On Friday we held our monthly Miller Town Meeting. These meetings provide an opportunity to reinforce school rules and behavior expectations, but mainly they help to build a strong school community. Each meeting begins with Mrs. Lampros leading the school in our Miller School SMART Song. This week Mr. Sardella and I read the book, "I'm New Here" by Anne Sibley O'Brien. This book addresses acceptance and belonging.
On Wednesday evening we held our annual Bingo for Books for pre-first and first grade students and had a great time. A special thank-you to Mrs. Burke and the parent volunteers who contributed to making this a fun night for all. I still smile to myself when I think of the excitement of children as they yelled, "Bingo!"
Through your generous donations 2 large boxes of personal care items weighting over 105 pounds were sent to soldiers serving in the Middle East. Accompanying the care packages were the most heart felt Valentine's Day cards created by children across grades K-2. I am very proud of our students and proud to be a member of such a caring school community. Thank you everyone!
Below are three first graders from Mrs. Arevalo's class helping Mr. Sardella to pack up the many cards and donations.
The Pajama Project PJ & Book Drive
January 25 – February 5
Day School Lobby
Sponsored by Day School 3rd Grade Student
My birthday is on February 5th, and I asked my parents if I could donate my birthday gifts this year. My mom found out about an organization called The Pajama Program, and I wanted to help them as soon as I learned about it!
“Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are often shuffled from one place to another. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. The founder has shared her story of distributing her first pairs of pajamas and being asked, “What are these?” by a child who had never owned a pair before. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received.”
If you want to help, please bring new PJs or new books to the donation box in the Day School lobby. Pajamas and books are needed for tiny babies all the way through big teenagers (size newborn-adult XL). I am collecting what I can, and will bring the donations to the local Pajama Program organizer once I am finished so that they can give them to kids in our area who need them!
For more information, please visit www.pajamaprogram.org.
If you have questions, please contact my mom, Abby Rendish, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for making my birthday wish come true!!
Day School 3rd Grade Student
STAR READER BEGINS!
Miller School will begin the Star Reader program on Friday, January 15th. This program celebrates and recognizes reading. All you need to do is have your child read at least 15 minutes per night and color in one star on the certificate for every fifteen minutes of reading. When all the stars are colored in please have your child bring the certificate to their teacher and they will be eligible for the weekly drawing to win a book.
We are very excited to be piloting a new Science night focused on hands-on engineering this year! The event will take place on Tuesday, February 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Students will explore 10 activity stations that focus on hands-on engineering projects including:
As this is a pilot year we will only be able to offer this to the first 100 children across grades K-2 who RSVP. Registration forms will be coming home soon. Once we gather feedback, we will determine if this format should replace the Math & Science Nights traditionally in place. Due to the limited participation we will still be offering the Math & Science Nights by grade level to ensure that everyone can participate.
Please review the dates below, as they have recently changed:
We look forward to seeing you at these events!
During Miller Cares classes in January children will be creating Valentine’s Day cards that will be sent to the troops serving in the Middle East. We plan to send a care package along with the cards and need your help. If you are interested in donating to this cause, please review the list of items below. We will need all donations by January 27, 2016.
Personal Care Items: Eye Drops; Chapstick; Shampoo/Conditioner (travel size); Deodorant - Men and Women; Toothpaste (travel size); toothbrush, dental floss; Mouthwash (travel size); Body Wash; Hand Sanitizer (travel size); Lotion (travel size); Razors, shaving cream (in tubes) no aerosol; Travel size tissues; Baby Wipes; Q-Tips; Tums or Rolaids; Tylenol, Advil, Sinus Meds; and Gel Insoles. If you would like more information on this organization please check out their website at http://www.hugsforsoldiers.org/
All personal care donations must be at Miller by January 27th!
Thank you in advance!
Dear Miller Parents!
Second grade Miller students are 'Going Google' and will be writing travel blogs using our new Chromebooks for their Continent Study unit. Mrs. Colantuonio is working with all second grade teachers and classrooms to teach students how to log into their WPS Google accounts. Students will use these accounts to log onto the Chromebooks and into a Kidblog account. Kidblog is a safe and easy to use blogging web site. Don't worry, there are no email accounts associated with their Google accounts and only people with an access code can view their online blogs!
Please check out the new TLC blog where we will keep you posted on our progress. Stay tuned for upcoming projects with our first graders later in the year!
Miller School TLC Blog Link
[ http://tlcmiller.blogspot.com/ ]http://tlcmiller.blogspot.com/
It's that time of year again!
We are in the early stages of designing the 2015-2016 Miller School Yearbook and need second grade students help. On Monday, January 4th all second graders were given a handout with instructions for submitting a design for the cover. The poster designs are due by Friday, January 15th. Staff members will vote on the designs and the winners will be announced on Thursday January 21st. Please encourage your child to draw something.
Below are covers from previous yearbooks.
If you and your child have not yet read any books by Katharine Otoshi check them out, you are in for a real treat! She is an award winning author whose work explores themes such as bullying, self acceptance and more. During Miller Cares last month Mr. Sardella and I read Zero to children. The following is an excerpt from a book review, "Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others."
After we read and discussed the book, students were asked to write a response to, "I am special because." A few examples of student work is below. All are hanging in the main lobby, please check them out when you are at Miller!
- March at a Glance
Read Across America
March 6 Celebration of Community Planning Meeting, 8:00 A.M.
Kindergarten Registration, 6:00-8:00 P.M. Parent/Teacher Conference Forms Sent Home
March 7 Kindergarten Registration, 9:00-11:00 A.M.
Parent Teacher Conference Forms Due
Movie Night Ticket Forms Due
SAC Meeting, 5:30 P.M.
Early Release Day, Teacher PD, dismissal at 12:20
Movie Night, 6:00, movie begins at 6:30 P.M.
First Day of Spring!
Miller Reads, 6:30 P.M.
March 22 Parent/Child Lunch, Grade 1
March 23 Parent/Child Lunch Grade 2
March 24 Parent/Child Lunch, Kindergarten
Iparent portal opens online access to reports cards
March 29 Parent/Teacher Conferences, 2-hour delay
No School – Parent/Teacher Conferences