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Activities and Traditions

This overview will help new families understand and participate in the activities and traditions of Millikin Basics+ School.  Further information will come home as time for each activity nears.

Back-to-School Nights (Parent only event)

We have two, a K-1 night and a 2-5 night.  This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teacher, hear about class plans and goals for the year, and ask questions that come up the first week of school.  Parents only, please.  Children are welcome to Open House in the spring.

Box Tops for Education Program

Box tops are collected throughout the year.  These are redeemed for school equipment and software programs.

Family Nights Out (Family Event)

 These are social events for families to dine out with one another.  Millikin receives a percentage of the purchases.

Family Game Night (Family Event)

This is a night of fun and activities for the whole family.

Harvest Festival  (Family event)

This major fall family activity is held near Halloween.  Each class runs a booth.  Parents, teachers and children enjoy working at their class booth and also playing at the others.  The PTA food booth serves great lunch and snacks.  Costumes are allowed.

Holiday Food Drive and Family to Family

Students and classes collect food and money for needy families during the school year.  These projects teach important lessons in sharing and social responsibility.                

Holiday Program (Family event)

The major performance event of the year, the Holiday Program is two December evenings of holiday music presented by the school Choir (grades 3-5) and primary classes (grades K-2). 

Ice Cream Sales (ongoing)

After school on Fridays, the PTA sells ice cream.

Open House (Family Event)

Students and teachers open their classes to show off their fine work in May.  Parents and children are invited to visit their child's class and the rooms their child may be in next year. 

Parent Education Nights (ongoing)

PTA and school-sponsored opportunities are offered for parents and families.  Subjects have included parenting skills, discipline, substance abuse, middle schools, testing, and computer skills.

Play Day  (Student Only Event)

Play Day is a June celebration of the students' year of good effort with a day of games, food, and other activities.  Teachers and room parents share preparation and supervision as all students join in the fun.

PTA Membership Drive

Classes strive to meet their PTA membership goal.  We encourage both parents as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members to join.


Reflections is a PTA nationally sponsored contest for creative work in writing, poetry, art, photography and music.  School judging is in early November.  All students are encouraged to enter their original work.

Science Fair

Each child has an opportunity to prepare and submit a science project.  Millikin requires 5th grade student participation. 5th Grade projects are graded. Students must participate in either grades 3 or 4 to help them prepare for this.  Family support is encouraged, but the work must be the child's.  A parent information night is held prior to the Science Fair.  Projects are judged and exhibited at Science Fair Night.  

Student Pictures 

A professional photographer takes formal individual pictures and class pictures in the fall.  Parents are not obligated to purchase.  

Teacher Appreciation Week

We cherish the effort and skill of our teachers all year long, but we set aside one special week in May to share appreciation from students and parents.


All Millikin families are urged to participate in this major PTA fundraising and family social event in the spring when students secure pledges and then earn those pledges with their effort on the field.