Special thanks and kudos to Mindy Foster and Lindley Stakem, along with their entire committee, for the creativity and hard work that went into another wonderful Flick on the Field evening last Friday. I’m still smiling when I think about the video clips provided by the kids (thanks to Mr. Norman for pulling those together); I’m hopeful this might become an annual tradition. The weather was perfect for sitting under the stars and full moon, the fifth grade ensured no one lacked for snacks, and so many other pieces combined to make this event one of Murray’s most successful. Unfortunately, the fun was spoiled for several of our families when they returned to find their cars vandalized. The police report that this is a problem that is spreading throughout the county. Please take extra care to not leave any valuables in your car, and report any suspicious behavior you might see on and near our campus.
The next PTO meeting will be held on Monday, October 16 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the Teacher’s Lounge. At this time I know of at least two new items that will be discussed. Mr. Green will share some details about a new program that is being considered by the county for elementary schools in the future, including foreign language in the curriculum. Mr. Green is interested in hearing from parents about this topic, so please come learn and share. We will also be discussing a change to our budget which will provide some funding to the 5th grade for their end-of-the-year field trip. I hope to see many of you at this meeting.
Our fall fund drive is underway, and every family should have received a flyer about this in backpack mail. Please consider a donation to the Murray PTO so that we may continue all of the programs that make Murray a great place to grow. You can send in a check through backpack mail, or drop one in the front office. For those of you who would like to donate online, the following link will allow you to do so through Paypal. http://www.vlmpto.org/donate.html
Julie Bowersett firstname.lastname@example.org
10/16: PTO Meeting, 7:00 pm, Teacher's Lounge
10/23: Picture Make-up Day
10/24-25: 5th Grade Pop-Up Book Shop
10/26: School-wide Morning Meeting, 5th Grade leads, 8:00 am
10/27: No School for Students
10/27: Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
10/28: Oktoberfest 2017
10/31: Halloween Parade, Lower Hall students, 8:00 am
*See all the details on the VLM Calendar
THE MURRAY PTO IS NOW ON FACEBOOK!
V.L. Murray PTO now has a Facebook Page! Please like our page to receive updates, see photos, and stay up to date with all that is going on at Murray - www.facebook.com/vlmpto.
Our social media chair is currently working on gathering some pictures from Flick on the Field. If you have some great shots from the event that you would like to share on the page please e-mail Becca Gibson- email@example.com.
TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON SIGN UP
Every year VLM parents contribute to teacher appreciation luncheons organized by the Hospitality Committee of the PTO. Our first luncheon is on Friday, October 27 during the teacher workday.
Please help show our wonderful teachers and staff how much we appreciate them by providing an item for the luncheon! Sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20f0b44aaa82fa64-fall1
FIFTH GRADE IS LOOKING FOR YOUR GENTLY USED BOOKS
The Fifth Grade will be hosting a pop-up used book shop after school on Tuesday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 25. The sale is a fundraiser for the end of the year field trip. If you have gently used books that your children have outgrown or don’t want to read again, please consider donating them to the Fifth Grade. A box will be placed in the lobby of the school to collect your donated books. Thank you for your support.
FLICK ON THE FIELD DECORATIONS NEED A NEW HOME
Are you planning a Sing-themed birthday party in the near future? Would you like to have the letters that were used as decoration for Flick on the Field that spelled out SING? Or, if no one has a need for all four, maybe your S-, I-, N-, or G-named child would like a giant monogram for their bedroom wall? You’ll need to provide your own lights. If interested, please contact Candice Love at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE FROM NURSE VICKI
Colder weather means it is time for leaves to turn color, pumpkin spice flavor in everything, hot chocolate, and football! It also means it is time to get your family scheduled for their Flu shots. In addition to the Influenza virus, there are hundreds of other viruses that can cause respiratory illness. These symptoms are usually mild, but they certainly can be bothersome, especially at night. It is understandable that a parent wants their child (and everybody else) to get a restful night sleep. Often over-the-counter cough syrup is used to help alleviate an annoying and disruptive cough. Decreased coughing during the school day is another reason a parent might want to reach for the cough medicine. However, according to WebMD, experts agree and evidence indicates that children’s cold medicines do not really help. Nothing cures a cold, but pediatricians suggest other strategies that may help - a humidifier in your child’s room, honey for children older than the age of one, and drinking plenty of liquids to help thin mucus. An appropriate medication should be used to reduce fever (check with a doctor). In addition, coughing is beneficial in that it is the body’s way of clearing secretions up and out of the lungs.
Thousands of children under the age of 12 go to emergency rooms each year after taking, usually too much, cough and cold medicines. The best defense against respiratory viruses is good handwashing and keeping fingers away from the eyes, nose, and mouth (the T-zone). Enjoy all that Fall has to offer, but let’s keep our germs to ourselves!
Vicki Corbeil, RN
MORNING DROP OFF REMINDER
When dropping off students along the sidewalk, have the children ready to go as soon as the car reaches the sidewalk—this facilitates a quicker drop off for all parents. Please do not wait until your car is at the head of the line to drop off students as this creates more of a backup for other parents. When dropping off students along the sidewalk, please wait until the line of cars advances—do not pass the cars to exit the lot. If the driver must get out of the vehicle, please utilize the diagonal spaces to park and walk the children to the sidewalk; otherwise use the drop off lane.
CRUNCH HEARD 'ROUND THE COMMONWEALTH UPDATE
Last Wednesday, Murray students participated in the Farm to School event, the "Crunch Heard 'Round the Commonwealth". We had a very LOUD countdown leading up to the big CRRUUNCH where students simultaneously took a bite out of a locally-grown, Jonagold apple. The students devoured their huge apples and asked for more! You can see photos of the event, hear the countdown and read more details on Charlottesville Tomorrow's website: http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/news/article/28719-local-food-hub-sponsors-crunch-heard-round/