Welcome to Murdock Elementary

Principal: Lynn Hamblett     Asst. Principal: Wanda Shue & Statia Noles

Murdock Weekly Newsletter

Murdock Elementary's Vision Statement:

Murdock Elementary 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 CCSD to 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.

 Fiesta Book Fair

April 11 - April 18

Come to the Book Fair Fiesta for books, reading excitement, and fun!  141002_sm_iguana_fiesta

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


  • Monday, 4/14-Thursday 4/17  
    7:30am – 4:00pm
  • Friday, 4/18
    7:30am - 12pm

Murdock would like to designate
Wednesday, April 16

 “Purple Up! For Military Kids.”

We would like to encourage all students and staff to wear purple to school.


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 said.

“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 http://www.monthofthemilitarychild.com.


Murdock's Student Council members invite all students to participate in Penny Wars!

 WHEN:  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 www.rallyfoundation.org)

WHERE:  student drop off of coins will be in classroom jugs in the cafeteria
from 7:25 to 7:50 am on the dates above
with Student Council members and sponsors supervising

 MORE DETAILS:  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.
Only pennies 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 plan accordingly.


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Murdock Students and Community Set a Record for
American Heart Association Fundraiser!


Murdock PtA Presents . . .

Spring Fling!

Friday, April 25th

5 - 8 pm

Join our Friday night party with all your friends!

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!

click here
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 document. 

Classroom Consideration form


The 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, Marietta, 30066. 

For 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, 30126.

To attend applicants must complete the following REQUIREMENTS:

 1-RSVP by sending an email to EITHER jobfairnorth@cobbk12.org  OR  jobfairsouth@cobbk12.org. 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 4/15/14.

2-Bring a 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,

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 raffle tickets.


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


Below is a link and directions to the Kindergarten Handbook so you also have it handy:



or follow the instructions below.

· Select Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment from the Department menu

· Select Kindergarten Handbook

from the toolbar on the left-side.

For more information, please call Murdock's office.
770 -509-5071


Bus Drivers Needed
Hourly rate of pay $14.37
Apply online at

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.  



The general public will have to present a photo ID to gain access to the building through the Main Entrance. 

 A 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 4.

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 in 2014!

Download the attachment below for instructions on downloading Type to Learn 4 at home!

Download TypetoLearn4HomeDownloadInstructions

If you have any questions about downloading the program, please feel free to email Heather Smith at heather.cassidy@cobbk12.org


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 Laura Ring at mesfpresident@gmail.com .

We look forward to a great
2013-2014 school year ahead and appreciate your support! 

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

2013 - 2014

Click here to 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
Absence/Tardy Note
Change in Transportation Form


Click here to order your yearbook

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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