Mill Creek Elementary
2601 N. Liberty Independence, MO 64050 816-521-5420
SEPTEMBER Dear Families,
It is hard to believe that we are in our second full week of the new
2– Papa John’s School Fundraiser Night school year. The staff and I value your positive support in your child’s
education. We consider you to be a vital part of our learning community,
6—No School, Labor Day Holiday and we believe two-way communication is essential. In each monthly
9—PTA Board Meeting 6:00 pm newsletter, you will find important information about upcoming school
events. Your child’s teacher will be sending home a classroom newsletter
11– Patriot Day every other week.
13-17 Book Fair We are welcoming the following new staff to our Mill Creek family:
Jami Pelzl—counselor, Rebecca Cornish—library-media specialist,
13—Grandparent’s Day 10:00 am Annie Williams—library clerk , Sherry Felz—office clerk,
16—Early Release Day 1:45 pm Debbie Emory—special education support, and Julie Davenport—
17—Spirit Wear Day I am very thankful for the positive outlook of every family as we
completed enrollment and residency verification in early August. As well,
24—PTA Walk-a-thon 2:00 pm as we transition with all of the Independence School District in providing a
27—Character Plus Assemblies safer environment for students. The changes in the doors locking and in
dismissal procedures are a direct result of a parent survey ISD completed
K-2 9:30 am last school year.
3-5 10:15 am I am thrilled to be at Mill Creek as your principal. When I
accepted the position, I was approached many times and told I was going to
29—Reach Out Dental Program the best elementary school in Independence! I am in total agreement. You
have been welcoming and the students have started off the year in a very
positive way. Thank you for letting me be part of your lives.
To continue to be the best school in the district, we need your help
at home. I know raising children can be difficult and stressful at times. I
believe we would all agree, the success of each child is our most important
OCTOBER responsibility. My father, who worked as a millwright for 30 years, always
encouraged me to do my best in school. My dad wanted my life to be
1—Spirit Wear Day better than his. Even after a hard day at work on a hot roof top or fixing a
large machine, he would seem to find time in the evenings, to ask me about
3-9 Fire Prevention Week my day at school. He was interested in my schooling and pushed me hard
6—School Pictures 9:15 am to be successful in school. He always supported the decisions of my
teachers and the school. I thank my dad and my mom, a retired teacher, for
7—Walk to School Day Event always making sure I knew school was important.
Major Saver Kickoff Assembly Based on my 13 years of being a teacher, and now a principal, I
know for certain – reading is the key to student success in school. After
13—Early Release Day 1:45 pm reviewing student test scores, I know we need to continue as a team
14—Chick Fillet Spirit Night Fundraiser supporting reading growth of every student. To improve a student’s
reading, we need your help at home. I would hope each evening, you will
PTA Board Meeting 6:00 pm find time to read with your child(ren), even if it just looking at the pictures
15—Spirit Wear Day and talking about the pictures in the books. Ask questions about what was
just read, or what will be happening in the upcoming page, ask them to
18—22 Red Ribbon Week make a prediction. Again, we all know the importance of learning the skills
21—Reach Out Dental Program to read, and then being able to understand what was read. With strong
reading skills, students will have greater success in the subjects of math,
22— PTA Fall Classroom Parties 3:00pm science, and social studies. We want for our Mustangs to have a strong
26-27 Parent/Teacher Conferences academic foundation. Together, working as a team, we can and will ensure
all students have the skills to succeed in each day of their lives!
27—Early Release Day 1:45 pm Sincerely,
28-29 No School for Students Kathy Butler
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Welcome Back to School! I am so glad to be back for a new school year!
Just a few reminders for our families:
Please remember to keep your contact information current in the office. It is imperative to have correct
phone numbers to reach you in case of an emergency situation.
If you student receives a note from the office regarding missing documentation for their file please return
this information to the office within 2 business days.
Call in your student absence from school by 9:00 am of the morning they will be gone.
Important numbers: Main School Office Phone # 816-521-5420
Early Education Phone # 816-521-5422
Kid’s Safari Phone # 816-521-5423
Changes in dismissal procedures for your student must be called in to the office by 3:15 pm of the same day
in order to ensure the message gets to the student.
Thank you and I look forward to a wonderful school year with you and your family!
I am so excited to be back in the clinic this year! Just a couple of reminders:
Cough drops have to be brought in to the clinic by an adult and signed for before they
can be used by the student. They are considered a medication. They will not be
handed out in class and cannot be carried in pockets per school district policy.
Any time a medication needs to come to school it has to be brought in by an adult
and signed for in the clinic. Any over the counter medicines must have a doctor’s note
as to why they need it to be given at school.
Please send extra clothing with kindergarteners in case of accidents.
Thanks so much for helping me take good care of your children!
Jenny Schultz, RN
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Welcome back! If you are new to Mill Creek, I welcome you to our school. We are going
to have a great 2010-2011 school year!
As the school counselor, I am here to help students through difficult times. I am available to meet
with students one-on-one or in small groups. I plan to facilitate small group sessions throughout the
year. Topics include anger management, social skills, friendship, divorce and grief. If you would like
for your child to participate, please contact me. If your child is referred by their teacher, I will
Another part of my program is classroom lessons. I meet with each classroom one time per month.
The lesson is centered on the character trait of the month as well as a counseling topic such as
bullying, manners, conflict resolution, friendships, career awareness, etc.
This is the 3rd year the Independence School District has partnered with Character Plus,
a program to help school districts better implement character education. We celebrate a different
character trait each month. Responsibility is the trait for September. The staff nominates one
student per classroom to be the character kid for the month. We honor them at a Character
Assembly every other month. They will also be rewarded with a special luncheon with me!
This is just a snapshot of the different things I do at Mill Creek.
I am here to help students and give them some extra support. Please contact me if you have a
comment or a concern. You can reach me at 521-5420 or you can email me
September Word of the Month- RESPONSIBILITY- to be accountable for your actions.
Welcome to Mustang Music 2010-2011!
This year marks some very big changes in our music class schedule. I am excited for the
opportunity to work with our friends at Sugar Creek half the time and Mill Creek half time.
The new block schedule makes this possible. September will be filled with reviewing,
preparations for Walk to School, and all our Patriotic songs for Veterans Day. Fourth and
Fifth grade watch for information about the Mustang Choir. After working with the block
schedule for a few weeks, then we will better know how to plan our rehearsal schedule.
Looking forward to another wonderful year!
Your Mill Creek Music Teacher,
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Greetings from the Library Media Center!
My name is Rebecca Cornish, and I am the new Library Media Specialist for Mill Creek
Elementary. While I will provide the computer education, we are also very fortunate to have an
exceptional Library Clerk. Her name is Annie Williams. Together we plan to provide a quality
education in the Library Media Center. This year our library checkout will be a little
different. Please note whether your child's library checkout is on A Day or B Day. It will be this
day when books are due back in the library. This translates to library checkout every four school
days rather than the typical five. Please help your children to be successful with this new
schedule by keeping all library books in their backpacks when not in use. This way the books will
be returned to school every day, and your children will not miss out on an opportunity for a new
book on library day. We look forward to a great school year!
Welcome back Mustangs! We have so many new fun and exciting
activities planned for your kiddos, I can’t wait to get started. We
are going to start off with pretesting all students using the FitnessGram program.
Students will be -tested again in April to help monitor their progress. Students
are tested in flexibility, abdominal strength, upper-body strength and agility.
Flexibility is measured by the sit and reach test. Abdominal strength will be
tested by completing curl ups. K and 1st grade students will hold a push up
position when testing for upper body strength and the 2nd-5th grade students will
complete push ups with a CD. Agility will be tested by completing the pacer test.
Just a reminder, that students need to be wearing tennis shoes to
participate in PE. This is a must for safety reasons and is also reflected on the
students progress report.
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Welcome Back Mustang Artists!
It is always exciting to begin a new year
of learning! Mustang artists are happy to be
together again! In the first weeks of this new
school year we work to establish a strong class
climate through team building activities. Once
this cohesive class team has been established
we begin to explore, to learn and to solve
problems together as we produce our individual
Every student is encouraged to respect the
different ideas and the unique expression that
each member brings to our table. Since
competition destroys creativity, we bring our art
and our ideas into a community of students
that encourage, cooperate, present solutions Some/One
and absorb the ideas of their classmates. Each Do-Ho Suh, Artist
Korean Born, American Based Artist
student begins to trust and to empower their
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
own unique voice during their six year Johnson County Community College
journey from kindergarten to fifth. I am
always delighted and truly amazed by the This tediously crafted sculpture is produced by
ideas and the powerful art produced by our thousands of overlapping stainless steel dog tags that are pierced
together to form a 75 inch high robe. The robe opens in the front to
reveal a red velvet-lined interior. The circular base is 11 feet in di-
ameter. It stands alone in its own room at the Nerman Museum of
Alice Angilan Contemporary Art. Its impact is stunning!
All K-5 classes viewed and discussed this sculpture on their first
day in Art.
The school district of Independence, MO. has completed the removal of friable Asbestos in all district school
buildings. In addition, all facilities have now been inspected by a certified asbestos inspector as required
under the ASBESTOS EMERGENCY ACT OF 1986 (AHERA)
A copy of the AHERA plan has been filed with the State of Missouri and a copy is on file with each building
administrator. The AHERA plan is available for inspection during regular school hours.
Specific questions may be directed to your building principal, or you may contact Bob Robinson at
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Explore the Possibilities
Enrich, Engage, Explore– Come check out Kids’ Safari…
Full time: Before/After $60 per week
Part time: Before or After only $40 per week
Explorer Options (Special Days only)
$15 Early Dismissal Explorer
$30 Scheduled Full Day Explorer
$30 Snow Day Explorer
Passport Options (AM/PM only)
$100.00 AM Passport– 10 visits per child
$100.00 PM Passport– 10 visits per child
**Explorer and Passport– Families will complete the regular enrollment process with the building Youth Specialist
and will be required to contact the YS in advance to make them aware of what days your student will be using the
Explorer or Passport option.
Laura Adams– Youth Specialist
Contact Information: 816-335-5372 or
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Mill Creek Elementary PTA
Hello Mill Creek Families! Welcome back! My name is Joni Gentry and I am serving as your PTA
President this year. I have been a part of the Mill Creek Family for 7 years. I will continue to be Dates to Remember:
here for another 6 years. I have four children, ages 23, 12, 7, and 5. Ally Vaughn was the first to 9/9 PTA Meeting
attended Mill Creek; she paved the way for the rest of us Gentry’s, serving as Student Council from 6 PM-7 PM
President last year. I hope to serve you and your family as well as she did! 9/13 to 9/17 Book Fair
I am available at any time by email, email@example.com or by phone 816-507-8405, if you should 9/13 Grandparent’s Day
need anything at all. I welcome all of you to join us at our PTA meetings. We meet the second
Thursday of every month at 6 PM. Childcare will be available to those who RSVP in advance by 9/24 Walk-a-Thon
emailing me to let me know how many children you plan to have attending. I hope to see many of 10/7 Walk To School Day
& Breakfast w/Books
10/14 PTA Meeting
I am so excited about our upcoming events! The first is our now annual Mill Creek Walk-a-Thon. from 6 PM-7 PM
Please keep an eye out in your child’s backpack for more information about this opportunity to
raise money and healthy awareness for our children. We would like as much parent participation as we can for
this fun activity we have planned. So mark your calendars for September 24th at 2 pm we will begin our walk.
Hi Mill Creek! My name is Barbey Mikula and I am the PTA Vice President in
charge of membership! We had a great start to the year with memberships
flowing into the office! Let me just take this time to say THANK YOU! Your
membership dues go forward to help pay for field trips, books, and many other BOX TOP$
things to help our children ACHIEVE more! Our goal this year is 100% For Education
membership, which means a total of memberships equal to our enrollment.
This program is one of
Enrollment right now is around 300. So we need 300 members! There will be our continuing
rewards for the students this year! There will be school rewards at 50%, 75%, and
fundraising activities and
100% membership! Look for more information as it comes out. Also, we have is so simple to help with.
extended the offer of one free red Mill Creek PTA knapsack with each $5 Simply cut out the label
membership purchase! found on many of the
Don't forget to find us on Facebook! Look for “millcreek_pta” and select us as a food products that you
friend so you can get updates and event information. are already purchasing
and send them in with
Congratulations to Sue Wyatt, who won a $25 Wal-Mart gift card! She won your child.
the gift card from purchasing a $5 PTA membership at Back to School Night!
2010 – 2011 PTA Officers
President - Joni Gentry - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Look in your children’s
First Vice President / Fundraising (co-chair) - Tabitha Garrett - Email: email@example.com backpacks for our PTA
Second Vice President / Memberships - Barbey Mikula - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Packet with
Treasurer - Tammy Joyce - Email: email@example.com
Recording Secretary - Heather Figley - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org a lot of handy
Corresponding Secretary - Lisa Wilbanks information inside!
Historian - Judy Zeih - Email: email@example.com
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Early Education Program
A Federally funded, child development program for children
To apply you will need: birth to 5 years old who reside in the Independence School
Income Verification: District. Federal Head Start dollars and parent fees sup-
2 current pay stubs, port this comprehensive early education program. Includes
TANF award letter,
unemployment services for disabilities, nutrition, health and family support with many
verification, or 1040 tax opportunities for parent involvement!
return forms with W-2’s
Child’s birth certificate Full Day Programs (ages 3-5):
Open Monday—Friday, year round
Social Security numbers
for all family members
6:30 am –6:00 pm, 5 days a week
Proof of residence $125 weekly with additional discounts if eligible for
Head Start and/or if receiving Missouri DSS childcare
All Independence school
sites offer full day subsidy
Title I Program
All satellite sites offer
part day programs, Open Monday—Friday, August thru May
except for Hawthorne
which offers full day 9:05am—3:45pm, 5 days a week
and part day
No weekly fee for school hours only Title I Program
Reasonable fee available for Before/After Care
Please contact Kimberly Stewart, Early
Education Specialist @ 816-521-5422,
with any questions.
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