October Updates

September 28, 2022

Hello McMillan Families,

September is coming to a close, and what a month it was! So many fun events and opportunities to connect with both old and new friends! Thank you so much for all your support, as students settled into new routines. We also appreciated all the support from families around our cancer fundraisers. Between the popcorn sale, and the Toonies for Terry drive, we collected more than $1700 to donate to cancer research. The generosity of our community is overwhelming! Please see some photos from the day below.

With respect to student photos, we do understand that many of you have reason not to sign the photo/media release form that we ask for each year.  I always do my best to ensure your child's image is not included in any pictures or video that I share on the website, however, with so many students in the school I often worry that I might miss one. This year I plan to celebrate each month with a highlights video to showcase at school assemblies. Students love to see themselves reflected in the month's memories, and I know many parents would like to see these videos posted to the website. We will try to keep any students who do not have a signed permission form out of these videos, but please do let me know immediately if your child's photo is posted accidently, and I will remove it. 

As we move into October, here are some reminders:

Oct. 3 is picture day. This is for individual photos only. Class photos will be done in the spring.

We will be collecting food for the Abbotsford Food Bank during the first and second weeks of October, leading up to Thanksgiving. Please send a non-perishable food item and we will put  a feather on Tom the Turkey! You might also consider sending toiletries, as these are items often needed by the food bank. Any support you can give is greatly appreciated.

On that note, many of you may have heard of the 1.9 million dollar grant that Abbotsford School District has received for the purpose of supporting our families in our community during tight economic times. McMillan Elementary has received a portion of this amount, and you can look forward to a survey in October that will help us determine the needs of our school community. The money is earmarked for struggling families, and is intended to provide support for things like groceries, school supplies, clothing and other expenses that impact student health, wellness and success in school. I look forward to hearing your ideas and suggestions about how this money can be best used to support McMillan families in need.

McMillan Staff are all looking forward to October.  We will see you all at the Parent Teacher Conferences, October 19 and 20th!