Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 9/30/2022

1st Grade Classes Celebrate and Learn about the Many Uses of the Apple

John Chapman's, better known as Johnny Appleseed's, birthday just passed, and our 1st Grade students celebrated Mr. Appleseed's big day by learning about apples and their many uses. Historically, Johnny Appleseed is credited with introducing apple trees to many portions of the Northeast and Canada, including our very own Pennsylvania, during the early 1800s. Honoring the delicious legacy of Mr. Appleseed, our 1st Grade students engaged in some activities where they read about his apple planting, completed some apple-themed activities (e.g. a Johnny Appleseed Timeline), and... the BEST part... did some taste-testing of various apple delicacies. There was apple butter, apple cider, apple sauce, and just plain old apple slices, to name a few. The 1st Graders also did some food critiques of the various apple food items they tasted. It was a fun day of learning with a delicious and healthy theme!

Wonderful Turnout for our Kindergarten and 1st Grade Picnic!

We enjoyed a nice evening this past Wednesday, as we hosted our Kindergarten and 1st Grade families for a welcome picnic!

A huge thank you to Mill Creek Home and School for organizing such a great event!

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Rita's Water Ice - A Big Hit... Even on a Cooler Day!

Check out some photos below of our HSA sponsored Rita's Water Ice Day from last Friday, September 23. The cooler weather did not deter Mill Creek's many water ice fans from enjoying a sweet treat!

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 30-Tuesday, October 4, and Thursday, September 6 - Mill Creek Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 5 - Yom Kippur (No School)
  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali (No School)
  • Friday, October 28 - 6th Grade Halloween Howl, 7-9 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31 - Early Dismissal, Grades 1-6 (AM Kindergarten attends; No PM Kindergarten)

Home and School Association News and Flyers

HSA in Need of Some Book Fair Help!

If you are able to volunteer some time to work the upcoming Mill Creek Book Fair, please use the link below to access sign up dates. Thank you!

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We have come to the end of September... a full month of school into the 2022-2023 school year is "in the books," and it has been a great start! Our 6th Grade students took on (and conquered) the Ropes Course challenge, we held a fun food truck event that brought our greater community together, and we had a formal chance to welcome many new... and some returning... families during this past week's Kindergarten/1st Grade Picnic. And that doesn't even cover all of the incredible in-school happenings. Students and teachers have been creating classroom bonds, students have been learning new skills in a new grade level (in particular, we have already seen a lot of great writing happening in classrooms), and classrooms are alive with technology-infused learning, small group learning, and wonderful activities (e.g. the recent 1st Grade Johnny Appleseed lessons/activities)!

As we head into October, students will dive deeper into the curriculum and start to bring home even more and deeper knowledge and skills. They will truly amaze you! Additionally, we are entering a really fun part of the school year, with upcoming Halloween events and lessons focused on Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays thereafter. Thank you for the part you play in our students'/your childrens' learning journey!

Let the "spooky season" begin, and have a nice weekend!

Shawn M. Ortman


John C. Murtha

Assistant Principal

Creekers' Code Winners!

Congratulations to our K-6th grade students being recognized this week for upholding our Creekers' Code tenets!

  • Cooperation
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Effort
  • Kindness
  • Empathy
  • Responsibility
  • Support

Winners will be invited to the main office to select a prize. These recognized students are:

Creekers' Code Staff Winner of the Week...

Instructional Spotlight - Ms. Lincow, Kindergarten

Ms. Lincow's Kindergarten classes are having many wonderful learning experiences! Among them, they are learning how to read calendars, which involves a number of important mathematical skills. During a recent lesson, the students had to both count the days leading up to October and try to visualize how the October calendar will look (as it is not quite posted yet). As is common practice in Ms. Lincow's classroom, a student helper assisted her in counting how many days were left until October with the rest of the class assisting in the process. Ms. Lincow's students showed off their calendar skills and conveyed their excitement for heading into October!
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Counselor's Corner

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Extra-Curricular Opportunities/Community Events...

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The State of Pennsylvania mandates the following health examinations:

- Students entering Kindergarten and all students new to the district-- Dental Exam and Physical Exam

- Students entering Grades 3 and 7--Dental Exam

- Students entering Grade 6 and 11-- Physical Exam



Parents are urged to have physical and dental examinations completed by their family physician or dentist. Exams may be completed any time after September 1, 2021 The completed health forms are due to the health office no later than October 15, 2022. Please keep a copy of the health form for your records.

District Information

For Qualifying Families, Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch - It's Easy!

Please take a moment to view some informational videos about Free and Reduced Lunch, how to apply, and some other available assistance to support our CB families!

Voluntary Information Sharing Across Programs for Free and Reduced Lunch Families...

Dear Mill Creek Families,

Please see the link below to a form that allows Free and Reduced Lunch families to share their information with other programs and ease the burden of having to sign up for support for each one individually.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Estimadas familias de Mill Creek,

Consulte el siguiente enlace a un formulario que permite a las familias de almuerzo gratuito y reducido compartir su información con otros programas y aliviar la carga de tener que inscribirse para recibir apoyo para cada uno individualmente.

¡Gracias, y que tengas un gran día!

Student Laptop Expectations

Central Bucks Technology & Innovation Department is asking us to stress the importance of laptop case use for students (grades 3-6) when they transport their laptops and when laptops are not in use for extended periods of time. At school, we will be stressing the importance and reminding students of the need to put their laptop in its case during these times (e.g. when taking a laptop from their classroom to specials class). We ask that you stress these practices at home, too. Thank you for your support!

Additionally, if your child loses or misplaces their laptop case, please reach out to the Mill Creek Main Office.

District Laptop and iPad Care

Central Bucks Innovation and Technology Department has asked us to communicate the following regarding District-issued laptop and iPad care...

  • Please encourage your children to use their laptop/iPad bags for carrying devices in school, at home, and to and from each location.
  • Please encourage your children to report issues/problems with their devices, so they can be properly address and fixed as soon as possible.
  • The laptop/iPad payment fee covers accidental damage. Intentional damage may result in a family being billed for the damage.

Schools will be communicating these messages in school as well.

We appreciate your support!

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Inclement Weather Procedures for Car Riders - Dismissal

We ask that, on inclement weather days, car riders post a placard with the student(s) family last name, so we can call in names for quicker dismissal. We will do our best to send a message out earlier in the day if we believe inclement weather dismissal is necessary for car riders. Feel free to use the placard template below if you find it helpful.
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Guidance Information

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Contact Information

Mr. Shawn Ortman



Mr. John C. Murtha

Assistant Principal