MILLBURN, NJ - As we head into the final weeks of summer, I want to share some reminders and new initiatives. I hope you will use these last sunny summer days as a time to relax in preparations for the coming school year.

On the reminder front, please mark your calendar for September 27 – the date of the Bond Referendum Vote. Please note – it is a special election – it is not part of the national election. I don’t want anyone who plans to participate to miss out. There is still time to register to vote – the deadline is September 6. If there is a possibility you might be working late, or out of town (that means you college students!), you can apply to Vote by Mail (absentee ballot) until September 20.

We will be spending the month of September sharing information about the Referendum with the community. Please plan to attend a September PTO meeting…ask questions of representatives who will be at as many school and community events as possible. You can find most of the answers to your questions at our Referendum Website. Do you know you can see exactly how the referendum will impact your taxes with our Tax Impact Calculator? Learn more about the financial implications of the proposed referendum from our Business Administrator, Steven DiGeronimo, in our latest video, “Referendum Financial Information.” Please contact us at referendum@millburn.org with questions, and don’t forget to Follow us on Facebook for updates. 

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Back to School Update

The deadline to provide/update your information to the Back to School Update is today! This is the last day we will have additional staff assistance, so please log in to your PowerSchool account to complete the process. It will give us (and you!) peace of mind to know we have your most current information should we need to contact you in case of an emergency for your child(ren). It also allows us to share information, per Federal law, with outside organizations, including the PTOs. We can’t give the PTOs data for their school directories unless you give us that permission as part of the Back to School Update process. Thank you for your cooperation.

What’s New This School Year?

 Allergy/Foods

As part of the district's summer work in preparation for the new school year, we embarked upon a comprehensive review of our allergy management practices.  Beginning in the spring, the review was a collaborative effort between our assistant superintendents, building administration, school nurses, school physician and a cadre of parents.  Our goal is to implement a standard set of best practices in allergy management.  We will begin implementation in our elementary schools, with a comprehensive review in grades 6-12 to follow.  You will receive details on new practices from your school principals in the coming days.  

Food Service

Our food service vendor, Pomptonian, will be offering a new online payment system called PayForIt at the Middle and High School this year.   We will be sending out detailed information about how to sign up for this system before school begins. 

Summer Reading

The Millburn High School English Department reminds all high school students (and parents if you would like to join in!) about this year’s Summer Choice reading program. This year they decided not to assign one book as has been done in years past, but instead offered selections based on interest. Several faculty members suggested their favorite fiction and nonfiction titles, along with a video to introduce them, and they will host book talks in the fall. All are welcome! Pick up one or two of these titles for beach, pool, car and backyard reading… Find out more here: http://tinyurl.com/mhs-summer2016…or in the article recently published about the summer reading project by The Item of Millburn-Short Hills

Monday begins one of my favorite weeks of the year – as we welcome our newest teachers and staff and introduce them to the Millburn School District family. I look forward to welcoming you and your families back to school on September 6!

 

Christine Burton

Dr. Christine Burton

Superintendent of Schools