Murray Avenue School Newsletter - 2-4-2020

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Gr. 7 Skating Trip This Week - Feb. 7

Grade 7 students are invited to go ice skating on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Bucks County Ice Sports Center. Students can skate from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm. The cost is $8.00 at the door, which includes skate rental if needed. Students can bring their own skates. The Bucks County Ice Sports center is located at 1185 York Road, Warminster, PA 18974. Students will need their own transportation to and from the ice center.

Making the Connection: Helping Others in the Community

Casey Stone, eighth grader at Murray Avenue, is the co-chair of Traci's Tribe, a non-profit organization that recently accomplished an exciting goal: raising $55,000 with a fundraising event called Kids Comfort for Cancer. Casey organized an event for families with a DJ, food, and 100 raffle basket and silent auction items. The funds were donated to Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Casey was recently recognized on several local media outlets including PHL17, Fox 29's "For Goodness Sake" segment, and an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Murray Avenue held a spirit day, "Wear Camo for Kids Cancer" and collected $275.00 in donations to contribute towards Casey's fundraising efforts.

Congratuations, Casey--we are so proud of you!

Grade 6 Technology Information

Our district uses Securly to filter students' online activity on their school-issued devices. Securly is enabled whenever students sign in using their school google sign on, even at home on other devices.

Securly sends parents/guardians a weekly activity report email for their child. This email contains a direct link to the Parent Portal. Parents/guardians can choose how frequently they want to receive updates about their child's online activity.

It has come to our attention that Grade 6 parents have not been receiving the weekly emails generated for parents and guardians automatically through Securly. This week Grade 6 families will receive a welcome email from Securly with specific login information. The emails will be sent to the guardian email addresses we have on file for each MA guardian in eSchool.

Upcoming Grade 8 High School Transition Activities

Over the next few weeks we will be doing some specific activities to prepare our eighth grade students for their transition to high school.

On Wednesday, February 5, 2019, high school counselors will visit Social Studies classes to give students an overview of the high school Program of Studies and scheduling process. In the evening, there will be a meeting for parents and guardians about the scheduling process as well as curriculum information held at the high school at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

Grade 8 students will choose electives for Grade 9 between February 5 and February 12th. Parents/guardians will be able to view their child's choices in the Home Access System between February 18, 2020 and February 21, 2020. During this time, parents/guardians can call the office to make changes if necessary. Elective choices will only be viewable during this window.

Ordering the Murray Avenue Yearbook

Murray Avenue Yearbooks are on sale from now through the beginning of May. The Yearbook includes school pictures and pictures from events and clubs from throughout the year. This is a great keepsake for students. Yearbooks must be pre-ordered by clicking on the following link:"

A Message from Our Athletic Director, Mr. Matt Heiland

Spring Sport Registrations on FamilyID will open on 2/10.

I wanted to bring an important issue in youth sports to the attention of our Lower Moreland families. Youth sports officiating is at a critical point with 80% of new officials stopping within two years. I would like to remind our students and families to treat our officials with respect. I encourage everyone to thank them for their services after games and make Lower Moreland a place they want to return to in the future.

Here is an article with more information about the referee shortage:

Murray Avenue PTA News & Events

We are looking for sponsors for Ultimate Challenge. This event is Murray Avenue School's biggest fundraiser. It is a basketball game featuring 8th grade students versus MAS Teachers/Staff.

Please support this event with a sponsorship!

Family name sponsorships are $20 each.

Business logo sponsorships are $50 each.

These sponsors will be on the back of the t-shirts of all the players.

Want to help more? We’re looking for one business or family to sponsor our DJ. Send us a message if you are interested in this special sponsorship.

Family and business sponsors can register on our website. Thank you and we hope you’ll join us on March 20th!

3rd annual Exec PTA Designer Bag Bingo - Tickets are selling out fast! Click here to purchase tickets:

Our March PTA meeting will be an evening meeting - March 9th at 7pm

Cafeteria Information

Breakfast and Lunch menus are posted on a new interactive website, Nutrislice. Our innovative and interactive site and mobile app makes our school menus more convenient and informative than ever before! Download the Nutrislice App from the App Store or get it on Google Play and then search Lower Moreland.

Food sold during the school day is required to meet nutrition standards that are referred to as Smart Snacks. Smart Snacks encourage students to make healthier snack choices to help give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn. Check out the 2019-2020 price list for the list of snacks served in the cafeteria.

The cafeteria sold Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits for breakfast last week with homemade granola and fresh blueberries.

LMTSD Bullying Prevention Information

We wanted to provide some information to families following our LMTSD Parent/Guardian Bullying Prevention Information survey. Below are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions and information related to district procedures.

Are you aware of the anonymous reporting system being used in Pennsylvania, Safe2Say Something?

Safe2Say Something is a statewide anonymous, 24-7, reporting process for a variety of safety concerns. Click HERE for more information on this initiative.

Are you aware of the Lower Moreland Township School District Harassment/Bullying Reporting Form?

This form is used to gather information about incidents related to bullying. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators can all use this form. This form can be found on each school’s website. Click HERE to view the form.

As a parent, I have a clear understanding of the school's policies, practices, and procedures related to issues of harassment and bullying.

All reported incidents related to bullying are investigated, regardless of how they are reported. The District Code of Conduct is the structure used to apply consequences. Cases are referred to the police if the nature of the incident requires it.

We continue to partner with students, staff, and families to provide a safe environment for all students.

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