Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 1/13/2023

Livening Up an Already Lively Mill Creek!

Mill Creek is a pretty lively place! There is always a lot happening here, whether it be in classrooms, hallways, or other spaces. We honestly just have a great deal of positive energy here. One of our "heartbeats of positivity" is 4th Grade teacher, Mr. Courtney. Always one to bring great ideas, Mr. Courtney proposed having teachers/staff share photos of happenings, lessons, etc. throughout the school, which he would work to organize and share as a rotating slide show in our main hallway. "The Mr. Courtney Project"... as we like to call it... got started this past week, and it generated a good deal of foot traffic, as students and other passersby stopped to view the images with some students excitedly proclaiming, "That's me!"when they saw they were included in a photo. Mr. Courtney plans to change of the rotation of photos every now and then... many thanks to him for his efforts and this wonderful addition to our main hallway!

Important Dates

  • Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (no school)
  • Monday, January 16 - MLK Day "Souper Bowl" Collection @ Mill Creek - 2-4 p.m.
  • Friday, January 20 - Spirit Day - Color Challenge (Wear Your Grade Level's Assigned Color!)

Kindergarten - Yellow

1st Grade - Blue

2nd Grade - Green

3rd Grade - Red

4th Grade - Orange

5th Grade - Purple

6th - Rainbow

  • Friday, February 10 - Solo Circus, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, February 24 - 6th Grade Color Games, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

6th Grade Families - Middle School Orientation Coming Soon!

6th Grade families, please see flyer below about Middle School Orientation dates. Also, the link directly below provides information about the Middle School Program of Studies.

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Home and School Association News and Flyers

Mill Creek Student/Family Directory!

Click on the link below to access the Mill Creek Student/Family Directory. After clicking the link, you will need to enter password millcreek2223 to access.

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Click on the link below to view the full offering of Mill Creek Magic Moments activity offerings!

The Circus is Coming to Mill Creek - Limited Tickets Available! Get Yours Today!

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As we approach this extended weekend, with this Monday, January 16 being the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, we think it is important to recognize the legacy of Dr. King. Martin Luther King, Jr. is known for being arguably the most iconic leader of the Civil Rights Movement. But what many do not realize is that Dr. King's true focus involved waging a "War on Poverty," as he saw this as intrinsically connected to many whose rights were being denied and as an issue that could impact anyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, or background. Part of why we honor Dr. King's work with a day of service is to continue both the work he did on behalf of black Americans (and all minorities) and the work he did on behalf of those who were less fortunate.

There are many ways you can honor Dr. King and his work this upcoming weekend. You can certainly get involved in large-scale community service, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen. However, you can also engage in community service that, while maybe less in scale, still has a great deal of significance, such as checking on a neighbor who may not be in the best health or performing a service (e.g. house cleaning) for a neighbor currently with a situation that prohibits them from doing that service for themselves.

If you are looking for a way to honor Dr. King on Monday, please consider making soup or soliciting soup donations for Mill Creek's MLK Day "Souper Bowl." We are accepting soup dropoff at Mill Creek on Monday, January 16 from 2-4 p.m.

Whether you plan to volunteer on a large-scale basis at some point this weekend or whether you engage in small acts of community service, thank you for honoring Dr. King this weekend and for helping our students understand the importance of giving back to the Community and that they are many ways, both big and small, for them to do that.

Have a wonderful weekend and MLK Day!

Shawn Ortman


John C. Murtha

Assistant Principal

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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. Peka, 3rd Grade

This past week, Ms. Peka's students conducted "How To" presentations for the class. There were many "How Tos" that were presented, such as how to make a bracelet, how to make a paper airplane, and how to make a holiday ornament. Ms. Peka's students had to create a step-by-step directions poster and present in front of the class, giving clear and paced instructions, often incorporating an item to help model the process. If any of us can remember how challenging it can be to present in front of others (some of us still do not have the highest level of comfort in this area), then you can appreciate the challenge these 3rd Grade students accepted! Fortunately, Ms. Peka's classroom is full of supportive students (and a super-supportive teacher), and all her students did an incredible job with their "How To" presentations!
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Calling all 5th and 6th Grade Students Interested in Reading Olympics...

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School Events/Opportuntiies

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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!

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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