Welcome to Murdock Elementary

Principal: Lynn Hamblett     Asst. Principal: Donna Long

Murdock Weekly Newsletter



Myrna Walley Rawlinson's photo.


Buddy Benches will be coming to Murdock!!


One has funding, but we need to raise $500.00 in donations to pay for the other one.


If you would like to help, any amount will be greatly appreciated.


Each bench will have a plaque,

"In Loving Memory of
Natalie Richman"

our former Principal.


The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let's spread the message of inclusion and kindness! We think she would have really liked this idea.


 Click here to donate.


Click here find out more about the "Buddy Benches."




Hopefully you've heard that our PTA enrolled Murdock (not our PTA) in the
National PTA's School of Excellence program.

As a part of the process to be considered, you were asked to take a survey in the fall. 

The National PTA requires schools to RESURVEY their families in the spring and will compare the results to make their decision about which schools across the country will receive the NATIONAL SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE designation. 

If we are chosen, we keep the honor for two years and receive an enormous banner to hang in front of the school - and join the ranks of excellent school across the country!

The  deadline is approaching on June 1st.  

 Our Fall surveys were excellent - the only exception was the questions regarding translating in languages other than English.  

Here is some information on ways that we help with translation here at Murdock: 

  • Testing letters are provided in multiple languages
  • Parent surveys are provided in multiple languages
  • Translators are provided for parent meetings/conferences as needed

Please take time to help us get the word out that Murdock is a School of Excellence!!

 You can find the survey at: 



 We will be notified over the summer if we are chosen.  

Thank you for your efforts to help Murdock become a National School of Excellence! 


The Cobb Schools Foundation is pleased to partner with the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department and the Cobb County Public Library System to offer the third annual
“Pig Tales”
summer Writing Competition presented by SCANA Energy.


The competition is open to all students in grades K-8 attending any public, private or home school in Cobb County.


Students are invited to write a short story or essay, in 750 words or less, about their favorite trip to the beach or a dream island vacation.


Work can be fiction or non-fiction. Students are limited to one entry.


Submissions must be postmarked  by August 12, 2015.


First, second, and third place winners will be chosen among students rising into three grade categories:
K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.


Entries will be judged on creativity, presentation and correspondence to the theme.


Winners will be announced online no later than August 20, 2015.


Prizes will be awarded at the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival on August 22, 2015, and include tickets to several area attractions, t-shirts, festival meals and goodie bags. The grand prize is a bicycle.


For competition rules and information, please visit www.pigsandpeaches.com/pigtales  


Murdock is once again partnering with our public libraries for our
summer reading program. 
It's even bigger than that! 
We're also partnering with Scholastic to keep track of the number of minutes that students read. 
All students will bring home a brochure with details on Friday, May 8th
Click here for more information.


ebook and mousemyON Reader has partnered with the Get Georgia Reading Campaign to provide every child in Georgia with FREE access anytime, anywhere to a library of more than 8,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia support. 

Click here to discover great books! 

To log in, enter the information below:
School nameGet Georgia Reading, Georgia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.  
User id & password can be found in the brochures students brought home or by calling the



Click here for more information.

Haga clic aquí para obtener más información.


Second grader Eli Gleason was about to embark on the biggest adventure of his life, but not before he delivered on a mission from his heart. With the help of fellow students here at Murdock Elementary School, Eli set out to collect a few hundred pencils for a great cause.

Beginning with a simple pencil, Eli is determind to put better learning tools in the hands of students at village schools in Barayu and Ambo, Ethiopia. Eli and Murdock Elementary exceeded expectations, boxing up more than 3,500 donated pencils. Eli delivered the prized writing utensils himself to students at his new school in his new home of Ethiopia.

 Eli's parents, Rudy and Katie Gleason, are the founders of Because of Kennedy. The Gleason's gave up all the comforts of their home in the United States to make a difference for countless families and children in Ethiopia. Click here for more information about the touching story behind the founding of Because of Kennedy. Eli's pencils brought smiles to hundreds of kids' faces and planted the seeds for an even bigger endeavor Eli had in mind.


2015-16 School Choice

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year. 


 Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website. 


For more information, please see our
2015-16 School Choice webpage.


Murdock pencils from Gail Tate on Vimeo.

 To date we have collected 3,521 pencils.

Please continue sending in the pencils so the students can reach their goal of 10,000 pencils.

Please keep sending in pencils and pencil sharpeners. As soon as we reach 5,000 pencils we will then transfer our efforts to homeless children right here in our community of Atlanta.

Please share this with your family and friends.

Let's make this the largest shipment of pencils and pencil sharpeners
these students have ever seen.

Just think of the smiles you will bring to their faces. Smiling children

Bus Drivers Needed
Hourly rate of pay $14.51
Apply online at

Click here for more information.

Cobb County 4th and 5th grade teachers have a new tool for teacher gradebooks and parent information.

Our new system, Synergy, has a ParentVUE that allows parents to view student gradebook information.

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 the school. 
Only the enrolling parent may complete this form.  Photo identification must be provided.

-Receive your individualized Activation Key

-Pick up your copy of the ParentVUE Getting Started Guide


Fire Lane Changes for Schools

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 other time
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.

Lunch Visitor Policy Changes     

To better ensure the safety of our children we have revised our lunch visitor policy.

 Parent(s)/Guardian(s) 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 letter. 

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. 

Enrolling 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.  


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 MealPayPlus service.

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
(770) 509-5071

Support MESF by becoming a Friend of the Foundation!

To download the MESF Patron Drive donation form please click here.

MESF is now able to accept PayPal and Credit Card payments online at our website: www.mesf.org.

If you have any questions regarding donations to the Patron Program please  e-mail Miranda Austin at

We look forward to a great
2014-2015 school year ahead and appreciate your support! 

You can also visit us at www.mesf.org and on facebook!

2014 - 2015

Click here to renew or join PTA online.


Lunch Prices for
2014 - 2015

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 the following forms:

Dismissal Changes

The Cobb County School District Bus Pass must be completed at home by a parent/guardian if a child is riding a bus that is NOT their regular bus.

 Bus Pass

Click here to place your order.

Carpool Procedures

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 MESFbirthdaymarquee@gmail.com to check availability.

Thanks for your support of MESF!

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