As we make our way through May, the calendar is full, and many of the annual signs of the season are popping up:
 
We had our first bear sightings this week, a not uncommon occurrence in our area as bears come out of hibernation and search for food. As a rule, the mere presence of a black bear is not considered a problem because in general bears tend to be wary of people. Please take a look at our Bear Safety tips for reminders on how to avoid attracting them, and what to do if you do see one.  
 
Spring Concert season is underway. All are invited to the Middle School Chorus Concert on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., featuring operetta and show tunes, along with popular and traditional songs from around the world. And on Wednesday, the High School bands will celebrate the composers and music of America. Don’t miss this patriotic tribute at 7:30 in the MHS auditorium.
 
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On Thursday, May 18, MMAC presents an evening Empower Hour for parents and students (12 or older) who would like to discuss the current Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. Nancy Kislin, LCSW, MFT and Parent Educator will facilitate this conversation about how to talk with your kids about the numerous subjects that the series depicts.  Learn how to use 13 Reasons Why as a conversation starter for talking about taboo subjects. The program is at the Ed Center, 434 Millburn Avenue, at 7:15 p.m. RSVP here.
 
For additional health information, mark your calendar for Saturday, May 20, 2017 as Essex County presents its first Mental Health Awareness Month Open House. This event takes place at the Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The goal of this event is to raise awareness about mental health, to educate the public about behaviors that increase the risk of developing mental illness and to break down barriers about the stigma of mental illness. Learn more here: https://sites.google.com/millburn.org/healthwellness/community-events
 
A reminder, if you have registered for the Parent Technology Evening, it takes place on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the Middle School. 
 
Strawberry Festivals continue … Mark your calendars for Hartshorn on Tuesday, May 16, and coming up: Wyoming - Wednesday, May 24; Glenwood - Wednesday, May 31 and South Mountain - Wednesday, June 7. Come out for some food and fun to support our schools.
 
I want to thank the Millburn Schools Green Team, in collaboration with Town Forester Tom Doty, whose crew recently planted new trees at the Middle School as part of Millburn's annual Tree City USA Foundation planting event. The Middle School now has 7 gorgeous new trees (4 Red Buds and 3 Magnolia Stellata) by the side entrance area with bench seating for students, teachers, parents and residents to enjoy for many years to come! 
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