It's Fall at V.L. Murray Elementary
V.L. Murray sits in a bucolic setting in the western end of our school division. The grounds of our school provide an outstanding outdoor learning space and we are taking great advantage of it as Fall fills the air. Kindergarteners has been visiting our outdoor classroom on Fridays to notice elements of nature. Sometimes they simply explore their surroundings and other times they bring pieces of nature into the classroom and create. Many of our classrooms are cultivating their raised garden beds that sprinkle the back of our grounds, planting bulbs that will bloom in Spring. In a day and age when so much of our daily lives involve screen time, I am grateful that our staff provides time to engage in sunshine, fresh air, and slowing down to understand our outdoor world.
Fall has also meant the beginning of our book buddies. Grade levels pair and come together every other Friday to share books and cross grade level friendships. It is hard to top watching children share books with one another, treating one another with kindness, and sharing a love of books that prevails at Murray Elementary.
Finally, Fall has provided a backdrop for accenting the strong sense of community at our school. PTO recently sponsored an evening movie night out on our playground and fields- an annual event known as Flick on the Field. It is an evening of fellowship, food, and a movie at dusk. Continuing to capitalize on connecting and developing community in our school, first grade invited classroom families to an early evening outdoor potluck dinner. There were plenty of smiles, food, and families getting to know one another on that night.
In short, community and learning are priorities at V.L. Murray Elementary and the Fall season is definitely setting us up to build on both.