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MONDAY MESSAGE
Sept 19, 2016

 
Greetings, Mill Hill families! 
 
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Open House last Wednesday night. You got to hear Mr. Chase speak about the "F" word (no, not that F word! FUN!), watch the PTA movie debut (here is a link if you missed it - because of copyright issues we had to delete out the first background song, "With A Little Help From My Friends", by the Beatles. I suggest you hum along because it is more fun with the music! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nwpBSawQ60), see the wonderful slide show of first day of school pictures (if you missed it here is a link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rzau7KFuVf0&feature=youtu.be), and of course, spend some time in your child's classroom learning about the upcoming year.

Thursday was our big Walkathon Fundraiser kick-off, which commenced with a super-fun pep rally put on by our Walkathon committee. There was even a visit from Harley the Hawk. Your children were given ideas on ways to raise money to help support all the wonderful programs at Mill Hill. Walkathon pledge sheets and instructions went home with the students that day. This is our biggest fund raiser of the school year and 100% of the funds raised directly benefit our children. Thank you in advance to you and your children for doing all you can to help make this fundraiser a HUGE success! 

This coming Wednesday is our first PTA meeting of the school year. Please stop by for all or part of the meeting (don't worry if you are late or have to leave early). It is a great way to stay up-to-date on what is going on at Mill Hill, meet other parents and voice any questions, concerns, etc. that you may have. And don't forget...there is free coffee!!!

Have a great week everyone!

Laura LaVelle and Alicia Westerlund
Walk-A-Thon Pep Rally
Important Dates to Remember
Monday, September 19th, 12:00 pm
Girls On The Run registration begins

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

Friday, September 23rd, 6:00 pm 
Family Movie Night: Zootopia

Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00 pm
Mill Hill Pack 98 Cub Scouts information and signup session

Monday, October 3rd
No School- Rosh Hashanah

Tuesday, October 11th, 2:00 pm 
PTA General Meeting

Wednesday, October 12th 
No School- Yom Kippur

Friday, October 14th 
Walk-A-Thon (rain date: 10/17)
Get the details here about upcoming events & activities for students & parents to enjoy!
GIRLS ON THE RUN - EMPOWERING GIRLS IN GRADES 3-5
Registration begins Monday, September 19th at Noon!
Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a national, non-profit character development program that encourages pre-teen girls (grade 3-5) to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. GOTR at Mill Hill will be meeting on Wednesday afternoons 3:30-5:00 and Friday mornings 7:30-8:45, beginning September 28th. The program will run for ten weeks and will conclude with a 5K (3 mile) race in early December. For more information please go to (http://girlsontherunffldcty.org).  Contact Alisa Ryan (alisaryan@gmail.com) if you have questions.


PTA GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, September 21st, 9:15 am social time/ 9:30 am meeting start in the APR
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. Mr. Chase will be giving an update on some environmental concerns that were discussed at a meeting last spring, in addition to some other updates regarding our school building. There will also be updates given by Committee Chairs overseeing some of the upcoming programs and events. The next PTA general meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, October 11th from 2-3 pm in the APR.

MILL HILL OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING THE HIT MOVIE, ZOOTOPIA
Friday, September 23rd, 6:00 pm
Gates open at 6:00pm, movie to begin at 7:00pm
Don't forget to bring a blanket or chair!
Pizza and concessions will be available for cash-only purchase. 
Cost: $10 per family for PTA members and $12 per family for non-PTA members.
Any questions?  E-mail Kerry Gueterman at kerrygueterman@gmail.com.

MILL HILL PACK 98 CUB SCOUTS INFORMATION AND SIGN-UP SESSION
Tuesday, September 27th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has provided fun and educational experiences for boys, with an emphasis on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service.  Our Mill Hill Pack 98 is a great group of boys that get together throughout the year for fun and rewarding activities. Come learn more about what Cub Scouts has to offer at our annual Information and Sign-Up Session on Tuesday, September 27th from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the APR (you can drop by anytime).  All boys in grades 1 through 5 are welcome to join and the fee for membership is $100. For more information or if you are interested but unable to attend this session, please contact Paul Jacobson at pajake@yahoo.com or Kelly Jacobson at keljacobson@yahoo.com.

2016 MILL HILL WALKATHON 
Friday, October 14th (rain date: Monday, October 17th)
The Mill Hill School Walkathon campaign has officially started! This is the PRIMARY fundraiser for the PTA! Last year the Walkathon raised more than $29,000! Pledge forms went home with your children last week. The Mill Hill PTA has an annual operating budget of $34,000. There are 385 students in the school; that averages out to $88 per child. We are asking each student to try to raise at least $50. 100% of ALL money raised directly benefits your children. All donations forms and money from individuals must be turned in by October 7th to count toward prizes. Please contact Leigh Smith (leighcdaily@gmail.com) or Kim Fahey (kimfahey1974@gmail.com) if you would like to volunteer for the event or have questions.  Volunteers are needed at 1:00 pm, walk starts at 1:30 pm.
IMPORTANT DATE TO REMEMBER: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th
ALL DONATION FORMS AND MONEY FROM INDIVIDUALS MUST BE TURNED IN BY THIS DATE TO COUNT TOWARD PRIZES!
*Additional pledge forms will be available in the office and on the web site.*

MILL HILL PTA MEMBERSHIP 2016-17
There's still time to sign up for the Mill Hill PTA and confirm your MHS directory information.  A link was provided to families who still haven't confirmed their information in an email reminder from "Mill Hill School Directory" sent on 9/14/16. Click on the secure link and update your child's teacher assignment, confirm your family information for the MHS directory, and join the PTA for 2016-17.  If you didn't receive this, can't find it, or have any questions, please contact mhsptamembership@gmail.com

MILL HILL LEARN TO PLAY CHESS PROGRAM AND CHESS CLUB
The Mill Hill Chess program offers opportunities for beginner players to learn the fundamentals of chess play and more experienced players to enhance their chess skills in a welcoming and comfortable environment.  The game of chess is a lot of fun and fosters critical thinking, logic, creativity and good sportsmanship...and the Mill Hill Chess program offers a great opportunity for kids to build friendships outside of their class and grade. All classes are taught by DJA Chess Instruction.   
Learn to Play Chess Program - Kids new to the game of Chess will be taught the fundamentals of chess play, rules and etiquette.  This 6-week program will take place on THURSDAYS from 8 - 8:45 am in the Art Room beginning October 6th - and is open to all kids in Grades 1-5. Cost for the 6-week program is $60.
Mill Hill Chess Club - Open to kids in Grades 1-5 who have participated in the Learn To Play Chess Program - or who can demonstrate a basic knowledge of Chess Play.  Kids meet weekly on FRIDAY mornings from 8 - 8:45 am in the Art Room to learn more advanced techniques and strategy. The first 15-week session will begin September 30th.  Cost for the 15-week session is $120.
If you have a child who is interested in participating in either program above, please contact Kelly Jacobson at keljacobson@yahoo.com by Tuesday, September 27th.

STOP AND SHOP REWARDS
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/

LIBRARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If you (or a grandparent) are interested in filling a shift once a month, every other week, or weekly, please contact Gayle Galatti, Mill Hill Library Volunteer Coordinator at gaylegalatti@gmail.com. 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. 

KIDS CARE AT MILL HILL
Register now to be ready for early dismissal days in October! Kids Care is a State licensed before and after-school program which has been providing childcare in the Fairfield schools for the past 12 years.  Kids Care staff includes experienced and caring childcare professionals, all of whom are certified in CPR and first aid. The morning session begins at 7:30 am in the APR, and afternoon sessions are 3:25 to 6:00 pm in the APR. Tuition is $15 for the morning session and $20 for the afternoon. There are no minimum usage requirements. Just fill out the forms and pay the $50 registration fee and you can use the program as little or as much as you need. Reservations can be made the day before and will be confirmed by e-mail. Payment is due at the end of each week for days used. Enrollment forms can be obtained by contacting kidscaremh@sbcglobal.net or on the PTA website at http://millhillpta.com/programs/beforeafter-school/kidscare/. Registration for the early dismissal days must be received by October 14th to guarantee a reservation.
 
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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Newsletter Submission Policy:
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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