Murray Avenue School Newsletter 10-27-21

MA Celebrates Color Spirit Week - No Place for Hate Kick-Off

No Place for Hate Kick-Off

This month we began our No Place for Hate activities. Counselors and teachers did push in lessons by grade level focusing on anti-bullying themes.

Grade 6 students reviewed the definition and roles students play in bullying situations and learned the difference between rude, mean, and bullying behavior.

Students in Grades 7 and 8 focused on the roles students play in bullying situations. We specifically discussed the role of "messengers," people who often seek to cause conflict between friends as well as bystanders. We discussed different strategies that could be used to support someone who was the target of bullying. We also talked about ways to move from bystander to upstander.

All students were reminded of the importance of telling a trusted adult if they are experiencing bullying or harrassment. Various methods of reporting were reviewed.

-We reviewed the Safe2Say Something program used throughout Pennsylvania.

-Students can report to an adult in school in person or by email.

-We have also created an anonymous online reporting form called the MA CARES reporting form. This can be used to anonymously report issues that a student needs an adult to assist with resolving. This form is listed on our website under Quick Links and goes directly to prinicpals and counselors.

-Parents can also use all of these methods to report concerns as well.

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Collaborative Kindness Mural

Art and Graphic Design students learned about the importance of bullying prevention created this beautiful, collaborative mural. Jason Naylor was our artist of inspiration. His mission is to spread color and positivity across the globe. He believes kindness is the key to success. We hope this work of art inspires everyone to practice kindness and spread love in our "No Place for Hate."

Friday, October 29th Halloween Spirit Day

Friday is our Halloween-themed spirit day. Students may wear costumes to school that are school-appropriate and compliant with the dress code. Students who want to dress up should choose costumes carefully including showing respect for diverse cultures and avoiding symbols of violence. Weapons or replicas of weapons may not be brought into school. Costume masks may not be worn.

Treats for Troops Student Council Candy Drive

Have any extra Halloween candy? Please consider donating to our Treats for Troops candy drive. You can bring the individually wrapped candy into school on November 1st and 3rd. We will have a drop off bin in the lobby for you as you come into school. Thanks in advance for your participation!

Winter Intramurals for Grade 6 Students

Winter Intramurals are being offered to our 6th grade students starting Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Students interested will receive a permission slip from Mr. Crouch in order to attend.

Permission slips are due in hand on November 3rd. Our activities will be soccer and basketball.

District Parent Virtual Presentation - "Isolation: The New Drug of Choice"

Thank you to those families who were able to join us on October 14th for this virtual parent presentation. Here is the link to the recorded session: Isolation: The New Drug of Choice. We will also post this link to our website under Announcements.

With the ever-increasing dependence on laptops, smart phones, social media and online gaming, especially during these past 18 months, it’s no wonder teens and young adults prefer to stay in their rooms during their free time rather than connect with their peers IRL (in real life). This presentation addressed the causes of chronic isolation, the effects of living through a pandemic, and offered advice to parents in ways they can help their teens to break the isolation cycle.

MA Library Happenings - Skype a Scientist, Haunt the LIbrary and 3D Printing

We Skyped with computer scientist Rob Ross who works for Amazon in an area of machine learning that teaches computers to interpret images. He spoke with students about how broad the discipline of computer science is and how he came to understand that it was the right career for him.

Students asked excellent questions about computer intelligence, which led to a riveting discussion concerning when computers will be smarter than the people who program them, what intelligence means, and a historical glance at the speed of technological development.

Special guest Mr. Steve Kelly helped guide us through the tech.

We will be Skyping another scientist in November, sign ups will be on the MA Library events page!

This week in our Library at Lunch series, students are invited to enjoy Haunt the Library, spooky stories told by Ms. Grosso. The library is transformed by giant spiderwebs and spiders, LED candlelight, haunting tales, and a witchy librarian. Students may sign up on the library events page and should eat lunch first! A pass to Haunt the Library is a pass to the head of the lunch line!

Library at Lunch will feature 3D printing workshops during the first week of November and more MakerSpace programming thereafter.

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Skating Party for Grade 6

-Philly Skateplex address is 11586 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19116

-Parents can drop students off and are not required to stay.

-The rink is not open to the public for this event.

Hope to see our Grade 6 students there!

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District Veteran's Day

The planning for the District Veteran's Day celebration has started. Please click HERE for the opportunities for students to participate.

Information from Our Cafeteria

Please click HERE for an update on our menu and supply chain related information.

Murray Avenue PTA News & Events

Here are ways to connect with our PTA:

Murray Ave PTA is on Instagram, give us a follow for current PTA information murrayaveschoolpta

LM PTA is now on Tik Tok, follow us and see what Whiskers has to share @Lower_Moreland_PTA

Current Fundraisers:
PTA is selling jack-o-lantern pizza kits in a variety of crusts and flavors, for information and to order, click here:

It is Sock-tober, buy a pair of these fun Lower Moreland socks to show your LM spirit.

Need dessert for Thanksgiving? LMPTA is having our annual pie sale, available in a variety of delicious flavors, click here for details:

Our Next Meeting:
Our next Murray Ave PTA meeting will be held Wednesday, November 10th @ 9:15 am in the MAS library. Unable to attend in person? The meeting will also be held via Google Meet. Click the link to access our PTA meeting: You can also join via phone: 334-472-8299 PIN: 981 402#

Joining PTA:

If you would like to help us support our schools, consider joining the LM PTA. $15 for a family membership and no commitment to volunteer is required.

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!