Murphy School & You Parent Newsletter
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Friday, December 01, 2017

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 Murphy School and You 

Parent Newsletter December 2017

Monday           Dec 4 thru Thursday Dec 7 9 am to 2:45 pm Scholastic Book Fair at MTM

Thursday        Dec 7       All Day P. J. Day and 6-8 pm Book Fair Family Night

Friday              Dec 8      Josh Chalmers author of Change the World Before Bedtime visit

Friday              Dec 8      Progress Report Cards go home to parents

Saturday         Dec 10    Quinnipiac Women's Basketball - free tickets available

Wednesday  Dec 13    Early Dismissal


A Note from Principal Robin Goeler

For the Branford Tree Lighting Parade Murphy School’s float was designed and decorated by our PTA.  Our float reflected the theme of our school, Change the World before Bedtime. This was a wonderful event filled with community spirit. The street was packed with onlookers as the floats paraded down Main Street to the tree lighting kicking off the holiday season. Thank you to our PTA for their efforts in making this a great experience for our Murphy family.


During this holiday season we have an opportunity to reflect upon the past year and relish in all we have for which to be thankful. We are blessed to live in a wonderful community that offers a great quality of life that exudes a spirit of caring for one another. I am hopeful that you will all have an opportunity to enjoy your families, friends and neighbors as you engage in the many festivities around town. All my best! Warm Regards, Robin


Veterans Day ceremony was attended by over 30 Veterans from the greater Branford area. Many family members also attended the school wide assembly lead by Ms. Hanchuruck. Students in grade level ensembles performed patriotic songs and poems. Letters of appreciation written by our Murphy students were distributed to all the vets in attendance.


Family Literacy Night is Thursday December 7 from 6-8 PM. The Book fair will be here and there will be storytelling, board games, crafts and much, much more, including chocolate milk and cookies. In addition, this will be a pajama day for students in school, and we want them to wear their PJs to Literacy Night as well. This event is a partnership between our Murphy PTA and our coaches/RTI coordinators.  

Josh Chalmers, will be our guest December 8 he is author of Change the World Before Bedtime.  He will be at Murphy all day, signing books, spending time in classes with students, and he will attend our Town Meeting assembly at the end of the day with a special guest and announcement for our students. THERE IS STILL TIME TO PURCHASE A BOOK for Josh to sign on the 8th.  They make great holiday gifts. You can download the form at from our website


Progress report cards will be distributed on Friday, December 8. Students will receive them in class and are expected to share them with their parents/guardians when they arrive home. Parents are asked to keep the report card and return the envelope with their signature.


Quinnipiac University will be donating tickets to Murphy families interested in attending a Division 1 women’s basketball game. The first date is Saturday December 9th at 1pm. Tickets will be available at the office. You can send your child in with a note requesting the number of tickets you would like and we will give them to your child.


Notes from the School Based Health Center

Smartphones, tablets, laptops, TVs, gaming consoles Raising kids in today’s digitally-connected world is complicated.  Websites and apps allow our children to become architects, scientists, writers and even music composers!  However, parents do and should worry about what their kids are doing online.  How can we as parents set boundaries and keep our children safe online?

A good start is to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics New Recommendations for Media Use (summarized for you below).

AAP Recommendations:              

            -ages 2-5 years Limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.      

            -ages 6 + up Place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.

            -Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.

            -Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.

      The Family Online Safety Institute is a valuable website for information on “Good Digital Parenting” where you can find “tips, tools and rules to confidently navigate the online world with your kids.  Visit by cutting and pasting the following address in your browser:


Vision and Hearing screening has begun at MTM students who experience difficulty with the original screening will be retested.  If difficulties persist you will be informed. Also, if your child is followed by an optician or ENT please ask for a copy of their last visit so I may update their health record. The State of Connecticut requires vision to be tested in grades K,1,3,4 only and hearing only in grades K,1,3,4.

     Please remember that children are not allowed to bring to or keep in school any over the counter medicine including cough syrup, cough drops, Tylenol, ointments, sprays and/or lotions.  If any of these items need to be taken in school, a doctor must prescribe them and an adult must bring it to school and give it to the nurse. Pre k and kindergarten students are to bring in proof of influenza vaccine rec’d this year by Jan. 2, 2018.  

Do not hesitate to call or email me or send in a note if you have any questions and/or concerns regarding your child. There is a link provided on our website to review and download any forms, asthma or allergy updates. Yours in Good Health, Nurse Kathy

Nurses line #203-315-3561 or  email


Dreambox Challenge for Quinnipiac Basketball Tickets when students complete 70 or more lessons on Dreambox from December 4th through January 16 and receive Quinnipiac tickets for the men’s basketball game on Sunday, January 21st at 2:00p.m. Tickets will be given out for those students, and accompanying adult, who achieve the 70 lessons on a first come basis.  Lesson completion will be monitored on a weekly basis and those who earn tickets will be notified no later than Wednesday, January 17th. A second challenge will be held in January for a men’s game on Friday, February 23rd at 7:00.  Look for more information in January.

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