Murwood Elementary
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  Wednesday , May 3, 2017
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Calendar

May

1-5 & 8 5th Grade Testing
5 Superintendent Coffee - Teachers Lounge 8:30 AM
7 Mother/Son Kickball
8 Governing Board Meeting - 7 PM at the District Office
9-11 & 15-16 3rd Grade Testing
10 WCEF Taste and Toast Fundraiser - Downtown Walnut Creek
16 PTA Meeting - 7PM in the MPR
18 WCSD Instrumental Music Festival - 7 PM at Las Lomas
19 Keyspot Evening of the Arts - 6 PM
20 Daddy/Daughter Dance
22 Governing Board Meeting - 7 PM at the District Office
23 Open House - 6:30-7:45 PM at Murwood
26 Minimum Day - TK/K dismissed at 11:20 AM
                           Grades 1-5 dismissed at 12:30 PM
29 Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
Principal's Message

Parents,

Thanks so much to Ron Jones and soundman Kevin King for a beautiful Spring Sing.  What a great night!

Thank you, PTA, and all who made Teacher Appreciation a week to remember.  We are so grateful for all our teachers do to care for each and every child at Murwood. This is my favorite week because teachers are deliriously happy with all the recognition they so deserve!
 
Please join us Friday morning at 8:30 to have coffee with Marie Morgan, WCSD Superintendent.  We look forward to spending time with you.

Carol Nenni
Murwood Principal
From the Office
 
We wanted to bring everyone's attention to the increase in cases of lice this time of year.  Please be aware of checking your children regularly and encouraging them to not engage in close (head to head) contact with each other.
For more information regarding the spread & prevention of lice, the District Nurse has provided the resource links below.
 
 
 

From the PTA President
 
I would like to thank Ron Jones and all of the time and effort he put into the Spring Sing.  It was such wonderful night for both, the children and parents.
 
Our last PTA meeting is right around the corner on May 16th at 7pm in the Library.  This is a great meeting and you will not want to miss it.  We will discuss our next year's budget as well as options for fundraising for next year.  We would love your input.
 
Teacher Appreciation Week is off to a great start!  All of our teachers and staff are feeling the love!!  Thank you to all who have volunteered and participated.  Your time and efforts are appreciated.
 
It is that time for our Honorary Service Awards!  Stop by the office or look for the link in the e-news for the form and nominate that person that has gone above and beyond this year!  The forms are due by May 12th.
 
Once again, mark you calendars for the May 16th meeting!

Danielle Scheg
PTA President
Teacher Appreciation Week is This Week!!!
 
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Murwood. During this week we show our appreciation for our excellent and dedicated teachers and staff.  Each day we will be doing something special for our teachers. We need parent volunteers to make this a special week, so if you are interested and can help, please sign up on Sign-up Genius.  If you have any questions, please email Cortny or Janet.
Superintendent Coffee
 
Marie Morgan, the WCSD Superintendent, is hosting a "News You Can Use" coffee at Murwood on Friday, May 5, at 8:30 am.
 
This is an opportunity to share the outcomes of our stakeholder meetings including a shift in our collaboration model.  This model will include a new, consistent bell schedule at the elementary level.  Beginning Fall 2017, all students in the WCSD will follow a late start on Wednesday schedule. Walnut Creek Intermediate School currently follows this late start schedule on Wednesdays and our partner, Acalanes Union High School District, will be adding additional late start days with the adoption of their new block schedule. Finally, she will share that we are investigating new curriculum for all specials to ensure consistent, quality programs with lessons aligned to the standards in each content area across the district.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!
National Bike to School Day
 
Wednesday, May 10 isBike to School Day. WHY bike? It's fun, it's healthy, it reduces traffic, and it's pollution-free! Students are reminded to use Street Smarts to stay safe while biking, skateboarding, or riding scooters:
  • Wear helmets
  • Ride on theright sideof the road. Go in the same direction as traffic!
  • Make eye contact with other drivers when crossing intersections
  • Stop at red lights and stop signs
  • Walk bikes in crosswalks and on campus
Parents are reminded to use Street Smarts while driving in the 25 MPH school zone. Your children - and their classmates- are worth the extra time it takes to drive safely.
Honor an Extraordinary Volunteer
 
Do you know someone who has gone the extra mile for the Murwood community this year? It's time to nominate that person for an Honorary Service Award. The PTA seeks to recognize those in our school community who make a difference in the lives of the students at Murwood. If you know of a parent, teacher, staff member, or other community member who deserves this recognition, please click here to complete the nomination form. Nominations are due by May 12, 2017. They can be turned into the school office or emailed to Heather Houston hbhouston78@gmail.com. Please contact Heather with any questions.
Annual Creek Cleanup in Downtown Walnut Creek
 
The creek cleanup will be Saturday, May 13th from 8:45 am to noon.    
  • It is appropriate for 4th - 12th graders.  
  • We offer 3 hours of community service credit plus a continental breakfast.
  • An experienced crew leader will guide each group of volunteers. 
  • Details on where to meet and what to wear are on the flyer.
 Liability waiver:
 Pre-Registration:
Students will have a chance to get out into nature and experience beautiful parts of our creek.  They will come home with a sense of accomplishment, community spirit, and a new appreciation of the natural ecosystem we live in.   

This event is sponsored by the City of Walnut Creek and the non-profit group  Friends of the Creeks.  Please call Mary Grim at (925) 939-1567 if you have questions or need more information. 

Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for commitment to the young people of our community.
DELAC Communication to EL Families
 
Are you looking for ways to help support your child at home with writing?  Please join us for our next DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee) meeting Tuesday, May 16th from 6:30-7:30pm at the Walnut Creek School District Office.  We will be sharing strategies and materials you can use at home with your child to practice writing at both the elementary and intermediate grade levels. We hope to see you there!
Disco Bingo
SAVE THE DATE!

Come join us on June 2nd for Disco Bingo, as well as a farewell to Mrs. Banfield!
Keyspot Evening of the Arts
SAVE THE DATE!
 
Murwood Keyspot Presents the Evening of the Arts.
Friday May 19th, Doors open at 6:00pm.
 
Please enjoy our show that includes our adorable TK & Kindergarten chorus, art show, bake sale and our Drama Club Play: "The Great Westward Movement".  Learn how and why American's have come to settle in the West in a fun, musical for the entire family.  Tickets are $10 donation at the door, and include a raffle ticket for a great door prize!  The proceeds of the evening will be shared with the Charity of the children's choice.
Keyspot Summer Camp
 
Camp begins June 12 and ends August 18. 

Camp Keyspot enrollees will spend their summer immersed in opportunities for cooperative learning with old friends and new. Weekly field trips, along with two swim days, are going to keep even the most active campers engaged and content.


Cashometer Update
It's time to move our cashometer totals again. We're up to $835,000 this year. That gets us to 76% of the way to our goal of $1,100,000. If you haven't made your donation, now's the time. If your friends haven't made their donation, now is the time to remind them. The Districts count our WCEF dollars when making their budgetary plans for next year. Programs become vulnerable when we don't reach our goals. We are currently in talks with the districts we serve to decide what services will be reduced.
 
Please visit our website at www.wcefk12.org and click on the Donate Now button.

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It's time to Taste and Toast!
There's only one week left until our second annual Taste & Toast to Education event. If you've got questions about what Taste & Toast is all about, read our list of the Top Ten Questions about T&T . We're looking forward to seeing you next Wednesday, May 10!

Coupon books are  available here . For more information, please visit our website
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