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.
To help your children settle into a new school year
and to reaquaint them with their routines and
friends, for this reason students will be eating
with their classmates throughout the month of August
rather than family members.
We look forward to seeing you enjoying lunch with
your child beginning
Tuesday, September 2nd.
On August 1st Kindergarteners
and new students to Murdock will have the
opportunity to take a
"dry-run" bus ride to school.
Buses will pick up Kindergarteners/new students and
their parents at designated bus stops & times
for the 2014 - 2015 school-year.
Students and parents will have the opportunity to
meet their driver, ride the route to school,
and the return route home.
The bus will NOT unload at the
If you have any questions, please contact the CCSD
Transportation at 678 - 594 - 8000.
MURDOCK START TIME IS
Your child can enter the
at 7:25 am.
They will be counted as
tardy if they are not in their classroom at
7:50 am when the bell rings.
If your child arrives
late to school, an adult needs to come in
and sign them in at the front office.
MURDOCK DISMISSAL TIME IS 2:25
MESF’s Patron Program
drive has officially begun!
investment in the MESF Patron Program will
full year of science programming,
and classroom support for
This drive will continue until September
Click here to find out how to donate.
Murdock mourns the heartbreaking and unexpected
passing of our beloved past principal,
Our thoughts and prayers are with her precious
family and all those who loved her.
energy, enthusiasm, creativity, passion, and love
for our children will
forever be remembered.
On May 21st, Natalie Richman unexpectedly passed
away. She leaves behind a loving husband, Steven,
and three beautiful children: Jason, 21, Alex,17,
and Lindsay, 14. Their lives will never be the same.
They have faced many challenges as a family,
including Alex's cancer battle as a very young
child, but they have always stood strong as a family
and weathered the storm.
This will be the toughest storm they have faced;
it will be a heavy load for Steven to carry alone,
and the goal is to raise enough to start a college
fund for the children. Putting three through college
will be difficult.
We are absolutely heartbroken for this family:
for Steven, for their three children who adore their
mom, for her family who loves her dearly, and for
all of us who were her friends and can never replace
that kind, generous, loving woman who was always
there for her children, her students, and everyone
in her life.
Anything helps! Thank you for your generosity.
Every donation makes a difference.
Click here to make a donation
Click here to send a message to the Richman family.
RENEW YOUR PTA
You can renew and pay online at
n’t wait till the fall –
please renew your PTA membership today!
Murdock’s 2014 Summer
is going to be a Fizz! Boom! Read! experience!
with Cobb County Public Libraries and Smyrna Public
Libraries to create a fun list of book suggestions
and activities that will keep children reading and
growing all summer long! Details can be found
Watch for login/password
information coming home with students.
Click here for the summer math packets for
6th grade students.
Clilck here for important information regarding
6th graders to Dodgen.
IMPORTANT CHANGE IN NEXT YEAR'S CALENDAR!!!
2014-2015 School Calendar Modified To
Accommodate Election Day Nov. 4
The Board approved a slight modification of the
2014-2015 school year calendar. Election Day on
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 will now be a student holiday
and students will attend school on President's Day,
Feb. 16, 2015 (previously a scheduled holiday).
When the 2014-2015 calendar was initially approved,
the statewide gubernatorial election date was not
included as a non-instructional day. Many Cobb
County schools are used as polling locations and the
calendar change will help accommodate the large
voter turnout expected by the
Cobb Board of
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 Miranda
We look forward to a great
2014-2015 school year ahead and appreciate your
You can also visit us at
and on facebook!
2014 - 2015
download a PTA Membership Form
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:
The Cobb County
School District Bus Pass
by a parent/guardian if a child is riding a bus that
their regular bus.
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!