Welcome to Murdock Elementary
Asst. Principal: Wanda
Murdock Weekly Newsletter
Murdock Elementary's Vision Statement:
School will provide students with the foundational
skills necessary to engage in
Collaborative Conversations: Sharing ideas by
understanding, listening, and speaking.
Cobb County School District offers emergency
alerts via text messaging. Please text CCS
84700. Messaging and data rate apply.
Click here to find out how you can save time and
money on your child's
2014 - 2015 school supplies.
April 11 - April 18
Come to the Book Fair
Fiesta for books, reading excitement, and
Visit the book fair
online, too, at Book
Fair Fiesta! to preview
the book selection, listen to book talks, or
even shop through April 25th.
Bring your gently-used books to drop off at
the book fair for a summer program that will
distribute the books to children in need.
CCSD Media Specialists have partnered with
MUST Ministries to distribute books along
with MUST's lunches every
Friday during June and July.
- Family Fun
Night: Tues. 4/15, 5:30-7:30 pm
7:30am – 4:00pm
- Friday, 4/18
7:30am - 12pm
Murdock would like to
Wednesday, April 16
“Purple Up! For
We would like to
encourage all students and staff to wear purple to
The Georgia Department of
Education will join other states and organizations
across the nation in celebrating
April as the Month
of the Military Child.
During the week of April 14 to
18, many states and communities will take a day to
“Purple Up! For Military Kids.” Schools and
districts are encouraged to designate a day to wear
purple and honor the children of military families
in Georgia’s public schools.
“We all owe a debt to
the families and children of our military service
members,” State School Superintendent John Barge
“We honor their strength, their
service and their sacrifices, and we are committed
to ensuring the best educational opportunities and
support for each of them.”
You can learn more
about the Month of the Military Child and get
activity ideas at
Murdock's Student Council members invite all
students to participate in Penny Wars!
Fri, April 18th through Tues, April 22nd
WHY: to benefit
The Rally Foundation, with funds supporting research
in the treatment of childhood cancer (find
more information at
drop off of coins will be in classroom jugs in the
from 7:25 to 7:50 am on the dates above,
with Student Council members and sponsors
Student Council decided on this coin war as a
friendly competition between classes. We want
students to take ownership of coin placement in
class jugs, using estimation and strategy. How
does that come into play? The purpose of the
“war” is to have them bring in coins and battle each
other by putting silver in another class jug and
pennies in their own class jug.
count toward the positive total for your class and
silver deducts from the total of another class jug
of your choice.
Do we welcome larger
cash donations? Absolutely! As it is
a penny war, dollar bills will neither add to nor
deduct from any class coin total for the competition
itself. Classes would be recognized for any parental
effort in supporting this worthwhile cause that is
near and dear to some in the area. The purpose
for this competition is for the kids to have fun
while doing something good for charity. We do
not want parents to feel pressured following other
recent school fundraising events, but we do want to
support this particular cause researched and decided
on by our Student Council students.
Every coin counts!
During our multi grade level,
CRCT testing from
April 23 – May 2nd
we will not be able to
accommodate visitors and volunteers. Please
Thank you for your cooperation
Murdock Students and Community Set a Record for
Heart Association Fundraiser!
Murdock PtA Presents
. . .
Friday, April 25th
5 - 8 pm
Join our Friday night party with all your
DJ Neezy will be providing musical
entertainment while the kids enjoy Rock Climbing,
Bungee Jumping, a Giant Slide and Turbo Tubs, a
fantastic carnival ride!
for more details
School-wide goals for Murdock include a positive and
productive learning environment.
If you would like to provide input regarding your
child’s learning style, please utilize the attached
Classroom Consideration form
School District will host TWO Substitute Job Fairs
on Tuesday 4/22/14
from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.
For applicants interested in substituting for the
North Area Schools (North of Powder Springs
including North Marietta, East Cobb, Kennesaw and
Acworth) the job fair will be held at Piedmont
Baptist Church located at 570 Piedmont Road,
applicants interested in substituting for the
South Area Schools (Includes Smyrna, Powder
Springs, Austell, and Mableton—South Marietta area),
the job fair will be held at Skyview Elementary
School located at 5805 Dunn Road, Mableton,
applicants must complete the following
by sending an email to EITHER
You can only
RSVP to one fair and this should be the
geographic area you plan to work as a substitute.
You must RSVP by
resume with you to the fair detailing all of your
work and educational experience.
3-Be prepared to briefly
meet with an Administrator.
We appreciate your
interest in positively impacting our Cobb County
students and teachers! We look forward to
meeting you at the job fair.
4th Annual MESF Mustang Raffle
Thank you to the Murdock community for making this
year’s raffle a huge success!
64% of Murdock’s student body participated this year
& sold 4,000 tickets...way to go Mustangs!
Grand Prize, $1,000 cash
1st Place, iPad mini
2nd Place, Braves package
Chick-Fil-A Party & Tour for 15:
Top Seller ROBBIE H.
sold 96 tickets...way to go Robbie!
Sellers Club: 30 tickets to qualify, ZEFF, SOLURI,
SMITH, SANCHEZ, HECKLINSKI,
SKORDELES, BROWN, TENER, LEVY, LONG, BERNOT,
CUDDAPAH, JOSEPH, AUSTIN, KATZ, MAHER, MUHAMMAD,
LU, HUNTER, CRAWFORD, COLLINS, FRAGALA, STORY,
ROSAS, PATEL, SMITH, DAS,
Post Oak Rec. Assoc. Family Membership: 20 tickets
to qualify, EMELIA L.
Learning Express $50 Gift Card: 10 tickets to
qualify, COOPER S. & PORTIA S.
Lego Set: 2 tickets to qualify, VICTORIA S.
Ice Cream Party with Mrs. Hamblett
& Chick-fil-A Teacher Lunch:
Top Participating Classrooms in each grade level
K = Eubanks/Moulds
1st = Lane/Maher
2nd = McRoberts
3rd = James
4th = Thornton
5th = Gutman/Armour
Congratulations to Mrs. James’ class...the
TOP class in all of Murdock!
MESF would like to once again thank our sponsors.
Remember, take advantage of the
Kitchen Designs coupon located on the back of the
Click below to download a flyer and brochure that will tell
you about registration and the necessary paperwork
you will need to register your child.
2014 - 2015 Kindergarten Flyer
2014 - 2015 Kindergarten Brochure
a link and directions to the Kindergarten Handbook
so you also have it handy:
or follow the instructions
Instruction & Assessment from the Department menu
the toolbar on the left-side.
For more information, please call Murdock's
Bus Drivers Needed
Hourly rate of pay $14.37
Apply online at
County 4th and 5th grade
teachers have a new tool for teacher gradebooks and
Our new system, Synergy, has a
ParentVUE that allows parents to view student
In order to access this system, the
following steps are required by the enrolling parent:
-Complete the Acceptable Use
Policy and User Agreement form in person at
Only the enrolling parent may complete this form.
Photo identification must be provided.
-Receive your individualized
-Pick up your copy of the
ParentVUE Getting Started Guide
Fire Lane Changes for
On March 13, 2012, the Cobb County Fire Lane
Ordinance was amended to
include a provision for student pick-up at schools.
The ordinance now allows
a vehicle to be located in a fire lane for 30
minutes prior to the afternoon
school end time and 30 minutes after the school end
time, as long as a
driver is behind the wheel.
Stopping or parking a vehicle in a fire lane at any
is prohibited, unless passengers are actively
loading or unloading.
Fire lanes can be identified by “No Parking Fire
Lane” signage and/or curbing
that is red in color.
Fire lane violations currently result in a
fine of $135.00.
Visitor Policy Changes
To better ensure the safety of
our children we have revised our lunch visitor
must send a note in the morning if their child is
expecting a lunch visitor that day.
Please specify the
visitor’s name and relationship to your child in the
Lunch visitor notes will be
forwarded to the front office for reference when the
visitor checks in.
We will apologetically deny any
visitor for whom a letter has not been sent.
parent(s)/guardian(s) are always welcome to visit at
lunch without a note.
Parents or visitors can ONLY take their
child to visitor table, no extra students.
Thank you for your help and
understanding as we implement this policy to better
protect our children.
public will have to present a photo ID to gain
access to the building through the Main Entrance.
button on the entry pad, located to the left of the
front door, will have to be pushed to gain entry
into the building.
Click here to read more about this new policy.
A Resolution for 2014:
Become a better typist using
Type to Learn 4!
MESF has generously purchased
a wonderful typing program called Type to Learn
Students can practice their
typing skills in a personalized and interactive
manner at school and at home!
With just a little practice
every day, you will be on your way to typing success
Download the attachment
below for instructions on downloading
Type to Learn 4
If you have any questions
about downloading the program, please feel free to
email Heather Smith at
If you are interested in getting
involved with our RAD DAD
program, please either complete the
very short form at the link below.
By filling out the form, it will
automatically input the information into
a spreadsheet and we can better reach
the fathers of Murdock.
Online prepayment is
now available for parents to pay their student’s ASP
daily fees and registration fee!
You can pay for Murdock's After School
Program online with a credit card through the
Register for your free account at
www.mealpayplus.com if you're not already
registered to pay for your student’s lunches. You'll
need your student's school ID number to sign up.
Please contact Murdock's After School
Program with any questions at
Support MESF by becoming
a Friend of the Foundation!
To download the MESF Patron Drive donation form
MESF is now able to accept PayPal and Credit Card
payments online at our website:
If you have any questions regarding donations to
the Patron Program please e-mail Laura Ring at
We look forward to a great
2013-2014 school year ahead and appreciate your
You can also visit us at
and on facebook!
download a PTA Membership Form
Lunch Prices for
2013 - 2014
Lunch ES Student - $2.15
Lunch MS Student - $2.30
Lunch HS Student - $2.40
Lunch Adult All Schools - $3.25
Lunch Reduced Price All Schools - $0.40
Milk and Fruit Juice - $0.60
Murdock is holding a class competition to see which class can collect the most "Box Tops for Education."
You can also go to
to check Murdock's earnings status, to sign up for valuable coupons for BOXTOP products, to enter
sweepstakes to win bonus BOXTOPS for Murdock and to earn BOXTOPS by shopping online through the BOXTOPS
Marketplace for products from some of your favorite retailers, such as GAP, Lands End, Target, Walmart
and many more.
The submission deadline is April 15th
Click here for your
Change in Transportation Form
Click here to order your yearbook
For only $35
(payable to MESF)
your child's name and special message will be displayed on the Murdock School Sign
for one whole school week!
Typical message is "Happy ___th B-day First Name, Last Initial."
Please contact Angela Sanchez at
to check availability.
Thanks for your support of MESF!