Murray Avenue School Newsletter 11-15-22

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MA Veteran's Day Celebration

Thank you to our Murray Avenue’s Social Studies Department for organizing our Veteran’s Day celebration activities. Students learned about the history of Veteran’s Day. Students invited veteran family members and friends to be honored at a Veteran’s Day breakfast. We also proud to honor MA staff members who are veterans, Mr. Bob Grube, Ms. Myrtja Desrosiers, and Mr. Dave Schnell.

Students Kayla Barnette, Ash Archibald, Julia McNesby, and Ethan Pachman, represented the students at Murray Avenue and shared words of thanks with our veterans in attendance. We also had a special guest in 8th grade social studies classes. Mr. Matt Mahaney’s father, Mr. Tom Mahaney, also attended our celebration and shared information with students about his experience as a soldier. We enjoyed getting to meet relatives and friends of our students and being able to thank them for their service.

An Evening to Honor Veterans

MA Chamber Strings performed at District Evening to Honor Veterans under the direction of Mrs. Amanda Handfinger.

Interact Club Service Project in Honor of Veteran's Day

Interact Club made paracord bracelets for Veteran's Day through The Mission Continues. It is a national nonprofit organization that connects military veterans with new missions in under-resourced communities. The paracord bracelets are for veterans and their families. They can be used to save a life in an emergency situation. They are a functional and meaningful way to show appreciation to our troops.

Interact Club Food Drive

Help fight hunger in our community. Interact club is sponsoring a food drive for the Willow Grove Baptist Church Food Pantry from November 14th to November 23rd. Each grade has specific items to bring in.

6th Grade- canned fruit, canned beans, mac & cheese and peanut butter

7th Grade- canned vegetables, canned diced tomatoes, pasta sauce and single serving snacks

8th Grade- canned meats, cereal, pasta and jelly

They do not accept glass bottles so make sure your food is in plastic, cardboard or canned.

There will be boxes in the lobby for students to drop off items starting November 14th.

Interact club challenges Murray Avenue to overflow these boxes so families don’t go to bed hungry.

Parent-Teacher conferences are a great time to drop off food donations on the way into school!

LM French Students Visit the Academy of Music to See Les Miserables

Lower Moreland French students attended a production of Les Misérables at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 3. The students were immersed in rich culture, history and powerful music. There was an overwhelming positive response from the students who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his desire for redemption, released in 1815 after serving nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child.

Les Misérables tackles moral values including love and sincerity, forgiveness, sacrifice and justice vs. injustice. This production, in particular, makes an impact on audiences with the incredible set, the iconic barricade which acts as the backdrop for the majority of the second half of the show, and the impressive special effects technology.

Grade 7 Science Classes Make Models of Chemical Equations

Grade 7 science classes are learning about how mass doesn't change during a chemical reaction. This is called the Law of Conservation of Mass. Students made models of chemical reactions showing how the molecules are the same in the reactants and the products.

Counselors' Corner Information

Parent teacher conferences are being held on November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. Click HERE for an article that may assist in preparing for your time with the teachers.

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.

Please take a moment to check out what's going on in our district libraries via the latest publication of our Library Newsletter:

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Book Fair this year will be November 17-23 in the MA Library! Students will visit with their ELA classes. Families may visit during parent teacher conferences in the afternoons.

Click HERE to check out our Book Fair page to learn more and set up an eWallet for smoother transactions.

LMTSD Seeking Mentor Families

In our district, we are lucky to have students and families who are from diverse cultures. Did you know that in our district, we have over 30 languages spoken?

To better support our new families, we would like to invite you to participate in serving as a mentor. As a mentor, you would be responsible for explaining school routines and special events and answering any questions that arise.

For those families who do not speak English as their native language, working with a mentor family who speaks the same language could be very helpful in learning to navigate our school system.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please complete THIS form. New families would contact you upon their arrival to the district.

Thank you for considering!

Murray Avenue PTA News & Events

Looking for Book Fair Volunteers

MA students will be visiting the fair and shopping for books with their ELA classes. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Some of the tasks we are asked to help with include: straightening up piles of books, putting books back in their proper places, helping kids find a genre or a particular book, answering questions the students may have and occasionally cash register duty. The book fair will take place in the Murray Ave Library. Please note that you must have current, required clearances on file with the district. Thank you!!/showSignUp/10C0C4CABA923AAFA7-mabook1

Pretzel Volunteers on Thursdays

Murray Ave pretzel sales needs helpers to bag individual pretzels, assist with selling and also clean up. We are planning on having pretzel day every Thursday (unless early dismissal or school holiday). This will take place in the cafeteria immediately after dismissal. We are looking at a start time around 2:30pm. Please plan to stay until about 3:05 pm. Kindly review the available slots below and click to sign up. Current LMTSD clearances must be on file with the district. Thank you for your time!!/showSignUp/10c0c4caba923aafa7-mapretzel1

Lost & Found - Retrieve Your Belongings

If you are coming into school for a parent/teacher conference, please check the bins behind the greeter booth if your child has misplaced or lost belongings. Remaining, unclaimed items will be donated following Thanksgiving break.

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