John B. Murphy Elementary

The Caring Community   |   A Fine & Performing Arts School

2014-15 CPS Calendar Parent Portal

Murphy Parents/Guardians,

Using technology engages your child and helps them practice many of the skills we learn in class. You will find below a list of FREE websites that you can use at home to help your child! If you don’t have access to Internet or a computer at home, you can visit these sites at a local library as well.




Master Chef Now Casting! Master chef is on nationwide search for the most talented home cooks in America between the ages of 8-13 as of March 9th 2015.

If you think you are the next Masterchef Junior, we'd love to meet you at Open Casting Call.

Saturday, December 6th - 9am to 5pm
Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
633 North Saint Clair, Chicago, IL 60611

See flyer for more details: Master Chef Casting Call Flyer


The Murphy School Band will be performing selections on Wednesday, December 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. in the Auditorium.

Free Homework Help

Chicago Public Library is proud to offer in-person and online homework help across the city at every CPL branch.

Visit a Homework Helper at your neighborhood branch or work with a live online tutor through Brainfuse. Online homework help is available in English and Spanish and can be accessed from home with a library card.

All services are free!

Check out for more information.


A child-centered environment lead by a dedicated staff of professionals devoted to providing the highest quality environment for children.

Responsive Classroom & Developmental Designs social approach to learning with respect

University partnerships: Erikson Institute, National Louis University, NEIU, UIC, Indiana University

Small group work with individualized instruction tailored to student needs

Literacy approaches aligned to the Common Core State Standards

English speaking listening proficiency goals aligned to WIDA

Everyday Mathematics/Connected Mathematics Project aligned to CCSS

Hands-on science inquiry based experiences aligned to NGSS goals

A Library Media Center, I-pads, Computer Lab, laptop carts integrating technology

Fine Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Creative Drama, Dance and Movement, instrumental instruction - guitar, fiddle, keyboard, recorder, Orff instruments, kiln and Arts partnerships: Old Town School of Music, Ravinia Festival, House of Blues

Healthy Schools Initiatives: daily Chicago Run, Girls in the Game, Sports – softball, basketball, soccer, running, Gardening & Nutrition

After school programs including: flamenco dancing, film club, yearbook, reading and math fun, book & cook, gaming, fitness club, guitar , piano, floor hockey.

Monthly "Community Sing" celebrates shared vocals, performance and children