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Weekly Message 10/25/20

Weekly Phone Call in Text


Students and families have been doing a great job accessing learning during this unique time. We have had great participation from bell-to-bell each day in the remote setting. Thank you for your continued support.


On Tuesday at 2:00, there is a food pantry located at the STEM academy. To preregister for this, you should call 978-674-2053.


On Wednesday, your child’s progress report will be mailed out. You might not receive it until later in the week. Please review this report and contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Throughout this week, students will be finishing their ELA iReady Assessment and also begin their Math iReady Assessment. Thank you for ensuring your child is completing this test without help. It’s important for us to know what your child’s strengths and areas of need are so we can best support their learning.


We have had incredible attendance during remote learning. Mrs. Perrin and I are beginning grade level attendance battles starting this week. Please do all you can to continue supporting your child logging into school at 8:30 each day.


That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great week. Remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day - and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

Weekly Message 10/18/20

Weekly Phone Call in Text (You can translate this using the icon on bottom of screen)


Good evening, this is Mr. Andriolo calling to share important information about school and the upcoming week.


Students and families have been doing a great job accessing learning during this unique time. We have had great participation from bell-to-bell each day in the remote setting. Thank you for your continued support.


As we enter a new week of learning, our in-person students will also join the remote setting. Unfortunately we have seen a rise of cases in the city that has made the state dashboard for Lowell red for multiple weeks. Let’s hope this setback is short lived. For our in-person families going remote, please know that office staff will still be at the Murkland to support.


As our in-person students head into the remote setting, please know that when you child’s camera and microphone are on, others can hear and see into the background of the space your child is working. We encourage you to keep the noise level down in your household and hold adult conversations away from the zoom.


During this week of school, most students will be taking an iReady Assessment focusing on Reading. This is a very important assessment. It provides teachers with important information about your child’s reading development. Please be sure your child takes this test without support, so we get a true picture of your child’s progress. Also, please encourage your child to try their best on this assessment. Next week, students will take the iReady Math Assessment.


That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great week. Remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day - and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

Weekly Message 10/11/20

Weekly Phone Call in Text

Good evening, this is Mr. Andriolo calling to share important information about school and the upcoming week.


There is no school tomorrow, Monday, October 12 due to it being Columbus Day. Please plan accordingly.


The Murkland School continues to have a food truck in the parking lot on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:30. This week it will only be Wednesday and Friday.


For families of an in-person student, an email went out from the Mayor and Superintendent talked about the states dashboard that codes cities and towns either grey, green, yellow, or red. Lowell has now been red for two straight weeks. The email from the Mayor and Superintendent stated that if Lowell is again coded “red” next week, the district will shift to a full remote learning model beginning at the start of school on Monday, October 19, 2020. Please be aware of this possibility and plan accordingly.


That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great week. Remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day - and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

Early Release and UML String Project

Phone call reminding families of early release and UML String Project:

Good evening, this is Mr. Andriolo calling to remind families that tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7, is an Early Release Day. Dismissal for in-school students is at 12:45. Please plan accordingly.


Also, for families of students in grades 2 – 4, the Umass Lowell String Project is open again. Students can learn to play violin, viola and cello with help from UMass Lowell college students as tutors. Tuition is low and scholarships are available to families with need. Sign ups are Thursday, October 8 from 2:30 – 7:00 PM at Durgin Hall located at UMass Lowell’s South Campus, off Wilder Street. If you have questions, you can email umlstringproject@gmail.com This is a great opportunity for your child to develop a life-long skill and love of music.

Weekly Message 10/4/20

Sunday Phone Call in Text

Good evening, this is Mr. Andriolo calling to share important information about school and the upcoming week.


Wednesday is an Early Release Day for both in-person and remote students. Dismissal is at 12:50. Please plan accordingly.


The Murkland School continues to have a food truck in the parking lot on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:30.


If you were unable to complete an emergency form during our orientation, we will be mailing a blank one out within the week. Please be on the lookout and fill this out and return it as soon as possible. It is very important that we have this information, even for our remote families.


Your children are doing a terrific job during remote learning. They are logging into their classrooms at 8:30 and working hard throughout the day. A few things to remember during the school day:


  • Please know that when you child’s camera and microphone are on, others can hear and see into the background of the space your child is working. We encourage you to keep the noise level down in your household and hold adult conversations away from the zoom.
  • Messaging your child’s teacher during the day is okay, but please know it is very hard for them to respond right away, as they are running the online class. Please be patient and aware of this when reaching out to your child’s teacher.
  • There are times in the day when you child’s class takes screen breaks. Please make sure your child rejoins his or her class when expected.
  • Teachers ask many questions throughout the day for students to answer. Typically when students are in school, we have students turn and talk to a partner about their answer, so all students can share their thinking. This isn’t possible online, so teachers can only have one child answer a question at a time. Please know that teachers would love to hear from all students, but it’s impossible with over 20 students in a remote setting. Please encourage your child to not get discouraged if they aren’t called on to answer every question.


That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great week. Remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day - and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

Weekly Message 9/27/20

Good evening, this is Mr. Andriolo calling to share important information about school and the upcoming week.


This Monday brings an in-person start to about 25% of our students. Students who have Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Moynihan, Mrs. Quealy, and Mrs Genninger will begin their in-person learning. For those families, please be cautious in the parking lot if you are walking or dropping off your child. If dropping your child off, always try and let your child out on the curbside of your car. Staff will be outside to direct your child. Please remember that your child will need a mask to come into school.


For our remote families, please remember it is important that your child’s teachers have the ability to contact an adult in case your child is having technical difficulties or isn’t logging back into class. If there are changes to who is supervising your child, please reach out with that information to your child’s teacher.


Speaking of tech support, there will be a tech tent available at the Murkland on Friday, October 2 from 9AM – 11AM. In addition, the tech tent is open on at the Robinson School on Monday from 9-11 and at the STEM on Wedneday from 9-11. It’s important to have your child’s device running well. I encourage you to head to a tech tent if there is a need.


We have some families who are still in need of wifi. Please know that we will provide support once it arrives. Hopefully the wifi sticks arrive soon. We will keep you posted.


We continue to have solid attendance with remote learning. It’s not easy on families and we really appreciate your part in getting your child on from bell-to-bell each day. Please continue to support your child logging into their classroom at 8:30, each day.


That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great week. Remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day - and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

Weekly Message 9/20/20

Our remote learning for grades 1 – 4 went well last week. There are some remote learning wrinkles that still need to be worked out.


To support families with spotty internet connections, the district has purchased a limited number of internet sticks. Your child’s teacher has taken note of who needs internet support. Hopefully we receive those devices by the end of this week. In addition, if you are having issues with your child’s device, we have been working to fix those that have been brought to the Murkland School. Feel free to reach out if you have an issue with your child’s device.


Most Kindergarten and PreK families have met with their child’s teacher. We should have devices in hand tomorrow to provide to Kindergarten families. Please be on the lookout for a notification that your Kindergarten child’s device has arrived at the Murkland so you can pick it up.


We have about 40 PreK and Kindergarten students starting in-person tomorrow. Please be sure to send your child into school with a mask. If you choose to send your child in with a water bottle, please make sure it is labeled. PreK and K students will enter through their classroom’s back door located near the parking lot. Those doors are also where they will be dismissed.


We had excellent attendance during Remote Learning last week. Please continue to work with you child to make sure they log into their classroom on time, each day. Our continue approach to remote learning is for students to be working from 8:30 – 2:50.


That’s all for this week. I hope you have a great week. Remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day - and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

First Day of Remote School for Grades 1 - 4 (9.17.20)

Our first day of school for all grade 1 - 4 students is tomorrow, Thursday, September 17. As you know, at this time, all grade 1 – 4 students are remote. The remote school day is still “bell-to-bell” from 8:30 – 2:50.


We had 95% of our families pick up a device over the last few days. If you haven’t been in contact with your child’s teacher, it is critical that you call us tomorrow at 978-937-2826. During your meeting with your child’s teacher, you were asked about an adult who would be available if needed during the day to support with something tech related. This is critical during the first day of school.


In addition to supporting your child with logging into their first day, please work to create a distraction-free space for your child. They will need to be listening closely to their teacher and classmates throughout the day. Also, each child has received a supply box. All items should be placed into that box at the end of each school day so they don’t get lost. Please double-check this so your child isn’t searching for an item when a teacher asks for it.


Remote attendance requirements are the same as in-person requirements. Please be sure to communicate to your child’s teacher if your child will be absent, late, or dismissed. If there isn’t communication, there could be confusion about whether your child’s absence is excused.


Learning remotely will certainly come with some challenges. Murkland staff has worked hard to develop systems that support your child’s independence. However, even the best of plans can sometimes have unexpected issues during implementation. Please continue to be patient and work with us as we set up routines and structures for the remote start.


Finally, this amount of time working remotely is new to all children. Please check in with your child as the begin to develop their online stamina over the coming days. Maintaining focus from “bell-to-bell” will take time. I encourage you to speak with your child about the time it will take to develop that stamina.


That’s all for now. We look forward to finally starting the 2020-2021 school year. It is certainly the most unique start we’ve ever had, but we feel ready to support your child’s learning.

Weekly Message 9/14/20

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Thursday is the first day of school for students in grades 1 – 4. We have about 100 in-person students starting and about 300 working remotely. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten will be starting on Monday, September 21.


To support families who have a child coming in person, we will be holding a parent info session this Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 on Zoom. I will post the Zoom link on our website and on Facebook just prior to the meeting. I’ve also attached it to the text email you receive from this phone call.


To support families who have a grade 1 – 4 child working remotely, your child’s teacher is reaching out to schedule appointments with you starting Monday. This year, our family-school partnership needs to be as strong as ever. Please do all you can to connect with your child’s teacher. It is very important that you learn what is needed to best support your child’s remote education.


During your meeting with a Murkland teacher this week, you will receive a box of items for your child. Teachers have worked to prepare a large amount of important resources to support your child’s independence during remote learning. It is very critical that this box of items stays organized and intact. Please try and provide your child with their own space in your home to set the remote experience up for success.


The beginning of every school year is always an exciting time. Our early goal of a new year is to make your child feel a true connection to their new classroom community so they are able to reach their full potential over the course of the year. Although we are in unique times, we still strive to make the start to this year one that brings joy to your child. We look forward to starting this journey together on Thursday.

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