Murray Avenue School Newsletter 9-21-21

Message from Ms. Dilks

Welcome back to the 21-22 school year! This year, our theme is, "Better Together." We are grateful to be together in school, and our school community is enriched by the unique contributions of every one of our students. We are excited to get to know our new students and their families. I want to provide you with some updates and also revisit some instructions for the opening of the school year.

Daily Attendance

All of your attendance reporting needs are handled by one electronic form. This will also replace the need for a phone call to the attendance line.

Please use the MA Attendance Form for the 2021-2022 school year which can be found on the MAS website homepage under Quick Links and also can be found under "Announcements."

The MA Attendance Form should be used to do the following:

-Use this form to report your child’s absence. Submitting this form will both report the absence and document it. No follow up Blue card or note is needed.

-Submit this form to sign your child into school late.

-Submit this form to sign your child out for an appointment (early dismissal). This form allows you to enter a return to school time if your child will be returning to school.

-Please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Melissa Huber, to report or discuss COVID-related absences. Her email is

Please Note:

If you are taking an extended vacation, you will still need to complete the Request for Excusal from Regular School Attendance, familiar to most families as a vacation request form. The form is found on the Virtual Backpack under Forms.

Doctors’ notes still need to be submitted to the school attendance secretary or sent into school.

Murray Avenue Remembers 9-11

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MA Recognizes Local First Responders

The Murray Avenue Social Studies Department planned classroom lessons to commemorate the events of 9-11. Students were provided background information about 9-11 and discussed the impact of those events. As a part of this remembrance, our students had the opportunity to recognize the contributions of our local first responders. Our Art Department created, "Thank You" banners for the Lower Moreland Police Department, Huntingdon Valley Fire Company, and Bryn Athen Fire Company and Ambulance Service. Students had the opportunity to celebrate the important work that is done daily by our local first responders.

MA Back to School Night

This is a reminder that tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22, 2021, is our rescheduled Back to School Night. We are offering an in person experience as well as a virtual opportunity. Parents/Guardians attending in person should come to school with their child's schedule. You will be following their "A" Day schedule. Students will be sent home with their schedule to be given to parents. You can also access this on the Home Access Center. We will start the evening in your child's Period 1 class at 6:30 pm. Families are encouraged to come in one car if possible to help with parking.

Virtual information in the form of video introductions will be sent out tomorrow for families who prefer that option.

Information from Our School Counselors

Our school counseling team has been busy welcoming our students back to school and helping them get acclimated to their new schedule and school environment. Counselors have been doing activities with new students as well as helping our grade sixth students acclimate to a middle school environment.

This article gives advice for families supporting students' return to school: How Teens Can Reignite Friendships as They Return to School

If our counselors can provide support to your family or child, please reach out to them:

Ms. Linda Helm at - MA School Counselor

Mrs. Peg Kreutzer at - MA Student Support Counselor

Mr. Matthew Sniscak at - MA Student Support Counselor

Visit our MA Virtual Library and Murray Makers Page

Click HERE to explore the collection of resources and activities that Ms. Grosso, our media specialist, has created for students.

Murray Avenue PTA News & Events

-Click here for information about the spiritwear sale going on. Deadline to order is 10/3/21.

-Please consider joining PTA this year. Click here to join online.

Follow Us on Social Media

The MA Library is now on Twitter @MurrayMakers

Follow us to keep up with our latest library events and maker projects!