Welcome to Murdock Elementary

Principal: Lynn Hamblett     Asst. Principal: Donna Long

Murdock Weekly Newsletter


Pencils for Students in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!

Addis Ababa Ethiopia

One of Murdock's family will be moving to Ethiopia, Africa. This family works with families that are very poor. The children attend one room schools and many of the classes have dirt floors.

Unsharpened pencil

Ms. Tate's and Mrs. McRoberts's Second Grade classes are collecting pencil sharpeners and pencils for the children in Ethiopia.

These classes are asking each student attending Murdock to bring in at least one pencil and one pencil sharpener, you can bring more if you desire.  Pencil-Sharpener-KJS-003-

Please bring pencils and pencil sharpeners to school by Friday, December 19th.

When this family moves to Ethiopia they will give the children the pencils and pencil sharpeners from you. They will then send us pictures.

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

murdock pencils from Gail Tate on Vimeo.





Science Fair!

It’s coming right around the corner! 

Murdock Elementary’s 4th annual Science Fair!

 On Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
from 6:30-8:00 pm.

We will showcase all the entries and award medals to the top 3 projects in each grade. 

This is open to ALL students and everyone is encouraged to participate and attend.  You will be amazed at the amazing minds and creative spirit our students have!

Details can be found
on the Science Lab Blog
Click on the pages on the left “Science Fair” and “Science Fair Extras” for all the details and information on how to enter.   

If you can volunteer to help please email Mrs Kauffman


Parents, please take The Georgia Parent Survey is modeled
after the student survey and contains 24 questions.  

A Spanish version of the parent survey will be available soon.  

Parents you can complete the survey using your personal computers, smartphones or iPads.  If you do not have access to the Internet, please call the school to schedule a time to use a computer in the Media Center.  

We are encouraging to participate in the Georgia Parent Survey because the data will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating.  

Survey responses are anonymous and will be submitted directly to the Georgia Department of Education for analysis.  

Data results from the Georgia Parent Survey will not be available to the public and will not be posted online.  

Please click here to begin the Georgia Parent Survey.


Click here to renew or join PTA online.

Click here to find out how to donate.


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 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 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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