December Newsletter

Dr. Malinda McKillip, Principal

Happy Holidays!

Dear French Creek Families,


I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy and safe holiday season!


Very truly yours,

Malinda McKillip

Food Service Menus and Nutrislice

All breakfast and lunch menus are available daily, weekly, and monthly throughout the year at ojrsd.nutrislice.com or on the OJR and French Creek website pages (just click on the "fork and spoon" at the top of the page), or download the Nutrislice App on a smart phone for free.

1st Trimester Report Cards

Report cards will be available to parents via Skyward Family Access on Wednesday, December 4th at 3:00 PM. Please notify your child's homeroom teacher if you wish to request a hard copy.

French Creek Holiday Concert

Our annual Holiday Concert featuring students in Grades 4-6 will be on Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room. Chorus and Handbell Choir students should report back to school at 6:40 PM.

First Friday Fun Day

French Creek will celebrate First Friday Funday on Friday, December 6th with "Ugly Sweater Day". Students and staff are encouraged to wear their ugliest winter sweater.

PTA Holiday Craft Night

Join us for a great family fun event by coming out and creating beautiful holiday crafts suitable for gift giving on Friday, December 6th, 2019 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. There is no charge to attend the event, although a snack to share would be greatly appreciated. Please RSVP via PTBoard so we know how many kiddos to expect! This is NOT a drop-off event. Parents must accompany their children.

Scholastic Book Fair

The French Creek PTA will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair December 9th-13th. Please refer to your child's homeroom teacher's newsletter for specific shopping dates.

Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week is December 9th-13th. Students will be engaging in Hour of Code and other computer based learning experiences across grade levels and content areas for at least one hour this week.

Giving Tree Reminder

Many thanks to everyone who took an ornament off of our giving tree to help support a family in need. Please return wrapped gifts for the giving tree on or before Friday, December 13th.

Cold Weather Dress

Please make sure your child arrives to school appropriately dressed for winter weather. Students will be expected to wear coats and lots of layers when they go outside for recess.

Winter Break

Schools will be closed December December 23rd-January 1st for the winter break. We will welcome students back to school on Thursday, January 2nd.

Friendly Reminders...

Yearbook Cover Contest

Please click here for entry guidelines. All yearbook cover submissions must be received by Friday, December 6th.

Citadel Heart of Learning Award

The Citadel Heart of Learning Award is a teaching excellence award for Chester County, PA. Each year, fifteen finalists and three overall winners are selected for their outstanding contribution to teaching. Teacher nominations are now being accepted until December 31, 2019. Please take a moment to nominate a French Creek teacher who has touched the lives of others. Click here for more information. All nominated Owen J. Roberts teachers are publicly recognized at a school board meeting after winners are announced.


Click here for the brief nomination form.

Dismissal Following Special Events

If you are scheduled to come in to assist with a holiday party or special event, and wish to sign your child out to go home with you at the end of the day, we need a note to be turned in to the main office in the morning. Students will then be added to the afternoon pick-up list and dismissed from the multi-purpose room at 3:05 PM. The office is extremely busy just prior to dismissal, therefore having parents notify us about their pick up plans early in the day is very much appreciated.

After School Activity Pick Up

We are very fortunate at French Creek to have a number of parent volunteers and staff members who organize and chaperone after school activities for our students. (Lego Club, Drama Club, Garden Club, Intramurals, Robotics, Odyssey of the Mind, K-Kids, Lion Cubs, RUN 101, etc.) Please be mindful of pickup times for your child. It is important that we are respectful our volunteers' time and that students are picked up promptly.

Giant A+ Rewards

If you have not done so already, PLEASE register your Giant Bonus Card to help support French Creek Elementary. This past summer Giant Food Stores awarded French Creek a check for nearly $6,000.00as a result of parent, family, and community support. Our North Coventry friends earned $10,543.70. Taking a quick moment to register your card, and encouraging others to do the same, literally earns us free money. Many, many thanks!


How to Register:


  • You will need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number found on the back of the card
  • Visit www.giantfoodstores.com click on SIGN IN, MANAGE MY ACCOUNT, SAVINGS & REWARDS (top right) to log on to your online account or click REGISTER to create your on-line account. Once you are logged in to your account, you can select a school for A+ Rewards.
  • Or you can call the BONUSCARD® Hotline at 1-888-814-4268 and select Option #1 for assistance.
  • If you have a BONUSCARD® but do not know your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number, call the BONUSCARD® HOTLINE at 1-888-814-4268 and select Option #1.

Box Tops

The Box Tops program has changed the way we earn cash for our school. All Box Tops will now be earned digitally by scanning your receipt using the Box Tops mobile App. Click here to learn more. Please share with friends and family as well!

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