Magic Messages

News and Notes from Mr. Ortman and Miss Braksator: 1/11/2016

Upcoming Dates

Friday, January 15th - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

Monday, January 18th - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School

Friday, January 22nd - Student Council Meeting

Friday, January 29th - School Spirit Day - Tropical Day

Happy New Year!

The Mill Creek students and staff would like to wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Hopefully 2016 will be a year to remember for you and your family.

Mill Creek Magic Minutes

Calling All Creekers:

‘Tis the Season For: Staying active during the winter months especially when the cold weather entices you to stay on the couch with a warm blanket…

What? Magic Minutes Challenge

Who? Students in grades K- 6

When? January 4th - February 26th

Where? School playground, home, neighborhood, local gym, etc.

Why? In the winter, it is estimated that children burn only half as many calories as they do in the summer. Not only does the lack of exercise have a negative effect on their physical well-being, it also allows kids to store up a lot of unused energy. So, what can you do to use this energy? Participate in our Magic Minutes Challenge and stay active!

How? Record daily minutes of exercise on the attached chart. Each month, you will receive a new chart in your classrooms to be completed at home for the week. All participants will return the completed chart the following Monday, including daily minutes and weekly total. Grade levels with the greatest percentage of Magic Minutes accumulated in one month will be recognized.

Any questions, please contact Lisa Prendergast via email @ or Kathy Budniewski @

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”

Click here for additional information!

6th Grade Geography Bee

The sixth grade students have been competing in classroom geography bees to determine the student representatives for the Mill Creek Geography Bee. On Friday, January 8th the sixth grade homeroom representatives took center stage to compete in the final round of the competition to determine who would be the Geography Bee champion. The students answered various types of questions consisting of 50/50 questions, odd one out, and finally with three students remaining the challenge questions. Congratulations to our runner up Sean, from Mrs. Johnston's homeroom.

At the end of the competition the winner was from Miss Jarlsberg's homeroom.

Congratulations to the 2016 Geography Bee winner Casey!

Try a question or two with your family!

The two most populous countries in the word, China and India, are located on which continent?

Louisville, located on the Ohio River, is a major city in which state - Michigan or Kentucky?

Answers will be reveled in our next Magic Message!

Microsoft Office - Grades 5 -12

Dear Central Bucks Families,

Central Bucks School District has partnered with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 to students in Grades 5-12. Office 365's productivity suite enables students and teachers to share documents, access Microsoft software applications online and work collaboratively. As the district increases both teacher and student access to educational technology, we wanted to remind you of a great opportunity.

Microsoft Office is available free for students in grades 5-12. Students may want to take the opportunity to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs, Macs or tablets for free. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Students can learn more about the process here:

Once downloaded, students can work with classmates online and see each other's changes in real time with Office Online, the full version of Office or OneDrive.

Cyberbullying Prevention Presentation for Parents

Dear Central Bucks Elementary School Parents and Guardians,

Network of Victim’s Assistance, or NOVA, is a valuable resource for our school district and the community, offering resources and personal safety education programs. They have presented to our students for almost 20 years. NOVA will once again be bringing their cyberbullying prevention program to all Central Bucks 5th grade students this January and February.

Mill Creek 5th grade students will be attending the cyberbullying program on January 21st.

Please join us for a parent informational session on cyberbullying on Wednesday, February 10th, at 7:00 pm at Groveland Elementary School, 100 North Easton Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. Parents and guardians of students in all elementary grade levels are invited. The snow date is Thursday, March 3rd.

Topics will include:

· An overview of the NOVA cyberbullying prevention program presented to 5th graders

· Current trends in Social Media, free message Apps, and online gaming

· Examples, tips for parents, and Q&A with Detective Sergeant Dante Montella, Warwick Township Police Department

We hope you will join us for this important presentation.

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The Central Bucks School District Art Scholarship Fund

Order your ‘I heart Art’ T-shirt to help support the District Art Show Scholarship Fund! Order forms can be printed out from the link below, or you can get an order form from the art room. Get your orders in quickly! Turn orders in to Mrs. Schubert or Mrs. Palmer in the Art Room.

Click here for the art t-shirt order forms.

Shining Knights Chess Club

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Recess Reminder

Children should dress appropriately for the weather. We will be going out to recess unless the weather prohibits. We do have guidelines that we follow for outdoor and indoor recess.