Email Blast to Families sent Wednesday, 10/7/15

posted Oct 8, 2015, 2:43 AM by Brenda Maurao

October 7, 2015

To the Parents/Guardians of Miller School Students:  

Please read these important reminders and mark your calendars!


  1. Congratulations to the students on achieving 500 shine cards for being nice!  The most popular suggestion for our first SHINE celebration reward was a homework free night.  Teachers will pick a day that works for the class and replace the usual homework with a SHINE “good deed” activity.  Great job everyone!  On your next visit to school, look for one of our new SHINE banners.

  1. Tomorrow is the deadline for 5th Grade Leadership Team applications.  Applications can be found at

  1. Fall Fundraising:  Tomorrow, Thursday, October 8th is the LAST day for Genevieve’s Fundraising Orders and/or donations.  

If you are interested in ordering coffee cakes for Thanksgiving, please email Stacey Raffi at

  1. There is no school on Friday, October 9th due to a Professional Development Day for teachers.  There is also no school on Monday, October 12th in observance of Columbus Day.

  1. The Fall Book Fair will be held Wednesday & Thursday, October 14th & 15th in the Placentino Library from 3:30pm-8:00pm each day.

  1. Our next food pantry collection day will be held on Friday, October 16th.  Every child who makes a donation will add a paper pumpkin to the Miller pumpkin patch in the main lobby.

  1. The next ES PTSA meeting will be held Tuesday, October 20th in the cafetorium at 6:30pm.

  1. The Holliston Miller School will be conducting its annual vision, hearing, height, weight and postural screening October 19 -23 (Monday-Friday).  This will be done during physical education classes.

In accordance with the recent amendments to the regulations by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, vision exams will be conducted on all students’ grades 3-5,  hearing will be conducted on grade 3 students only, and height, weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) tabulation will be conducted on grade 4 students only. As in the past, postural screening (scoliosis screening) will be conducted on students beginning in grade 5.

These exams are mandated by the state.  A religious exemption, medical exemption or a doctor's note submitted before the screening is acceptable to excuse your child from any portion of the exam.  Please call me at 429-0670 if you have any questions or concerns.

If your student has any unusual findings, you will be notified and encouraged to take your child to a physician as a precaution.   ~~~Lynne Bowler RN, CPNP, Miller School Nurse

  1. If your child was absent for picture day, the make-up day is Tuesday, October 27th.  If your child had pictures taken and you want a re-take, please keep the class picture and send the rest of the package back to school on make-up day.

  1. Wednesday, October 28th join us for Unified Arts Back-to-School night at 6:30pm.

  1. Please remember to put your child’s name on their lunch boxes and jackets.

  1. A reminder that all parent volunteers must renew their CORIs this year if they would like to chaperone or volunteer in the school.  CORI forms can be found at the following link, please complete and send back with a copy of your license.

  1. The Holliston Public Schools is partnering with the Holliston PTSA Parent Education Committee to announce an number of upcoming event aligned with our theme this year to focus on the social/emotional health of our students and their families. 

The next event, a Parent Coffee and Follow-Up Discussion about Childhood Anxiety, hosted by the Adams Middle School Guidance Department, will be held Thursday October 15th.  The department looks forward to sharing this time with parents so they may have the opportunity to ask questions and have further discussion. Tips will be shared on how to best support students at home. Questions to Gretchen Hazen-Powers, LICSW, 429-0657 x 1421.  Adams Middle School Teacher’s Cafeteria, 8am-9am.