Murphy School and You 

Parent Newsletter March 2022

Friday, March 11                          Early Release Day  1:25 PM

Monday, March 14                      PD – No School for Students

Monday, March 21-25                 SPIRIT WEEK 

Wednesday, March 30 PD            Early Release Day 1:25 PM

Thursday, April 14              Early Release Day  1:25 PM  

All week April 18-22                             Spring Break- No school

Greetings Murphy Families,

Welcome to March. For one I am hoping it comes in like a lamb, and leaves like a lamb. The last few months brought us some cold temperatures and weather that kept us inside for recess and all other activities. Students and staff alike feel the difference of not being able to get outside to breath the fresh air and get some exercise in the great outdoors. There is a direct connection between healthy routines of taking walks and playing outside with the physical and mental health of every member of our Murphy community.

Recent statistics show that elementary age students spend far greater time on screens than they do engaged in healthy physical activity outdoors. Something to keep in mind as we hopefully approach warmer days with longer hours of sunshine and light. At Murphy we try to get our students outside as frequently as possible knowing the benefits are numerous. We look forward to being able to offer students more consistent outside time as weather permits.

Wednesday, March 2nd 2022 is Read Across America Day.  We will be celebrating this day on Thursday, March 3rd 2022.  Volunteers from United Way will be coming to classrooms and gifting each teacher with a bag of books as well as reading one of the new books to each class.  On this day, the students are encouraged to dress as their favorite literary character.  The celebration will also include a whole school silent reading time from 2:30-3:00.  

As we begin the month of March we will be celebrating Spirit week during  the week of March 21. The PTA will be working with teachers to create a week where students and staff alike can express themselves in a variety of interesting ways from crazy hair day to wearing sports wear to show off their favorite team. More to come on this. In addition we will be holding monthly Town Meetings where each grade level will have an opportunity to share what they are doing in their classes with the entire school community. This will be live streamed to all the classrooms.

There is so much to look forward to as we begin our return to normalcy one step at a time. As always, we look forward to continuing our work together as partners in your child’s education

Warm regards, Robin

Virtual Art Museum from Mrs. Riehl Happy March! Please click on the UPDATED  link below and check out the new artwork that’s been added to the museum. Not all grades have been updated but check back often because I add to it every day.  Once again, this is a very large document so please give it time to load. Enjoy the Art Museum! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1gaxkYO7SIHiw_2J1O-7HvAWbgqagmyi6HTPG-MaCcH0/present#slide=id.gedeb3d5ee8_10_1608


PreK and K registration is now open. Contact BPS Registrar, Susan Wallace at: swallace@branfordschools.org or if you prefer to submit them in person, call (203) 315-6723 for an appointment.  Register here: https://www.branfordschools.org/o/bps/page/student-registration 

From the PTA- Please participate in our Yearbook this year by sending us your pictures for the 2021-2022 school year. Events, Holidays, classroom activities, back to school and those truly memorable events for your children while they attended Mary T. Murphy this Year.   4th Grade Families can also send "Baby Pictures" with students' names to celebrate those students that will be graduating to middle school. Please send all pictures to tmpta@gmail.com to be placed into our yearbook.  Thank you kindly for helping us complete the best yearbook ever! 

 

GET the PARENT APP! Stay up to date on grades, assignments, attendance announcements, schedules and more. -INFINITE CAMPUS  PARENT  PORTAL SIGN UP TODAY Don't have an account?  Click here to request one:  Parent Portal Account Request or https://goo.gl/forms/ukGatxCFUhsS4IBF3 Still having issues with the portal? Email portalhelp@branfordschools.org

Parent Safety Tips – Keeping our children safe is our number one priority!!!

Six ways your student can protect their online identities: 

 1. Share carefully – don’t give out any personal information to unknown sites or strangers 

2. Go private – keep privacy settings high and limit location services when possible 

3. Log out – especially after using shared computers 

4. Mix up passwords – use different passwords for different apps and websites 

5. Avoid clickbait – avoid quizzes and random questionnaires

6. Parent monitoring – most importantly set expectations, talk to them about what is appropriate, and check in on your child to see how they are using their devices.