December 1, 2014

posted Dec 2, 2014, 9:27 AM by Winnie Carey   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 11:39 AM ]

Please read these important reminders and mark your calendars!   


1.       Miller School's Marathon Fitness Challenge begins this week in Physical Education Classes
Today students attended grade level assemblies to be introduced to Miller School's Marathon Fitness Challenge.  This winter and spring Miller students will have the opportunity to challenge themselves, classmates, and families to improve their health and fitness!  The Marathon Fitness Challenge (MFC) is a free, 21 week incentive-based running/walking program for all of our Miller students.  Miller School's MFC is modeled after a successful challenge occurring for the last eight years at Elmwood School in Hopkinton.  Miller students will have an opportunity to participate in Miller School's MFC through a generous grant from ES PTSA and collaboration with the designer of Elmwood’s MFC. The goal of the program is that children will run or walk an ultimate distance of a marathon: 26.2 miles! Students who reach a distance of a half marathon, 13.1 miles, will also be recognized.

In-School Component: For 17 weeks, from December to April, students will run a half mile in their Physical Education class once a week. 

At Home Component: From March 30th to May 29th, students will been encouraged to run or walk additional miles at home with friends and family. Details about the spring home component will be shared in early March.

Please follow this link to view the presentation shared with students today:

2.       We are looking for parent and student volunteers to make deliveries of Holiday Gift Bags for Senior Citizens on Tuesday, December 9th.
Volunteers will need to meet in the Miller Multipurpose Room after school at 2:30. All parent-student teams interested in volunteering should email Kerry Perpall at by December 2nd. Please write “gift bags” as the subject.  We are also looking for names and addresses of Holliston Senior Citizens that would enjoy receiving our gift bags. Please email names and addresses to Kerry Perpall at Please write “gift bags” as the subject.

3.       Miller School is thrilled to be participating in Project 351's Food Drive this month. 
Michaela Campbell, a freshman at Holliston High, has been working with the Fifth Grade Leadership Team to plan this very special food pantry collection for the month of December. The drive will run the week of December 8- December 12.  Each day will have a theme based on requests from the Holliston Food Pantry, which is currently serving 191 families. 
Please help us reach our goal of 600 pounds of food.  Walmart will be matching our collection to support a food pantry in another community.  The themes for each day are:

Monday - paper goods, Tuesday – tuna, Wednesday - healthy non-perishable snacks, Thursday - soup

Friday - pasta

Thank you for your generosity and support of this important community service project.  This food drive will take the place of our regularly scheduled food pantry collection on December 19th.

4.        Sign-up has begun for Miller School’s Homework Club which will start in January.  Please see backpack express @  for more information and the registration form.  Registration forms are due back by December 12th.  Space is limited – so sign up soon

5.         Friday, December 19th there will be a Culture Connection for all grades.  The Worcester Opera will perform Voci Angeli.  Thank you to ES PTSA for their continued support of these valuable learning experiences.

6.      December 24th-January 2nd school is closed for winter vacation.