a separate survey for each school.  The results will be shared publicly and posted to each schools’ website.

Response Rate as of 10/22
Infinite Campus Letter
Instructions for Parents & Students
Instructions for Faculty & Staff

Save the Date!! – Mill Hill Book Fair

Scholastic Book FairIt’s Bookfair season! Mark your calendars for the week of October 27-31 to stop by and visit the Mill Hill Bookfair and shop a wide variety of books!

VOLUNTEERS are needed. Please visit to sign up for as many time slots as you’d like. Your help is valuable and appreciated.

Book fair hours will be:

October 27: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
October 28: Bookfair breakfast** 8:30 – 4:00 pm
October 29: (earlys dismissal day) 8:30 am-2:15 pm and then 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
October 30: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
October 31: 8:30 am-11:00 am

**On Tuesday, October 28th come by early before school to enjoy munchkins, juice and coffee while browsing and shopping for your selections!

For more information, contact:

Heather Toll:

Christina Boehk:

Gen Lippman:

Walkathon: A Huge Success by any Measure!

We extend our deepest thanks to the Mill Hill community for making this year’s primary PTA fundraiser a huge success. Over 94% of all students contributed money to raise a grand total of $33,708.94!! That beats last year’s amount by over $4,000!

IMG_2082 Classes that achieved 100% participation were:KM, 2M, 3CH, 4V and 5F. Enjoy your popsicle parties!

IMG_2658The Top 2 Money raising classes:

In grades K-1 were: 1O ($2,765) and KG ($2,025)
In grades 2-3 were: 3CH ($3,804.16) and 3CR ($2,276)
In grades 4-5 were: 5S ($2,374) and 5H ($1,437)

All these classes will play kickball games against each other!

The top individual money raisers were:

Grades K-1: William Kelly ($1,192)
Grades 2-3: Georgia Wilson ($,1,955)
Grades 4-5: Tommy Kelly ($1,192)  

Enjoy your Amazon gift cards and pizza parties!

Finally, congratulations to our 3 cream-pie raffle winners: Cameron Collin, Tristan Andreski and Isaac Moriarty!

THANK YOU parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and STUDENTS!

-The Walkathon Committee: Elizabeth Courtney, Sue Domizio, Ellen Kelly and Jen Loya


School Picture Day!!

Tuesday, October 14th. Say Cheese! Coffee Pond Photography will return to Mill Hill to capture our Hawks’ happy smiles. Order forms were sent home on October 1st and there are extra forms in the main office.

Here are a few things to remember before the big day:

  • EVERYONE: Please fill out the order form and hand it back to your teacher on Picture Day, whether or not you have placed an online order.

  • Between now and Tuesday: You may order online any time before picture day at but please send in the CONFIRMATION LETTER TO SCHOOL on Tuesday! If you prefer to write a check, make it payable to Coffee Pond Photography and send it in on Tuesday.

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  • After Tuesday: You don’t have to order before Picture Day. However, note that orders placed after Picture Day are subject to a handling fee and must be ordered online. No checks accepted after Tuesday.
  • We are hoping to have pictures taken outdoors, weather permitting. Please have children dress accordingly.

  • Please note that Coffee Pond is unable to provide combs.

  • If you have any questions, email them at or call them weekdays between 9am and 5pm, (800) 632-2323, extension 0.

  • Please contact the main office if you require assistance.

Thanks to those who have volunteered their time! Please contact Alex Carr with questions.

Message from Mr. Chase

MH - Home of the Mind & HeartClick here for the latest message from Mr. Chase.

Celebrating Our Wellness Week!

fun run 2014Click here or on image above for Mill Hill Fun Run flyer and registration form



A Thank You From a Local Father

Check out this great article by Thomas Lawlor, a Southport dad.  He mentions a few of our wonderful staff members from Mill Hill.

A thank-you note that columnist Thomas Lawlor meant to send ... but never did: "Thank you to the Mill Hill School staff, including Jackie Skultedy, Joan Huff, Suzanne Grigg, Larry Shire, Deborah Crossly, Jeanne Gaughan and Tara Carlson. Other teachers have touched our lives but somehow elementary stands out the most. To the teachers of Fairfield, we couldnít buy enough stamps to thank you enough." Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield CitizenA thank-you note that columnist Thomas Lawlor meant to send … but never did: “Thank you to the Mill Hill School staff, including Jackie Skultedy, Joan Huff, Suzanne Grigg, Larry Shire, Deborah Crossly, Jeanne Gaughan and Tara Carlson. Other teachers have touched our lives but somehow elementary stands out the most. To the teachers of Fairfield, we couldnít buy enough stamps to thank you enough.” Photo: Contributed Photo

Cub Scouts Registration is Now Open!

Scouts Registration flyerCLICK HERE or on the IMAGE for an enlarged version of the flyer

Cub Scouts is year round excitement. Come join the fun. All Boys Grades 1 to 5 Welcome – Sign up Tuesday September 23rd from 6:30 – 8 in the APR. Contact Bob Weber if you have questions at 203-508-5963 or The cost is $99 for the year.

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:


Get Ready for Our 2nd Annual Walkathon!!!

poster2014Calling all students, faculty and parents! Get ready for our second annual Walkathon! The Walkathon will take place during school hours. All students will attend an assembly and be asked to seek pledges from family and friends to support their efforts. Your support for a successful event is needed. 100% of the money raised from this event will go directly to support PTA programs that benefit the entire student body. Packets will come home on September 15th. Volunteers are needed to help with preparation, as well as on the day of the event. If you are interested in joining the excitement to make this year’s Walkathon a big success please contact the event chairs Elizabeth Courtney (, Sue Domizio (, Ellen Kelly  ( or Jen Loya ( Thank you!!

Open House Schedule

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OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE has changed! You have spoken and we have listened! We believe this new schedule will help accommodate those of you with more than one child at school. After Mr. Chase and Wendi Malone welcome you all, the teachers will speak for 2 identical 20-minute sessions so you will be able to visit more than one classroom. Here is the breakdown:

Principal/PTA President Talk & Back to School Slideshow

Travel to Session 1

Session 1 (Classroom Teacher Presentation)

Travel to Session 2

Session 2 (Classroom Teacher Presentation)

Looking forward to seeing you all on THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11 at 7:00 pm!

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PTA Calendars

The PTA calendar has been updated.  You can view the most up to date version online or download a PDF version by clicking on the graphic below.


September Hot Lunch Menu

The September hot lunch menu has been posted!  You can find it here:

September 2014 Hot Lunch Menu

Sept 14 Lunch Menu

Grand Opening of the Kyle Winslow All Abilities Playground

THANKS to everyone who came out for the Grand Opening of the Kyle Winslow All Abilities Playground.  It was a beautiful event and the kids love the new playground.  What an amazing turn out!!



Letter from Mr. Chase – Five-Day Rotating Schedule

Dear Mill Hill Elementary Families,

Starting in the 2014-2015 school year, the elementary schools in Fairfield will be using a five-day rotating schedule using letter names for each day (Days A, B, C, D, E). This means that your child’s class will be assigned a specials schedule (Physical Education, Art and Music) that meets on a given letter day rather than a day of the week. By doing this we achieve the goal of having more equitable distribution of special area class meeting times. Under the old Monday to Friday system, students who had Art on Monday would not have had the same amount of instructional time as students at the same grade level who had Art on a Wednesday due to the nature of the school calendar. With a rotating schedule, the school days missed due to holidays or professional development will no longer impact the special areas instructional time.

Additionally, we will be introducing a new specials class to elementary students called Tech Time. To provide consistent direct instruction in technology, our Library Media Specialists will be teaching students during Tech Time based on the Library Media curriculum. Tech Time will also follow the five-day rotating schedule.

The five-day schedule is “locked in” so that it does not create confusion. In other words, if there is a snow day, and students miss “B Day”, we come back to school on “C Day” as shown on the calendar. Missed days will be added at the end of the year. This “locked in” format allows everyone to know what letter each day is well in advance.

We plan on reviewing the effectiveness of this five-day rotating schedule to inform our plans for the 2015-2016 school year. We will be sure to include an opportunity for parents and students to provide us feedback.

CLICK HERE for a FAQ sheet about the five-day schedule and a 2014-2015 school calendar with letter days identified. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at 203-255-8320.


Kevin Chase, Principal

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