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1/17 Early Release Day, 11:30 am
1/20 - 1/21 No School for Students
1/31 School Spirit Day and School-wide Morning Meeting


M U R R A Y on F A C E B O O K
M U R R A Y on T W I T T E R
P T O website


Please plan to come to our next PTO meeting Thursday, January 30, 7:00pm in the VLM library.


  • This Friday, January 17, 2020, is the end of the second nine weeks.  Students will be released at 11:30 AM and the teachers have a professional development day in the afternoon.  Lunch will NOT be eaten at school, but can be purchased to take home - turkey/cheese sub or PBJ, carrots, apple, milk.  If you would like your child to purchase a lunch, please CALL THE SCHOOL BY THURSDAY, 1/16/2020. 
  • Those students will pick their lunch up from the cafeteria and take it home with them.
  • Monday, 1/20/2020, is a no school day to observe Martin Luther King, Jr Day.  Tuesday, 1/21/2020, is a teacher work day, no school for students.
  • Please take some time to look through the Lost and Found in the back of the gym.  There are many jackets and coats that need to go back home.  This is a good time to make sure that your child has their name in their belongings.


Murray Adult Social - Sunday, January 26, 2 - 4:30 pm - Tickets $20
Adults can party down in Random Row's Private Indoor Biergarten. There will be food  and a cash bar. Because finding a babysitter is tough there is a coordinated Kid's Ninja Party held at the same time.
Adult Social Tickets: $20
Kids Ninja Party - Sunday, January 26, 2 - 4:30 pm - Tickets $10
While the adults are at the adult social, the kids will have a great time at Mt. Kim Martial Arts. Limited to the first 25 kids.

2 - 2:15: Drop Off at Mt Kim
2:15 - 2:45: Warm Up
2:45 - 3:30: Tae Kwon Do Class
3:30 - 3:45: Break Time
3:45 - 4:15: Fun Game
4:15 - 4:30: Pick Up

Ninja Party Tickets: $10


  • These classes still have spaces available. Some only have 1-2 spots remaining, so please sign up soon.
  • Classes meet for 6 weeks from 2:35-3:35 pm starting January 27th.
  • Please wait for email confirmation before sending payment.
  • Please contact M3 Coordinators at if you have any questions.
  • Financial assistance is available, see registration form for details.

Go online to register:

Tuesday Classes
K-1 Coding - Elizabeth Waterbury: A beginning coding class specifically for our younger Mustangs! Students will learn coding concepts, logical progressions, and patterns through fun coding apps and games. Grades K-1, Limit 8.

(If/when this class fills, we will potentially add a second K-1 Coding class on Fridays. Please do add your child to the Friday waitlist if interested, so that we are aware of the level of interest.)
LEGOS & CHESS - Kathy Tillar-Hughes: Students will alternate to learn and play Chess and work on individual and group projects to build LEGO structures using engineering, physics, and architectural principles. Grades K-5. Limit 25.

BEADS GALORE - Valerie Parks: We'll make a variety of beautiful beaded creations! Grades 2-5, Limit 10.

INDOOR BOX LACROSSE - Don Healy: ****This is a 1.5 hour class and pick up time will be 4:05PM. Hone and advance your lacrosse playing skills. Limited contact, 4 on 4, indoor box lacrosse sessions. Games will be held in the gym. Grades 3-5, Minimum 12. Limit 20. 

Wednesday Classes

UKULELE - Linda Corradino: This class is open to beginners and students who attended the previous fall ukulele class.  There will be review of previous techniques and an introduction to new chords and techniques for those who are ready.  Students will learn and work together in groups based on their comfort level. Grade 2-5, Limit 12. 


IRISH DANCE - Meg Madden (Blue Ridge Irish Music School - BRIMS): We will study the music and rhythm of traditional Irish folk stepdance, including reels, jigs and slipjigs. Grades 2-5, Limit 14. 


Thursday Classes

RIBBON DANCE - Meg Madden (Blue Ridge Irish Music School - BRIMS): Explore the fun and beauty of movement by flying a silk ribbon through the air. Discover the shapes you can make as you turn into a whirlwind of your own design. We will build a performance using dancing ribbons. Grades K-3. Limit 14. 


CHALKBOARD CREATIONS - Shelia Breeden: Welcome to  your chance to create your very own creative design .  You will learn how to use a reusable silk transfer by peeling, pressing and chalking onto chalkboards, canvas and other surfaces to take home weekly. Grades 2-5. Limit 8. 


Friday Classes

MORE COOKING AROUND THE WORLD - Kim Walker & Holly McDonnell: Each week students will make a dish from another country. Grades 3-5, Limit 14.


MINDCRAFT CHALLENGES FOR BEGINNERS - Valerie Parks & Heather Solga: We will be learning how to use Minecraft Edu in order to solve specific building/learning challenges. This class is appropriate for students who still need to learn how to use various commands to build, move, and retrieve resources in Minecraft. Grades 3-5, Limit 10. 


FRIDAY WAITLIST K-1 CODING - Elizabeth Waterbury: (If/when the Tuesday class fills, we will potentially add a second K-1 Coding class on Fridays. Please do add your child to the Friday waitlist if interested, so that we are aware of the level of interest.)

*Please submit items for Murray Matters to Mary Jamison Rutherford at by Monday for the weekly Wednesday newsletter.

Our mailing address is:
Murray Elementary School
3251 Morgantown Road, Charlottesville, Va 22903  
Phone 977-4599

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