Welcome to Murdock Elementary

Principal: Lynn Hamblett     Asst. Principal: Donna Long

Murdock Weekly Newsletter


Click here for the important dates for the 2015 - 2016 school year.


 During the summer:

New Student Registration will be held on

July 14th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

 Meet and Greet will be July 30th from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. for all students. 

First day of school is August 3rd.

 The front office will be open from June 1 to June 12 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 We will re-open on July 8th .

The office will be closed on Fridays through July 17th

 If you have any questions or concerns during our summer vacation, please call

Peggy Douglas at (770) 426-3303


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. 
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


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 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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