Thank You McMillin Families


Thank you for all your donations to our Annual Food Drive.  The picture below shows all the food that will be donated to families in need.  We are so grateful for all of your support and for allowing us the opportunity to be a part of your child’s education.  We hope you have a fantastic and restful Thanksgiving break and we will see you all Monday, November 27th when school resumes.


McMillin Book Fair – Save the Date

Save the Date
Wednesday, November 29th 6:00 – 8:00pm
at Barnes and Noble
McMillin Elementary will be hosting our book fair at Barnes and Noble at Otay Ranch again this year.  
More details to come – Save the date!  

This Week at McMillin Nov. 6th-9th

Monday, November 6th

Tuesday, November 7th

  • PTA Meeting (6:30pm)

Wednesday, November 8th

Thursday, November 9th

  • Fire Inspection

Friday, November 10th – NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 13th

  • VAPA – Kinder and 6th

Tuesday, November 14th

  • VAPA 4th and 2nd
  • DAC/DELAC Meeting (12:00-2:00)

Wednesday, November 15th

  • VAPA 6th and 3rd

Thursday, November 16th

  • VAPA 5th and 5th

Friday, November 17th


Number Talks and Math Play

Albert Einstein famously once said “play is the highest form of research”.  At McMillin, we are striving to provide opportunities for students to play with numbers and mathematical concepts with the goal of developing a deep understanding of numbers and patterns.

The purpose of this post is to offer families a few ideas on how they may engage their children in mathematical play that allow them to see patterns in numbers, visualize mathematical concepts, express math ideas verbally, and see that there are multiple ways to look at any given number or problem.  At McMillin, we refer this play as “Number Talks” and we use them with our students to expand their mathematical thinking and to get them talking about numbers and concepts in a deep way that goes far beyond memorizing steps to solve problems.  Below are just a few Number Talks that you can use at home with your child to engage them in math.

Which One Doesn’t Belong

The idea behind “Which One Doesn’t Belong” number talks is for students to see that there are multiple ways that we can look at a set of numbers and to recognize patters in these numbers.  We want students to come up with as many ways as possible to determine why any number in the set doesn’t belong and use mathematical vocabulary to justify their reasoning.  How many can you and your child find?  Click here for more examples.

Counting By…


Start at an given number and then practice counting a certain number more or less.  Write down the numbers and then have your child look for patterns.  The example here shows counting by 8.  Students may see that there are patterns going down the chart.  You may ask your child what strategy they are using to figure out the next number.  For example, they may say they are adding 10 then subtracting 2.  Other children may see that there is a 2,4,6,8 pattern in the ones digit.  What patterns do you see from left to right?  Students may see that they are adding 40 each time.  How can we use this information to determine the the value of the yellow box?  What about the blue box?  How would the patterns change if it was a 4×4 grid?  Why?

As you can see, the skip counting allows students to become flexible in their mathematical thinking.  For example, they may not be able to remember the product of 8×7 no matter what you do.  If they can fluently count by 8 and know that 8×6=48, skip count 8 more using what ever strategy works for them and students can easily arrive at 56. The idea here is that they look for patterns and become flexible in their thinking about numbers.

Please let us know if you found this information helpful and/or if you would like more examples of using Number Talks with your children by adding a comment below.




McMillin Elementary Veterans Day

To celebrate Veterans Day and to honor our military families, veterans, active duty, and retired, we will be having a picnic on Thursday, November 9th. Military families who wish to attend are asked to bring a blanket to eat on and a picnic lunch to share with their child.   Please RSVP to your child’s teacher so that they can arrange to have your child meet you in the auditorium at the designated time.

Dr. Patti Guthrie, third grade teacher at McMillin, has offered to put together a power point slide show to honor our military veterans.  This slide show will be shown to students and families during our Veterans Day Picnic.

Dr. Guthrie asks that all photos be emailed to her directly at

Your email should include

  • service member’s full name
  • service member’s full title
  • name of anyone else in the picture

We encourage you to send pictures of the whole family.  Pictures must be submitted by Saturday, November 4th.

Thank you for all your support as we honor those who have served, past and present.

Military Planning Committee

Grade Lunch Time
1st 10:50-11:35
2nd 11:10-11:55
Kinder (403 & 404)


11:05 – 11:50
3rd 11:30-12:15


Kinder (401, 402, & 407 ) 11:50 – 12:35
5th 12:10-12:55
6th 12:30-1:15



This week at McMillin – October 30th-November 3rd


Our Winter Sing for TK, Kinder, 1st and 2nd grades will be December 7th at 6:00pm at the Calvery Chapel Church.

Monday, October 30  6th grade at Camp

  • VAPA Kinder and 1st
  • GATE 4th and 5th (3-4pm)

Tuesday, October 31

Wednesday, November 1

  • VAPA 5th and 3rd
  • Mr. Morrello and Mrs. Orr visiting 6th graders at Camp

Thursday, November 2

  • VAPA 4th and 4th

Friday, November 3

  • VAPA TK and SDC

Monday, November 6th

Tuesday, November 7th

Wednesday, November 8th

  • SSC Meeting (3:00-4:00)

Thursday, November 9th

Friday, November 10th – NO SCHOOL


McMillin Theatre Arts/Music Informance Schedule

Mark your calendars for our grade level Visual and Performing Arts Informances (informal + Performances)

**Winter Sing will be performed by TK, K, 1st, and 2nd grade only this year, but everyone is invited. The exact date will be announced soon.

Grade TK:

  • Winter Sing: December 7th at 6:00pm

Grade K:

  • Winter Sing: December 7th at 6:00pm
  • Informance (informal+performance):
    • May 14 Carson+Baugh/Pembleton+Baugh 8:30-9:15
    • May 14 Elbel+Baugh/Fink+Baugh 9:30-10:30

Grade 1:

  • Winter Sing: December 7th at 6:00pm
  • Informance (informal+performance):
    • May 14 Desmond+Gibson 12:15-12:45
    • May 14 Tuscano+Gibson  12:55-1:25
    • May 14 Russell+Gibson  1:35-200
    • May 14 Romo+Gibson  2:15-2:45

Grade 2:

  • Winter Sing: December 7th at 6:00pm
  • Informance (informal+performance): Characters Face Problems in Diverse Folktales (Music Include)
    • May 15 Natalia+4 Taheri 12:05-1:20
    • May 15  Sandoval+4 Taheri 1:25-2:45
    • May 29 Reece+4 Taheri 12:05-1:20
    • May 29 Martinez+4 Taheri 1:25-2:45

Grade 3:

  • Informance(informal+performance):  The U.S. Constitution: The Reality Show
    • May 16 Thompson 12:25-1:25
    • May 16 Guthrie 1:40-2:40
    • May 30 Chumbley 12:25-1:25
    • May 30 Rubin 1:40-2:40

Grade 4:

  • Informance (informal+performance): Haiku Poetry Reading (Music Included)
    • December 5  Hernandez 8:15-9:30  
    • December 5  Mendoza 9:45-10:55
    • May 29 Sullens 8:15-9:30
    • May 29  Castillo 9:45-10:55

Grade 5:

  • Informance (informal+performance): The Thirteen Colonies
    • December 6  Chumbley 8:30-9:30
    • December 6  Kinney 9:45-10:45
    • May 30 Ko 8:30-9:30
    • May 30 Del Busto 9:45-10:45

Grade 6: Sock Hop

  • May 18 Sixth Grade Dance

This Week at McMillin Elementary – October 16-20th

PTA Campout was a hit!!! Thank you, PTA for making this such a fun experience.


Monday, October 16

  • VAPA – K and 1
  • 4th and 5th-grade GATE class (3-4:00pm)

Tuesday, October 17

  • VAPA -4 and 2
  • DAC/DELAC  (12:00-2:00)

Wednesday, October 18

Thursday, October 19

  • VAPA – 6 and ILT
  • Great Shakeout Drill – Earthquake Drill then Fire Drill (10:19)

Friday, October 20

  • VAPA – TK and SDC

Monday, October 23

  • 4th and 5th-grade GATE class (3-4)