Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 10/14/2022

Warrington Fire Department Provides our K-2 Students with a Fire Safety Presentation!

Thoughts of Halloween may dominate October (along with pumpkin-spiced everything!), but October is also Fire Prevention Month! In order to better educate our youngest learners about fire safety, the Warrington Fire Department graciously gave of their time to visit and present to our Kindergarten-2nd Grade students this past week. In addition to learning about how they can stay safe in the event of a fire, our younger students had the opportunity to see the many pieces of fire gear (and really cool vehicles!) our fire responders use to keep themselves safe and fight fires effectively. Additionally, our students learned about avoiding/minimizing smoke inhalation, having a family plan to get out of the home safely in the event of a fire, and ways to minimize the risk of starting a fire.

Thank you, Warrington Fire Department, for keeping our community safe, and for sharing your time with our Kindergarten-2nd Grade students at Mill Creek!

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Important Dates

  • Monday, October 24 - Diwali (No School)
  • Friday, October 28 - 6th Grade Halloween Howl, 7-9 p.m.
  • Monday, October 31 - Early Dismissal, Grades 1-6 (AM Kindergarten attends; No PM Kindergarten)
  • Tuesday, November 8 - Election Day (no school)
  • Wednesday, November 23-Friday, November 25 - Thanksgiving Break (no school)

Home and School Association News and Flyers

School Store Open for Business!

School store is now open, with new items! Please take note of the store’s schedule so your student can shop on their appropriate day.

  • Monday: kindergarteners/1st graders
  • Tuesday: 2nd graders
  • Wednesday: 3rd/4th graders
  • Thursday: 5th/6th graders
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HSA Soliciting Volunteers for the 6th Grade Halloween Howl!

We could use your help with supplies and/or volunteering during our upcoming 6th Grade Halloween Howl event. Please use the link below to sign up if you can donate some items (e.g. food; water) and/or help out during the event. Thank you!

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Part of our work as school administrators involves getting into classrooms to see what is happening as much as possible. Our #1 reason for doing this is to support our students and teachers in the very important work they do! It is not an exaggeration to share that every time we walk into a classroom important learning is happening. Students are routinely involved in collaborative activities centered on problem-solving, reading and reading analysis are routine, writing is another classroom staple, and math challenges happen each and every day. Moreover, our teachers work hard to incorporate fun into the learning process, often using games, scavenger hunts, and carousel activities as the platforms for learning activities. Student voices and contributions are routine in classrooms too!

Please so ask your child(ren) what they did in school today as many evenings as you are able. We know that some children are more apt to share their day than others, but, based on what we see each day, they have A LOT to share!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Shawn M. Ortman


John C. Murtha

Assistant Principal

Information about Halloween at Mill Creek...

Mill Creek's Halloween Celebrations will occur on the 1/2 day morning of Monday, October 31. Here is some important information involving those celebrations:

Our Halloween Parade will occur early in the school day; start time will be 9:30 a.m. The parade takes place in front of the main school entrance in the bus loading/parking area. A roped-off parade path will be set up. Spectators need to be on the outside of the parade path. The Halloween Parade is weather dependent. If inclement weather occurs on the 31st, we will hold classroom celebrations only.

Costumes worn for our Halloween celebrations should be school appropriate. The following should not be a part of a school Halloween costume:

  • Hockey sticks, baseball bats, or other items that could be harmful.
  • Costumes/objects with violent themes.
  • Weapons used as costume props.

Classroom celebrations will occur after the Halloween Parade. Food is permitted for these celebrations, but we would ask that, where possible, community food items be individually packaged (students may still bring in their individual, daily snack for personal consumption in school). Please communicate with your child's classroom teacher if you would prefer your child refrain from eating food items that are part of classroom celebrations.

We look forward fun and spooky day on the 31st!

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. Walmsely, 1st Grade

We know that our Community recognizes how hard our teachers work to help our students learn, and that hard work sometimes involves having a lot of different things going on in a classroom at one time. During a visit to Ms. Walmsley's 1st Grade classroom this week, she had her students engaged in a variety of different tasks during their ELA instruction. Some students were journal writing, while others were engaged in reading. Also, during this time, Ms. Walmsley had the opportunity to work on phonics with a small instruction group. After a period of time passed, students rotated to a different activity, allowing all students to have time for each ELA activity, as well as allowing time for Ms. Walmsley to meet with all of her students through small group instruction. We appreciate all the hard work Ms. Walmsley puts in each day and how much she cares about her 1st Graders. We also know that her 1st Grade students very much appreciate her!
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Counselor's Corner

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District/School Information

Thank and Honor a Veteran!

Please use the links below to view information about some upcoming Mill Creek Veterans Day opportunities, including a letter writing campaign and assembly (to be held on November 11).

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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