Thank You For Attending HSA Meeting
Thanks to all of those that came out on Tuesday night for the HSA’s first meeting of the year. During the meeting we discussed after school activities, the teacher grant program, and heard an update on the renovation process. In addition, the board approved funding for 30 iPads and a cart to house them for the lower grades as well as providing Elmos (those are projectors that are lightyears ahead of the ones they had when we were kids) to the new teachers who do not currently have them. We hope you will join us for our next meeting which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7pm. This will be an important meeting where we will have a presentation from our Budget chair on the 2014-15 budget. It’s a great time to come and learn how we spend our budget and ask any questions that you may have.
September 23rd Presentation: The Role of Diversity in Academic and Social Growth
At 6:00 PM on September 23rd, the Murch community is invited to consider the impact of increasingly diverse classrooms on children’s development. Randolph Carter and Lois Berlin, consultants with the DCPS Inclusive Schools Project, will lead attendees through a discussion and work session on the goals of the project and the many ways that schools can build inclusive communities.
Diversity in DCPS and a majority of school systems around the nation is not limited to race and ethnicity. Diversity includes English Language Learners (ELL), gifted and talented children, students with learning disabilities and learning challenges, socio-economic differences, and children whose parents are of the same gender.
A major goal of the evening on September 23rd is to consider the mechanics of community building across differences, including the ways that parents can facilitate greater understanding for their children and their communities.
Realizing that change requires both reflection and action, the facilitators welcome all parents to attend and to help develop Murch as a model multicultural school community.
Please join us!
**Babysitting will be provided by the Murch HSA.
School Picture Day is Tuesday, September 30th
As a reminder, School Picture Day is Tuesday, September 30th! Individual portraits of Murch students will be taken. Please click Picture Day Flyer for more details, along with clothing tips.
Coping with Family Changes and Kids Talk: Two New Student Groups to Start this Fall
Our school counselor, Ms. Lauren Miller, and our social worker, Ms. Deb Meisel, will be starting two groups this fall. Coping With Family Changes: This group is for children whose parents are divorced or in the process of divorcing. Divorce can be very difficult, for all of those involved. Children often struggle with the changes. A child will experience a range of feelings including confused, sad, mad, relieved, and lonely. At times this can affect the child’s school performance. Kids Talk: This group is for children for whom their parent/guardian/caregiver is living with cancer or has recently received a new diagnosis. For more information about the groups, please click on the Coping with Family Changes-Kids Talk Permission Slip. If you would like to have your child join the group, please sign and send back the bottom half of this letter. Please contact either Ms. Miller or Ms. Meisel if you have any questions, concerns or ideas!