Mill Creek Magic Messages

News and Updates from Mr. Ortman and Mr. Murtha 12/9/2022

Mill Creek Chess Club Closes out its Fall Season!

A number of Mill Creek students have been attending Chess Club, weekly, during the fall, and they have enjoyed it immensely! The club has involved healthy competition, students developing their strategic skills, and a great deal of fun!

An awards ceremony for the Fall 2022 Club Championship was held this past Tuesday. Head Chess Coach Alex Draifinger shared the following:

The Mill Creek Elementary School chess club had its Fall 2022 championship. The Champion was Bennett G. Second place award went to Dhruva M. Third place went to Drake L. The club awarded Rory A. a Citizenship Award for being most helpful with the various aspects in making the club run. Thanks to the administration, John Murtha and Bernadette Quindlen for helping in awarding the children. In addition to the championship, the club has chess lessons from its coach, Alex Draifinger and Asst Coach, Francesca Axe. Lots of fun, comradery, and life lessons were part of the experience!

If you are interested in taking part in this wonderful offering, see the information form for Spring Chess Club later in the newsletter under "Extra-Curricular/Community Events..."

Please Consider Supporting Mill Creek's Holiday Project!

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Important Dates

  • Monday, December 12 - Conferences (early dismissal) - No Kindergarten
  • Tuesday, December 13 - Conferences (early dismissal) - No Kindergarten
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Report Cards posted in Parent Portal at 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 14 - No PM Kindergarten (AM attends)
  • Thursday, December 15 - No AM Kindergarten (PM attends in the PM)
  • Monday, December 19 - Winter Music Concert - Band, Strings, and Choir, 7 PM
  • Friday, December 23-Monday, January 2 - Winter Break (no school)

Home and School Association News and Flyers

HSA Seeking Voluteers for Teacher Appreciation Lucheon!

The Teacher Appreciation Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 13. If you are able to volunteer to help out during the event, please click on the link below to sign up!

Thank you!

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Volunteer to Help During our 6th Grade Ice Skating Party!

Click on the link below to sign up to help out at our 6th Grade Ice Skating Party on January 7. We appreciate anyone who is able to help!

The Circus is Coming to Mill Creek - Limited Tickets Available! Get Yours Today!

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Happy Holiday Season, Mill Creek Community!

The Winter Holiday Season is a wonderful time for most of us, but it can be a difficult time for families in need. Challenges in providing for one's family during the Winter Holiday Season are magnified. As a school Community, we ask the Greater Community for their generosity through charitable donation drives like the Holiday Project. We also recognize that these asks can feel like a lot, especially when the national/world economic situation is not ideal.

If you are able to give to the Mill Creek Holiday Project, please know that we greatly appreciate your generosity. If you are unable to give at this time, please also know that we understand. For those who may be able to give just a little this year, we would ask that you consider donating to our upcoming Snowball Shootout, which will also benefit our Mill Creek Holiday Project. We ask for a $1 donation or whatever you can give. See flyer below for more details.

Thank you for your generosity to those in need this Holiday Season, whether that generosity is financial, simple acts of kindness, or both!

Shawn Ortman


John C. Murtha

Assistant Principal

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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. Thomas, 2nd Grade

Always the creative teacher, Ms. Thomas found a clever way to have her 2nd Grade students engage in descriptive writing. They are doing mystery food writing. She is having each student pick a favorite food. Then, they have to brainstorm a variety of ways to describe the food. Then, they have to take that information and turn it into a short writing piece, describing the food to others. Their food descriptions will have a hidden title, and they will be put on display in the hallway. Passersby will have an opportunity to read the description and, based on the description, guess the food (they can reveal the hidden title to see if they are correct). Ms. Thomas' students were very excited to see if they can provide strong enough clues and descriptions for readers to correctly identify their favorite food!

Earlier this week (see picture below), they were practicing as a whole class!

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2023-2024 New Student Registration

Kindergarten students MUST be five (5) years of age on or before September 1, 2023. No exceptions. Please note: Kindergarten program session requests (AM/PM) should be directed to the school once registration is complete.

2023-2024 Grade One Eligibility

First grade students must be six (6) years of age before September 1, 2023 (See Board Policy 201). No exceptions. The District does not make age exceptions for children who have attended an approved private kindergarten elsewhere.

District/School Information

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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