Winter Updates

Friday, October 26, 2012

To the Families of Murphy Elementary School:

Sooner or later we’re bound to have snow and much colder weather.  Living in Minnesota it’s one of the few weather related things that I’m certain of!  Knowing that the seasons and weather are about to drastically change, I would like to take a few moments and share a few items to help our school families prepare for the weather.

The first item is related to what time the front doors will be unlocked.  We have staff on hand to supervise children starting at 7:40 each morning.  The front doors are locked until that time.  Although I understand that sometimes the doors are open and staff are here earlier, as the Principal, and as a parent, I need everyone to know that you can count on 7:40.  For the safety of our children and the building, I have reminded our custodial staff of this time.  If you were in the habit of arriving earlier, please note the listed time and plan accordingly.

Starting Monday, October 29th: For recess, all of our students (K-4) are expected to wear the appropriate winter clothing including a hat, coat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots.  We can assist anyone that needs cold weather clothing, we need you to let us know.  We will make sure our students are safe but for those that forget items (such as boots or snow pants) they will be required to stand along the outside wall.  If the weather were too cold to be outside without the item they forget we would have them stay inside.  We want kids to be safe and at the same time work on responsibility in remembering their clothing.

In closing, if your family is in need of any cold weather items (boots, hats, mittens, snow pants, …) please let Sharon or I know and we’ll figure something out.  We do have grant funding available for items such as this and do an excellent job of sharing items without drawing attention to the kids.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at any time.

Sean Martinson
Principal – Murphy Elementary School

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