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.



Murphy Band at Independence Park

Come join the Murphy School band for a performance at the Farmer's Market in Independence Park. Sunday, October 12 from 10:30 - 11:00 am.

Murphy School Talent Show Auditions

Show Murphy School your talent and have fun! The show will be held on Nov. 6th, at 5:30pm, in the Murphy Auditorium.

Students may sign up for auditions, which will be held this Friday at 3:15 in the Auditorium.

Students: please see your teacher, Mr. Webb, or Ms. Shick for sign up forms.

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