Get Involved!

What’s happening at Muraco and how do I get involved?

Muraco Elementary School Parents Aassociation provides many opportunities to be involved in the Muraco community. We need you!

The following is a list of many, though not all, of MESPA’s committees and annual events. The time commitments to both committees and events vary and can be tailored to meet your needs.

COMMITTEES

Book Fair Committee: 

The Book Fair Committee identifies and develops activities to promote reading and literacy and support the growth of the library. Organizes and runs the annual book fair, the proceeds of which go directly to the Muraco library.

Directory Committee

The Directory committee compiles, prints and distributes the Muraco School directory, which contains teacher and staff contact information, as well as contact information for students and families.

Enrichment Committee

The Enrichment Committee coordinates the enrichment programs for the school. One or two volunteers per grade work with classroom teachers to research and book enrichment programs. The Chair coordinates the committee’s activities and serves as the liaison to the district-wide enrichment source, Community Schools Association (CSA). The Field Trip Administrator coordinates the buses for class field trips.

Facilities Enhancement and Playground Committees

The facilities enhancement and playground committees oversee the beautification and upkeep of the school grounds and playgrounds. Coordinate fall and/or spring clean-up days.

Fifth Grade Committee

The Fifth Grade Committee, coordinates the 5th Grade programs and activities (including fundraising) for the year, such as gifts, yearbook, dinner, trips, community service projects, and fundraisers.

Grants Committee

The Grants Committee identifies potential grants and writes grant applications on behalf of the Muraco staff to WFEE, Rotary, and other organizations.

Kindergarten Welcoming Committee

Coordinates summer play dates and activities to welcome incoming Kindergarten children and their families.

Library Committee (consisting of Library Fund Coordinator, Library Volunteer Scheduling Coordinator and Shift workers)

The Library Fund Coordinator interfaces with the Library Media Specialists regarding library use and needs. The Volunteer Scheduling Coordinator creates and maintains the schedule of parent volunteers, who shelve books and assist children during library classes.

Mentoring Committee (4th and 5th Grade)

Matches 4th and 5th grade students with a mentor in their field of interest and recruits members of the Muraco community and community-at-large to serve as mentors.

Monthly Staff Appreciation Breakfast Committee

Coordinates volunteers to contribute breakfast foods for the staff on the first Thursday of the month. Always looking for parents to donate food to staff breakfasts. Click here to sign up!

Muraco After-School Programs (“MASP”) Coordinators

Schedules the after-school programs by coordinating with teachers, notifies community of programs, sets class rosters, handles registration, fees and instructor reimbursement.

Newsletter Committee

Committee publishes the weekly MESPA newsletter: “Muraco Matters.”

Publicity Committee

Contacts local newspapers to arrange coverage of special events at Muraco School and submits articles and photos of Muraco events to the local newspapers.

Green Team

Muraco’s Green Team is up and running! In additional to recycling bins in every classroom and throughout the school, we have 3 main programs this year:

· Lunchtime Recycling: We can now recycle milk and juice boxes, aluminum foil and hard plastics that are empty — in the cafeteria! This program is going very well, with the full support of our janitors, cafeteria staff and most importantly, the students! We could use more parent helpers at lunch time to remind the kids which containers go where & what can and cannot be recycled.

· Marker Recycling through Crayola’s ColorCycle program: We started this last spring and with the teacher’s incredible support, we recycled over 38 pounds of markers. Considering that the average marker weighs less than .5 ounces, that’s pretty remarkable! Starting October 1st, there will be ColorCycle boxes in all classrooms and also the front office, so bring in those dried-up markers!

· Anti-Idling Campaign: Did you know that is against the law to allow a car engine to idle for more than 5 minutes in Massachusetts? Did you know that pollutants from cars aggravates asthma and other illnesses in children, leading to missed school days? Through the Department of Environmental Programs’ Green Team, Muraco will have free supplies to teach families about the importance of not letting car engines run while they are sitting still. There will be new signs, pledge cards for families and stickers for cars, buses and kids. This fall, we will be handing out the pledge cards at pickup and in classrooms. Families who return pledge cards will get stickers and other incentives to help make Muraco and Winchester healthier & cleaner!

Want to know more? Have an idea for another green project at Muraco? Want to help out?
Contact the Green Team: muraco.greenteam@gmail.com

Room Parent Coordinators and Room Parents (2 per Class)

The Coordinator ensures that each teacher has room parent volunteers. Room Parents work with teachers throughout the year to coordinate class parties and extracurricular activities.

School Committee Liaison

The School committee Liaison attends Winchester School Committee meetings and report back to the Muraco community regarding matters discussed and voted upon by the School Committee.

Social Committee

Committee plans and provides refreshments at all Association meetings and events, as well as organizes the Staff Appreciation Luncheon during Staff Appreciation week in May.

Special Needs Committee—PAC Liaison

The Special Needs committee PAC Liaison attends meetings of the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee and updates Muraco community of issues, meetings and events.

UNICEF Coordinator

Coordinates the collection of donations from the community in October.

Webmaster

The Webmaster maintains the MESPA website.

Winchester Coalition for A Safer Community (“WCSC”) Liaison

Attend monthly Coalition meetings and serve as a liaison between the Coalition and the Muraco community.

Winchester Fund for Educational Excellence (“WFEE”) Liaison

Serve as a liaison between WFEE and MESPA.

EVENTS

Multicultural Fair September/October

Serve on the Committee that organizes this event or help out just on the day of the event: make a dish, help set up or clean-up, take a shift of serving food or oversee a children’s craft or game.

Library Book Fair September/October

Be part of the planning or help out with the event itself: Set-up the books, take a shift selling the books, or help children with wish lists.

Fall Festival November

Organize the festival or help out at the party. Always a fun, family event!

Science Fair March/April

Help coordinate and set up the student Science Fair.

Field Day June

Plan the event or take a shift scooping slush, help tie legs together for the three-legged race, set up the obstacle course, and more!

FOR A FULL LIST OF MESPA EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES, PLEASE CONSULT THE MESPA NEWSLETTER

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