Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 11/4/2022

Mill Creek Celebrates Halloween!

We got our "spooky" on at Mill Creek late last week and this past Monday with some events to celebrate Halloween!

Friday, many of our 6th Graders joined us for our annual 6th Grade Halloween Howl, which included a DJ/dancing, frightening good treats, amazing costumes, and a haunted house! Our 6th Graders enjoyed a good scare as they made their way through the haunted house, full of some guest teacher/staff ghouls, and they showed off dance skills that looked even better in costume! It was a great night! Many thanks to your Home and School Volunteers for creating and hosting such a wonderfully scary and fun event!

On Monday, we held our annual whole-school Halloween celebrations, which kicked off with our Halloween Parade at 9:30 a.m. Thank you to all the parents/family who were able to make it out to cheer on our many costumed students and staff on as they paraded through the crowds. Thereafter, each classroom held a celebration, which included a variety of events, such as Halloween Bingo, Halloween Trivia, and... of course...enjoying some Halloween treats! One 4th Grade classroom even constructed their own classroom haunted house! Tremendous thanks here, as well, to all the homeroom parents and volunteers who helped organize and run each classroom celebration!

Birds Take Flight at Mill Creek!

Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles football team is having a pretty stellar season to date, but they are not the only birds in town! This past Wednesday, classes had the opportunity to learn about raptors (the birds... not the dinosaurs... although they are related!) as Mill Creek welcomed a Birds of Prey assembly. Our students learned about these birds' habits, environment, and more. It was a fascinating and enjoyable presentation!

Go Phils!

While we hope it becomes the norm, a World Series appearance doesn't come along too often, so Ms. Mudry and some of her specialist friends at Mill Creek had the great idea of holding a Phillies Pep Rally! We did just that on the afternoon of Thursday, November 3. Our Fightin' Phils Pep Rally involved singing some fight songs (only the good kind... we even snuck an E-A-G-L-E-S chant in there!), a few hype videos, a Phillies trivia activity, and more! We connected the Rally to the importance of one of our Creekers' Code tenets - teamwork - as, without it, the Phillies would not have made it this far... and it can take us far at Mill Creek, too!

Go Phils! We've got high hopes!

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Important Dates

  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day (no school)
  • 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

Home and School Association News and Flyers

Calling all Interested 6th Graders - Seeking 2022-2023 Yearbook Cover Design Submissions!

View the link below (6th Graders only) about the opportunity to submit a cover design for the Mill Creek 2022-2023 Yearbook. Deadline is Friday, November 11!

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.

Calling all Creekers! It's Time for the Mill Creek Apparel Sale!

It’s time to update your wardrobe and show your Mill Creek school spirit! We have many new selections to choose from!

  • The Mill Creek Apparel Sale is happening now thru November 18, 2022.
  • All sales are final. No exchanges or refunds.
  • All orders will be shipped to Mill Creek about 3-4 weeks after the sale ends.
  • Visit the link below to order. Youth and Adult sizes are available.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Amanda Schlueter at

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American Education Week will be held during the week of November 14-18. During this week, each grade level has set aside a time for parents/families to visits their child's classroom if they choose. We would love to see you join us during your grade level's time slot if you are able! We appreciate that you entrust us with providing your child with an incredible education and school experience, and we would love to give you the opportunity to get a first-hand look at what they experience in the classroom at Mill Creek each day. Please see the information using the link directly below about visiting during American Education Week, including grade level visitation times and a sign up link for visiting. The link expires at end of day on Thursday, November 10, so please sign up prior to then.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in a few weeks!

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. Simon, 4th Grade

Among the many things that stand out about Ms. Simon's instruction are not focused on reading, writing, or math but rather on teaching students to build and utilize positive character traits, which happen to be right in line with our Creekers' Code tenets! One of the unique ways Ms. Simon is teaching these traits is by pairing positive traits with classroom stuffed animals. When a student displays a specific trait, they earn the opportunity to display that animal, alongside them. Ms. Simon's students were proud to show off character traits "buddies," such as "Kindness Cactus," "Helpful Hootie," "Sharing Sheep," and more!

Kudos to Ms. Simon, for utilizing this unique, motivating, and fun way of teaching and promoting important character traits! A "Creative Cat" for you, Ms. Simon!

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