Email Blast sent to families 1/3/18

posted Feb 5, 2018, 8:40 AM by Winnie Carey

January 3, 2018

To the Parents/Guardians of Miller School Students:  

1. Tomorrow, Thursday, January 4th we will follow a Monday schedule for Unified Arts ONLY.   If your

child has instrument lessons (5th grade) on Mondays, they should bring their instrument.  If

your child has gym on Mondays they should bring their sneakers.

2. Due to the extreme cold temperatures forecast for Friday, MILLER SKI/SNOWBOARD CLUB IS

CANCELLED THIS WEEK ONLY. Replacement date of 2/9 will be added to the end of the program.

Participants will receive an email from the ski/snowboard coordinators, and we'll begin the program

next week instead.

3. Calendar Happenings in January

  • On Thursday, January 11th, the 5th grade will attend a Culture Connection Assembly with Galileo – Starry Messenger.  Thank you to the PTO for their continued support of these valuable learning experiences.

  • Friday, January 12th is a Staff Professional Development Day - No school for students

  • Monday, January 15th - School will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day

  • Friday, January 19th - Food Pantry Collection Day - The Food pantry has said they are in  particular need of juice boxes and 16 oz cans of fruit

4. Fourth Grade Band - Full Band Rehearsals:

The following are the scheduled 4th Grade FULL BAND In School Rehearsals as we prepare for the

upcoming concert.  Please help your child remember their instruments and music on those days.

The rehearsals will take place from 1:00- 2:00pm on:

Wednesday, January 17th

Thursday, January 18th

Monday, January 22nd


The winter concert will take place on Tuesday, January 23rd at 7:00pm in the High School Auditorium.  Please visit Play Along Tracks - to help your child prepare for the concert.

5. Laps at Lunch - If you’re willing and able, we’d love for you to come join us in supporting our Laps at

Lunch program at Miller! Right now, we’re searching for volunteers for the month of January and we

need your help to keep it going! You can sign up for our January schedule by clicking the following

link: Laps at Lunch Sign Up


6. Outdoor Recess - Each day we make a decision regarding whether or not it is a safe temperature for

the children to go out to recess.  We take the actual temperature and wind speed (relative humidity in

the summer months) and check that against the Child Care Weather Watch Index.  


Temperatures permitting, students are going out for recess.  However, students must be dressed

appropriately (jackets, hats, gloves, boots, long pants/snow pants, etc.) in order to go out. Please

help your child remember to bring these items with them to school each day.


6. School Closings/Snow Days

Parents, please be aware that many local news organizations have discontinued text notifications for school closings.  Notifications will continue to be posted on all local news stations and their websites, as well as on the Holliston Public Schools website.  Please utilize one of those sources for information on school closings in Holliston.

A. Canceling School – When the conditions of the roads and access to schools are judged to be unsafe for bus travel, schools are canceled.   This information will be posted on:  Channels 4, 5, 7, and 25; Holliston Local Cable Access Channels - Comcast 8, 11 & 96, and Verizon 32, 33 & 34; and the Holliston Public Schools Webpage –


PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE POLICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENT ABOUT SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS as such calls tie up the telephone lines needed for emergency calls.


School will be in session, if possible. You as a parent should feel free to keep your child home if you do not agree with the decision to hold classes.


B. Delayed Opening – On days when road conditions in the early morning make driving hazardous, but school could be held by opening one or two hours later, the delayed opening procedure will be used.  This information will be posted on:  Channels 4, 5, 7, and 25; Holliston Local Cable Access Channels - Comcast 8, 10 & 11, and Verizon 32, 33 & 34; and the Holliston Public Schools Webpage –


Bus pick-ups will occur one or two hours later than ordinarily scheduled. School will be dismissed at the regular times.


C. Emergency Dismissal – Announcements of emergency dismissal will be made on:  Channels 4, 5, 7, and 25; Holliston Local Cable Access Channels - Comcast 8, 10 & 11, and Verizon 32, 33 & 34; and the Holliston Public Schools Webpage –


Please review with your child and with your friends and neighbors where your child should go if you are not at home when school is dismissed.


You can also follow the Holliston Public Schools facebook group:


and Miller Elementary schools on Twitter:  @FredMillerHPS              

7. Upcoming Parent Education Program of Events

January 24th, 2018

Janna Said, local businesswoman, joins Kristi Marsh, founder of non-toxic living group, The Savvy Women’s Alliance, and author of award-winning book, Little Changes to discuss non-toxic choices for our classrooms and homes.

7pm Robert Adams Middle School Auditorium

This talk is product independent and focuses on the benefits of understanding alternative choices that are available in the mainstream. Kristi Marsh, speaker, and award-winning author of Little Changes, believes deeply that everyone has the right to understand what is happening in their own homes. Kristi's journey started with a stage three breast cancer tumour that turned her own mainstream lifestyle upside down. She began educating herself on products that she used on her body, put in her body and the environment she lived in.  Janna Said, Local businesswoman and mom of two, complements Kristi by offering some startling statistics on US legal requirements for everyday products to come to market, and practical tips on where to find alternatives to the familiar brands in local supermarkets and outlets.

January 31st, 2018

Joani Geltman, Child Development and Parenting expert, discusses sexting and social networking, 7pm Holliston High School Auditorium

The smartphone addict, eyes fixed on the tiny screen, doing…what? Joani Geltman, Child Development and Parenting expert, will discuss the issue of sexting and social networking with a view to bullying and how digital media gives rise to different mediums for bullies to reach their targets. What's a parent to do?