Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 11/18/2022

Wonderful Turnout for American Education Week!

It was so exciting to welcome many of our families in to Mill Creek for a visit to their child's classroom during American Education Week this past week! We work to share glimpses into your child's learning experience at Mill Creek when we are able, but nothing compares to getting a first-hand look at the amazing things that happen in classrooms! Credit to our teacher and the parent visitors, as our teachers planned cooperative activities where parents had an opportunity to work with the students during their visit, and our visitors were great sports, getting involved in a number of classroom activities, such as reading groups and science experiments. Looks like our parent visitors had a wonderful time getting involved in and getting a first-hand look at the learning that happens at Mill Creek. We truly enjoyed having you with us!

Please Consider Supporting Mill Creek's Holiday Project!

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Important Dates

  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)
  • Friday, December 2 - End of 1st Trimester (early dismissal) - No AM Kindergarten; PM Kindergarten attends in the AM
  • Monday, December 12 - Conferences (early dismissal) - No Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, December 13 - Conferences (early dismissal) - No Kindergarten
  • Wednesday, December 14 - No PM Kindergarten (AM attends)
  • Thursday, December 15 - No AM Kindergarten (PM attends in the PM)

Home and School Association News and Flyers

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Volunteer to Help During our 6th Grade Ice Skating Party!

Click on the link below to sign up to help out at our 6th Grade Ice Skating Party on January 7. We appreciate anyone who is able to help!

We Appreciate our Mill Creek Teachers!

The HSA will be providing each teacher with an individually wrapped meal. Donations are needed to support this event. Please consider donating via Venmo @mchsatreasurer

or by sending a check to the office.

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As the Thanksgiving Holiday approaches... one that is predicated on love and family and kindness, we want to relay an important message about kindness and relationships...

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday in that it is celebrated by most Americans regardless of culture, race, nationality, or ethnicity. It can be an opportunity to celebrate those aspects of our lives, but it can also be an opportunity to celebrate the bonds we all share simply by the virtue of being human beings. We work, in collaboration with the greater Community, to teach our children/students the importance of valuing and respecting others as people, regardless of their cultural, racial, national, or ethnic background. Sometimes our children/students struggle with how they treat others or how they speak to others, as there is a lot of content out there that sends confusing messages about what is okay and what is not okay in how we interact with others. It is important that we instill in our children/students that they should respect others' differences and always engage in respectful and appropriate actions and use respectful and appropriate words towards others, regardless of their origins. Please know that racial slurs and culturally insensitive comments will not be tolerated at Mill Creek. When instances occur where our students engage in actions or use words that are not respectful of another's culture, race, nationality, or ethnicity, we have a responsibility to address this as a school. We appreciate your understanding and support that this responsibility may involve significant school consequences (including suspensions from school) as a part of the restorative component in helping a student to understand that their actions or words simply are/were not appropriate and were likely highly offensive to another. We also appreciate your partnership in guiding our children/students in conveying the importance of always engaging in respectful actions and words towards others, especially with regard to another person's culture, race, nationality, or ethnicity.

Thank you for your support, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Shawn 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:

Instructional Spotlight - Ms. Hannon, 1st Grade

We think creativity must be a required skillset for elementary school teachers, as we are continually impressed by our teachers' creative lesson ideas! Ms. Hannon brought her creativity "game" to the classroom this past week, introducing a Fact Fluency Thanksgiving Placemat Activity to her students. She explained to the students that they would be creating a placemat for Thanksgiving dinner, but it would incorporate addition and subtraction facts... and a few turkeys, too! They do say that "math is all around us," and Ms. Hannon worked with her students to incorporate it at the Thanksgiving table, too! Thanks to Ms. Hannon for incorporating some creative holiday theming into her math instruction!
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Health Education Instructional Topic Opt In

Following Thanksgiving Break, elementary students in grades K-6 will be coming home with letters asking parents to indicate whether they would like to opt their child in to the Health Instruction topic of Personal Safety (K-6), to be delivered by the Health and PE teacher. Families will have the choice to opt in to have their child receive Personal Safety Instruction. Later in the school year, letters will also be sent out for opt ins to the topics below, as well (relevant to grade levels impacted):

  • Human Growth and Development (4-6)
  • HIV/AIDS (5-6)

Thank you, and please be on the lookout for the Personal Safety opt in forms after Thanksgiving for signing and returning to school!


2023-2024 New Student Registration

Kindergarten students MUST be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2023. No exceptions. Please note: Kindergarten program session requests (AM/PM) should be directed to the school once registration is complete.

2023-2024 Grade One Eligibility

First grade students must be six (6) years of age before September 1, 2023 (See Board Policy 201). No exceptions. The District does not make age exceptions for children who have attended an approved private kindergarten elsewhere.

Counselor's Corner

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District/School Information

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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!

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