Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 1/27/2023

Our 1st Grade Students Got a Snow Day!

We may not have had any actual snow that has called for a snow day yet this year, but that didn't stop our Mill Creek 1st Grade students from having a snow day anyway! In what looks to become a new 1st Grade tradition, 1st Grade students experienced a day of winter celebration, during which they dressed in pajamas/comfy clothers, enjoyed hot chocolate and some other treats to "warm them up," engaged in some winter-themed learning activities, and viewed a winter-themed film. Thank you to our many parent volunteers and to our hard-working 1st Grade teachers for organizing this fun school event! We think our 1st Graders may still try to generate an actual snow day by wearing their pajamas inside-out and putting spoons under their pillows, but they sure seemed to enjoy our in-school snow day a great deal!

Important Dates

  • Friday, February 3 - Creeker's Code Friday (wear Burgundy and Silver!)
  • Friday, February 10 - Solo Circus, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 16 - Crazy Outift/Hair Spirit Day!
  • Friday, February 17-Monday February 20 - President's Day Weekend (no school)
  • 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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When you work in education, you make a commitment to being a lifelong learner. This mindset/commitment is not all that difficult for educators. Educators generally love to learn, which is part of why we became educators in the first place! Sometimes, learning involves a long process...

Case in point... last year Central Bucks introduced a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum - MyView/MyPerspectives. This curriculum is robust and challenging. It exposes students to a variety of different stores from different genres and asks them to engage in complex analysis of these stories. Even the teachers are challenged, as the amount of curriculum involved in the MyView/MyPerspectives program can be voluminous, and teachers have to make choices about what skills to prioritize versus what skills to incorporate in a secondary fashion. During many classroom visits last year, we saw students work through the challenges of adapting to the rigor of this curriculum, and we saw teachers work through the challenges of managing it in the best interests of their students.

Do these challenges continue?... yes. However, classroom visits this year have us observing students who are more confident and better able to work through the challenges the MyView/MyPerspective throws their way. We have also observed teachers who have a better grasp on the curriculum and who are feeling better about how they are able to deliver it. Due to their resilience and persistence, both students and teachers are experiencing tremendous growth in ELA!

Sure, it can be nice when things are easy. But the reward and the learning that comes from working through something that presents as more challenging is, arguably, much more satisfying!

Have a great weekend, Mill Creek!

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 - Roxy Readers!

Mill Creek is fortunate to be visited every now and then by Roxy Reader dogs. These canines visit all of the CB elementary schools to promote reading. During their visits, the dogs visit classrooms and our students take turns reading to their visitors in small groups. Students love to do this, and it serves as a huge motivator for students to engage in reading. Mill Creek's most frequent Roxy Reader visitor is Atticus (pictured below). Atticus visited us this past week, and we ran into him in Ms. Zeoli's classroom... with a fresh new haricut, too! Many thanks to the Roxy Reader Program, Roxy Reader dogs, and especially Atticus for promoting reading at Mill Creek and in all CB elementary schools!
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Calling all 5th and 6th Grade Students Interested in Reading Olympics (event to be held evening of April 19 @ Warwick Elementary)...

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School Events/Opportunities

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Community Extra-Curricular Opportunities/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