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May 18 letter to parents
Murphy School
Monday, May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Greetings to all of our Murphy Parents and Guardians,

This week is Field Week created by Ms. Amodio, Ms. Vargas, Mr. Kennedy and Ms. Burris, members of our Physical Education Staff. They have collaborated on a variety of engaging activities that incorporate movement, fitness, and fun that are geared for families to do together. Be sure to check out their google classrooms to explore the family activities that are most appealing to you..There are many to choose from so ENJOY!!!

Our art teachers, Mrs. Riehl, Ms. Denicola and Mr.Dormer have announced that spring always means Art Show season! While we are all sad that we can’t have an in-person art show with all of you, we are very excited to announce that we will be having a Celebration of Art week. The week of May 26th through the 29th will be an exciting time to check out all the great art our students have created during these last several weeks.Hopefully you have seen our announcements in your child’s art google classroom and are starting to get excited! 

Our art teachers have been busy assembling a virtual art museum that will be interactive and feature each child who has submitted art to us during this Flex Learning time. They will be choosing art from each child to showcase. The virtual art museum will be unveiled on May 26th. You will have the opportunity to view your child’s artwork and the artwork of every participating child in the district!

 In addition, each of the elementary art teachers will be hosting a Live Art Class next week. We are hoping this will give our students the opportunity to do some creating with each of us, something we truly miss! The link to our Live Art Classes will be posted on your child’s art google classroom that day. The schedule and lineup of activities are as follows:

Tuesday, May 26

Wednesday, May 27

Thursday, May 28

At 2:00 pm Mr. Dormer will be doing a LIVE lesson on collage! 

You will need:

Paper

Scissors

Glue or tape

Colored paper

Markers and crayons are good to have too

At 2:00 pm Mrs. Riehl will be doing a LIVE lesson on Kumihimo Braids!

You will need:

Cereal Box

4" or 5" Bowl

(7) 24"  pieces of Yarn

    (if you don't have yarn, String or Ribbon with work).

Scissors

Pencil

At 2:00 pm Ms. DeNicola will be doing a LIVE hidden surprise drawing lesson!

You will need:

 Paper

Something to draw and color with like a Sharpie, pencil, crayons, markers, etc

We hope you join us during our Celebration of Art Week for one or all of these activities! In the meantime, keep sending us art! Tutorials on how to upload art to google classroom are posted on the stream of your child’s art google classroom page. Thank you and feel free to reach out to us with any questions!

We are extremely excited about offering our parents an opportunity to discuss strategies for supporting their child’s learning at home. Please read below.

Parent Groups

The district elementary schools will be offering weekly parent sessions broken up by grade through google meets in which parents can meet as a group with facilitated discussion on strategies to continue student engagement, non-compliance with home and school, and routines and schedules.  Parents can share strategies that have worked for them as well as get suggestions.  Meetings will be 30-45 minutes in length. These sessions will be facilitated by the Elementary Behavior Intervention Coordinator, Lisa Verzella.

Schedule:

  • Tuesday at 4- grade prek/k/1

  • Thursday at 4-grade 2/3/4

To Access these Groups:

  • If you are interested in joining a session please email Lverzella@branfordschools.org and an invitation will be emailed for you to join

Thank you for all you are doing to support your child’s learning and families needs during these challenging times.

Warm regards,

Robin