July 21, 2016

Hi Mill Hill Families,

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer! While we still have a lot of time left before heading back to school, there are a few things happening over the summer and at the beginning of school we would like to let you know about. So please take a few minutes to read through the upcoming events and mark your calendars.

Any questions, please email us at

Thank you,

Laura LaVelle and Alicia Westerlund
Your new PTA Presidents - Laura LaVelle and Alicia Westerlund
Important Dates to Remember
Saturday, July 23rd
Kindergarten play date (1st of 3) - see below

Wednesday, August 31st
Meet the teacher and Welcome back get-together, immediately to follow

Thursday, September 1st, 9:00am
Welcome Back Coffee 

Thursday, September 8th

Author Bill Harley visits MHS
Get the details here about upcoming events & activities for students & parents to enjoy!

Come meet other new Mill Hill Kindergarten students at the Mill Hill playground on the following dates:
Saturday, 7/23 at 9:00am
Thursday, 7/28 at 6:00pm
Wednesday, 8/3 at 3:30pm

Contact Kim Grant with any questions. 

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.

Wednesday, August 31st 12:00pm, Mill Hill Playground
Stop by the Mill Hill playground after Meet the Teacher to see some old friends and meet some new. The ice cream truck will be there with ice cream for purchase.

Thursday, September 1st, 9:00am, All Purpose Room (APR)
After you see your children off for their first day of school, please join us in the APR for a Welcome Back Coffee. Meet other parents, learn about and sign up to help with various school programs, join the PTA, or just enjoy some coffee and treats.

Thursday, September 8th
Bill Harley, the author of the 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. 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 if you would like to attend. We will email all parents who RSVP a confirmation prior to the assembly.

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, allowing them to have a "go to" person for any general questions they may have, and to have a chance to meet before school starts.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to be mentors. Please e-mail Vanessa Greene at if you are interested in being a mentor. We would like to have all volunteers signed up by August 5th at the latest.  From there, the mentors will each be matched up with a new family, and the mentor should send an introduction email to the new family by August 17th.
We will also plan a summer coffee meet up for parents this summer before school starts and will send out the date in a few weeks. (The location will most likely be Starbucks or somewhere else low key and casual.)  Feel free to get in touch with Vanessa Greene with any questions.
Here is the school supply list for the 2016-2017 school year.  Happy shopping!

There are 8 open positions for the 2016-2017 school year.  Below are some brief descriptions of the roles and the expected time commitment.  Interested?  Contact

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.  Board of Education Budget Representative: Attend Board of Ed meetings once a month and report back to the PTA on budget issues.
3.  Holiday Craft: Organize a holiday craft for kids and their parent(s) in December one day after school. You decide the day and the craft! 
4.  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.
5.  Square1 Art: Distribute forms to the Mill Hill community, manage orders, etc. Occurs in early spring. 
6.  Wellness/Tools for Schools: Help ensure a healthy physical environment within our building.
7.  Winter Games (2 positions): Grab a partner this winter and organize a fun evening of various games/events at different stations in and around the gym.  (Historically this has been run by dads, but moms can certainly step up for this one!)
8.  Hospitality: Solicit volunteers to bring refreshments to the PTA meeting each month.  Make sure that the PTA meetings all have a healthy supply of coffee!
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

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 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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