Linnea Holmes & Stacey D'Arcy, PTA Co-Presidents
There are many PTA programs that need committee volunteers for 2018-2019! Some programs require time during the school day, some in the evening and some on the weekend. There is something for everyone, so please volunteer. Please note: Chair positions require a 2 year commitment. Please contact Jen Rabina, our PTA Volunteer Coordinator with your interests. Thank you!
|Author Visits||Lost & Found|
|Book Fair||Murray Farms|
|Class Photos||Parents' Night Out|
|Community Outreach||Science Fair|
|Cultural Arts||Spring Fair|
|Grade Level Coordinators||Student School Supplies|
|Green Tigers||STEM Liaison|
In coordination with the Murray librarian, different authors are chosen to make presentations to each grade engaging the students and sharing insights into their writing process. This is a unique opportunity for students to meet an author and enrich their learning about reading and writing. In addition, book sales are arranged so that students may buy a personalized signed copy of the authors most recent book.
This important week-long November event fosters a love of books and reading in students, and it contributes greatly to the funds the PTA has for other programs. Children visit the fair during school hours and complete a “wish list.” Parents are able to contribute books to their child’s classroom by purchasing books on the teacher’s “wish list.” The fair, staffed by parent volunteers, is open for browsing and buying during and after school and on two evenings. Great for holiday shopping!
In early fall, professional photographers come to Murray. Individual and class photos are taken during the day. Photos are ordered online and delivered later in the fall. Chairs are responsible for coordinating with the photographer, staffing and running the photo day and distributing photos to students.
This committee coordinates and implements school-wide and grade-specific community service programs, providing children with an invaluable opportunity to help those in need.
Cultural Arts is the PTA's largest areas of enrichment. This committee arranges artistic programs and workshops for each grade that further the cultural experience of students. Programs are selected in consultation with the teachers and the administration. A wide variety of artists have been brought in by this committee in the past—Native American storytellers, drama instructors, master puppeteers, Latin American musicians and much more.
Grade Level Coordinators will be a liaison between grade level teachers, parents, and the principal. They will help research, coordinate, and organize all field trips for the year, parent tours, and other grade level activities as they arise. There is a minimum of 3 field trips you will need to help facilitate during the school year.
This committee develops, promotes and organizes environmental awareness efforts, recycling, composting and educational programs for the Murray community. They publish a weekly Green Tip in Tiger Talk (our weekly newsletter) and plan events to raise awareness and take action on Earth Day.
Parents of incoming kindergartners are invited to an orientation session before their children arrive at Murray and then to a welcome coffee on the first day of school. The orientation session is for parents only and offers an opportunity to meet the teachers and administration and to get an overview of the school, curriculum and what to expect during the year. In June, in order to familiarize incoming kindergarten students with their new school, students have an opportunity to meet in small groups with a kindergarten teacher in his/her classroom. The PTA helps the administration organize these events.
The PTA and students from MHS's Transitional Academy, maintain Lost and Found boxes in the basement. Children and parents are encouraged to check them frequently for any articles of clothing or other personal items lost by the children. At the end of the year, after providing notice in Tiger Talk, unclaimed clothing is donated to an appropriate charity.
Murray Farms is a place for students to learn and grow by planting and harvesting edible plants and flowers. Student activities are woven into the curriculum in a collaborative effort with teachers and all grades participate. Our garden is also a place for children to write, draw or sit quietly and observe. It is also where our Lunchtime Garden Club meets to nurture the garden and learn about our natural world. Parents are encouraged to volunteer for plantings, harvesting, and general maintenance; time commitment will vary seasonally.
This event in March is designed to raise money for the school, while providing a social evening get-together for parents. It is our largest school fundraiser and funds the majority of the programs listed above.
The Science Fair encourages children in grades 3-5 to investigate a topic and share results verbally and through a presentation board/project. Parents and children attend this evening event in the Spring, and students in other grades walk through the Science Fair earlier in the day.
The event of the Spring, this fundraiser provides fun for the whole family, with parent-staffed games, rides, sales, crafts and refreshments. Each class sponsors a booth, and parents are asked to volunteer for a one-hour shift at each of their children’s booths. Lots of work goes into making this event a success, so we ask every family to help out in whatever way they can. Bring your family and friends for a great time! Held on a Saturday in May.
A program that saves parents time and money! Committee Chairs and teachers coordinate student school supply lists for the upcoming school year. Supply kits are purchased through Futterman’s Stationary Store in Larchmont, and are available for pickup in August, or you may have them shipped to your home. Each box purchased earns our PTA $5!
Assist the STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck to organize tinkering nights and Murray’s booth at The Stemtastic festival. Meet with other school liaisons once a year to share best practices on all STEM related activities and clubs. Forward communications from the alliance to the MUR community via the appropriate channels.
Students cherish this memento of the school year. Parents take candid photos, create photo collages, help with design and layout, and arrange to have the yearbook printed. Fifth graders receive the yearbook as a gift from the PTA; other students may purchase it. Students in all grades enjoy having the yearbook signed by classmates on the last days of school.
The Murray Avenue PTA could not run without the help of many dedicated volunteers. For a complete description of all committees, please see Committee Descriptions 2018-2019.