MILLBURN, NJ - It seems appropriate to start the month of February off with a great big Hartshorn heart representing the many acts of kindness performed this week during their Great Kindness Challenge.  Principal Ken Frattini called it “the most fabulous, incredible week” of his educational career…a week that included a winter concert, a sock drive, wrapping of doors, superheroes and more.  Thanks to all whose hearts were involved in making this happen, especially Mrs. Sharon Lanzo and the Kindness Crew for spearheading it. I’m looking forward to reading all of the Thank you notes this weekend. I hope you share some kindness every day!

Thanks to all who came out last Sunday for the annual Board of Education Forum in the new Innovative Space at Millburn Middle School.  Our students can’t wait to get in there once all of the equipment is in place.  

In the meantime, elementary students are taking advantage of the high school MILL. Last week Wyoming Fourth graders visited the MILL as part of a new collaboration with the high school, and to let the younger students learn about the amazing opportunities that exist in the district.  Wyoming teachers say, “The kids had so much fun.  Among other things, the 4th graders got to run robots through obstacle courses, examine 3D prints of rocketry parts, watch demonstrations of battlebots, control ball-shooting robots via remote control, and ask questions of both students and teachers.”  The collaboration will continue with video conferencing, and perhaps a high school visit to the Wyoming Wonderlab. STEAM and Future Ready indeed!

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Cold and Flu season is here. Our custodial crews have stepped up their cleaning at all of our schools. Schools (especially high traffic areas) are being sanitized each day after school. Purell sanitizers are located throughout the schools for use by faculty and students. 

You can help by keeping your children home when they are sick. Teach them to wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Please remember children should not return to school unless they have been fever-free without medication for 24 hours.

One of our nurses shared a helpful reminder of symptoms of cold vs. flu.  I hope you don’t come down with any of them, but if you do…follow doctor’s orders, drink plenty of fluids, and stay under your covers!



Dr. Christine Burton

Superintendent of Schools