I would like to officially welcome you back to school for the 2015-2016 school year. Summer is quickly coming to an end, and school will be starting before we know it. I hope everyone has had time to relax and enjoy having their children home over the last few months. Over the summer we have hired a K-5 science teacher, a technology/engineering teacher and a 5th grade French teacher. The building has also seen all of its light bulbs replaced to save energy and money and Wi-Fi has finally been installed, too! I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families, and staff members. Our dedicated staff is working hard preparing for the students to ensure a successful start of school on Tuesday, September 1st. I anticipate an exciting year as we collectively strive to foster a culture of learning at Miller School.
What dates and times are important for the first week of school?
The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 1st and will be a regular school day. School begins at 8:10 a.m. and is dismissed at 2:33 p.m. Students are asked not to arrive on school grounds prior to 7:55 a.m. Supervision cannot be provided prior to that time. This is a safety issue, to which we request parents adhere. There is school Tuesday the 1st through Thursday the 3rd the first week. There is no school on Friday the 4th due to a teacher professional development day or on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day.
Where should my child go on the first day?
On the first day of school, the students should report to the following areas as they exit their buses or get dropped off:
Grade 3 & Grades 3 & 4 Montessori - Miller Cafetorium
Grade 4 - Placentino Cafetorium
Grade 5 - Miller Gymnasium
The teachers' names and homeroom numbers will be posted for the children to find.
How does arrival and dismissal work at Miller?
Miller School parents who transport students in the morning or afternoon should use the Central loop and the Miller loop for parent drop-off and pick-up. The bus loop is in the Placentino loop. Please do not leave your parked cars in our bus loops. To ensure the safety of every child, please drive with extreme caution and respect the stop signals and signs on our school buses. Remember that it is a state law that cars may not pass a school bus when the bus has its lights flashing.
“Live parking only” is allowed in the Miller front loop or center loop during morning arrival time. If you need to drop something off at school, please park in the Miller lower parking lot. Students who are being picked up or walking are dismissed to the Miller and Central loops. Students should not walk across or through the parking loops. We ask you to use
the sidewalks with your children. There will be supervision on the sidewalk and in the bus area from 2:33-2:45 p.m. only.
Please note that parking in areas designated for “Handicapped Use” is not allowed unless you have Disabled Person plates or a Disabled Person Placard. Parking in areas that are marked as fire lanes is not permitted at any time. Our school police officers enforce these parking restrictions to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and visitors. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we try to make this process as safe and efficient as we can.
What events are happening the first few weeks of school?
Back to School Nights are scheduled for the following dates:
Grade 3 & Grades 3 & 4 Montessori - Tuesday, September 8th
Grade 4 & Grade 5 - Wednesday, September 9th
Each evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the cafetorium and conclude at approximately 8:00 p.m. from your child's classroom. This will be an evening for parents to meet the classroom teacher and learn more about the curriculum and expectations for the year. If you have students in multiple grades at Miller, you need only attend one of the 6:30-7:00 introductions in the cafetorium. (Please note that the Grade 4 & Grade 5 Back to School Nights are on the same evening. If possible, please think about carpooling. Parking at the Adams Middle school may be necessary).
Fourth grade parents, mark your calendars for Wednesday evening, September 2nd from 4:00-7:00 for instrument distribution. If you have a child entering fourth grade, we have enclosed a letter from Ms. Lemoine, Miller School’s band teacher, that has more information about 4th Grade instruments.
School pictures will be taken on Thursday, September 10th. On the evening of Friday, September 11th, the elementary school PTSA will be hosting the Miller and Placentino Back-to-School Picnic.
Please be aware that your child will be bringing home important notices on the first day of school. We ask that you review them carefully and send back any items that require your signature or response as soon as possible. The Parent/Student handbook will be available on the district website @ http://www.holliston.k12.ma.us. The handbook contains important information in regards to school procedures.
How do I notify the school if my child is going to be out?
The Miller School has a "Call Back System" for when your child is absent or tardy. If you know that your child will be absent or tardy, please call (508) 429-0667. When the voice mail greeting activates, press 3 and report your child's name, teacher, and state the reason for the absence or tardiness. If we do not receive a call, we will follow up with a phone call to your home.
What food can I send in with my child?
The Miller School is “Nut Free.” This includes tree nuts and peanuts. As you are all aware, each year we have more and more students with life threatening allergies to nuts and peanuts. Because of this, it has been decided that all classes within the Miller School will be "Nut Free". Students may bring whatever they would like for lunch (note:lunch prices are 2.75 for lunch, including milk/milk cost .60 cents), but morning snacks and foods brought into the classroom for celebrations must be “nut-free.” This includes not only food with explicit tree nut and/or peanut ingredients, but also those foods that contain the warning “may be processed in a facility that manufactures tree nut/peanut products.” In addition, all birthday celebrations happening at school are food-free.
A list of 'Recommended Foods for Classroom Distribution' is located on the Miller School Home Page and the
School Nurse' web page @http://bit.ly/1N5AdR7.
I look forward to seeing everyone on September 1st. Enjoy the remainder of the summer.
David N. Keim