LEADING THE CHARGE OF LIFELONG LEARNING!
weekly e-newsletter
April 4, 2021
SCHOOL-WIDE NEWS

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.
  2. 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. *Certain criteria may qualify for a shortened quarantine of 10 days. Please contact the nurse for more information.
  3. 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. *Certain criteria may qualify for a shortened quarantine of 10 days. Please contact the nurse for more information.*

Please refer to the attached document to review our health and safety protocols.
As a reminder, staff and students are required to wear face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at arrival, dismissal, transitions, and anytime they cannot socially distance.
Message to Families about Testing
Mustang Families:

Testing is around the corner. Unfortunately, this time of year may be stressful for some of our students. Below are some strategies that we wanted to share with you to help your student.

1.      Get a good night’s sleep.
2.      Eat a nutritious breakfast.
3.      Think positively.

During the test strategies:
1.      Read carefully.
2.      Check work multiple times.
3.      Focus on calm breathing and positive thoughts.

Our students are prepared and have worked really hard throughout the year. In addition, they received excellent instruction and support from their teachers. Please remind them that they are ready.

Thank you for your continued support. We are all here to support our students.

Sincerely,
Ken Goodwin, Ed.D.
Testing Proctors
We are looking for volunteers to help proctor the district and state tests. If you are interested, please sign-up using the link below.
Autism Awareness Information
Since the 1970’s the Autism Society of America has been celebrating Autism Awareness month in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and greatly affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects each individual differently and to various degrees. Currently, there is no known single cause for autism but increased awareness and funding can help many families. Visit www.autism-society.org and https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/630_AutismBasic.pdf for information about autism and people living with autism .
 
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s learning or developmental skills, visit the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) website at https://www.fdlrsnefec.org/child-find the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Jacksonville) https://pediatrics.med.jax.ufl.edu/autism/documents/card-statewide-brochure.pdf or check out the HEAL foundation ( www.healautismnow.org/), a local non-profit organization located right here in the Jacksonville area!  
MCA Elementary Art Fundraiser
Parents can order online. Directions are in the catalog that was given to your student. Thank you for supporting this wonderful event for our students!
State and District Testing
State and district testing will be in April and May. Please check the school website for testing days for your student.
During testing, students cannot be checked-out while they are taking their test (except in cases of emergency).
Spring Pictures
Distance Learning Students - April 10th at Leonard's Photography Studio in St. Augustine. To register distance learning students to have their picture taken at Leonard's, please complete the form using the link below.
Registration

2021-2022 NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT, EMPLOYEE TRANSFER WAIVER and HARDSHIP WAIVERS OPEN ON MONDAY, MARCH 1.

Current SJCSD PK students DO NOT have to complete a registration. They will complete the process through RSV which opens on April 12th. PK students outside of the district's program will need to complete a registration.

Current SJVS students wishing to return to their home zone brick and mortar school for 2021-2022 DO NOT have to complete a registration. They will complete the process through RSV which opens on April 12th.


Kindergarten and new students register early!
Voluntary Pre-K: A child must be four years old on or before September 1st.
Kindergarten: A child must be five years old on or before September 1st.
First Grade: A child must be six years old on or before September 1st AND satisfy one of the
following:
a) Satisfactory completion of kindergarten in a Florida public school.
b) Satisfactory completion of kindergarten in a non-public school.
c) Previous attendance in an out-of-state school in which the student was admitted on the basis of age requirements established by the state of residency.

Registration Requirements:
•   Proof of Residency.
•   Proof of Immunization.
•   Copy of Birth Certificate.
•   Physical/Health Exam with in 12 months of enrollment.

Important Updates
REGISTRATION FOR 2021-2022
Registration for incoming Kindergarten and all new students for the 2021-2022 school year will open online March 1st. Please go to our website and click on the registration tab to find out what documents you will need in order to register. On or after March 1, you will click the link to the 2021-2022 registration portal from that page to complete the process.

Current students (including rising 9th graders) do NOT need to reregister. You will receive a Returning Student Verification later in the spring which will update your documentation in preparation for next year and/or for moving on to high school.

RISING 7th GRADE TDAP REQUIREMENTS
It is a State of Florida requirement that all students MUST provide the school with proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine in prior to beginning 7th grade. The Florida Department of Health states that:

“In addition to compliance with all other immunization requirements, children entering, attending, or transferring to the seventh grade in Florida schools must complete the following: 
one (1) tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap).”

We must receive documentation of the Tdap immunization on a Florida Shot record DH 680 before school begins in the fall or your child will not be able to pick up their schedule or attend class on the first day of school. Receipts and other forms of documentation are not acceptable. Immunization information can be found at the St. Johns Co. School District website: http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/health/immunizations/

Please check with your child’s health care provider. If your child already received the shot, you only need to get an updated form. If your child has not received the shot, it will require an office visit to both receive the shot and pick up the updated form.

ABSENCES
When your child is absent you need to send in a hand written note or utilize our Digital Absentee Form under Quick Links on our website for the absence to be considered for excusal. The note must contain the students name, dates absent, and the reason for the absence. Notes must be received within 48 hours of a student’s return to school. 

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Free breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students through the end of this school year.
SAC Meeting
March 30, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
The meeting will be held in-person (MCA Media Center) and virtually through Microsoft Teams (a link will be uploaded to our website before the meeting). If you have any questions, please contact Art Thomas at arthur.thomas@stjohns.k12.fl.us
PTA NEWS
Mustang Gallop
CONGRATULATIONS
Mustang Gallop 2021 winners
1st place- Zoey Agnew
2nd place- Savannah
Butterfield
3rd place-Angel Garay
4th place- Grace Zimmerman
5th place- Sofia Rios

Congratulations to Mrs. Chicerelli’s class
for raising the most money as a class
and winning a McDonalds Lunch!

Thank you from MCA PTA

Amazon Smile
Did you know that you can be helping our school while shopping! By simply signing up for Amazon Smiles and selecting Mill Creek, Amazon will donate a portion of what you are already spending to our school!

Helping Hands
We want to remind everyone that we need some helping hands on Thursdays, here is the link to the sign up Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DABAD22ABFD0-helping, Please join us.
SCHOOL-BASED DISTANCE LEARNERS(SBDL)
Distant Learning Webpage - 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
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