Murray Avenue School Newsletter 9-22-20

Welcome Back! Murray Avenue School Theme for 20-21

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Message from Ms. Dilks

Welcome back to the 20-21 school year. We appreciate your continued support as we navigate this school year. I want to provide you with some updates and also revisit some instructions for the opening of the school year.

We are updating our procedures for daily attendance.

All of your attendance reporting needs for all learners (hybrid and virtual students) will be handled by one electronic form that will replace the Blue Card online form and the Yellow Card online form (used at Pine Road). This will also replace the need for a phone call to the attendance line.

The MA Attendance Form is posted under Quick Links on our website and will be used to do the following:

-Use this form to report your child’s absence. Submitting this form will both report the absence and document it. No follow up Blue card is needed.

-Submit this form to inform us that your child has a change in his or her learning location (for example, will be learning from home instead of coming into school on a scheduled hybrid day).

-Submit this form to sign your child into school late.

-Submit this form to sign your child out for an appointment (early dismissal). This form allows you to enter a return to school time if your child will be returning to school.

Please Note:

If you are taking an extended vacation, you will still need to complete the Request for Excusal from Regular School Attendance, familiar to most families as a vacation request form. The form is found on the Virtual Backpack under Forms.

Doctors’ notes still need to be submitted to the school attendance secretary or sent into school.

Technology Use and Expectations

Technology Reminders:

-Please email if you are experiencing technology issues that you need help resolving.

-Please remind your child to restart his or her Chromebook every day. This resolves many technology issues.

-Please refer to the Parent Information Update 9-12-20 letter that explains expectations for student behavior on Google Meets.

-All teachers are using Go Guardian to monitor student online activity for both in person and virtual learners during school hours. This software also helps us resolve attendance issues, when a student's attendance is in question. Students should use the district Chromebook when working at home so that this monitoring software can be used. This software allows teachers to close extraneous tabs and send students messages during class to redirect their work if needed.

MA Picture Day for Hybrid Students

Murray Avenue Picture Day is October 1 for Blue hybrid students and October 2 for Gold hybrid students. Hybrid students will be given forms that they can use to order pictures this week and should be brought on picture day. Families can also purchase pictures online by accessing this link.

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Picture Day and Health Screenings for District Virtual Students

Virtual students (at PR, MA, and LMHS) will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken at the Murray Avenue School on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Families who would like to get their child’s picture taken can sign up for a time slot using this link by October 30, 2020. We encourage all families to have their child photographed for school recordkeeping and the yearbook. Families who would like to purchase pictures will pre-pay online. This information will be sent as we are closer to the date of this event.

We are also doing required health screenings on this day. Students will have their pictures taken and then enter into a private area to do height/weight checks, vision and hearing screenings. These are screenings completed during the school year by our school nurses.

Families should park in the Murray Avenue parking lots (back lot by the Upper Gym or the front lot) and enter from outside into the Upper Gym.

Information from Our School Counselors

This article gives advice for families supporting students' return to school: "Teenagers and Reopening: Tips for Helping Kids feel Safe During a Confusing Time"

If our counselors can provide support to your family or child, please reach out to them:

Ms. Linda Helm at - MA School Counselor

Mrs. Peg Kreutzer at - MA Student Support Counselor

MA Virtual Back to School Night

Here is the link to our Virtual Back to School Night. Meet your child's teachers through video.

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.

Murray Avenue PTA News & Events

-Click here for information about the spiritwear sale going on. Deadline to order is 9/25/20.

-Click here for a video explaining the many ways that PTA supports LMTSD schools.

-Please consider joining PTA this year. Click here to join online.

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!