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Mills Moments 9-15-23

Mills Moments 9-15-23

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Thank to all those who attended our Open House yesterday. We have had a great start to the year and it was great to see you all! Attached below is the presentation we shared, if you missed it.

We recently held assemblies for all K-5 students to review our building expectations. Students were taught the expectation to be Responsible, Respectful, and Safe and were taught our school song. Ask your student if he/she remembers it and use it as a fun way to learn it together. Each of our monthly assemblies will begin with singing our school song and we want all students to participate.

Last week we partnered with the PTA and co-sponsored an Ice Cream Social on September 7th. The turnout was awesome, and it was nice to see students and families interacting with each other. You can expect more of these events throughout the school year.

Next week, students will take a MAP Growth Test in reading and math from NWEA on their Chromebooks. These tests will provide teachers with immediate information about your student and where he/she is generally ready for instruction. Teachers will use the results from reading and math tests to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. The teachers and administrators will use this data to make informed decisions to improve student learning.

We have a planned fire drill on Monday, September 18th. Please let your student(s) know this is a planned drill and we do these to practice our safety procedures in the event of a real fire.

If you have not done so already, you are encouraged to complete and submit the online application for free/reduced lunch. The application can be found here and must submitted every year.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for all of your continued support.

See the Parent Open House Presentation here

School Pictures are Ready!

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  • Event Code: FE232523
  • Secure access code distributed by school

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Read more about the Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting (BPAC) here

Step up with the Mills PTA

This week was fun! Our first PTA meeting was held and the open house was a giant success! Thank you everyone.

Please like our Facebook page to stay up to date on all the latest news and look out for email communications from our PTA President, Jen Kanable.

Now! Sign up for the John Mills Parent/Teacher Association (PTA). We are a group of parents and caregivers who plan, promote and organize events for John Mills students. We are looking for parents to become members to help grow activities and create a community around the school.

No commitments are required, by pledging $10 to the John Mills PTA you will stay informed and get first pick of volunteer opportunities. Sign up before October 13, 2023 and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $25 gift cards randomly.

Sign up at this link for the PTA member hub- select your affiliation and go!

A few key dates to write in your calendar:

  • Tuesday, September 26th 5:00 pm -7:00 pm- Spirit Night at Chick-fil-a in Melrose Park.
    • Pick up or dine in, whichever you choose make sure you mention John Mills and Chick-fil-A will donate 10% of sales to our school.
  • Tuesday, October 10th, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PTA Monthly meeting.
    • Discussion around events, ideas and volunteer opportunities
  • Thursday, October 12th, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Family Bingo Night in the Gymnasium.
    • All ages family night of Bingo. Cards for purchase for a chance to win prizes!
    • Snacks and water/juice for purchase.
    • Volunteers needed.
  • Tuesday, November 7th, 12:00 - 3:30 pm Book Fair
  • Wednesday, November 8th, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 9th, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
    • Help kids find books and trinkets and restock shelves.
    • Volunteers needed in a minimum of 2-hour shifts. Need one to two people per shift depending on the time of day.

Should you have questions or comments please don’t hesitate to email or message us on FaceBook!


PTA 2023-2024


Starting with the 2023-2024 SY, D401 contracted with a new food vendor: Quest Food Management Services. We chose to break from our long-standing agreement with the previous food provider because Quest Food promised to provide increased meal variety and higher food quality at a relatively similar price as the previous provider.

With this change, meal prices increased by $0.25 this year. All lunches K-8 are $3.00 per meal and the HS meal prices are $3.25.

Last week, Quest Food Management made a slight accounting error and accidentally charged all district families $3.25 for each meal. This has been corrected and the district will work with Quest Foods to properly credit all K-8 accounts that were affected.

For more information about your student's meals and Quest Food, please visit our Meals website.

Upcoming Events

  • 9/21 Football Day
  • 9/28 Hat Day

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