Murray Avenue School Newsletter 8-29-19

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Welcome Back to School

Dear Murray Avenue Families:

We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful summer and have had time to relax and enjoy your family and friends. We are anxiously awaiting the opening of the school year on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, which will be a full day of school. We are making final preparations and are excited to open the year.

We will begin the year with our Opening of School Celebration on Friday, September 6, 2019. We will have a spirit day with team building activities throughout the day and have an assembly where students will view the Camfel production titled, “Go Viral.” This motivational assembly encourages students to make real connections and build authentic relationships and ties in with our school theme this year, “Make the Connection.” Throughout the year, we will be focusing on ways for our students to make connections with their peers and teachers. We will also be focusing on how to connect their decisions with their actions and to better understand themselves as learners.

We hope you will join us for some important back to school events. Back to School Night for parents will be Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teachers and hear about some of our plans for this school year. We are also offering a tech information session starting at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria where parents can select stations to visit for 15 minutes each for more information on how students learn with digital resources.

Our first PTA meeting will be held Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 9:15 a.m., in the library. Also, please be aware that many important parent communications will be posted to the Virtual Backpack on our website.

We are welcoming several new staff members this year. Ms. Alycea Moss will be our new Spanish teacher. Ms. Elizabeth Solomon will be teaching Grade 8 English. Ms. Nicolette Weyhmuller will be teaching Grade 7 and 8 Science. Ms. Colleen Cerruti comes to us from our high school to be our Autistic Support teacher. Ms. Kelsey Pressler will be substituting for Ms. Tricia Lockett who is teaching Grade 7 Math and Social Studies. Ms. Marie Hutchings will be substituting for Ms. Gina Federinko in our Emotional Support program. We are very excited about the new and returning members of our Murray Avenue family.

Listed below are important reminders needed to open the school year. The main office can be reached at (215) 938-0230. Enjoy the remaining days of summer. We are looking forward to working with you to make this an outstanding school year.


Ms. Jennifer A. Dilks, Principal

Mr. Michael Bourdreau, Assistant Principal

2019 – 2020 Murray Avenue Opening of School Reminders

Bus Routes: Bus routes and times are posted through a secure website and are not listed directly on the district webpage. There is a memo posted in the Virtual Backpack with instructions and the link to find your child’s bus route: Transportation and Free Lunch Information for Students 19-20

Arrival: Student should plan to arrive at 7:50 a.m. (when doors open) and be prepared to start school at 8 a.m.

Student Schedules: Student schedules will be available online before the first day of school and are not being mailed. Schedules should be accessed through the Home Access Center. Students will also be provided with an updated/new schedule first period of the day on the first day of school. Students who could not access their schedules should report to the office where they will be given a schedule.

Home Access Center: eSchool Home Access Center (HAC) is open for Pine Road, Murray Avenue, and Lower Moreland High School families.

Cafeteria: Breakfast and lunch are both being served starting the first day of school. Families can add money on their child’s account prior to the opening of school.

Chromebooks: Students take Chromebooks home once the tech fee has been paid and the user agreement acknowledged by a parent/guardian. Tech fee information is in the Virtual Backpack. Students are required to use the covers provided by the school district to carry and transport their Chromebooks. Students should bring Chromebooks to school every day charged.

Lockers: Students who are planning to decorate their lockers should be aware that they need to use magnets to do so. They should not plan to glue or tape items in or on their lockers.

Materials and Supplies: Grade level supply lists and a calculator letter for students in grades 7 and 8 are posted on the Virtual Backpack.

-Students are required to bring independent reading material to school every day. They are also expected to follow the expectations for the W.I.N. (What I Need) period. Students are expected to bring study materials to their W.I.N. period and use time effectively. These expectations will be shared on the first day of school.

-Students are expected to use their Agenda book to record homework, projects, and upcoming assessments. If there is no assigned homework, they should write “none” in the Agenda book.

-Dressing for P.E.: Students will need to be prepared to change for P.E. class starting the week of Sept. 9th. Students need to change for gym and wear athletic sneakers; t-shirt or sweatshirt (no tank tops or sleeveless tops); athletic shorts (code of conduct length) or sweat pants. Students are encouraged to bring a combination lock to be used in the locker room; this is recommended but not required.

-Music instruments: Students will not need instruments on the first day of school.

Sports Sign Ups for Grades 7 & 8: Students can sign up to play fall sports (Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cross Country) during the first week of school during lunches. Families will need to register through Family ID. Check the District Athletic website for information. Tryouts are the second week of school for soccer and field hockey.

New to Murray Avenue This Year - Cross Country Club

Starting this fall, there will be a great opportunity for students to get involved in a new sport. Former Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach at Lower Moreland High School, Mrs. Mary Esposito, will be kick-starting the Murray Avenue Cross Country Club! This club is open to all Murray Avenue students. No previous experience is required. All students will need is a good pair of running sneakers and a positive attitude! Anyone interested in participating in this club should register with FamilyID on the Lower Moreland Athletics website, just like they would for any other sport. For more information about this new club, please contact Coach Esposito at

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