Mill Creek OST


March Madness

March came in like a lion and with luck, will go out like a lamb, but in JCPRD MCE OST with our exciting mad skills it is anything but tame. We continue with our kid clubs; Kid Fit (now on Wednesdays), Writing & Drawing (alternating every Tuesdays), Craft and Cooking throughout the week, and possibilities of kid proposed and directed clubs; Lego &/or Drama (keep an eye out for these).

As the days warm and thaw out the winter blues, JCPRD will take advantage of the fresh air, shining rays of sun, the walking trails, and the wonderful new Little Mill Creek North Park conveniently across from Mill Creek Elementary exploring budding spring surprises.

Scroll down to view the amazing time we had during Spring Break 2015!!

Check the Important Dates section below for even more important dates! Summer camp enrollment has begun and the 2014-2015 OST program information is available online now!

Kid Fit Club

Oh what sweaty heart healthy fun we had in the 1st half our Kid Fit club! I would like to take the opportunity to thank Mill Creek Activity Center for donating pedometers for our club members to track their steps, and boy oh boy did we do some steppin'. In all, 161,568 steps were taken converting to 76.5 miles, in 5 weeks, what a "feat!".

Congratulations to Piper Denning for completing 14,392 steps, our high stepper thus far. Simon Anstine, Emilia Fothergill, and Hayden Jones also were fast on their heels coming in as runner ups.

We will continue Kid Fit Club after Spring Break, we will be changing the day from Tuesdays to Wednesdays, we do ask when kids sign up that they stay committed to the club and remind parents to remember the day and time so that the members can get the full advantage of the club, times are 3:50p-4:45p.

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Summer camp 2015

Summer camp enrollment is in full swing. Mill Creek wll combine with Rising Star at Rising Star elementary. This camp is a 9 week session. Jen Thomas will be the summer director for this camp.

Shawnee Mission School District is hosting a FREE lunch program for their students this summer for grades K-12th at Rising Star which will allow MCE/RSE camper(s) to enjoy a free lunch everyday we are on site.

To register for any indoor or outdoor camps please call at 913.831.3359 or go online at .

If you have other question email Jen Thomas at

2015-2016 MCE OST Program

Soon we will say adieu to the 2014-2015 school year, hard to believe and even harder to think is that your amazing wonders will be heading into a new grade next year. On Monday, April 13 you can begin to enroll your child(ren) in the 2015-2016 Mill Creek Out of School Time program. We will have only 60 spots for the afternoon which go fast. Call registration at 913.831.3359.

How important is your out of school time program to you?

The We Love AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS for America's Kids petition is available online for anyone interested in showing their support for after school programs. If this is something of interest to you please follow the link to participate and let your government know just how important your after care program is to you and your child(ren).

JCPRD continues to help promote & advise OST programs on Capitol Hill

Check out our own Children Service manager, Kim Chappelow-Lee briefing Congressional staffing on Capitol Hill on March 10th, about Healthy Eating and Physical Activities (HEPA) in the Out of School Time programs. Click here to read the full article.

Guesstimation Jar

Come try your luck and guess how many pieces of gold are in the guesstimation jar. One guess per student, one guess per parent. Please write your full name with your guess on the paper provided and may the odds be ever in your favor. The answer will be revealed in the 1st edition April newsletter.

Commit to Health...

March is National Nutrition Month, check out these 25 snacks for kids, plus a yummy March Madness treat...
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March Madness Orange Creamsicle Yogurt Bites


  • 1½ cups Vanilla Nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 (3 oz) package of Sugar-Free Orange Jello mix
  • *optional, fat free whipped cream to top


  1. Line a muffin tin with 6 cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium microwave safe mixing bowl, combine yogurt and Jello mix, stirring to combine.
  3. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring after each minute.
  4. Fill each cupcake liner with about ¼ cup of yogurt mixture.
  5. Chill cups for at least an hour until set.


Makes 6. You can easily mix and match different flavors or yogurt and Jello.
Also, try making them in mini cupcake liners as well for a more bite-sized treat!
Store in an airtight container, refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Serving Size: 35 calories per serving (nonfat and sugar free, regular Greek yogurt and jello 50 calories per serving)

Adapted from Jello

Spring Break 2015

Carnival time

Arrowhead Sports Lab & Tour

Now We Know why there's a mirror on the ceiling in the elevator. Check us out!

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Happy 60th birthday JCPRD

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ICYMI: "Every Kid in a Park" Initiative Announced

Last month, President Obama announced the "Every Kid in a Park" initiative that will give every fourth-grader in America a one year pass for free admission to all of the nation’s public lands. This initiative aims to get more children outdoors exploring and learning about the natural world around them. So what does this mean for community parks and recreation? It means we can show the nation that all of our country’s parks are ready to welcome all children to explore, grow and connect with nature.

Click here to read NRPA President and CEO Barbara Tulipane’s message about Every Kid in a Park.

CONGRATULATIONS to one of our own!

Graham Wills, Lead Teacher at MCE OST, has been accepted to the University of Arkansas. Just as Graham is, we are excited for this new journey he'll begin next year. If you see him feel free to congratulate and/or give some collegiate advice! Way to go Graham.

Cold, then warm, then cold again

With the temps fluctuating from cold to warm and back to frigid again, we ask that your child layer up and continue to bring the appropriate attire (coat, gloves, hat) to wear outside. When temps are above freezing we will enjoy the outdoors.


Cold weather can cause more harm than just winter blues and cabin fever, the dry and cold air can cause painful chapped lips and hands. We can give some relief to those exposed chapped areas by signing your name next to your child's name on the form for permission to give Vaseline (for lips) and/or Gold Bond Sensitive Skin lotion (for hands). You can write down if both are OK to give or just one. If you do not give permission we will not be able to help your child when in pain due to chapped areas.


Fee Due Dates:

Friday, March 6th (1/2 payment)

Friday, 20th

Early Dismissal:

None for this month

All Day Care Days:

Monday, March 23rd, staying on site 7a-6p

Upcoming Closures:

None for this month

SUMMER CAMP registration is in full swing, you may register for indoor and outdoor camps at 913.831.3359 or go online at

2014-2015 Out of School Time information is available, checkout JCPRD's link.


Winter weather is nipping in the air and good planning is key. Keep in mind that SMSD USD512 JCPRD locations DO NOT offer Snow Day care, you will need to make other arrangements. Check your local news stations for closures, you can also check and JCPRD SM Twitter, or we will have updates if we are closed.


I want to thank you for remembering to sign your child(ren) in and out. I know time is valuable and it can be a bit of a hassle to sign in/out your child(ren) but it is most important that we continue to remember to sign in/out. Thank you again for taking the time to do so.


  • Check-In: We will check students in at the Café. If you know your child(ren) will not be in OST please call us at 913.599.5785 or email me at If a student has not checked in with us, we will contact you if we haven't heard from you first.

  • Snack: We are very excited to report that we have taken the Commit to Health Pledge! In doing so you can expect to see our out of school time participants engaging in more physical activity, learning about good nutrition, and eating healthier snacks while in attendance at JCPRD. Commit to Health is an initiative of the National Recreation and Park and Association and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Our staff has worked hard to develop a new food service menu that features items that are nutrient dense, low in fat, sugar, and sodium, as well as more fresh fruits and vegetables. Please support our efforts to help students develop healthy eating habits by encouraging them to be open to trying new foods and by reinforcing the benefits of nutritious diet. Healthy snacks and meals improve cognitive function, increase energy, and help children grow strong muscles and bones!

  • Homework/Reading time: During snack time your child(ren) can sign up for our homework/reading time that will begin directly after snack (roughly 3:30pm) in the café. We encourage kids to sign up but do not force them. When they do sign up we do expect them to come to the room and QUIETLY do their homework or read for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Activities: Some of the clubs that kids will be able to join are: Chess, Writing, Cooking, Art & Crafts, Healthy New Year, and Engineering. As we progress through out the months, new clubs may be added.

  • Outside/Gym Time: We believe it is essential for minds and bodies to have mental health breaks and join in on fitness breaks. Weather permitting we will go outside. JCPRD follows the Shawnee Mission school district’s weather policy. Please remember to have your child(ren) layer up and bring a jacket with their name labeled inside it. We will have structured activities for them to do during this time as well as free play.

  • Check-Out: When you come to pick up your child(ren) please remember to WALK IN and SIGN THEM OUT. There is a late charge of a $1 per minute after 6:00pm


Morning Care:

Stephanie Griggs-Lead Teacher M, W, & F

Zachary Drummond-Lead Teacher T & R

Jennifer Thomas-Program Director M-F

After School:

Zachary Drummond-Lead Teacher M-F

Laryissa Jones-Lead teacher M-F

Sierra Macklin-Assistant Teacher M-F

Graham Wills-Lead Teacher M-F

Jennifer Thomas-Program Director M-F