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Murray Avenue PTA
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Murray Ave PTA Year in Review: 2015-16

Dear Murray Parents,

As the school year comes to a close, we wanted to share some highlights of the amazing work the PTA has sponsored, funded and coordinated.  This is all possible due to the generosity of Murray families who consistently support our fundraising efforts.  We could not accomplish this without YOU!  We are sincerely grateful for your contributions, of both time and money, and for helping make Murray Avenue School a vibrant community.  Have a safe, healthy and restful summer.  We’ll see you on September 6th for the first day of school!
- Pam Brandman and Melanie Kraut
 
Student Enrichment – touches each student in every grade!

  • Record-breaking enrollment in After School Clubs (over 600 registrations) and Murray Musical's largest cast ever (186 students in “The Wizard of Oz”)
  • Author Visits: 
    • Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series, gave our 5th graders a workshop about her research and writing process
    • Randall de Seve, previewed her newest picture book, A Fire Truck Named Red, with our 1st graders
  • Cultural Arts – a carefully chosen unique and interactive experience for each grade-level, from story telling to puppetry dance to music
  • STEM focus:
    • Tinkering Nights – for lower and upper grades
    • STEM-tastic Saturday participation – Murray Farms Booth - planting saplings and mobile-making, inspired by the Calder Art Appreciation study of art and engineering
    • New Science programs for younger grades – Construction Kids, Kinetic Contraptions and Plantastic Plants
  • First-ever International Week
  • Murray Farms expansion to include “Three Sisters Gardens” for 4thgraders and pollinator plantings for 2nd graders

 
Parent Community  – strengthening the home-school connection.

  • Curriculum
    • Math workshops, by grade, taught by Murray math specialist Stephanie Feinberg
    • Presentation by Annie Ward, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, on the evolution of STEAM and science curriculum in the district
    • Reading Workshop with Ginny Lockwood, District Literacy Coach
  • Parenting
    • Three workshops with Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center
    • Parent-Daughter workshop facilitated by Girls Leadership Institute
    • Digital Citizenship Presentation by Murray’s Computer TA Caroleann Del Juidice, Youth Officer Detective Bill Maier and Hommocks Guidance Counselor Evan Stern
  • Services
    • New Family Program, pairing new families with buddy families
    • Daymon Terrace drop off helping 75+ families each day
    • School Supplies coordination program
    • Online student directory – free!

 
Teacher Support:

  • Grants – record breaking 17 approved grants (read more HERE) plus 3 from Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and 5 from SEPTA.  Ms. Monaco was awarded a partial grant for Murray Meadow: Center for Learning and Exploration, an innovative new outdoor classroom, which PTA is now supporting with fundraising.  Find out how to help HERE

  • Mindfulness workshops for aides and teachers

  • Library funding – to purchase the latest new books

 
Fundraising -  We are very proud that our major events not only raise needed funds but, just as importantly, connect and bring together our Murray School community:
  • Book Fair – over 4,400 books, each purchase makes money for Murray Ave PTA and many were given as gifts to the classrooms and library
  • Winter Gala – our annual social event for parents with bidding on numerous services and gifts from local businesses

  • Spring Fair – the ultimate Murray community event with 384 parent volunteers working booths to give our kids a day full of memoires while raising money at the same time!


Looking forward  - what’s new for 2016-17:
  • Murray 101, our new PTA Open House in partnership with Ms. Monaco – learn about PTA programs and volunteer opportunities, school guidelines and take a school tour

  • Fall Festival, our new after-school gathering for families and staff with cider and donuts, fall harvest from Murray Farm and pumpkins for sale

  • Parents Night Out – now on a Thursday night, a more casual way to socialize with parents that will kick off our silent auction to be left open for 2 weeks following


Please check our website HERE for full details of all PTA Programs and Events. And make sure to like us on Facebook.  Thank you!

 

 

Murray Meadow! 

We are thrilled to announce an exciting new learning initiative for our children! 

Building on the success of Murray Farms, our three-year old school garden, the Murray Avenue School Administration in partnership with Murray Avenue PTA is launching Murray Meadow:  Center for Learning and Exploration

To be located adjacent to the 1st/2nd grade playground on the former site of the gazebo, Murray Meadow will transform an unused space into an outdoor amphitheater-classroom, pollinator garden, migratory bird habitat, compost area and eventually, a greenhouse. 

Murray Meadow further extends the physical space of the school, supporting curriculum delivery to all grades and providing for more authentic, hands on learning opportunities.  In addition, Murray Meadow will beautify our school grounds and neighborhood, serving as a place where community members and families can gather to explore and enjoy the outdoors.  

For more information, please see the Murray Meadow page HERE

 

Murray PTA Needs Your Help!

We are starting to look for volunteers to fill our committee positions for next year.  It takes an army of volunteers to organize all of the PTA programs each year. 
 
We need committee chairs for:
Online Store/PayPal
Website management
Book Fair
Class Photos
Incoming Kindergarten
Membership
Yearbook
Art Appreciation
Cultural Arts
 
For more information on the committees please check out our website HERE.  Contact our VP of Parent Services, Michele Metsch (michele@metschnet.com) with any questions, and to volunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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