This message will go out tonight as an Instant Alert Phone call and Email.

Good evening, this is Sean Martinson, principal at Murphy Elementary School.  I am sending this message with a reminder about tomorrow night’s open house at Murphy Elementary School from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.


Although our open house will have some traditional features, for example, having classrooms open for visitation and teachers available to speak with, we will have a few things outside of the ordinary this year.


Part of our school’s Site Goals are to include information for families to help better support their child’s success at home.  With that in mind, we will be holding short informational sessions throughout the open house for different grade levels.


These informational meetings are set up by grade level, and designed to share information that will better help you support your child’s success in school and at home.  If you cannot make all of the sessions, please do not worry, we do ask though that you try to make at least one informational session.


Our fourth grade will start first in the gym at 5:30, our first grade classrooms will meet in the cafeteria at 5:45, our third grade team will meet in the gym at 6 o’clock, and our second grade team will meet in the cafeteria at 6:15 PM.


Again, I want to stress that these are informational meetings meant to share information with you to help support your child’s academic success at home as well as at school.


In closing, I would like to include one final note, when your child and family come into the school for the Open House, we ask that you use this as a time for your child to show you how to demonstrate the school rules.  For example, when you come in, it would be a great time to ask your child what are the school rules in the hallways, the classroom, the playground, the library, etc. It’s also a great time for you to ask your child to demonstrate what the school rules look like.   For example, you may ask your child what does it look like when you walk in the hallway during the day, what does it sound like when you walk in the hall during the day?


Again, we hope to see you tomorrow night, Thursday, September 19 from From 5:30 to 6:30 PM.  Although you may be tempted to come early, I remind you that the start time is 5:30 (there is a PTC meeting from 5:00-5:30) and many of our staff will be leaving school to eat dinner and then coming back for the 5:30 start.


Have a great evening!




Sean Martinson

Dad to Three Amazing Kids (soon to be 4!)

Principal – Murphy Elementary School


If you need to call or text me, please use the following number: 218.209.2573


M.S. Educational Leadership

Licensed K-12 Principal

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