Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 9/16/2022

5th and 6th Grade Presentations Close Out our Slate of Back to School Nights!

Thank you to our 5th and 6th Grade parents, who had to wait into week 3 to join us for their Back to School Night, but we do trust it was worth the wait! Many of our 5th and 6th Grade parents visited us to learn about the child's teacher, the classroom, the school year, and how our intermediate grade teachers work to prepare your children for that upcoming transition to middle school! It was wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm of our 5th and 6th Grade parents (we certainly know where our students get it from!). Thank you for joining us this past Monday!

6th Graders Build Teamwork Skills During Ropes Course!

As this edition of the newsletter goes out, our 6th Grade students are currently engaging in day 2 of the 2-day 6th Grade Ropes Course at Elbow Lane. The Ropes Course is an annual September 6th Grade event. The experience has our students work on team building through ropes course and other trust activities. Ropes Course is challenge by choice, which allows students to select their own level of challenge. Day 1 involves low ropes activities, and low ropes already had our 6th Graders displaying incredible support for one another as they took on each challenge by choice! Verbiage such as "You got this!" was common throughout the day. Day 2, high ropes, photos were not quite ready for this addition, so we will be sure to share some next week!
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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.

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 16 - Food Truck Event @ Mill Creek, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 26 - Rosh Hashanah (No School)
  • Wednesday, September 28 - Kindergarten/1st Grade Picnic, 5-7 p.m.
  • Friday, September 30-Tuesday, October 4, and Thursday, September 6 - Mill Creek Book Fair
  • Wednesday, October 5 - Yom Kippur (No School)

Home and School Association News and Flyers

Important HSA Documents for Mill Creek Parents!


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Seeking Volunteers for Rita's Water Ice Day!

Click on the link below to sign up if you are able to volunteer... thank you!

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Mill Creek has many incredible support systems in place, and we want to recognize one of those support systems as well as promote one of their events...

Mill Creek Home and School does SO MUCH for us! They work behind the scenes for most if not all of our events that occur throughout the school year. Just as they are gearing up for the 6th Grade Halloween Howl - a signature Mill Creek 6th Grade event - they also decided to organize this late afternoon's/early evening's Friday Food & Football Fun Festival at Mill Creek. If you are able to attend later today, this event is a wonderful opportunity to bring our greater Mill Creek Community together! Who doesn't like food trucks as a leadup to football (or as a leadup to going home and vegging out with a Friday night movie for those who are not planning to attend the game)? We would love to have you join us for this Community event!

Many, many thanks to Home and School for organizing the event and for all the work they put in to make it happen!

We do hope to see you later today, but regardless, have a wonderful weekend!

Shawn M. Ortman


John C. Murtha

Assistant Principal

Students in Grades 4-6 - Interested in Student Council?

Each classroom, grades 4-6 will have a Student Council Representative this year, as well as an alternate. Any 4th-6th Grade student interested in running for Student Council, you will need to do the following:

  • If interested in being a Student Council Representative, submit an essay to your classroom teacher no later than Friday, September 30 that includes the following information:
    • Your name
    • A bit about you
    • Why you are interested in representing your class on Student Council
    • Some reasons why you would be an excellent Student Council Representative
  • Essays will be read in class on Monday, October 3.
  • Following the essay reading, your classroom teacher will conduct a classroom election for Student Council Representative.
  • Teachers will communicate the class choice to the main office, and we will schedule our first meeting for a TBD time/date in October.
  • One Student Council Representative, per classroom, will be selected, along with one alternate.

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. Aptacy, 2nd Grade and Ms. Paine, 4th Grade

We like to collaborate and build community here, and that is exactly what Ms. Aptacy and Ms. Paine started to do when they brought their 2nd and 4th classes together for "buddy learning." This week's meeting was just the first in what will be a series of visits, throughout the year, where Ms. Paine's class works to mentor and connect with Ms. Aptacy's 2nd Graders. These experiences teach social skills, mentoring, and positive interactions between older/younger students. Both sides of the equation have the chance to build some wonderful skills! For their first meeting, a 4th Grader was paired with a 2nd Grader, and each student had a chance to interview their partner, so they could learn a bit about one another (favorite hobbies; favorite colors; pet owner?). Thanks to both Ms. Aptacy and Ms. Paine for starting what will be a great partnership and learning experience this school year!
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Counselor's Corner

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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.

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!

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