Miller Mail -- May 29, 2015
MARK YOUR CALENDAR … DATES TO REMEMBER
Friday, June 5 – 5th Grade MMAC DARE TGIF at MMS, 7 p.m.
Monday, June 8 – Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, June 9, Extended School Year Program Information Meeting/Overview
Parents whose children/students will be attending the ESY program this summer should plan to attend. 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Education Center
Tuesday, June 9 – Elementary Festival of Music, MHS Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 10 – MHS 10th Grade Action Research Symposium, 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 11 – MHS Academic Awards Ceremony
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE
The search for a new Superintendent of Millburn Public Schools is progressing well, and the Board of Education is currently in contract negotiations with the leading candidate. The Board can't disclose any additional details while in confidential negotiations, or before the Essex County Executive Superintendent approves the final contract. The Board is optimistic that an announcement and vote on the new candidate will take place in the coming weeks.
SUBSCRIPTION BUSING REMINDER – ONE WEEK LEFT
Subscription Busing applications for 2015-2016 must be submitted online through Community Pass by the deadline of Friday, June 12, 2015. . Past participation does not guarantee a seat and you must subscribe again for the school year 2015/2016.
Applications received after June 12 will not be scheduled for busing until the second week of school (other than students new to the district). Information and instructions are available on the school district Transportation Page: http://www.millburn.org/pages/Millburn_Township_PS/Departments/Transportation
Questions may be emailed to email@example.com
MOVING? CHANGING SCHOOLS? LEAVING THE DISTRICT? PLEASE SUBMIT FORMS:
--If you are moving within district please submit the Change of Address Form with new residency proofs to the Registrar’s office.
--If your child(ren) will be leaving the Millburn School district to attend private school, or if you are moving out of town, please submit the Student Withdrawal Form to your school office. Your signature n that form allows us to forward the student records to the new school.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
--All Board of Education meetings are held at the Education Center at 7:45 p.m., 434 Millburn Avenue, unless otherwise noted. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend BOE meetings. The meeting agenda is posted on the website calendar by the Friday before the meeting. Click on the date to download the agenda. Meeting minutes are posted after they have been approved at a BOE meeting.
Monday, June 8 AGENDA
Monday, June 22
School Budget 2015-2016
All documents relating to the School Budget for 2015-2016 can be found on our School Budget webpage here. The User-Friendly Budget is now posted on the website: http://www.millburn.org/pages/Millburn_Township_PS/Board_of_Education/School_Budget/School_Budget_2015-2016/News/User_Friendly_Budget_--_2015-2
SCHOOL AND CLUB ACTIVITIES
Books and Burritos This Weekend!
South Mountain School is collecting books for the Irvington Public Library’s 13th Annual Reading Festival. Millburn Tinga has generously agreed to be a drop off location this weekend so please tell a friend and stop by Tinga (321 Millburn Ave) to make a book donation. While you're there, have a Burrito!
And you still have time to drop off your gently used CHILDREN's books in the boxes just inside the front door of South Mountain School by 3pm on Wednesday, June 10th
The Irvington Public Library, working in collaboration with the Irvington Family Development Center and the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency will be hosting this awesome event. Over 500 children are expected to attend! Here is an article about last year's event: http://essexnewsdaily.com/news/irvington/36900
Any questions, please email AndreaPetersonPR@gmail.com.
ATTENTION JUNIORS… SOON TO BE SENIORS! 2015-2016 HIGH SCHOOL PARKING SPACE RAFFLE
Time is running out for THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS SENIOR PARKING SPACE RAFFLE
WIN a senior parking space for the entire year sponsored by the Education Foundation
Here’s how it works…Raffle Tickets can be purchased in any combination:
$15.00 for 1 ticket …. $25.00 for 2 tickets … $100.00 for 10 tickets
ENTER NOW before you forget! Guaranteed parking for the entire year. NO need to worry about carpooling, or where to park for the semester of unassigned parking! Click on link below for more details:
NEW! WHERE’S THE BEEF? 3rd Annual Millburn Football Beef Steak Fundraiser!
Friday, June 12, 7 – 10 pm, MHS Cafeteria -- All you can eat Beef Tenderloin, French Fries and Salad
Wednesday, June 17 – 13th Annual Millburn Cares Production – “Broadway’s Heroes and Villains.”
MHS auditorium at 7pm. There is a minimum donation/admission price of $10, and all proceeds go to Broadway House for Continuing Care. The show will include more than 50 MHS students involved in singing, dancing, stage crew and lighting, and show tunes will include, but are not limited to selections from Shrek, Little Shop of Horrors, Wicked, Hairspray, Chicago, Chaplin and many more. Open to all. For ticket information please email Ms. Suzanne Snyder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride and Discipline Football Clinic for 3-8th Grade students – June 15-18, MHS
The clinic is designed to teach all players proper tackle football fundamentals, coached by current MHS coaches and players. Click here for more info and registration form:
MHS PTO Offerings
---MHS PTO Graduation Raffle is Open! Want prime seats to see your MHS Student graduate? Don’t miss out on seating on the field for a lasting memory! Raffle tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased via Community Pass until 6/12/15, under MHS PTO FundRaising 2014/2015.
---MHS PTO Membership and Directory Sale is Open! All 2015/2016 PTO Membership come with Online Access to the Online Directory Only! Printed copies must be preordered by 7/31/15. After 7/31/15, no printed copies will be sold. PTO Membership and Printed Directories can be order via community Pass.
---Calculators for Incoming 9th Grade Students
All incoming 9th grade students need a TI-84 Plus Calculator, order yours via MHS PTO and save yourself a trip to the store. Orders are being accepted until 7/15/15 thru Community Pass!
---Millburn High School 2015-2016 Student Planners for Sale
Custom created JUST for the MHS community with pre-printed key dates including school closings, sports, test deadlines, holidays and much more.The weekly calendar assignment pad is an essential part of your school and activities planning.
Easy Online Discounted Pre-Order for $15…Click on MHS PTO, then MHS PTO Membership & Fundraising 2015-2016
…Planners have sold out from our limited print run so pre-order early! Price goes up to $17 after July 1, 2015. Student Planner sale brought to you by the PTO Senior Celebration Committee. Thank you for supporting the 2016 graduating class!
---While purchasing please consider donating to the Charles T. King Loan Foundation. Charles T. King grants interest free student loans to MHS Township students. This is a great way to make a difference in a student’s life.
Directly Support Your Music Student—Join MHS Music Boosters Today!
The MHS Music Boosters is an organization comprised of parents and friends whose purpose is to support the award winning programs offered by the MHS Music Department. With your membership, you directly support your child’s music education and enrich the extraordinary experiences of all our fine musicians in the MHS Band, Chorus and Orchestra. For more information on membership, donations, cd orders, and ongoing La Strada gift certificate fundraiser, visit us at www.MillburnMusicBoosters.org. We are also always seeking parent volunteers to help out at football games and bake/sell refreshments at concerts, so please reach out to us today! Questions? Contact Linda Kuo at email@example.com.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION NEWS - The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills
Learn more about us and become a 2014-15 member at edfoundationmillburnshorthills.org
THANK YOU! DONATIONS TO SCHOOLS TOTAL OVER $225,000!
Thanks to the generous donations of parents and patrons we are able to donate over $225,000 to all seven of our schools. Funds will go toward progressive programs, technology and equipment that will will bolster the Millburn public school curriculum and that cannot be funded within budget caps. The mission of the Education Foundation is to enhance the students’ learning experience and help to “raise the educational bar.” For a full list of grants funded and more information please click edfoundationmillburnshorthills.org.
As we embark on our five-year, 2020 Vision Campaign, we aim to raise $5 million so that we can say: Yes to innovation! Yes to progressive programs! Yes to enhancing the education of our students!
We hope you will join us in achieving our campaign goals and get involved in our many programs and events that take place throughout the school year. To make a donation now please visit http://efmsh.mybigcommerce.com/donations.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER/EVENT CHAIR POSITIONS OPEN – Thinking of becoming more involved in our organization? Please let us know if we can answer any questions you may have.
F A R M - T O - MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS
Support the Education Foundation by Feeding your Family -- Join Farmigo
Farmigo is an online farmer’s market, where you can shop for fresh, delicious food —vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, eggs, dairy, breads, and more. The Education Foundation of Millburn-Short Hills is thrilled to be working with Farmigo this year! Not only does it mean we can provide you and your families with fresh, local food, but 10% of the money from your purchases will also go towards raising funds for our schools.
Download the flier here:
Education Foundation Meeting Schedule - edfoundationmillburnshorthills.org/wp/volunteer/
Please join us for our final meeting and celebratory brunch on Friday, June 12, 10am at the home of Sheila Bouri, 50 Falmouth Street, Short Hills
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EdFdnMSH to stay up-to-date on our events and projects in the schools
MMAC NEWS (Millburn Municipal Alliance for Drug and Alcohol Awareness)
TONIGHT! 5th Grade DARE/TGIF Celebration
The Millburn Municipal Alliance Committee cordially invites all township 5th graders and their parents/guardians to attend the ANNUAL DARE TGIF celebration at Millburn Middle School on Friday June 5, 2015, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please click the RSVP link to confirm your attendance.
This celebration honors the completion of the DARE program and introduces incoming middle school students to the TGIF experience Food, music, gym, games and art give kids plenty of ways to have fun! It is also a great opportunity for parents to hear about the middle school transition during our annual parent education presentation. Lauren Muriello, Chief Helping Officer, Well Being Therapy Center, will share recommendations for “Helping Your Child Manage the Transition to Middle School --- Real Tips for Healthy Coping & Successful Parenting.”
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that here in Millburn you can clear your medicine cabinet of old, expired medications any time?! Just bring them to the permanent drop box in the Police Station on Essex Street.
CARING KIDS is a PTOC Committee whose mission is to help children grow into compassionate, positive and empowered members of society through character education programs in the schools, social activities, family enrichment workshops and community events. We always welcome new participants as well as volunteers! To learn more, go to www.caringkidsmillburn.com.
CARING KIDS NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Caring Kids is looking for parent volunteers to help us present our programs for the 2015-2016 school year. Over the past several years we have developed programming for every elementary grade level. As a result, we need to recruit more volunteers to help us organize and present these programs. This is a wonderful opportunity to directly impact not only your child’s education and development, but every child in the district. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at email@example.com.
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Public Forum with Police to Discuss Local Safety Issues – Wednesday, June 10
On Wednesday, June 10, residents are invited to attend a meeting with members of the Millburn Police Department to discuss safety issues related to our homes and streets at the Wyoming Club, 60 Linden St., at 7 p.m.
The forum, which is open to the public, is being co-sponsored by both the Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee and the Millburn Short Hills Republican Municipal Committee. Organizers say that historically, increases in local break-ins occur during the summer season. Residents will be provided with recommendations for securing their properties and will have the opportunity to ask questions of police officials.
For additional information, contact Annette Romano at 973-996-2541.
Opportunity Project Building, 2nd floor, Community Conference Room
60 East Willow Street, Millburn
Girl Scouts of Millburn Short Hills Open House Registration Event – June 25
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Come to the Millburn Public Library on Thursday, June 25, from 10 AM to noon to register for the '15-'16 school year! Free incentives for members who enroll by June 30. Please see our flyer for further details.
If there are any questions, Nancy Greene, Service Unit Manager, Girl Scouts of Millburn-Short Hills firstname.lastname@example.org or Justine Wojcik, Field Executive, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey email@example.com, will be happy to answer them. We look forward to seeing you at the library!
UNITED WAY CAREGIVERS COALITION INFORMATION SESSION
MILLBURN-SHORT HILLS RESIDENTS AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES INVITED TO LEARN ABOUT RESOURCES FOR UNPAID FAMILY CAREGIVERS
Do you accompany a parent to doctor appointments? Do you care for a child with a disability? Do you regularly check in on a friend with mental illness? If you answered yes to any of these questions, YOU are a caregiver.
Caregivers who live or work in Millburn-Short Hills and local organizations that serve caregivers are invited to join us to learn about the United Way Caregivers Coalition!
The Coalition, which launched in Suburban Essex in 2011, helps unpaid caregivers better access information while giving them the support they need in their caregiving role. We bring together caregivers, medical professionals, social service agencies, businesses, and other community groups to connect caregivers to critical resources and to each other – all for FREE!
INFORMATION SESSION DETAILS
Thursday, June 25, 2015
10:00am – 11:30am
United Way of Northern New Jersey
60 East Willow Street, 2nd Floor
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
Please let us know if you will be joining us!
For questions or to reserve your spot, email Rose.Twombly@UnitedWayNNJ.org or call 973.993.1160, x603.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum – Upcoming Activities
June Mini Camp: June 15th-19th 9:00am-12:00pm
The arboretum is alive with butterflies, wildflowers, and birds this time of year! Come spend a week exploring wildlife at the Arboretum! For ages 3-5 only. Please bring a lunch and a snack.
Summer Camp: June 29th-August 21st
Each week of Nature Discovery Camp will explore a different Nature Theme. Campers will spend the day exploring that theme through guided investigations, outdoor exploration, and crafts.Turtle Tots: 9am-12:30pm Explorers: 9am- 3pm Hawks: 9am-3pm (Only offered select weeks).
Save your spot today! Tickets and registration available online at: www.hartshornarboretum.org
Millburn Scholastic Boosters Accepting Grant Applications -- Deadline June 30, 2015
The Millburn-Short Hills Scholastic Boosters, which has been providing educational grants to township students for 68 years, is now accepting applications for grants for the 2015-2016 college year. Since 1947, some 975 students, trying to close the shortfall in their college funding package, have received awards from The Boosters totaling more than $1,000,000. Individual Booster grants, which are based on demonstrated financial need, have ranged, in recent years, from $750 to $2,000 for the school year.
Residents who would like to learn more about The Scholastic Boosters’ grant program and obtain a grant application should visit www.msh-scholasticboosters.org or write to P.O. Box 42, Millburn, N.J. 07041. They also may obtain an application at the Millburn High School Guidance Office. Applications must be completed and submitted no later than June 30, 2015.
Millburn Public Library News:
--- New!! The Millburn Free Public Library now has passes to select museums and cultural institutions. The passes are available to MFPL resident cardholders age 18+ whose accounts are in good standing. For more information on the program, or to see the list of participating museums, please visit www.millburnlibrary.org The library’s museum pass program is generously funded by the Friends of the Millburn Library.
---New Teen Web Page: Check it out at: mfplteens.weebly.com
---Children’s Summer Reading Club – Registration Begins June 15
The 2015 Summer Reading Club at the Millburn Public Library begins registering on June 15th. We will celebrate this year’s theme “Every Hero has a Story” at a registration event on June 15th from 3:00-5:00pm. Children can register for the book club and then participate in a mask craft, a superhero scratch craft and games. Teens will also participate in this event and can register for their own Reading Club, “Escape the Ordinary” at the same time. Prizes will be awarded for the time students spend reading or listening to books throughout the summer. You may register at any time during the summer until the closing date of the program on August 28th.
---Teen Summer Reading Program – Registration begins June 15
For students entering grades 6-12, and graduating seniors. Join us for fun programs, raffles and a Grand Prize raffle at the end of the summer.
---Middle School Summer Reading – the MFPL is here to help. Here are all the books/assignments you need to read: http://mfplteens.weebly.com/summer-reading-assignments-2015.html.
---6th Grade Meet and Eat, Thursday June 18, 5-7 p.m.
Starting middle school in the fall? Come to the 6th Grade Meet and Eat at the Public Library.
Find out about events, classes, membership and more here: http://greenwoodgardens.org/
Summer is Coming:
Millburn Recreation Summer Tennis Programs
Millburn Recreation’s Sports Academy Summer Baseball Camp
Summit YMCA – Summer Travel Camp
Summit YMCA – Summer Program Guides
Charles T. King Scholarship Fund -- Application Now Available
The Student Loan Fund was established over eighty years ago to help Millburn Township students further their education goals. Renamed in 1974 to honor Dr. Charles T. King, who retired as Superintendent of Schools after 27 years of service, the Fund is sponsored by the Millburn Conference of Parents and Teachers. Due the tremendous increase in college tuition, the Fund plays an important role in helping to finance students’ post-secondary school educations. The loans are currently interest free and more than 700 students have received them to date.
Get more information and download the application here:
Down the Block, Inc. –A reminder for those who may need a helping hand
If you are a resident of Millburn or Short Hills facing an unexpected financial set-back, please contact Down the Block. You may be unable to pay a utility or housing bill, a bill for the repair of your car or your home, or some other charge. As long as you meet the eligibility requirements, Down the Block will pay the bill(s) for you. The service is free and confidential. Visit www.DownTheBlock.org or call (973) 943-1424.
Scholastic Boosters Annual Campaign
The Millburn-Short Hills Scholastic Boosters, now in its 67th year has launched its annual campaign to raise funds for the educational grants it provides to local college students trying to close the shortfall in their funding package. Since 1947, nearly 1,000 students have received awards from The Boosters totaling more than $1,000,000. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Boosters— or to obtain a grant application—visit msh-scholasticboosters.org or write to Millburn-Short Hills Scholastic Boosters, P.O. Box 42, Millburn, N.J. 07041. Donations of any size—and employer matches, whenever available—are very much appreciated.
Aluminum Cans for Burned Children
Don’t let your ALUMINUM CANS go to waste!
Did you know … your empty aluminum beverage cans raise money for
- Special equipment and services for young burn patients at St. Barnabas Burn Center
- Summer Camp for recuperating burned children
- Mobile fire safety house
- Fire safety brochures
Deliver your cans 24/7 to either Township Fire House -- 459 Essex Street, Millburn or 315 White Oak Ridge Road, Short Hills
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