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Register for the Murch 5K Fun Run ready, start training, and have fun! The 5th Annual Murch Family 5K Run will be held Sunday October 19th at 7:45 am SHARP! Start and finish at the Carter Barron parking lot/Tennis Center. This is not a timed event. Strollers and walkers are welcome. We must clear the course by 9:30, when roads are re-opened. Please enter from Colorado Street via the parking lots – not from Kennedy Street off of 16th Street. Participants who sign up by October 3 get a free shirt! Click here to register today!


This Week at Murch

Tuesday 9/30
School Picture Day
Future Events

Professional Development Day (no school for students)
October 10

Columbus Day (no school)
October 13

HSA Meeting
October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Coffee on the Playground
October 17 @ 8:45 am

Flu Clinic
October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Murch 5K Fun Run
October 19 @ 7:45 am

Murch Pete's A Pizza Dine In or Out
October 21 - all day

Murch Fall Fair
October 25 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Did You Know?

The Murch HSA began funding a counseling program in 1957 and a decade later convinced DC to fund guidance counselors in all District Schools. DCPS currently funds a full time counselor and a full-time social worker at Murch, while the HSA funds staff training in Responsive Classroom and the Peer Mediator Program to help foster social and emotional growth, along with academic growth.

In the Spotlight

Rebecca McGraw

Name/PositionRebecca McGraw, Registrar

Length of Time at Murch2nd year at Murch; 1st year as Registrar

What College/University did you attend?   Bowie State University

Where were you born?   Baltimore

Where is the farthest you have been from home?  Ohio

Do you have any pets?  Yes, a dog named “Koda”

If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be and why?   Dolphin because I love the ocean

What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?   Hang out with my friends and create music together. Also watch movies

What sports teams do you root for?  Ravens

What superhero power do you wish you had?   Flying

What’s the 1 piece of advice about life you’d give students?   Work hard and succeed now, that way it’ll be easier in the future. “Always ask questions, so you know the answer.”

If you weren’t teaching/working in a school setting, what would your job be?  Traveling the world and making music with my band.  

As part of several new school-based initiatives rolled out by Principal C, two staff members are featured each week in our main foyer.  Each spotlight includes a photo, along with kid-friendly facts.  The overarching goal is for our school community to get to know our teachers and staff better.  We invite you to stop by and learn more about our teachers and staff!

Straight from Mr. C.

Enrichment Update
September 26, 2014

This week signaled the launch of our enrichment clusters for students in grades 2-5. After completing interest profiles, students were placed into one of four interest groups according to the data we collected: Business, Athletics, Performing Arts, and Science. Students in each cluster have begun meeting with Ms. Presnick. They will meet twice a week to explore their areas of interest and immerse themselves in problem based learning. Ms. Presnick is currently working on ways to share what students are working on. Both Ms. Presnick and Matthew Reif, District Director of Enrichment, will be presenting detailed information about the enrichment program before our next HSA meeting. The enrichment presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. on October 14th and will be held in the Media Center.

Currently we have nearly 30 volunteers who have signed up to be part of the Volunteers in the Classroom program at Murch. There are many possibilities and we can tailor your volunteerism according to your talents, time, and availability. Please contact Mary Eckstein at for information on how to become a volunteer at Murch or complete the online volunteer form.

This past Tuesday evening (September 23rd), a group representing the Murch community gathered for a community discussion on “The Role of Diversity in Academic and Social Growth”. One of the goals of the evening was to consider the mechanics of community building across differences, including the ways that parents can facilitate greater understanding for their children and their communities.

The discussion was productive and a great first step in discovering how to move forward. One of the action steps that came out of this meeting was to find ways to do a better job at inclusive community building for the entire Murch community. A small group will meet on October 9th to discuss ways to bring this to fruition and ways to include more community members in the action stage of the process.

We will also be holding another evening of discussion and move toward action, and we hope many more community members will attend. Once we set a date, we hope you will mark it on your calendar and be part of this necessary discussion. Realizing that change requires both reflection and action, we welcome all parents to be part of this ongoing initiative and to help develop Murch as a model multicultural school community!

News & Highlights

Flu Clinic at Murch
October 17


Nurse practitioners from Capitol Travel Medicine will be in the Teachers’ Lounge on Friday, October 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm to administer flu vaccines. For more information about the types of vaccines offered, as well as fees and payment information, click on the Flu Vaccine Clinic Information Sheet and the Flu Vaccine Brochure. All who participate in the clinic will need to complete a Flu Vaccine Consent Form and a Permission Slip. To learn more about the particular vaccines that Capitol Travel Medicine will offer, click on the Vaccine Information Sheet for Flu Shots and the Vaccine Information Sheet for FluMist (Nasal).

Pete’s A Pizza to Benefit Murch on October 21 - All Day!


Murch family day at Pete’s New Haven Apizza is on Tuesday, October 21. Pete’s is located at 4940 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, at the corner of Fessenden and Wisconsin, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Murch all day – lunch and dinner, dine-in OR carry-out. Simply mention Murch when you place your order! This event is always fun, so please mark your calendar now. Dig into Pete’s scrumptious pizza, pasta, and more, and help Murch at the same time. Here’s a convenient link to their menu to get you ready!

Reminder About Picture Day on Tuesday, September 30


Just a reminder to have your child looking picture-ready this coming Tuesday, when individual portraits will be taken at school. 
Clothing Tips:
  • Solid colors and simple patterns photograph best
  • Long sleeves look great.
  • Collared shirts for guys look great!
  • Avoid large logos or text
Ordering Instructions:
  • You will see the photographs BEFORE you order.
  • 2-3 weeks after picture day, you will receive a proof sheet in your Friday folder with many photos to choose from.
  • There will be 2 ways to order:  traditional order forms or password protected online galleries.  Instructions for ordering will be included on your proof sheet.
Deadline to Advertise in Murch Directory Is Tuesday
Just a quick reminder that Tuesday, September 30, is the last day to submit your business's advertisement for inclusion in the Murch Directory 2014-15. Your ad does double duty by supporting Murch while promoting your business! Click here for the submission form.

Class Updates & Reminders

Murch Pre-K Classes To Visit Politics & Prose

Murch’s pre-k students will enjoy a trip to Politics & Prose on Monday, September 29th. They will hear author/illustrator Bob Shea read from his latest book “Dinosaur vs. School.” According to P&P, “the fifth book of this energetic series sets the roaring red Dinosaur against the rules of pre-K.” We hope our youngest Mustangs have a ROARING good time!
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