• Donuts with Dads

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/25/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    We wanted to share a quick reminder that Donuts with Dads (or special person) will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 26 at 7:00 – 7:30 AM.  Because parking will be limited, please consider carpooling and/or walking.  Also, while at Mill Run, we have several clothes and other items that are in our lost and found and we would love for you to stop by to see if any of these clothes may be yours.  Special thanks to our PTO and parent volunteers for making this such a special event!


    We hope to see you tomorrow!

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  • Mill Run Weekly Message

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/21/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    We hope that your families had a wonderful and relaxing spring break!


    We have a few updates that we wanted to share, in preparation for this week.  First, if you are a tunnel walker (near the Nature Center) or walk onto our campus, you’ll notice that we now have a paved pathway leading to our school, as well as into the Learning Deck!  This should make for a much more pleasant walk, especially following rainy days.  Also, on Thursday, April 11th, our K-3rd grade students participated in a vote for their favorite playground equipment.  A winning playground design was chosen out of three possible contenders, and we are working hard to have this added to our playground as quickly as possible.  We wanted to share a big shout-out to our PTO for their generosity with this, as well as to a Mill Run parent who also is generously donating in order for us to be able to fund this!


    Please see below for the following important announcements:


    • On Monday, April 22nd, there is a menu change to celebrate Earth Day. The following will serve as the menu items:  Turkey & Cheese Sub, Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwich, Yogurt Parfait Lunch, Fresh Celery Sticks, Fresh Baby Carrots, Fresh Orange Wedges, Choice of Milk.


    • Tomorrow, our 4th graders will be participating in an in-house field trip called Camp Flintlock. During Monday’s arrival, all children will be greeted by a fun colonial musical performance by Camp Flintlock. 


    • Loudoun Water & Soil will be visiting our 3rd graders on Wednesday (Ms. Bradley, Mrs. Kretzler, Mrs. Jermyn, and Mr. Wojick) and Thursday (Mrs. Boese, Mr. Snow, and Mrs. O’Day / Mrs. Brodie) to lead an Enviroscape Lesson. Be sure to ask your children about this!


    • Thursday, April 25th is Take Your Child/ren to Work Day!


    • This Friday, April 26th, our PTO is leading our Annual Donuts with Dads from 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. This is always a packed-house event, and we hope to see you there.  Because there will be many in attendance, please consider walking or carpooling so that we can maximize our parking lot.


    Have a wonderful evening!

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  • Mill Run Weekly Message

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/11/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    I wanted to send this message out a day early, as tomorrow will be busy filled with awesome learning and fun during our 2nd annual STEAM Day.  Attached is a more detailed look at each grade level’s design briefs.  We hope that you have a wonderful Spring Break with your children!  A ConnectEd message on Sunday, April 21st will be shared in preparation for that week.


    Below is a quick message about Mill Run earning the Energy Star Award, our upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, and information for our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade families regarding the 20/20 Challenge and SOL Schedule.


    We are also excited to share that Mill Run is 1 of 70 schools in LCPS that earned the Energy Star Award, making this our 4th consecutive year!


    Our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd during your child’s scheduled lunches (flyer in your child’s Thursday folders).  We welcome all of our volunteers to come and enjoy lunch on the Mill Run staff, as a way for us to share our appreciation for the incredible work that you do to support our staff and students!  We are so blessed!


    For 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade families: Last week, we met with your students to discuss our annual 20/20 Challenge that we offer our students to participate – 20 minutes per day for at least 20 total days leading into the SOL assessments.  The challenge is a great opportunity for students to practice previously learned skills in preparation for the upcoming SOL tests in May (please see calendar attached).  As part of the challenge, students have an opportunity to earn a two-hour block with their peers where they will be invited to the gym or library to participate in watching a movie, coding, and / or board games.  When we shared this with our students, they clearly shared their excitement in anticipation of this day!  Though this is only optional to participate, I have talked with many students who are currently participating, and I am requesting your support to have your children join in on the review and learning.  Attached to this email are both the 20/20 Challenge document and the SOL testing dates.  They can also be found on the Mill Run Website > right hand column > titled 20/20 Challenge and SOL Calendar 2019.  Please note that red indicates a 3rd grade SOL, green indicates a 4th grade SOL, and blue indicates a 5th grade SOL.


    Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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  • Donuts with Dads and Book Fair

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/9/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    Donuts with Dads:  We wanted to share a quick reminder that Donuts with Dad (or special person) will be held Friday, April 26.  The green pre-order forms for this event came home in Thursday folders last week and are due this Thursday, April 11th.  Please come enjoy a donut, coffee and/or juice with your Mill Run child(ren)!  Donuts are $1.00 and coffee and juice are free. 


    If you cannot locate your order form, there is one available for download on the Mill Run PTO Facebook page.  We look forward to seeing you!


    Book Fair:  We are excited to continue our Book Fair through this Thursday.  Our students have or will (this week) have an opportunity to select a free book during their regularly scheduled library time.  Once students have all had a chance to pick one book of their choice to keep, we will open the Scholastic Book Fair after school on Thursday, April 11th for purchases using cash, credit card or check made payable to Mill Run Elementary. Parents are invited to take advantage of the Buy1, Get1 Free Book Fair on Thursday, April 11th, after school until 6:00. The fair will be then be packed up in time for STEAM Day on Friday. When your student comes home after scheduled library, check out what great book has been chosen!


    Have a wonderful day!

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  • PTO Board Positions - Help Needed!

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/8/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    I hope that you had a wonderful weekend!


    I am reaching out to you today to request your help.    One of the many things that separates Mill Run from so many others is that we have such a strong PTO and community involvement.   With the leadership of the PTO, we have such amazing, fun family-filled events that are staples of Mill Run (ex: Softball Game, BINGO Night, Movie Night, assemblies, etc.).  These are delivered at a high level of success because of YOU!  Mill Run truly would not be the same without our wonderful PTO.  Looking ahead to next school year, we have several PTO positions that are currently available and I am asking for your consideration to sign-up to volunteer for the PTO. 


    We are so appreciative of the ongoing volunteerism that you so greatly share with us and your generosity is truly priceless!  As we plan to have new PTO Board Positions available, I would love for you to consider taking on a position or partnering with a friend/neighbor to join. 


    This is another opportunity to share your voice, bring fresh and new ideas to our school, and most importantly, be a part of team that brings such joy and happiness to our student body!  Because of you, Mill Run is a better place, and WE NEED YOU!  All current PTO Board members would be happy to answer any questions.  Additionally, you may wish to directly contact our PTO President, Amy Fisher, at millrunptopres@gmail.com or me at 571-252-2160.


    If you wish to be contacted to learn more about the PTO, please complete this 1 minute Google document here using this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSckIQjci-YxCTHKhIwjOOOYOgs2z6mcOHLp1oqknZQyY17s4A/viewform




    John Cornely

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  • Mill Run Friday Message 4-5-19

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/5/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    We are so excited to share that our 2nd annual STEAM Day will be held next Friday, April 12th!  Our staff has and continues to do an outstanding job preparing for this special day for your students.  The design brief in which your children will be participating are as follows:  Kindergarten – Fairy Tales, 1st Grade – Let’s Go Fly a Kite!, 2nd Grade – Global Cardboard Challenge inspired by Caine’s Arcade, 3rd Grade – Third Grade Zoo: Ecosystems, 4th Grade: “May the Force Be With you” focused on force, motion and energy through experiments, and 5th Grade: Musical Instrument Design Challenge. Your child’s teacher has likely reached out to you (or will soon) to share more specifics of how you could join us, should your schedule permit you to be able to join.


    Please see below for other important items:


    • Librarian Appreciation Week and Book Fair: We are so grateful for the outstanding work that Mrs. Damewood, Mrs. Cook, and Mrs. Caudle lead with your children and the constant inspiration of reading that they also share with your children!  They are leading a Free Book Fair for our students, where children are able to choose one free item during their regularly scheduled library time.  On Thursday, April 11th at 3:00 – 6:00 PM, all children have an opportunity to Buy 1, Get 1 Free book.  We are asking that an adult accompany your child during this time.


    • Our Parent Input forms were sent home in yesterday’s Thursday Folders. As you complete them, please send them back into school.  Our forms are due by Friday, May 24th. 


    • Restaurant Night:  Our 5th Grade class is sponsoring a Restaurant Night at Panera Bread in Ashburn on Wednesday, April 10th at 4:00 – 8:00 PM (please see the flyer attached).


    • Crazy Hair Day is Thursday, April 11th, sponsored by our SCA. All children are invited to participate.


    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Registration and Parent Input Forms

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/3/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    We are currently registering Kindergarten students and all new students to Mill Run in grades 1 – 5 for the 2019 - 2020 school year.  If you haven’t yet registered your child or know of any families who need to register, please do so and/or encourage your neighbors to come into Mill Run to register.


    Also, this second part of this Connect Ed message is intended for families of students only who will be attending Waxpool Elementary School next school year (2019 - 2020), from their new principal, Mr. Pellegrino.  If your child will be attending Waxpool Elementary School in 2019 - 2020, please consider completing the attached Parent Input Form and returning it to him to the address on the bottom of the form.



    Please note:  Mill Run Families whose children will be returning to Mill Run next school year (2019 - 2020), our Parent Input form will be coming home in this week’s Thursday folders and will be due by Friday, May 24th.  Please return it as soon as you have it completed.


    Have a wonderful day!

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  • Mill Run Reminders

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 4/1/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    We hope that you had a wonderful weekend!


    We wanted to share a couple of important reminders and items for the coming week:


    Spring Portraits are tomorrow, April 2nd.  If your family is planning to purchase a class picture, please send in your pre-order form (that was sent home in Thursday folders on 3/28).


    Also, please click here to view our PTO Newsletter (https://www.lcps.org/Page/206699) – also attached.  Our wonderful PTO is holding a PTO Social on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM at Panera Bread in Ashburn.  During this time, they will also be sharing important information about anticipated vacancies for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Please consider coming out and learning more!


    Have a wonderful day!

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  • Mill Run Weekly Message 3-28-19

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 3/28/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    I am so excited to share that Mill Run earned an A+ rating per The School Review, and is one of only 29 elementary schools in the state of Virginia to earn this recognition!  We are so proud of this recognition and greatly appreciate the true teamwork that goes into providing the best education – our students are motivated with their learning, our staff provides exceptional instruction and learning experiences, and our community is simply the best!


    Please remember that LCPS has two teacher workdays / student holidays tomorrow (Friday) and next Monday, April 1stUpon our return on April 2nd, we will be having our Spring Portraits – information is coming home in today’s Thursday folders.  I’ll send out a follow-up reminder message on Monday.  Also, as you visit Mill Run, please be sure to continue to have your ID ready to present prior to entering.


    Beginning on Monday, April 1st at 10:00 AM, the LCPS Special Permission Window for 2019 – 2020 opens.  Should you wish to apply for special permission, please visit this site and scroll down to the bottom of the page to apply:  https://www.lcps.org/Page/76705


    Have a wonderful four-day weekend!

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  • Mill Run Friday Message 3-22-19

    Posted by JOHN CORNELY on 3/21/2019

    Hello Mill Run Families,


    Tonight’s the night… our annual Mill Run Carnival is here, and begins at 5:00 – 8:30 PM this evening!  We hope to see many of our families there, enjoying delicious food and treats, silent auction, and fun games.  Special thanks to our PTO and many parent volunteers who are making this amazing event happen!


    We wanted to share a few reminders and/or upcoming events that your children will participate in:

    • If your family participates in the car rider line, please be sure to only drop off your children within the Kiss & Go lanes (and not prior to arriving here). We want to be sure that our children are most safe, and we need your help.  We’ve noticed that some children are being dropped-off too soon or outside of our designated drop-off zones, creating a potential risk.


    • Our last day to purchase yearbooks ($20) is on Sunday, March 24th, which can only be purchased online. If you haven’t yet purchased one (and still would like to), you will want to visit lifetouch.com and entering the School Code: 3794619.  Should you miss this opportunity, we will only have a limited amount that can be purchased at the end of the school year for $25.


    • Please be on the look-out for a BrightBytes survey beginning on Monday, March 25th – Friday, April 12th. We would love for you to consider taking this survey and providing your feedback!


    • Author Ken Harvey (and former Washington Redskin) joins Mill Run on Wednesday courtesy of our Student Council Association (SCA) to lead an assembly on Kindness.


    • Our annual JDRF event will take place on Tuesday, March 27th.


    • Friday, March 29th is a teacher workday / student holiday, which means that there won’t be school for children on this day (or April 1st – teacher professional development day)


    We hope to see you this evening!

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