Murwood Elementary
eNewsletter

  Wednesday , October 19, 2016
Calendar

October

19
MAC Meeting, Library, 4:30 PM
21
Final Day for Gift Wrap Sale Extension
24-28
Book Fair, Library
     Monday thru Friday from 2-4 PM and during lunch
     Thursday night from 6-8 PM with guest author Penny Warner
     Saturday during the Fall Carnival 11 AM- 3 PM
24- Nov 7 Read-a-thon
29 Fall Carnival, 11 AM- 3PM
31 Halloween Parade, Around the Murwood track, 8:15-9 AM
Pumpkin Contest
Minimum Day
   
 TK/K dismissed at 11:20 AM
     1-5 dismissed at 12:30p
November
24
Turkey Trot

Principal's Message
  
Parents,

Do you have questions about the Common Core State Standards?  Here are a few resources for you:
 
Understanding the Common Core's Expectations
Helping with Homework
  • Be a Learning Hero allows parents to search by state, grade and subject to find homework support resources.
  • Raise the Bar Parents provides parents with educational 'check ups' they can give their students to see if they're making progress toward meeting the Standards. The site also includes resources to help students improve.
Understanding Assessment Results
  • Great Kids State Test Guide for Parents is designed to help parents understand their students' score reports and includes targeted resources and concrete advice on how parents can help their students improve in areas where they struggle. 
Thank you,
Carol Nenni
Murwood Principal
From the Office

As Fall starts making its way in, we get these wonderful cool mornings that change into warm afternoons.  We also get children who shed their jackets and sweaters on the playground when they get hot at recess.  Please be sure you are marking all outerwear with your child's name so we can do our best to make returns.  Also be sure that you are checking the Lost & Found (located just outside of the office), as we are already building quite a collection of items that have been left behind.
From the PTA President

We had a great PTA Meeting last night, where we discussed our upcoming functions like the Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October 29th, the Read-a-Thon starting next week, movie night and the auction.  It was great to have some new faces at the meeting and would love to see more parents attend!!

Are you new to Murwood, volunteering for Walking Club is a great way to meet the kids at the school and to get involved.  We are in need of more volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you are interested and would like to learn more about it, please contact Dawn at  dcoreygreenaway@gmail.com.

Looking forward to our next couple of weeks here at Murwood they will be fun!

Danielle Scheg
PTA President
Ahoy There Matey!

Our Bookaneer Book Fair is on the horizon!  The Bookaneer Book Fair will begin on Monday October 24 and run through the end of the Fall Festival on Saturday, October 29. We will be open everyday at lunch and again after school from 2-4 PM. We will also be having a special evening presentation by Penny Warner, author of the Code Busters series on Thursday October 28th from 6-8 PM.  Please check out the link  and sign up to volunteer!  We love to see happy readers with new books in their hands. 
Halloween Carnival 

It is time for our annual Halloween Carnival on Saturday October 29th from 11:00-3:00pm. Admission, games, prizes, and a 2pm magic show are all FREE to you, your family, and our community. There is an optional cake walk at $1 a turn and an opportunity to purchase delicious food from Sips and Sliders or Blush frozen yogurt. 

These amazing family friendly events depend on volunteers to run smoothly for everyone. Please sign up here for a time that works best for you.
Pumpkin Carving Contest 

The Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest is coming up on Monday, October 31st! Show your creativity! 
  • Pumpkins should be dropped off at tables in the hallway before the start of school.
  • Everyone who participates will get a goody bag
  • Prizes:Dunkin Donuts gift cards will be awarded for best pumpkin for each grade level, best staff, and one GRAND PRIZE winner. Student Leadership will do the judging.
  • Pumpkins must be taken home at the end of the school day on Monday! 
Keyspot Corner

Murwood Keyspot's Ohana Luau
Thursday October 20th 5:30-7:30pm at Keyspot

Have you or your child always wanted to check out Keyspot?  This is your chance.  Come on by for some food, drinks, crafts, photo ops, volcano eruptions, face painting and a Hula lesson!  Meet our friendly staff, play Keyspot Ohana Bingo, and maybe even win a prize.  This is an event for the entire family. All Murwood families are invited to join us. 

Questions?  Give us a call: 925-932-8118

Read-a-Thon

For the first time in more than a decade, the Murwood PTA is hosting a Read-A-Thon.  We are hoping this new fundraiser will raise money for Murwood Elementary while helping motivate our kids to further develop their love for reading.   Murwood PTA provides essential funds for: computers and technology in every classroom, professional staff development, the library and its media center, playground equipment, classroom and office supplies, disaster preparedness supplies, our garden area, community events, education assemblies, character development programing and so much more!  
Look for the personalized information sheet in this week's Wednesday envelope and then follow the link to your child's personal Read-a-Thon page.  Every student that registers with the site receives a prize.  Thank you for  supporting the Murwood PTA's Read-A-Thon. LET'S GET READING!
Walnut Creek Education Foundation: WCEF K-12

Strech your donation with corporate matching
Did you know that many employers will match you donation to WCEF, which can  double, or even triple, the amount of money that WCEF receives? To find out  whether your employer will match your donation to W C E F search this database , or  contact your company's HR department. If you have question about how to make a
matching donation to WCEF please contact   Morgan Hansen , WCEF Executive  Director.  

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Register for the 24th Annual Walnut Creek Turkey Trot!
This Thanksgiving, before the big meal, why not get a little exercise with a few thousand of your neighbors? The Forma Gym Turkey Trot is an event the entire family can enjoy. There are several races to choose from including Kids' Fun Runs, 10K and 5K runs and costume contest.
 
By running the Turkey Trot you will also be giving back to your local community. WCEF is honored to once again partner with Forma Gym for this fantastic event.   Register here .

Community eFlyers and Events

These links are all Walnut Creek School District approved flyers that are electronic. Please use the links below to view the newest flyers or click on  Community Flyers  to view all electronic flyers on the Walnut Creek School District website.  
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