Murwood Elementary
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  Wednesday , March 1, 2017
Calendar

February
February 13-March 3 Kindergarten Registration
March

3 Minimum Day - TK/K dismisses at 11:20 AM; 1st-5th dismisses at 12:30 PM
Read Across America Day/Pajama Day
9 Science Fair - 6 PM in the MPR
13
Campus Master Plan Workshop, Part 2 - 3 PM in the Library
21 PTA Meeting - 7 PM
23 5th Grade Panoramic Photo
25 Auction for Education - 6 PM at the Boundary Oaks Country Club
Principal's Message

Parents,

What a great celebration we had with Elise Broach, author of Masterpiece, to wrap up this year's One School, One Book title.  Ms. Broach prepared two assemblies about writing surrounding one of her picture books, and of course, our favorite title, Masterpiece.  She was so inspiring to all of us, reminding us to keep notebooks of ideas.  Did you know that the story of masterpiece came to her from back when she was in graduate school?  She was getting her PhD in history and after studying one night, dropped her contact lens down the drain and said to herself, "If only I had a little creature to crawl down there and get it for me!"  The rest, as they say, is history.  That story sat in her head for twenty years before she wrote it! So families, don't throw out your child's writing!  Thank you, again, parents and PTA for the generous Arts for All donation that has made this, and all our wonderful assemblies, possible.
 
Friday we are celebrating Read Across America with a comfy pajama and reading day.  Please make sure your child's outfit that day is school appropriate and safe for the playground.  No slippers, please!

Carol Nenni
Murwood Principal
From the Office
 
REMINDER:  We have a minimum day THIS Friday, 3rd March.  TK/Kinders will attend 8:00 to 11:20 AM; 1st - 5th Grades from 8:15 to 12:30 PM.
Kindergarten registration has started!
 
Kindergarten packets are now available to pick up in the office for the 2017-18 school year! The registration period for returning complete packets is now through 3rd March, between the hours of 9am and 2pm.  

To qualify for Kindergarten, a student must turn 5 by 1st September. 
Students who will turn 5 between 2nd September and 2nd December are eligible for Transitional Kindergarten. TK packets can be obtained at the District Office.
Students who will turn 6 on or before 1st September will be automatically enrolled in first grade, per state and district guidelines.
 
Help is available for the Science Fair! 
Students can stop by in Room 23 this week for  workshops by grade level:

Also, help is available last minute on March 6th and 7th after school.


 

Boards are available after school an any of the above dates. Science Fair display guidelines are located here.

 

STEM project information:

The Science Fair is on March 9th at 6 PM

Boards and projects can be brought to school on Wednesday, March 8th until 5 PM, or at 8 AM on Thursday, March 9th.


 

STEM participants should plan on being at the Science Fair so that testing of their project can take place.


 

All items can go home after 7 PM on Thursday, March 8th or Friday, March 9th before 8:15 AM. All items left in the Science Fair will be removed at 8:30 AM and will be thrown away.


 

Email any questions to esicotte@wcsd.k12.ca.us

Murwood Auction for Education

The Murwood PTA's Auction for Education online auction starts this  Friday.  Items available for bidding include children's classes, summer camps, shopping and services, terrific restaurants and all sorts of sign-up parties plus a  preview of our  classroom art projects and the  live auction items available at the Auction for Education's Tradition of Excellence.  One of our live item at this year's auction is a week in an  Italian villa on the Sicilian coast overlooking the Mediterranean Sea!  
Tickets are still available for the  "Tradition of Excellence" auction  The event will be on  March 25, 2017, 6 PM  at the Boundary Oaks Country Club, Walnut Creek.  The evening includes a three-course dinner, a silent, live, dessert auction, prizes, and dancing.  This annual event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is not to be missed.  This is a real SCORE for the home team. We'll see you there in your favorite jersey!  Tickets are can be purchased through the school office or online at  MurwoodPTA.org .

If you are interested in learning more about PALS and/or Tice Creek, please join us for an informational meeting.  

The next meeting for the PALS program will be held on the Parkmead campus on  March 2 nd  at 7:00PM.  

The next meeting for Tice Creek will be held on the Tice Creek Campus  on March 2 nd  at 6:30 PM.  

Attention Murwood families: Keyspot has a super-fun Spring Camp coming up April 3rd through 7th!  Students can expect activities planned around themes for each day. 
The following are our themes for the week:
  • Monday- "PJ Jammin'" (Music, pajamas, and slumber party games!)
  • Tuesday- "Taco Tuesday (There will be a salsa showdown and much more!)
  • Wednesday- "If I Ran Keyspot" (Kids choice all day long! There will be an optional field trip to see Boss Baby.)
  • Thursday- "Keyspot's Going Green" (The days activities will involve the garden, animals, and other nature-loving fun.)
  • Friday- "Freaky Friday" (Our version of opposite day, though we will be having a twins costume contest)
Make sure to register (or check with the Keyspot office to see if your block covers Spring Camp) ASAP!

Call us: (925)932-8118 or
Email: keyspot@pacbell.net
District News
District Master Plan

In June, 2016, WCSD passed a facility bond to upgrade facilities, infrastructure and improve energy efficiency in all Walnut Creek School District Schools.  In November, the Governing Board contracted with WLC Architects to create a Master Plan for the district to ensure we have a comprehensive blueprint to provide students with safe, 21st century learning environments. 

Please join us for a second site meeting offered to Murwood staff and community members along with District and Architectural representatives to engage stakeholders in defining the How and Why Schools look different in the 21st Century on March 13th from 3-5 PM. 
OhmConnect

Please join WCEF - Walnut Creek Education Foundation team on OhmConnect? It's a program that donates to the school when you save energy at home. We need to replace eScrip this year and this program is free and super simple to join. Let Alison Gomez know if you have any questions about it!


Fundraising Update
We're pleased to announce that with our #Turn Up The Heat campaign and new donations from our business community our cashometer total has risen to over $745,000. We still need your help in reaching our goal of $1,100,000. If you have yet to make your donation this year, please visit our website at www.wcefk12.org and show your support of our children's education.
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Our March Dine Out With WCEF is a two-fer.
On March 8, both The Habit and Yogurtland on California Blvd will give back 20% of your orders made from noon to closing. Watch for more information this week!

Community eFlyers and Events

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