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MONDAY MESSAGE
Sept 5, 2016

 
Welcome back, Mill Hill families!  And a great big welcome to the new families!  We’re off to a great start! 
 
First of all, thank you to our wonderful Hospitality Co-Chairs, Courtney Yanni and Kristin Nierman, who put together a fabulous lunch to welcome the teachers back and also supplied us with a great breakfast at the Welcome Back Coffee the very next day.  (And also thank you to Erica Asaro, Amanda Bonneau, Robin Charron, Suzanne Danylko, Michelle DeMartino, Marnie Frey, Stephanie Gervasi, Kimberly Grant, Vanessa Greene, Molli Hourihan (yummy salads from B. Good!), Tiffany Mahoney, Wendi Malone, Shannon Messina, Beth Paul, Jenn Sherriff, Lauren Shortt, Matt Storch (special shout out for the delicious donuts as big as our heads from Nom-eez!), Danielle Stupak, Robyn Tompkins, Lizzy Wade, Carmen Weber, and Monica Zwynenburg for contributing.)
 
It was great to see so many old and new friends at the Welcome Back Coffee, and so much enthusiasm, and all the volunteers who make all the great programs and services happen.  If you weren’t able to join us, but would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to get in touch!  We will be glad to help you find a volunteer activity that works for you. Just e-mail us at millhill.president@gmail.com.

See you at school!

Laura LaVelle and Alicia Westerlund
Important Dates to Remember
Thursday, September 8th
Author Bill Harley Visit

Monday, September 12th
Fall Above & Beyond Registration begins

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

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!

PICK UP AND DROP OFF PROCEDURES / SAFETY REMINDERS
NEW PICK-UP PROCEDURES: Parents who are picking up students at the end of the school day are now required to wait outside the gate until a faculty member opens it at 3:25.  As always, cars need to be parked in marked spots when on school property.  Parking along side of the "kiss and drop" driveway is not safe for kids and causes traffic issues.

DROP OFF REMINDERS: When using the kiss and drop area to drop your child at school in the morning, please have your child exit the right side of your car. We understand that unexpected things happen, but to the best of everyone's ability, please remain in your car and exit the driveway as soon as your child is a safe distance from your car. If you know your child needs assistance, please park your car in a marked spot, or along Mill Hill Road, and escort your child to the school entrance. Occasionally the line of cars at kiss and drop can extend out onto Mill Hill Terrance, blocking traffic for our neighbors and causing children to be late.

Thank you for your cooperation!


FALL ABOVE AND BEYOND SIGN UPS BEGIN SEPT 12TH
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 6 weeks at Mill Hill. Log on to ourstudents.info/mhs/hometo 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 questions.

AUTHOR BILL HARLEY VISIT
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 9:15-10:00am and grades 3-5 from 10:30-11:30am. There is still room for parents who want to attend the Bill Harley assemblies. 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.

For all children interested in purchasing a signed copy of a Bill Harley book (15% of book sales go to the MH PTA), flyers to purchase books will be sent home with your child following the assembly. 

MILL HILL OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, September 14th, 7:00pm
Save the date for the Mill Hill Open House night! Please send your first day of school pictures for the annual slideshow (only one or two photos per family, please!) to mhslideshow@gmail.com.  Come see all the adorable first day of school pictures, check out your child's classroom, and hear from the teachers about what to expect this year. More information detailing the evening's schedule will be in an upcoming email from Mr. Chase. 

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.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST
Just in case anyone still needs it, here is the school supply list for the 2016-2017 school year.  Happy shopping! http://millhillpta.com/files/2016/06/Mill-Hill-Elementary-School-Supply-lists-2016-2017.pdf


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.     
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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We invite all Committee Chairs, Board Members, Faculty & Staff to submit Mill Hill newsworthy items to be included in future newsletters. All committee chairs must first send their newsletter submissions to their Vice President. Once approved by the VP, it can be submitted to the newsletter committee. Faculty & Staff submit Mr. Chase approved items. PTA Board members may submit directly to the newsletter at mhptanewsletter@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by Thursday in order to be published in the Monday Message. As a gentle reminder, the mission of the newsletter is to promote Mill Hill based activities, events, important dates, and other Mill Hill related items. Information pertaining to non-Mill Hill or non-school/community matters will not be published. We appreciate your understanding regarding the newsletter policy.

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