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 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


2016 Reflections Contest

Congratulations to all of our Reflections winners and participants.
This year’s theme ‘Let Your Imagination Fly’ brought in many wonderful pieces of art and literature.
And our winners are…..
Visual Arts K-2nd
1st Lucy Allen 2M
2nd Emily Paul 2Ga
3rd Asher Stupak 1E
Visual Arts 3rd – 5th grade
1st Chris Gervasi 5F
Tie 2nd Scarlett Ramirez 3Ch
Tie 2nd Grant Stupak 3Ch
Tie 3rd Aerin Keeser 4V
Tie 3rd Cecilia Illuzzi 4P
Photography K-2nd
1st Cole Krollman 2M
Photography 3rd – 5th
1st William Ferullo 5F
2nd Aidan Hart 5S
3rd Mia Von Brauchitsch 5F
Literature 3rd – 5th grade
1st Kristie Alianiello 5S
2nd Michael Iannazzo 5F
3rd Brady Melnick 5Z
Musical Composition 3rd – 5th
1st Ryder Gatenby 5S
Tie 2nd Simon Weber 5S
Tie 2nd Asha Joliet 4H
Dance Choreography 3rd – 5th
1st Riley Malone 4M
2nd Lily Malone 3R
Film Production 3rd – 5th
1st Brian Seiler 5S

Congratulations to our participants!
Josh Aziz 5F, Lydia Abbazia 3Cr, Meghan O’Neill 5S, Dylan Costanzo 5F, Bella Scalera 5F, Melanie Long 5S, Sophie Morgan 5S, Maddie Greenberg 5S, Layla Aziz 5S, Danielle Curis 5S, Logan Gayo 5F, Lauren Keiser 4H, Lily Gervasi 3Ch, Madeleine Morgan 3Ch, Griffin Ramirez 5F, Emma Drought 1O, Morgan Oh 2Ga, Lila Brown 2Ga, Claire Mallek 2Ga, Teagan Weber 2Gr, Ruby Greenberg 2Gr, Brody Sommers 1K, Zoe Asaro 1E, Mina Seyal 3Cr, Kaleigh Sommers 5F, Addison Caine 5F, Aidan Krollman 5F, and Patten Royal 5F

Thank you to the teachers and parents for encouraging the children to participate in the contest.
Thank you to Mrs. Garavel and the office staff for collecting and keeping the submissions safe and sound until it was judging time.
Many thanks to our wonderful judges, who donated their time and expertise for our children. Our judges are:
Literature – Anne Baltren, retired LA teacher, Greenwich Public Schools
Visual Arts – Andrea Shantz, Pequot Library Art Show Chair
Musical Composition – Rob Trippodo, Musician
Film Production – David Gatenby, Blue Sky Productions
Photography, Claire Wiggin, Photographer
Dance Choreography, Kristen Ferullo and Giana Parlin, retired and current dancers

Updated PTA Calendar

Click HERE for the updated PTA Calendar. :)

Mill Hill School 2015 Walkathon Results

Last Wednesday, the day of the Walkathon, was a sight to behold. Hundreds of happy Mill Hill students and their teachers walking around the school, showing off their terrific banners, dancing with the Hawk, and giggling with delight as Mr. Chase very graciously submitted to a pie in the face!

This year’s campaign raised a huge amount of money–$29,528.14. This shows great generosity. Thank you Mill Hill students, and the friends and family who supported their fundraising efforts. The PTA is so thankful. In fact, Mr. Chase was so pleased with the students’ efforts that he awarded the entire school a Pajama Day!

Here are this year’s Top 10 Individual Fundraising Winners:

1st place – Georgia Wilson ($2,480)
2nd place – William Kelly ($800)
3rd place – TIE – Anthony DeMartino and Luke DeMartino ($520)
4th place – Allison Loya ($500)
6th place – TIE – Marielle Courtney and Lyon Courtney ($463)
8th place- Jonah Hourihan ($400)
9th place – Ella Hourihan ($375)
10th place – TIE – Ella Bross and Lara Kusche ($300)

Here are this year’s Top 2 Money-Raising Classes from each grade:

Kindergarten: Grapski and Mis
1st grade: Kaestner and Ehret
2nd grade: Maloney and Gaughan
3rd grade: Christensen and Regula
4th grade: Ventresca and McDermott
5th grade: Fulton and Zankel

Congratulations to all the raffle winners, especially grand prize winner Teagan Weber who got to throw the pie!

We wish to thank the following people:

Kristin Nierman, PTA President, for her mighty support and shoulder-to-shoulder hard work.
Mr. Chase, for his great school spirit, MC duties and allowing us to do the pie again.
The Hawk would like to thank Mr. Cino.
The custodial staff, for their help setting and cleaning up and for hanging the class banners in the APR.
The office staff, for supporting our communications efforts with the teachers and students.
The teachers and other staff, for the wonderful banners and supporting our efforts with their students.
The Race Day Volunteers, for their help making the day run smoothly.

Thank you EVERYONE for making the Walkathon a success. What a great community we have.

The Walkathon Committee
Elizabeth Courtney – Chair
Kasey Conrad
Kim Fahey
Beth Paul
Suzanne Riccobono
Leigh Smith


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.

2015-2016 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

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.


2015-2016 School Year Supply List!!


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!


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:


      What’s for hot lunch today?

      Where do I park for after school pick up?

      What activity sign-ups are approaching?



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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: