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MONDAY MESSAGE
Sept 12, 2016

 
Greetings, Mill Hill families! 
 
We're glad that some of you were able to attend the Bill Harley events at school this week. For those who didn't, he was a really terrific performer and it was great to see the kids so engaged and enthusiastic. If you're interested in buying any of his signed books or CDs, please get your forms and checks in by this Friday (the 16th). Thanks to Kelly Dentz and Wendi Malone for doing so much of the behind-the-scenes work to make this happen!
 
This is an exciting time of year as our children start to settle into their routines and extra-curricular activities begin to fill up the calendar. There's a lot going on, so if you have any questions, need any help, or want to get involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at millhill.president@gmail.com.

We hope to see everybody at the Open House on Wednesday night! 

Laura LaVelle and Alicia Westerlund
Author Bill Harley Visit
Important Dates to Remember
Monday, September 12th
Fall Above & Beyond Registration begins

Monday, September 12th, after 4:00 pm
Mill Hill Stop and Shop A+ Rewards Registration Opens

Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00 pm
Mill Hill School Open House

Thursday, September 15th, 9:30 am
Library Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, September 21st, 9:15 am
PTA General Meeting

Friday, September 23rd, 6:00 pm 
Family Movie Night
 
Get the details here about upcoming events & activities for students & parents to enjoy!

MILL HILL PTA MEMBERSHIP 2016-17
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 mhsptamembership@gmail.com

FALL ABOVE AND 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 ourstudents.info/mhs/home 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 millhill.activities@gmail.com with any questions.

STOP AND SHOP REWARS BEGIN SEPT 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. https://stopandshop.com/aplus/school-total/

MILL HILL OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00pm
Please join us at the Mill Hill Open House night! Meet at 7:00pm in the gym to hear from Mr. Chase, see a slide show of the adorable first day of school pictures, and learn a little bit about the PTA and all of the great work that it does. Following, please head to your child's classroom to hear from their teachers. There will be only one session for classroom visits this year because the teachers found that they didn't have sufficient time to do two separate presentations. (If you need to visit more than one classroom,  feel free to step in and out.  They won't mind!)

LIBRARY VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION
Thursday, September 15th, 9:30am
Volunteers needed this Thursday in the library at 9:30 am (don't forget to sign in at the office). If you (or a grandparent) are interested in filling a shift once a month, every other week, or weekly, you are invited to attend this brief introduction with Mill Hill Library's Media Specialist, Ms. Gina Gorton. The priority shifts that need coverage are M/T/Th 9-10 am or 10-11 am, Fridays 1:15 to 2:15 or 2:15 to 3:30. Kindergarten class shifts TBD. Flexible, non-priority shifts will also be available. Unable to attend, but still interested?  Contact our Library Volunteer Coordinator, Gayle Galatti, at gaylegalatti@gmail.com

2016 MILL HILL WALKATHON
The 2016 Mill Hill Walkathon kick-off pep rally/assembly is this Thursday September 15th, so if your kids come home all fired up, you will know why! Keep an eye out for the information and pledge sheets that will be coming home with them. The Walkathon is 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.  This is the PTA's primary fundraiser and donations support ALL the PTA programs. Please be sure to check your child's backpack for the forms that will be sent home. Forms and money must be handed in by Friday, October 7th to count toward exciting prizes! Kim Fahey kimfahey1974@gmail.com and Leigh Smith Leighcdaily@gmail.com (Walkathon Co-Chairs) and the 2016 Walkathon Committee welcome questions and volunteers! 

AUTHOR BILL HARLEY BOOK PURCHASE PROGRAM
For all children interested in purchasing a signed copy of a Bill Harley book (15% of book sales go to the Mill Hill PTA), flyers to purchase books and CDs were sent home with your child after the assembly. Forms and checks are due by Friday, September 16th.

GIRLS ON THE RUN AT MILL HILL: FALL 2016
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in third through fifth grade, which teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K running event. The goal of the program is to build confidence in the girls through accomplishment. Girls on the Run will meet Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 and Friday mornings from 7:30 to 8:45. The session will start September 28th and conclude with a 5K in December. Registration will open on September 19th: stay tuned for registration details!  

PTA GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, September 21st, 9:15 am social time/ 9:30 am meeting start
This is the first general meeting of the year, and we encourage all available to attend to learn more about what is going on at Mill Hill. For those with the time and interest, this is also a great way to find out about various opportunities to get involved.

FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Friday, September 23rd, 6:00 pm
Grab a blanket and your family and come join other Mill Hill families on the playground lawn for a movie night on the big screen. Movie to be determined. 

Gates open at 6:00pm, movie starts around 7:00pm
5th Grade Activities will sell pizza, drinks and snacks.
Bring chairs or a blanket.
Cost: $10.00 per family for PTA members/$12.00 per family for non-PTA members.

MHS MENTOR PROGRAM 2016-2017
The PTA would like to make sure that all MHS families are aware that we have a mentor program, which  started last year, thanks to Molli Hourihan. It's a simple, yet important, opportunity for families new to the Mill Hill community, to have a "go to" person for any general questions they may have. All new families have been assigned a mentor. If you have any questions, please contact vanessax1972@gmail.com.
 
OPEN POSITIONS

There are still a few open positions for the 2016-2017 school year. Below are some brief descriptions of the roles and the expected time commitment. Interested? Contact millhill.president@gmail.com

1.  President Elect: Act as an aide to the Presidents, perform the duties of the Presidents in the absence or inability of those officers to serve.  Assist the Presidents in coordinating the work of the officers and Mill Hill PTA committees.  (The Elect also assumes the responsibilities of the President the following year.)
2.  Reflections Art Contest: Distribute info about the art contest to the Mill Hill community, collect entries and submit to Reflections. Late November through beginning of January.
3.  Wellness/Tools for Schools: Help ensure a healthy physical environment within our building.
4.  Advertising in the Mill Hill Directory: Help raise money for Mill Hill School by soliciting advertisements from Mill Hill family businesses and/or local businesses for our school directory.     
Have a picture to share from a recent MHS event? Email to MHS PTA Newsletter at mhptanewsletter@gmail.com
Student & School Information:

Mill Hill School Website: Infinite Campus, teacher contact information, etc. 

A-E School Schedule

PTA Website: hot lunch menu, event forms, updates and the online school directory
Community Events ~ Activities:

Fairfield Public Library

Pequot Library

Wakeman Boys & Girls Club

 
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