The Millstone Times January 2021


Moms Just Wanna Have Fun with their Daughters By Stefanie Maglio There is nothing like building a strong relationship between a mother and her daughter. Not only is a mom a parent to her daughter, but a mother is someone the daughter should be able to go to in a time of need, trust no matter what, feel safe with, and be able to have fun with. Communication is key when it comes to strengthening any relationship, especially between a mom and her daughter. The best way to get the communication going is through having fun with one another. Here are some fun activities for moms and daughters to do together: Go out for a spontaneous ice cream trip, don’t worry about the calories and indulge yourselves. Take a cooking class together. This is a great idea especially with the holi- days coming up. Moms and daughters can work together to create a fantas- tic feast! Have a spa day together! It’s a perfect time to distress from a long week. Take an art class together and explore your more creative sides. Volunteer somewhere in your community such as a local soup kitchen. Bonding together while helping out your community would be a great ex- perience. Get active! Take a trip to the gym, or go for a walk or hike in the park to- gether. Getting some fresh air while doing something active is great for the mind and body. Have a night out at the movies together. Maybe even bring grandma along! Whether it’s a romantic comedy, or horror film, you’re bound to have a great time together!

The Millstone Times' STUDENT OF THE MONTH By Pam Teel

Eleven-year-old Rebecca Swartz is a fifth-grade student at Millstone Elementary School. She is also a good student in school. Her favorite subjects are Art and Math. She is in advanced math and is in the Gifted and Talented Program. Since the third grade, Rebecca has participated in the FutureProblemSolvers club at the school where they competed in International Competitions and received a 2nd place award in 2019 and a 1st place award in 2020. Rebecca likes going to school. She enjoys being around her friends and talking to her teachers. Her favorite books that she likes to read are: Matilda, Ella Enchanted, A Little Princess, and Secret Garden. Her favorite TV show/song is from Avatar, the

Rebecca Swartz

*If you have a child, friend, sibling, that you would like to see get some recognition for being a great student, I would love to put them in as Student of the Month. You don’t have to get straight A’s. What you need is to show an enthusiasm for learning and a love for your school. Please email me at: Stay the creative caring person that you are Rebecca and continue to do great in school. Stick with the music and the piano. You will be glad you did when you get older!!!!! “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ~ Plato Last Airbender, and her favorite song is Kings and Queens, by Ava Max. Her hobbies include: drawings, arts and crafts, biking, swimming, and playing the piano. She recently did well on a performing and theory exam administered by the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and just earned a State Award and a Gold Medal in the Northeast Region on her level 6 theory and performance exams. She would normally be performing in a recital at Carnegie Hall, but because of COVID-19 the Celebration of Excellence will be on December 5 and will be held virtually. She also had recitals at Carnegie Hall twice before when she was seven and eight years old. Her favorite places to visit are: the beach, China, and Disney World. Rebecca lives with her mom and dad and younger brother Justin. She doesn’t have any pets but would love a dog one day. Rebecca loves Halloween because she likes to see people dress up in different and imaginative costumes. Rebecca loves to play soccer with her brother in their backyard and football with her dad. Her favorite food to eat is pretzels, especially while watching a movie. When they started out learning virtually because of COVID-19, Rebecca would sometimes get confused over school work and technical problems. When they switched to in-person classes, it was better going back into the classroom even though they still have to wear masks: even during gym when she runs around. She doesn’t like having to talk to her friends from a distance. When Rebecca gets older, she would like to be either a piano teacher, interior designer, or an artist. If Rebecca had but one wish, it would be that she wishes that she can travel to all the countries in the world to experience their culture.

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January 2021

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