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May 11 2020 Letter to Parents
Murphy Elementary
Monday, April 27, 2020

May 11, 2020

Dear MTM Parents and Guardians, 

We hope you had an enjoyable Mother’s day Weekend and that everyone was able to take a break from the rigors of online learning. As we continue our March to the end of the scheduled school year we wanted to inform you of some upcoming online events. Our Art teachers are preparing an art show and our Physical Education teachers are planning a virtual field day. These will take place at the end of May. Our classroom teachers have been offering students opportunities to participate in virtual field trips to various museums and zoos. Our hope is that these types of learning experiences will enrich their learning and further their engagement.

Below is some information to support your efforts to provide your child with various strategies to setting up a positive learning environment at home.

Promoting Positive Behavior During Distance Learning:  Setting up a behavior/reward chart

1. Choose the behavior you want to change or encourage.  Use clear and positive descriptions of the behavior. For example, ‘Follow directions without arguing’, is more positive than ‘Don’t talk back.’  ‘Complete daily learning activities’, is also preferable to ‘don’t argue about completing schoolwork.’  

2. Set up a chart.  This can be a simple list or an app on your phone.  Older children might like to create their own chart, perhaps with a drawing/photo of the reward they’re trying to earn. 

3. Choose short-term rewards.  Stickers or a check on their chart may be initially rewarding, but children may respond better to rewards such as a family bike ride, a movie night or a new book or small toy.  

4. Acknowledge the behavior immediately after it happens.  This increases the likelihood of the positive behavior continuing.  For example, ‘I appreciate that you joined your google classroom today the first time that I asked.’

5. Try to stay positive.  If your child continues to argue about completing schoolwork, avoid punishing your child by saying ‘You are not going to earn a reward if you keep this up!’, instead provide encouragement, such as ‘Remember you are working towards earning a movie.  To earn that, I need you to start your work without arguing.’ 


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