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12: 2nd Grade program 6:30
13: Simle Singers at 2:15
PTO Movie Night 6:30
18: Open Your Heart Campaign Ends
20: Last Day of School before Holiday Break
2: School Resumes after Holiday Break
10: 5th Grade to Simle
If you plan on having lunch with your child, please call the office by 8:45. An adult lunch is $3.50.
If your student will be absent in the morning and they will be back for lunch, please be sure to call and have them added to the hot lunch count before 8:45.
Miller Magical 3
Bring the Magic to this place!
Magical 3 is what it takes.
**New After School Procedure**
After school supervision ends promptly at 3:20. Students remaining after 3:20 will have to be signed out inside the building.
Mrs. Kuntz's Class Celebrates
The students in Mrs. Kuntz’s third grade celebrated the twentieth anniversary of dogs reading with students with their beloved and adored Frankie. She visits the classroom every Tuesday morning and is the highlight of the week!
Read with Frankie
A lot of students see Frankie and her owner Genell when they are here reading with some of our Miller Magicians. If your student has ever wanted to read with Frankie, here is your chance! Frankie will be at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 7th from 1:00 - 3:00.
2nd Grade Program
2nd Grade Music Program
“A Holiday Moosical”
Thursday, Dec. 12th
Open Your Heart Campaign
The 90th consecutive Open You Heart campaign is happening now - consider helping by donating canned or packaged non-perishable food items that are not out of date, not in glass containers and not damaged. These items make a big difference to students and families in our community. The campaign runs until Dec 19th.
December Dress Up Week
Monday, Dec 16- Stocking Day (wear holiday socks)
Tuesday, Dec 17- Pajama Day (Polar Express Day)
Wednesday, Dec 18- Holiday Sweater Day
Thursday, Dec 19- Christmas Character Day
Friday, Dec 20- Holiday Headgear Day
Food Pantries & Soup Kitchens
Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens in Burleigh County
- Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry* | 725 Memorial Highway | Bismarck | 258-9188 | M, Tu, Th - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Church of Corpus Christi | 1919 N 2nd St | Bismarck | 255-4600 | Mondays & Thursdays - 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm |Please call ahead
- Action Program Reg. VII | 2105 Lee Ave. |Bismarck| 258-2240 | M - F - 8:00 am - 4:30 pm |Call ahead to set up an appointment
- Hope on the Horizon (Faith City Chapel)* | 529 Memorial Hwy | Bismarck | 651-8584 | Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Helping Hand Food Pantry | 1826 8th St. N | Bismarck | 223-0332 | Call ahead to set up an appointment
- Lunch At First (L.A.F.)* | 800 N 7th St. | Bismarck | 223-2236 |Free meal for all High School youth @ First Lutheran Church - 10:50 am - 1:15 pm `Starts October 4`
- Ministry on the Margins | 201 N 24th St. | Bismarck | 426-8747 | Tu/Wed 9:30 am - 11:30 am, Thursdays - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- River of Hope | 1996 43rd Ave N | Bismarck | 220-8712 | Call ahead to set up an appointment
- Salvation Army – B / M | 601 S Washington St. | Bismarck | 223-1889 | Tu, W, Th - 9:00 am - 10:30 am
- Soup Cafe | 220 N 23rd St. |Bismarck | 751- 7687 | M - F 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sa 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
- The Banquet-Trinity Lutheran Church | 502 N 4th St. | Bismarck | 223-3560 | Tu/Th - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Saturdays - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm,
Sunday's meal location is at The Salvation Army 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Report to Parents - Math Skills
A solid foundation in math is essential for students to succeed in school and beyond. Incorporate math into your family’s daily life—without a lot of time, effort, or expense—with these fun ideas
In the kitchen. Cooking is not only a terrifi c way to help children understand fractions—it’s also excellent family bonding time. Show younger children how measuring two half-cups of fl our yields the same amount as one full cup. Ask older children to help you cut a recipe in half or double a recipe. Have them write down the new measurements and check the computations together.
At the grocery store. Bring a calculator with you to the store when you shop. Young children can add up how much you have spent on groceries or saved with coupons. Kids in third grade or higher can help determine which size of detergent off ers the best value, or whether using a particular coupon is cost-eff ective.
In the garage. A tire gauge is one of the simplest tools for a child to use, and can help him or her learn about addition and subtraction. Show your child how to measure the pressure in your bicycle or car tires. Then, have your child help you determine how much air you need to add or release. Older children can calculate gas mileage.
On the computer. Find activities that reinforce math skills, from computer games like Math Blaster to apps.
On the road. Long car trips were made for math games. Pick a number from one to 10 and have each family member try to fi nd a license plate with the target number. Younger children can add the numbers together. Children who have learned subtraction can try to fi nd one that involves adding a few of the numbers and then subtracting one. Kids who have learned multiplication and division can put those skills to use.
At the toy store. If your child is trying to save up to buy something special, keep a chart of how much money they will need and what they have saved to date. At home. Classic games such as dominoes, cards, puzzles, or Monopoly teach math reasoning. Sewing and building projects both involve plenty of computation. Teach your child how to measure and sew fabrics together, or build basic structures out of wood (with adult supervision). Above all, avoid passing any math phobias that you might have on to your child. It’s important for children to hear at home that what they’re learning is valuable—that all the work they’re doing trying to comprehend division or fractions or measurement will pay off their whole lives.
Nobody Likes Me: Helping Children Make Friends
It’s a heartbreaker. Your child comes home from school one day and says he doesn’t have any friends and that nobody likes him - the dreaded words no parent wants to hear. You’ve been there; you know how cruel it can be on the playground and how quickly friendships seem to come and go throughout life. You want to wrap up your little guy and protect him from the world and most of all, you want to ensure that he has plenty of friends.
As much as you’d like to step in, you simply can’t make friends for him. You can, however, give him the tools he needs to be social and to be a good friend. Every child is born with an innate need to attach or be in a relationship, but how he goes about forming those relationships depends largely on his temperament. Children can start to develop real friendships around the age of four or five. When everything goes smoothly, it can be exhilarating and great. But when you see your child hitting some bumps in the road to having his own “B.F.F.,” you can help.
According to Denise Salin, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Parent Educator, you don’t want to push. “Some children, especially younger elementary school age ones, need help developing social skills such as empathy, problem-solving, negotiating, cooperation and communication skills” before they are comfortable making friends. “If an elementary aged child does not seem to want to make friends, it’s important to try and get an understanding of what may be going on.”
To support the development of friendships in your child’s life, try some of these techniques:
- Offer a variety of opportunities for play and socializing. Host friends over for play dates or lunch. See if you can participate in a carpool and sign-up your child for group activities such as art, drama or dance. Exposing him to different areas of play will help him learn to socialize. “Giving children lots of unstructured time to play is important because they learn the social skills they need so they can keep playing and have fun,” says Salin. Additionally, you can include your child when talking to people out of his normal range of peers. Take him to visit a neighbor, or bring him along to the dry cleaner. The more he is exposed to interacting with all kinds of people, the more he will learn to do the same.
- Provide support to your child. This may seem easy, but how often do you really listen to your child? Pick up on her social cues by listening to what she says happened on the playground. Support your child’s choice of friends and welcome them to your home. Try getting to know her friends and their parents.
- Stay balanced when things are hard. Go ahead and empathize with your child’s pain, but keep it in perspective. Making friends is a lifelong process and will of course have its ups and downs. Pain, unfortunately, is a part of it. According to Salin, “all children will experience some form of ‘normal’ social pain in their friendships. We can support them by listening and acknowledging their feelings.” Talk about your concerns with other adults who can support you -- such as a coach, teacher, friend, or family member. You never want to share your anxiety with your child, so find someone who can help offer insight about your child or consult with professionals.
- Perhaps most importantly, you need to show your child how to be a good friend and make friends. The best way is to model the behavior you would like to see. According to Boys Town Pediatrics, there are several ways you can accomplish this at home:
- Help your child realize his own strengths.
- Have a sense of humor about yourself and your shortcomings.
- Listen to your child without criticism.
- Be kind, give compliments, wave to a friend, open the door for someone.
- Be understanding of what others are going through by showing empathy.
- Don’t complain. Instead, teach your children to accept what can't be changed by working hard to change the things that can.
Learning to build friendships is one of the ways children develop into well-rounded, emotionally healthy human beings. “I’ve worked with many adults who have achieved tremendous success in terms of college, career, money, etc. and yet they are sad and empty because they have great difficulty in their relationships,” says Salin. By giving your child the skills he needs to be confident and compassionate, you increase the likelihood that friends will eagerly come into his life. And friends will give his life a richness and happiness he will always treasure.
BPS Coat Policy
The weather is getting chilly! Please review the Bismarck Public Schools coat policy below.
Please be sure your child wears the appropriate clothing to school.
Feels like Temperature What the class must wear Lower than 40 F Coats 40 F to 49 F Long sleeves or coats 50 F or higher Short sleeves, long sleeves
Bus Transportation Delays/Changes
BPS now has another way to keep you updated on transportation delays/changes. Please use this link as additional resource for checking on up to date bussing information.
Please take a moment to review Bismarck Public Schools Inclement Weather Policy
The health and safety of your child will be the major consideration when making decisions about the appropriateness of going outside during extremely cold or wet conditions. Other considerations will be the need of children for fresh air, exercise, work breaks, and unstructured play time for social development. Students should come to school dressed appropriately to be outside during the weather expected that day. BPS Elementary Schools have jointly developed a guideline which states that outdoor recess will not normally occur when the wind chill drops below -15 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that actual time outside during recess breaks is generally limited to about ten-fifteen minutes. Based on the relative openness or protection of a particular school site, variations in this guideline will exist.
Please dress your child appropriately for the weather. This includes winter coat, winter hat, gloves, snow boots, snow pants, etc. If you have are unable to provide these items for your child please contact Mr. Alstad or Mrs. Zeien at 323-4170.
Important! Drop-Off & Pick-Up Safety Reminders
To keep all students and staff safe, only staff members or parents who need to use the accessible parking area are allowed to enter the school’s parking lots. All other students should be dropped off at the front entrance or along the south curb on Jackson Avenue.
Save for our School *Changes*
Box Tops changes:
Box tops will no longer be printed on packages. They must be scanned in for the school to receive credit.
You’ll need a smartphone running iOS or Android.
1. Download and install the app at www.btfe.com on iTunes or Google Play
2. Create an account in the app.
3. You’ll be prompted to select a school. Search for Robert Place Miller zipcode 58501
4. Finalize your profile with your name, email address, Birthday, and zipcode
5. Scan your receipts within the app following the prompts. Long receipts can be scanned in sections. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days of the date on the receipt.
6. After scanning press the “star” button labeled “credit” on the lower left of the screen and enter your child’s teacher’s name. All subsequent receipts will be credited to that classroom.
7. If you get a “no qualifying products” error follow the on screen prompts, if necessary.
Dan’s Supermarket receipts can be turned in for our school. Simply save your receipts and turn them in to the office. Each receipt turned in will help us get one step closer to earning funds through their Direct Your Dollars program
Student Lunch Balance
Please check your child's lunch balance on a regular basis so you can keep a positive balance througout the shcool year. MyPaymentsPlus is a great tool that can help.
MyPaymentsPlus provides an easy-to-use, efficient way to make payments to your child's lunch account. By setting up an account you can quickly and securely make a payment anytime using a simple Internet connection. BPS uses MyPaymentsPlus to accept electronic payments (Debit/ACH/Credit) for lunch accounts, student fees and more. To begin, access the MyPaymentsPlus website at: http://www.mypaymentsplus.com. Once there, create an account by selecting "Register Now". There is also a convenient app for your phone as well.
Reminders from the Office
Interrupting class during education time makes it difficult for teachers. It is important to inform your child ahead of time of their after-school arrangements. If it is an emergency and you need to call during the day, please make sure it is before 2:30 to enable us to have time to deliver the message.
If you are picking up your student during the school day, please note we will no longer call your child in advance of your arrival, this prevents students from missing classtime while waiting for their ride.
Just a reminder that outside food and drink is not allowed at school. If you plan on getting a treat or snack before school or while out at an appointment, please have your son/daughter finish it before they come into the building
It would be a great idea if your student kept a dry pair of clothes/socks in their backpack in case of incidents in and out of the school building including playground ice/water/mud, paint spills, and other unforeseen accidents. If your student has borrowed a clothing item from the school please return it at your earliest convenience as our supply is limited.
Miller Music Programs
2nd Grade: Thursday, December 12th 6:30
4th Grade: Thursday, February 6th 6:30
5th Grade: Thursday, March 5th 6:30
Kindergarten: Thursday, April 23rd 6:30
As the program date draws near, watch for more information to be sent home. We look forward to you attending our performances!
Music Education Teacher
Breakfast at Miller
Breakfast is offered every morning from 7:45 to 8:15. If your student plans to eat breakfast at school please remind them to make their way to the kitchen between those times.
Backpacks for Kids
Even in a state with the second-lowest unemployment rate in the nation, hunger exists. In Bismarck-Mandan alone, over 4,000 students receive help through the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. However, there are still children and families that need assistance with food over the weekend. The United Way and Community Action have teamed together to assist these children by providing bags of “kid friendly “ food to children that have been identified as being at risk of being hungry through the weekend.
If you are needing assistance and would like your child to receive a food bag on Fridays, please contact Kari Zeien or Sarah Holzer at 323-4170. If you do not need assistance but are interested in donating to this worthy cause, please contact United Way at 255-3601 or Community Action at 258-2240.
Birthday Party Policy
If your child is having a birthday party or sleepover, we ask that you do not send invitations to school. Please send invitations by mail or deliver them personally outside of the school setting. While we know that all of these acts are done with the best of intentions, there have been numerous instances where children end up fighting and/or crying because of who is or who is not invited to a party. Invariably, some children end up with hurt feelings and the school staff spends time resolving the conflicts during learning time.
This information is in the student handbook, on page 16. You can access the handbook here.
Please sign up for Miller Elementary Watch DOGS!
Please come dressed for the weather and plan to be outside.
When in the school building please refrain from wearing hats and please put soda, coffee, or other drinks in a covered cup.
You may sign up to Watch DOG for 3 days per school year.
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/116987672435410026
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Parks and Rec Sports/Activities
Is your child interested in sports/activities through Parks and Rec? If your child is on the free or reduced lunch program they may qualify for free or reduced parks and rec sports and activities. For more information, please call Sarah Holzer, School Social Worker at 323-4170.
Highly Qualified & Schoolwide Plan Notification
Through federal education law, parents have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals at our school. If you are interested in learning this information, please contact the office at (701) 323-4170, both hard copies and electronic copies are available. Upon this request, you will receive a detailed explanation of the licensing, education and experience of each of our teachers, as well as the names and qualifications of the paraprofessionals at our school.
Miller Elementary's Schoolwide plan is also available upon request from the office.
PTO meets the first Monday of every month at 6:00 in the library. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
PTO FACEBOOK PAGE
Do you want to know what’s going on at Miller? Be sure to like our Miller PTO Facebook page for everything Miller!
Any third party non-school district events in this newsletter are not sponsored/endorsed by Bismarck Public Schools.
Keeping you updated on our Strategic Planning!
By Dr. Jason Hornbacher, Superintendent
There was a definite buzz in the room as I walked from table to table during our second Strategic Planning Committee meeting. This group of 60 parents, staff, students and community members were highly engaged in the work that will frame the future of BPS.
Their homework was to review the feedback from a dozen focus groups conducted by BPS staff and strategic planning consultant Jeffry Schatz. Focus groups included students at each high school, booster groups, regular and special education parents, Native American parents, teachers, school support staff, professional support staff, administrators, and community groups like the Chamber EDC. Here’s a synopsis of what they told us:
Academic Skills: Communication was first, followed by collaboration/teamwork, critical thinking/problem solving, financial literacy, and applied or basic math.
Workplace Skills: Work ethic was first, then collaboration/teamwork, problem solving, self-advocacy, pre-job skills like writing resumes, and financial literacy.
Life Skills: Soft skills/work skills, then empathy/compassion, respect for self and others, and emotional intelligence and coping skills.
What makes BPS unique: Student opportunities in all areas, the Career Academy, innovation, staff training, special needs services/programs, and community support.
Strengths: BPS staff members and all of the opportunities available to students!
Trends: Youth issues such as vaping, mental wellness, etc., followed by community issues such as affordable housing, cultural diversity, lack of mental health services, etc.
Challenges/Critical Decisions: Facilities/crowding, social-emotional health/behavior issues, school safety, staffing shortages, and diversity and socio-economic trends.
Improvement Opportunities: Staffing issues, staff communication as the district grows, and mental health for all.
Last but not least, we reviewed the district’s current mission statement: All students will have the academic, social, and personal skills to be college, career, and community ready. The rich dialog provided diverse feedback around our current mission statement. In the near future we will review our vision statement (Together, we inspire a passion for learning, discovery, and excellence) and discuss the values central to Bismarck Public Schools. I’m sure there will be robust conversation around those topics as well! BPS will work to collate the thoughts, ideas, and suggestions into a set of unified statements that will frame the future of BPS.
At the conclusion of the Strategic Planning Committee meetings in 2020, all of the work will be posted so that the entire community can provide feedback. The final step will be to present it to the Bismarck Public School Board for approval.
I want to thank all of you who have been a part of this process! If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-323-4054.
Open Your Heart campaign
The 90th consecutive annual Open Your Heart campaign is underway! Tote boxes will be delivered to Bismarck’s public schools on Monday, Nov. 25. Remember: do not donate glass containers or damaged or out of date food items. The last day to donate non-perishable food items is Wednesday, Dec. 18. Donations will support families in Bismarck and Burleigh who are in need this Christmas.
The Legionnaires of Lloyd Spetz Post No. 1 of the American Legion want to say “THANKS!” in advance to the wonderful and charitable students, faculty and staff of the Bismarck Public Schools who so generously donate non-perishable food items to Open Your Heart to fill all of those tote boxes. In the 2018, about 300 tote boxes full of food were collected. For more information or to donate through PayPal, visit http://www.openyourheart.us/.
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