Murray Avenue School Newsletter 3-6-23

Grade 6 Sphero Teams Progress to World Championship

Big news from 6th grade AT!!

All three of our Sphero teams made it to the Global Finals!

The Sphero World Championship will be a fully virtual event with challenges to complete and present to our panel of expert judges in April or May.

Best of luck to our three teams - The Trifecta Three, The Sphero Heroes and The Fiery Four–as they progress to complete two championship coding missions to compete against other teams around the world.

A Glimpse Into Advisory Clubs

This month students began their second Advisory Club. If you want to see the many club offerings, click HERE.

In one of our clubs, Everyday Skills Everyone Should Learn, students in grades 6-8 take on household projects that can help save money and help them live independently. Project #1 included all phases of hanging and repairing drywall.

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Grade 7 Graphic Design Students Take Inspiration from Kindah Khalidy

After learning about the importance of celebrating Women's History Month, students were tasked with creating a data self-portrait inspired by the famous, contemporary, female artist, Kindah Khalidy.

A data self-portrait is an artwork that depicts data accumulated about a person - rather than using a face face as seen in most self-portraits. We use symbols, shapes, and colors to provide the viewer with information about a person!

Students were given prompts based on social and emotional well-being and had to create an abstract work of art filled with lines, shapes, colors, and symbols. Every mark made on their design represented a piece of information about themselves.

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M-ART-CH Madness

Sixth grade artists will participate this month in "M-ART-CH Madness!" in their art classes. Students will cast votes after viewing a series of female, contemporary artists and their work, in honor of Women's History Month - similar to a traditional March Madness bracket. Stay tuned to hear which artist takes the "W!"
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Grade 8 Health Students Learn to Use AED Devices

Eighth grade Health classes are learning the importance of saving lives with CPR and AED machines! We are so excited to see a brand new AED machine right outside of the gym!

MA Interact Club Brings Back School Store

The Interact School Store has returned during lunches at Murray Avenue. It is open during lunch every other Thursday. The school store will next be open March 16th.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Spring Parent-Teacher conferences will take place March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Conferences are being scheduled during the times listed below.

Conference times for all grades are as follows:

Wednesday, March 22: 12:15-3:00 PM

Thursday, March 23: 12:15-3:00 PM

Friday, March 24: 12:15-3:00 PM

If you desire a conference, please complete this Google Form and someone will contact you to schedule an appointment: MA Spring Parent Teacher Conference Request.

This form will close Friday, 3/10/23. After Friday, please call the office at 215-938-0230 to request a conference.

If your child’s teacher(s) would like to set up a conference with you, our office will contact you to schedule an appointment.

MA Spring Sports Information for Grades 7 & 8

MA Grade 7 & 8 Parents/Guardians:

The spring sports season is almost upon us, and FamilyID is now active for you to register your child for all Murray Avenue sports.

The spring sports offered are as follows: Baseball, Softball, Track and Field

Required FamilyID PIAA Paperwork:

PIAA Physical Sections 6 and 7 must be completed by a parent and doctor, stamped,
and dated after June 1st, 2022. This is required to attend tryouts.

Please note: if your child played a fall or winter sport, you need to complete the registration for "Murray Avenue School- Spring Athletics 2023 Recertification"
and upload Section 8 of the PIAA paperwork, submitted in the following way:

-Uploaded to Family ID (FamilyID)

-See the “FAMILY ID” section on the Lower Moreland Athletics page for more

All completed PIAA paperwork must be uploaded to your FamilyID profile no later than March 24th.

Please see below for tryout/coaching info for all spring sports. Coaches will be distributing
practice/game season schedules once teams are formed.

Coach: Alycea Moss (
Softball tryouts will take place on March 15th-17th from 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM on the MA softball field.

Coach: Mark Surentz (
Baseball tryouts will take place on March 15th-17th from 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM on the MA baseball field.

Track and Field
Coach: Greg Zesinger (
Practices for Track and Field will begin on March 15th from 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM at the MA track.

Thank you,
Robert Dominick,
Athletics and Activities Director

Counselors' Corner

Does your pet have character?

What can we learn from our pets?

  • to be present and live in the moment

  • gratitude

  • to accept people unconditionally

  • forgiveness

  • to take walks and enjoy being outside

  • to take time to play and also rest!

  • to be loyal and trustworthy

  • to enjoy the journey

Staff and students, if you have a pet you would like to include on the Murray Avenue Pet Board, please send a picture, name of your pet and two positive character traits of your pet to Mrs. Sileski - (room 200). Thank you!

MA Yearbook Information

If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook for the 2022-2023 school year, click here or type this link into your search bar:

The deadline to order a yearbook is May 13, 2023.

This year, we have also included an eportfolio that will give you access to share and upload photos to potentially be included in this year's 2022-2023 yearbook.

If you would like access to this drive to upload your own photos and memories from school events, click here or type this link into your search bar:

The school code is murrayavelions.

This link will also take you directly to the eportfolio and will bypass the login process of typing in the school code click here.

If you have any questions regarding the yearbook, yearbook ordering, or uploading photos, please email Ms. Savannah Shields at

Visit our Virtual Events Page for Women's History Month Resources

MA's virtual event page has information about celebrating Women's History month.

Click here to access this. This can also be found on the MA website under announcements.

Information from the School Nurse

This is a reminder that students are not permitted to carry prescription medication with them. Any medication taken or given during the school day must be given directly to the school nurse. Student may not carry or store prescription or non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Melissa Huber.


Join us at our first ever MA PTA BINGO on Friday, March 24th at MAS from 6-8:30pm

Students have the opportunity to win $25 gift cards

Please go to Cheddar Up for tickets: $7 pre-purchase, $10 at the door

Lost & Found - Lots of coats, hoodies, lunch bags have accumulated. When you come in for a conference, please check the bins behind the greeter's booth if your student is missing anything. Remaining items will be sorted and donated at the end of March.

Join Lower Moreland PTA at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday, April 23, when the Philadelphia Phillies host the Colorado Rockies at 1:35 pm. Seats (subject to availability) will be located in Terrace Deck Section 430-431 and cost $27 each. All children 14 and under will receive a Phanatic T-shirt at the park To order your tickets, click on this link:

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