LEADING THE CHARGE OF LIFELONG LEARNING!
Dear Mustang Families,

Team Mill Creek – Leading the charge of life-long learning!

Week 4 of the new school year and what an honor it is to continue to serve our Mill Creek community! Each year we welcome students with a fierce passion and commitment to learning! And although learning models look and feel much different this year and we have spent time at the beginning of the year practicing routines and commitments to our learning environment, the one thing that never changes is our relentless focus on students learning. Students have kicked off this school year taking pride in their learning, showing excellence in ownership, courage in trying new things, and most important the desire to be vested learners - excited about the opportunities of new ways to engage with their peers. 


Throughout classrooms in recent weeks students learned how to collaborate using technology as a modality of learning, they engaged in critical thinking activities in STEM where they had to solve problems with little direction from the teacher, promoting risk-taking and students produced artifacts that were a product of how they viewed their own learning. In addition, we built a single school culture – K – 8 - teaching, modeling, and practicing common learning and behavior expectations from classroom-to-classroom! These common, predictable school-wide structures give students the ability to focus on learning so, “all the unpredictable thinking” can occur!    

We constantly remind ourselves of the opportunities we have been given to touch the lives of our students! Our commitment remains strong, unfailing, and relentless as we guarantee that we will continue to meet the needs of every child, every day! 
As we have settled into the school year there are a few key parent communication modes that will keep you updated on the current events and learning practices throughout the year:

Mill Creek webpage – Mill Creek’s webpage! The most current information and updates can be found at https://www-mca.stjohns.k12.fl.us/.   It is a great tool for you to visit regularly for learning and event updates. Please never hesitate to let us know if you view information on our website that is not updated!

Weekly Messenger  – The Mill Creek Messenger is the weekly school newsletter. I use this platform to educate our parents of instructional practices, deepen the understanding of our instructional practices, learning goals, and standards for our parents and families, and keep you updated on current events. In addition, I use the newsletter as reminders, safety tips, and frequent communication that is important to the Mill Creek community as a whole. 

Social Media(Twitter) - @MustangsMill – Twitter is where we like to showcase the day to day highlights, celebrating student and staffulty greatness. We do not use Twitter at this time to post events, those are updated on our webpage and sent directly to families. 

Finally, I wanted to extend my appreciation for your patience, flexibility, and support as we have worked through our arrival and dismissal times. Your effort has been noticed and has helped tremendously as we ensure the safety of our students during this time. 

A final reminder, we do request that parents please continue to honor our arrival time. Please do not drop students prior to 8:00AM. With your continued support we continue to become more efficient every day. Thank you for your understanding!

Our goal is for Every child, Every Need, Every Day to be served in an environment of excellence. We encourage you to become an active participant in your child’s education and look forward to serving as your teacher and leader. I feel completely blessed and honored to lead at Mill Creek and as a Mighty Mustang Team we are committed to LEARNING FOR ALL… Leading the charge of life-long learning!

Sincerely,
Amanda L. Riedl, Learning Leader
SCHOOL-WIDE NEWS
Arrival/Dismissal

Thank you for continuing to support our arrival and dismissal process. Each day gets better! Thank you.

As a reminder, please do not drop students prior to 8:00AM. This is important to help ensure students remain with in our safe and healthy guidelines.

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.
Middle School Information
GIRL AND BOYS VOLLEYBALL TRYOUTS -

Calling ALL boys and girls! That's right, we have a boy's VB coach!

Volleyball tryouts will be the week of September 21. Please make sure you have visited the MCA website under the "Athletics" tab for all required paperwork. Student athletes will not be able to participate in tryouts on the 1st day of tryouts if all paperwork has not been completed.

Girls Tryouts - Sept. 21 & Sept. 22
Boys Tryouts - Sept. 22 & Sept. 24

Should you have a situation that prevents you from trying out during these times, please contact Mrs. Farmer before Monday @ joanna.farmer@stjohns.k12.fl.us.
PTA News
The MCA PTA Spirit Wear Store is live! Please read this helpful information before you shop:
  1. PTA membership and spirit wear may be purchased through the spirit store link below. We have a basic membership or a PTA bundle package available for purchase.
  2. If you chose distance learning this year, please list that in the notes with your contact information. We will communicate a pickup time for you.
  3. The first batch of orders will be distributed to classrooms the first week of October and sent home with students.
  4. Apparel brands are listed for all clothing. I have tried to include all brand size charts. If not, you can Google search the brand to help with sizing. For the safety of our MCA family, we will not be able to do exchanges or refunds this year. Thank you for understanding.
  5. PayPal and credit/debit card payments through PayPal credit will be accepted. You don’t need a Paypal account to use PayPal credit.
  6. If for any reason you aren’t able to purchase online, the paper form is available on mcapta.weebly.com . You may send the form in with a check to MCA PTA.
  7. Please don’t hesitate to message me if you have any questions by emailing mcaptaspiritstore@gmail.com.

Thank you for supporting MCA PTA!

Here is the link to shop:
School-Based Distance Learning(SBDL)
Please see email for communication that was sent from Mrs. Riedl this weekend.
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