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Weekly Message 5/22/22

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


We are so excited to be holding our Spring Family Event this Wednesday from 6:00 – 7:30. During this event, families will have a range of fun options. Our Chorus, led my Ms. Mclaughlin, will be putting on an amazing concert - you won’t want to miss it! Our walls will have art displayed. Classrooms will have your child’s work and writing to browse. The Book Fair will also be open. In addition, we will have ice cream sundaes for all. We hope you’re coming to this awesome event!


On Monday, students in Ms. Watt’s room will be heading to the Tsongas Museum. On Thursday, students in rooms 109 and 110 will be taking a trip to the Library. These are both walking trips. Please make sure your child is dressed in comfortable clothing and shoes.


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

Weekly Message 5/15/22

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


Our 3rd and 4th graders are taking the Math MCAS this week. This is a very important test and attendance is critical during these days. We are hoping for 100% attendance. Please continue to support your child over the coming week by maintaining their nighttime routines and insuring they are on-time for school.


On Monday, students in Mrs. Goor’s class will be taking a walking field trip to the Tsongas Museum. Please have your child wear comfortable shoes and clothing for this trip.


If you're looking for additional books to read with your child, we have a Book Nook located in the Murkland School. Please remind your child to borrow one book at a time, read it at home, then exchange it for a new book. Having Book Nooks is a great addition to our school.


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

Weekly Message 5/8/22

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


This Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Dismissal begins at 12:45. Please plan accordingly.


On Thursday, Grade 2 classes will be visited by staff from the Acton Children’s Museum. It should prove to be an exciting day.


Students in grades 3 and 4 are finalizing their prep for the Math MCAS. Please talk with your child about this test and continue to encourage them to do their best as the prepare for this very important state test.


April attendance was excellent. We gave out over 200 perfect attendance charms! Please continue to do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance.


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

Weekly Message 5/1/22

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


Monday begins Teacher Appreciation week. Murkland teachers and staff are absolutely amazing, and we will honor them throughout the week at the Murkland. Feel free to have your child write notes to their teachers to recognize Teacher Appreciation Week.


On Tuesday, there is a signup up for grade 4 students who might be interested in the Lowell Police Department’s Student Police Academy. The camp runs from July 25 – August 12. If you’re interested in signing your 4th grader up for this, signups are located at Lowell High School’s Cafeteria on Tuesday, May 3 from 5PM - 7PM.


April attendance charms will be handed out this week. We had an excellent month of attendance. Please continue to do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance.


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

Weekly Message 4/24/22

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


I hope your family had a wonderful break and your child is ready for our final stretch of the school year. Over the break, students in grades 1 – 4 had the opportunity to complete an optional packet of work. If they completed it, please have them return it and give it to their teacher on Monday.


The month of April is coming to a close. Mr. St. Lawrence and I will be giving our perfect attendance charms. We remind students that eating well, exercising, having a bedtime, dressing for the weather, and having a positive mindset often leads to good attendance. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance.


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

Weekly Message 4/10/22

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


This is an exciting week at the Murkland. On Thursday, we will hold our International Day Celebration. During the morning, classes will rotate through various stations in the building. Students will practice various dances, celebrate culture through art, and participate in other fun activities. We will end the day with a whole school assembly.


There is no school on Friday, because of Good Friday. This leads us into our April vacation with students off from school from April 15 – April 24. We hope your family is able to enjoy this extra time together.


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

Weekly Message 4/3/22

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


We are so proud of the effort our 3rd and 4th graders put toward the ELA MCAS test. They worked so hard to show all they know in reading and writing. We have the BEST students.


This week begins our Spring Extended Day Program. Students who are part of this program in grades 1 & 2 are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students who are part of this program in grades 3 & 4 are on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Tuesday is spring picture day. If you didn’t receive a form, please reach out.


On Friday, grade 1 students are heading out on a Field Trip to Stone Zoo. Please be sure to check the weather and make sure your child is dressed for the weather and wearing comfortable shoes for walking.


March is over and we are onto April. We are handing our charms to the 152 students who had perfect attendance in March. Attendance is so important, and we’re happy to see so many students with perfect attendance.


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

Weekly Phone Call in Text - 3/25/22

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


This week begins our grade 3 and 4 English Language Arts MCAS testing. Our grade 3 students are testing on Tuesday and Thursday and our grade 4 students are testing on Wednesday and Friday. Student attendance on these days is extremely important. Please do all you can to have your child arrive on time, each day of testing.


Our theme for MCAS is to be DYNAMITE on the test. Students are ready for this test and we are very excited for them. Please continue to support your child over the coming week by maintaining their routines so they have a great mindset for the test.


Our winter extended day program has ended. There is no after-school program this week. The spring session will begin on April 4.


March is coming to a close. We will be giving out perfect attendance charms for March soon. April brings another opportunity for students to have perfect attendance. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance.


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

Weekly Phone Call in Text

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


I hope your family enjoyed the winter break. Prior to break, students in grades 2, 3, and 4 received an optional Math Challenge packet to complete over the break. If students return this, they will be rewarded soon.


February is coming to a close. Student have an opportunity to earn perfect attendance charms each month. March is one of the most important months of learning in the school year, as it is uninterrupted by vacations. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance so they can maximize their learning.


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

Weekly Message 2/13/22

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


This week is School Kindness Week at the Murkland School. Our students always display kindness, but this week will emphasize some skills. Monday is Valentine Spirit Day, where students are encouraged to wear red, pink, and/or white. Monday is also Use Your Manners Day, Tuesday is Give Someone a Compliment Day, Wednesday is Do a Kind Act Day, Thursday is Talk to Someone New Day, and Friday is Kindness to the Murkland Day. We can’t wait for kindness be spread this week!


On Wednesday, Progress Reports are heading home. Please review this report with your child and reach out if you have any questions. Please sign and return this report.


This Friday is the final day of school before Winter Break begins.


Finally, our daily attendance continues to improve. In fact, on Thursday, we had had 97% of students in school. This is the highest percent in quite some time. We are hoping to get this a close to 100% as possible. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance.

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

Weekly Message 2/6/22

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


Students have finished their midyear iReady assessments. We are very excited about the student growth we have seen. Thank you for encouraging your child to do their very best on these assessments. Feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.


Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 12:45 and there is no after school programming. Please plan accordingly.


As mentioned last week, demand for the chocolate roses has been unprecedented this year. Thank you so much for supporting this fundraiser. However, due to the demand, all the lollipops have been sold. Unfortunately, the company that makes the roses is unable to resupply us with additional chocolate roses. From what we’ve been told, the chocolate rose company is having supply and labor issues due to COVID. As a result of selling out, we have had to stop taking order forms. We are very sorry to those who were waiting to submit that form.


Our daily attendance continues to improve. Despite the tricky times, we had 223 students with perfect attendance in the final weeks of January. When giving out charms, we reminded students that five things often lead to solid attendance. They are, 1 - having a bedtime, 2 - eating well, 3 - exercising, 4 - dressing for the weather, and 5 - having a positive mindset. Please continue to support these important habits.


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

Weekly Message 1/30/22

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


On Thursday from 3:00 – 5:00, the Murkland School is hosting a vaccine clinic. During that time, you could have your child vaccinated or you could get vaccinated. Boosters are also available. If you have any questions, please reach out.


Students continue to take their midyear assessments this week. Please encourage your child to do their very best on these assessments.


Demand for the chocolate roses has been unprecedented this year. Thank you so much for supporting this fundraiser. However, due to the demand, all the lollipops have been sold. Unfortunately, the company that makes the roses is unable to resupply us with additional chocolate roses. From what we’ve been told, the chocolate rose company is having supply and labor issues due to COVID. As a result of selling out, we have to stop taking order forms. We are very sorry to those who were waiting to submit that form.


Our daily attendance is finally getting better. Please continue to do all you can to support your child’s attendance so your child can maintain their learning momentum.


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

Weekly Message 1/23/22

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


The winter Extended Day Program officially begins this week. If your child is in the program, please plan accordingly. If you are interested in this option for your child, please reach out.


Students are beginning to take their midyear assessments this week. Teachers will give a targeted reading assessment that gives them a deeper understanding of your child’s current reading level. Teachers then use this data to provide target instruction. In addition, students will be taking an online iReady assessment. This assessment will focus on math and reading. It will also give us valuable information for teachers to respond to. Please encourage your child to do their very best on these assessments.


To support students with their reading at home, we have two Book Nooks located in the Murkland Schools. Please encourage your child to take a book from a Book Nook, read it at home, then exchange it for a new book.


Thank you for supporting our Valentine Chocolate Lollipop fundraiser. You can send order sheets back to school between next week and Valentine’s Day. Lollipops are $1 each.


Finally, our daily attendance has taken a hit during the first half of January because of COVID. As COVID numbers fall, please continue to do all you can to support your child’s attendance. The next few months are often ones that foster the greatest learning growth during the school year. It’s so important that children are in school so they maintain their learning momentum.


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

Weekly Message 1/17/22

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


Our Extended Day Program is being pushed out another week. Our new start date will be Monday, January 24th. A notice has gone out to all extended day students and families.


Our Valentine Chocolate Lollipop fundraiser has begun. A packet was sent home with you child last week. You can send order sheets back to school between now and Valentine’s Day. Lollipops are $1 each. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser.


The cold of winter has set in. Please make sure your child is dressed for the weather. If you need hats, gloves, or other winter items for your child, please let us know. We have many items donated to our school, including hand knitted hats and gloves.


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

Weekly Message 1/9/22

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


There is no Murkland After-School Program this week. The Winter After School Program will begin on Tuesday, January 18. Please reach out to us if you are interested in having your child attend this program.


We have an Early Release Day on Wednesday, January 12. Dismissal is at 12:45. Please plan accordingly.


In addition to having an Early Release Day on Wednesday, we are hosting a COVID Vaccine Clinic on Wednesday from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. During that time, you could have your child vaccinated or you could get vaccinated. Boosters are also available for adults. A flier was sent home last week with information. If you have any questions, please reach out.


Our Valentine Chocolate Lollipop fundraiser is beginning soon. A packet will be heading home with your child on Friday. You can send order sheets back to school between next week and Valentine’s Day. Lollipops are $1 each. Please be on the lookout and support this as best you can.


Just a reminder that our school opens at 8:30. However, we start breakfast for students in grades 1-4 at 8:20. Please know that students should not be left without adult supervision prior to 8:20, as Murkland staff don’t head outside until 8:20. Please keep this in mind when dropping off your child.


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

Weekly Message 1/2/22

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


I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday break. With the new year upon us, we often make resolutions. A resolution that would be very beneficial to Murkland students are to strive to read for at least 20 minutes each night. This little amount of reading time proves to be so beneficial to their success. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily reading.


Our 3rd and 4th graders received an optional packet of work prior to the break. If they complete this work and return it, they will get rewarded later this week.


Our Fall After School Program has ended. There is no Murkland After-School Program this week. The Winter After School Program will begin on January 10.


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

Weekly Message 12/19/21

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


Our Fall After School Program has ended. There is no Murkland After-School Program this week.

Thursday is now an Early Release Day. Dismissal is at 11:10. Please plan accordingly.


Thursday is also the final day of school before the holiday break. On behalf of the Murkland, we wish you and your family a safe, happy break.


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

Weekly Message 12/12/21

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


We are approaching the final stretch of 2021. Despite how tricky the year has been due to covid, it’s incredible how much growth students are making. To maintain this growth, please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance. The more a child is in school, the more they learn.

On Monday, you should receive your child’s report card. Please review it with you child, sign it, and send it back. If you have any questions about your child’s report card, please reach out.


This Thursday, December 16, is the final day of the fall extended day program. A notice will be sent home to remind families. Please plan accordingly. Our Winter Extended Day program begins on January 10. Children who were part of the fall program are automatically enrolled into the Winter Program. If your child is not enrolled and you’d like to sign him or her up, please reach out to us.


Finally, just a reminder that our school opens at 8:30. However, we start breakfast for students in grades 1-4 at 8:20. Please know that students should not be left without adult supervision prior to 8:20, as Murkland staff don’t head outside until 8:20. Please keep this in mind when dropping off your child.


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

Weekly Message 12/5/21

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


Wednesday is an Early Release day. Dismissal is at 12:50, please plan accordingly.


We now have two Book Nooks located in the Murkland School. One is located in the main lobby and the other on the second floor landing. Students are able to take a book for home reading and return it when they’re done. Please encourage your child to take a book if they need one for their home reading.


We are now into December. With that begins a new attendance month. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance. We remind students that there are five responsibilities to having good attendance: 1 – Have a bedtime, 2 – Dress for the weather, 3 – Eat well, 4 – Exercise, 5 – Have a positive mindset. Please do all you can to support your child’s daily attendance.


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

Weekly Message 11/19/21

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


We will be practicing our Options Based training drill this week. A notice has been sent home regarding these drills.


Wednesday, November 24 is an Early Release. Dismissal on Wednesday is at 11:10. Please make plan accordingly. Also, there is no school on Thursday, November 25 or Friday, November 26 because of Thanksgiving. I hope you and your family enjoy the holiday.


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

Weekly Message 11/14/21

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


Our picture makeup day was scheduled for this Tuesday, however, it has been moved to Tuesday, November 30. This change occurred because the pictures from our fall picture day haven’t arrived yet. The company informed us they should be coming soon.


As you know, our school day begins at 8:30. However, we open our doors for grades 1 – 4 students who would like to have breakfast at 8:20. If your child isn’t having breakfast and is here at 8:20, please make sure they are dressed in warm clothing because they enter the building at 8:30.


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

Weekly Message 11/7/21

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


There is no school on Thursday, November 11 to honor Veterans’ Day. Please plan accordingly.


Murkland students have been doing a very nice job wearing masks in school and on the bus. Thank you for your continued support with this.


Every month, we provide perfect attendance charms to students at the Murkland. In October we had about 175 students with perfect attendance. This is quite the accomplishment, given the circumstances. Students with solid attendance typically have more significant growth during the school year. Thank you for your support with your child’s attendance. We look forward to giving out more charms throughout the year.


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

Weekly Message 10/31/21

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


We had a wonderful spirit week at school last week. Thank you for supporting this with so many creative ideas. We have many artist in our Murkland community!


There is no school on Tuesday, November 2 because of elections. Please plan accordingly.


We are entering the month of November. This is the time of year when we start to see accelerated learning growth. To support this, please encourage your child to read at least 20 minutes, each night. If you need books, we have a new “Book Nook” that was donated to the Murkland School. Your child can take a book and keep it until they’re done reading it, then exchange it with another book. Please reach out if your child is in need of a book.


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

Weekly Message 10/22/21

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


Progress reports went home last week. It is important to review this report with your child to see their progress. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.


We had great attendance in school last week. Daily attendance is critical to student success. Please continue to support your child’s attendance.


This week is Spirit Week at the Murkland School. Monday is Crazy Hair Day, Tuesday is Wacky Hat Day, Wednesday is Mismatch Day, Thursday is Comfy Day, Friday is Fall Color Day. We hope your child is able to join in.


Students in Grades 1 – 4 have to complete a math challenge every week. That challenge goes home on Mondays and needs to be turned in no later than Thursday. Within that challenge is a section for you to check if your child answered the questions, labeled their answers, and explained their thinking. Please continue to check this with your child and sign that Math Challenge each week.


When picking up or dropping off your child, please know that pets should not be on school grounds.


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

Weekly Message 10/15/21

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


Our After School Program begins this Monday for grades 1 & 2 and Tuesday for grades 3 & 4. If your child is attending, you should have received a notice from us. If you signed your child up for the program, but didn’t receive a notice, please call us on Monday. The after school program ends at 4:45. Please work to arrive promptly between 4:40 – 4:45 to pick up your child.


Progress reports are heading home mid week. Please review that report with your child. After you’ve reviewed the report, please sign it and send it back to school with your child. It’s important that you sign and return the progress report so teachers know you reviewed it.


Your child is meeting with their teacher to take an individual reading assessment. That assessment informs teachers of your child’s exact reading level. After this assessment, teachers work to support all students along their reading continuum. Please continue to partner with us and have your child read at least 20 minutes each night so they can practice the skills they learn in school at home. If you need books, please give us a call.


That’s all for now, remember to ask your child what they learned at the Murkland every day…and please, don’t let them tell you nothing!

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