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5th Grade to 6th Grade Transition Information

January 9, 2018

Dear Parents of Fifth Grade Students:

On behalf of the faculty and administration of Millburn Middle School, welcome to our school community! This is an important time of transition in the life of preadolescents, and I am confident that our Middle School teaching staff, curriculum and programs will provide your child with so many opportunities to grow in every way.

The Middle School will host an orientation for fifth grade parents on March 22, 2018.  You are cordially invited to attend either the 9:00 AM or 7:00 PM session, both presentations will be held in our auditorium.

Although it may seem a bit early, it is necessary for us to gather information in order to begin the process of scheduling.  Students entering the sixth grade are scheduled for the same classes with the exception of world language.  Enclosed please find a World Language Selection Form. Please speak with your child about choosing either French or Spanish.  Students will continue the study of their chosen language for three years at the Middle School. Please sign off on the selection of French or Spanish and have your child return the World Language Selection Form  to his or her classroom teacher no later than February 2, 2018. The World Language Selection Form is attached to this email correspondence for your convenience.  This information will also be posted on our website.

Our goal is to create balanced and integrated teams of students that will provide an optimal experience for our incoming 6th graders. As a result, we do not accept requests for students to be on the same teams as their friends nor do we accept requests for students to be on a specific team or with certain teachers.  Parents of older children who have attended the Middle School may submit a request that their son/daughter NOT be placed with a specific teacher who provided instruction for an older sibling.  Please send me an email at with the name of the teacher and the name of your older child no later than February 9, 2018.  Scheduling of teams will be accomplished by the administration at the Middle School; therefore, please do not contact the guidance department.

The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services now requires that every child entering sixth grade receive one dose of Meningococcal Vaccine and one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis).  Documentation showing that your child has received these updated immunizations must be provided to our school nurse, Mrs. Marybeth Clark,  PRIOR TO THE OPENING OF SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER.  Please take your child to your pediatrician before the end of the current school year and send or bring the documentation with the student’s name clearly printed on it to Mrs. Clark at the Middle School,  25 Old Short Hills Road, Millburn, NJ 07041.

I look forward to welcoming you in person to the Middle School.  Please accept my wishes for a healthy and happy new year!


John Connolly



World Language Selection Form


Copy of Letter to 5th Grade Parents