LEADING THE CHARGE OF LIFELONG LEARNING!
weekly e-newsletter
October 18, 2020
SCHOOL-WIDE NEWS
K -5 and MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM CHAT UPDATES -

Due to our current situation, we were unable to have our Curriculum Chat Nights with families. However, this is such an important time for teachers to help our families connect with the direct learning expectations in the classroom.

Our teachers have created a way for families to access this information to better understand the curriculum and learning experiences of students this year.

K-5 teachers are currently scheduling parent/teacher conferences with all their students.

Middle School families - should you have questions regarding the curriculum information please contact that teacher directly via email.

We hope that this information continues to build our partnership in our student's educational journey.

Please click on the link below, Curriculum Chat, to connect directly to our Curriculum Page. Once on the curriculum page, click on the respective grade level and/or content area you would like to view.

FALL PICTURE RETAKES -

Individual Fall Picture Retakes will be taken on Friday, October 30. Students who have already received purchased pictures need to return those on retake day.
Congratulations to
Mill Creek Academy's
Rookie Teacher of the Year
Sydney Coulter
and
Teacher of the Year, Courtney Warner!
IMPORTANT UPDATES

FREE LUNCH -
Due to our current situation, all students at MCA can receive free breakfast and lunch until winter break.

However, should families need assistance OR have been part of the free/reduced meal programs in the past, they MUST complete a new form this year for students to continue to receive these services after the winter break.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Cafe Leader, Mrs. Caroline Russ, at caroline.russ@stjohns.k12.fl.us.

CELL PHONES DURING ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL -

We ask that families DO NOT use their cell phones during arrival and dismissal. This can be distracting and unsafe to students and others during these times. Thank you in advance for honoring our request.
RED RIBBON DAYS -
Wednesday - Oct. 21 - UNITY DAY - Wear orange to show our support of each other coming together as a MCA family!
CHARACTER COUNTS/HOMECOMING SPIRIT WEEK!

Oct. 26 - Oct. 30
ATHLETIC UPDATES

MCA Volleyball has their first HOME game this week. On Tuesday, Oct. 20, sales for tickets will GO LIVE at 4:30 via MCA Homepage. Make sure to check out the MCA homepage after 4:30 to purchase any available tickets.

As a reminder, tickets CANNOT be purchased at the door due to limited capacity.

MCA Families, we appreciate your assistance in supporting our health and safety protocols here on campus. As a reminder, below is the student health screener questions. If you can say yes to any of the symptoms below for your child, please keep your child at home until you can say no to all symptoms. If you can say yes to the questions, follow the instructions in red.
Student Health Screening Entry Form
 
Please assess your child daily for the following symptoms and answer the contact questions.

  • Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • Uncontrolled cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Muscle aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  1. Is your child currently awaiting COVID-19 test results? If yes, please keep your child home and notify the school nurse when test results received. Further instructions will be discussed at that time.

  1. Does your child live in the same household with someone positive for COVID-19? If yes, your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. A negative test result does not reduce the quarantine requirement for the full 14 day incubation period.

  1. Has your child had close contact with someone who in the past 14 days who tested positive for COVID-19? If yes, your child must quarantine for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive individual. A negative test result does not reduce the quarantine requirement for the full 14 day incubation period.
HEALTH SCREENINGS - KINDERGARTEN, 1ST, 3RD, & 6TH GRADE ONLY -

In compliance with Florida Statute 381.0056(5a), regarding school health services and in accordance with Department of Health requirements, we will be offered free screening for vision, hearing, and height/weight measurement for growth and development for Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 3rd Grade, and 6th Grade Students. 6th grade students included in the heath check are screened for scoliosis. These health screenings are done annually. All screenings are done individually by certified health care professionals.

Screenings will be conducted throughout the day on Thursday, October 29thThis year, due to social distancing guidelines, we will only be screening 10% of our students in Kinder, 1st, 3rd, and 6th Grades who are Brick and Mortar Learners. If you are a Distance Learner, an email was sent to you about your options for participating in the screening.

The students will be randomly chosen from the listed grade levels to participate in the screening. If your child is tested and the results are not in the “normal” range for the particular test, you will be notified by letter. If you would like to opt out of the health screening, please complete the attached OPT OUT letter and return it to MCA before Thursday, Oct. 22. 



For questions, please email Stacy Stackhouse, Assistant Principal at Stacy.Stackhouse@stjohns.k12.fl.us
PTA NEWS
PTA MEMBERSHIPS

If you have paid for your PTA membership, you will be receiving a receipt from the email address “Mill Creek Academy PTA dues.” This email will serve as your payment receipt, should you need it for tax deduction purposes.

PLEASE NOTE! You will see a blue link to download and print your PTA membership card. We will not be distributing paper cards this year. Please save this email should you need to access your PTA membership card throughout the school year.

Please give us the next couple of weeks to finish getting all of the memberships added. The emails automatically generate to you as they are keyed in the system.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding and we try to make things more efficient and cost effective for our school.

Wondering what a PTA membership does? Last year your $12 donation helped provide Interactive Panels for classrooms and updated technology in classrooms. Did you know that there are many discounts available to you as a PTA member? Please take a look at this website to see some great offers!  

MCA SPIRITWEAR

The weather is getting a little cooler, send your Student to school warm and showing MCA Pride with our Hooded Windbreakers! You can purchase them from https://mcaptaspiritwear.company.site/MCA-Spirit-Hooded-Windbreaker-p222065136

 MATH-A-THON UPDATES

EXTENSION for pledges - If your student wants to be eligible for a prize then they must turn in their money by Friday, October 23.
SCHOOL-BASED DISTANCE LEARNERS(SBDL)
Distant Learning Webpage - Please make sure that you saved the link below to your favorites and frequent the page often should you have questions.

Visit https://www-mca.stjohns.k12.fl.us/distance-learners/ for links and the latest information.
St Johns County School District
For the most recent news from the district, please visit the district's webpage.

Mill Creek Academy
3750 International Golf Pkwy
St. Augustine, FL 32092
(904) 547-3720